For decades, Sylvia has inspired and empowered women and girls in our community as the Executive Director of the YWCA. The Y-Ws domestic violence shelter, transitional housing and Live Y-ers after school programs are among her initiatives.
In 2003, along with a group of Latino leaders, Daniela Vidal founded HOLA, the first nonprofit organization focused on enhancing the lives of this population in our area. Vidal drafted the core values of the organization and the goals and objectives for achieving those values.
After 34 years as an elementary school teacher, Sister Joanna Trainer started a second career, which spanned more than 20 years and touched the lives of more than 1,000 homeless women and children. In the early 1980s, Trainer and her friends started a soup kitchen at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. When she discovered that many […]
Willie Thomas is known as the “first lady” of Evansville’s civil rights movement. She came to Evansville in 1841 to begin a teaching career that lasted 36 years. She began a radio program, sponsored by the NAACP, which provided experiences for youths and adults and helped prepare them for a career in the media. In […]
For nearly three decades, attorney Susie Summers led the effort in Vanderburgh County to provide legal services to the poor and vulnerable. As the former executive director of the Legal Aid Society of Evansville, she oversaw the provision of desperately needed civil legal services to tens of thousands of the community’s neediest citizens.
Dallas Suhreinrich grew up in the late 1920s and early 1930s in a family who believed it was its responsibility to help the less fortunate. She was a significant philanthropist, making major gifts to local universities and to organizations as varied as Goodwill, the Philharmonic Orchestra and the YWCA.
Trudy Stock is the president and CEO of Harding, Shymanski and Co. of Evansville. She has been with the firm for 25 years, starting her career there as a staff accountant. At the workplace, Stock was instrumental in the creation of an alternative work schedule and mentoring program, which have empowered women in the organization. […]
Sallie Stewart was born in 1881 and worked as a teacher for 50 years. Eventually becoming the principal of Lincoln School, she pushed students to ignore racism and strive for a higher education. She was the first African-American woman in Evansville to organize a resource for African-American girls. It was called the National Association for […]
Alberta Stevenson was a teacher in Evansville schools for more than 40 years before her retirement in 1974. She was the first black librarian in an Evansville high school and the first black school counselor in the public school system. She was also the first black member of the Evansville Board of Realtors. She was […]
In 1986, Sherrianne Standley was the first woman vice-president in a public university in Indiana at the University of Southern Indiana. She was also appointed as the first woman to the Evansville water and sewer utility board.