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Tracy Zeller

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Tracy Zeller has worked hard to become a leader in the business community. Since she opened Tracy Zeller Enterprises, the Tri-sState has witnessed six other jewelry stores close their doors. Zeller has been generous in giving other small business owners – particularly women – advice on marketing, branding and entrepreneurship. She participates in a wide […]

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Rose Young

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 Since 1975, Rose Young has worked in the political arena, first as an assistant for two congressmen until she was appointed to two state-level committees in the late 1980s. She was hired by the Easterseals in 1991, where she worked in public relations and marketing. She was later recruited by former Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel to […]

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Marcia Yockey

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 A 35-year veteran of local television, Marcia Yockey came to Evansville in 1953 and was an immediate ratings success as she broadcast the nightly weather report. She flew her own Piper Cub airplane and was the 100th woman in the country to receive a helicopter license.

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Sue Woodson

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 Sue Woodson was instrumental in establishing the city’s first shelter for battered women and their children, the city’s first homeless shelter and first nonprofit health center. She helped organize soup kitchens for the poor and the programs to foster better interracial relations.

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Lucy Williams

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Lucy Williams graduated from high school in Evansville in 1958 and has lived in the Glenwood neighborhood since 1968. She is president of the Glennwood Neighborhood Association, spearheading a program called Neighborhood Cleanup.

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Linda White

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Linda White began her career at Deaconess Hospital more than 34 years  ago as nurse auditor. She later became the hospital’s first female President and CEO and eventually the President and CEO of the entire Deaconess health system. White has been a strong advocate of patient-centered care. She was the Athena winner in 2001.

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Sylvia Neff Weinzapfel

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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.

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Daniela Vidal

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 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.

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Joanna Trainer

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 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 […]

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Willie Effie Thomas

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 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 […]