The chamber honors women who have enhanced business, education, culture and philanthropy through their work in the community and surrounding region.
The women will be recognized at a 6 p.m. dinner in their honor Friday at the Cincinnati Marriott North at Union Centre. Emceeing the event is Janeen Coyle, morning disc jockey at WGRR-FM radio.
The keynote address at the black tie event will be given by Shakila Ahmad, a member of the Women of Excellence Class of 2011.
The women being honored are:
A twice survivor of breast cancer, Brackman volunteers for and donates money to 10 different charities including the Baby Milk Fund, the American Cancer Society and Girls on the Run. Nine years ago she received the Unsung Hero’s Award from Cancer Family Care for her volunteer efforts.
A public relations professional, Davidson has a soft heart for children and young adults diagnosed with cancer. She co-founded the Dragonfly Foundation three years ago with Christine Neitzke after Neitzke’s son was diagnosed with stage 3A Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Since its founding the foundation has grown from raising $20,000 each year to nearly $1 million. Money is used meet the needs of patients at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute.
President of La Crema Coffee, Flohn serves as a mentor to entrepreneurs while also working for charities. She assisted with the opening of the Edge Teen Center and helps the homeless through Middletown’s Hope House Rescue Mission. She doesn’t let her Lupus – a disease characterized by debilitating fatigue – stop her from her volunteer work.
An ambassador with the West Chester/Liberty Chamber Alliance, Gilmartin helps at ribbon cuttings, the annual golf outing and other tasks. She also volunteers with the Butler County United Way, Kindervelt, Building Blocks for Kids and the Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty along with serving as sales manager for N2 Publishing.
The sales manager for the Kemba Credit Union, Kuchenbuch volunteers to help at-risk women and children through charities that include: Children’s Miracle Network, Women Helping Women, Boys and Girls Club.
She also works to help firefighters at 26 stations. She has received the Jerry Bryan Chamber Member of the Year award and was honored as one of the area’s Great Leaders Under 40.
A chamber ambassador, O’Connor serves as vice president of the Lakota Board of Education. After joining the board of directors at the Faith Alliance of Southwestern Ohio, she worked to address poverty and created the group’s strategy to do so. She also works with the Faith Alliance Caring Community Caucus.
A junior honor student at Mount Notre Dame, Savage does volunteer work at St. Maximilian Church in Liberty Township where she organized a drive that sent 459 books to St. Mary’s Primary School in Uganda. She also raised $4,370 for supplies, which she helped deliver to the school. Savage serves on the Youth Philanthropy Council at Mount Notre Dame.
A lung cancer survivor, Terry served for nearly eight years on the board of trustees for the Greater Miami Valley YMCA. She led the Water Park Capital Project and the Development Committee. A talented organist, she is also a supporter of the Fitton Center for Creative Arts.
Founder of the Live the Dream: Our Declaration of Unity in West Chester and Liberty Township, Webster has led the community’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance for years. The mother of a special needs son, Webster is an advocate for those with special needs, speaking in Ohio and Washington. She has also volunteered to read to children in the Hamilton Schools for more than a decade.