Makers: Women Who Make America

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WCNY is proud to announce its 7th annual Makers: Women Who Make America awards ceremony, located at the Wesleyan Chapel of the Women’s Rights Historical Park in Seneca Falls. Ten women chosen from nominations will be honored at the March 8, 2019 award ceremony to be held at 11 a.m. The ceremony is free, open to the public. Registration for the event can be made at:

The awards first started in collaboration with the PBS documentary Makers: Women Who Make America. Since then, WCNY has continued the Makers Awards as a way to celebrate the achievements of Central New York women and inspire others to follow their examples. The awards are supported by the National Park Service.

Nominations Closed.

2018 Makers Award Winners

Kerry Barnes 

Juanita Holmes Bass

Shelly Callahan

Maureen Campanie

Sandra Hamilton

Ellen Percy Kraly

Carol Musacchio

Tina Nabinger 

Pamela Puri

Tracy Verrier

2017 Makers Award Winners

Diana Abdella

Mary Beer

Laurie Black

Ruth Colvin

Sue Edinger

Laura Miller

Kylie Pierce

Karen Sammon

Mary Alice Smothers

Christie Waters

2016 Makers Award Winners

Lisa Betrus

Sharon BuMann

Janet Callahan

Mary Q. Chapin

Annette Guisbond

Mary Krause

Katie MacIntyre

Anne Orr

Theresa Pagano

Tammy Van Epps

2015 Makers Award Winners

Kimberly Boynton

Virginia Carmody

The Honorable Bernadette T. Clark

Jean Harper Dean

Tracy Chamberlain Higginbotham

Lorraine Kinney-Kitchen

Dr. Mary Martin

Mia Adams McSherry

Dr. Erica Miller

Teresa Mosher

Jennifer Nadler

Virginia Robbins

Marietta von Bernuth

Wendy Washeleski

2014 Makers Award Winners

Mary Alice Bellardini

Margaret Buckley

Glynis Hart

Dr. Leslie Kohman

Sr. Monica A. Nortz, CSJ

Rebbecca Oppedisano

Melinda Sorrentino

Melissa Spicer

Patricia Sullivan

2013 Makers Award Winners

Megan Rae Bliss

Marlene Brown

Kimberly Burch

Sue Considine

Renee DeVesty

Rose Marie Fagan

Kate Finn

Gouverneur Business Women Breast Cancer Walk Fund Executive Committee

Dr. Rathika Martyn

Pam Matt

Agnes McCray

Andrea E. Rankin

Gigi Redmond

Karen Y. Richmond

Jean Siracusa

Linda Townsend, Ph.D

Carrie M. Tuttle

Makers: Women Who Change Central New York

For last year’s Makers Award Ceremony, WCNY created a program honoring the remarkable women who work to change the culture, business world, and landscape of Central New York. In this special, we explore the life and work of these groundbreaking women in a one-hour program.

Watch the video promo here, or watch the whole film, Makers: Women Who Change Central New York here.

Join WCNY to learn about some incredible changes taking place across the region and to see some familiar faces in action. The dedication, creativity, and perseverance these women embody in pursuit of a better Central New York is sure to inspire and spark the next generation of change makers.

• Kerry Barnes, Quilts of Valor
• Juanita Holmes Bass, Juanita’s Soul Classics
• Shelly Callahan, Mohawk Valley Resource Center
• Maureen Campanie, BRIDGES Madison County Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse and Concert for a Cause
• Sandra Hamilton, Town of Sodus Historical Society
• Ellen Percy Kraly, Colgate University
• Carol Musacchio, Madison-Oneida BOCES
• Tina Nabinger, Book Cooks
• Pamela Puri, Tech4Kidz
• Tracy Verrier, Cayuga Strategic Solutions
• Debbie Stack, WCNY Senior Director, Education & Community Engagement
• Susan Kennedy, Journalist and WCNY’s Cycle of Health contributor


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