Hall of Fame Awards
At its annual Salute to Women of Achievement luncheon, the Nevada Women’s Fund recognizes community involvement and significant community contributions through its Hall of Fame award.
The Honorable Deborah Schumacher
H. Elizabeth Lenz
Mimi Ellis Hogan
Joni Kaiser (recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award)
Fritsi Ericson (recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award)
Sally de Lipkau
Frankie Sue Del Papa
Assistance League of Reno-Sparks
Trudy Larson, M.D.
Barbara Cavanaugh Thornton
Soroptimist Int’l of Truckee Meadows
Joan L. Dyer
Twentieth Century Club
Moya Olsen Lear*
Martha H. Jones*
Dean Roberta Barnes
Alice Jane Clark*
Dr. Mary Fulstone
Frances Smith Crumley*
Dr. Ann Howard
Lifetime Achievement Award
During the history of the Nevada Women’s Fund, only two have been awarded the prestigious NWF Lifetime Achievement Award for achieving extraordinary community efforts.
2005 – Fritsi Ericson
The Nevada Women’s Fund presented the first Lifetime Achievement Award to outgoing NWF President & CEO Fritsi H. Ericson for her 21 years of service and dedication to improving the lives of women and families in our community.
Fritsi was a member of the 1983 NWF founding Board of Directors and became the chief administrator for NWF in 1984. She received her CFRE fund raising certification from the Association of Fund Raising Professionals (AFP) in 1996, and was recognized as the recipient of the William Williams Lifetime Achievement Award by the Sierra Chapter of AFP in 2005. Other awards and recognitions include the prestigious President’s medal of the University of Nevada, Reno in 1998 for her commitment to higher education, and a 2004 Winners Award from Western Industrial Nevada (WIN).
Prior to joining NWF, Fritsi was an elementary school teacher and a congressional district aide for U.S. Representative James D. Santini. She remains involved in a wide variety of community activities and has served on a number of non-profit boards and advisory councils in northern Nevada.
2010 – Joni Kaiser
In 2010 the Nevada Women’s Fund recognized Joni Kaiser for her work in founding the Committee to Aid Abused Women (CAAW) in 1978. For more than 30 years she served to help victims of domestic violence in northern Nevada. CAAW remains an integral part of the community providing temporary shelter, transitional housing, protection orders and support services to victims of domestic violence.
Prior to her work with CAAW, she worked with a variety of women’s aid programs including the Women’s Equity Action League, Sophia Little Home and the Berkeley Free Clinic. Joni served as Sparks City Councilwoman and was an active member of the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN), Sparks Parks and Recreation, Regional Water Planning Commission Advisory Board and the Senior Citizens Service Center.