Awards

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.

2017
Norma Webster

2016:
Nancy Fennell

2015:
The Honorable Deborah Schumacher

2014:
Bertha Miranda

2013:
H. Elizabeth Lenz

2012:
Mary-Ellen McMullen

2011:
Mimi Ellis Hogan

2010:
Joni Kaiser (recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award)

2009:
Nancy Cashell

2008:
Jennifer Satre

2007:
Fianna Combs*

2006:
Charlotte McConnell

2005:
Fritsi Ericson (recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award)

2004:
Sally de Lipkau

2003:
Dorothy Lemelson

2002:
Frankie Sue Del Papa

2001:
May Shelton
Barbara Vucanovich

2000:
Jan Evans*

1999:
Sandy Miller

1998:
Assistance League of Reno-Sparks

1997:
Evelyn Mount
Jean Ford*

1996:
Trudy Larson, M.D.

1995:
Marilyn Melton

1994:
Bertha Mullins
Sue Wagner

1993:
Lynn Atcheson

1992:
Maya Miller*
Barbara Cavanaugh Thornton

1991:
Gloria Fundis
Soroptimist Int’l of Truckee Meadows
Harriet Wolfe*

1990:
Joan L. Dyer
Dolores Feemster
Twentieth Century Club

1989:
Dorothy Gallagher
Martha Gould
Moya Olsen Lear*
Dolora Zajick

1988:
Martha H. Jones*
Bernice Mathews
Inga Thompson

1987:
Dean Roberta Barnes
Alice Jane Clark*
Joni Kaiser

1986:
Marsha Deming*
Patricia Miltenberger
Reno/Sparks YWCA

1985:
Eva Adams*
Physician’s Spouses
Jean Bonar
Hazel Guardella*

1984:
Maggie Banks*
Margery Cavanaugh*
Dr. Mary Fulstone
Juyoung Shin

1983:
Frances Smith Crumley*
Dr. Ann Howard
Linda Howard
Patty Sheehan

* deceased

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

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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

JoniKaiserIn 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.