The Women's Center for Advancement's Tribute to Women will honor six area women tomorrow for their contributions to the community. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Tribute to Women event will salute the achievements of a new group of distinguished women. WCA is formerly YWCA-Omaha. Its Tribute to Women will begin at noon at the Ramada Plaza convention center, 3321 S. 72nd St. The 2012 honorees:
Ellie Archer, executive director of Women's Fund of Omaha, which oversees permanent funds exclusively devoted to improving the lives of local women and girls. Archer has worked for 11 years with the Women's Fund to identify and address barriers for women who are seeking leadership positions in business, nonprofit and government organizations. She serves on numerous boards and was named one of the Midwest's Most Influential Women by Midwest CEO Magazine.
Elizabeth Crnkovich, judge of the Separate Juvenile Court of Douglas County. Crnkovich has dedicated her life to helping Omaha's youth. She is the only female juvenile court judge in Douglas County and has addressed many issues to help the youth in our community, including establishing a Juvenile Delinquency Drug Court and a Family Treatment Drug Court.
Beth Dotan, executive director of the Institute for Holocaust Education. Dotan has worked for 12 years for the Institute, providing educational resources, workshops, survivor testimony and arts programming to students, educators and the public, as well as supporting Holocaust survivors in the community. She has helped the institute grow from a small program of the Anti-Defamation League to an independent organization under the Jewish Federation of Omaha.
Diane Duren, vice president and general manager of chemicals at Union Pacific Railroad. Duren is a member of the Advisory Committee of U.P.'s LEAD Program, a women's initiative that works to identify talent throughout the workforce and assists in efforts to attract and retain a diverse workforce. She is a member of area boards, has been recognized for her work at U.P. and has helped with fundraising for the American Red Cross Nebraska/Southwest Iowa Region and United Way.
Cynthia K. Gooch, associate vice president for equity and diversity at Metropolitan Community College. Gooch mentors disadvantaged students and provides behind-the-scenes leadership to the annual Men of Distinction Conference for African-American and Latino males. She also masterminded the inaugural Young, Gifted and Black Girls Conference in February. Gooch is a multi-award winner for her work at Metro.
Anne Thorne Weaver, community philanthropist. Weaver has been part of several efforts to improve the Omaha community. As a member of the Junior League of Omaha and of the National Society of Colonial Dames, Weaver worked to provide American history awards and scholarships for Indian nurses who will work at a reservation and offered opportunities for high school students to visit Washington, D.C. Weaver sits on several area boards and has been president of numerous organizations in Omaha.