2022 Women of Achievement Honorees

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2022 Women of Achievement Honorees

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YWCA GREATER CLEVELAND TO HONOR 8 WOMEN AT THE 46TH WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT CELEBRATION 

YWCA Greater Cleveland celebrates another year of its signature Women of Achievement celebration. This year’s event will be locally televised on May 26th at 7:00 PM on Channel 3 WKYC. The Women of Achievement Academy boasts over 200 past honorees, all of whom are esteemed leaders, movers and shakers, impacting businesses and communities across Northeast Ohio. Eight women have been selected to receive the award at YWCA’s second televised event. 

“This year is a celebration of Cleveland’s powerhouses of progress,” said Margaret Mitchell, YWCA Greater Cleveland President and CEO. “Women of Achievement is one of YWCAs proudest traditions and an amazing way to celebrate the progress we have made together. It is my pleasure to present these women to the community and shine a spotlight on the incredible work they’re doing to elevate our city.  

The 2022 Women of Achievement Honorees are: 

Miranda Creel

Executive Vice President of Commercial Treasury Sales, PNC Bank

Miranda Creel is the Executive Vice President of Commercial Treasury Sales at PNC. In her role, she leads 150 professionals throughout the country to help companies manage their working capital more efficiently and effectively. Miranda has also been a leader in expanding professional development opportunities for women and people of color. In 2010 she led PNC’s first-ever employee resource group in Cleveland, which grows today at over 400 members. Miranda also represents colleagues on the Corporate Diversity Council. Her commitment to empowering the minority population is self-evident. 


Robyn N. Gordon

Director, Center Operations NASA Glenn Research Center  

Robyn N. Gordon is the Director of Center Operations at the NASA’s Glenn Research Center, where she directs the center’s mission support services program ensuring the successful performance of the center’s research, technology, program, and project goals and objectives. In this capacity, she oversees center logistics and technical information; protective services and emergency management; procurement and small business programs; engagement and communication programs. Robyn is the first black woman to hold this position. She has enabled NASA to advance the United States’ science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) engagement and workforce pipeline, now serving students and teachers in 46 states and one territory.


Pastor Courtney Clayton Jenkins

 Senior Pastor, South Euclid United Methodist Church of Christ 

Pastor Courtney Clayton Jenkins is the Senior Pastor at the United Church of Christ, where she leads a unique multicultural, multi-generational congregation. Making history as the first woman, first African American, and the youngest pastor to lead the congregation, Reverend Jenkins led the church “out of ashes” as she was called to serve just 6 months after the church burned to the ground following a lightning strike. Her work truly is remarkable. In May of 2016 she developed a community food pantry to assist families who are experiencing food insecurity, which served an estimated 181,525 meals over the past year. 


Ann V. Klotz

Head of School, Laurel School 

Ann V. Klotz is the Head of School at Laurel School, a private, college preparatory, day school, serving girls from Kindergarten through 12th Grade. Ann has worked as a girls’ school teacher and administrator for more than thirty years. She is devoted to the social and emotional development of girls. Under Ann’s headship, Laurel’s Center for Research on Girls was founded in 2007. Research from LCRG about how girls learn and grow is reflected in the curriculum at Laurel. Ann works to live the mission of Laurel daily: to inspire each girl to fulfill her promise and to better the world.


Sandra Madison

Chief Executive Officer and Chairperson, Robert P. Madison International, Inc. 

Sandra Madison is the Chief Executive Officer and Chairperson at Robert P. Madison International, Inc. (RPMI), the first black-owned Architecture Firm in Ohio. Sandra has dedicated more than 30 years of service to RPMI. One of Sandra’s most noteworthy qualities is her determination. Sandra has landed several projects to revive RPMI in her five years as CEO, including but not limited to the Hilton Hotel Cleveland Downtown, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Expansion, Karamu House Renovation and Addition, Cuyahoga County Correction Center, Cleveland Mounted Police, Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, the Greater Cleveland Food Bank New Distribution Center and Cleveland Metropolitan School District Halle PK-8 School. 


Sondra Miller

President and CEO, Cleveland Rape Crisis Center 

Sondra Miller is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Cleveland Rape Crisis Center. During her tenure, Sondra has executed strategic plans allowing for Cleveland Rape Crisis Center to experience unprecedented growth. This includes increasing the number of full-time staff, revenue, locations but most importantly the number of people impacted by 235%. Under Sondra’s leadership, the Center became the largest independent rape crisis center in the country. 

 


Rosanne Potter

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Cleveland Foundation 

Rosanne Potter is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at the Cleveland Foundation. In her role, she manages the finance function for the Cleveland Foundation and its $3.1 billion endowment, including oversight of the foundation’s investment, finance and administration, audit, and social impact investing committees. Throughout her career, Rosanne has been a powerhouse in the historically male-dominated corporate investment field. At the Cleveland Foundation, she has introduced various strategies to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the management and investment of the foundation’s endowment; these strategies, which include uniquely developing investment pools that are focused on gender and racial justice and inclusion, have served as a model for other foundations nationally. 


Renee Richard

Vice President, Legal Services & Risk Management, Cuyahoga Community College 

Renee Richard is the Vice President of Legal Services and Risk Management at Cuyahoga Community College, where she has thrived for the past nine years. Recently, Renee helped implement best practices for converting “the college” into a fully on-ground, in-person environment to a completely virtual online environment. This consisted of converting four campuses, 3,000 employees, and 20,000 students in three weeks. In addition to developing enhanced technology offerings, she collaborated with the Plant Operations Department to develop enhanced safety protocols for each site.