Utica, NY, March 11, 2019 – Thursday, March 7, YWCA Mohawk Valley (YWCA MV) held Salute Reveal, an exclusive event to announce the official honorees for Salute to Outstanding Women.
Salute is YWCA MV’s way of honoring women in Herkimer and Oneida counties for the contributions they’ve made to the Mohawk Valley community. Each year, women are nominated by the public for nine categories and each honoree is inducted into the Salute Academy. Nominations are reviewed by an independent panel of judges.
The names of this year’s honorees were announced officially at Reveal last night. For the category of…
Education, the honoree is Maria Lindsay, Principal at Little Falls Middle School.
Entrepreneur, the honoree is Christina Buschmann, Owner of Yoga Hot Spot.
Healthcare, the honoree is Dianne DiMeo, Training and Staff Development Coordinator at Regional Primary Care Network.
Human and Public Service, the honoree is Gail Miskowiec, Chief Operations Officer at The Arc, Oneida-Lewis Chapter.
Outstanding Youth, the honoree is Brooke Riscica, Senior at Whitesboro High School.
Professions/Business and Industry, the honoree is Kristen Szarek, Director of Customer Care Center at Defense Finance Accounting Service Rome.
Social Justice, the honoree is Olivia Paul, Financial Compliance Officer at The Hartford.
STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math), the honoree is Lisa Davis, Coordinator of Westmoreland Central Schools’ Maker Space.
Unsung Heroine, the honoree is Sister Lois Paciello, Community Outreach and Bereavement Director at Church of Our Lady of Lourdes.

These nine Honorees will be celebrated at Salute to Outstanding Women in May and will be
officially inducted into the Salute Academy, an ever-growing collective of 248 women who
have been honored in 31 years. The Salute to Outstanding Women celebration luncheon and
awards ceremony will be held on May 9, 2019 at Hart’s Hill Inn in Whitesboro. Tickets are
available to the public.
To RSVP, call 315.732.2159 ext. 238 or email events@ywcamv.org.
All proceeds benefit YWCA MV’s services, including domestic and sexual violence crisis
services, shelter and transitional housing, education and outreach programs, and more.
Reveal was generously sponsored by Valentino’s Banquet Hall. Salute 2019 is made possible
by Award Sponsors Adorino Construction Inc. (Outstanding Youth), Baird (Unsung Heroine),
Bank of Utica (Professions/Business and Industry), Excellus BlueCross BlueShield (Healthcare),
Indium Corporation (STEAM), and Scalzo, Zogby & Wittig, Inc. (Entrepreneur) and Media
Sponsors WKTV, Lite 98.7, and Utica Observer-Dispatch.
Sponsorship opportunities for this year’s luncheon celebration on May 9 are still available. For
more information, contact YWCA MV at 315.732.2159 ext. 238 or events@ywcamv.org.


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