West Chester/Liberty Chamber Alliance salutes women of excellence
WEST CHESTER TWP. – The 10 winners of this year’s Women of Excellence program all have one goal: to make Southwest Ohio a better place to live, work and play.
They will be honored by the West Chester/Liberty Chamber Alliance on Friday at a banquet at the Cincinnati Marriott North in West Chester Township.
They join more than 160 other women who have been recognized by the Chambers Alliance for making a positive difference in communities along Interstate 75 while inspiring others.
The women were selected based on their contributions to business, education, culture, philanthropy or service.
“We are thrilled to honor these 10 extraordinary women in our community who continue to make a positive impact through exceptional service in their careers or volunteer work,” said Jen Berti, director of special events for the alliance of bedrooms.
“They deserve recognition for all they do to make our entire region a better place to work, live and enjoy life.
A nurse and trauma awareness coordinator at Atrium Medical Center, Brock is also a firefighter/paramedic for Monroe. She has worked on the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click It or Ticket campaigns and serves as a liaison between emergency medical agencies and Atrium’s trauma program. She sits on the board of the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Warren County and the Child Injury Prevention Group.
A resident of West Chester Township, Wilson is also the Township’s Director of Public Information and Engagement. In this capacity, she speaks on behalf of the township and led the rebranding of the township. Other projects included the creation and preservation of local landmarks as well as work on Voice of America and Square at Union Center.
A Muslim woman, Noor serves as a role model and resource for others. She co-founded the event planning company Embellished Occasions LLC and is president of the Parent Teacher Organization at El Sewedy International Academy of Cincinnati. She is also involved with the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati, organizing fundraisers, religious celebrations and social events. She has prepared meals for homeless shelters, organized interfaith food drives, and mentored teenage girls at the ICGC’s Muslim Teenage Girls Club.
A former firefighter, Hamilton, who has a doctorate in education, created the Peer Meditation Program at Princeton Schools and is director of multicultural affairs at Wilmington College. She is a recipient of the Ray of Light Diversity Award.
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She engages with teens, allowing them to spend up to 40 hours shadowing her, earning credits toward graduation, and has donated to the EDGE Teen Center. She serves on the board of the Northern Cincinnati Foundation and Power of the Purse programs, participates in Reach Out Lakota’s Corporate Food Fight and Dress for Success.
Brauns served as Diversity Chair and Professional Development Chair for the Greater Cincinnati Human Resources Council. She was a board member and president of the Member Trust Federated Credit Union, managed all aspects of human resources for Pizza Hut and Commonwealth Orthopedics. She is also the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Darling Ingredients. Bruns has served on the board of the Northern Cincinnati Foundation since 2017, led the Power of Purse and chaired Key Event fundraisers. She volunteers at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church as well as Moeller High School and Lakota schools.
An active volunteer in Lakota schools, Peterson has led parent-teacher groups and organizes, among other projects, the Lakota West PTSO Scholarship Program and a Seniors’ Picnic. She sits on the district parent council. She founded Scientific Mayhem, which offers after-school classes.
Crachiolo is the Director of Hospital Operations for UC Health West Chester Hospital, where she is known for her mentorship. She has worked on the development of youth cycle rallies and the Coffee with a Cop initiative. A past president of the West Chester/Liberty Rotary Club, she served as assistant governor for Rotary International’s Southwest Ohio District.
A speech-language pathologist, Westcott owns Elite Kids, which not only provides therapy but also serves as a resource for children and their families. She has volunteered for Mom on a Mission, the Regional Autism Advocacy Council of Butler County, and Bubble Blast for Kids.
Owner of Yelton Fine Jewelers, Yelton is involved with the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, Dress for Success, the American Heart Association and is a former member of the American Heart Association’s Circle of Red and Cor Vitae societies. She helped establish the Roy H. Yelton Memorial Scholarship and serves on the St. Xavier’s Advisory Board. She created the 750 Room at Yelton’s. A portion of the sales made in the room is donated to a different charity each month.