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Woman of Strength Award

Woman of Strength Award

Woman of Strength Award

Woman of Strength Award

Thank you to all who nominated a strong woman for the 2018 Connie Steele Woman of Strength Award.

The award is named for the late Connie Steele, a former Samaritan board member and senior counsel for Thrivent Financial. It honors a woman from the Fox Cities, Heart of the Valley, New London, Oshkosh and surrounding areas who exemplifies the traits of the late Connie Steele: strength of character, integrity, generosity, faith, courage, optimism, persistence and community service.

The nominees were honored at a luncheon that culminated the Silent Samaritan Campaign on May 10, 2018.

Woman of Strength Nominee Lauri Lumby with nominator Sue Fabricious (Nominators Beth Heuer and Melissa Schmidt not pictured.)

Woman of Strength Nominee Beth Schnorr (middle) with nominators Kelly Kohl and Becky Boulanger. (Nominator Alison Fiebig Mayer not pictured.)

Woman of Strength Nominee Dr. Sandhya Sridhar (center) with nominators Sri Buddi, Ruth Mansukhani and Nancy Heykes. Husband B Sridhar also pictured.

Woman of Strength Nominee Jackie Weber (not present) with nominators Alicia Nicholson (Jackie’s daughter) and Jodi Isom. (Nominator Jenni Eickelberg not pictured.)

2018 Connie Steele Woman of Strength Award Honoree

Sara Companik

Sara Companik devotes herself to service in many forms. She was a force in the found of ESTER, a nonprofit interfaith social justice organization, and remains engaged in its efforts. She also works with the Restorative justice programs of the United Church of Christ’s Prison Ministry Project, bringing victims, offenders and the community together to “give voice to the voiceless and hope to the hopeless. Sara volunteers through her faith community, First Congregational United Church of Christ in Appleton. Through Sara’s membership in the League of Women Voters, she has registered voters, hosted candidate forums and developed leaders. “If there is a meaningful gathering of people working toward a worthy goal, you will likely see Sara Companik,” wrote one of Sara’s nominators.

Tracey Robertson (2017 CSWOS Honoree), Rosangela Berbert (Executive Director, Samaritan Counseling Center) and Sara Companik (2018 CSWOS Honoree)

2018 CSWOS Honoree Sara Companik at the podium with Tracey Robertson and Rosangela Berbert to her immediate left.

Sara Companik and husband Bruce (bottom row) with nominators (left to right) Penny Robinson, Joan Jensen, Shirley Strange, the Rev. Dr. Steve Savides, the Rev. Jerry Hancock. The Rev. Kathryn Kuhn (far right) also pictured.

Learn more about the award, including NOMINATION INSTRUCTIONS here.

Photos courtesy of Pat Mahoney.