hgazette.com, Haverhill, MA

June 6, 2013

YWCA Academy of Women to induct 12

Tickets for annual luncheon available

By Mike LaBella
Staff Writer

---- — They include teachers, business people, a health care professional and a woman who knits hats for the military.

The YWCA of Haverhill will induct 12 members into its Academy of Women at the 24th annual Tribute to Women luncheon on June 11 at DiBurro’s function hall.

This year’s inductees also include: A breast-cancer survivor who, along with her Relay for Life team, has helped raise more than $100,000 for the American Cancer Society; a woman who has helped introduce new programs to the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Haverhill; and a doctor who has been recognized for her efforts to advance women’s health services.

This year’s inductees are:

Donna Carbone, a Title 1 math specialist at the Lawrence Family Development Charter School

Holly Pouliot, vice president of information technology at Pentucket Bank

Freddie White, president of the Merrivista Women’s Club, a nonprofit organization that helps needy people

Mary DeRoche, longtime volunteer at St. Joseph’s Early Childhood Center of All Saint’s Parish

Charlette Weeden, senior vice president, CFO and Treasurer of Haverhill Bank

Noemi Custodia-Lora, assistant dean of foundational studies, liberal arts and sciences at Northern Essex Community College

Isabelle Gagne, associate professor of psychology at Northern Essex Community College

Kathleen Poole, a retired nurse who knits hats for solders serving in Afghanistan and Iraq and for various charitable organizations

Jane Harris-Fale, executive director of Opportunity Works

Melinda Birdsall, a Steward Medical Group board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist

Kimberly Abare, owner and president of New England Die Cutting, Inc.

Kathleen Pruett, development director of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Haverhill

Women from Greater Haverhill are nominated to the academy because of their unique and outstanding achievements. The academy was established to create a permanent tribute to the achievements and significant contributions of women.

The goals of the academy include leadership development, continuing education on public issues and community involvement.

Tickets to this event are available at the YWCA, 107 Winter St., and are $45 per person. Tables of 10 may be reserved. The social preview begins at 11:30 a.m., followed by the luncheon program from noon to 2 p.m. This year’s keynote speaker and honorary chairperson is meteorologist Matt Noyes. For more information, contact the YWCA at 978-374-6121.