The Connections Career Achievement Award is an honor presented to women in the Acadiana area who represent the epitome of professional accomplishment and achievement,and who present themselves as desirable role models. These women have received peer professional awards based on achievement or advancement during the year in their particular field of endeavor and demonstrated their willingness to share their skills to enhance their own professional reputation and growth. Potential candidates are nominated by Connections members and selection is made in February for the previous year’s accomplishment.
About our award given to the Career Achievement Recipients: “FEMINA” Derived from the Latin word for “woman,” the Femina Award originated at a prestigious women’s exposition in the Netherlands. As such it is an appropriate designation for female career achievement.
Rose Moss, Senior Sales Director MARY KAY Cosmectics, has a history of professional accomplishments and success over the years. Her involvement in mentoring others is truly an inspiration for all women.
Rebecca Taylor, print and digital media for over 20 years, Acadiana Profile and Louisiana Life magazines-award winning titles, and a volunteer in the community.
Judy Dunn community activist and previous business owner, Dunn’s Designs
Beth Hamilton Oncologics, Miles Perret Cancer Services, and American Cancer Society honoree
JoAnn Pugh, Pugh Family Foundation, Leader in Philanthropy Award for Lafayette Parish, and Community Activist
Carol Trosclair, Petroleum Landman, Community Activist and Fundraiser
Deidre Toups, President of H.B. Rentals
Jessica L. McGee, Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President Corporate Operations -AMG Integrated Health Care Management
Flo Meadows, CPA & Commercial Realtor-Coldwell Banker Nancy Mouse-Cochran, Former Teacher and City Council Chair-Currently a Counselor
Donna Landry, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital
Vonda K. Broussard, Jeansonne & Remondet, LLC
Nanette Soileau Heggie, Investment Partners of Acadiana, Inc.
Jayne Ryder, Van Eaton & Romero
Rose Hoffman Cormier, Woman’s Foundation - Health Information Center
Jeanette Alcon, Lafayette Community Healthcare Clinic
Dr. Catherine B. Janes, Lafayette Parish School System
Cynthia C. LeBourgeois, Attorney at Law
Angel Huval, CSW, Clinical Social Worker, St. Martin School Based Center - President of C.H.O.I.C.E.S., Inc. Jennifer M. Kleinpeter, Attorney - The Onebane Firm Cindy Theriot, Mary Kay Consultant - Faith House Coordinator in Vermilion Parish
Jacqueline R. Benedik, Health Instructor - University of Louisiana at Lafayette Gail Dubois-Broussard, Unit Manager - BeautiControl The Honorable Phyllis Montgomery Keaty, 15th Judicial District Judge
Fran Clarke, Board Certified Social Worker, Private Practice Geraldine Hubbell, Executive Director - Acadiana Symphony Orchestra Ursula Quoyeser, Head Volleyball Coach - Episcopal School of Acadiana
Deanna Brandon, Unitech Training Academy Carol Condon, American National Insurance Agency Kaye Pooler, Legal Ease/NSA
Sonya M. Branch, Lafayette Public Library Donna B. Broussard, Educational/Medical Consultant Janet R. Morien, Hibernia National Bank
Lupe Acosta, Paralegal, Daniel M. Landry, III Della Bonnett, Vice President of Information Technology, USL Judy Cox, Principal, Acadiana High School Cecile Verret, Executive Director, Stuller Place
Sharane Gott, President, Better Business Bureau Dr. Jean T. Kreamer, Director of the Department of Media & Printing Services, In the Division of Computing & Information Services, University of Southwestern Louisiana Diane Gabik, Publisher/Editor, Acadiana Woman Magazine
Betty Lowry, President, Owner, Lowry’s Kwik Kopy Printing Pat Andrus, M.S., C.F.L.E., C.G.C., Martin & Castille Funeral Home Patricia Castellini, President, Dynamic Achievement, Inc.
Jackie Edgar, President, Owner, Edgar Ford Dixie Horning, Women’s Rights Advocate and Triathalon Athlete Nellie Prudhomme, R.N., M.P.H., Community Activist
Lorna Bourg, Asst. Ex. Director, Southern Mutual Help Association Connie Didier, English Teacher, Northside Senior High School Lyn Fontenot, Owner, Fontenot Design Associates Katherine Landry, Principal, Woodvale Elementary School
Honorable Rebecca F. Doherty, United States District Judge Yvette Girouard, Softball Coach, University of Southwestern Louisiana Priscilla Ourso, President, Owner, Reagan Textiles, Inc.
Detective Sgt. Sherry W. Pool, CSCSA, Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Dept. Emilia Bellone, MSW, BCSW, Acadiana Counseling & Training Carolyn Doerle, Pres., CEO, Doerle Food Service, Inc. Sheila Armbruster, Gen. Manager, The Recycling Foundation Patricia Sonnier, Asst. Supt., Lafayette Parish School Board
Karen Guidry Bienvenu, RPT, Physical Therapy West Debbie Flemming Caffery, Photographer Carolyn French, PhD, Shearson, Lehman, Hutton Carolyn Greco, Women’s Yellow Pages Bootsie Landry, Bootsie’s South Louisiana Cooking Susan Ory Powers, Author, Actress Rose Ann Romero, Albertson’s Store Manager
Kathleen B. Blanco, Public Service Commissioner Carleen Castille, President, Martin & Castille Funeral Home, Inc. Debbie Bouse Stewart, Field Fashions Wilma A. Subra, Subra, Inc.
Merline Louis Hebert, Creole Lunch House Chaplain Joy A. Long, University Medical Center Jan Bertrand Ortego, Realtor, Old South Realty Nelda Spinks, PhD, University of Southwestern Louisiana
Nellie Derise, Phd, University of Southwestern Louisiana Rachel Fournet, MS, University of Southwestern Louisiana Margo Longo, MD Phylis Mouton, Secretary of Labor Maria Placer, Vice Pres., News Director, KLFY TV 10 Balbina Plotkin, University of Southwestern Louisiana Teresa N. “Terri” Richard, City of Lafayette Police Dept. Jessie Livingston Taylor, City of Lafayette Development Anne Pyle, ADP Consulting
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