65 women, men nominated for 44th annual 'Tribute to Women'

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) - Local community leaders will be honored next month for their commitment to empowering women and families.

"Tribute to Women" will be held on April 13 at beginning at 5 p.m. at the Washington Pavilion with the awards program at 7 p.m. in the Great Hall. The event is open to the public.

Tickets can be purchased online from the EmBe website.

The award categories include: Business Achievement, Banking & Finance, Government & Law, Healthcare & STEM, Nonprofit & Community Services, Humanities & Education, Young Woman of Achievement, Sylvia Henkin Mentoring Award, and the EmBeliever Award.

The following are the women and men that have been nominated for the awards:

Amber Schwiesow, Midco
Amy Bruns, Sanford Health Foundation
Annette White, Sanford Health
Annie Mello, CPMFitness
Barbara Teal, Sioux Falls VA Health Care System
Beth Feuchtenberger, Eide Bailly LLP
Beth Hollatz, US Congresswoman Kristi Noem
Breanna Garbers, First Bank & Trust
Brenda Wade Schmidt, Argus Leader Media
Carol Rogers, Avera Health
Cathy Kellogg, Avera Health
Chelsea Tracy , Chelsea's Boutique
Christen Rennich, American Cancer Society
Cindy Peterson, Maximizing Excellence
Courtney Wiemann, Sioux Falls Roller Dollz
Deb Fischer-Clemens, Avera Health
Denise Tucker, City of Sioux Falls
Dr. Ashley Podhradsky, Dakota State University
Dr. Michelle Baack, Sanford Research
Dr. Virgina Lemme, Avera Internal Medicine
Elizabeth Carlson, First Bank & Trust
Glenda Schmid, Koch Hazard Architects
Irina Kleinsasser, The Fruit Club
Jaci Kramer, Southeast Technical Institute
Jamie Andersen, American Heart Association
Jamy Anderson, Avera McKennan Hospital
Jean Behr, Planned Parenthood South Dakota
Jennie Patrick, Sioux Valley Energy
Jessie Park, Sanford Medical Center
Jill Schultz, Avera McKennan Hospital
Jim Woster, Avera Health
Julie Becker, St. Francis House
Kasey Olivier, Heidepriem, Purtell, Siegel & Olivier LLP
Kathy Thorson, MetaBank
Kaye Mack, American Bank & Trust
Kobi Ringling, Children's Inn
Kristin Hoff, Great Western Bank
Laura Benson, Filly Flair
Laurie Fluit, Citi
Lisa Lindgren, Avera eCare
Mary Howard, R.W. Baird
Mary Kay Bieber, Avera
Michelle Bruhn, Sanford Health
Michelle O'Connor, Celebrate Community Church
Mick Conlin, Fearless Foundation
Nancy Hallenbeck, Retired
Natalie Eisenberg, Click Rain
Nicki Dvorak, Glory House
Patty DeMartino (Dee), Townsquare Media
Phyllis Arends, NAMI Sioux Falls
Raena Rasmussen, Balleraena Dance Studio
Renee Schulz, Sanford Health
Rose Eisenbeis-Paz, Massage Therapist - Clinical Pastoral Education Avera
Sandi Sorum, Sanford Health
Sarah Prenger, Sanford Health
Sarah Rhea Werner, Click Rain
Sharon Haselhoff, Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort
Sonja Theisen, MetaBank
Stacy Wengler, Knotty Gnome Variety & Salvage
Stefanie Engebretson, American Bank & Trust
Susan Kroger, LEAD South Dakota
Suzy Collignon-Hodgen, Risk Administration Services
Tamara Nash, US Attorney's Office
Taneeza Islam, Collaborative Legal Incubator Program

EmBe said the funds raised from the event will provide scholarships for children to participate in camps and sports programs, help working parents obtain safe, affordable childcare and offer young women leaders the tools that they need to set and accomplish personal and professional goals in life.