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YWCA of Bucks set to honor women who make a difference


The Bucks County YWCA is honoring 16 women at its Salute to Women event on May 16.

The women will be recognized for their contributions in fields from community engagement, to racial and social justice, to media and journalism, and more.

For the 28th year, the Bensalem-based YWCA Bucks County will honor Women Who Make a Difference.

The list of 16 women who are making a difference in their communities and places of work includes Delaware Valley University President Dr. Maria Gallo, who has been selected as a 2019 honoree for Women’s Empowerment.

“We have some incredible women being honored,” said YWCA spokeswoman Carolyn Pachas. The YWCA has seven categories to highlight the honorees and their accomplishments.

“We want to showcase the remarkable accomplishments of our volunteers and the contribution of women in the community by spotlighting them and the fabulous work they’re doing here in Bucks County,” Pachas said.

This year’s categories and award winners are: Advocacy and Civic Engagement, Theresa Conejo and Dianne Magee; Community Engagement, Tonya Jones, Kelly Reid and Cathy Snyder; Corporate Social Responsibility, Kirsten Palmieri, Jessica Sweeney and Michelle Saldutti; Media and Journalism, Kathy Zachry; Racial and Social Justice, Gayle Evans, Jenny Isaacs and Michele Mazakas; and Women’s Empowerment, Maria Gallo, Christina Reger, Lydia Winderman, #girlpower, and Melanie Nolan.

Gallo, a Fulbright Scholar and a Fellow of both the American Society of Agronomy and the Crop Science Society of America, became the 13th president of Delaware Valley University in 2016. She is the first female president in the university’s history.

Among her accomplishments, Gallo helped the university start an annual Women’s Summit, which is a day of empowerment for area college and university women.