YWCA Alaska and BP recently announced the Women of Achievement award recipients, inducted Nov. 14, with a Dec. 5 event in Anchorage honoring Juneau’s Dr. Elaine Schroeder and the nine other recipients.
The Women of Achievement Awards Ceremony recognizes and honors women who have demonstrated qualities of leadership and excellence in their professional and personal endeavors as well as their contributions to the larger community.
“This event celebrates the achievements and community dedication of 10 extraordinary women. In its 24th year, it now represents an academy of 288 women who have shaped and continue to shape Alaska,” said YWCA Alaska CEO, Hilary Morgan.
Schroeder works as a counselor and psychologist specializing in women’s issues in Juneau. Prior to moving to Juneau, she was an active volunteer with Amnesty International working to end apartheid in South Africa, and served two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in India as a village health educator. She has also worked in Nepal for two years on family planning and women’s health, founded Rape Relief in Seattle, the second rape crisis center in the U.S., and Aradia Clinic. In Juneau, she worked at AWARE, founded Juneau People for Peace and Justice, developed a culturally sensitive treatment program for Southeast Alaskan sexual abuse survivors and, additionally, volunteers at KTOO producing a monthly radio show about mental health issues and services. She and her husband are raising three adopted children and have hosted exchange students. Schroeder is the first ever Woman of Achievement from outside of Anchorage.
Other Women of Achievement are Senior Consultant with Information Insights Indra Arriaga, community volunteer Jan Cawvey, Regional Environmental Officer for Alaska with the U.S. Department of the Interior Pamela Bergmann, Secondary Teacher Specialist working with the Child in Transition Program and Homeless Project Barb Dexter, Vice President of the Hotel Captain Cook Raquel Edelen, President of the Polynesian Association of Alaska Lucy Hansen, owner of Mendel & Associates, Inc., Allison Mendel, Senior Director of Intergovernmental Affairs with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Valerie Nurr’araaluk Davidson and Director of the League of Women Voters of Anchorage Patricia Redmond.
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