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April 22, 2014

Wisconsin Women in Government Announces 2014 Woman of Achievement Honorees

MADISON – Wisconsin Women in Government (WWIG) is pleased to announce the 2014 recipients of the Woman of Achievement award to be presented at the 27th annual Wisconsin Women in Government Scholarship and Recognition Gala on May 6th.  This year’s recipients were selected within the field of higher education. 

The 2014 recipients of the WWIG Woman of Achievement award include:

  • Dr. Georgia Duerst-Lahti, Professor, Beloit College
  • Morna Foy, President, Wisconsin Technical College System
  • Erin Celello, Asst Professor, UW-Whitewater
  • Lorie Docken, Associate Director, UW Service Center for Strategic Initiatives
  • Dr. Katharine Lyall, former President, University of Wisconsin System
  • Jessica Tormey, Senior Special Assistant and Chief of Staff, UW System

Dr. Duerst-Lahti is a professor at Beloit College where she specializes in gender and women’s empowerment, and she has been a consultant on these topics for the U.S. Department of State.  She is currently teaching at the University of Botswana.

Morna Foy is the first female president of the Wisconsin Technical College System.  She was named UW-Madison’s 2012-2013 Distinguished Graduate Fellow in Technical College Leadership.

Erin Celello is an assistant professor at UW-Whitewater where she designed and implemented the first veteran-specific English composition course in Wisconsin to help veterans transitioning from military service to pursuing higher education. 

Lorie Docken is the UW Service Center’s Associate Director for Strategic Initiatives.  She has been a leader in developing and managing major IT projects across the entire UW System and its 26 campuses.

Dr. Lyall served as the first female president of the University of Wisconsin System from 1992 – 2004. She has served on a number of boards and task forces, including Governor Thompson's Blue Ribbon Commission on 21st Century Jobs (chair) and Governor Doyle’s Economic Growth Council.  

Jessica Tormey is the Senior Special Assistant and Chief of Staff to UW System President Ray Cross.  She previously served as Vice Chancellor for External Relations at UW Colleges & Extension and has been named an “Emerging Leader” by InBusiness Magazine.

WWIG’s premier bipartisan fundraising gala will be held at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center in downtown Madison on Tuesday, May 6, 2014.  Individual gala tickets are on sale for $75 each or a group of eight tickets for $500.  Sponsorship opportunities are also available.  For more information, please visit www.wiscwomeningovernment.org or e-mail wwigquestions@gmail.com.