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Dr. Benita Zahn named the YWCA of the Greater Capital Region Inc.’s Resourceful Woman of the Year published September 15, 2015

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Benita Zahn, DPS, co-anchor at NewsChannel 13 Live at 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. with Jim Kambrich will be honored as the 2015 Resourceful Woman of the Year at the YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, Inc.’s 16th Annual Resourceful Women’s Luncheon on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn-Troy. In 2014, Benita Zahn earned her Doctorate in Professional Studies/Bioethics from Albany Medical College / Alden March Bioethics Institute. Dr. Zahn is an impressive, dedicated, compassionate, determined, fun and resourceful woman with many talents. She has strong ties to the community through board affiliations such as Honorary Chair for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Run and Emcees at numerous events annually. Dr. Zahn co-produces and hosts “Health Link” Thursday nights on WMHT and writes a weekly column for the “Live Smart” page in the Times Union. Dr. Zahn has covered numerous national political conventions such as the Inaugural of President Barack Obama. Dr. Zahn has garnered numerous awards, such as being named one of the 100 Women of the Century, along with being a seven-time Emmy nominee. And let’s not forget, Dr. Zahn sings! Her theater credits include performances at Fort Salem Theater, Park Playhouse, Albany Civic Theater, just to name a few. Since 2010, Dr. Zahn has emceed at the YWCA-GCR’s Resourceful Women’s Luncheon. On Wednesday, September 30, 2015, the YWCA-GCR will honor Dr. Zahn for all of her accomplishments, support, generosity and the embodiment of a Resourceful Woman!

In addition to Benita, 21 other empowering women will be honored at the Resourceful Women’s Luncheon. Honorees include:

Woman of Inspiration: Kenyetta Zackery – Former Graduate, YWCA-GCR Jamison-Rounds Ready For Work Program



  • Rita Cao-Garcia and Barb Nelson – Project Leaders, Community Art at the Troy High Alternate Learning Program
  • Mary D’Amico– Founder and Director of the Program, Young Actors Guild of the Capital Region
  • Cynthia Killgalon– Principal, School 18

Emerging Professional:

  • Kaitlyn Oudt- Administrative Assistant, KeyBank
  • Olivia Prout- Business Services Specialist II, Capital Bank


  • Brandon Dewyea– Owner, Moxie
  • Carmen Duncan- CEO & Founder, Mission Accomplished Transition Services
  • Heather Howley- Owner & CEO, Independent Helicopters
  • Fazana Saleem-Ismail- Founder, Jazzy Sun Birthdays


  • Gail Watson– Administrative Manager, Teal, Becker & Chiaramonte, CPAs, P.C.
  • Erika Groff- Chief Household Officer


  • Joan Regan Hayner– Chief Executive Officer, CapitalCare Medical Group
  • Paula Stopera– CEO/President, CAP COM Federal Credit Union
  • Jessica Trowbridge- Operations Manager, Capital Roots
  • Sheila Viera– Business Development Officer, Pioneer Bank



  • Grace Nannette Ashe- Community Volunteer
  • Leah Slocum- Realtor, to PEAK Residential Partners Team at Realty USA

Public Service:

  • Patricia Fahy- Assemblywoman, New York State Senate
  • Dr. Irma Waldo- Medical Director, Twin County Recovery Services of Columbia and Greene Counties

The Resourceful Women’s Luncheon awards were established in 2000 to recognize and honor those whose community and professional pursuits advance the empowerment of women, a core value of the YWCA-GCR’s mission. The luncheon strives to honor everyday women who make a difference in their work place, community and beyond. These accomplished, energetic, and committed women represent the spirit of determination we hold dear at the YWCA-GCR. All proceeds from the Resourceful Women’s Luncheon will benefit the YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, Inc. to sustain, enhance and expand our unique and cutting-edge services. Your financial contribution will have a greater impact through a matching pledge: For the next three years, an anonymous donor has generously offered to match (1 to 4) of all public support funds raised by the YWCA-GCR.

Women come to the YWCA-GCR in times of crisis, for safe and affordable housing, victim advocacy, help with addiction, job training and career counseling, and case management. We give women and women with children a second chance and a fresh start, by providing temporary and permanent housing combined with 360° of Support in order to empower them to be able to achieve their goals and maintain self-sufficiency. Our supportive services are available to and are utilized by community members through My Sister’s Closet, Jamison-Rounds Ready For Work “Job Readiness” Employment Training Program, Jamison-Rounds Ready for School Program, our Food Pantry and Weekly Community Meal. In addition, we provide Homeless Prevention and case management services to Rensselaer County residents facing eviction.

We invite the public to help us honor these amazing women. General tickets are $60.00. For more information; contact Malissa Pilette-McClenon at (518) 274-7100, or malissap@ywca-gcr.org