YWCA of RI to Honor 11 Women With Achievement Awards During Ceremony

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
GoLocalProv Lifestyle Team

DeLoris Davis Grant
The YWCA of Rhode Island will honor eleven local women and one organization during this year’s Women of Achievement Award ceremony.

See the Honorees in the Slideshow Below

The ceremony will take place on Tuesday, November 14  from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Kirkbrae Country Club in Lincoln.

The Ceremony

Representative Deb Ruggiero, president of DR Communications Group will serve as the emcee.

The 2017 Women of Achievement honorees include LeeAnn Byrne, Alison Eichler, Anne Grant, Deloris Davis Grant, Marta Martinez, Pilar McCloud, Julie Nora, Elin Torell, Vanessa Volz, Henrietta Tonia White-Holder, and Chanda Womack.  

The NEA Rhode Island Children’s Fund Gingerbread Express will be recognized as the organization of the year.

“The women we are honoring are nothing short of incredible. They are dedicated to their communities, to women and girls advancement and to making the world a better place. It’s an honor for the YWCA to recognize them for their efforts.” said Deborah L. Perry, CEO YWCA Rhode Island.

YWCA’s Women of Achievement

Since 2005, YWCA has sponsored this statewide recognition of women whose accomplishments span the fields of industry, culture and public service.

For more information, click here.

See the Honorees in the Slideshow Below

  • LeeAnn Byrne

    Byrne is the Legislative Director at the office of General Treasurer Seth Magaziner. 

    Prior to that, she was the policy director at the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless where. There she lead the Coalition's government relations and lobbying efforts. 

    PHOTO: Linkedin

  • Alison Eichler

    Eichler is the Co-President of Eichler Realty Company Inc. 

    She also serves as secretary on the Board of Directors for FirstWorks and the President of the Board of Directors at Sophia Academy.


    PHOTO: Linkedin

  • Anne Grant 

    Grant is a writer for the Parenting Project and Union Theological Seminary. 

    She previously served as Vice President of CommunityWorks RI. 

  • Deloris Davis Grant

    Grant is an English and drama teacher at Central Falls High School and is the co-founder of the Upward Bound Alumni Scholarship Fund.

    She graduated from Rhode Island College as part of the class of 1988. 

  • Marta Martinez

    Martínez is the founder and project director of Rhode Island Latino Arts. 

    She has taught elementary and middle school and has lectured at local libraries, schools and museums (including the Providence Children’s Museum and the RISD Museum). 

    In 2015, she published a book entitled Rhode Island Latino History and is available for book talks or lectures on the book.

  • Pilar McCloud

    McCloud helped leads the NAACP Providence Youth Council. 

    In 2015, she was awarded the Providence NAACP Rosa Parks Award. She received the National Association of Secretaries of State Medalion Award given to recognize outstanding public service and civic engagement.

    PHOTO: Lincoln School

  • Julie Nora

    Nora is Director of the International Charter School (ICS) in Pawtucket.

    Prior to leading ICS, she worked as a teacher of ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) in K-12 settings and as an applied researcher at the Education Alliance at Brown University. 

  • Elin Torrell

    Torell is the director of International Coastal Programs, Evaluation, Livelihoods, and Gender at the University of Rhode Island Coastal Resource Center. 

    She has over 15 years of experience providing technical assistance and leading complex and interdisciplinary projects in East Africa and South East Asia.



  •  Vanessa Volz

    Volz serves as the Executive Director of Sojourner House, which is a comprehensive domestic violence agency that serves Providence and northern Rhode Island.

    She is also President of the Women's Health and Education Fund (WHEF). 

  • Henrietta Tonia White-Holder

    White-Holder is the founder and CEO of Higher Ground International, which works to improve lives in the rural villages of West Africa and the West African community in Providence.

    In 2015, White-Holder opened the Rukiya (the swahili word for “rising up/progress”) center on the south side of Providence. The Rukiya center was the first venue of its kind in Providence to offer intergenerational programs, women, and youth empowerment programs. 

    PHOTO: Higher Ground International



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