Honoring Community Members

Herlocher Foods, Inc.
Corporate Partner of the Year Award

The Corporate Partner of the Year Award is presented to a local business that has supported the work of the CCWRC over an extended period of time through sponsorships, in-kind donations, and promoting the CCWRC within the community.

Eileen Leibowitz
Mimi Barash Coppersmith  Philanthropist of the Year Award 

The Philanthropist of the Year Award goes to a member of the community who, through his or her on-going generosity, has helped create a safer Centre County by supporting the Centre County Women’s Resource Center.  Either by broad-based or targeted program support, the Philanthropist of the Year has played a significant role in providing direct services to victims of domestic and sexual violence and/or to the primary prevention of violence.

Long-time State College resident Eileen Leibowitz has held leadership roles with many local organizations, including the League of Women Voters, the Jewish Community Council and the Faculty Women’s Club. She managed the campaigns of candidates running for the State College Borough Council, the State College Area School Board and the Pennsylvania Legislature. She was the first woman to be appointed a public member of the Pennsylvania State Board of Optometry, and she spent nearly a decade on the advisory council for Penn State’s Center for Performing Arts. She also served on the boards of the Friends of the Palmer Museum and the Hillel Foundation for many years.

Eileen and her late husband, Herschel, were named the 2003 Renaissance Couple of the Year and in the same year were named honorary chairpersons of the Palmer Museum of Art Gala. Eileen also was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Center for Performing Arts.

Gail Jones
Friend of the Centre Community Service Award 

The Friend of the Center Community Service Award goes to a member of the community who is not currently a staff member or volunteer of the CCWRC but who has provided significant support to our programs.  Typically utilizing his or her professional expertise to assist program staff or service recipients, the honoree has enhanced the quality of life for survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

Gail Jones is a State College native who left the area while her husband, Chip, served our country in the USMC. She attended East Carolina University and Craven Community College between her husband’s deployments. They returned in 1994 to raise their two children, Sarah and CJ, in Happy Valley. She has been employed with Penn State Federal Credit Union for twenty-two years in several positions. Gail started her volunteer work helping with her children’s activities. She volunteered with the Red Ribbon Aids Walk and served on the PHH Credit Union Advisory Board for five years.  In 2007 she started her volunteer work with the Centre County Women’s Resource Center Steps to Safety 5K planning committee. As chair of the committee for many years, she enjoyed working with the CCWRC staff, Penn State and other community volunteers to grow and promote the event. Fundraising to help survivors of domestic and sexual violence became a significant priority in her life. She completed the Leadership Centre County program in 2009 and now volunteers with the State College Area School District Diversified Occupations Committee, is a Board Member at the Centre County Convention and Visitors Bureau and spends time packing weekend backpacks for the YMCA of Centre County’s Y Feeds Kids Program. Gail is also a proud grandmother of three rowdy boys!

Emily Waterman & the HUDDIL Lab
Partner in Prevention Award

The Partner in Prevention Award goes to a member of the community who has emerged as a “key leader” in the work to end domestic and sexual violence by partnering with the CCWRC in primary prevention activities and programs.  The Partner in Prevention understands and supports the work to stop domestic and sexual violence at its roots.  Through his/her work in schools and the community, the Partner in Prevention has exhibited a long-term commitment to the creation of a safer community.

Emily Waterman, M.S., is a doctoral candidate in Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) and a Prevention and Methodology Training Fellow (funded by NIH). In addition, she is the Assistant Director for Social Science of Health and Human Development Design for Impact Lab (HUDDIL), an interdisciplinary team that aims to decrease the time between scientific discoveries and their broader social impact. Emily wants to improve outcomes for adolescents and young adults by designing and evaluating evidence-based programs that are engaging, relevant, and desirable to users. Her passion is in preventing interpersonal violence and supporting healthy relationships. She works at all levels of research translation from basic research on risk and protective factors, to program evaluation, to designing programs to scale. Several talented members of the HUDDIL team work in conjunction with Emily, in partnership with the CCWRC: Meg Small (Director, HUDDIL), Alicia Ali, Danielle Barrasse, Morgan Bryan (Undergraduates, Health and Human Development), Sarah Kidder (Research assistant, Prevention Research Center), and Susanna Walter (recent graduate of State College Area School District).

Katherine Hamilton
Emerging Leader Award

The Emerging Leader Award is presented to a community member who, through service on a Board Committee, on the Board, or as a program volunteer, has begun to emerge as a leader in the fight against domestic and sexual violence in Centre County.  Through his or her contributions, both financial and of time and energy, the honoree has demonstrated commitment to the CCWRC and to the creation of a safer Centre County.

Katherine Hamilton is a faculty member in the College of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State. Katherine has volunteered as a counselor/advocate and done outreach education for the CCWRC since 2012. Her hope is to build an awareness of the struggles faced by those that experience sexual and domestic violence on a daily basis. With a background in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Katherine has also chaired the Personnel Committee for the CCWRC for the past 3 years and served as a volunteer representative on the Board of Directors.

Special Recognition
Megan McCloskey and Lainy Pierce
Co-Presidents, Penn State Athletes Take Action

Megan is a senior on the Penn State Track & Field team, majoring in Public Relations and minoring in Business. Megan loves having the opportunity to use her platform as an athlete to work with and help people within the Penn State and State College communities. Megan has been working with PSATA for two years now, and hopes to continue to foster a positive middle school experience for the kids in our community.

Lainy is a senior captain on the Penn State Women’s Volleyball Team. She earned her Public Relations degree and minor in Human Development and Family Studies this May 2017. Lainy intends to graduate in December after her senior season with a subsequent degree in Broadcast Journalism. Lainy has been a member of PSATA since her freshman year and has been Co-President for the past two years. She wants every child to live a happy life and encourages continued education on maintaining positive healthy relationships.

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