ASD Superintendent named a YWCA Woman of Achievement


September 20, 2016


Congratulations to ASD’s superintendent, Dr. Deena Paramo, who was named a YWCA Alaska/BP Woman of Achievement. She and nine others will be honored at a special ceremony on Nov. 3.


The following news release is shared on behalf of YWCA Alaska and BP.



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27th Annual YWCA Alaska/BP Women of Achievement & Youth Awards


Anchorage, Alaska – September 19, 2016

The 2016 Women of Achievement awardees have been selected. 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 ten extraordinary women. In its 27th year, it now represents an Academy of 321 women who have shaped our last 27 years and will continue to shape the next 27 years as we work to eliminate racism and empower women in Alaska.

2016 Awardees:


Sheri Buretta

Chairman of the Board, Chugach Alaska Corporation

Judith Crotty

Community Development Regional Manager, Wells Fargo

Mara Kimmel

Co-Founder, Alaska Immigration Justice Project

Kris Norosz

Director of Government Affairs, Icicle Seafoods

Deena Paramo

Superintendent, Anchorage School District

Elizabeth Pierce

CEO/Founding Partner, Quintillion

Elizabeth Ripley

Executive Director, Mat-Su Health Foundation

Rev. Julia Seymour

Pastor, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America/Lutheran Church of Hope

Ivy Spohnholz

Alaska State Representative

Carol Swartz

Director, Kachemak Bay Campus – Kenai Peninsula


Please join us in honoring these women at the 2016 Women of Achievement & Youth Awards.


  • Event Details – Thursday, November 3, 2016 from 5:15 pm to 8:00 pm at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, Discovery Theatre


About the YWCA

The YWCA is the voice for every woman. For over a century, the YWCA has spoken out and taken action on behalf of women and girls. The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Over 2 million people participate each year in YWCA programs at more than 1,300 locations across the U.S. Worldwide, the YWCA serves more than 25 million women and girls in 125 countries.


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