Our Annual Woman of Achievement Event honors one woman from the greater Taunton Area for her significant personal, professional and community-based accomplishments and contributions. Each recipient is a shining example of strong, smart and bold role model not only for the members of Girls Inc., but for the community as a whole.
2007 – Dr. Cynthia Booth-Riccardi: first female president, Old Colony Historical Society
2008 – Donna Trucchi: remarkable work and efforts in support of teens and job readiness skills.
2009 – Colleen Karsner, Esq.: personal accomplishments in combination with successful career and community involvement.
2010 – Dr. Elizabeth Tito: pioneer in breast cancer health programs offered at Morton Hospital and dedication to progressive women’s health issues.
2011 – Jann Alden: successful rise in the ranks of banking industry and fierce commitment to the betterment of the greater Taunton Community through community service with more than nine community organizations.
“By recognizing strong, smart and bold women and the way that they have made a difference in our community and the lives of girls they touch will only continue to inspire those girls and others.” – Jann Alden
2012 – Debbie Araujo: steadfast advocate for families and children in need throughout her 32-year career in human services and for championing the annual Operation Christmas toy drive.
2013 – Kimberly Thomas: an advocate for survivors of domestic and sexual violence for more than 12 years while being involved with New Hope.
2014 – Sarah Doherty: an entrepreneur, adventurer and inspiration who lost her right leg at a young age who used her obstacle to fuel her passion of mountain climbing, occupational therapy and entrepreneurism in the creation of her company Sidestix Ventures.
2015 – Mary Pat Tranter: a lifelong educator with a 24-year career at Coyle & Cassidy High School who boldly took a risk by setting aside opportunities as a promising research scientist in order to pursue her passion for teaching.
“Receiving the award made me consciously recognize the value of my work and provided me with a renewed energy to further advance the mission and vision of Coyle and Cassidy.” – Mary Pat Tranter
2016 – Dr. Kathleen Hoye: the first woman anesthesiologist ever employed by Morton Hospital. Through her over 25 years of service and Morton, Kathy exemplifies leadership and community.