SHERO Stories

Women make significant, positive impact on this community every day.  They contribute to their family, their workplace, through volunteer commitments and endless other ways.  The YWCA has created the SHERO award to enable you to honor any woman who has made a powerful difference in your life. A SHERO is a woman that has been a hero to you (She Helps Everyone Realize Opportunities).

  
 About Our 2013 SHERO's 
   

Annie (Splinter) Anderson

 

"Annie helped many young women get more involved in the community. " Read more... 

Sandra Ganey

 

"Sandra is an extraordinary Mom, sister-in-law, teacher, organizer and planetary warrior." Read more... 

Bonnie Bennett

 

"Bonnie quietly and unselfishly gives back in so many ways and to a variety of causes."  Read more... 

Andrea Burger

 

"Andrea is a SHERO because of how committed she is to her family, work, volunteering and to this great community."  Read more... 

Dawn Schaefer

 

"Dawn is always ready to help people with whatever needs to be done and is an inspiration to most others including a great love from family and friends." Read more... 

Leila Bjorklund

 

"Leila has lived a life of serving others."  Read more... 

Julie Nelson

 

"Julie lives each day by placing service above self – she is an example for us all."  Read more...

 

Gretta Handke

 

"For the last quarter century or so Gretta has taught various aspects of world history to MSU students."   Read more... 

Patricia Peterson

 

"Throughout the years Patricia has completed countless acts of kindness . . ."  Read more... 

Kathy Jensen

 

"Without her, the Greater Mankato Diversity Council does not function . . ."  Read more...

 

Sandra Woods

 

"She cares for everyone . . ."  Read more...

 

Shay Kulla

 

"The glass is always more than full with Shay . . ."  Read more... 
   
   
   
 About Our 2012 SHERO's 

Anne Ganey

 

"Anne exemplifies the mission and vision of the YWCA and continues to advocate for women and girls in our community."  Read more.. 

Carol Stallkamp


 

"Carol is a SHERO because she is dedicated to improving the status of women at Minnesota State University, Mankato.  She is an excellent example of women leaders on campus." Read more...  

Jane Schwickert

 

"Jane is a tireless, humble volunteer supporting many charity organizations in Mankato." Read more... 

Kristin Nordgren

 

"I am inspired by Kris's humility and strength" Read more.... 

Marcia Jones Richards

 

"Wow--where do I start! Marcia embodies the YWCA mission." Read more.. 

Maureen Nowak

 

"Maureen is impeccably talented at making our clients and guest feel incredibly welcome." Read more... 

Pam DeMarce

 

"Pam is very involved in our community, she's in a multitude of organizations, works tirelessly to improve our community, and supports women in their personal and professional goals."  Read more.... 

Rita Petrie

 

"Rita believes in, embodies and supports the YWCA mission."  Read more.... 

Rosemary Busse

 

"Rosemary is one of the kindest and most caring and patient people I have ever come across." Read more..