Eight Tampa Bay women, whose leadership and achievements have made them role models in the community, were honored Wednesday by the YWCA of Tampa Bay.
The women and one company join a group of 275 women and 48 corporations previously chosen as part of the 20-year-old national YWCA recognition program.
This year's winners of the tribute, sponsored by the St. Petersburg Times, Eckerd Corp. and Morton Plant Mease Health Care, are:
Arts, Entertainment or Hospitality _ Mary Roberta "Boo" Ehrsam, an artist and owner of Rainbow Media Enterprises in Pinellas Park.
Education _ Julie Mastry Janssen, who is program coordinator for the Center for Advanced Technologies at Lakewood High School in St. Petersburg.
Government or law _ Ruth Barnes Kinsolving, a shareholder in Carlton Fields in Tampa.
Business or industry _ Susan Buchanan, executive vice president of operations for Nielsen Media Research in Dunedin.
Volunteer community service _ Elizabeth Waters Kennedy, community coordinator for the Healthy Start Coalition of Hillsborough County.
Entrepreneur _ Margie Tingley, president and CEO of Tingley Systems in Dade City.
Young Adult _ Sherri-Ann Cynthia Henderson is a student at St. Petersburg Junior College.
Health and Human Service _ Marcie Biddleman, executive director of the St. Petersburg Free Clinic. She also is employed by the Department of Children and Families as the state community facilitator for Family Preservation and Support Services' Five-Year Plan.
The winner of the corporate award was St. Joseph's-St. Anthony's Health System. Isaac Mallah, CEO of the system, accepted the award.