Women of Achievement

There are many women in our area who deserve to be recognized for their professional achievements. As a leader in supporting and empowering all women and their families, the YWCA of Jamestown created the Women of Achievement Awards to honor these notable women.

2018 Women Of Achievement Award Winners


-A woman who improves their community by promoting better living standards and exemplifies healthier lifestyles through leadership in wellness, well-being, physical fitness and empowerment of others to follow in her footsteps.

Breeanne Agett

Breeanne Agett currently serves as the Epidemiology Manager for the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services. In this role, Bree works to track and trend diseases and conditions impacting County residents, oversees the department’s community health assessment and community health planning processes, and works closely with community partners on health and community improvement strategies. She has worked for Chautauqua County since 2009, spending 2 years with Environmental Health Services as a Sanitarian Trainee, and six years as a Public Health Planner for the Department prior to assuming the title of Epidemiologist in 2017.

Bree obtained a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Biology from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY, and a Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology from the University at Albany.

Bree’s ability to understand and use data has assisted the Department of Health and Human Services in identifying and communicating health concerns to stakeholders. She has assisted the team in the passing of the Tobacco 21 Law, improving access to breastfeeding education and support services for all moms, developing the Innovate, Collaborate, Educate (ICE) 8 Program, tracking the course of the opioid epidemic on various levels, and coordinated efforts to improve access to nutritious foods and opportunities for physical activity. Bree strongly values relationships with colleagues within and outside of County government, and enjoys connecting people and organizations to meet mutual goals for community benefit.

Bree is a Sherman Wildcat at heart, but currently lives in Lakewood with her husband Zach and sons Lincoln and Truman.


-A woman entrepreneur who strives to build a great company and also contributes to the success of other women. This award honors a woman in business and small business. 

Kyla Rodrigeuez

Owner and operator of Forbici Hair Design, Kyla Rodriguez started her career in 2006. Kyla is a graduate of Maple Grove High School and the Hewes BOCES Center for Cosmetology.

At a young age, Kyla was intrigued by the beauty industry and knew she had found her niche. She always aspired to own a salon so she could create the perfect experience for her clients. Having had the opportunity to work in other businesses, it helped mold the atmosphere for Forbici. Never in her wildest dreams did she think her passion of the beauty industry would lead to where she is today.

Forbici Hair Design opened its doors in 2011. Forbici is a woman-owned and operated full-service salon and spa offering hair, skin, massage, and nail services. Prior to Forbici, Kyla became an Educator for Enjoy Hair Care in 2009. She was then given the opportunity to teach about the latest products and trends in salons and spas at trade shows nationwide.

Today there are 13 women working at Forbici Hair Design, most of whom are also small business owners themselves. Collectively their impact can be felt by their growing clientele list. Owning a woman-owned and operated small business in Chautauqua County has been one of the most fulfilling accomplishments for Kyla and she cannot thank the community enough for continuing to support the business.

It’s important to Kyla to continue to maintain a strong working relationship with the local Cosmetology class at the Hewes Center. Kyla understands the importance of giving students the opportunity to work in the salon environment while they are still in school. She continues to volunteer her time inside and outside of the classroom, as well as hosting the students every year for their annual fieldtrip.



-A woman who inspires others with her passion for personal growth, development, and life-long learning. Through education, employee training or community education, she develops innovative programs.

Brenda Salemme

Brenda Salemme is the Director of Admissions for Jamestown Business College. Brenda began her career with JBC in 1999 and has helped thousands of students attain their degrees. Brenda has always focused on providing exceptional service and lives by the college motto, Students Come First. Prior to working at JBC, Brenda worked for 16 years in Banking (for Key Bank and Empire of America Savings Bank). Her positions there include Branch Manager/Assistant Vice President, Private Banker, and District Sales Trainer.  Brenda is a member of a number of professional organizations. She has been a member of the Chautauqua County Counselors Association for 19 years and has served as the treasurer for 15 years. She is also an active member of the Cattaraugus County Counselors Association and the Chautauqua County Business Teachers Association.  Brenda is also a very active member in her community and has worked with a number of community organizations. Most recently, she served on the Hispanic Coalition of Chautauqua County and the Hispanic Immersion Action Team, co-chairing their Education Committee.  Brenda was also on the Board of Family Services of Jamestown for 7 years and served as their board President for 2 years.  During her banking years, she was an active member of Sertoma Club of Jamestown (which focused on community projects for local youth), and served as their treasurer for 2 years.  In past years, she also served on the local board of the American Heart Association and volunteered for Habitat for Humanity and the Babe Ruth World Series.

Brenda was born and raised in Jamestown, NY; she resides with her husband John. She and John have been married for 28 years and are proud parents to their daughter, Corine (pronounced: Corinne). Brenda enjoys a variety of hobbies including camping, shopping at T.J. Maxx, and spending time with her family. She enjoys traveling and has taken a number of cruises over the years.


-A 25-40-year-old woman with a minimum of 2 years of college or specialized training who has served in her current position for a minimum of one year. In her position, she will have exhibited good communication skills and has led a project to completion. This woman would also be a volunteer in at least one community activity.

Emily Reynolds


Emily Reynolds is the Executive Director at Cornell Cooperative Extension. She began her career at Extension as a 4-H Issue leader in 2007. She was born and raised in Chautauqua County. Emily is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of The University of Findlay with a BA Degree in Communications, a BS Degree in Western Equestrian Studies and a MBA in Public Administration. She is a member of the National and State 4-H Educators Association and has received awards for, Excellence in Club Support, Achievement in Service and Outstanding Media Publications.

Emily is also a certified Master Food Preserver, and spent 7 years as Sherman Central School Board member. She enjoys spending time with her family, horses, hunting, fishing, camping and being outside. Emily is a third generation horse trainer. She was born and raised with Arabian horses and spent much of her childhood on the back of a horse. She spent three years professionally training reining and show horses in Ohio and New York and before beginning her career with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County.

Emily continues to train and show horses, offer specialized lessons, and clinics, and maintain a small farm with her husband Tony, and son Colton. Emily is a professional Cowboy Mounted Shooter and a member of the Stagecoach West Professional Ride Team. She began showing horses at age 2 and has competed all over the US in Cowboy Mounted Shooting and Horse Shows. Emily has four horses, four dogs and two cats.



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*Please be aware that nominees can only win once.

**Also note that The Woman of Achievement committee reserves the right to move nominees within categories.
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