2017 Women of Achievement

The 2017 Women of Achievement Dinner will be held at Moon Brook Country Club

on June 13, 2017. Doors open at 5:30 pm with dinner served at 6:00 pm.

2016 Women of Achievement

Left to Right:
Julie Rockcastle (Outstanding Entrepreneur); Christine Schuyler (Health/Wellness/Fitness); Janice Bowman (Mentorship/Education/Training);
Susan Huther (Arts/Heritage/Culture); Christina King (Leader of the Future)

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 Jamestown created the Women of Achievement Award to honor these notable women.

A heartfelt thank you goes out to all of our donors"

Silver Circle Bronze Circle YWCA Friends
 Rebecca Nystrom Janet Forbes
Lind Funeral Home
Everydays True Value

J. Edwards Insurance Agency Inc.
Lundberg Law Offices
Lucille Miller
Sharon Matson
Patricia Munson
Bernie Palermo
Amy Bellardo
Vivian Garcia
Beth Oakes
B. Dolores Thompson.


2016 Winners   

               Janice Bowman

Janis Bowman teaches at Jamestown Community College as a Professor of Biology where she has been employed since 1989.  She is the Coordinator of the Environmental Science Program and teaches a wide variety of biology courses, some of which are Zoology, Conservation Biology, Tropical Biology and  Microbiology.  She also teaches several Honors-level courses and has served as faculty sponsor/mentor for a host of experiential opportunities including research and internships.  She has volunteered many hours as faculty Advisor for the Earth Awareness Club. 

She graduated from JCC with an A.S. Math/Science degree and transferred to SUNY Fredonia where she earned a B.S. degree in Biology/Secondary Education and a Masters in Biology. 

Janis serves on the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy Board of Directors, the Chautauqua County Water Quality Task Force, the County’s Waterways Committee, and she serves as a judge and committee member for the Chautauqua County Envirothon.  She is a member of Delta Kappa Gamma and has  volunteered for the Chautauqua County Humane Society.

She lives with her husband, Dan, and is the mother of three children and a three year old grandson.  She enjoys gardening, fishing, camping, and photographing nature in all its glory.



               Susan Huther
Susan E. Huther is the Vocal Music Teacher and Music Department Chair at Southwestern Middle and High Schools.  She is a graduate of Hartwick College with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education and Piano Performance.  She holds a Master of Arts in Historical Musicology from the University of Michigan.  She is an active member of the Chautauqua County Music Teacher’s Association, NYSSMA, and The American Choral Director's Association.  She has twice been the NYSSMA Area All-State Women’s Chairperson and chaired the CCMTA All County Vocal Jazz Choir for twelve years.

Susan  is the Artistic Director and singing member of  “Serendipity”, an 8 member female a cappella group which she has done for the past 16 years.  She also sings with the Chautauqua Chamber Singers. She has also served as guest accompanist when the music required four-hand accompaniment.  In this capacity, she has played in the Forbidden City in Beijing, China, the Czech Republic, Poland and at Chautauqua Institution.

She assisted the JHS Marching Band serving as the pit director during their summer and fall seasons from 2005-2013.  Sue also assisted with the Jamestown Choral Society in the role of accompanist. She is a member of First Presbyterian Church.  Sue resides in Jamestown and enjoys traveling, kayaking, and gardening.


          Leader of the Future
               Christina King

Christina M. King   has worked at the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation since April of 2013.  In her time there, she has transformed and expanded the Farmer’s Market, and has built important partnerships with local farmers, businesses and area residents. Under her leadership, participation by SNAP recipients and residents with low access to fresh healthy foods has dramatically increased. This results in more revenue for farmers, a more localized economy and healthier constituents.  Christina also regularly coordinates with the Chautauqua County Health Network, WCA Hospital and other health organizations to provide fresh, affordable, accessible food for residents of Jamestown and surrounding areas. The market serves as a hub for all things healthy and local and has developed into a vibrant and integral part of summer events.

Christina has volunteered at Humane Society events and also aids in local TNR (trap, neuter & release) initiatives for feral cats.

Christina lives in Jamestown with her soon to be husband, Jeffrey and their one year old son, Jack. They enjoy the outdoors, walks, swimming, spending time with family, going to baseball games, engaging in local events and weekend trips to Pittsburgh where they have family.

          Outstanding Entrepreneur
               Julie Rockcastle

Julie L. Rockcastle graduated from Jamestown High School and received a bachelor of Science degree in Plant Science from the University of New Hampshire.  She participated in her family’s business The Hunt Road Apartments from a very young age.  

After college, Julie started a business in Colorado creating comforters and quilts and traveled to craft shows in Colorado, Nevada, California and Florida.  She returned to Jamestown to be with her family in 1990. 

In the 1970’s Julie acquired a campground property in the Sherman/Panama area, so when she returned to Jamestown they started renovations to bring it back to life.

The First Annual Great Blue Heron was in 1992 and has been a collaboration with family and business partner David Tidquist ever since.  The event is in its 25th year.  Green Heron Growers farming enterprises began in 2005. 

Julie is a member of the Thule Lodge Folk Dance Team and former director of the Scandinavian Folk Festival.

Julie is the daughter of Betty and Warren Erickson and lives in Sherman with her husband, Steve, and  step- daughter, Emily.



               Christine Schuyler

Christine L. Schuyler serves as the Director of Health and Human Services for Chautauqua County.  She was appointed Public Health Director in 2008 and took on the additional role of Social Services Commissioner in 2011. 

   Christine has over 25 years of progressively responsible experience in various health and human service roles including nursing, sales, physician relations, and hospital administration. Christine is responsible for countywide public assistance, public health and children and family services programs. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Gannon University and a Master of Science in Health Care Administration from Bellevue University. Immediately prior to joining County government, she worked as Vice President of Administration at Westfield Memorial Hospital. 

Christine has demonstrated her commitment to building a healthier and stronger community through system improvement and policy changes.  She has led improvement of the health and well-being of County residents through a Health in all Policies philosophy.  She has demonstrated leadership through public health crises including the H1N1 pandemic; was instrumental in bringing the Maternal Infant Collaborative Health Initiative and Nurse Family Partnership programs to our community; and has led the charge in bringing the Innovate Collaborate Educate (ICE8) coordinated school health program to our community.   

Most recently, Christine initiated raising the age from 18 to 21 to purchase tobacco and electronic cigarette products in Chautauqua County. 


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