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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 Awards

Nominations for the 2018 Women of Achievement Awards are now closed. Thank you to everyone who participated. One winner from each category of nominations will be chosen and announced in late May. Winners will be honored at a dinner at Moonbrook Country Club on June 19th. If you would like to attend the dinner, tickets are now available. To purchase tickets for the dinner, please select your meal and complete payment using the Paypal link at the top of this page.

2018 WOA Categories:

HEALTH/WELLNESS/FITNESS: 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.
OUTSTANDING ENTREPRENEUR: 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. 
MENTORSHIP/EDUCATION/TRAINING: 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.
LEADER OF THE FUTURE: 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.


                                             2017 Winners 

Left to Right: Lisa Schmidtfrerick-Miller (Health/Wellness/Fitness),  Melanie J. Berg (Outstanding Entrepreneur), 
Sarah E. Bigney (Leader of the Future), and Rev. Chloe Smith (Mentorship/Education/Training)



          Chloe Smith

Rev. Chloe Smith
“loves the Lord and  purposes to live each day in a way that  demonstrates it”. She was born and raised in   Jamestown, N.Y. and is the mother of 3 beautiful children. She was blessed to have a wonderful 15 year marriage to J.D. Smith before being widowed in January of 2014.

Chloe is a graduate of Jamestown Business College with a degree in Marketing and Management. She has worked in Jamestown Public Schools as a Paraprofessional and in the After School Program through the YWCA. She has been the Assistant Pastor at the North Main Street Church of God and at Zion Tabernacle Church.

She was ordained by the Rev. Robert Reeves Sr. of Zion Tabernacle Church. She is currently a parishioner at Blackwell Chapel AME Zion Church and works with the Blackwell Chapel Baby Café as a Doula and Spiritual Advisor.

Chloe is passionate about her community and has volunteered with Juneteenth, the Chadakoin River West Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA), the Chadakoin Park Rebuild Project and the Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI). She is also involved in the Jail Ministry at the Mayville County Jail through Aglow International.

Chloe says, “ The Lord has opened the door for me to speak at many churches, civic gatherings and conferences. I feel a specific call to minister to women.  I meet with women on a weekly basis to help encourage them to make successful changes and to make and reach their goals using Biblical principles.”


          Leader of the Future
       Sarah E. Bigney 


Sarah E. Bigney has worked at UPMC as an Inpatient Coding Manager since 2013. In her work there she is responsible for overseeing the corporate Revenue Cycle coding operations.  She works with remote staff to help make process improvements and ensure all coding is completed timely and accurately.  She also works on special projects and implementations of new technology within the Coding Department. 

The part that she enjoys most about her work is being able to communicate and connect with her employees to implement changes that are truly beneficial to the worker and company.

 She graduated from Jamestown Business College in 2009 with an Associate’s degree, and from the University of Pittsburgh in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Information Management.

She passed her professional exam as a Registered Health Information Administrator.  From her internship with UPMC in college, she was offered a full time position, which has allowed her to continue to grow in this field.

Her volunteer work includes serving on the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Board of Directors, where she also  served as their Vice President. In her work with their signature event Come To The Table in 2016, she was able to help them raise the most monies to date .

Sarah is also involved in missionary work through the Moving Mountains Missions organization in Guatemala.  Some of those trips have included construction projects  helping out with Vacation Bible School, home visits and clinic work.


          Outstanding Entrepreneur
        Melanie J Berg

Melanie J Berg is co-owner of Forge Health and Performance and Urban Spin. Forge, a personal and small group training facility, has been open since November 2014 and Urban Spin, an indoor cycling studio, opened in January of this year.

Melanie’s passion to help others along with her love of athletics, working out, and being healthy, were her inspiration in co-founding both businesses.

After 4 years of living in Austin, TX, she felt a strong calling to return home to help her hometown community become more active and united through health and fitness.

Melanie attended Youngstown State University to play soccer and graduated in 2004 with a Criminal Justice degree. After college, she moved to Florida and worked at Lifetime Fitness gaining general fitness knowledge. After a brief year in Florida, she returned home and focused heavily on her love of weight training and working out; ultimately competing in 2 figure competitions in 2009.

Through Urban Spin, Melanie volunteers her time as an Indoor Cycling Instructor to provide donation based cycling classes for Community Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Spin Against Stigma) and CASA (Super Hero Spin). Both are free cycling classes for the community and 100% of the donations go to the organization. She looks forward to doing more of this and  volunteering her time to help the community not only become happy, healthy, and fit, but to help those in need.


          Lisa Schmidtfrerick-Miller

Lisa Schmidtfrerick-Miller is self-employed as a Public Health consultant, and maintains a small massage therapy practice. Lisa also works with regional planning firms to assist in the development of community comprehensive and trail plans. 

In addition to being a small-business owner, Lisa has enjoyed past work experience in retail, manufacturing, and government. She earned her Bachelor's degree at Cornell University and returned to school mid-career to earn a Master's degree at the State University of New York at Fredonia.     

Lisa was integral in starting a local women’s cycling group, which has helped dozens of area women to gain skill and confidence to ride safely and  independently. 

She served as Board Secretary for the statewide New York Bicycling Coalition, and continues to serve as a Board Member. 

Lisa also served for several years on the Marco Island, Florida Bike Pathways Committee that successfully developed over 30 miles of bike lanes on the island.  Locally, she has led a variety of steering committees and fundraising efforts.

Lisa, along with Women on Wheels bike group members, organized a tremendously successful benefit "Sips for Safer Cycling"  for two of her friends who were hit by a car while bicycling, and continues to advocate for safe cycling. 

In addition to bicycling, Lisa enjoys photography, walking, baking, and travel.  She lives in Ashville with her husband, Bob, and two dogs. 

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

  Bronze Circle YWCA Friends

Rebecca Nystrom
Sharon Matson
Everydays True Value
Lind Funeral Home, Inc.


Chautauqua Patrons Insurance Company
J. Edwards Insurance Agency, Inc.
Bernie Palermo, Lucille Miller         
B. Dolores Thompson
Janet Forbes
Lundberg Price PC,
Beth Oakes 


*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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