The Grand Rapids Community College’s Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion will be honoring four GRCC women during the 2018 Salute to Women Awards.
Morgan Brown, Shannon Gamel, Peggy Gorno, Karen Walker will be honored for their
personal and professional excellence and for serving as role models to other women in the community.
Brown is a GRCC student working towards an Associate of Fine Arts degree and hopes to open her own photography studio. While working as the GRCC athletic photographer, she is also the president of Phi Theta Kappa.
Gamel arrived at GRCC after getting her GED diploma after becoming a high school dropout. She received her Associate of Science degree in 2015. Gamel has since received a bachelor’s in biology from Ferris State University and is currently working toward a pharmacy doctorate.
During Gorno’s served 18 years at GRCC as the assistant
director of Financial Aid, the director of the Enrollment Center, coordinator of the Campus Information System, and IT manager of Academic Applications.
Since leaving GRCC, Gorno writes about her cancer story as a “cancer thriver.”
Walker works as GRCC’s Director of the Occupational Therapy program (OTP)
but also volunteers at a crisis hotline while working with kids who have disabilities. During her time at GRCC, she has created numerous community partnerships with Pine Rest Christian Mental Health
Services, Mercy Health Saint Mary’s and Spectrum Health to help the OTP students get hands-on experience.
“In recent decades, we have seen changes in attitude and access to opportunities for women, especially in colleges and universities,” stated Director of the Woodrick Center, Domingo Hernandez-Gomez in the press release. “It’s within this context of progress that we celebrate the compassion, courage, advocacy, service and leadership of four of our very own in the spirit of advancing equity and inclusion for all.”
This event will be held at 1:30 p.m. until 3 p.m. on Tues., March 27 in the Applied Technology Center.