Northwest Ohio

YWCA in the News

2018 Milestones Winners

Government: Judge Denise Navarre Cubbon
Business: Debra Monagan
Education: WillAnn Moore
Social Services: Jan Ruma
Science: Dr. Randa Mansour-Shousher
Volunteerism: Sarah Skow
Arts: Cynthia Thompson  

   The YWCA inducted seven members into its Milestones class of 2018 in a March 28 ceremony. Nearly 1,000 people attended the Seagate Convention Center event. For 23 years, the YWCA’s Milestones event has celebrated women who have demonstrated leadership qualities and opened doors for other women.

 This year’s inductees include Denise Cubbon, administrative judge from Lucas County Juvenile Court and a nationally known leader in juvenile justice services and reform; Dr. Randa Mansour-Shousher, an audiologist in private practice at the Northwest Ohio Hearing Clinic and founder of the HearCare Connection, which provides hearing services to low-income adults and underserved children here and abroad; and Debra Monagan, president and partner with Communica, an international advertising and marketing agency headquartered in Toledo, with offices in Columbus, Charlotte, Detroit, and Shanghai.

     Other inductees include WilliAnn Moore, an educator with Toledo Public Schools for more than 30 years and past president of the Toledo chapter of the NAACP; and Jan Ruma, vice president of the Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio and executive director of Toledo/Lucas County CareNet, which coordinates healthcare services for more than 25,000 low-income residents.

Other 2018 Milestone awardees are Sarah Skow, an attorney who serves as a board member for the Toledo Bar Association, Advocates for Basic Legal Equality (ABLE), Legal Aid of Western Ohio, and Children’s Theater Workshop. She is president of The Arts Commission. The final inductee is Cynthia Thompson, who with her husband, owns Midwest Stamping, a manufacturer of auto parts. She is chair of the board for the Toledo Museum of Art and served as chair of the National Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts of the USA.

Teen Outreach Program (March for Our Lives)


Last month’s March for Our Lives, organized by students from area high schools, drew as many as 2,000 participants protesting gun violence and the lack of action by Congress. The march followed the mass shooting at Parkland High School in Florida. Students from the YWCA’s Teen Outreach Program (TOP) organized the local event. TOP teens engage in after-school activities that deepen their engagement in community programs and responsible citizenship.

In addition to organizing the March for Our Lives event, TOP teens have supported voter registration drives and hosted candidate forums for local elected officials.

Penny Tullis, the YWCA’s Youth Development director, emphasized that the march was planned and organized by students. The YWCA’s youth development department assisted with guidance, logistical support, and supplies.

Events like the March for Our Lives are a natural extension of TOP’s program goals, says Tullis. We encourage constructive actions that help young people be successful now and in later life.” The YWCA’s support for student activism is a reflection of the organization’s historic mission of social engagement and advocacy for issues and causes that affect the most vulnerable in our society.