October 2013 Honorees
These women were honored during an October 2013 reception. Click on their name to read their inspiring stories.
There are two significant photos of Shari Bartz-Smith from early in her career as an athletic trainer. In one, she is pictured with the volleyball team at Northwood University, the other with the football team at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
When she first accepted a head coaching position, Claudette Charney was just a few years older than her basketball players. She also had to work at three other jobs in addition to coaching part time at Muskegon Community College to make ends meet.
Working at a desk job was the catalyst that helped Cari Draft find a new career. Draft graduated from Grand Valley in 1988 with a bachelor's degree in advertising and public relations. She worked as a graphic designer until her son, Austin, was born, then did freelance work from her home until deciding it was time for something different.
It's been quite a journey for Joanna Kitlinski since she first picked up a rugby ball. From her first year as a rookie on Grand Valley's club sport team, Kitlinski's passion for the sport has increased proportionally with her talent and determination.
Pat Oldt has spent her career advocating for women and girls to have the same opportunities as men and boys. When she served as superintendent of Northview Public Schools in the 1990s, Oldt commissioned the district's first Title IX audit, which showed inequities in girls and boys sports.
When she talks about competing in triathlons, you wouldn't know that Wendy Burns-Ardolino is a relative newcomer to the sport. Her first triathlon was in 2010. She's since completed many more, including the Michigan Titanium in Grand Rapids in late August.
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