Salute to Scholars
The Institute for Women's Health and Leadership welcomed the two new Woman One Scholars, Christel Francois and Cherish Page on Thursday, November 14. Salute to Scholars also recognized the other seven Woman One Scholars, honored Woman One 2013 Lisa Thomas-Laury, and announced the 2014 honoree, Laurada Byers.
Woman One 2013, Honoring Lisa Thomas-Laury, Was Celebrated on April 29, at the Rittenhouse Hotel
A versatile news journalist, Thomas-Laury was honored on April 29, 2013 at the Rittenhouse Hotel in Philadelphia as the 11th annual Woman One recipient.
A graduate of Marshall University, Thomas-Laury joined 6ABC in 1978, as noon co-anchor and reporter. In 1983, she became co-anchor of the 5:00 p.m. weekday newscast. During the 1980s and 90s, she hosted 6ABC's award-winning monthly Public Affairs program, "Fast Forward," and its "Children First" series. Thomas-Laury has covered several political elections as well as the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia in 2000.
She left WPVI in 2003 after being diagnosed with POEMS syndrome, a rare nerve disorder. After undergoing a bone marrow transplant, she returned to 6ABC as a reporter and anchor in 2006.
In 2004 she received the "Braveheart Award" from the local chapter of the NAACP for her dedication to her work and community. She is currently an honorary chairperson for Maternity Care Coalition, an organization that supports mothers in need throughout the Delaware Valley. She was awarded Philadelphia's Liberty Bell Award from the Mayor's Commission on People with Disabilities in 2008.
Lisa Thomas-Laury and WOMAN One were recently mentioned in the Philadelphia Inquirer and on philly.com. The ceremony was also covered on ABC 6's 11:00 news.
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Past Woman One Honorees
Since the Woman One program was initiated by the IWHL in 2003, honorees have been:
- Journalist, Lisa Thomas-Laury (2013)
- Community leader, Dianne Semingson (2012)
- Director of the Women's Bureau at the U.S. Department of Labor Sara Manzano-Díaz (2011)
- Former first lady of Drexel University Eliana Papadakis (2010)
- Former president of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Jane Pepper (2009)
- City representative and director of commerce Stephanie Naidoff (2008)
- Robert Wood Johnson Foundation president and CEO Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey (2007)
- Philanthropist and television personality Suzanne Roberts (2006)
- Olympic gold medalist Dawn Staley (2005)
- Attorney and community leader Leslie Anne Miller (2004)
- Pennsylvania secretary of public welfare Estelle Richman (2003)
Woman One continues to connect Drexel University College of Medicine to the greater Philadelphia community by engaging businesses and foundations in supporting Drexel's diversity initiatives.
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Current Woman One Scholars
"These are amazing young people who deserve our support," said Jane Pepper, Woman One 2009.
Nejat Naser (2014)
Nejat was born in Ethiopia, moved to Maryland as a teenager and is a graduate of the University of Maryland. Now entering her fourth year of medical school, she enjoys the increasing opportunity to interact with patients and is excited about becoming a "valued member of a medical team that is focused completely on patient care." Nejat has volunteered as a teacher at a local community center, Squash Smarts, in which she tutored students in English, math and other subjects.
Chinwe Ibeh (2015)
A graduate of Columbia University, Chinwe is originally from Nigeria. Now in her fourth year of medical school at Drexel, she serves as a peer mentor for incoming medical school students. Chinwe enjoys working directly with patients in clinical rotations and looks forward to becoming a physician who focuses on all elements of patient care, including physical and emotional health.
Amber Peterson (2015)
A native of Oxon Hill, Maryland, Amber is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. Now in her third year of medical school, she is active in organizations such as the Student National Medical Association and the MAPPS program, supporting underrepresented minority pre-medical students. Amber is also involved in the Drexel Mentoring and Pipeline Program (DMAPPS) that was designed to support a local charter school in their efforts to improve proficiency in math and reading and expose high school students to medicine.
Angela Bryant (2016)
Born and raised in Gahanna, OH, Angela is a graduate of Ohio State University. Now a second-year student at DUCOM, Angela tutors an HIV positive teen mother at the Dorothy Mann Institute at St. Christopher's Hospital. She also volunteers at a Salvation Army clinic in a needle-exchange program and at the Eliza Shirley Shelter Clinic for women and children. During the summer of 2013, Angela traveled to Cameroon on a medical missions trip, where she shadowed a surgeon and delivered medications and supplies to villagers.
Susan Ramirez-Chung (2016)
Susan is a native of the Bronx, NY. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and later went on to receive a graduate degree in biomedical sciences at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She earned honors designation in many classes during her first year of medical school at DUCOM. Now in her second year, Susan volunteers at CHCS, a service learning experience in North Philadelphia. She also participated in a summer internship with Bridging the Gaps at the Center for Children with Special Needs at St. Christopher's Hospital. She is committed to pursuing her interest in primary care and working with underserved communities. Susan is the Sunshine Lady Woman One Scholar.
Ingrid Schmiederer (2016)
A native of Morrisville, PA, and is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University. As a second-year medical student, she plans to explore her interests in women's health, psychiatry and pediatrics. Ingrid volunteers with AmeriCorps as a tutor and mentor to high school students. She is also the Community Service Chair of the Drexel Chapter of the Latin Medical Student Association. During the summer of 2013, Ingrid spent three Weeks in Bolivia with Child Family Health International in an urban clinic focused on pediatric and adolescent patient care. Ingrid is the W.W. Smith Woman One Scholar.
Christina Schroeder (2016)
A native of Sacramento, CA, Christina is a graduate of the University of California-Davis, with a degree in biochemistry and molecular biology in 2009. Last year, Christina received Honors in the Physician and Patient Community Enrichment Experience. Now in her second year at DUCOM, she is also a volunteer Spanish language interpreter at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. She plans to pursue a career in primary medicine. Christina is the St. Christopher's/Health Partners Woman One Scholar.
Christel Francois (2017)
Christel was born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, but attended high school in New York and graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Biological Science. While visiting Haiti in 2010, she found herself in the heart of the tragic earthquake, and working with the victims inspired her to become a family physician. She has volunteered for organizations such as Hope World Wide, teaching children in an orphanage. Christel has also worked in the Port-au-Prince Hospital with HIV/AIDS and TB patients. Christel is the Suzanne Roberts Woman One Scholar.
Cherish Page (2017)
Born and raised near Phoenix, AZ, Cherish is a graduate of Arizona State University with a degree in life sciences. During her undergraduate studies, she did extensive research on the bacteria that is associated with certain kinds of infections. Cherish has volunteered with a hospice organization, working with end-of-life patients and the Neighborhood Christian Clinic, a nonprofit organization. She is interested in pursuing pediatric surgery. Cherish is the AmeriHealth Caritas Woman One Scholar.
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