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Taylor-based Information Center employee wins Woman of Year

Date: 3/27/2014

 Two employees of Taylor-based The Information Center recently were in the spotlight at the 2014 Woman of the Year ceremony held by the Wyandotte-Downriver Branch of the American Association of University Women.

Dina Vannice, a public relations specialist with The Information Center, was named the group’s 2014 Woman of the Year during the March 11 ceremony.

Vannice also is a Salvation Army fundraiser, volunteer, and advocate for the disabled, the homeless and those in need.

Deb Kennedy, president of the AAUW Wyandotte-Downriver branch, along with Jan Huang and Karen Ogden, the 2012 and ‘13 Women of The Year respectively, presented Vannice with the award.

State Sen. Hoon Yung Hopgood and state Rep. Paul Clemente gave Vannice a state tribute.

The Information Center is a Taylor-based nonprofit organization that has served Downriver since 1975, providing a community helpline with free information and referral services; assistance to the unemployed; services for seniors and the disabled; support and training for caregivers; and assistance understanding eligibility for public benefits and other human services.

The Woman of the Year Award is given to a woman who has not only achieved a measure of personal success, but also has made a contribution to their community or the world at large. Nominee do not have to be AAUW members to win the award.

Lori Stevenson of Wyandotte, Special Projects Coordinator at The Information Center, also was nominated for the honor.
Stevenson also is coordinator of the holiday assistance program and a former caseworker with the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society.

The ceremony also honored three other nominees for their contributions to their community — Sherri Sutherby-Fricke of Wyandotte, a Realtor, city councilwoman and founder of Women of Wyandotte; Chris Matthews, a retired school administrator and volunteer hospital minister from Grosse Ile; and Anita Twardesky, the public relations coordinator for Riverside Kayak Connections and an environmental activist from Flat Rock.
Founded in 1881, the AAUW’s goal is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, research and philanthropy.

Full AAUW membership is open to graduates with an associate’s degree or equivalent, bachelor’s or higher degree. Local branch membership is open also to community members not holding degrees, but interested in AAUW’s mission and goals.

Contact membership vice president Carol Steiner at or call 1-734-675-4158 to learn more about the group.