Gateway to Equity Award

The 2017 Gateway to Equity Award was presented to Linda Ortenzo, the Director of the Carnegie Science Center. 

Linda conducts a STEM program and competitions serving more than 10,000 middle and high school students annually at the Carnegie Science Center. All Beaver County eighth grade female students who have been nominated by their science and/or math teachers receive complimentary tickets to the Carnegie Science Center at our annual Girls’ Recognition Night which will be held April 10, 2017.  This GRN event is partnered with CCBC.

Jodean Brooks, Community Co-Chair for AAUW Beaver Valley Branch, and Linda Ortenzo, the Director of the Carnegie Science Center.


International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the economic, political, and social achievements of women past, present and future. It started in 1911.  In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria it is a national holiday.

AAUW PA created the Gateway to Equity award to honor individuals, groups or organizations that have shown, by action and philosophy, that they advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy or research.

This award is presented annually honoring an individual or organization that has shown by action and philosophy the promotion of the AAUW mission.

Past Gateway to Equity Award Recipients

2016  Marsha Keefer, features editor and Patti Conley, reporter  for the Beaver County Times
2015   Keith and Stephanie Sevy of the Hostess Shoppe
2014   Dr. Joe Forrester, President of Community College of Beaver County
2013   Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania accepted by Paula Cribbs
2012   Mary Ann Falcone-Bolland, Executive Director,  Homemakers Home Health Services of Beaver County
2011   Deborah Newton, Executive Director, Job Training for Beaver County
2010   Sue Dunlap, Workforce Training Manager, Community College of Beaver County
2009   Theresa Ferris- Dukovich, ESQ, Former DA for Beaver County
2008   Mary Ann Eisenreich, Executive Director, PA Women Work & Initiated Beaver County Women’s Conference
2007   Jill Marsillio Colonna, Executive Director, The Women’s Center of Beaver County