Awards and Recognition
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Awards by year:
- Arlene Malcolm-Bell, Children’s Education Services Manager, was honored with the 2018 Regional Homeless Advocate Award at Pennsylvania’s Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness State Conference in Harrisburg. Arlene was one of only eight professionals honored, and received the award in recognition of her commitment to serving Philadelphia’s youngest survivors and ensuring their access to high quality, trauma-informed services during their stay with Women Against Abuse.
- Women Against Abuse becomes first Philadelphia-based nonprofit to win Lipman Family Prize for Shared Safety!
- Executive Director Jeannine L. Lisitski recognized as a Social Innovator by the Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal Awards!
- Rutgers-Camden's Chancellor’s Award for Civic Engagement, Community Partners category, for a research collaboration around HIV intervention for emergency safe haven residents.
- Legal Center Director Molly Callahan receives the Philadelphia Center City Victim Advocate Award!
- 2013 H. Craig Lewis Good Governance Award
- Director of Finance Christine Stevens wins Nonprofit CFO of the Year!
- Clinical Director Eda Kauffman receives the Deb Snyder Award!
- Executive Director Jeannine L. Lisitski receives the Brava! Women Business Achievement Award!
On January 26th, 2017, Women Against Abuse's Executive Director and President Jeannine L. Lisitski won the Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal's Human Rights Social Innovator Award for her vision and leadership in pioneering Shared Safety: Philadelphia's Response to Relational Violence.
Jeannine Lisitski has pioneered the City of Philadelphia's coordinated community response to domestic violence. This effort brings together oft-disparate, uncoordinated systems within the health and human services sector to create more effective and comprehensive supports for individuals experiencing domestic violence in Philadelphia. Jeannine Lisitski had the initial idea that a systems-wide change effort was needed in order to tackle the public health epidemic of domestic violence, and has been leading this incredible effort by forging high-level relationships to make it viable, and participating on numerous committees to see that the less-than-glamorous but crucial systems-change work progresses day to day.
Ms. Lisitski comments, “Receiving this significant recognition underscores the importance of family violence as an issue that is foundational to the health and wellbeing of our community and one that can only be halted through a holistic, coordinated communitywide response. Philadelphia will be the first city in the nation to implement such a comprehensive response to domestic violence, and receipt of this award will help Women Against Abuse to gain the national attention needed to replicate the model in other municipalities.”
Women Against Abuse’s Education and Training team was recently honored by the Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (PSAHPERD). The team, led by Director of Education and Training Azucena Ugarte, was recongized at the organization’s Awards Luncheon on November 21, 2014 with an award for Community Teachers of the Year in the Health category. Women Against Abuse is extraordinarily grateful for PSAHPERD’s recognition of our work in Philadelphia-area middle and high schools, throughout the Philadelphia community at large, and within the field of education. The need for education on domestic violence could not be more urgent within our community, and we are proud of the hard work that our Education and Training department does every day to address this issue.
Legal Center Director Molly Callahan was awarded the Philadelphia Victim Advocate Award by Center City Crime Victims Services at its 3rd Annual Community Enrichment and Engagement Benefit on February 28, 2013.
This award honors a crusader for victim’s rights whose dedication and passion inspires others to do more for the victims of crime in Philadelphia. Ms. Callahan has devoted her entire legal career to advocating for victims and co-victims of crime and to advancing the cause of equal access to justice for all.
Photo: Legal Center Director Molly Callahan accepts the award.
On September 18, 2013, Women Against Abuse was named a recipient of the H. Craig Lewis Good Governance Award by the Philadelphia Foundation for its overall board processes and the outstanding commitment of its board of directors to the mission and programs of Women Against Abuse. Click here to read the full story!
Photo: From left to right, Women Against Abuse Executive Director Jeannine L. Lisitski; Women Against Abuse Board Treasurer Stefanie Seldin; and members of the H. Craig Lewis family – his widow, Diane Semingson; his daughter Janet Lewis and Janet’s son Mason Lewis.
Director of Finance Christine Stevens won in the nonprofit category of the CFO of the Year Awards hosted by the Philadelphia Business Journal on July 11, 2013.
During Ms. Stevens’ six year tenure at Women Against Abuse, the organization’s budget has doubled in size from $4 million in 2008 to $8 million today. Her expertise and care have resulted in improved accounts receivable processes resulting in increased cash flow, less reliance on lines of credit, and balanced annual budgets. Women Against Abuse has experienced clean audits for the past four years and received glowing accolades of its financial management by funders.
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On November 16, 2011, WAA Clinical Director Eda Kauffman was honored with the Deb Snyder Award at the Sanctuary Network Conference in recognition of her outstanding commitment to the Sanctuary Model. Eda has been a central figure in guiding WAA toward behavioral care that is fundamentally trauma-informed, culturally-sensitive and person-first, so as to create a healing and nurturing environment for individuals in need of domestic violence services. Eda works tirelessly with staff across the organization to promote community, understanding, respect and sensitivity among co-workers that enables them to most effectively provide compassionate services in their everyday roles.
About the Deb Snyder award: This award will be given to an indirect care staff who demonstrates the spirit with which Deb Snyder conducted herself. Deb was one of the authors of the Sanctuary Indirect Care Staff Training Manual, an ardent supporter of Sanctuary at Andrus and a participant in Network Days since its inception, until her passing last year. This annual Award recognizes an employee who truly models the seven commitments of Sanctuary and is viewed as a knowledgeable resource across the organization.
On July 21, 2011, Women Against Abuse Executive Director Jeannine L. Lisitski was awarded the Brava! Women Business Achievement Award by SmartCEO.
Each year, 25 women who have demonstrated exemplary skill in business and philanthropic pursuits. SmartCEO featured her story in their July issue.
Photo: WAA Executive Director Jeannine L. Lisitski accepts the Brava award.