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Women of Influence Lifetime Achievement Award recipients named

Sister Romaine Niemeyer and Senator Pat Vance are recipients of the 2016 Women in Influence Lifetime Achievement Award. - (Photo / Submitted)

Two midstate leaders will receive Lifetime Achievement Awards at the 2016 Women of Influence Awards, a program presented by the Central Penn Business Journal.

On June 24, 2016, 25 women will be recognized at the 2016 Women of Influence Awards. Alongside these influential women, two additional women will be recognized as Lifetime Achievement award winners.

The awards recognize women in the midstate region who have made an impact in their companies, industries and communities, and have solid reputations based on their experience, integrity, leadership and accomplishments. In addition to this year’s 25  honorees, the program will pay tribute to Sister Romaine Niemeyer and Sen. Pat Vance (R-Cumberland), who both will be retiring this year.

“For the first time in the history of the Women of Influence Awards, we have chosen to recognize two exceptional women with the Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Douglas Cooper, associate Publisher for the Central Penn Business Journal. “We feel it is highly appropriate to do for the 2016 Awards, as Sen. Vance and Sister Niemeyer have both recently announced their retirements. Each have committed their lives to making Central Pennsylvania a great place to live and work. We are excited to get the chance to honor them with the business community.”

Niemeyer entered the religious life at 17, serving as a teacher and principal for more than a decade, at posts including Williamsport, Allentown, suburban Wilkes-Barre and New Jersey. She later earned a master’s degree in hospital administration from Saint Louis University, in St. Louis, and joined Holy Spirit in 1970. She was the chief administrative officer of the East Pennsboro Township-based health system, now a Geisinger affiliate.

Vance represented the 31st Senatorial District, which covers portions of Cumberland and York counties. She served as a state senator since 2005, authoring 25 laws, with bills focusing on issues such as protection for children and the physically and intellectually disabled, as well as combating drug abuse and limiting civil lawsuits.

Additional special recognition awards will be presented. The Woman to Watch Award, recognizes a woman, age 30 or under, who is taking action to help shape the Central Pennsylvania of tomorrow. A woman dedicated to spending time, energy and expertise to help the midstate community thrive receives the Community Achievement Award.

All award recipients will be honored during the Women of Influence Awards luncheon at the Hilton Harrisburg, and profiled in a special publication inserted into the July 1, 2016 issue of the Central Penn Business Journal. For a complete list of all women, visit www.cpbj.com/events.

The Women of Influence Awards are presented by Linden Hall and sponsored by Grandview Asset Management; Brown Schultz Sheridan & Fritz; Highmark Blue Shield; Mountz Jewelers; PinnacleHealth System; Classic Drycleaners and Laundromats and FGV Media.

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