Agent of Change Award

Medina County Branch of the American Association of University Women has recognized outstanding women who have made significant contributions to our community and been “ Agents for positive Change” in Medina County on behalf of women and/or children.


The recipient of this award will be a person who is or has been a resident of Medina County and who has:

  • Consistently and effectively used resources, talents and influence to help women and/or children to achieve their potential, or
  • Accomplished positive change for women and/or children locally, statewide or beyond, or
  • Been a community volunteer or a professional whose achievements went beyond the requirements of the position.

Candidates could include a long-time volunteer who has initiated programming to impact women/children, a member of a service organization or business, or an individual who has served on a state or national board and worked to accomplish change.

Nominations: To submit the name of a candidate for the award, the nominator should describe in 200 words or less how the person fulfills the above Agent of Change criteria. Names and contact information for at least two references for persons who have relevant knowledge of the nominee are also required.

Stay tuned for the next Agent of Change awards program, to be announced.

This most recent Agent of Change is Dianne DePasquale-Hagerty, Executive Director of Medina Creative Housing, who was honored at the awards luncheon on November 15, 2012, at Rustic Hills Country Club, Medina.

Dianne DePasquale-Hagerty
2012 Agent of Change


Previous recipients of the Agent of Change Award include:

Susan Rooy Haar, founder of the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary, 2010

Karen Glass, founder of the Children’s Center and Suzanne LeSure, mental health counselor, co-recipients 2008

Katie Horn, Jane Lang and Gwen Rivers, co-founders of Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund and co-recipients in 2006

Michelle Powell, founder of “Let’s Make a Difference” program, 2004

Patricia Dempsey, for contributions in children’s theater and women’s health and welfare, 2002.