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.

Download criteria and nomination form hereAgent of Change 2018

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.

Medina Branch AAUW recognized the achievements of two outstanding women at the 7th Biennial Agent of Change Awards program.

Patricia Geissman, Medina County Commissioner, and Rhonda Wurgler, Executive Director of the Children’s Center of Medina County, were named co-recipients of the 2016 distinction on November 10 at a breakfast program at Williams on the Lake.

The event was attended by around 50 persons – members of the community at large, AAUW, family and supporters of the two recipients and local dignitaries. Jill Heck, president of Medina Branch AAUW, opened the program.

Geissman, the longest serving Medina County commissioner in history, said that her position has  been rewarding as it allowed her to do much community  service. She was presented by Lynda Bowers and Sandy Calvert.

Carol Thombs introduced Wurgler, who has worked her entire career to help children have better lives and was instrumental in establishing the Medina County Coalition Against Human Trafficking.

Each recipient received an inscribed plaque and a check for $200 for their favorite charity: Geissman dedicated hers to Feeding Medina County, and Wurgler’s went to The Children’s Center.






       Rhonda Wurgler                           Patricia Geissman  

Previous recipients of the Agent of Change Award include:

Dianne Depasquale-Hagerty, Founder and Executive Director of Medina Creative Housing, 2012

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.