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Women on the Move honors 17 Tucsonans

Guadalupe Castillo, Patty Arida are lauded for work over lifetime

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Seventeen Tucson women were honored for their achievements and contributions to the community Sunday night at the YWCA's Women on the Move Awards Banquet at the Westin La Paloma.

Patty Arida and Guadalupe Castillo were celebrated with lifetime achievement awards.

Other special awards went to Kathy Carlisle, who received the Iris Dewhirst President's Award; Erica Corral, who earned the Emerging Leaders Award; and Lupita Peña, who was honored with the Leader in Her Own Life award.

Twelve women were selected from a field of 38 nominees to receive Women on the Move awards.

The 12 recipients were:

• Beth Anderson: a prosecutor in the Pima County Attorney's Office who has prosecuted nearly 300 felony jury trials with an 83 percent conviction rate.

• Lisa Bowden: a poet and designer who co-founded Kore Press in 1993 to publish literary works by women.

• Erina Delic: executive director of the Tucson International Alliance of Refugee Communities. Delic fled Bosnia in 1993 and lived as a refugee in Germany.

• Jane Evans: an environmentalist who owns Plants for the Southwest and Living Stones Nursery. As co-founder and president of the Keeling Neighborhood Association, she helped renovate 37 homes and worked to obtain a $1.1 million grant for the area.

• Patricia Green: a family-law attorney who represents low-income clients through the Volunteer Lawyers Program. She's a partner in the Waterfall, Economidis, Caldwell, Hanshaw & Villamana P.C. firm.

• Kate Hoffman: executive director of Live the Solution. She worked with Freddie Mac to make homeownership possible for 16 families.

• Deanna Lewis: a physician's assistant and Ph.D. student in public health who founded the Dequenesh Community Health Clinic to treat the uninsured, under-insured and working poor.

• Anna Ochoa O'Leary: an assistant professor of practice in the University of Arizona's Department of Mexican American & Raza Studies who conducts research on migrant and immigrant women.

• Sharon O'Neal: the engineering director for Raytheon Missile Systems who helped create the Math, Science and Technology Funfest to expose students to math and science.

• Kat Rodriguez: the program director of Coalición de Derechos Humanos, a migrants' rights group.

• Betty Stauffer: executive director of the Literacy Volunteers of Tucson.

• Linda Welter Cohen: the founder and CEO of The Caliber Group, a local marketing agency.

Contact reporter Andrea Rivera at or 807-8430.

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