Woman of Distinction
Each year, Zonta Club of Joliet honors a community member who
actively works to support and improve the status of women and
girls and/or has a history of leadership and success in a non-traditional
role as a woman. Current Club members are not eligible.
At its 2023 Magnificent Mardi Gras fundraiser, the award was presented to Carolyn Kahn, MA, LCPC, CDVP. She is the Executive Director of Bridges to New Day, nfp. Mrs. Khan has a masters degree in counseling from Governors State University. She is a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC) and a certified domestic violence professional (CDVP). She is a founding member of the organization. She has worked in the social service field for over 20 years.
In her career, she developed and implemented a program that provided services to preschools and grade schools after a violent incident occurred in the community. As well, she trained staff and developed a parenting program that provided in-home visitation as well as parenting groups in both English and Spanish. In addition, she has provided counseling to adults, children, couples and families. Mrs. Khan is past president of the Illinois Certified Domestic Violence Professional Board. She is past president of the Illinois Mental Health Counselors Board, and is currently President-Elect of the Illinois Counseling Association and Strategic Planning Chair. Mrs. Khan has presented numerous presentations on a variety of issues throughout Illinois on a variety of topics including: effects of violence on children; domestic violence; interventions with children; adolescents and adults exposed to violence; helping children deal with loss; program development; and more. She is also a volunteer committee member on the Will County Take Back the Night Committee, bringing awareness of domestic violence to the community.
This year’s winner has made an incredible impact on the community through her work helping others to understand the effects of domestic violence and recognize how this epidemic adversely affects women and children.
"I am a better woman today because of my years served in Zonta."
- Carmela Castagna,
Zonta Club of Joliet
2012 Susan Pritz-Bornhofen Community Leader, Female-owned business
2014 Lynn Noel Professor of Nursing
2015 Wanda Onstad Church ministry, Female-owned business
2016 Veryl Boykin Founder of Fearless Female Club at JTHS
2016 Ashley Samsa Founder of Fearless Female Club at JTHS
2017 Kay Bolden Warren Sharpe Community Center founder
2018 Judy Mitchell Joliet Junior College President
2021 Denise Winfrey Will County Executive Board member
2022 Michelle Jankowski Owner, Bella Cucina Catering
2006 Linda Odom Detective, Joliet Police
2007 Rose Mancuso First woman pharmacist in Joliet
2008 Dorothy Mavrich Historic preservationist
2009 Kathleen Kalan First female judge in Will County
2010 Margaret Hendrix First United Airlines female overseas pilot
2011 Angela DeCraene Founder "Building a Global Community" 2011 Jennifer Fleming Founder "Building a Global Community"