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Women honored at Canandaigua event

Rochester Business Journal
March 27, 2014

The 2014 Women of Distinction Award recipients are, from left, Amy Morrisey, Elisha Snow, Donna Besler, Tracey Fuller, Diane Leitgeb and Mikayla Meyer.

The Professional Women of the Finger Lakes honored recipients of and nominees for the Women of Distinction Award at a dinner Wednesday at the Inn on the Lake in Canandaigua.

The annual award dinner recognizes local women for the successes and achievements in their professional lives. This year, more than 150 people attended the event that recognized 17 nominees and six award recipients.

Amy Morrisey, program educator of 4-H Youth Development, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County, was named the group’s Woman of the Year.

The award is nominated by and voted on by members of the Professional Women of the Finger Lakes club.

Elisha Snow, communications and events coordinator for Canandaigua Chamber of Commerce, was honored for professional achievement. Snow has worked for the organization for more than 10 years.

Diane Leitgeb, owner and director of Clinical Associates of the Finger Lakes, was honored in the entrepreneurial category. Leitgeb worked in several agencies providing special therapy to preschoolers before beginning a private practice. Her business works to provide services to learning-challenged preschool-age children.

In the volunteer service category, Tracey Fuller was honored. Fuller is vice president and general manager of Heiser Inc. She is entering her fourth year as a director on the board of the Serenity House, is active with Embrace Your Sisters and a mentor for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy.

Honored with the Women Helping Women award is Donna Besler, executive director of Care Net.

The recipient of the Youth Award was Mikayla Meyer, a junior at Marcus Whitman High School. Meyer has been class president the past three years. She organized a garage sale last summer which involved collecting, sorting and selling items, and donated the entire proceeds to her class.

The awards dinner included a trade show with businesses showcasing their products. Leslee Schenk Trzcinski, owner of Tune Yoga for Sports, gave the keynote speech.

(c) 2013 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email

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