Swing Into September

Swing into September: 20 Years of Hope will be our 20th Anniversary Celebration on September 25, 2020.  We are celebrating 20 years of women-friendly services and support to community members in our region.

Due to the COVID pandemic this event will be held online. Registered guests can join us from the comfort and safety of their homes through a Zoom link. This festive event will include an online auction and a virtual live event featuring our Keynote Speaker Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha. Dr. Mona, as her patients call her, is the public health expert whose advocacy and analysis of pediatric data led to exposure of dangerous lead levels in the Flint water system.

Our 2020 Honorees: Andrea Kotch Duda, Gloria J. Edwards, and Angela Costley Harris.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha

Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, FAAP is founder and director of the Michigan State University­ and Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative, an innovative and model public health program in Flint, Michigan. A pediatrician, scientist, activist and author, Dr. Hanna-Attisha has testified twice before the United States Congress, awarded the Freedom of Expression Courage Award by PEN America, and named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World for her role in uncovering the Flint Water Crisis and leading recovery efforts. She has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, BBC and countless other media outlets championing the cause of children in Flint and beyond. She is founding donor of the Flint Child Health and Development Fund (flintkids.org).

Dr. Hanna-Attisha received her bachelor’s and Master of Public Health degrees from the University of Michigan and her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine (MSU CHM). She completed her residency at Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit, where she was chief resident. She is currently an associate professor of pediatrics and human development at MSU CHM.

A 2018 New York Times 100 Notable Book, NPR Science Friday Best Science Book of 2018, and 2019 Michigan Notable Book, Dr. Hanna-Attisha’s bestselling and widely acclaimed book What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City is a riveting, beautifully rendered account of a shameful disaster that became a tale of activism and hope. It’s the story of a city on the ropes that came together to fight for justice, self-determination, and the right to build a better world for their—and all of our—children.

Our 2020 Honorees

Andrea Kotch Duda

Andrea Kotch Duda

Andrea Kotch Duda has been our supporter since the get-go. She started out as an early Women's Center Board Chair by organizing one of our first fundraisers, and has stuck with us for 20 years. She is a champion of women’s rights, especially in terms of fairness in the workplace.

With over 30 years in the business of helping folks realize their dreams, Andrea Kotch Duda, of Duda Wealth Advisors of Raymond James, enjoys helping young people get on the right track to saving, learning and investing in the stock market. She works with folks of all ages and all over the country helping them understand the risks in the market and how to manage their money efficiently and wisely. Andrea is a license professional and a CFP®, Certified Financial Planner.

Gloria J. Edwards

Gloria J. Edwards

Gloria J. Edwards is a two-term Women's Center trustee as well as a beloved volunteer clinical supervisor for many intern-therapists. This is a substantial time commitment in addition to many other community causes that Gloria supports "in retirement."

A passion for improving the emotional and physical health of underserved people characterizes Gloria J. Edwards' nearly 60-year social work career. After earning B.A., MSW, and Ph.D. degrees, Edwards practiced psychotherapy and served as a social work educator, researcher, and interim director in Michigan Medicine's social work department. She, also, lectured on the cultural implications of health in various health related graduate schools.

In the early 1990s, Edwards urged her colleagues to reach beyond the medical environment and strive to achieve better healthcare for marginalized communities. In 1993, she became director of Michigan Medicine’s Program for Multicultural Health, an entity she created to reduce health disparities in a growing multicultural population, not retiring until 2010.

Since then, Edwards has worked with social services agencies, advocating for people to prevent chronic diseases and feel more empowered about their health. She continues to share her expertise with local nonprofits, including The Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan, where her volunteer social work supervision and her board membership are much appreciated.

Angela Costley Harris

Angela Costley Harris

Angela Costley Harris, a former Board Chair, just ended her term as National President of Alpha Chi Omega, a Women's Center partner sorority that emphasizes the importance of healthy relationships. Angela also supports our job coaching program as a route to women's independence.

Angela Harris is principal and founder of ACH Consulting, LLC, serving corporate and nonprofit clients as an organizational strategist, board and executive coach, and brand ambassador. Prior to founding the firm in 2004, she served as Vice President and General Counsel at Reading Industrial Maintenance, Inc. and as the Director of Government Affairs at the American Frozen Food Institute in Washington, D.C.

Angela has extensive board governance experience including service as National President of Alpha Chi Omega Fraternity, Inc. and as board chair of the Women’s Center of Southeastern Michigan. She holds a Juris Doctor from George Washington University Law School and a B.A. in Psychology and Organizational Development from Purdue University.

We are so thankful to our 2020 sponsors!


NSF International


Alpha Chi Omega


Marsh and McLennan Agency



Bank of Ann Arbor

Elizabeth Brien Team

Danielle TenCate Cole and Bryan Cole

Duda Wealth Advisors of Raymond James

Andrea Kotch Duda


Suzi and Michael Coghlan

Mary and Jim Danforth


Mickey Katz-Pek and Dr. Sumer Pek

Anna Leavitt

Connie and Joseph Mahowald


Old National Bank

Reinhart Realtors


Kimberli Cumming

Mainstreet Ventures, Inc

Manpower Inc. of Southeastern Michigan

Pearl Planning


S I Co., LLC


Suzanne Van Appledorn


University of Michigan Credit Union

Alice Liao and Jamie Wright


Pat Wilinski


Zingerman's Community of Businesses


Dexter's PubDelux Drapery and Shade Co.

Easthaven Animal Hospital

Questions about the event or auction? Please email jennifer@womenscentersemi.org

or call us at 734.973.6779 during regular business hours, Mon-Fri 9am-5pm.