Indiana Commission for Women honors 2013 Torchbearers

Indianapolis-The Indiana Commission for Women (ICW) presented 11 women with a 2013 Torchbearer Award today at its annual Ceremony at the Indiana Government Conference Center Auditorium. The women honored were selected from nominations submitted from around the state and have each made Indiana a better place to live, work and raise a family.

“Indiana Torchbearers are those women who have been pioneers throughout their lives or who have stepped forward as leaders by breaking down barriers to women’s full participation,” said Betsy Corridan, Chair of the ICW Board of Commissioners. “These women have become true beacons of light and their stories of courage, perseverance and compassion create a lasting legacy of inspiration for us all.”

Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann, many elected and appointed officials and more than 200 members of the community were on hand for the annual ceremony. Provided below are a list of awardees:

  • Mary Aurtrey, Indianapolis
  • Sr. Jeanne Hagelskamp, LP, Indianapolis
  • Anne Hathaway, Indianapolis
  • Deborah Hearn Smith, Indianapolis
  • Mary Roberta Heiman, Evansville
  • Lyn Isbell, Michigan City
  • Nancy King, South Bend
  • Bobbie Magley, South Bend
  • Ginny O’Connor, Evansville
  • Shanel Poole, Indianapolis
  • Kathy Reehling, Thorntown

For more information about the 2013 Torchbearer Awards Program, contact Kristin Garvey, Executive Director at 317-232-6720 or For more information on the Torchbearer Awards, visit

Click here to view a copy of the printed program.

Click here to watch the 2013 Torchbearer Awards Program.

About the Indiana Commission for Women
The Indiana Commission for Women is committed to the full participation of women in all aspects of society in order to live, work and raise a family. ICW works to move Indiana women forward by understanding the needs of Indiana women and their families and by working strategically both within government and in our communities to help bring about positive solutions. We act as the voice of women, communicating their needs and concerns as well as their successes and contributions, so that they can become better connected to their communities and to the tools, resources and opportunities needed to find their own voice.