We teamed with Studio Movie Grill to select 12 women super heroes from around the country. Wednesday night, Kellie hosted an awards ceremony for them followed by a premiere screening of Warner Brothers’ Wonder Woman! Here are their stories.
Lindsay Stawick is a true inspiration to the community of Indianapolis through her work as the youth program manager for the Domestic Violence Network.
In 2008, Lindsay’s high school friend was brutally murdered by her boyfriend. This tragedy inspired Lindsay to study social work in college and fuels her passion to ensure the youth in the community don’t fall victim to an unsafe relationship.
Tamar Manasseh is a native Chicago woman who was fed up with the shootings in her neighborhood, so Tamar assembled a literal army of moms and set out to take back the streets of crime-riddled Englewood.
Tamar started out by simply sitting on the street corner for hours, in an attempt to dissuade shooters, and it worked. And more residents joined. As a result, MASK, Mothers Against Senseless Killings, was born.
Robyn Mellin is a superhero to the hundreds of homeless children she serves every year at Metropolitan Ministries in Tampa.
Over 12 years ago, Robyn found Metropolitan Ministries and became the Director of School Age Programs. Robyn transformed the after-school program from a one-room play space to a multi-faceted, trauma informed, nationally accredited program. The name of her program is ‘Mighty Kids’, because Robyn sees the superhero inside each and every child that resides in the shelter.
Mary Hadsall creates independence, confidence, and joy in people with physical disabilities. She is the Executive Director of Camelot Therapeutic Horsemanship, an Arizona nonprofit that gives lessons in horseback riding to children and adults with physical disabilities.
Camelot was founded upon the principle that it is impossible to put a price on human dignity, so no student is ever charged for lessons.
Beauty Baldwin made history by becoming the first African-American female school Superintendent in the state of Georgia. She held this position for 10 years.
Beauty was appointed to chair the Georgia Board of Medical Assistance and the Georgia Board of Adult Literacy.
Sandra Young is the founder of the Mixteco Indigena Community Organizing Project, which unites indigenous leaders and allies to strengthen the Mixtec and indigenous immigrant community in California.
After joining the staff at Las Islas Medical Clinic, Sandra recognized there was a cultural and lingual divide in the concept of healthcare between indigenous Mixtec farmworkers and our Western medicine. This is why she founded her nonprofit- to build community leadership, education and training programs, language interpretation, health outreach, and cultural promotion for the Mixtec community.
Pastel Corbett is a 29-year-old artist in Sacramento who uplifts and inspires others through her art and charitable acts within her community.
For four years, Pastel has passed out care bags to the homeless in her community through a yearly event called ‘Give Back Sac’. She encourages volunteers in the Sacramento area to donate items, money, and time to assemble and hand out sacks filled with basic hygiene products, socks, hats, and gloves to the homeless. The first year Pastel did this, she gave out 50 sacks. This past year, she was able to give out more than 250.
Melanie Hudson is a rockstar single parent, a personal care assistant for special needs children, and recent college graduate. She struggles to make ends meet each month for her 17-year-old daughter and herself while suffering from glaucoma.
She takes time out to work with Philabundance, a hunger relief organization, to raise awareness of hunger, showing others in her situation that there’s no shame in needing help.
Monique Rodriguez is a social worker and an Army Veteran. She has helped prevent veterans from becoming homeless. She has found housing for families living in their car. She has helped veterans who wanted to commit suicide get the mental help they needed.
Monique is a volunteer Platoon Leader with ‘The Mission Continues’, leading community service projects in Houston, such as re-painting an underpass, landscaping updates on two parks, and restoring an abandoned African American cemetery, where Buffalo Soldiers are buried.
Dr. Ophelia Garmon-Brown lost her father at the age of two and later decided to become a doctor and help people. She is a Family Practice Physician in North Carolina. Dr. Brown goes to local schools throughout the year and provides physicals to students for free. Dr. Brown has paid the tuitions for several students who could not afford to go to college.
Unfortunately, Dr. Brown was diagnosed with brain and kidney cancer 5 months ago, underwent brain surgery, and the removal of a kidney. She took a few months off, but then went right back to working for the community!