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2024 Woman of Achievement Named by Zonta of Cortland


Zonta of Cortland has announced this year’s Woman of Achievement. Lisa Hoeschele, CEO of the Cortland Family and Children’s Counseling Services has been named as this year’s recipient. Hoeschele has been a resident of Cortland with her husband, John, since 1988, Zonta says she has worked, volunteered and participated in the community since.

“Since 2010 Lisa has been CEO of Family Counseling Services and has grown this organization from Main Street to outlying communities and schools in Cortland County, and to surrounding counties including Madison and Broome while employing 200 people and delivering mental health and substance abuse services to as many as 10,000 people. Nominated for the annual Zonta award, Lisa is described by her husband and the several people who supported her nomination as having “a bold and determined approach,” being “a fierce advocate,” being “gifted, compassionate, and committed,” and as “articulate, emphatic, encouraging, and fearless.”

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Zonta says the award is given to a nominee who demonstrates outstanding paid or volunteer work that enriches the community and improves the quality of life for women and children. The organization says Lisa has done both in her career and volunteer work including being a past member of the YWCA Board of Directors, a member of the Cortland’s Zero Adolescent Pregnancy Program, and a past member of the Cortland City Schools Board of Directors.

The organization will honor Lisa on May 5th at Tinelli’s Hathaway House in Solon. Tickets are still available at $30 for the event. You may purchase tickets online at ZontaCortland.org/home/

Proceeds from the event fund Zonta’s annual Service Awards, which support local nonprofits’ work such as YWCA Cortland’s Aid to Victims of Violence and Mentoring Programs and its services at Grace Brown House, and the Cortland Free Library’s Dolly Parton Imagination Library.

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