Three area women honored for leadership in community

The winners of the Women's Leadership Council of Trident United Way's inaugural leadership awards are (from left) Stacey Denaux, Non-Profit Leader; Nella Barkley, Role Model; and Yvonne Infinger, Behind the Scenes Hero.

The Women's Leadership Council has honored three women with its inaugural leadership awards for their influence on the community and service to Trident United Way.

--Yvonne Infinger of Alcoa Mount Holly received the Behind the Scenes Hero Award. Infinger has organized Alcoa's Trident United Way campaign for more than a decade, and Alcoa Mount Holly raised more than $150,000 in pledges in 2008. She has coordinated Alcoa's Day of Caring since its inception and applies for an Alcoa Foundation grant each year for the organization at which the company spends its Day of Caring. Infinger serves on the Trident United Way Community Investment Review Board.

--Nella G. Barkley, co-founder and CEO of the Crystal-Barkley Corp., received the Role Model Award. Barkley provides career counseling for individuals and organizations. In her 20s, Barkley initiated a rehabilitation center for troubled boys and a low-income housing rehabilitation program for the city of Charleston. Among her volunteer roles at Trident United Way, she is a member of the Tocqueville Society and has encouraged other philanthropists to invest in the Trident United Way.

--Stacey Denaux, executive director of Crisis Ministries, was honored with the Non-Profit Leader Award. At Crisis Ministries, Denaux has expanded family care options and strengthened the on-site medical clinic by recruiting medical professionals as volunteer board members and advisers. Prior to working at Crisis Ministries, she served as founding executive director of the Education Foundation of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce. She led efforts to reform local high schools and provide internships for students.

The Women's Leadership Council received nominations for the awards from the community. A nominating committee made up of steering committee members who are also members of the Women's Leadership Council chose the winners.

The women received engraved rice spoons as historic symbols of the Lowcountry.

The Women's Leadership Council of the Trident United Way is made up of women who contribute at least $1,000 annually as an individual or $2,500 annually as part of a couple to Trident United Way.

More than 500 women are on the council and influence nearly $2.5 million in contributions annually to Trident United Way.