2019 FINALISTS FOR BPW WOMAN OF THE YEAR
2019 FINALISTS FOR BPW WOMAN OF THE YEAR
Chief of Police, Town of Morrisville
Morrisville, North Carolina
Patrice Andrews joined the Morrisville Police Department on June 6, 2016. Prior to being appointed as the Chief of Police in the Town of Morrisville, Andrews was the Commander of the Criminal Investigations Division with the Durham Police Department. During her 21-year law enforcement career, Andrews has held positions in Uniform Patrol, Criminal Investigation Division, Special Operations Division, Warrant Squad, Office of the Chief of Police, and the High Enforcement Abatement Team.
Andrews graduated cum Claude with a BS in Criminal Justice from North Carolina Central University. In addition, she is a graduate of the 263 session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia as well as a graduate of the West Point Leadership Academy. In June 2018, Andrews was re-appointed to the Governor’s Crime Commission and is member of the Special Committee on School Violence as well as Chair of the Crime Victim Services committee.
Andrews is a member of NOBLE (National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives), FBI National Academy Associates, National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives, National Alliance for Law Enforcement Support, International Association of Chiefs of Police, North Carolina Association of Chiefs of Police, North Carolina Law Enforcement Women’s Association, the North Carolina Police Executives Association, and the Raleigh-Apex Chapter of the NAACP.
Durham,, North Carolina
As a journalist and award-winning TV news anchor, I have been welcomed into viewers’ homes
as a trusted source of information for more than 20 years. I am committed to my local community and seek ways to create partnerships and relations between organizations and communities so all benefit.
COMMUNITY & MEDIA RELATIONS
Communications | News Broadcasting | Social Media| Community Building Tested Communicator: Whether sharing breaking news, interviewing national personalities or
reporting natural disasters on-site, I can navigate a tense environment and accomplish the taskat hand efficiently and effectively. Skilled Writer and Editor: I have written and edited thousands of articles and news stories—usually multiple projects on tight deadlines. Strong Brand Ambassador:
Currently representing ABC 11, I implicitly understand the importance of reputation management for the organization. Am the “go-to” reporter to cover major stories and have emceed dozens of high-profile events.
Engaged Citizen: I care deeply about and support organizations like the USO, Girl Scouts and the Fill Your Bucket List Foundation to name a few. I want my next career adventure to be amplifying a singular organization’s visibility and impact. Board Member and Volunteer Media Consultant, Fill Your Bucket List Foundation ⇒ Since 2017, amplify visibility of the foundation by facilitating media coverage for stories and
Social Media Chair, Triangle Park Chapter of the Links
⇒ Secure media coverage for events (e.g., dental checkups for students, backpack giveaways
⇒ Membership on a committee dedicated to sewing dresses for girls in Jamaica.
Mentor, Nation Association of Black Journalists
⇒ Mentor students who aspire to a career in news by providing direction and career advice.
Mentor, Girls Scouts
⇒ As a lifetime member, mentor young girls on leadership and teach them about the media
Member, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Founder, Kimberly's Touch
Raleigh, North Carolina
Kimberly Waters-Washington, 45, is an 8year Breast Cancer Survivor and Founder of Kimberly’s Touch. Kimberly’s Touch is a nonprofit organization that has the Mission to help navigate Cancer Patients with Emotional and Financial Support.
Our team consist of Caring Professionals, who have lost their love ones to Cancer, Cancer Survivors and those who have professional experience working within a Cancer Center.
My life was turned upside down May 2011, when I was diagnosed with cancer. I was working as a Hospice aide at the time. I took care of my first cancer patient that would tell me daily how bad she felt. How she couldn’t deal with the chemo anymore. I was clueless and didn’t have a clue what cancer or chemo was about. I didn’t know God was preparing me for my journey. I believe that now, had someone would had told me that at the time, I wouldn’t had believed them.
My Cancer treatment consist of surgery (lumpectomy), 33 rounds of radiation and 5 years of oral medication (tamoxifen). Chemo was very hard I was also sick every day. You talked about food; I was vomiting. I smelled food; I vomit. I couldn’t eat the food taste was terrible. Ensure is what I had. My bonus father got ensure for me.
August 2011, I was hospitalized. I was sick. I needed a blood transfusion, I was on oxygen, and I had the morphine pump. I couldn’t walk to the bathroom without being short of breath. I remember it was a Sunday, my mother, sisters, oldest daughter, bonus daughter was in the room. Dr. Taylor came by she was on call that weekend. She came in my room and saw me and told my family that I may not make it, if a chemo decision wasn’t made. I remember as if it was yesterday, I looked at my mom and said I wasn’t ready to die. Everyone was in the room crying. After, my family left the room I remembered praying to God. I asked God, to please allow me to live long enough to see my kids become adults and at least one grandchild be born. God has allowed me to live to see all my children become adults and not just one grandchild been born but 3.
My journey with Cancer made me who I am today. September 2015, I had a private conversation with a gynecology. I informed her of how I had been working and walking in pain for 8 months. I didn’t mention to anyone what I was going through until the pain was unbearable. Dr. Jones took on interest. She gave me an ultrasound. The ultrasound came back. I had 5 tumors. They were in my fallopian tubes and my ovaries. I had to get a complete hysterectomy. I didn’t care to have the tumors tested if I was able to live once removed. I didn’t need any treatment other that to rest and take care of myself while my body healed.
I worked as an aide for 3 years, 2 months and 2 days in a Cancer Center. I enjoyed my job to the point I thought I would never leave. Because I know how life can be from both sides. Patients confided in me by sharing their struggles, uncertainties, and needs. Not only has cancer affected their health, but it has also affected their finances and emotional state. It encompasses their entire being. No one that is going through cancer needs to be alone or have the added stress of worrying about things such as if they will have food, electricity, housing, money for their treatment, etc. I have met many that had been evicted from their homes due to the financial burdens related to having cancer and not being able to work or care for themselves. We all know insurance will only pay but so much. We all know that you only have but so much in the bank. Resources are needed.
I birth Kimberly’s Touch to pay it forward and be the light in someone else darkest time.
PROFESSOR PATRICIA NWOSU
Interim Chair, Department of Humanities
Saint Augustine University
Raleigh, North Carolina
Professor Patricia Williamson Nwosu has been a champion of education for decades, in the classroom and in the community. Presently, Professor Nwosu is
Interim Chair of the Department of Humanities which includes English, Music, Theatre, and Visual and Performing Arts at Saint Augustine’s University. She also coordinates the English program here and often teaches African American literature, her passion. Prior to her
employment at Saint Augustine’s, Professor Nwosu served for 27 year as a professor of English at Shaw University. At Shaw, Professor Nwosu coordinated the English Education Program, advised English education majors, served on the Teacher Education Council, as an advisor of Alpha Chi National Honor Scholarship Society, and served on various committees in the Department of Humanities.
Also, Professor Nwosu taught English at Winston-Salem State University. Her professional career began, teaching English and French for one year in Weldon City School System of North Carolina. In addition to teaching, Professor Nwosu is an acclaimed author of two poetry books: A Map of Experiences and Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow. She co-authored two books: African American Perspectives and Practice for Writing Examinations (both textbooks adopted by universities). She has also published an article in African American National Biography.
Professor Nwosu believes that learning is continuous and that students learn in a variety of
ways; therefore, she employs strategies to aid her students in striving for excellence. Her
philosophy has extended to the community, where she founded Women’s Literary Readers of Raleigh (a book club) that has been in existence for 15 years. She is listed in various editions of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers for years 1994, 1998, 2004, 2005, and won a Certificate of Recognition for her outstanding contributions and involvement in her community in 2016.
Professor Nwosu is a member of Johnston Piney Grove Baptist Church of Clayton, where
she joined at the age of nine. She served faithfully in a variety of capacities such as recording secretary, and financial secretary. Presently, she is a Vacation Bible School teacher and a Member of the Board of Trustees; a member of the College Language Association; Raleigh Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority; the National Association of University Women of Raleigh, where has served as financial secretary for three years; a member of the J.W. Ligon High School Alumni Committee of Raleigh, and is actively involved in her Family Reunion activities.
Anchor Reporter, WRAL
Raleigh, North Carolina
Awards & Recognition:
Renee’s work has earned her three Regional Emmys, most recently for General Assignment in 2015. Renee’s coverage of Hurricane Sandy along the Outer Banks earned her a Regional Emmy for Weekend Newscast and “Best Weather Reporting” from the NC Associated Press Broadcast Awards. She also won a Regional Emmy for News Special in 2013, covering the Kathy Taft murder trial. Her stories have garnered awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas, Iowa Associated Press Broadcasters Association and Missouri Broadcasters Association.
To tell fair, accurate and compelling stories that matter.
Bachelor of Journalism, 1998, University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo.
Farmington Hills, Mich.
Hobbies, Interests & Community Involvement:
I once saw a quote that read: “I never know what to say when people ask me what my hobbies are. I mean, I’m a Mom. I enjoy trips to the bathroom alone and silence.” How true! I don’t have much downtime, but that’s ok – I love being with my toddler. I also love hiking, camping, trips to the beach, a good book, and musicals. Pre-mom, I played tennis, the piano, and danced -- but I don't perform any of those talents well enough to give up my day job!
I served on the board of the Wake County Community Foundation for 2 years. I’m also a past president and founding member of the North Carolina chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association. I enjoy emceeing dozens of community events every year, including walks, races, concerts, panel discussions, even political debates. I also like visiting schools to read to kids, answer their questions about the news industry, and tell them why I love being a television journalist.
Husband Mike and daughter Elsa
I'm obsessed with memoirs-- few things are more compelling than a person's story told through its most authentic voice. My favorites: "Angela's Ashes" by Frank McCourt; "The Liars Club" by Mary Karr; "Growing Up" by Russell Baker; "The Glass Castle" by Jeannette Walls; "Tuesdays with Morrie" by Mitch Albom; and "The Opposite of Fate" by Amy Tan. Other top picks: "Longitudes and Attitudes" by Thomas Friedman; "Memoirs of a Geisha" by Arthur Golden; "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini; and "The Good Earth" by Pearl S. Buck.
Likes Best About North Carolina:
Friendly people and the mild winter (when you compare it to the bitter cold and snow of the Midwest!)