CLINTON — The honorees have been selected for the 36th presentation of the YWCA Woman of Achievement awards. Area women are nominated by their colleagues and peers for service to their community and accomplishments in their profession. Businesses are nominated that promote an environment enabling women to be successful in the workplace and the community. They are selected by past Woman of Achievement honorees and current YWCA board members. The 2009 honorees are:

• Young Woman of Achievement: Karli Jacobsen

• Civic/Community Woman of Achievement: Lori Hill Susie and Jean Roeder

• Professional Woman of Achievement: Tammy Meyer

• County Woman of Achievement: Nancy Buikema

• Religious Woman of Achievement: Laura Wessels

• Business Leader: Citizens First Bank

• Unsung Hero/YWCA Honoree: Sue McQueen

A banquet will be held to honor their accomplishments on April 16 at the Tuscany Special Events Center at Rastrelli’s in Clinton. Social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m. with dinner to follow at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are $25 or $20 for those 60 and older. Reservations may be made by calling the YWCA at 242-2110.

Julie Allesee will be the keynote speaker for the evening. Allesee is a native Clintonian who has spent much of her working career in the Clinton area. She was employed by the A.C. Nielsen Company for 22 years.

The majority of that time was spent as the Marketing Service Administrator for Nielsen Inquiry Service.

Allesee serviced magazine publishing customers in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. When Dun and Bradstreet purchased the A.C. Nielsen Company in 1987, Allesee became the Customer Service Manager and Marketing Services Administrator in Boulder, Colo., servicing a 19 state sales territory with specialization in the Magazine Industry for Inquiry Service.

At one time, she and business partner, Maureen Miller, opened and operated the party supply store, “Fun ’n Games” in downtown Clinton.

Allesee was the director for the Clinton Convention and Visitors Bureau from 1995-2008, becoming the president of the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce in February 2008.

Allesee remains on the Board of Directors for the Travel Federation of Iowa, having served as the president for two years. She is on the Board of Directors of the Eastern Iowa Tourism Association and is the legislative liaison for the group and also serves on the Board of Directors of the Alverno Healthcare Facility and the East Central Intergovernmental Association (ECIA).

For more information, contact Sarah Hood at the YWCA, 242-2110.