The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


April 12, 2013

Meet the 2013 YWCA Women of Achievement


Marquel was a 2011 Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Conference Representative and a Better Business Bureau Scholarship nominee. Along with taking Honors and AP classes, she was instrumental in bringing the FCA Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, back to Clinton High.

In the community she has been an active member of First United Methodist Church participating in Hearts & Hands projects, King’s harvest, Vacation Bible School, community dinner, and a mission trip to an Arizona Indian reservation. Marquel spends summers working as a lifeguard and swim instructor at Riverview Pool. She will continue her education at Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, W.Va., to play volleyball and pursue a degree in secondary education.


Mardell Mommsen is this year’s recipient of the Unsung Hero/YWCA Honoree award. “Some people have a social life and some live a life of service. Mardell has combined both of those worlds in her everyday existence. She is not just an attendee, but a tireless dedicated worker. As co-chairwoman of the YWCA, she worked tirelessly to promote the mission “to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.” shared nominator Jennifer Graf. She is a recent YWCA Board of Directors member, 2007-2012, and Past President, 2011-2012. She is a long-time planning member of the Stop the Hate/Show the Love walk through her membership on the Clinton Peace Coalition, and a member of the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration committee. As a member of the Clinton Peace Coalition, she made it her mission and priority to see peace poles “planted” at each school in the city of Clinton. She has collaborated on several diversity and women’s empowerment events with the YWCA such as; the Roundtable on Racism discussion series, YWCA Week Without Violence activities, Women You Know, Women You’d Like to Meet presentations and documentary viewings with content discussion panels.

She has been employed with Clinton Community College since 1980, currently as Registrar, VA Certifying Official and Student Senate Advisor. Until 2010 she filled additional time with a part time job at various local employers. The daughter of Rosalyn and the late Glen Mommsen, she is originally of Miles and has four siblings. She has three pets that keep her company at home.

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