Congratulations to our 2015 Woman of the Year!


Laurie Root is the 2015 Woman of the Year and recipient of the Diane DeLuca-Thompson Award. Root is the senior vice president for resource development at the United Way of Erie County.

Root was one of five finalists nominated for the annual award that recognizes outstanding women leaders from the Erie community. The other finalists included Geri Cicchetti, director of advancement and marketing with SafeNet Erie; Charlene Szymanowski, salon director at Ambridge Rose Spa & Salon; Pat Tracy, a retired educator of the Millcreek Township School District; and Selina Uglow, owner of The Way To Healthy Living.