Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption CEO named 2017 Woman of Achievement

Columbus, Ohio – Each year the YWCA of Columbus recognizes a select group of women as their annual
Women of Achievement.

Only 249 women have earned this honor over the past 31 years. This year, Dave Thomas Foundation for
Adoption President and CEO Rita Soronen has been given this honor as a member of the class 2017 Women of
Achievement. Each recipient of this award shares a deep commitment to breaking down barriers and creating
opportunities for women in Central Ohio.

“We are proud of all that Rita does for the children in foster care waiting for forever families and all the additional
work she does to enhance our community,” said Jill Crumbacher, Senior Vice President of Marketing and
Development at the Foundation.

Previous honorees include Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs, Donatos’ Chairwoman Jane Grote Abell, former
WBNS news anchor Andrea Cambern and President of the Ohio Health Foundation Karen Morrison. A complete
list of all past honorees can be found here.

“I am honored to be a part of this impressive and inspiring group of women who are working to raise the
consciousness of women’s issues in Central Ohio and who are breaking barriers,” said Rita Soronen. “I am
humbled to be in the same category of such noteworthy women who are impacting our city in significant ways.”
Soronen has been the President and CEO of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption for 14 years and has spent
her professional life fighting for the rights of children and families.