2019 WWOCN Women of Achievement Awards
Diverse Achievements
By Jonathan Gramling
Sharyl Kato, Asian American, Public Health, Education and Arts - Sharyl Kato is an advocate, gifted teacher, and provider of services
to children, adults, and families in the areas of child abuse, neglect, child sexual abuse, domestic violence, mental illness and developmental
disability, multi-trauma and risk factors, family systems, and community collaboration.

Themis Flores, Latina, Public Health - Themis Flores’ specialization is in Public Health Education as a chronic disease consultant.  She is
a model for young women to go into the sciences through attaining a bachelor’s degree in Physics and another in Medical Technology as
well as completing an MBA which she used to start her own business.  She served in the U.S. Army Reserves-44 General Hospital-Madison

In addition, a special Lifetime Achievement Award is being given to
Milele Chikasa Anana, the former publisher of UMOJA Magazine for
28 years

Anana has held many official posts including the city of Madison's Affirmative Action Officer, interim director of the Madison Equal
Opportunities Commission and was the first African-American to serve on a Wisconsin school board. She was a member of the Madison
School Board in 1974. She has received numerous honors from local social justice and civic organizations. Her efforts have been recognized
with commendations from Governors Doyle and Thompson, Madison City Council and the Equal Opportunities Commission to name a few.

In addition to her civil rights advocacy, she has been a teacher, a social worker, a corporate manager, public servant and successful
entrepreneur. She has co-authored two books and published multiple articles. She is the mother of 5 adult children, grandmother to thirteen
and great grandmother to 4. She maintains memberships in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Wisconsin Women of Color Network Inc.,
Black Business Chamber of Commerce and Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

Anana is best known for UMOJA Magazine, which has successfully identified and recorded the significant, as well as the day to day,
positive news and events in the lives of Madison’s African American population for the past 28 years.  

To make a reservation, please contact, Nelia Olivencia, (608) 516-1040, olivencn@gmail.com; Angelica Varona Camara, (414) 345-7543,
avarona.camara@gmail.com; Nereida Quinones, (608) 669-8392, nereidaquinones6934@gmail.com or WWOCN Office: (608) 335-5945,
wwocnagc@gmail.com. The deadline for a reservation is Monday, March 18, 2019.
For over 35 years, the Wisconsin Women of
Color Network — founded as the Wisconsin
Minority Women Network in 1983 — has served
as a meeting place of support, advancement and
fun for women of color of Wisconsin, especially
in the Greater Madison area. On a quarterly basis,
the women come together to hear from keynote
speakers and panels about a variety of topics,
from equal rights to health and everything in

Their March meeting is dedicated to the
celebration of Women’s History and the
achievements of women of color. This year’s
meeting will be held on March 23, 10:30 a.m. – 2:
30 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel, 525 West
Johnson Street.
Clockwise from upper left: Themis Flores
de Pierquet, Angelina Hicks EdD, Jan Saiz,
Milele Chikasa Anana and Sharyl Kato
In addition to a lunch buffet, the 2019 Women of Achievement Awards will be given out. This year’s
recipients are:

Angelina Hicks, EdD, African American, Education - Dr. Hicks is the principal of Wright Middle
School and former principal of Badger Rock Middle School. She has excelled in her extensive
educational endeavors, has a successful career as an educator, and has active involvement in her
church, Mt. Zion, as an Usher and in other capacities.

Janet Saiz, American Indian, Community Organizer, Volunteer - Janet Saiz is a dedicated
community organizer and volunteer who has made outstanding contributions to promote the culture
and traditions of the American Indian people.  She is an outspoken non-conformist advocate for
women’s rights.