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State Senate Names Carole Coppens As 2018 Woman of Distinction

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The New York State Senate has named Carole Coppens, the Executive Director of the YWCA Binghamton and Broome County, as the 2018 Woman of Distinction.

Senator Fred Akshar honored Coppens during a ceremony held Friday morning at the YWCA. Each year, the State Senate honors women who have enriched the quality of life in their communities.

“Somebody like Carole Coppens, who doesn’t seek the limelight, who doesn’t seek to get credit for all the work she and her team are doing is just the person that we look for," said Fred Akshar, New York Senator.

Coppens has served as the Executive Director since June 2000. One of the contributions she is recognized for is her commitment to developing supportive housing for the homeless in Broome County. She is also recognized for her work in restoring the historic YWCA building.

“Just blown away by this honor and distinction bestowed on me. I never in a million years anticipated getting something like this,” said Carole Coppens, 2018 Woman of Distinction recipient.

In 2002, The Broome County Status of Women Council recognized her as a Women of Achievement. In 2001, the City of Binghamton established The Human Rights Commision, in which the Mayor appointed her as a founding member. The Executive Director holds a Master's Degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Colorado.

The Executive Director was selected our of over 60 candidates for the award.