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Community trailblazers and Virginia Wesleyan Board of Trustees members Deborah Butler and Susan Goode were honored March 13 at the YWCA South Hampton Roads’ 26th Annual Women of Distinction Awards. Each year, the YWCA recognizes outstanding women that have made a difference in the community through their professional leadership, volunteer efforts, and civic involvement. Butler, the executive vice president of planning and chief information officer at Norfolk Southern, was honored in the Science & Technology category. And Goode, who devotes her time as a volunteer both locally and nationally, was honored in the Arts category. VWC has a history of distinctive women, as alumnae Elena Montello '83 (Hope House Foundation) and Bonnie Sutton ’99 (ACCESS College Foundation) were honored as award recipients in 2013. President's Advisory Council member Tracy Keller ’04 (Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast) received the award in 2012. For additional information or to learn more about the YWCA, visit