Sarah Hughes Honored As Outstanding Woman Of Northern Kentucky

Sarah Hughes, special projects coordinator for the North Central Area Health Education Center, an affiliate of Gateway Community and Technical College, was honored in April as one of four local women receiving the Outstanding Woman of Northern Kentucky award.

Hughes was recognized for her many years of service as a nurse, educator and community leader. Her impact stretches from the local region back to the mountains of Eastern Kentucky where she served with distinction prior to moving to Northern Kentucky in 2001.

Shes the superwoman we all would resent if she werent so unaffected and eager to help, said longtime friend and associate Evelyn K. Tackett, director of North Central AHEC. Sarah has worked tirelessly as a public health nurse, nursing instructor, health educator and community project coordinator organizing health fairs and educating health professionals. She has advised and encouraged countless students and co-workers.

That is the professional side of Hughes resume. On the personal side, she is married to Gateway president/CEO G. Edward Hughes, and her role as a presidents wife, mother of three daughters and grandmother of two boys brings additional responsibility. Still, she has found time to serve on the board of the Brighton Center, which she chaired in 2008 and 2009. She is a past board member of Welcome House and worked to raise funds for St. Elizabeth Hospice and Gateway.

I can think of few others who possess the integrity, skills, leadership, caring attitude and all around great affection for this community, said Laura Cook Kroeger, vice president of resource development and public affairs at Gateway, executive director of the Gateway Foundation and a previous honoree of the recognition program. She is truly outstanding in every way.