TWIN 2012 Honoree Spotlight

7 Sep

The YWCA’s Tribute to Women of Influence (TWIN) event honors women who have made significant contributions to their fields, and recognizes those organizations that support such achievements. 2012 marks the 21th anniversary of TWIN. Leading up to this year’s September 20th event at Pack Place & Diana Wortham Theatre, we will highlight each of our 20 incredible TWIN Honorees. If you would like more information about the TWIN event, or to reserve a ticket, please visit

Marie Jensen

Marie has devoted her life to transforming the lives of the most vulnerable children and families in our community. She has worked for over two decades to build Eliada’s programming for extremely needy young people, many of whom have suffered unthinkable abuse and neglect. She helped transform Eliada from a small emergency shelter into a $10 million organization that offers a full continuum of advanced clinical, educational, and treatment services in an excellence-focused environment.

Marie was the driving force behind the launch of Eliada’s Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility. Prior to this, WNC had no regional facility that could accommodate high-acuity students, and they were being sent out of state, far from the environment they had always known.  In addition, Marie helped lead Eliada to its first national accreditation, a landmark achievement. She developed the agency’s first outcomes program, and spearheaded the effort to certify Eliada as a Critical Access Behavioral Health Agency. For twenty years, she has acted as role model and mentor for the 125+ staff whom she supervises with a quiet calm and grace.

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