TWIN 2012 Honoree Spotlight

8 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

Mary Kate Rikard

As a loan officer with the HomeTrust Banking Partnership since 2003, Mary Kate has been instrumental in getting people into homes. She works closely with Mount Housing Opportunities, OnTrack and many other organizations that help low- to moderate-income individuals and families find down payment assistance, grants and other programs available to assist in home buying. Mary Kate works to help clients get their credit in line, then advocates for them in finding assistance.

The bulk of Mary Kate’s first time home buyer clients are Buncombe County’s working class, and over half of her clients are single women, often with children. The amount of work associated with these loans is vast, and in fact it is often easier to deny these clients than help them.  But when other loan officers would turn them away, Mary Kate takes on the challenge because it’s the right thing to do. Mary Kate’s work impacts individuals’ daily lives, creates jobs it he community, and increases city revenue by augmenting available funding for home loans.

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