Ranzenhofer Names Kahn 2010 Woman of Distinction; Kenmore-East graduate, Amherst resident receives award


Albany, NY – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has named Carrie Kahn the 2010 Woman of Distinction for the 61st Senatorial District, honoring her for her outstanding contributions to education in the community.

“It is an honor to name Carrie Kahn the 2010 Woman of Distinction.  Her commitment to education has enriched the quality of life in our community and beyond.  She truly is an excellent role model to many young women in Western New York,” said Senator Ranzenhofer.

Kahn is the Executive Dean of Workforce Development of SUNY Erie Community College.  Under her direct leadership, the department has expanded to include multiple divisions which provide non-credit professional development training to Western New York businesses.  Additionally, she has played a pivotal role in securing $25 million in funding to train employees, community residents and dislocated workers through ECC Workforce One Stop.

Kahn has served as a member of the Williamsville School Board since 2007.  The Williamsville school system is the region’s top K-12 public education system, ranked by Business First.  During her tenure, she has played a major role in approving and supporting the Williamsville District-wide Technology Plan and their Facilities and Preservation Management Project.  These projects will provide students with 21st century technology skills and upgrade school facilities for energy efficiency and enhanced internet access.

“It is a tremendous honor to receive this award.  I would especially like to thank Senator Ranzenhofer for nominating me for the 2010 Woman of Distinction,” said Kahn.  “Education is my number one passion.  I believe that education has the power to improve the quality of every individual’s life.  From working as Executive Dean of Workforce Development to serving on the Williamsville School Board, I have seen firsthand the positive role that education and life-long learning has played in preparing our students for college and securing new skills for the workforce.” 

The Women of Distinction program was created in 1998 to honor great New York women.  Past honorees include former movie-star Lucille Ball, 19th Century suffragist Katherine Davis and other women accomplished in sciences, academics, business and the arts across New York State.

Senator Ranzenhofer has been serving in the State Senate since 2009.  He represents the 61st Senate District which includes part of the city of Tonawanda, the Towns of Amherst, Clarence, Newstead and Tonawanda in Erie County and all of Genesee County.