Women Of Distinction

Celebrating those who lift others in our community


Dr. Ericka Powell - STEM Pillar

Dr. Powell took on the role of Vice President of Medical Affairs at WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital in September 2021. Ericka joined the community hospital in 2017, where she served as the Emergency Department Medical Director and Vice President of Medical Staff at Good Samaritan Hospital. 

Ericka graduated from Temple University with her Doctor of Medicine and completed her Emergency Medicine Residency at Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. She recently received the Emerging Leader Award from Temple University School of Medicine and served as co-chair on the Women in Leadership Committee for TeamHealth. 

Ericka has spent much of her career providing care to emergency department patients and community members of Lancaster County, notably serving as the Board President of the American Heart Association.


Donna Schankweiler - Entrepreneur Pillar

Donna Schankweiler, along with her husband, were the owners of Journal Multimedia, a media and publications company, where she served as Business Manager, Corporate Treasurer and Secretary of the company for 25-plus years. The company produced the Central Penn Business Journal, Lehigh Valley Business and Central Penn Parent, among others.

Donna established multiple programs and initiatives, including Pennsylvania’s Best 50 Women in Business and the Women of Influence awards, along with creating Central Penn Parent magazine and Inclusion, a diversity in business publication.

In her community, she has served on the board of the YWCA, the Harrisburg Regional Chamber and the Wildcat Foundation of the Mechanicsburg School District.

A former Girl Scout, Donna has been married to Dave since 1988. They have three children and are expecting their first grandchild in February.


Delma Rivera-Lytle - Life Skills Pillar

Delma Rivera-Lytle graduated from Gettysburg College with a dual degree in Sociology and Spanish. She retired last year as the Diversity Education Specialist at Central York School District, a position she held for 17 years. Her previous work experience includes 12 years with Bristol-Myers Squibb as a pharmaceutical sales representative. She also worked as a social worker with the Spanish American Center of York, an organization founded by her parents.

Her commissions and board of directors’ involvement include serving on the PA Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs, the United Way of York County, CASA and Latinos Unidos of York.

Her volunteer work includes serving as coordinator of Puerto Rico humanitarian relief efforts following Hurricane Maria and volunteering on the racial justice committee of First Presbyterian Church of York.

An adrenaline junkie, Delma enjoys skydiving, scuba diving, skiing and bungee jumping. She has been married to Charles Lytle for 35 years. They have one daughter. 


Lauren Ferreri - Outdoors Pillar

Lauren Ferreri is a Berks County native who received her bachelor's degree in Wildlife Management and Conservation from Delaware Valley University in Bucks County.

She has been working for the Pennsylvania Game Commission for 10 years and has been the Biological and Visitors Center Manager at Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area since 2016.

Lauren is passionate about sharing the importance of our natural resources, especially wildlife, with the public. Outside of work, Lauren enjoys traveling to National Wildlife Refuges and National Parks with her husband and taking hikes with her two dogs.

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