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Three Outstanding Women Named Girl Scouts’ 2016 “Women of Distinction”


The Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital has named three women from the Eastern Panhandle as the 2016 “Women of Distinction”.  They will be recognized at the 12th annual Women of Distinction luncheon this fall on Wednesday, October 12, at the Holiday Inn in Martinsburg.

The women, nominated by community members, were selected by their peers for outstanding volunteerism in the community, contribution to their professions, and being exemplary role models for young women.  Alice Barkus, Lisa Bivens, and Vickie Elliott will join the distinguished rank of women who have received the Women of Distinction honor over the past 11 years.

Alice Barkus is a native of West Virginia who has been very active in the community since returning to Jefferson County in 2002.  Most notably she has served on the United Way of the Eastern Panhandle Boards for more than 10 years and has been a leading force in their Day of Caring.  She is also on the boards of the Potomac Valley Audubon Society and the American Conservation Film Festival, and is an active committee member for Friends of Music at Shepherd University.  In 2005 Alice was awarded United Way of Jefferson County’s Van Ryzin Award, and in 2007 she received their Volunteer of the Year Award.

Lisa Bivens, a lifelong resident of Berkeley County, serves as Executive Director of Panhandle Home Health, Inc. where she has worked since 1984.  She is a past president of Sunrise Rotary and a board member of Martinsburg-Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce. She volunteers for United Way of the Eastern Panhandle and was recognized as their 2013 Volunteer of the Year.  Under her leadership, Panhandle Home Health, Inc. was selected by the Chamber of Commerce as their Small Business of the Year in 2012.  She was also named the Chamber’s Volunteer of the Year in 2013.   Lisa is a founding member of WISH (Women Investing in Shepherd), and works collaboratively with Hospice of the Panhandle on their “Bridge” program.  In 2016 she was named Beta Sigma Phi’s First Lady of Martinsburg for her community and volunteer efforts.

Vickie Elliott, born and raised in the Eastern Panhandle, has worked in numerous capacities at Farmers and Mechanics Mutual Insurance Companies for 33 years, presently serving as Executive Secretary to the President and Board of Directors.  She is an active volunteer and officer for many organizations: Berkeley County Business Education Partnership, Professional Business Women’s Association, Berkeley County Youth Fair, and Eastern Panhandle Insurance Professionals.  For at least 10 years she has been project manager for the United Way’s Day of Caring at Hospice of the Panhandle, where she also served on their Capital Campaign.  Vickie is a Rotarian and has helped several local non-profits in their fund-raising efforts: March of Dimes, American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, and CASA, to name a few.  She also served on the Girl Scouts of Shawnee Council’s Board.

For more information about the Women of Distinction luncheon and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Pam Allen at the local Girl Scout office: 304-263-8833 or