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Sanders, Van Gundy honored by Hamilton YWCA

11/16/2012

Lee Sanders, regional associate dean, was named the Hamilton YWCA's 2012 Woman of the Year and Alana Van Gundy, assistant professor and criminal justice program coordinator, was named the Outstanding Woman of Achievement in Education.

Lee Sanders
Lee Sanders
“Dr. Lee Sanders is well respected for all of her efforts to help the women and families of Butler County,” said her nominator. “The words that come to mind when describing Dr. Sanders are determination, passion and caring.” The nomination also cited her years of involvement with the American Red Cross, Hamilton Community Foundation and Hamilton YWCA Board of Directors.

Sanders received her bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and her master’s degree and doctorate in mathematics from the University of Florida. She has been at Miami University since 1984.

She has served the Hamilton Campus as assistant executive director, senior associate dean for academic affairs and interim executive director. Since 2010, she has served as associate dean and associate dean for administrative affairs for the regional campuses.

Sanders has been active in activities for the Hamilton City Schools and the Fairfield City Schools and currently serves as president for the board of directors of BizTech, a small business incubator for Butler County. She is a member of the Hamilton Rotary Club, currently serving as president elect. She is currently active with Start Ready, a collaboration among several organizations to guarantee all children the best preparation for school.

She served eight years on the board of directors for the YWCA of Hamilton, including three years as president.

“Dr. Alana Van Gundy has had a significant impact on Butler County and the criminal justice and social service agencies in the surrounding areas, beginning with the fact that she was responsible for developing Miami University’s two-year associate degree in criminal justice and played a crucial role in the creation of the newly approved bachelor’s degree in the same field,” said her nominator.

Van Gundy received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Dayton, her master’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati and doctorate in sociology from the University of Cincinnati.

Since 2004, she has been a visiting faculty at Miami Middletown, criminal justice program coordinator/visiting associate professor at Miami Hamilton and, most recently, assistant professor and criminal justice coordinator at Miami Hamilton.

Van Gundy’s research focuses on the etiology and risk factors of female criminality, the development and extension of feminist criminological theory, and the implementation of gender-specific policy and procedure within the American system of corrections. She is a consultant for numerous local, state and federal jails and penitentiaries, programs for at risk women and victims of domestic violence and local law enforcement agencies. Her work has been published in multiple journals and books.

“Lee and Alana have distinguished themselves not only through their chosen fields but also through their community leadership,” said Miami Regional Campus Dean G. Michael Pratt. “I am very proud of them and offer sincere congratulations on behalf of the faculty, staff and students of Miami’s regional locations.”

Sanders, Van Gundy and other Women of Achievement recipients were honored at a celebration dinner in Fairfield on Oct. 23.

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