2010 YWCA Women of Distinction
From the Madison YWCA
Betty Harris Custer
Betty is the founding managing partner of Custer Financial Services, and the first female financial planner in Madison. As a
volunteer, she works to ensure that children of all economic circumstances can enjoy the same opportunities. She served as chair
of the Lussier Community Education Center capital campaign and as board president for the Madison Ballet, where she is currently
an advisory committee member. Betty also established the area’s first Girl Scout troop for differently-abled young girls.
Bettsey Lutz Barhorst
Bettsey is the president of Madison Area Technical College. Under her leadership, the college is expanding opportunities to meet the
increasing need for education and training in the local community. This includes an affiliation with the University of Wisconsin
system that allows students to transfer to a UW school for completion of four-year degrees. She also serves on a number of boards,
including TEMPO-Madison and United Way of Dane County.
Annette is the community services manager at Madison Gas & Electric. In this position, she has developed initiatives to involve low
to moderate-income communities in discussions of energy savings and conservation. She served as board chair of the Urban
League of Greater Madison, helping the organization accomplish its vision of building the Center for Economic and Workforce
Development. She also founded the Madison Network of Black Professionals.
Carola is the BadgerCare Plus Outreach Program Coordinator for Unity Health Insurance and works for the University of Wisconsin
Medical Foundation. Her professional and volunteer focus is on improving the quality of life in the local community through better
access to health care and increased awareness of the benefits of good health, particularly in low-income communities. Carola is
also the founder and director of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church choir.
Kathy is the Community Partnerships Coordinator for Madison Metropolitan School District. In her professional and volunteer
capacities, she works to design and implement programs to improve the opportunities of underserved populations in Madison. For
example, Kathy helped establish the Mann and Sánchez Scholars programs, which provide scholarships, guidance, and mentoring
to African American, Latino/a, and Southeast Asian students.
(Left to Right) Betty Harris Custer, Bettsey Lutz Barhorst, Annette Miller, Carola Peterson-Gaines, Kathy Price