Voting is now closed for the 2022 #SHEINSPIRESME Award!  Stay tuned - we will announce winner for the Adult category and recognize the Adult and Youth winner at halftime of the #SHEINSPIRESME match on Sunday, July 10.




Francine O’Connor is a retired nurse that has cared for veterans since 1981. She is passionate about being a voice for those who cannot or are unable to speak for themselves. Having been raised in a military family where her mother was a nurse, her desire to help others was innate. Francine has been directly involved in the formation of two grassroots veterans' non-profit organizations. The mission of both groups is to provide support for veterans in the VA healthcare system and to advocate for more veteran centric programs. Francine is retired now, but she continues to champion veterans’ rights every day.  


Nina Rouse is an inspiration to the students and faculty at Muskego High School. When there was only a men’s team for certain sports Nina fought to start a women’s team for the sport. Her drive for equality and to support all students lead her to create a Women of Will leadership program. Standing up for others and giving them the confidence to stand up for themselves is what makes her athletes want to embody those same attributes. Nina is not only an excellent example of sportsmanship as a coach, but she is a true leader amongst her peers. 


Rebecca is a youth librarian that specializes in programs for kids and teens. She works tirelessly to advocate for the importance of games and play as a fundamental part of the learning experience. As the Head of the Games and Gaming Board for the American Library Organization, her programs aim to make the library fun and accessible for kids of all ages and abilities. Rebecca strives to get books, games, and puzzles into the hands of thousands of Chicago area kids. She does an incredible job ensuring that everyone gets a chance to play and learn together.