Technology leaders celebrate networking pioneer and co-principal of Women in IT Network (WINS)
SEATTLE, Wash. (March 8, 2023) – The Quilt, a consortium of regional Research and Education (R&E) networks throughout the United States, today announced that Wendy Huntoon is this year’s recipient of the Dave Reese Distinguished Service Award.
This esteemed award is named in honor of Dave Reese (1958-2019), a founding member of The Quilt who served in several leadership roles for the organization including chairman of the board and treasurer. He set the bar high with his extraordinary sense of community, and this award recognizes others who have shown the same level of leadership, support, and service to The Quilt and the national R&E networking community.
“This award recognizes individuals who appreciate the diverse set of organizations that comprise The Quilt and dedicate their time to supporting initiatives that broadly impact its members,” said Jen Leasure, president and CEO of The Quilt. “Wendy’s contributions to The Quilt are far-reaching for me personally and the organization. While her professional accomplishments exemplify the characteristics associated with the Dave Reese Distinguished Service Award, it is her personal commitment to people that merits the award.”
For more than 30 years, Huntoon has provided leadership, service, and support to The Quilt (even serving as its first Executive Director) as well as the national R&E networking community. Huntoon currently serves as co-principal investigator for Women in IT Network at SC (WINS), an NSF-funded initiative that she co-founded. Additional achievements include serving in leadership roles at 3ROX, the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, and KINBER. From the onset of her career to her current position, she has been a driving force and champion for gender diversity, inclusion, collaboration and advancing networking for the collective R&E mission.
Huntoon received this recognition during The Quilt 2023 Winter Member Meeting happening now through March 9. She joins previous winners Marla Meehl (2021) and Jim Stewart (2022) in receiving this award.