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IBR honors 2009 Idaho Women of the Year 

It was a night of inspiration.

More than 400 people turned out March 26 at the Boise Centre on the Grove to honor this year’s 50 recipients of the Idaho Business Review’s Idaho Women of the Year award. The program, co-sponsored by the University of Phoenix, Boys & Girls Clubs of Ada County and Perkins Coie, annually recognizes the contributions of women in Idaho making a difference in the professional and nonprofit worlds.
Honorees this year came from diverse fields ranging from law and politics to education, health care and journalism. A number of recipients were also heavily involved in volunteerism and/or operating organizations dedicated to helping others, including Interfaith Alliance of Idaho, Elkhorn Kid’s Camp, Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Camp River Run.
The University of Phoenix presented scholarships totaling up to $300,000 to six women and men affiliated with the Boys & Girls Clubs – Jacob Barrientos, Kimberely Border, Sarah Duvall, Barbara Nesbit, Julie Wilde and Tim Williams – who hope to use their education to follow in the footsteps of the awardees.
The 50 women were profiled in an Idaho Women of the Year magazine that was distributed at the awards dinner and published in the Idaho Business Review on March 23. Here is the list of this year’s honorees:
Laurie Appel, occupational therapist, Lotus Tree Sensory Integration Center, Boise
Pamela Baldwin, executive director, Interfaith Alliance of Idaho, Boise
Jan Bennetts, deputy Ada County prosecuting attorney, Ada County Prosecutor’s Office, Boise
Sherry Bithell, retired educator, Boise Independent School District, Boise
Karena Boesel, membership representative, Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, Boise
Anna Borchers Canning, planning director, City of Meridian Planning Department, Meridian
Addie Waxman Chan, instructor of Environmental Science & Ethics of Science, University of Phoenix Idaho Campus, Boise
Rachael Daigle, editor, Boise Weekly, Boise
Candy Dale, chief U.S. magistrate judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho, Boise
Penny Dennis, vice president, McAlvain Design/Build Inc., Boise
Peg Dougherty, Idaho deputy attorney general, human services division, Idaho Office of the Attorney General, Boise
Hilarie Engle, executive director, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Boise affiliate, Boise
Melanie Fales, executive director, Boise Art Museum, Boise
Tami Fisher, volunteer coordinator, Women’s & Children’s Alliance, Boise
Liz Fitzgerald, property manager, Unico Properties, Boise
Ashley Ford, principal land use planner, Rose Law Group Borton, Boise
Trudy Hanson Fouser, managing shareholder, Gjording & Fouser, Boise
Lynda Friesz-Martin, president, Lynda Friesz Public Relations, Boise
Sonia Galaviz, teacher, Endeavor Elementary School, Nampa
Raquel Guglielmetti, vice president of finance, Northwest Real Estate Capital Corp., Boise
Valerie Hadley, academic student mentor, University of Phoenix, Meridian
Tracy Hall, executive assistant to the mayor, City of Boise, Boise
Carol Hepworth, elementary school teacher, Independent School District of Boise City, Boise
Michelle Hicks, senior consultant, communication, Buck Consultants, Boise
Rachel Hurn, proprietor, Seasons Bistro Wine Bar & Catering, Eagle
Wendy Jaquet, Idaho state legislator, Idaho House of Representatives, Ketchum
Julie Johnson, co-owner, Flynn’s Saddle Shop, Boise
Lori Jones, owner/financial consultant, Investment Resources of America, Meridian
RaNae Jones, principal, Sage Valley Middle School, Nampa
Bessie Katsilometes, dean of academic programs, Idaho State University, Boise campus, Boise
Kate Kelly, Senate assistant minority leader, Idaho State Legislature, Boise
Holly Sue Kerns, owner and president, Kerns Brand Marketing, Boise
Shelby Kerns, executive director, Idaho Rural Partnership, Boise
Lonni Leavitt-Barker, co-owner, Big Horn Collectibles/Paloma Pewter, Eagle
Kelly Greene McConnell, partner, Givens Pursley, Boise
Cheryl McNeil, director of accounting, Thornton Oliver Keller, Boise
Karen North, director, health & welfare benefits, J.R. Simplot Co., Boise
Molly O’Leary, managing member, Richardson & O’Leary, Boise
Wendy Olson, senior litigation counsel, U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Idaho, Boise
Debra Riedel, first vice president, wealth management, Smith Barney, Boise
Kelly Ryan Rush, vice president, sales and marketing, Clear Voice Telecom, Meridian
Lisa Scales, owner, Green Foundations Building Center; founder and president, Sustainable Futures, Garden City
Kail Seibert, partner, Capitol Law Group; founding principal and managing member, Ahead of the Kurve, Boise
LeAnn Simmons, Canyon County director, United Way of Treasure Valley, Boise
Paula Smyly, senior vice president/commercial lending manager, Mountain West Bank, Coeur d’Alene
Dene Kay Thomas, president, Lewis-Clark State College, Lewiston
Erin Tippetts, owner/director/teacher, Elkhorn Kid’s Camp and Smart Start Preschool, Boise
Shawna Van Beek, Realtor/owner, River Run Investments; founder, Camp River Run, Meridian
Susan Williamson, principal, William Howard Taft Elementary School, Boise
Rachel Winer, executive director, Idaho Smart Growth, Boise

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  1. Is the glossy brochure featuring your IBR Woman of the Year 2010 honorees still available? Where can I pick one up?

    Thanks for your help.

    Ruth