Women of the Year Awards

Our recipients of the 2017 Women of the Year Awards are:

  • Denise Bridges
  • Monica Brown Challenger
  • Barbara Chadwick
  • Charrisse Cox
  • Eden Wales Freedman

Recipients for the Women of the Year Awards are selected based upon the following criteria:

  • Honorees must live or work in Linn County, Iowa.
  • Honorees must demonstrate a personal commitment to women and girls.
  • Honorees work in uplifting women and/or girls can be through volunteerism, professional work or both. However, efforts must be above and beyond standard expectations for the role.

Past Award Recipients:

1976
Signi Falk
Joan Lipsky
Carol Rickey
Christy Smith
Martha Ward

1977
Leota Battin
Bev Mitchell
Joyce Nielsen
Louisa Peak
Joyce Proctor

1978
Loraine Bomkamp
Sister Sienna Davis
Mary Alice Ericson
Melissa Farley
Burtine Motley

1979
Marian Arens
Julia Bennett
Edna Dieman
Carol Dillard
Shirley Steward

1980
Gail Cooper-Evans
Carol Currans
Martha Ferring
Martha Garner
Pearl Mirich

1981
Lynn Brady
Polly Ely
Pat Marshall

1982
Joann Kreiman
Judy Perkins
Bonnie Pisarik
Phyllis Weston

1983
Celebrated but no award was given

1984
Mary Ester Simmons
Jeanne White

1985
Mary Commbellick
Terri Hoyland
Judith Leavitt
Jolene Maxson

1986
Carol Burns
Jean Kruse
Linda Nassif
Niambi Webster

1987
Ortha Harstad
Kathy Kilbourn
Libby Slappey

1988
Lois Dennis
Claire Dickey

1989
Nancy Challed
Sally Eggleston
Linda Langenberg
Johanna Abernathy
Jean Oxley

1991
Suki Cell
Beverly Hannon
Frances Hansen
Joan Jacob
Madge Phillips

1992
Jacqueline Miller
Carroll Reasoner
Linda Topinka
“Women Who Have Prevailed Over Domestic Violence”

1993
Fern Fackler
Lynn Wickham-Hartman
Daun Hooley
Rita Huber

1994
Rev. Marsha Acord
Julie Schultz

1995
Terri Christoff ersen
Kay Chapman (Halloran)
Nancylee Ziese

1996
Lee Clancey
Alice Dahle
Nancy Evans
Kay Jackson

1997
Sister Cathleen Real
Edith Atkinson
Corkey Nydle
Dr. Julianne Thomas

1998
Sue Jorgenson
Bullard
Bridget Maloney Janus
Dr. Mary Wilcynski

1999
Kathryn Coulter
Maria Dean
Betsy Huston
Sandee Tellinghuisen

2000
Bernie Bordignon
Marjorie Doud
Linda Kowalsky
Kim O’Meara
Joni Thornton

2001
Lynda Bordwell
Deborah J. Hughes
Nancy Lynk Lowenberg
Peg Maher

2002
Kathy Dolan
Ginger Hemmingsen
Mary Lundby

2003
Marilyn Bowman
Amy Johnson Boyle
Carla Jesse
Zeineb Mehdi
Kathy Pearson

2004
Suzy Beshears
Eva Cram
Beth Freeman

2005
Janet Ault
Pat Cargin
Betty Johnson
Dr. Kathleen Opdebeeck

2006
Cynthia Fiester
Elizabeth Hoskins

2007
Kathleen J. Hall
Kristi Thomson
Dr. Ruth E. White

2008
Lorna Barnes
Mary Campbell
Cindy S. Young

2009
Dr. Elizabeth Belden
Ruth Ehrhardt
Amy L. Reasner

2010
Wendee Phillips Deal
Rebecca Jacobs
Jennifer Tibbetts

2011
Maureen Osako
Shirley Ruedy

2012
Lynette Richards
Nancy York
Julie Zimmerman

2013
Sashi Solomon
Diane Ramsey

2014
LaSheila Yates
Sgt. Cristy Hamblin

2015
Marion Patterson
Lu Wherry
Rep. Kirsten
Running-Marquardt

2016
Senator Liz Mathis
Michelle Cole
Gwen Randall
Kristy Butterfield