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March 7, 2014


Boise, ID – The Women’s and Children’s Alliance will honor 50 women at its 21st Annual Tribute to Women and Industry Luncheon at noon on Thursday, March 13 at the Boise Centre.

“These are the women who make things happen in the Treasure Valley business world,” WCA Executive Director Bea Black said. “It is a great honor to be called a TWIN, and we’re so grateful to be able to recognize 50 new TWINs in this special year.”

Along with honoring the TWIN nominees, Teri Stein will receive the 2014 Joyce Stein Award for her efforts to grow and advance women in the Treasure Valley.

This is the 21st year that the WCA has recognized professional women with TWIN awards. The luncheon will honor companies who have consistently supported the WCA as Corporate Pillars and nominated TWIN honorees.

In the last 21 years, 795 women have been named TWINs, and more than 120 businesses and organizations have participated, contributing more than $2.3 million to the WCA’s mission of providing safety, healing and freedom from domestic abuse and sexual assault.

This year’s TWIN honorees are:

  • Shawna Adams, Professional Banking Officer, Bank of the Cascades
  • Toni Ayers, Human Resources Manager, PHR, Norco, Inc.
  • Stacey Baczkowski, Senior Biologist, Idaho Power Company
  • Sue Balluff, Alliance Director, Laser Jet and Enterprise Systems, Hewlett Packard
  • Tamara Beach, Director, Print Services Category, Printing and Personal Systems, Hewlett Packard
  • Tracy Bresina, Chief Financial Officer, Red Sky Public Relations
  • Susan Bundgard, Vice President, Human Resources (CHRO) Saint Alphonsus Health System
  • Merry Cole, Sales & Marketing, Concrete Construction Supply
  • Reata Conner, Broker, Keller Williams Realty Boise
  • Michele de Reus, Associate Broker, Keller Williams Realty Boise
  • Amber Dina, Attorney, Givens Pursley LLP
  • Judy Eaton, Director of Professional Claims Administration, St. Luke’s Health System
  • Hilarie M. Engle, Executive Director Susan G. Komen
  • Ann Farris, Ph.D., Area Director, Boise School District
  • Dallis Fontenot, Corporate Development Manager, ESI Construction
  • Stefanie Fry, M.D., Cardiologist, St. Luke’s Idaho Cardiology, St. Luke’s Health System
  • Valerie Goebel, Area Retail Leader, KeyBank
  • Irene Gonzalez, Business Opportunity Specialist, U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Laura Gorringe, Market Administrative Manager, BMC
  • Suzie Hall, ASID, LEED AP, President, Cornerstone Design
  • Kristine Asin Hamasaki, Marketing and Events, Brighton Corporation, nominated by Two Men and a Truck
  • Deborah Hedden-Nicely, M.A., Head Teacher, Marian Pritchett High School, nominated by Boise Weekly
  • Kara Heikkila, Attorney, Hawley Troxell Ennis & Hawley, LLP
  • Jenni Hogaboom, Vice President & Relationship Manager, U.S. Bank
  • Bethany Hughes, Co-Founder/Chief Services Officer, Damsel in Defense
  • Jaymi Hugo, Community Relations Manager/Operations Coordinator, Washington Trust Bank
  • Mary Janowiak, M.D., Physician, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Saint Alphonsus Health System
  • Tamara Johnson, C & Bank Founder, Customer Service-Treasury Management Coordinator,  Northwest Bank
  • Angelique Keavney, Human Resources Leader, Idaho Power Company
  • Linda Kerr, Controller, Women’s and Children’s Alliance
  • Ji-Yeon Lee, Director, International Sales & Marketing, J.R. Simplot Food Group
  • Nancy K. Lemas, Director & Associate Broker, KW Commercial
  • Nan Leonard, Assistant Vice President & Regional Operations Manager, U.S. Bank
  • Lisa Li, Assistant Vice President, Business Trainer, Citi Cards
  • Mindy Lin, Co-Founder/Chief Marketing Officer, Damsel in Defense
  • Terry Loofbourrow, Manager, Blue Cross of Idaho
  • Jennifer Maier, Director of Commercial Operations, Gardner Company
  • Marie McGlynn, Vice President/General Manager, Journal Broadcast Group -Idaho Division
  • Korey L. McSherry, Assistant Vice President, Customer Sales and Service, Citi Cards
  • Ann Nelson, Audit Partner, KPMG
  • Dana Oland, Arts and Culture Reporter, Idaho Statesman
  • Alicia A. Ritter, President, Ritter Public Relations, nominated by Idaho Independent Bank
  • Priscilla Salant, Interim Director, James & Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research, University of Idaho
  • Carole J. Skinner, President & Co-Founder, The Flicks
  • Ellen Smith, Attorney, Smith Horras, P.A.
  • Linda Somerville, Senior Director of Process Technology, Micron Technology
  • Marcia Ward, Assistant Project Manager, ESI Construction
  • Barbara L. Wilson, Member, Board of Directors, St. Luke’s Health System
  • Mandy Wood, Consultant, Max Giving
  • Hua Yan, Ph.D., Molecular Scientist Manager, Simplot Plant Sciences, J.R. Simplot Company

The Women’s and Children’s Alliance, 720 W. Washington, provides safety, healing and freedom from domestic abuse and sexual assault. The WCA operates two 24-hour information lines, secure shelter and transitional housing and provides professional counseling, legal advocacy, licensed child care, financial literacy and life skills training, and case management services.




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