Mar 21

WCA honors 52 women at 20th Annual TWIN Awards Luncheon


Boise, ID – The Women’s and Children’s Alliance will honor 52 women at its 20th Annual Tribute  to Women and Industry Luncheon at noon on Wednesday, 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 51 new TWINs in this special year.”

Along with honoring the TWIN nominees, Idaho Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb will receive the 2013 Joyce Stein Award for her efforts to grow and advance women in the Treasure Valley.

This is the 20th 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 20 years, 745 women have been named TWINs, more than 100 businesses and organizations have participated, contributing more than $2.1 million to the WCA’s mission of providing safety, healing and freedom from domestic abuse and sexual assault.

This year’s TWIN honorees are:

Yasmin Aguilar, Community Resource Coordinator, Agency for New Americans, nominated by North by Northwest Productions

Karen Ballard, Administrator, Tourism Division, Idaho Department of Commerce, nominated by Chandlers Steakhouse

Donna Blakley, Corporate HR Business Partner Manager, Boise Inc.

Stephanie Blankenship, Senior Cash Management Advisor, KeyBank

Charlotte Borba, Treasury Management Relationship Manager, U.S. Bank

Melissa Boyd, Supply Chain Manager, Idaho Power

Deanna Salazar Brown, Realtor, Keller Williams Realty Boise

Kristen Bryan, Director, Managed Services Strategy and Business Operations, Hewlett-Packard Company

Anne Cirillo, Owner, Anne Cirillo Photography

Rachael Connor, Assistant Vice President, Customer Service, Citi Cards

Beth Coonts, Attorney, Hawley Troxell

Jodi Daugherty, Audit Partner, Eide Bailly, LLP

Debbie Dioquino, Vice President of Compliance and Consumer Protection Manager, Idaho Independent Bank

Elizabeth (Beth) Elroy, Engineering and Construction Manager, Micron Technology, nominated by Micron Foundation

Carey Farmer, Realtor, Women’s Council of Realtors, nominated by Keller Williams Realty Boise

Sally Freeman, Publisher, Boise Weekly

Christine Garner, Facility Services Manager, Women’s and Children’s Alliance, nominated by Fisher’s Document Systems

Georgia Girvan, retired, Boise State University Emeritus, nominated by Metro Express Car Wash

Sylvia Hampel, President, Clearview Cleaning Service, nominated by Metro Express Car Wash

Sasa Hamzic, Assistant Vice President, Collections, Citi Cards

LeeAnn Hawk, Human Resources and Office Manager, Fisher’s Document Systems

Jennifer Henderson, Executive Director, Boise Public Schools Education Foundation, nominated by Mai Thai

Dorothy Hope, Owner, Hope Blooms Flowers and Things, nominated by Bach Portraits

Cheryl A. Imlach, Manager, Revenue Accounting, Intermountain Gas Company

Kimberly Ivacek, Executive Director, Advocates Against Family Violence, nominated by

Sally Jeffcoat, CEO, Saint Alphonsus Health System

Stephanie Johnson, Vice President, Commercial Loan Office, Bank of the Cascades

Judy L. Kandler, Assistant Vice President/Customer Service Manager, Northwest Bank

Sharon Kensinger, MSN, RN, Vice President of Rural Nursing and Patient Care Services, St. Luke’s Health System

Stacia Landers, IS Project Manager, Scentsy, Inc.

Kayce McEwan, Director, Corporate Human Resources, J.R. Simplot Company

Jeanne McFall, P.E., Fisheries/Hydraulic Engineer, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, nominated by McMillen, LLC

Kathy D. Moore, MBA, FACHE, Chief Operating Officer, Treasure Valley, St. Luke’s Health System

Rhea Morrison, Administrative Director, Medicine and Medicine Subspecialty Clinics, St. Luke’s Health System

Theresia Muli, Director, Born to Succeed Early Care and Education Center, nominated by Integrity Audio Visual3

Cindy Myers, Agent Services Coordinator, Keller Williams Realty Boise

Joey A. Perry, Vice President, Private Banking, Washington Trust Bank

Terri Pickens, Founder/Managing Partner, Pickens Law, PA

Angela M. Reed, Senior Associate, Givens Pursley, LLP

Tara Russell, Founder & CEO, Create Common Good, nominated by Idaho Statesman

Becky Schroeder, Chief Operating Officer, Idaho Lottery, nominated by Davies Moore

Kristal Searle, Audit Manager, KPMG, LLP

Harriet Shaklee, Professor & Family Development Specialist, University of Idaho

Patty Sinsel, Manager Technical/Analytical Support, Blue Cross of Idaho

Nicole Sirak-Irwin, Executive Director, Family Advocates, nominated by Western Trophy

Lesa Thomas, Corporate Secretary, BMC

Pamela Thomas, Vice President, Mission Integration, Saint Alphonsus Health System

Maria Tindall, Vice President – Laser Jet Operations, Hewlett-Packard Company

Karen L. Vauk, President & CEO, The Idaho Food Bank, nominated by Idaho Statesman

Anna Webb, Boise Community Reporter, Idaho Statesman

Veronica Welsh, Vice President of Creative Services, Scentsy, Inc.

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.