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Most Admired Woman 2014 8 Arts............................................C.J. Fletcher 12 Athletics....................................Oksana Masters 16 Beauty/ Fashion........................June Bale 20 Business....................................Deborah Charlton 24 Community/Non-profits...........Marta Miranda 28 Corporate..................................Jill Joseph Bell 32 Education..................................Cheryl Lowe 36 Food..........................................Sarah Fritschner 40 Health........................................Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt 44 Home.........................................Diane Stege 48 Media........................................Elizabeth Woolsey 52 Political.....................................Julie Denton

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What makes a Most Admired Woman? Is it her creativity, her passion, her tenacity, her fearlessness, her determination to keep going and reaching for her dreams against all odds? Or is it the depth and breadth of her compassion for the voiceless and her dedication to helping and serving her community? Maybe it’s the small things, that special way she has about her — her smile, her touch, her capacity to cultivate beauty and joy — that lifts your spirits and brightens your day.

We nominated them, you voted for them, and we spoke with these 12 remarkable women to find out what it is that makes them special. And you know what? It turns out they’re not that different from the rest of us. Like everybody else, they struggle with finding balance, they’re sometimes faced with difficult decisions, and they do their best to navigate the ups and downs that come their way. Their work just happens to be on a more public platform, and we’re so glad they shared with us some of the private aspects of their lives in the pages that follow.

Join us for a reception celebrating the Most Admired Woman winners at The Olmsted on June 24 at 5pm. Register at TodaysWomanNow.com. The Most Admired Woman 2014 nominees were selected by the editorial board of Today’s Woman magazine. Reader votes determined the winners.

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WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO ACHIEVE THROUGH YOUR WORK? Just to be remembered after I’m gone, that I was a person who strived to bring communities together, and to make this a better place through the arts. There’s a series of paintings I do that I call The Doors. They’re colorful — I paint with a lot of bright colors — and they’re actually paintings of doors. They may be church doors, or they may be a front door, but I’m trying to get a point across to the young people: be conscious of the doors that you walk through today. Some are good, some are bad, and some are opportunities. Just keep that in mind — the door you walk through could be the last one.

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Sometimes I’d leave work feeling ashville-born, Louisville-raised frustrated, and I thought I needed to do artist C.J. Fletcher has had her something else other than sit and watch TV. work exhibited in art shows and So, I started painting just to ease my mind. galleries nationwide and is the recipient Then a friend of mine had an art show for of multiple awards, but she never me at her home, and I sold 18 out of 19 thought she’d be a painter growing up. paintings. That was really encouraging. It wasn’t until college, where C.J. took I met my husband, Eugene Thomas, art classes as part of her study of interior who’s an artist as well, so that just worked design, that she realized she had a perfectly. Later, we were able to travel out special talent. of state and do shows together. Life took her on a different course, and after graduating with distinction in fine WHAT DOES PAINTING DO FOR YOU? arts from Jefferson County Community It’s so peaceful, and I have time to College, C.J. took a job with Louisville think. It’s just a good feeling, like being Metro government. She was promoted free. It releases something inside of six times through her tenure, from clerk me that wants to come out. And this to her last position as special events is something positive and coordinator, but the good. I wish I could share skills she learned in that feeling with somebody art class didn’t go to else, and the only way I can waste. Having finally I think do that is to open up the discovered her artistic opportunity for others to voice, C.J. continued to we need more feel it, as well. develop her talent on things like this for the side and became a AND WHAT IS INSIDE OF YOU our young people prominent figure in the THAT WANTS TO COME OUT? local art scene. I see words: peace, to do, more art, Recently retired color, creativity. The world maybe in schools, from her government has changed so much, and job, C.J. now plans something has to be there to for our people to to devote herself get it back on track. be able to think fully to her art. She MOTIVATES YOU? also continues to be differently, to find WHAT I’m happy when I can use actively engaged themselves. the talent God gave me, and in the community, I’m happy when people want both by donating it and can use it. I think we her money, time, all have some type of talent, and artwork to a and sometimes you recognize it, you see variety of charitable and nonprofit it, you know it, and it’s not for us to stop. groups and by organizing events that It’s for a reason, and you have to keep make art more accessible to the public. going and going. One of my own favorite One such program is a neighborhood paintings is Giving Thanks because beautification effort called Blight Out we always need to give thanks. This — Brighten Up, which brings together creative, artistic talent is something that volunteers to create paintings on the God gave me, and I have to give thanks plywood used to board-up abandoned and give it back. properties around Louisville. The project

is currently in its third year. HOW DID YOU BECOME AN ARTIST? Throughout my life, one thing just led to another. I went to school for interior design. I always had that knack for putting things together, and I like to go to little shops and find odd-looking things. Interior design took me through art classes, and then I ended up in Metro government. 10

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WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF? I guess that I made it through life, that I’m here to talk about it. I have really good health, and I thank God for that. I thank God for my family, my friends, my supporters. So many people I know have passed on even at a younger age than I am now, and I’m just thankful that I still have all this energy that I want to use. TODAY’S WOMAN


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ATHLETE Oksana Masters: Three-time Paralympic Medalist

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cardio and my strength were already there ksana Masters was made to move. from rowing. But what was difficult was the Give her a chance to try a new technique: ski handling, going down full sport, and she’ll take to it with the speed, doing a sharp 180-degree turn, enthusiasm and single-mindedness of the the combination of being in control and natural athlete she is. To her, the fact that she strong and being relaxed at the same has no legs is only a sidebar, a footnote in the time. There were a lot of new story of her life. skills I had to learn, and I’ve Born in Ukraine with severe not learned them all yet. leg abnormalities, Oksana was I do it because But I learned enough adopted and brought to the to get me by. U.S. at age 7, later settling that feeling at the with her mother in YOU DID MORE THAN starting line never gets old Louisville. At the age of GET BY, YOU BROUGHT 13, Oksana discovered — having your heart in your HOME TWO MEDALS! and fell in love with I guess all the throat, and freaking out, and adaptive rowing, a sport stars were just in which her by-then then just going. It gives me aligned for me on amputated legs were a those days. goosebumps just thinking non-issue. ARE YOU TRAINING FOR Propelled by innate about it. ANYTHING NOW? talent, determination, I’m taking a year off and hard work, Oksana rose from rowing right now. I have through the rowing ranks to earn a back injury, so I’m just going to a bronze medal in the 2012 Summer focus on healing my body and recovering Paralympic Games in London. Later that from that. My long-term goal is going to the year, on the invitation of the U.S. para-skiing next Winter Games, but I’m also going to try coach, she shifted gears and began training running or hand cycling to stay active during on the snowy slopes of Colorado. the off-season. I’m actually moving to Colorado Although still relatively new to winter to start training with a hand cycle, and I’ll try to sports, Oksana made it to the 2014 Paralympic make the team for the fall para-cycling World Games in Sochi and competed in biathlon Championships. Then skiing season starts and cross-country skiing. The silver and again, and I’m also going to do more workouts bronze medals she brought home serve as and get my biathlon skills down because they tangible reminders of how far she can go if need a lot of work. she puts her mind to it. And, for as long as her body can keep up, Oksana plans to ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT RIO? keep on moving. Yeah, I would love to do the 2016 Games, MANY PEOPLE FIND YOU INSPIRATIONAL. whether it’s for rowing or hand cycling or HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THAT? running. That’s undecided, but I feel, as long I don’t see myself as inspirational. I’m just as I can keep my strength and my cardio up, doing what I love. I love to work out, and I can keep my options open. I love to compete. I’m proud and honored WITH EVERYTHING YOU’VE ACCOMPLISHED, for the opportunities to represent the USA, WHAT MAKES YOU MOST PROUD? but I don’t do it for the medals. I don’t do it I’m super proud of my mom. She is an for the interviews and the photo shoots. amazing, amazing person. A single parent I don’t see myself as having no legs or going across the world to bring back a child having deformities in any way. I just see who did not even speak her language — myself as an athlete, trying to be the best I could have never even thought about I can be and at the highest level I can be. doing what she has, let alone actually doing Everyone has their own obstacles that they it. I admire her strength and her courage. overcome each day. Mine is just the obvious And her unconditional love. No matter what, — my legs aren’t there. even if I’m halfway across the world, she’s WAS IT A BIG ADJUSTMENT TO GO FROM still going to be there for me. She saved ROWING TO SKIING? my life, and I wouldn’t be able to live out They’re both pulling motions, so it was my dream without her. These things — the a very good transition for me. And the medals­— don’t mean anything without physical fitness wasn’t too hard because my my mom.

HOW DO YOU MOTIVATE YOURSELF TO WORK OUT? There must be something wrong with me, because I just love it! I love that pain of pushing my body and seeing the outcome of how far I can push myself mentally and physically. In sports, you really get to see your work. If you commit yourself a hundred percent and work hard every day, you’ll see the results. I think at this point, I would choose the gym over shopping, which is saying a lot because I love shopping!

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an ensemble or outfit, I started taking outique owner and hat designer scissors and flowers and ripping and June Bale can trace her interest in cutting things off and throwing them fashion and her fearlessness with into the trash and adding this or scissors back to her childhood. As a little attaching that. girl growing up in the LaRue County town of Hodgenville, she often cut up WHAT’S YOUR PERSONAL STYLE? things she shouldn’t have been cutting Bright. Fun. I grew up in a rural area, and remade them into doll clothes. and I’m often teased by some of the Luckily, June’s mother was both patient people in New York that I deal with and creative herself and encouraged her who say, “You should sell that accent.” daughter’s explorations. And I say, “I don’t think so.” It’s so By the time she got to middle school, Southern that they recognize me June was using a treadle sewing machine. when I call. That’s who I am. She got her first paying client when she was AS A BUSINESS OWNER, DO YOU TRY TO in seventh grade. “A lady from Louisville MAINTAIN A WORK/LIFE BALANCE? asked me to make a dress for her. It was Our children are grown, and my brown and yellow, and it was the ugliest husband is very supportive of what I garment I’ve ever seen,” June says. “But the do. He’s quite the chef — he’s quite the lady was thrilled, and she paid everything that anyone can ever ask for, me four dollars. I thought so I don’t have a lot to do I was rich.” when I get home. We are June went on to become open six days a week, an elementary school I don’t try and I’m there every day, teacher, then started a to be something but the people who work family and decided to along with me in the store stay home with her two that I’m not in are very, very supportive. daughters. But she leapt at the way I dress I do spend a lot of time in the chance when a neighbor the store and my husband approached her with an or the way sometimes thinks I have opportunity to open a small I act or the to slow down, but I can go children’s clothing store, home early, I can go home which quickly grew into way I talk. late, I can work late, or I can five stores. sleep late. By 1996, June was living in Louisville and missing WHAT IS YOUR HAT DESIGN PROCESS? her old business. With her husband’s To start, I need to know your coloring, encouragement, she ventured out again know the shape of your face, and if you’re and opened The Willow Tree, a women’s a 5-foot lady or a 5-foot-10 lady. I collect boutique that carries designer clothing ideas and different items all year long and accessories. June has also served as wherever I see something that I think official hat designer for the Kentucky Derby would work on a hat. But it’s not about Festival and designed the hat Diane Lane me, it’s about you. It’s all about fulfilling wore when she was Grand Marshal of the your desire and making you happy. If Pegasus Parade. For the last three years, you’re happy with it, I’m happy with it. June has designed Oaks and Derby hats WHAT ARE YOU MOST THANKFUL FOR? for the reigning Miss Americas. I’ve had the opportunity to be HOW DID YOU GET STARTED DESIGNING HATS? blessed and to be free to do what I want It was not something I’d ever thought to do. I also have had a lot of opportunity about doing, but about 16 years ago come my way to help people, even if it’s I found myself purchasing hats at the nothing but giving a hug and a listening wholesale market. They would come ear. Our business is not all about dollars in, and never thinking that I could and cents and fashion. I love meeting do it better but thinking that I would interesting people and seeing them tweak this or that to coordinate with hopefully leave with a smile on their face.

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BUSINESS OWNER Deborah Charlton: President/CEO of PMR Companies

I am an estate sale junkie. On Saturday morning, one or both of my daughters or my daughterin-law and I will get up and hit the estate sale route. It’s more about the hunt, and it’s fun just to spend time together. My husband and I purchased a lake house last year, and I furnished it with almost all vintage pieces picked up through estate sales and thrift stores.

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only males, so I try to make it easier for eborah Charlton put in a lot of some of those that I can. I think many hours and logged an impressive of us working mothers were faced with amount of travel miles over the missing events in our children’s lives, more than 30 years she’s spent in the and I think I can speak for most working property management business. She got mothers from my era that we have a her start as a leasing agent and worked certain guilt about that. her way up to top leadership positions in the industry. Job transfers were often HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH THAT? part of the deal, and the family has lived One of the things I try to do today in Nashville, Atlanta, Boca Raton, and is make all my grandchildren’s events several times in Houston before coming because I missed them when my children back to Deborah’s native Louisville were growing up. They all turned out OK, in 2001. but that’s one of the things I do think about, Deborah started PMR Companies soon and I hope by providing the opportunities after her return to Kentucky, operating as that I’ve been able to for my children, they the sole employee out of a one-room office can be very active in their children’s lives. suite. Under her leadership, the company That they will never have to work so hard has grown to employ a staff of hundreds that they have to miss their with spacious offices in children’s functions. Louisville, Indianapolis, YOU SUPPORT MANY and Houston. CHARITIES AND NONPROFIT As the company I never ORGANIZATIONS. IS THERE ONE continues to expand, she THAT IS MORE SPECIAL TO YOU? makes it a priority to take lose sight that My parents and I care of her employees people and have always been big and to contribute to the supporters of Kosair community through relationships are Children’s Hospital. Over corporate philanthropy what my business the last year, we’ve also and volunteering projects. done quite a bit with In 2012 and 2013, is all about. Home of the Innocents. PMR Companies was I’m also associated with recognized by The the American Heart Courier-Journal as one Association and its Circle of Red Go Red of the best places to work in Louisville. for Women. I actually had a stroke in But perhaps the biggest reward for all of 2012, so it is very close to my heart. Deborah’s hard work and sacrifice is that I’ve been fortunate and recovered well. all three of her now-grown children work in the company beside her. HOW DO YOU TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF NOW? I try to get more rest. There was a HOW DID YOU JUGGLE YOUR CAREER AND time that I worked seven days a week, FAMILY WHEN YOUR KIDS WERE LITTLE? but I try to not do that on the weekends I have a wonderful husband. We’ve been married for almost 31 years. He any longer. I will spend some time traveled also, but we always made sure one involved with business on Saturday, but I do try to relax on Sunday. of us was home in all the years while the children were growing up. We both were WHAT DO YOU STILL WANT TO ACHIEVE? fortunate that we could plan our travel. I think my next biggest goal is

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working with the next group that may take over the company and start preparing an exit strategy. I don’t plan on leaving any time soon, but I always try to be prepared. I think that’s one of the things you need to plan for when you own a company. And I’d love for the company to transition to my children.

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COMMUNITY/NONPROFITS Marta Miranda: President/CEO, The Center For Women and Families

I love the line, “Courage is action in the face of fear.” I have been very scared, but I’ve always done what I needed to do. I ask myself, if I had three to six months to live, what would I regret and what would this decision mean then? That puts everything in perspective. There’s a saying, “you might as well live your life because everybody else’s is already taken,” and I use that all the time. I might make mistakes in my life, but it’s mine, and I’m going to use every single ounce of it.

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take part in Castro’s literacy campaign. arta Miranda has spent most of I went to school until lunch, then spent the her life working with women at rest of the afternoon teaching reading and their most vulnerable moments. writing — to farmers, factory workers, cigar As a social worker and psychotherapist, she makers — and I absolutely loved it. I think is dedicated to helping victims of sexual that whole idea of becoming involved in assault and intimate partner abuse and to the community and helping people up was eradicating violence and social injustice. really inspiring to me. Also, when I was 8, The journey began in her native rural I went to visit my favorite aunt and her new Cuba. Growing up during Fidel Castro’s baby, and she had two black eyes and a revolution, Marta witnessed both what broken jaw. I asked her, “Why don’t you women endure when they lack resources leave?” And she said, “Because I couldn’t and what they achieve when given afford to feed my children.” That really opportunities. moved me. I also remember seeing a sign When Marta was 12 years old, her honoring women fighters, and it said, family joined the throngs of refugees “We’d rather be carrying bayonets with fleeing Castro’s regime and resettled in our men than washing their underwear.” New Jersey. Marta later made her way to That too made a huge impact on me. Florida, where she taught social work and There is a lot about the revolution that maintained a private practice. I’m not OK with, but there In the mid-1990s, were good things too, like Marta moved to 100 percent literacy, a shift Kentucky. She worked in gender roles, and more with the Bluegrass Rape You know women’s representation Crisis Center in Lexington in government. and was a professor of how in cartoons social work and director DID THOSE MESSAGES IMPACT they bring out of Women and Gender YOUR CHOICES LATER ON IN LIFE? Studies at Eastern the baby and say That’s been part of my Kentucky University theme the whole time. “It’s a girl?” With in Richmond. In 2011 There are a lot of personal she came to Louisville me, they would revolutionary acts I’ve taken to lead The Center for have said “It’s a that I am really proud of. Women and Families. When I was 19, I left a man social worker. Marta also tackles the I loved three days before subject of social justice our wedding when it and is a member of The became very clear that it Affrilachian Poets. would be him controlling the money. WHAT LED YOU TO SOCIAL WORK? I couldn’t give up my independence, so I think I was born a social worker. I didn’t get married and left the state. It’s a real gift to be alive and to have the Then at age 45, when I was living in opportunity to serve. A lot of the people Florida, I was passing through Kentucky I grew up with are dead, and I feel a deep on the way to present a paper in Michigan, responsibility for carrying their voices and and as soon as I crossed those mountains, for doing work to make lives better. In my I fell absolutely in love. So I closed my professional training I learned all about what practice, moved to Mount Vernon, bought trauma does to the psyche, and helping a log cabin in a holler, took a $40,000 cut people heal is a big motivator for me. in pay, and started teaching at EKU and I love social work because it’s not just about working at a rape crisis center. The last working with individuals, it’s about working major revolutionary act was when I took with communities and influencing policy. this job at The Center. I was 57 years old, a fully tenured professor at EKU, and I left. DO YOU THINK YOUR CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES For anybody else that would have been IN CUBA NUDGED YOU IN THIS DIRECTION? crazy, but for me, it was exactly what I Absolutely. When I was still in needed to do. elementary school, I was one of the first to

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CORPORATE Jill Joseph Bell: V ice President and Chief Communications Officer at Passport Health Plan

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WHERE DID YOU GET YOUR WORK ETHIC? I think it just comes from a blue collar background. My parents both worked and were very busy trying to raise kids. My dad worked second shifts so that there was always someone around for us. I had an aunt who was kind enough to pay my UofL tuition, which was around $500 per semester back then, but it was a big deal for our family. I had to pay for my books and gas for my car and whatever other extras I needed, so I worked three jobs. I was a pretty hardworking student, too. I wasn’t one who got things easily.

involved in things where I see a need and self-described Louisville girl where maybe I can bring some expertise through and through, Jill Joseph because I’ve lived through it and learned Bell is a born communicator. “I’ve the hard way. I think it’s important to always been extremely outgoing,” says improve the health status for Kentuckians, the Fern Creek native. “I’ve always liked so I’m chair of the advisory council for the to step forward and volunteer to get UofL School of Public Health. I’m also on the involved in projects, and if I’m passionate board of Christian Care Communities for about something, it shows.” long-term care. Both of my parents ended The first in her family to graduate from up in long-term care facilities, college, Jill naturally gravitated and if you don’t know how toward business and to navigate through the communication classes I’m system, you’re really at a at the University of disadvantage. A lot of Louisville. Armed with finding myself people find themselves a degree in marketing, getting involved in in that position. And she was working as a I’m involved with buyer for the old Ben things where I see a need Go Red for Women Snyder’s department and where maybe I can to raise awareness store. In 1984, an about women and event coordinator bring some expertise heart disease. And, position became because I’ve lived of course I’ll always be available at the Kentucky involved with the Derby Derby Festival where she through it… Festival for as long as they had interned as a student. want me because I started Jill quickly moved through my career there. It gave me a lot of the ranks and was managing the opportunities, and it’s fun. organization’s day-to-day operations when she was recruited away to Anthem WHAT WOULD YOU STILL LIKE TO DO, Blue Cross Blue Shield six years later. PERSONALLY AND PROFESSIONALLY? In 1998, as Passport was rolling out the I do want to make a difference in the Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance health status of Kentucky. And I’m very Program (KCHIP), Jill saw an opportunity involved with the Mayor’s compassion to “really make a difference in people’s movement. I think that’s really right for lives, especially for working families our city, and I’d like to see that filter out who are making decisions as to whether not only to this community but across to put food on the table or to pay for the state. As far as personally, I have insurance. That was the kind of family I some work to do on my own health and grew up in,” she explains, “so I came over wellness. If I’m pushing it for Kentucky, and used my skills to raise awareness for then I feel I need to do a better job for the program.” myself too. You know how they say, you Almost 16 years later, Jill remains lose 20 pounds and then it finds you just as passionate and committed to again? I’d like to lose that 20 pounds and Passport’s mission of improving the health bury it. And with the kids pretty much and quality of life for its members and grown, my husband and I are embarking helping Kentuckians live healthier lives. on a new stage in our lives, so I said to But she hasn’t abandoned the Kentucky him the other day, “We need to pick up an Derby Festival and continues her 31-yearactivity that you and I can do together.” I long involvement with the organization as don’t know what it’s going to be, but I’m a member of its executive board. going to work on that because we’re not

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EDUCATION Cheryl Lowe: Founder and Headmistress of Highlands Latin School

The school is owned by my family, and I had a lot of support. We also have a family business — Vittitow Refrigeration — and when I first started my little class, my husband would go in one of the trucks to school auctions and get me whatever I needed. Then (son) Brian married a very nice young lady named Leigh, and she started teaching with me. It’s that support that enabled us to build the school, because Brian and his wife have all those skills that I don’t. But it was a tremendous undertaking to start a classical school. None of us actually have a classical education, so we had to find the best materials we could or develop them ourselves. I used to teach all day and come home at night and write.

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risk-taking kind of personality, so it was rowing up, Cheryl Lowe loved difficult for me to make that leap. I always school. So it’s not surprising thought that I don’t know enough, that I that after earning degrees in have to keep learning and studying, and science and math, the Louisville native when everything’s perfect, then I can start found her way back to the classroom as a school. But my husband said to me, a high school teacher. When she later “You are going to make mistakes, but you decided to start teaching Latin to her have to get out there and share what you two sons while homeschooling them know.” And for somebody like me — an through middle school, Cheryl never academic, a little timid, wanting to do imagined that it would one day lead to everything right — that was really helpful. her founding a school of her own. Cheryl first turned to Latin when she WHAT KEEPS YOU GOING? got frustrated trying to explain English I really love teaching Latin. I love grammar to her boys. She learned along teaching chemistry, too — anything that’s with them, staying several steps ahead a challenge to explain. If it’s difficult and writing her own teaching material to explain, it really stretches you as a as she went. By the time her sons reteacher, and I enjoy the challenge of entered the school system, Cheryl had taking something difficult and making amassed enough expertise to begin it accessible to all of my offering Latin classes to students. I want them all to other homeschooling succeed and to learn, and families. I always believe that they Convinced of the I enjoy the can. And they do! They merits of a classical want to be challenged, challenge of education both by her and they want to learn extensive research taking something something difficult, and by her students’ although they complain difficult and consistently high levels sometimes. The motto of of achievement, Cheryl making it our school is, “To teach. To finally decided it was time delight. To move.” That’s accessible to all to share her vision with from Cicero. And that’s the rest of the community. of my students. what we try to do. I want And so the Highlands them to love learning. Latin School was born I think that’s the best in 2000. preparation for any field. Today, the school provides a Christian, classical, and traditional DO YOU HAVE A PERSONAL MOTTO AS WELL? education for students in grades Well, I think the two things that I work K-12. While no longer as active in the on the most are prayer and patience. classroom as she was at the school’s Highlands Latin is a Christian school, inception, Cheryl is continually and I think a religious foundation is perfecting and expanding the very important in life. “Knowledge is curriculum. The teaching materials power” is the saying, and you can use developed and tested in the school are that knowledge for good ends or bad distributed through Cheryl’s Memoria ends. I think it’s very important today to Press publishing company and are develop character, and we try to teach gaining prominence in the classical our students to be virtuous. I also always education movement nationwide. think that I need to be more patient. Not with my students, but with my husband. I WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO START A SCHOOL? don’t change gears very quickly because I felt like it was my time to do I’m very focused, which is my strength something in the community, and my and also my weakness. son Brian said, “Let’s go for it!” But being a teacher, I’m not the entrepreneurial,

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FOOD/ENTERTAINMENT Sarah Fritschner: C  oordinator of the Louisville Farm to Table program

IS THERE ONE THING EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW HOW TO COOK? Soup. It’s the one thing I cook that I can actually eat. Usually, I need a break from what I cook. It’s hard for me to just cook something, sit down, and eat it because I’ve just been with it for too long. And I love to make soup because it’s inexpensive, you can make it with anything you want, and you can make yourself a delicious and a nutritious meal. I’m all about the crossroad of delicious and nutritious. I think you can only eat so much, so make sure that it’s both delicious and nutritious so you can take care of yourself and still enjoy yourself.

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f you had anything to do with the Louisville food industry in the last several decades, chances are Sarah Fritschner talked to you over the 24 years she served as food editor at the Courier-Journal. The native Louisvillian got her start in the kitchen as a child, baking all the birthday cakes for herself and her three siblings and getting dinner started after school when her mother worked. “I did a lot of sticking things into the oven,” she says. Wanting to “help people have a better quality of life through what they ate,” Sarah studied nutrition and dietetics in college and parlayed her skills and expertise into a career in food journalism. A big believer in eating local, she did a lot of work with farmers markets toward the end of her tenure at the Courier-Journal. When Louisville rolled out its Farm to Table program in 2009, it seemed only fitting that Sarah would come aboard to help connect Kentucky farmers with the different sectors of the food community. “I love Kentucky, and I love Louisville,” she says, “and I want it to remain beautiful and productive. I know that farmers can make a living at something besides growing tobacco, and I guess I fantasize that Kentucky can show people how it’s done.” HAVE THERE BEEN ANY SURPRISES IN YOUR POSITION AT THE FARM TO TABLE PROGRAM? Yes. I completely didn’t expect it to be so difficult to bring farm food into the city. I cannot believe the number of barriers to establishing that shorter distance between the farm and the consumer. It’s just much harder work than anybody would expect looking at it, and it’s not a matter of just getting local food into restaurants because, as vital as our independent restaurant scene is, the work that they do won’t support 84,000 farmers. WHAT DO YOU TYPICALLY EAT? People need to aim to eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day, so

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I try to eat yogurt and fruit in the morning, a little honey if I need it, so I can check fruit off the list. And for lunch I try to have a salad with dark leafy greens and other stuff, with lots of toppings like black olives and sunflower seeds because salad can be boring. I eat a huge bowl so my leafy greens are checked off, and then I can eat anything I want. DO YOU COOK EVERY DAY? No. A lot of times my husband will cook something fabulous, or at least it looks fabulous to me because he’s cooked it. He concocts and improvises with stuff that’s in the fridge or something that I’ve cooked. Maybe I’ll cook a chuck roast on the weekends with onions and green peppers and wine and cut it up, get all the fat off, and that goes in containers in the fridge or freezer. And he’ll do something with that — cook noodles, throw a handful of spinach on it. So that’s kind of how we eat at night because we’re empty nesters. And if he’s too tired to cook, then we’ll have popcorn. DO YOU REMEMBER THE FIRST THING YOU EVER COOKED OR BAKED? Yes. Cape Cod cookies from The Fannie Farmer Junior Cookbook.

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WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO ON YOUR DOWNTIME? I travel. I take time away and get out of Dodge. I need four vacations a year that are four or five days at least. Two need to be Blackberryfree with water and sand involved. I like to be warm — I hate the cold weather. I like outdoors and somewhere where water sports take place. I can hike, and I can camp. I don’t necessarily like “glamping,” but I’m not one of those rustic campers either. I like a good water hook-up.

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how fast we walk. I’ll do a workout with a aQuandra Nesbitt believes that personal trainer once or twice a week as whatever career you choose, you well. And I’m trying very intently not to must follow your passion in order constantly be on the Blackberry, trying to excel. Growing up, her own passion to get into the habit that it’s OK to not always lay in math and science. But always be in the space of always needing because she also loved interacting with to respond or needing to be needed. You people, medicine seemed the perfect fit. have to maintain some work/life balance, “I think of medicine as an art informed by and my team knows that. I don’t take work science,” says the board-certified family home. I think we do people a disservice physician. ”It gives me the opportunity to when we make them think that we don’t use a lot of those hard skills that you learn need downtime. If we don’t in the sciences while take care of ourselves first, being able to interact then we can’t be there to with and help people.” serve the public in the way The more she I’m a very that we are expected to. practiced medicine, however, the more practice-whatDO YOU THINK THERE’S SOMETHING LaQuandra began to THAT PEOPLE WOULD BE SURPRISED you-preach kind see that people’s social TO FIND OUT ABOUT YOU? environments and their of person. Anything would be a access to basic things surprise to the public, because I like food, shelter, and never share anything. transportation had as ARE YOU A SPORTS FAN? much influence on their I’m a huge college football fan. Second health as the things she learned about in would be professional football, and then medical school. This realization sparked college basketball would be next. When I her interest in public health, which led her first moved here, everybody thought I had to pursue a master’s degree with a focus to immediately become a UofL fan, and I’m on health care management and policy. like, “Why? I went to Michigan.” And I go Prior to coming to Louisville in 2011, to Bats games. I do get out and try to do the Flint, Mich., native served as senior some things, but I’m naturally a hermit in the deputy director of the Community Health wintertime because I hate cold weather. Administration at the Department of

Health in Washington, D.C. In addition to her current duties, LaQuandra is an assistant professor at the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences. HOW DO YOU TAKE CARE OF YOUR OWN HEALTH? I’m a very practice-what-you-preach kind of person. I go to bed early and try to get seven or eight hours of sleep. The Mayor laughs when we’re at dinner parties and I’m like, “I’m going home now,” but I need my rest. I try to work out three or four times a week. I’ve picked up tennis recently, and I’ll do a two-mile walk/run a couple of times a week. I do walking meetings at work — until it gets unbearably hot during the day, because then I just end up all sweaty and inappropriate for the rest of the work day — and my chief of staff and I can do a mile to a mile-and-a-half, depending on

WHAT DO YOU TELL PEOPLE WHO COME TO YOU FOR CAREER ADVICE? About 10 years ago, I went home and just wrote down this list of different professional experiences I wanted to have over the course of my life. They’re written down in the order of how they came to me, not in order of how I want to do them, and I’ve advised every person who’s ever come to talk to me about professional opportunities to just throw them at the wall, and however they come to you, they come to you. That’s how I’m receptive to opportunities. If it’s somewhere on the checklist and it comes to me, and if it sounds good and seems like the right time, and if I pray about it, and He says “Go for it,” I’m probably going to go for it. And it has to be the right people, and the right fit. I don’t do the square peg in a round hole kind of thing. TODAY’S WOMAN


HOME/HOMESTYLE Diane Stege: C  o-owner of Eyedia, Design It Again

D DO YOU HAVE A PERSONAL MOTTO YOU LIVE BY? I do! And if you ask my children, they could probably answer that for me, because they’ve heard me say it so often. It’s that we all make mistakes in life, but you are in control of the next right decision, and you can make the next right choice and do the next right thing. So no matter what happens at this point, move forward and do the next right thing.

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CAN YOU GIVE AN EXAMPLE OF SOMETHING LIKE iane Stege loves seeing the joy on THAT THAT’S COME THROUGH THE STORE? her customers’ faces when they come You know, there are lots and lots of across a piece that really speaks to them. As co-owner of Eyedia, Design It Again, things like that, but just recently we had a statue of a very large racehorse a furniture and household goods that came in. It probably stood consignment store located on 5 feet tall, and it was great Mellwood Avenue along the fun having it in the store Frankfort Avenue Trolley When because everyone who Hop route, Diane has came through stopped parlayed her interior you take it home, and looked at it and design background and every time you look had a comment to love of treasure hunting make. The children, of into a thriving business. at it you remember course, thought it was Originally from where you got it and the best thing ever. It Montreal, Canada, didn’t last very long; Diane has called who you were we sold it very quickly. Louisville home since with. The person came into the she was a teenager. The store certainly not looking brainchild of Diane and her for that kind of item, but when business partner Martha Neal they saw it, it spoke to them, so Cooke, Eyedia has been serving home it went. the public for more than 10 years. “Louisville is great for this kind of WHAT ITEM DO YOU ENJOY THE MOST business,” Diane says. “I think we’re all a IN YOUR OWN HOME? bunch of treasure hunters at heart, and one I have a nice collection of Chinese export of the most gratifying things for me is being porcelain. I think what’s wonderful about in a community where people appreciate collecting something is that it becomes a great style and recognize that you can have quest, and when you’re out and about in a it at an affordable price.” place where you might see something like Another thing Diane loves about the that, all of a sudden you find yourself tuning store is the opportunity it gives her to in and looking for that piece. And when you develop and expand relationships not only find it, there’s that moment of “Wow, this is with the people who come in, but with the so cool! This is so fun! I found it!” When you entire community. The owners regularly take it home, every time you look at it, you hold special events at the store to spread remember where you got it and who you awareness and raise funds for local were with. My porcelain collection gives me nonprofit organizations in an effort a lot of joy. It helps me relive the moment to give back a little of the good fortune and tells a story. they’ve received. YOU’VE USED THE WORDS “QUEST” AND “HUNT” WHAT’S YOUR PERSONAL STYLE? SEVERAL TIMES IN OUR CONVERSATION. IS THERE A I think that most people, and I would THEME DEVELOPING? agree with them, would call me very You bet! I think it’s sort of a metaphor for traditional. But I’m not a purist by any stretch life, you know? I think we’re all on a sort of of the imagination, and I really love mixing quest or search for whatever it is out there in that element of surprise, a little quirky that speaks to us. And it could be something something. That has translated into our big, and it might be something small. For store as well. We really are looking for those me, especially at this stage in life, I want to things that make you smile, that give you live for the moment, live in the day, and find a moment of joy in your day. That sort of those moments of joy that are really small something that will move you into but significant and important and can really another place. transform you.

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MEDIA Elizabeth Woolsey: WDRB Anchor

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I’m always trying to learn and grow in a positive way, whether it’s my faith or just trying to focus on what’s important in life instead of getting bogged down by the little things. Sometimes that’s really hard to do, and I’m really trying to make more of a conscious effort to be present for that moment wherever I am, whether it’s with my family or at work.

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certain time in your life, and then you lizabeth Woolsey has been at WDRB see somebody else who has just been since 1998 when she was brought through a horrible situation and has such in to co-anchor the station’s then a positive attitude. fledgling morning show. Her path to the studio wasn’t a straight one, however. WHAT DO YOU STRUGGLE WITH THE MOST? She initially planned to do something The work/life balance has been the most in government, and as soon as she got difficult thing. Working in the news business, her degree in political science from the it’s very rare to find a 9 to 5 schedule. Of University of Missouri-Columbia she course, there’s no ideal schedule, and I think headed off to Washington, D.C. it’s hard for anyone who’s working with a After several years of working behind family, but as my kids get older — my sons the scenes in the political arena, Elizabeth are now 5 and 7 — they’re getting out of realized it wasn’t for her and returned to school when I’m just starting my day at work. her home town of Springfield, Mo. She had My time is very limited with them, and that’s always been interested in the news, so she been very difficult. Working nights is tough decided to switch gears and applied for an on a family. My husband puts the boys to internship at the TV station she had grown bed every night, and we’re up watching. kind of single parenting That experience on opposite ends of the ignited her passion for day. I’m very lucky that my I was broadcast journalism. husband is so supportive Determined to give it a at the dentist and such a great dad. He’s go, she worked her way up very involved. having a root through various stations IS THERE SOMETHING in Missouri, Arkansas, and canal and bought PEOPLE MIGHT BE SURPRISED Kansas before ultimately a pair of shoes TO KNOW ABOUT YOU? landing at WDRB. In 2001, I love clothes. I wish Elizabeth moved into online! I just loved shoes, but the station’s 10pm news I love shoes, bags, and anchor chair, and now she clothes. I have filled up anchors the 4pm newscast almost every closet in my house: in my as well. room, one in my son’s room, the hall DO YOU REMEMBER YOUR FIRST closet, the guest room closet, and then TIME ANCHORING? there’s a rack of clothes in the basement. I definitely remember that. I was I’m kind of a sucker for the email blasts very nervous. You almost feel like you’re with sales and offers. I’ll shop sometimes about to hyperventilate, and you’re afraid waiting for my kids to get out of an you’re going to do that on the air. It’s activity. It’s so easy now with our phones this nervous energy, and you just take a to just click on your favorite websites. moment to compose yourself and calm I was at the dentist having a root canal down, try to keep swallowing. I had never and bought a pair of shoes online! So, if done that before, and I wanted it to be you see me looking down at my phone, great the first time out of the gate. It chances are I might be shopping. wasn’t in this market, but I think I came WHAT DO YOU DO WITH ALL THOSE CLOTHES? across OK that day. I wear my own clothes for work, so IS THERE A PARTICULAR STORY YOU’VE COVERED there’s the winter work wardrobe, the THAT STANDS OUT IN YOUR MIND? summer work wardrobe — it’s actually a The ones that really make an impact perfect job for somebody with a shopping on me are about people who are addiction because you have a great overcoming something difficult and excuse! And my husband and I try to just moving forward and being positive. have a date night out twice a month, so That is so inspiring to me because it’s so those are the times I get to wear my ‘fun’ easy to get caught up in how busy you clothes, as I call them — things I wouldn’t are or how difficult things may be at a wear on the air.

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POLITICAL Julie Denton: K  entucky State Senator (R-Louisville)

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My faith motivates me. It gives me a perspective of trying to do the right thing and be compassionate. And I understand that Republicans sometimes get a really bad rap about not being compassionate, but I don’t think being conservative is incompatible with being compassionate.

to find out about their babies’ metabolic hen Julie Denton was first disorders and give them the right kind of approached to run for a state supplements so their bodies can break Senate seat in 1993, her friends down and digest food properly so they and family told her that she’d have to quit can be totally functioning members of complaining if she didn’t take this chance to society and live a long life. Then this make a difference. “I knew I couldn’t quit year, a bill that’s really special to me is complaining,” quips the Louisvillian, so one that allows UofL and UK physicians she threw her hat into the ring. to prescribe and dispense cannabidiol Julie had never actually planned to go for children who have severe seizure into politics. The former dental hygienist conditions — hundreds a day. and business owner took voting seriously and worked on friends’ campaigns, but it had never crossed her mind to run herself, YOU ALREADY HAD TWO CHILDREN WHEN YOU WERE FIRST ELECTED, THEN GAVE BIRTH TO TWO especially with two young sons at home. MORE WHILE IN OFFICE. HOW Seeing other women DID YOU MANAGE? juggle family and public With my third child, I service, however, made was on the Senate floor her confident that she I want when my water broke. could make it work. Thank God it wasn’t a to bring the Julie did make it work, gusher! I left and drove adding two daughters to experience and back home, went straight her family along the way. the contacts that to the hospital, and she Now, nearing the end was delivered immediately. of her fifth consecutive I’ve garnered in But it was during session, term in office, she the Senate and and our sessions are so also chairs the Senate short that we don’t have utilize those skills Standing Committee time to be gone for six on Health and Welfare and resources weeks, so I had video and serves as co-chair teleconferencing rigged for the benefit of of other health-related up on my computer. I committees. Louisville. could still participate in Recently Julie committees that way, but announced that she will I could not participate on not seek re-election the floor, so I went back to when her term expires next year and work two weeks later and took her with plans to run for Louisville Metro Council me. I had a lady in Frankfort come to my instead. “This is something I’ve wanted to office and watch her when I had to go to do for a long time,” she explains. “I want meetings and to session, and I breastfed to bring the experience and the contacts that I’ve garnered in the Senate and utilize her the whole time. It was challenging, but it was worth it. those skills and resources for the benefit of Louisville.” HOW DO YOU STAY CONNECTED AS A FAMILY? It gets a little crazy, but we try to make LOOKING BACK AT YOUR SENATE CAREER, WHAT sure dinnertime is family time so that we’re ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF? all there and can regroup. And one of Several years ago, I passed a bill the things we like to do is play the board dealing with newborn health screenings. game Sorry. We also kayak as a family, and In Kentucky, we were only checking for sometimes we go to the gym as a family. three metabolic disorders, and now And we fish. I love to fish. My mom used we check for about 30 of them. It’s cut to tease that I’m probably the only girl in down on the number of SIDS deaths that Jefferson County who got married with her we’ve had, saved hundreds of babies’ own rod, reel, and tackle box. lives, and enabled hundreds of families

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Athena’s Sister Every 2nd & 4th Mon. • 6-8pm 1741 Frankfort Avenue Marlene Aldrich Perry 502.322.4135 Marlene.Aldrich@Phoenix.edu BPW- Business and Professional Women- New Albany Every 3rd Mon. • 5:30pm Contact for info & reservation. Tuckers, 2441 State St. Nadine Wilkinson 502.523.1698 BPW- Business & Professional Women- River City Every 2nd Wed. • Noon Lunch and Program noon-1pm The Bristol-Downtown 614 West Main Street 502.499.4420, bpwrc.org bpwreserve@gmail.com CBPW - Christian Business & Professional Women Every Second Thursday (Odd months only) • Noon Hurstbourne Country Club 9000 Hurstbourne Club Lane Cathy Scrivner 502.664.4565 cbpweast@gmail.com Distinctive Women, Entrepreneur Women Making a Difference Every 1st Mon • 6:30-8pm Republic Bank, 10100 Village BrookRidge Blvd, Fern Creek Deleskia Butler 502.509.5521 distinctivewomen2013@gmail.com EWI - Executive Women International- Kentuckiana Every 3rd Tues. • 5:30pm Contact for information & reservation Dotty Wettig dw1122@att.com The Heart Link Network Every 1st Wed. • 6:30pm Inverness at Hurstbourne Condos 1200 Club House Drive Barbara Madore 502.377.8625 40222.theheartlinknetwork.com IAAP - International Association of Administrative ProfessionalsLouisville Every 2nd Thurs. • 6pm Location Varies – See website for details. iaap-louisville.org

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HALL OF FAME

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“My field is always changing since we change shows at Derby Dinner every 6 or 7 weeks. I try to read, go to seminars and follow the trends.”

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Patti “PJ” Cooksey

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Helen Starr

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Carlton Ridge

Bekki Jo Schneider

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Laura Lee Brown

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Lynn Ashton

Jennifer Bielstein

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Julie Hermann

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Barbara Sexton Smith

Kim Johnson

Summer Eliason

Delanor Manson

Leslie Broecker

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“Being chosen as a Most Admired Woman winner helped me realize the importance of what I do. It made me appreciate how people saw me, and it made me realize the responsibility of taking care of the guests, staff, and the industry.”

Kirby Adams

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Angel McCoughtry

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Phyllis Reed-Johnson

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Margaret Schneider Browning

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Cenia Wedekind

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Zenda Stackelbach

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Janice Geralds

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Dr. Kara Mohr, PhD.

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Janet Rowland

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Liz Lewis

Terri Waller

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Geron Cadden

C.J. Fletcher

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Brenda Light

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Tori Murden McClure

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Heather French Henry

June Bale

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Chancellor Dugan

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Kim Carpenter

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Oksana Masters

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Martha Neal Cooke

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Christina Lee “Christy” Brown

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Teresa Bachman

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Alice Houston

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Diane W. Kirkpatrick

Sharon Darling

Helen Donaldson

Elaine “Cissy” Musselman

Judy A. Lambeth

Denise Vazquez Troutman

2006

Teresa Bridgewaters

2008

Tricia Burke

2009

2010

2011

Jeri Swinton

Lynnie Meyer

Sheila Day

2012

Lori Redmon

2013

2014

Cathe Dykstra

Marta Miranda

2008

“The Kentucky Humane Society has continued to stay on the cutting edge of change in the animal welfare industry, and we have steadily increased the number of animal lives saved in our community.”

CORPORATE

2009

Debbie Scoppechio

2010

Jeannie Unruh 2003

Susan Ivey

2011

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Kathy C. Thompson

Carolle Jones Clay

Phoebe Wood

Lynn Pendergrass

Deb Moessner

Pat Koch 2009

Patti Swope

2005

2012

Virginia K. Judd

2013

2004

2014

Deborah Charlton

2010

Diane Murphy

2011

2012

2013

Jill Jones

Karen Lee

Jane C. Morreau

2014

Jill Joseph Bell

“The bourbon industry is expanding, creating lots of opportunities. Changes in consumers, their demographics, how they communicate, their interests in flavors, etc., are requiring us to be increasingly more innovative.” TODAY’S WOMAN


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Sue Stout Tamme 2005

Diane Downs

2006

2007

2008

Dr. Jo Ann Rooney

Beverly Cox Keepers, Ph.D.

Barbara Flanders Wine

2011

2012

2013

2014

Dr. Cynthia Crabtree

Sara York

Doris Tegart

Cheryl Lowe

2009

Dr. Shirley Willihnganz

2010

Dr. Rita Hudson Shourds

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2005

Jerri Quillman

2007

Dr. Kim Alumbaugh

FOOD/ENTERTAINMENT

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

Elizabeth Kizito

Helen Friedman

Susan Seiller

Kathy Cary

SueAnna Masterson

Grace DeluiseKoenig

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2011

2012

2013

2014

2009

Judy Schad

Terri Lynn Doyle

Summer Auerbach

Nancy Grantz Claudia DeLatorre

Sarah Fritschner

2009

Rebecca Booth, M.D.

2011

Dr. Mollie Cartwright

2013

Charlotte Ipsan

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2004

Mary Norton Shands

2006

Joanne Berryman

2008

Dr. Anees Chagpar

2010

Dr. Kerri Remmel, M.D., PhD.

2012

Becky Beanblossom

2013

Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt

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HALL OF FAME

HOME/HOMESTYLE MEDIA 2003

Betsy Wall

2005

Donna Dusel

2007

Lawren Just

2004

Carla Sue Broecker 2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

Dawne Gee

Liz Everman

Jackie Hays

Jean West

Melissa Swan

Vicki Dortch

2006

Lenora Paradis* 2009

2010

2011

Rachel Platt

Janelle MacDonald

Renee Murphy

2012

Candyce Clifft

2013

2014

Claudia Coffey

Elizabeth Woolsey

2008

Liz Wilson

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Tracie Utter

2010

Andie Frisbee

2003

Anne Meagher Northup

2011

Cindi Sullivan

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Joan Riehm*

2007

Bobbie Holsclaw

2008

Martha Layne Collins

2012

2009

Leslie McCarthy

Janice R. Martin

2005

Joan Waddell

Eleanor Jordan

2013

2004

2010

Virginia L. Woodward

2011

Tina Ward-Pugh

2012

Shellie May

2013

2014

Angela Bisig

Julie Denton

2014

Diane Stege * Deceased

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