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During the 2010 event, Sheryl Letterman of Women in Need, second from right, presents a donated vehicle to Jessica Jones, second from left, with Rick Hughlett of Rick's Automotive and Dianne Elizabeth Osis of Springfield Business Journal.
During the 2010 event, Sheryl Letterman of Women in Need, second from right, presents a donated vehicle to Jessica Jones, second from left, with Rick Hughlett of Rick's Automotive and Dianne Elizabeth Osis of Springfield Business Journal.

Judges choose 2011 Most Influential Women

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An independent panel of judges has selected this year’s class of Most Influential Women, to be honored at an October luncheon.

Springfield Business Journal has presented the Most Influential Women honor to 20 women annually since 2000.

Members of this year’s class are:
  • Rayanna Anderson, Missouri State University Small Business & Technology Development Center;
  • Rita Baron, Baron Design & Associates LLC;
  • Gretchen Cliburn, BKD Wealth Advisors LLC;
  • Gaye Collins, Community Alternative Sentencing Program Inc.;
  • Deborah Dodge, Hall, Ansley, Rodgers & Sweeney PC;
  • Cheryl Doran, Pellham-Phillips Architects and Engineers Inc.;
  • Laura Farmer, Lutheran Family & Children’s Services;
  • Cindy Howell, United Way of the Ozarks;
  • Laura Johnson, Ellis, Ellis, Hammons & Johnson PC;
  • Merna Leisure-Eppick, Sigma House of Springfield Inc.;
  • Susan Marshall, Missouri Department of Transportation;
  • Jennifer Mueller, Baird, Lightner, Millsap & Harpool PC;
  • Kathleen O’Dell, Springfield-Greene County Library District;
  • Dianna Parker, Ozarks Technical Community College;
  • Debbie Jay Reichert, Jay Key Service Inc.;
  • Kara Swofford, College of the Ozarks;
  • Lisa Turner, City Utilities of Springfield;
  • Amy Vaughan, Burrell Behavioral Health;
  • Isabelle Jimenez Walker, Eagle Management and Realty 1 LLC; and
  • Carol Wooten, community volunteer and freelance artist.
The class was chosen by judges Rob Fulp, Springfield First Community Bank; Wendy Garrison, Missouri Public Defender System; Nick Reed, KSGF News Talk; Karen Thomas, Oxford HealthCare; and Laura Ward, Webster University.

The 2011 Most Influential Women luncheon is scheduled Oct. 21 at University Plaza. Tickets to the event, which includes a silent auction to benefit Women In Need, are $35 apiece and are available here.
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