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SBJ President Dianne Elizabeth Osis, right, presents an award to Francine Pratt, one of the 20 women selected for the 2010 Most Influential Women event.
SBJ President Dianne Elizabeth Osis, right, presents an award to Francine Pratt, one of the 20 women selected for the 2010 Most Influential Women event.

SBJ holds Most Influential Women event

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Springfield Business Journal held its annual Most Influential Women luncheon Sept. 24, honoring a group of 20 women who were selected by a panel of judges for their professional and community accomplishments.

About 440 people attended the event.

The 2010 MIW honorees were:
  • Cindy Baker, Ed.D., Touchstone Counseling LLC;
  • Marilyn Bauer, Cancer Research Center for the Ozarks;
  • Dawn Busick, Ozarks Technical Community College;
  • Donna Coppock, self-employed corporate trainer;
  • Dr. M. Nanette Crighton, Crighton Aesthetic Studio;
  • Julie B. Cummings, BKD LLP;
  • Amy DeMelo, Ed.D., Springfield Catholic Schools;
  • Jamie Dopp, KY3 Inc.;
  • Charity Elmer, CoxHealth;
  • Kim Flores, Springfield-Greene County Library District;
  • Beth Grant, Ph. D., Assemblies of God;
  • Debby Lawson, Nixa Public Schools;
  • Brooke Liggett, Kirkpatrick, Phillips & Miller CPAs PC;
  • Francine Pratt, Isabel’s House;
  • Michele Schaefer, St. John’s Health System;
  • Paula Shumaker, Monday Motivation;
  • Mindy Spitz, Panera Bread;
  • Suzanne Stracke, Programs for Youth;
  • Janet Weber, Metropolitan National Bank; and
  • Wendy Yocum, Missouri Public Defender System.

The event speakers were Doug Pitt, co-owner of ServiceWorld Computer Center and co-founder of Care to Learn, and Morey Mechlin, Care to Learn executive director. The judges were Brenda Cirtin, Springfield city clerk; Sister Ann Crouse, McAuley Counseling Services Inc. executive director; Roger Fouché, president of Fouché Enterprises LLC; Michael Gandy, Arvest Bank marketing officer; and Kim Sisk, Oxford Healthcare executive director of in-home and consumer-directed services.

For the fourth consecutive year, the Most Influential Women event also served as a fundraiser for Women in Need of the Ozarks, which helps single, working women not receiving any other form of public assistance, according to its Web site.

WIN raised $10,523 from a silent auction, comprised of several items donated from businesses and individuals; from a $5 iPod Touch raffle; and from private donations, which included a $1,000 check, said Sheryl Letterman, vice president in charge of awards.

"We appreciate the business journal letting us share in the spotlight and giving us the opportunity to gain those funds," she said.

Following the event, WIN donated a 1994 refurbished Ford Explorer to Jessica Jones, employee with Anchor Fence. The vehicle was donated by Denise LeBolt and refurbished by Rick's Automotive, Letterman said.

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