The Professional Woman of the Year Award is one of the most prestigious in Whatcom County. Many are nominated, few make it to the finalist round and finally, one woman is crowned the best of the best. Past award recipients include:
2016 Maluhia Vander Griend, Artistic Director, Dancing for Joy
2015 Emily O'Connor, Executive Director, Lydia Place
2014 Carolyn Saletto, Owner, Gym Star Sports Center
2013 Karen Barlean, CFO, Barlean’s, Organic Oils LLC
2012 Wendy DeFreest, Owner, Avenue Bread & Deli
2011 Gwyn Howat, Operations Manager, Mt. Baker Ski Area, Inc.
2010 Nancy Ivarinen, Northwest Justice Project.
2009 Debbie Gann, Director/Owner, Home Attendant Care
2008 Lynne Henifin, Henifin Const/NW Safety Signs/Complete Trade Services
2007 Alta McClellan, Hardware Sales (passed away 2010)
2006 Maureen Enegren, Executive Director of Mt. Baker Chapter of American Red Cross
2005 Kathy Cross, Laser Point Awards & Promotional
2002 Erin Baker, Bakers Breakfast Cookies
2001 Phyllis McKee, Sterling Real Estate Group
2000 Kay Moquin, il Fiasco
1999 Pat Rose, Rose Construction
1998 Judy McCoy, Camtec Precision, Inc.
1997 Debra Jones, Brown & Cole Stores
1996 Betty Vargas, Signs Plus / Tint Plus
1995 Anna Williams, Hawleys
1994 Betty Young, WWU
1993 Karen Hulford, Georgia Pacific Corp.
1992 Anita Jackson, Early Childhood Opportunities N.W.
1991 Vi Zurline, Bellingham Travel
1990 Karen Frederick, Limber Lady Body Wear
1989 Priscilla Sabin, Convention & Visitor’s Bureau
1988 Ann Gossage, Towne & Country
1987 Molly Malone, Molly Malone’s Service
1986 Dee Robinson, Village Books
1985 Kathy Wesley, AM/PM Mini Mart
1984 Orphalee Smith, CPA
1983 Eunice Cole, Star Surgical Supply
1982 Jody Bergsma, Bergsma Gallery
1981 Jeanne Smith, The Cellar