Ten women have been cited for exemplary service and contributions to their professions by the Governor's Commission for Women and Families:
DeVonne Marie Allred, Woodland Hills, has helped her siblings survive childhood abuse and poverty. After putting herself through school, she worked 15 years on the Salem ambulance team. She has also trained ambulance response and X-ray technician students as well as designed an emergency medical kit for widespread distribution.
Marilyn Arnold, Ivins, an emeritus professor, has had a distinguished career as a professor of English at Weber State and at Brigham Young University, where she was dean of graduate studies. She is author of numerous scholarly and fictional works.
Gretta S. Baur, Salt Lake City, has spent 45 years working as a research physicist for the U.S. Bureau of Mines. She has also had various positions with the Business and Professional Women of Utah and been honored with the Woman of Achievement Award both locally and nationally. She has been president of the Utah Women's Lobby and on the Governor's Advisory Council for Science and Technology.
Jennie Christensen, Logan, began a career in print and broadcast journalism in 1960. In 1998, she received the Utah School Board Association's Media Award. She has regularly provided opportunities for debate of women's issues.
Elaine E. Englehardt, Orem, is a professor of philosophy at Utah Valley State College who founded and directed the Center for the Study of Ethics in 1993 and the Integrated Studies Program in 1997. She has received numerous awards, including Utah Professor of the Year by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education in Washington, D.C.
Paula Green Johnson, Salt Lake, has several leadership positions, including president of the Women's State Legislative Council of Utah, President of the YWCA of Salt Lake City and is a member of the governing board of the American Red Cross in Salt Lake. She recently traveled to Ghana, Africa, with the Red Cross to help with measles immunizations.
Virginia Marrufo Martinez, Salt Lake City, has spent the past 10 years working for the poor. She was originally a volunteer with Salt Lake Area Community Action Program and now works there full time. She is an advocate for people forced to vacate their homes.
Alicia Suazo, Salt Lake City, is a teacher at Park View Elementary and works with a culturally diverse population in many capacities. She completed her late husband's senate term after he was killed in a vehicle accident during a hunting trip.
Susan Sunada, Logan, is the daughter of Japanese pioneers who has represented Japanese and Chinese pioneers in Logan's annual Festival of the American West for many years. Last year, she was awarded the National Association for Asian American Studies Lifetime Achievement award.
Maria Anderson Waddoups, Logan, has done charity work for years in Cache Valley as well as brought numerous foster children into her home. She is a talented quilter and donated a quilt worth $1,000 to charity.