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Cool Women Alumnae

Each year since 2001, Girl Scouts San Diego has honored local women who serve as outstanding role models for girls as they balance work, family, friends and service.

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2016
Betty Beyster – Philanthropist, Community Volunteer                 
Mary Ann Beyster – Film Producer; President, Foundation for Enterprise Development 
Darcy C. Bingham – Catalyst, Philanthropreneur                  
Martha Dennis, Ph.D. – Technology Entrepreneur 
Anne S. Fege, Ph.D. – Forester, Educator, Nature Advocate 
Jo Dee C. Jacob – Former CEO, Girl Scouts San Diego
Debra L. Reed – Chairman and CEO, Sempra Energy 
Lelya Sampson – U.S. Poet Laureate’s Muse, Educator, Community Volunteer 
Erica Ollmann Saphire, Ph.D. – Ebola Researcher, The Scripps Research Institute 
Susan Shirk, Ph.D. – Chair, 21st Century China Program, UCSD 
Ashley Nell Tipton – Fashion Designer, Project Runway Winner 
Debra Turner – Philanthropist, Community Volunteer 
VADM Nora Tyson, USN – Commander, U.S. Third Fleet
Cool Girl:  Elizabeth Hosie – National Delegate, Girl Advisory Board Member

 

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2015
Karen Archipley – Archi's Acres Co-founder
Rabbi Cantor Arlene Bernstein – Temple Beth Israel Cantor
Lesley Cohn – Cohn Restaurant Group Co-founder
Dr. Karen Haynes – California State University San Marcos President
Reena Horowitz – Businesswoman, Philanthropist, Jewelry Designer
Awetash Keflezighi – Mother of Marathoner Meb Keflezighi
Carol Lazier – San Diego Opera Board President
Susan Salka – AMN Healthcare CEO/President/Director
Rose Schindler – Holocaust Educator
Sue Swenson – Wireless Industry Pioneer
Carmen Vann – Turner Construction Project Executive
Cool Girl:  Elena Crespo – Girl Scout Gold Awardee

 

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2014

Melissa d'Arabian Celebrity Chef, Author
Ann Durst - Casa Cornelia Law Center Founder
Zoe Ghahremani Writer, Artist
Magda Marquet - Althea Technologies Founder/Co-Chairman
Patricia McArdle - Author, Environmentalist
Justice Judith McConnell - Presiding Justice, 4th District Court of Appeal
Pamela Mudd - Musicmatch Co-founder, Community Volunteer
June Shillman - San Diego-Yantai Friendship Society President
Nancy A. Spector - Community Volunteer
Deborah Szekely - Spa Business Pioneer, Community Activist
 

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2013

Kathryn Ashworth - Voices for Children Founder
Joye Blount - Businesswoman
Pauline Foster - Philanthropist
Arlene Harris - First Lady of Wireless
Dolores Huerta - Children and Labor Activist
Lee Ann Kim - Pacific Arts Movement Founder
Rosy Mancillas Lopez - Immigration Reform Advocate
Cindy Marten - San Diego Unified School District Superintendent
Zandra Rhodes - Fashion/Textile Designer
Ellen Whelan - Attorney
 

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2012

Sahra Abdi - Humanitarian
Beth Burns - SDSU Basketball coach
Joan Embery - Wildlife and environmental advocate
Judith Fox - Artist, author, businesswoman
Jeanne Jones - Author, philanthropist
Gail Naughton - Scientist, entrepreneur
Tina Nova - Scientist, entrepreneur
Susan Polis Schutz - Filmmaker, poet, businesswoman
Karin Winner - Jorunalist, businesswoman
Su-Mei Yu - Chef, author
 

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2011

Betty Bulen - Founder, The Elizabeth Hospice
Ingrid Croce - Artist, author, businesswoman
Heidi Squier Kraft - Clinical psychologist, author
Yvonne Larsen - Community volunteer
Kris Michell - President, Downtown San Diego Partnership
Angele Ringo - Broadcast journalist, U.S. Army Reserve
Marion Ross - Actress
Gayle Tauber - Co-Founder, Kashi Company
Sally B. Thornton - Historian, community leader
Lori M. Walton - Psychologist
 

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2010

Barbara J. Brown - Community volunteer
Elizabeth Copley - Community volunteer
Angelika Drake - Triathlete, psychologist, artist
Arline Fisch - Artist
Madeleine Pickens - Founder, Saving America's Mustangs Foundation
Diane Powers - Entrepreneur
Carol Summerhays - Dentist; community volunteer
Geri Ann Warnke - Physical therapist; community volunteer
Gayle Wilson - Education advocate; former First Lady of California
Wilma J. Wooten - County of San Diego Public Health Officer

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2009

Judith Harris - Chair, San Diego Public Library Foundation; community volunteer
Divya Kakaiya - Founder/Clinical Supervisor, Healthy Within Inc.
Gail Levin - Chair, Alzheimer's Association Board; community volunteer
Patricia McQuater - Senior Corporate Counsel, Solar Turbines, Inc.
Fary Moini - Rotary International representative to the U.S. National Commission to UNESCO
Robin Nordhoff - Community volunteer
Sarah Reinertsen - Athlete and Paralympian
Deborah Scott - Executive Chef/Partner, Cohn Restaurant Group
Maureen Sullivan - President and Publisher, San Diego Magazine
Joan Waitt - Philanthropist; community volunteer