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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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2018
Paola AvilaVice President, International Business Affairs; San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce
Jeannie Hilgervice president of Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Communications business
Dea HurstonArts Advocate/Philanthropist/Playwright
Laura Shawver, Ph.D.President/CEO/Director; Synthorx, Inc.
Caroline WinnChief Operating Officer, San Diego Gas & Electric

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2017
Mary Jean Anderson - President and Owner, Anderson Plumbing, Heating & Air 
Marcela Celorio - Consul General of Mexico in San Diego 
Carol Rowell Council - Co-Founder, SDSU Department of Women's Studies 
Phyllis Epstein - Community Volunteer, Philanthropist 
Felena Hanson - Founder, Hera Hub 
Lorie Hearn - Executive Director and Editor, inewsource 
Patty Maysent - CEO, UC San Diego Health 
Brittney Reese - Olympic Medalist; Coach, San Diego Mesa College 
Lynn Schenk - Former U.S. Congresswoman, Attorney 
Wendy Urushima-Conn - President and CEO, Asian Business Association

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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

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2008    
 Irene Barajas – Businesswoman, Girl Scout leader
 Molly Cartmill – Corporate Community Relations Director,             Sempra Energy; Executive Director, Sempra Energy Foundation
          Geni Cavitt – 10News Weathercaster/Reporter
          Jenny Craig – Co-founder, Jenny Craig, International
          Jackie Jennings – President, Johnson & Jennings General                   Contracting
          Delores McNeely – Senior Vice President, Union Bank of             California
          Betty Peabody – Chair, Board of Directors, Friends of Balboa Park
          Cathryn Ramirez – Vice President, Southwest, Tiffany & Co.
          Patti Roscoe – Founder, PRA Destination Management; Director,             Allied International
          BGEN Angela Salinas, USMC – Commanding General, Marine             Corps Recruit Depot San Diego; Commanding General, Western             Recruiting Region

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2007
Marissa Bejarano – Director, Hermanitas MANA de San Diego
Janice Brown – Founding Attorney, Brown Law Group 
Mary Clark – Community Volunteer
Wendy Gillespie – Principal, Frontier Trading
Chief Tracy Jarman – Fire Chief, San Diego Fire and Rescue
Peggy Johnson – Executive Vice President, QUALCOMM
Carol Lam – Senior Vice President, Legal Counsel, QUALCOMM; former U.S. Attorney
Molly Moores – Community Volunteer; Director, Sudanese Tutoring Center   
Rana Sampson – International Crime Consultant; San Diego’s “First Lady”   
Rhonda Welch-Scalco – Chairwoman, Barona Band of Mission Indians

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2006
Anne L. Evans – Chairman, Evans Hotels
Cheryl Fisher – Dir. of the Office of Diversity and Equity, SDSU
          Doris Howell, MD – Pediatric Oncologist
          Karen Keltner – Conductor, San Diego Opera
          Lidia S. Martinez – West Coast Multicultural Community Affairs               Manager, Southwest Airlines
          Tina Mickelson – Professional Golfer
          Georgia Robins Sadler, BSN, MBA, PhD – Clinical Professor of             Surgery, UCSD
          Abby Silverman – Attorney, Baker & McKenzie LLP
          Katie Sullivan – Community Volunteer; Girl Scout leader
          Elizabeth Yamada – Educator and Community Leader

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2005

Beatriz Barraza – CEO, Colaborativo Saber
Julia Brown – Executive Vice President, Amylin Pharmaceuticals
Constance M. Carroll, PhD – Chancellor, San Diego Community College District
Theresa Drew – Managing Partner, Deloite & Touche LLP
Joyce M. Gattas, PhD – Dean, College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts, San Diego State University
Kathy Hansen, USN – Command Master Chief, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76)
Connie Matsui – Executive VP, Corporate Strategy and Communication, Biogen Idec Pharmaceuticals
Regina A. Petty – Attorney, Wilson Petty Kosmo & Turner LLP
Phyllis Schwartz – President and General Manager, NBC 7/39 San Diego
Frances D. Styles – Girl Scout Volunteer

 

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2004

Sue Ebner – Managing Director, Marsh, Inc.
Sheila Hardin – Community Relations Manager, Centre City Development Corporation
Nora Faine, MD, MPH – Vice President/Chief Medical Officer, Sharp Health Plan
Carol LeBeau – News Anchor, KGTV Channel 10; health advocate
Mary Lyons, Ph.D. – President, University of San Diego
The Honorable M. Margaret McKeown – United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Susan McClellan – Community Volunteer
Cindy Moore – Girl Scout Volunteer; member, National Standards Commission, American Camp Assoc.
Zenaida Rosario – 2004 California Teacher of the Year, La Mirada Elementary School
Susan Ten Eyck Mallory – Region President, Northern Trust Bank

 

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2003

Sandra Brue – President and CEO, Sandicast; USD Board of Directors
Ronne Froman – CEO, San Diego Chapter of the American Red Cross
Rosie Gonzalez – Owner, Rosie’s Calico Cupboard
Diane Kastama – Girl Scout Gold Award recipient; driven dressage competitor
Sammantha McDonald – Former Corporate Community Relations Mgr., SDG&E; President, Susan B. Koman Foundation   
Maxine Peoples – Past President, Girl Scouts, San Diego-Imperial Council; Girl Scout master trainer
Dee Sanford – Founder/President, African American Business Women of Vision; speaker/trainer   
Suzy Spafford – Founder/CEO, Suzy’s Zoo
Rozeanne Steckler – Researcher, UCSD SuperComputer Center; Girl Scout leader
Mary Walshok, Ph.D. – Associate Vice Chancellor, UCSD; President, San Diego Foundation Board

 

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2002

Doris Anderson – Executive Director, Elementary Institute of Science
Maria Cabrera – Captain, San Diego Fire Department
Cathryn Campbell – Biotechnology attorney; Founder, Campbell & Flores Arts Foundation
Maria Chavez – Senior Director, Migrant Education Program, San Diego and Orange Counties
JJ Isler – Two-time Olympic sailing medalist, author
Linda Katz – Philanthropist, community Volunteer
Darlene Marcos Shiley – Philanthropist, community Volunteer
Captain Karen Tribbett, USMC – F/A-18 Fighter Pilot
Gale Walker – CEO, Children of the Rainbow Child Care Center; community activist
Maggie Watkins – President and CEO, Meritas

 

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2001

Barbara Bry – Editor-in-Chief, Voice of San Diego; Founder, Athena
Irma Castro – Manager, Student Advocacy Programs, San Diego Unified School District
Bink Cook – President /Owner, The Brighter Side: A Boutique for Women with Cancer
Ruth Henricks – Founder, Special Delivery
Susan Lew – Former Chairman, San Diego Port Commission; bank founder
Anna Mathews – City of San Diego Human Relations Commission
Margaret Porter-Troupe – Gallery Owner; Founder, VeVe
Dr. Rosalba Rodriguez – Medical Director, Sharp South Bay Medical Infusion Center
Carol Sing – English Channel swimmer
Isabelle Tihanyi – Owner, Surf Diva