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Young Careerist - Past Award Winners

Deanne is the owner of Frosty Paws Virtual Office.  She started this small business that employs three people and has taken it from concept to business plan to securing funding to thriving business.  All while still continuing to complete her MBA! Her 5-10 year plan is to grow her business, to the point of having 2 satellite offices, in Missoula and Billings, as a company that is nationally recognized for outstanding customer service and as one of the best places to work. She plans to have an intern program that allows students the opportunity to experience entrepreneurship and small business management and she will mentor female entrepreneurs and support them in the experiences. Finally, she plans to volunteer in BPW leadership and develop both a young professionals group and mentorship program.

2014 - Bree Manninen

Bree is the co-founder of Ascend Wellness, and an acupuncturist who provides a holistic approach to health care. She has a very hopeful approach to the future and works on educational outreach to the community. As one patient said, "She takes the time to explain her process and really cares about people." She impressed the competition judges with her responses to their interview questions and the speech she presented on how Bozeman BPW has impacted her career.

Bree has a Bachelor of Science degree in Outdoor Recreation • Masters degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine • Diplomat in Acupuncture • Continual study in Chinese Medicine Specialties in Pulse Diagnosis and Pediatric Care. • Other extensive training in Mediation, communication, conflict resolution and sustainable business development.

She has served as an AmeriCorps and Peace Corps volunteer. She currently gives regular presentations to the community on Healthy Lifestyle Choices and changing our healthcare paradigm. She has served as Bozeman BPW's Secretary 2013-2014.

2014 Finalists were:
Erica Aytes Coyle and Janet Glen

 2013 - Ashley Stevick

Owner of Ashley Stevick Photography – Photographer, client relations, marketing, improvisational entertainer. B.A. Psychology and Communication, Carroll College, Helena

Ashley established the business “Ashley Stevick Photography” in April 2011.  As a small-business owner, Ashley does it all:  photographer, client relations, and marketing.  Ashley says, “Despite a few bumps along the road and the anxiety I felt about starting my own business, I honestly can’t imagine doing anything else.”     


Some of Ashley’s photographic accomplishments are:

  1. In 2008, she created images and text for the “it’s time we talk about it” campaign for sexual assault awareness month.  Her work resulted in poster distribution and a billboard display in Helena.
  2. In 2012, selected an image from Ashley’s “Proudly Pro Choice” project to share with their membership.  This project was comprised of 400 photos of men and women across Montana holding signs with various pro-choice messaging. 
  3. She received the 2nd place award in the bride and groom category of Bozeman’s 2012 “One Great Wedding” photo contest.  

Ashley’s community involvement activities include donating services to Planned Parenthood, NARAL, Thrive, HAVEN and Reach Inc. 

She is a Board Member of Montana Women’s Lobby and a member of Bozeman BPW’s Legislative Committee.

2013 Finalist:
  Lauren Maschmedt

B.A. Communication, University of Washington, Seattle

General Assignment Reporter for Bonten Media - KTVM-TV – Enterprises news stories; interviews for, shoots, writes and edits news pieces; serves as a fill-in anchor.

BPW Program Vice President  

Community involvement includes volunteering with “A Night to Remember,” reporting on community events, and presenting special features on organizations such as HAVEN, Family Promise and the YMCA to give them a chance to reach a larger audience through television media coverage.

2012 - Flora McCormick

Flora is a Professional Counselor and Parenting Coach.  She is the owner and founder of Sustainable Parenting, where she serves as a consultant for parents and educators on Positive Discipline tools to be more effective and empowered in discipline issues with children ages 2 through teens.
Flora is a past contributor to Montana Parent magazine, and served as Co-Chair of Bozeman BPW's Membership Committee (2011-2013) and
President of Bozeman BPW from 2014-2015.
Flora's community involvement activities include being a weekly volunteer at the Help Center and as a CAP Mentor with Thrive.


EJ Porth - HAVEN, Development Coordinator
Maria Kappes,
Murdoch's Ranch Supply, Southern Regional Marketing and Events Manager,

2011 - Amber Guth

Amber Guth was awarded BPW's 2011 Young Careerist award this past
April.  She has held the position of Outside Sales Rep at Speedy Print
since January of 2010. She has been in sales and customer service
for 20 years. Amber is a member, past president and inspirational leader
of the networking group Biz to Biz.  She is a member of Bozeman BPW, co-editor of the newsletter and one of the top three in the 2010 Bozeman Young Careerist competition.

Amber stays very active in the community with Prospera, Bozeman and Belgrade Chambers of Commerce and recently participated in Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kid’s Sake, the first annual Operation Sandbox, several Eagle Mount programs and Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build. Last winter, her Kiwanis project Stuff-a-Bus gave more than 150 families much needed winter clothing. This year she partnered with Penny Walker to make prom an exciting experience for local teens with A Night to Remember.

2nd Place Winner:

EJ Porth - HAVEN, Development Coordinator,

2010 - Chrissy Frank

Chrissy Frank was recognized with Bozeman BPW’s 2010 Young Careerist award. Ms. Frank has been in residential/ commercial lending for more than 10 years, specializing in new home loans, refinances and commercial loans.  At the time of her award, Chrissy Frank was a lender at First Security Bank

2008  - Heather Miller  and Sydney Rick

To see a full list of the Bozeman BPW Young Careerist Winners, click here.

Bozeman BPW’s mission is to support business and professional women in our community
through advocacy, education and information.

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