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Women of Achievement - Past Honorees


2015  Honoree:  Betty Cure

Elizabeth J. (Betty) Cure has worked in the finance industry for 47 years. She is currently the VP of Investments at Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Inc. and has held a variety of positions as a financial consultant in Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls and Denver.
Betty serves SCORE as a counselor to small business and is the past president. She is also an Eucharistic minister at Resurrection Parish.






2014 Honoree: Dr. Lucille Pope, Co-Founder of HAVEN and the MT Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Assault
Dr. Lucille Pope has been working to end domestic and sexual violence for over 30 years - as an advocate, program director, trainer, evaluator, academic and writer. She is a co-founder and former administrator for both the HAVEN and the MT Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Assault. (Nominated by Jan Strout)

Dr. Lucille Pope, or Lucy, has been working to end domestic and sexual violence for over 30 years - as an advocate, program director, trainer, evaluator, academic and writer. She is a co-founder and former administrator for both the HAVEN and the MT Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Assault. Since completing her doctorate (as a returning student at the age of 50!), she has worked extensively with national technical assistance providers for rural and criminal justice agencies funded by Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). She served as Research Director for the seminal national policy manual for criminal justice practitioners; was on an assessment team reporting on the Technical Assistance needs of all Office of Violence Against Women's rural grantees; and served on a national team conducting a community assessment of child custody decisions in the court system.

Lucy holds a Ph.D. in Justice Studies from Arizona State University where she studied violence against women, public policy and social movements. She holds a Master's in Public Administration from MSU-Bozeman with a focus on Business Administration and nonprofit management. Her undergraduate work was also completed at MSU-Bozeman with a degree in History and English Education.

As the Principal of Collaborative Consulting for almost 15 years, Lucy provides evaluation, executive support services, professional writing and administrative capacity building for rural nonprofits. She is a resource for administrators looking to build strong foundations, strengthen evidence-based practice and increase organizational capacity. And since most of this consulting work is aimed at strengthening organizations serving many of those at grave risk, the impacts of Collaborative Consulting and Lucy’s leadership have literally helped save the lives of women and children living in and/or trying to leave violent homes.

At MSU-Bozeman, she served as Director of Assessment on multi-year National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation grants to promote women’s and Native American students STEM (science and engineering) success and build science related collaborations across 13 MT campuses and Tribal community colleges.

2014 Finalists were:

Pamela Poon of Middle Ground Solutions

Mary Peterson of Eaglemount


2013 Honoree: C
arol Townsend - President and CEO Greater Gallatin United Way

Carol Townsend has led the United Way organization since 1996.  Under her leadership, United Way has expanded its resources beyond the annual fund-raising campaign by winning grants from private foundations and the federal government.  Carol has also successfully increased United Way’s role in the community, seeking solutions to local problems by bringing together organizations and the money necessary to make things happen.  In addition to providing charismatic leadership to a major non-profit organization, Carol has given our community endless hours of public service.  She has participated in such diverse groups as the City’s Affordable Housing Committee and the County’s Criminal Justice Advisory Committee, and is expert at putting a real face on problems of the elderly, children and families.  Her numerous achievements include “kidsLINK,” an after-school program that serves children in Gallatin, Park, Meagher, Madison and Sweet Grass Counties; and “Graduation Matters Gallatin,” a coalition of Bozeman-area school and community leaders that has worked for over three years without fanfare to get more students to graduate.  Carol has helped make our community a better place, and thanks to her work, people have healthier and happier lives.  Compassionate, dedicated, an excellent communicator, problem solver and leader, Carol Townsend is definitely a “Woman of Achievement.”

Carol is a third-generation Montanan whose great-grandmother McDonald homesteaded near Logan in 1861.  Carol grew up in Montana, Washington, Oregon and California.  In 1987, Carol moved back to Bozeman from California so she could raise her two children.  She has said, “I had two kids, no money, no job, and no car.  Even though I knew I’d be poor here, I knew they’d be safe here.” 

It took Carol three months to find a job.  She was hired by Patagonia when they opened a customer service telephone center in Bozeman.  The center brought in 30 to 40 jobs that paid up to $9 an hour.  One of the first people hired, Carol was the personnel and building manager.  To make extra money, Carol hand-stitched quilts from rejected Patagonia pants and shirts, which she would then sell out of the back of her car.  Carol has noted that struggling as a single mom “has given me a tremendous amount of perspective.” 

While working at Patagonia, Carol joined the Board of United Way.  She set her sights on holding the Executive Director when that position became available.  In 1996, Carol was, in fact, hired for that job.  She has successfully led the United Way organization since that time, and is currently its President and CEO.

2012 Honoree: Connie Campbell, Executive Director, Community Mediation Center; Instructor, MSU Extended University; Belgrade City Council member; Business Owner, Computer Works, LLC

Connie has a B.S. in Nursing from the University of Iowa, a B.S. in Computer Science from Montana State University, and credits towards a Master's Degree. Connie has contributed to the world community through her work in the nursing profession (25 years), the Peace Corps in Cost Rica (Volunteer Nurse 1973-1975), and missionary activities abroad (30 years with Aglow International in such areas as Fiji, Hong Kong, Hawaii, China and the Philippines.) Within the last ten years, she has contributed greatly to the Gallatin Valley community through her work at the Community Mediation Center, instruction at MSU Extended University and the Gallatin County Detenion Center, service as a Belgrade City Council member and Belgrade Library Board Trustee, and her many volunteer activities with United Way, Family Promise, the Gallatin county Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, and the Gallatin County Family Justice Coordinating Council. Connie is also engaged in studies necessary to become a Deacon in the Episcopal Church and serves as the organist for St. James Episcopal Church.

2nd Place Winner:
Pamela Bussi, Co-Owner, Ideal Photography

2011 Honoree - Esther Nelson

Esther has led a full life as a business woman, volunteer and benefactor for many
community organizations and in the field of education. She served 32 years as the
Director of Business Services for the Bozeman Schools, and District Clerk for the
School Board. She formed the Montana Association of School Business Officials and volunteered to develop and teach summer school courses at MSU in School Business Management for educators from around the State, which she did for sixteen years.

She actively manages her ten acre Park in northwest Bozeman, where she lives and
offers affordable housing to the community. Esther has also been active on many other boards of directors over the years including those of the Pioneer Museum, Montana Blue Cross Blue Shield, Caring Foundation for Children, the Friends of MontanaPBS, and others.

==> Read Esther's Bio

2nd Place Winner:
Becky Franks, Executive Director, Cancer Support Community


2010 Honoree - Pat Simmons

Bozeman BPW’s annual Woman of Achievement award was presented to Pat Simmons. Her 40-year career began after receiving her bachelor’s degree in finance from Colorado University. She then became the first woman commercial loan officer at a major bank in Denver. She continued in finance and telecommunications, retiring as associate director of Montana State University’s Information Technology Center

Read Pat's Bio.


2009 - Sally Broughton

Sally Broughton wins Woman of Achievement award from Bozeman BPW on April 21, 2009. She is a teacher at Monforton School who has made a significant impact on her community and school. She has been recognized for outstanding qualities in teaching her seventh grade students in Social Studies and Civics, developing an innovative Project Citizen curriculum. She currently teaches Social Studies and Civics and is the Student Council Advisor and Peer Mediation leader. She chairs the Social Studies Curriculum Committee, is the MEA-MFT representative, and is the lead teacher for Montana Indian Education. For more information click here.                                              Read Sally's Bio.
2008 Honoree - Kathleen Chafey

Kathleen Chafey originated from Arizona and has dedicated the past 30 yeas to improving public health and education in Montana. Kay earned a B.S. in Nursing, an M.S. in Public Health Nursing, and a PHD in Developmental Psychology, with an emphasis in moral development. Throughout this time she served two years in South America with the Peace Corps, advanced her skills as a staff member with the University of California San Francisco Medical Center, and engaged in multiple public service programs. Kay has earned numerous accolades including the Betty Coffey  Award for the development of a woman-centric academic program, the Jo Eleanor Elliott Leadership Award, and has received over 12 million dollars in grants to support initiatives for women. Currently serving as President of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Kay continues to dedicate her knowledge, experience and skills to helping women advance in education, business, athletics and public service. 

Read Kathleen's Bio.


To see a full list of the Bozeman BPW Woman of Achievement Honorees, click here.

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