Anna Jane Arroyo became interested in political engagement at an earlier age. She was the first in her family to graduate high school and college. She joined Image De Utah which advocates for Latinos in Utah and promotes education and civil engagement.
In her youth, Judy was only expected to finish high school and get married. Eventually after she was married with children, she began working as a receptionist at her sister Faye’s salon in North Ogden. After several years, her sister encouraged her to apprentice under her so that Judy could receive her cosmetology license. Judy passed the test and became a cosmetologist and several years later her sister decided to sell the salon and start a cosmetology school in Riverdale.
Early in her life her parents instilled into her the values of working hard and getting an education. She became a teacher like her mother before her. Through her hard work and dedication she has affected lives in Utah and Puerto Rico. She worked diligently to help the victims of hurricane Maria though the making of Sunshine boxes filled with supplies for those in need. She hopes to instilled in those she teachers and her family the absolutely crucial and essential right we have to vote.
She grew up in poverty moving about every six months until junior high when she started to attend school regularly. She graduated from Ben Lomond High in 1994 and found accounting as a natural fit, eventually working for Merrill Lynch for fifteen years. During this time she began volunteering on boards within her community which led her to working in nonprofits, to benefit those in need instead of helping the rich become more wealthy. She is now the director of CCS-Catholic Community Services.
Kim has helped revitalize Downtown Ogden and Historic 25th Street with the help of some amazing female business owners in the area. Kim owns two businesses and runs the Ogden Downtown Alliance for Ogden City.
Ruth worked for McKay-Dee Hospital for 33 years in various positions including ER staff nurse, Head Nurse, Director of Critical Care, Heart and Cancer Services, and Operations Officer. Ruth started volunteering at the Seager Clinic on Day 1, and took over from Dauna Seager as coordinator for the clinic in 2011 when she retired from the hospital. She currently serves on the McKay-Dee Foundation Board, and has served on other Boards such as OWATC and Summit One Credit Union.
An expert in comparative education, Dr. Carol Conroy Browning traveled around the world assessing education needs and conducting seminars. She also advocated for animal rights, and the building for the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah is named in her honor.
After she earned her PHD from the University of Texas, she and her husband moved to Utah where she began working as the Minority Achievement Specialist at the Utah State Office of Education. She eventually became the first African American to direct that office. Brenda has been involved with the National Education Association, and volunteering at the Second Baptist Church in Ogden, helping to create outreach programs to help students prepare for higher education.
Kym Buttschardt is an Ogden native who grew up around restaurants with her family’s Sandy’s Restaurant. In 1995, Kym and her husband Pete were one of the first restaurants to venture down to 25th Street. Over 24 years later, they own Roosters, Union Grill and Rooster Brewing Company.
Camille was a nurse practitioner for many years and helped her husband build his medicine practice. She was a real estate developer in Utah for many years, developing areas in Park City and Ogden. Camille helped win the contract for the 2002 Winter Olympics and was part of the Olympic Planning Committee. She was crucial in the involvement of Weber County during the Olympics.
She was raised in a military family until her father retired here in Utah. She is majoring in psychology and neuroscience with an integrated studies in languages Japanese, English, and linguistics. Spent most of her formative years in Europe so Utah was a huge culture shock for her. She experience some push back from administration in school because of her race, although her parents shielded her from a lot of it, they still talked to her to explain what was going on.
Angel owns her own marketing consultant business and moved from Los Angeles to Ogden in 2017. Angel is a member of the Ogden City Planning Commission and is attempting to prevent Ogden City from making the same mistakes that were made in the Art District of Los Angeles. Angel wants to preserve the City of Ogden and keep affordable and functional housing options available for residents. She ran for Ogden City mayor during the 2019 election and plans to run again.
Angela and her husband moved to Ogden in early 2000s when her husband got a job at Weber State University. She was elected to Ogden City Council in 2017. She works at Intermountain Healthcare on a project that seeks to address health equity issues in the community.
Betty Jean Marsh Collins was born September 27, 1941 in El Campo, Texas but grew up in Ponca, Oklahoma where her father worked for Conoco Oil. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a law degree in 1966. She moved to Utah in 1969 with her husband and based the bar exam in Utah so she could practice law in Utah. She was the first woman to be the Assistant Attorney General in Utah and spent five years in that position. She returned to Oklahoma where she became an Assistant DA.
Audrey opened Lil Audrey's gym in the 1970s in the old Dee School on 20th Street. She operated the gym for women until her health declined. The fitness center was her life's work.
She became a teacher after having three children. She has taught in the same area schools for her entire career. This has enabled her to be able to influence multiple members of families. She wants future generations of women to understand the power they have.
Elaine D'Agnillo was born march 9, 1944 in Ogden Utah. She grew up in the Ogden area, attending Weber High School. Her close neighbor's were the T.O. Smith family and she attended 4H with one their youngest daughters. She married in 1962 and when her oldest child was in kindergarten she went back to work. She briefly worked for the IRS, an accountant and eventually worked for Sinclair Oil for twenty-five years. She preferred working with men because she always knew where she stood with them.
Debra was born in Brigham City and was raised on her family’s homestead in Syracuse Utah. Debra purchased an old run-down mansion in Layton. She worked hard to fix it up and pay for the property and it became what is now know as Chantilly Mansion Wedding and Reception Center in Layton. Debra grew her business from the ground up and eventually bought and restored Bellington Manor in Ogden as well.
Louenda Downs was born February 18, 1953 in Brigham City, Utah. She earned a scholarship to Utah State University, but eventually went to Weber State University where she earned a degree in Education. She married during this time and raised two daughters while serving on the Davis School Board and as a County Commissioner. She is now a member of the Board of Regents at Weber State University.
Joan Effiong was born in Nigeria but was adopted into the United States. She started JENAR in 2006 to raise money to fund projects in Nigeria. The organization provides quality education, nutrition, medical and agricultural needs as well as items such as books, medicine and equipment.
Sandy became employed at the IRS during this time. Sandy and her husband opened Sandy’s Fine Foods ten days before the birth of their first child together. After their third child, Sandy quit the IRS and committed to the restaurant full-time and eventually started and ran their catering operation.
Viviana Felix grew up in Weber County and graduated with a degree in Sociology from Weber State. In 2016, she became the first Diversity Affairs officer for Ogden City. She works to represent the interests of minority groups and reaches out to the community to educate people about the resources available.
he was raised in Ogden, and eventually went to work for the W.R. White Company that her grandfather, William Rulon White, started in the 1940s. After they sold that company she and her husband started their own company which she still works at today. She began volunteering with the Junior League as a young mother, served on the Weber Basin Water Board, the McKay-Dee Board, and currently serves on the board of Trustees at Weber State University, and the Intermountain Corporate Board.
American novelist and Ogden native, Judith Freeman has published a collection of short stories, four novels, and a biography of Raymond Chandler, the novelist and screenwriter. Her most recent work is a memoir about her time growing up in Ogden during the 1950s and 1960s.
Ms. Froerer is a business economist and educator focusing on behavioral economics--how people get what they want or need, especially when others want the same thing. Ms. Froerer has served as Vice President and Regional Economist for KeyCorp, one of the nation’s largest banking companies. Prior to joining KeyCorp, Ms. Froerer was President of Richard T. Pratt Associates, a consulting firm.
Elsa attended the International Christian University in Tokyo and graduated from Barnard College. She began her marketing career as a media buyer and supervisor at major New York advertising agencies. She transitioned from buying to selling as an Account Executive for ABC Television in New York and Los Angeles. In 2015, she founded VOTERISE with her husband as a way to engage 18-29 year-olds in the electoral process and to give them a voice.
Sister Arthur Gordon joined the Daughters of Charity after graduating high school. She has served in San Jose, Los Angeles during the Rodney King riots, and Sierra Leone. She arrived in Ogden in 2016 when she became the executive director of Give Me a Chance. This is a non-profit organization that teaches low income women marketable skills.
Ali was born in Georgia and moved around a lot because her dad was in the military. He got stationed here in Utah so they stayed here. She is finishing up her associates of science now and working to become an EMT. She wants to actively help people.
Heidi Harwood along with Bill Parker opened The City Club on 25th Street in 1991. It was one of the earliest businesses that worked to try and renovate Historic 25th Street. She also owns and operates Brewski’s. Harwood was one of the founders of the 25th Street Association and Harvest Moon Festival.
Kye was born and raised in Ogden, Utah, in a very staunch LDS household. Kye identifies as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community and came out at the age of 14. Kye has started two businesses, Lavender Vinyl Records Shop and Lavender Kitchen. Kye jokingly contributes the desire to be an entrepreneur as a problem with authority.
Ann Holdaway was born and raised in Pleasant View Utah in 1960. She received her teaching degree from Weber State University in her late thirties and received her Master's in Educational Leadership from Weber State University in her early fifties. Ann worked as a 4th-6th grade teacher for 17 years before returning to school to complete her Master's and has been the Principal at Valley View Elementary in Weber County for the last four years and does an amazing job.
Norma was from Box Elder County. She was active in several organizations and the Republican party. In 1976, she was hired by Senator Orrin Hatch as his Northern Utah Area Director for Constituent Services.
Caril continued to pursue her passion in art. When she worked as an intern for the National Western Film Festival in 1984, Caril was the festival’s archivist and helped put together their program. Over the years, she continued to participate in various art shows from a costume show with Catherine Zublin, to art shows like “10,000 Years of Utah Artists” and “Basin and Range.” In 2004, she and her son even started an art gallery on Washington Blvd called Universe City that promoted local artists.
Amelia Jones was born in England in 1962 while her father was a visiting professor at the University of Nottingham. Her family moved back to the Ogden area when she was five. She was on a tenure track at Vassar when she decided academia was not for her, so she moved back to Ogden and took over her mother's business in 2003. The Needlepoint Joint was one of the first businesses to begin the rejuvenation of 25th Street, and is still going strong today.
Terri's influence as a teacher has helped many lives. She puts her all into educating young minds. She instills in them the fact that they can do /be anything they set their minds too. She wants to be the strong female role model for other that her grandmothers were for her.
Kate Kendell was born and raised in Utah. After receiving her law degree, she became the first staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah. In 1996, she became the Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights where she was active in the marriage equality fight.
Brenda is a member of Indivisible Ogden and is an Ambassador for the Voterise 2020 Challenge which aims to have registered 20,000 new female voters by September of 2020. Brenda attends every street festival, farmers market, and outdoor event possible in the Ogden area. She pounds the pavement registering voters, men and women alike. She educated people on the parameters of eligibility to vote and is an advocate for all.
Michelle started at KUTV when news stations were just beginning to hire "the one," and she was able to rise to the evening news desk rather quickly. She always looked out for herself by getting others to read over her contract before signing, and took every opportunity that came her way. She raised four children during her time at KUTV, and credits her husband for being the perfect partner through the journey.
Valerie lost her hearing at 2 1/2 because of spinal meningitis. She moved to Ogden in 1967 with her husband. She served as secretary of the Utah Association for the Deaf and the Ned C. Wheeler Scholarship FOundation for the Deaf. In 1981, she was presented with the Golden Hand Award for her years editing the UAD Bulletin. In 1983, she was the business manager for the Utah Community Center for the Deaf. She also worked for the USA Deaf Sports Federation until 2003.
Marcy joined Ogden City Police in 1982 as a patrol officer. She helped establish the gang unit in 1991 and worked in every division. She was promoted to assistant chief in 2010 and was the first woman in the OPD to hold that post. She retired in 2012 after 30 years on the job.
Captain Lademan was stationed at Hill Air Force Base in 1983. Prior to that, she was in Guam where she piloted a specially equipped C-130 through more than 45 typhoons and earned three Air Medals. The plane was used to gather weather information for the U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center in the Pacific. After graduating from the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program, Lademan was an intelligence officer until pilot training opened to women. In Guam, she was the only woman pilot.
Telitha Lindquist was born and raised in Ogden. During her lifetime she served Pgdem as president of the Children’s Aid Society, Ogden Junior League and the YWCA board. She also sat on a number of advisory boards and helped raise funds to sustain educational and civic organizations.
Her husband's job brought them to Ogden, Utah where she went back to school for a Masters degree and eventually started working in the juvenile Justice system where she worked in various positions for twenty years. When she moved to Utah she began volunteering with the Girl Scouts and Junior League, and continues to volunteer to this day where ever she believes she can make a difference.
Vickie was born and raised in Ogden, Utah. She was not encouraged to pursue a higher education in her youth. Vickie was expected to graduate high school and find a husband to support her. Once Vickie got married and had her two children, she was looking for employment that would accommodate her family. Vickie obtained her Real Estate License during a time when few women worked in that field. Vickie was realtor of the year, salesman of the year, salesmaster of the year, residential award winner.
Irene Medina was born in a section house near Faust, Utah in 1954. Her father worked for the Union Pacific Railroad for most of his life. She and her nine siblings grew up on the railroad and remember flattening pennies underneath the passing trains. She participated in the protest at Bear’s Ears and Staircase Escalante.
Kristen started Youth Futures to provided resources and guidance to homeless and runaway adolescents in Utah. She returned to school and received her degree in social work. She opened the shelter in Ogden in 2016 and another one in St. George.
Jacy was born in Denver, Colorado. She is currently a Special Education teacher at James Madison Elementary. She loves helping kids learn and navigate their lives.
She started Apple Arts in the early 1970s as her first venture. After a few years in business a bank decided it was no longer viable because it was run by two women. She wanted to start in the publishing world so she went to New York City and met with the President of Meredith and pitched her idea. This led to opening businesses with her daughter on 25th Street. She lost everything again, which led to the creation of her own brand “Where Women Create,” which was the best magazine in 2018.
In 1961, Suzy and her husband Jim opened Your Valet Fine Dry Cleaning in Roy. By 2011, they had five locations and 4 home delivery routes. Suzy was very active in the community and volunteer organizations.
Sabrina was raised in Utah and wasn't passionate about school until she hit collage and tried out a semester to appease her parents and loved it. She is majoring in business and is now working for higher management at smiths. She faced some push back as a woman but only from fellow women.
She volunteered at Bushnell Hospital during the war by bringing wounded soldiers to her father's farm so they could spend a day outdoors. After the war they lived mostly in Ogden, until 1960 when they moved to Pleasant View, Utah. Helen was very active in the community, attending city council meetings and pushing to beautify the city of Pleasant View. In 1975 she was appointed to run the newly created Beautification Committee by the Mayor.
After graduating from high school she joined the Air Force and was stationed at Hill Air Force Base. She became a plumber working in the civil engineering field which had very few women. After four years she chose not to reenlist and started going to Weber State and graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology. She hired on at the Weber County Sheriff's office and started in the Weber County Jail where she spent her career, half of it in the jail, the other half in management.
Marcy was born and raised in Ogden. She entered the police academy and served several years for the Weber County Sheriff's office. After deciding to leave the force, she opened Booked on 25th Street, a community bookstore. She unfortunately had to close the doors in 2019.
Margaret Rostkowski spent her career teaching English to students at Ogden High School. She is a young adult author with books like After the Dancing Days and Moon Dancer. Her books explore how young people react when history intrudes on their lives.
She attended Penn State and graduated with a degree in Aerospace Engineer, and in 1995 joined the Air Force. She has flown in ten different air frames throughout her career, and became the first female pilot of the F-35. In 2018 she became the first female Fighter Wing Commander at Hill Air Force Base Utah.
Betty Sawyer is the Community Engagement Coordinator at Weber State University. She has previously worked in the governor’s office as the Director of the Office of Black Affairs. She has been involved in the Ogden NAACP and is the co-founder of Project Success Coalition.
On Sept. 16, 1988, she opened the Seager Memorial Clinic at the Ogden Rescue Mission with her husband Dr. Floyd Seager. The clinic has served tens of thousands over the years and has always been staffed by volunteer doctors, nurses, dentists, pharmacists and interpreters. After Dr. Seager's death in 1996, Dauna carried on as the person responsible for staffing and directing the clinic up until she suffered a stroke in 2012.
Mikaela Shafer was a transplant to Ogden. She noticed a lack of information about businesses and events happening in the area so she created Indie Ogden. Over the next several years, Indie Ogden grew to include a blog and yearly awards. She also created Ogden Rad Ladies, a Facebook group of women from the area that support each other.
For over thirty years, LaWanna Shurtliff worked as a teacher. She helped set up a typing program for ninth graders at Wahlquist Junior High. LaWanna then moved on to Ogden High where she taught English and later business. In 1994, she retired from teaching and became more involved in politics. Currently, LaWanna is the only Democrat outside of Salt Lake City who is serving in the Utah House of Representatives
Cindy Simone, along with her husband, has operated the Kokomo Club on 25th Street since the 1990s. She has served as an advocate for the homeless and less fortunate even going as far as hosting Christmas parties for them. She has been given the title of the “Current Angel of 25th Street” but feels that others do far more than she.