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Adonica I. Kauwe,
Women in Education/Business » Education

Adonica I. Kauwe is the Assistant Director of Development for Student Affairs and Inclusion. Deeply committed to providing opportunities for all students, Adonica advocates for support to promote inclusivity, engaged learning, and student success. She grew up in Hawaii and Utah in very humble circumstances where she learned the value of hard work and the need for education. In 2007 to provide for the well-being of her family, she came to UVU to seek a college education.
Afton Bradshaw,
Women in Public Service » Politics

Tireless public servant who served eighteen years in the Utah House of Representatives and on numerous state and national boards as a community volunteer. Widely respected on both sides of the aisle, Bradshaw was known as a moderate and proudly bore that label. Her many awards include the University of Utah Merit of Honor, Salt Lake Council of Women Hall of Fame, YWCA Legislator of the Year, Susa Young Gates Award, League of Women Voters Community Service Award and Chamber of Commerce Pathfinder Award. She was also named Salt Lake City Republican Woman of the year in 1998.
Alberta Henry,
Women in Public Service »

A vivacious and deeply religious woman, Alberta Henry (1920-2005) fervently believed in the notion of community, and became committed to creating a more equitable, culturally diverse society in Utah. Her efforts led to the establishment of the Alberta Henry Education Foundation in 1967. For 12 years, she was president of the Salt Lake branch of the NAACP, and served as chair of the Utah Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (1975-79) and the Governor's Black Policy Advisory Council (1974-76). She was a member of the Ethics and Disciplinary Committee of the Utah State Bar, Utah Health Advisory Council, Utah Endowment for the Humanities, and Brookings Institute Wasatch Front. For her efforts as a civic leader, Alberta received numerous awards and tributes, including an honorary degree from the University of Utah in 1971, the first African-American to be so honored.
Algie Eggertsen Ballif,
Women in the Arts » Dance

Educational leader and politician. Born in Provo, Ballif received a bachelor’s degree from BYU and married George S. Ballif, a local attorney who served as Provo City Attorney and later District Attorney. Ballif served for twenty-three years on the Provo Board of Education and helped to develop the dance program at BYU. She also served as Chair of the Utah Democratic Party and as a member of the Utah State House of Representatives. One highlight in her life was being asked by Eleanor Roosevelt to serve as a member of the Education Subcommittee for the United States Commission on the Status of Women.
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Alice Merrill Horne,
Women in Public Service » Politics

Utah legislator and founder of the Utah Arts Council and the State Art Collection. Horne spent her early years as an educator and artist before being elected in 1898 as a member of the Utah House of Representatives –- only the second woman to serve in that body. As a legislator, she introduced and shepherded through a landmark bill to create a state art institute, the first of its kind in the United States. Horne served for fourteen years on the board of the Relief Society of the LDS Church and as chair of the Society’s art committee where she prepared lessons on art appreciation, landscape study, and architecture. Over the course of her career, Horne gave two addresses to Congress, represented the Relief Society and the United States at the International Congress of Women in Berlin, Germany, and served as secretary, historian, and second president of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers.
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Alta Fife,
Women in the Arts » Folk Art

Noted folklorist who, along with her husband Austin, chronicled the traditions of the Mormon communities of Utah and Idaho, providing a critical foundation for future folklore studies. The Fifes wrote five books as well as numerous articles, and although Alta Fife was the primary writer, it is impossible to separate the work of husband and wife. Among their many awards, the Fifes were jointly honored with the Senior Scholar Award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Alta Fife was also honored in 1986 with the Utah Governor’s “Service to Folk Arts” Award. Beginning in 1966, the Fifes began donating folklore material to Utah State University. These donations were the foundation of the Fife Americana and Fife Mormon collections, which eventually became the Fife Folklore Archives.
Image used by permission, Special Collections & Archives, Merrill-Cazier Library, Utah State University.
Anita Bradford,
Women in Education/Business » Education

As an activist and champion for women, Anita Bradford has made significant contributions to the quality of life for women in Utah by fighting for changing medical procedures during child bearing, to founding Better Jobs for Women at Utah Valley University in 1978. This service continues to exist today as Turning Point which provides numerous services to help participants complete education goals, build personal relationships, master communication skills, learn job-seeking strategies, explore career options, and prepare to enter the work force.
Anita Stansfield,
Women of Letters »

Beyond her devotion to family, writing has been Anita Stansfield’s passion for three decades. She has published over 50 novels since her first publication in 1994, as well as a collection of personal essays, most of which are oriented toward Latter-day Saint readers. Also writing under the pseudonym Elizabeth D. Michaels she is currently working on a new series, The Horstberg Saga, with the first three volumes published, and more in the works. She is best known for her keen ability to explore the psychological depths of human nature, in the midst of exquisite dramas. Anita is a former president of the Utah Valley Chapter of the League of Utah Writers. She has also won the Independent LDS Booksellers' Best Fiction Award for her first published book, First Love and Forever. She has also won the League of Utah Writers' Golden Quill award multiple times, as well as Covenant Communications' 1997 special award for Pioneering New Ground in LDS Fiction. In 2007, she won the Lifetime Achievement award from the Whitney Awards program.
Ann Takasaki,
Common Roles/Uncommon Lives »

Elizabeth Ann Inouye Takasaki has given a life of service, starting from her humble beginnings in Gunnison, Utah where she learned from her parents how to work and serve, to her on-going civic and church service throughout her lifetime. Ann has served in various organizations and committees including Intermountain Healthcare Women’s Advisory Board, Community Health Connect Board, American Mother’s Association, and chair of American Medical Association Alliance. Ann also served on the LDS Young Women General Board. She acknowledges her beloved heritage of family, being taught by their strength, sacrifice, and service to others. Her strong work ethic and spirit of generosity is reflected in her conviction that, “No matter what you have, you always have enough to give.”
Anne Leavitt,
Common Roles/Uncommon Lives »

Historian and writer, Anne Leavitt authored Southern Utah University: The First 100 Years, and three Leavitt family histories: From Hingham to Hatley, From Hatley to Home, and Those Who Bade Goodbye. Mother to six sons, including Mike Leavitt former Utah Governor, and grandparent to 38 grandchildren Anne places strong emphasis on family and the wonderful opportunity and blessing of grand parenting. Anne has an extensive history in public service including convener to establish, and later chair, the Utah Endowment for the Humanities, and being part of a task force to investigate drug addiction in Utah. Her church service has blessed the lives of many young women. In 1984, she served with her husband, Dixie, while he presided over the England Leeds Mission.
Ardeth Kapp,
Women in Religious Roles » Religion

Author, lecturer, and general president of the LDS Church’s Young Women organization from 1984 to 1992. Following her tenure as LDS general president of the Young Women organization, Kapp served with her husband, Heber B. Kapp, as he presided over the Canada Vancouver Mission from 1992 to 1995. The Kapps were later called as president and matron of the Cardston Alberta Temple. In addition to her church service, Kapp has worked as a board member of the LDS Church Educational System, Deseret Book Company, the Deseret News Publishing Company, and the board of trustees for Southern Virginia University. She is also the author of twenty books and a series of television programs created by the Utah Education Network.
Ariel Bybee,
Women in the Arts » Entertainment/Theatre

Distinguished soloist, voice teacher, and opera director. Bybee joined the Metropolitan Opera in 1977 as a mezzo-soprano and sang in every subsequent performance until 1995 –- over 450 performances. Additionally, Bybee performed for numerous Live from Lincoln Center telecasts and sang the role of Flora in Franco Zeffirelli’s motion picture version of La Traviata (1983). In addition to her career as a soloist, Bybee has taught voice at the Lee Strasberg Institute, the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, the University of Nebraska, and the University of Utah. Bybee also directed a production of Frank Loesser’s The Most Happy Fella, which won the International Trophy (Grand Prize) in competition at the Waterford (Ireland) International Festival of Light Opera.
Barbara Barrington Jones,
Women of Charity » Philanthropy

Barbara Barrington Jones, a woman of vision and passion, has used her personal trials as a catalyst to bless the lives of countless women and children the world over. The value that Barbara places on education and the arts, and her deep desire to bless the lives of others, particularly women and children, is evident through her substantial financial contributions to Utah’s Ballet West, UVU’s Wee Care Center, and The Museum of Natural Curiosity at Thanksgiving Point. A former model, classical ballerina, international motivational speaker, and author Barbara uses her talents and skills to reach out to women and children in various ways, with the principal undertaking to help them to discover and develop their own divine potential.
Barbara Frazier,
Women in Education/Business » Art

In her formative years, a young Barbara kindled imagination and creativity in Spanish Fork, Utah. Because the city limits were still quite rural, she played outdoors and this allowed her to create her own entertainment. She observed her father collect unwanted materials to transform them into reusable objects. This upbringing transpired into her contemporary art work which re-articulates photography into unconventional images. This is cultivated in works such as "Limbic Work" an installation with large negative-like silhouettes interconnected with metal, and a work in-progress based on weather patterns within photographs. As a teacher at Utah Valley University she encourages her pupils to push their conceptions of photography as a medium similar to her former teacher Barbara Wardle.
Beatrice Gray Christensen,
Common Roles/Uncommon Lives »

Beatrice Gray Christensen was a pioneer in the era of electricity. She demonstrated the electric stove for Utah Power and Light and helped care for the crews as they installed power stations across the state.
Belinda Han,
Women in Education/Business » Education

Belinda Han grew up in San Diego, California as the oldest of seven children. When her family moved to Lehi, she graduated from Lehi High School. She is a first generation college graduate with degrees in behavioral science, organizational leadership, and is currently working on a PhD in interdisciplinary studies at Creighton University. She currently serves as the director of UVU’s Center for Leadership. She is passionate about helping students to rise above their circumstances, gain confidence in their abilities, and succeed in their educational and leadership goals.

Belle Smith Spafford,
Women in Religious Roles » Religion

LDS Relief Society general president for nearly thirty years (1945-1974), Spafford is credited for bringing Mormon women out of obscurity. She participated in women’s organizations throughout the world and was nominated for president of the National Council of Women in 1968. Spafford oversaw the construction of the Relief Society building in Salt Lake City, having raised half a million dollars for its construction by asking each of the hundred thousand Relief Society members worldwide to donate five dollars each. Spafford also founded the LDS Church’s social services program (now called LDS Family Services).
Camilla Cobb,
Women in Education/Business » Education

Credited for introducing kindergarten to the state of Utah. Born in Dresden, Germany, Cobb joined the LDS Church and immigrated to the United States as a teenager, where she began assisting Karl G. Maeser in setting up schools in Utah. Later, Cobb traveled to New York City where she met Dr. Adolph Douai and became familiar with the principles of kindergarten. Upon her return, Cobb established a kindergarten in Salt Lake City and began writing articles on the topic in the Women’s Exponent. In 1880 Cobb was called to serve as counselor in the Salt Lake Stake Primary. She became president of that organization in 1896 and served for twenty-four years.
Camilla Kimball,
Common Roles/Uncommon Lives »

Camilla Kimball (1894-1987) is respectfully remembered as a highly intelligent, independent thinking woman with an eager mind for learning and a passion for life. Wife of LDS Prophet, President Spencer W. Kimball, she served alongside him, and was an influence for good to many. Committed to excellence Sister Kimball viewed living up to your responsibilities as the most direct opportunity for personal growth.
Camilla Kimball image by unknown, © By Intellectual Reserve, Inc.
Carine Clark,
Women in Science » Business

Carine Clark is the President and CEO of MaritzCX. She has spent years building successful software companies,as former Pres. and CEO of Allegiance Software, SVP and CMO for Symantec, and an executive at Altiris, and Novell. She has received numerous awards during that time in recognition of her contributions. Her leadership at Altiris helped establish it as one of the fastest growing technology companies in the world. Carine is known for her exceptional ability to quickly recognize and promote best practices that unite and build success. As a mother of two sons, she is devoted to her family and in her spare time plays keyboards in the ManageThis rock-'n-roll band.
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