The Seattle Storm is proud to announce our 2011 Inspiring Women.
As part of our commitment to the community and to inspiring women, four exceptional leaders with
remarkable stories and achievements, have been selected to be honored at the Storm game on
Aug. 5, 2011. This year's winners are:
Jerilyn Brusseau, PeaceTrees Vietnam | Grethe Cammermeyer, Equal Rights Pioneer Jessica Markowitz, Richard's Rwanda-IMPUHWE | Barbara Trask, Researcher
They join 23 other esteemed women as Seattle Storm's Inspiring Women.
JERILYN BRUSSEAU | PeaceTrees Vietnam
When faced with unspeakable loss, Jerilyn Brusseau turned anger and grief into hope and healing. Inspired by the loss of her brother in the Vietnam war, Brusseau is the founder of PeaceTrees Vietnam, a project that promotes friendship and healing with the people and the land of Vietnam. PeaceTrees removes landmines left from the war, builds homes and provides medical treatment for the people of Vietnam. Thanks to Brusseau's tireless work, almost 50,000 landmines have been cleared so far.
"What motivates me to be my best, what gets me up in the morning, is the possibility of healing what seems the most impossible to heal, to be of service in building community spirit at home and around the world, and to carry a vision for service far greater than self," Brusseau said.
GRETHE CAMMERMEYER | Equal Rights Pioneer
Her courage in fighting for equality led to huge changes in how the U.S. Military treats people. Grethe Cammermeyer had given years of service in the military, including 14 months serving our country overseas. She had a flawless military history when she was forced out of the military because of her sexual orientation. She bravely fought back, filing a lawsuit which led to the ruling the military's policy was unconstitutional and prejudiced. Ultimately Cammermeyer was reinstated to her position as Chief Nurse of the Washington State National Guard, from which she recently retired after 31 years of service. Cammermeyer says she wears her uniform to remind people of gays and lesbians who serve in silence.
JESSICA MARKOWITZ | Richard's Rwanda-IMPUHWE
Age is not an obstacle for Jessica Markowitz. Though she is only a junior at Garfield High School in Seattle, she has become a leader and role model through her commitment to civic responsibility and community involvement. When she was only 11 years old, Jessica founded Richard's Rwanda-IMPUHWE, an organization that supports educational opportunities for girls in primary and secondary school in the rural area of Nyamata, Rwanda. The organization has raised over $100,000 to date. Jessica's efforts are about building and sustaining relationships, not just raising funds. Jessica believes in the power of providing a fishing pole, not just the fish.
BARBARA TRASK | Researcher
Her name may not be familiar, but her dedication and research is helping people around the world who are impacted by diseases. Barbara J. Trask, Ph.D., is the first woman to lead a scientific research division at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research center where she was Senior Vice President and Director for the Human Biology Division. Trask is an internationally recognized expert in genomics and has devoted her career to studying the genetic basis for cancer and other diseases. She also played a significant role in the Human Genome Project. Trask retired in May, and leaves a legacy of excellence, having helped launch the careers of many scientists who are devoted to tackling cancer, HIV/AIDS and other major health challenges.
"Until I joined the Hutchinson Center, my role models in science were all men," Trask said. "I was fortunate that so many stepped in to encourage me to do more as my career developed. At the Hutchinson Center, many women now have leadership positions in science and administration, so the current generation has role models of both genders."