2014 Women of Influence

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They are visionaries: building the future of our community, advocating for the underserved, preparing the next generation of workers, and guiding organizations through times of great change. They are among Greater Peoria’s most influential leaders, and each is making a positive difference in the lives of others.

Laraine Bryson
President, Tri-County Urban League 
A community leader, uplifting the underserved through social and economic opportunities

Meredith Bunch
President and CEO, Midstate College
A life’s work in higher education, building a skilled and trained workforce

Sister Judith Ann Duvall
Chairperson, OSF HealthCare
A servant leader, healing through faithful service in healthcare

Kim Hauer
Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Caterpillar Inc.
A leader at home and abroad, achieving success in business and in the community

Elizabeth Jensen
Councilwoman and attorney, Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen
An advocate for the City of Peoria, the poor, and victims of sexual and domestic abuse

Karen Jensen
President/CEO, Farnsworth Group
A business leader, building our community in healthcare, education and transportation

Amy Lambert
Cofounder, Startup Peoria
An innovative thinker, promoting the entrepreneurial spirit in Greater Peoria

Angela Weck
Executive director, Peoria Area World Affairs Council
A world-class educator, working to infuse a global perspective in Peoria