• Amy Bollenbach, Katherine Dolma, Kris Holdried also honored for distinction
Haven House selected the community spirited and environmentally minded Ingrid Harrald as its Woman of Distinction for 2013.
The annual awards recognizing the power of women leaders also named Amy Bollenbach as the Woman of Wisdom, Katherine Dolma as the Youth of Distinction and Kris Holderied as the Hero of the Heart.
The public is invited to celebrate with Haven House at its annual fundraiser/Women of Distinction Dinner and Auction at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 22 at Land’s End Resort.
Harrald grew up in a family with a strong belief in public service. She was encouraged to volunteer at local organizations from an early age, no matter where they lived. Her dad was in the military and they moved often.
“This has been a guiding principle in my life, given me many opportunities, and helped broaden my life experience,” she said.
Harrald attended Virginia Tech, where she studied biology and psychology. After graduation, she moved to California and worked for many years in wildlife rehabilitation and education.
“My first job in Alaska was studying seabirds for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1996,” she said. “I fell in love with Alaska and returned for seasonal jobs until finally moving to Homer permanently in 2000. The community of Homer has provided me many opportunities to grow and learn, and I am very fortunate to have found such a vibrant place.”
She currently works at the Kachemak Bay Campus running the science lab and working with the Youth Job Training Program. In summer, she coordinates the Youth Conservation Corps program for USFWS. Currently, she is working on her masters in Social Work from the University of Alaska.
In Homer, she has volunteered at the Fire Department, Big Brothers Big Sisters, as an advocate for bike safety and she launched the Bike to Work Day. Also she volunteered on the Parks and Rec. commission to work on the Kachemak Drive Bike Path. And when not at work, she is most likely found at the Kevin Bell Arena playing or watching hockey.
Retired school teacher Amy Bollenbach was born during the Great Depression on a farm near Paulding, Ohio.
“In our rural church and on my dad’s farm, I learned that boys and men were more important than girls and women,” she wrote.
Bollenbach founded the first large feminist group in Alaska in December,1970, the Anchorage Women’s Liberation Group.
“One day, I read a tiny paragraph in Newsweek about women’s liberation. I had been working for justice for others, but not for myself. I asked a few women to help plan a public meeting. It was 20 below zero in Anchorage that day in December, 1970. Would anyone come?” By 7 p.m., more than 100 women and a few men poured into the building.
In 1972, both Democrats and Republicans in the Alaska state legislature passed the state and the national Equal Rights Amendments; the public voted for the state ERA. Legislators also passed progressive laws similar to the group’s suggestions for divorce and custody of children.
Bollenbach was the first woman in Alaska to run a major political convention, the Democratic Southcentral Convention 1972. More Alaskan women became state political leaders after 1972 including Lisa Rudd, Katie Hurley, Arliss Sturgeluski, and Fran Ulmer.
Among her many credits is organizing the Women’s Studies Committee at Anchorage Community College. She received the 1982 Soroptimist “Women Helping Women Award, 1982” for contributions to the advancement of women’s education.
Katherine Dolma’s work in environmentalism and science spans back to involvement beginning in elementary school. This summer she was selected as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Conservation Corp member, an employed internship that involved working as crew aboard the Alaska National Maritime Wildlife Refuge’s research ship, the Tiglax.
Dolma helped conduct a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service environmental summer camp for children and teens on St. George Island in the Priblof’s. More recently, her work with the Rotary Global Peace Forum has led to plans in a co-project for a summer camp to help children who have experienced Adverse Childhood Experiences and nature deficit disorder.
Dolma’s book “Women Scientists of Kachemak Bay” won her a Girl Scout bronze award at the age of 10. At 12, she won a silver award for her commitment to cleaning Homer’s beaches. Her awareness dates back to her junior high years when she helped form Ecological Girls. Together, the team convinced the Kenai Peninsula Borough to develop a recycling program and place receptacles at the Homer Landfill.
To raise awareness, the Ecological girls organized fashion shows featuring clothing of recycling materials, beginning in junior high. She is the winner of a Spirit of Youth Award, along with other Ecological members, two years in a row and won the Presidential Environmental Youth Award for Region 10.
Kris Holderied is involved in fundraising events, acting as the Ski for Women organizer the past seven years, serves on the Pratt Museum Board and is a member of Kachemak Bay Water Trail steering committee. She is served as director of the NOAA Kasitsna Bay Laboratory since September 2005.
Holdried also is the science lead for “Gulf Watch Alaska” and a co-lead investigator on the Cook Inlet oceanography and plankton monitoring project in the program. She is a physical oceanographer, with a BS Degree in Oceanography from the U.S. Naval Academy and an MA in Physical Oceanography from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program.
For tickets to the annual awards banquet, stop by Homer Bookstore or call Haven House (907)235-7712
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