Shawna Shoaf, 2012Shawna is a woman with a Renaissance soul; artist, calligrapher, business owner, fiber artist, gardener, nature lover, in addition of her rolls as wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, teacher. She states that her life has been a lesson in the fine art of BALANCE. Born and raised in Pueblo, Shawna grew up surrounded by family. With nine Aunts and Uncles in every part of town - she had to be on the straight and narrow. She went to college in Arizona, and was the first in her family to pursue and attain a Bachelors Degree. Shawna completed her degree at Colorado State University - Pueblo in 2000. Shawna married her High school sweetheart, Michael and is the mother of two children who keep her sharp and grounded. Their simple approach to life reminds her of what is important.
Shawna reiterates that she could not be this successful and happy in her life without the support of her mother, her husband, her family, her business mentors and so many others. "I am grateful for every individual who has touched my life - guiding me to my best moments," she explains. PASSION & BALANCE are the two things that have kept Shawna optimistic and driven. Shawnas advice, "Follow your Bliss and you will live an inspired life."
Jo Schrubbe, 20112011 Woman of the Year recipient Jo Schrubbe lives in Beulah, Colorado. She says that she gets her greatest support from her husband Gary, of 29 years. Jo joined Weight Watchers to lose weight after gaining a few pounds and not only lost weight but quickly advanced with in the organization as the Area Manager and Trainer for more than 120 employees through out Colorado. She then studied holistic nutrition completely changing her view of food as well as the way we raise and process it. Her goal is to educate the people of Southern Colorado about the problems and solutions to America's food crisis and the accelerating rate in which we are developing disease. Hence Farm Fresh Market is in existence. Her greatest quality is the ability to motivate individuals through education. That's how she got her nickname of Nutrition Evangelist. She is a passionate public speaker. Network, network, network is the key to growing your business. Successful business women build strong relationships with other business women. Jo says that "Success is the peace of mind that comes from living a purposeful life which serves to help others. Success is waking up every morning with a smile, because you like who you are and where you are."
Muriel Tew, 2010Muriel Tew was born and raised in Idaho. She met her husband in the 3rd grade and they have been best friends ever since. She and Bruce raised and home schooled 6 children. Their family has grown and they now have 16 grandchildren. While going to School she was drill mistress of the Drill Team and involved in many organizations. Out of High School Muriel began her career in Cosmetology. She had her license and practiced in Idaho, Utah and Texas.
She worked as a copy marking specialist for Seminaries and Institutes of Religion in the art department working with several languages. She raised her children while working with her husband, Bruce in many facets of life. They were written up in the Wall Street Journal for their success in Property Tax Consulting. They have owned a Construction Company and three different Lumber yards, in Idaho, Arizona and Texas.
Muriel has worked with her husband in taking care of all books and paperwork dealing with a data base of several thousand clients. They also owned, manufactured and distributed game machines across the country. Muriel moved from Texas to Colorado in 1993 and the family began to build Steel Buildings up and down the front range. It was a family business that they all enjoyed. When the boys all started moving away to go to school and get married Bruce and Muriel made the move to Pre-Paid Legal Services.
BWN has been an incredible organization to belong to and associate with other Women and Men. It’s an honor to be Woman of the Year, especially in 2010 for the 25th Anniversary.