Women of Achievement Awards Virtual Event 6/17/24

VIRTUAL CELEBRATION: JUNE 17-21

The Gazette’s HER Women of Achievement is an annual program that recognizes individuals who are leading, inspiring and creating positive change in Eastern Iowa. Join us on this website for the virtual celebration June 17-21 as we share the stories of these incredible women!

A word from our Presenting Sponsor

Learn more about our sponsors:  FSB, Iowa Women’s Wrestling

Learn more about our Venue Sponsor:  DoubleTree by Hilton

Today's Honoree Spotlight

Lynette Voss

Lynette Voss

Eastern Iowa Honor Flight
Outstanding Community Leadership Award Recipient

Lynette Voss is the president of Eastern Iowa Honor Flight and has been volunteering there since 2017. The Honor Flight, a nonprofit organization, takes veterans to Washington, D.C. to see the memorials built in their honor.

From her first day as a volunteer, Voss knew she wanted to get more involved in the organization. Over the past seven years, she’s filled a range of positions and was recently elected president. Voss is passionate about providing this day of honor to our veterans.  Whether they served stateside or internationally, wartime or peace, they signed a blank check to defend our country. The Honor Flight gives us the chance to thank veterans for their service.

Voss has worked for CCB Packaging in Hiawatha for 30 years. She spent eight years in the United States Navy Reserve: six years active and two years inactive. She trained in Florida, California and Yokosuka, Japan. To her disappointment, Voss was not activated during Desert Storm with the rest of her unit.

Voss is an Iowa native but moved to Eastern Iowa in the early ‘90s. Her faith and family have been her biggest source of joy. She was blessed with two wonderful boys, Dalton and Nathan. Dalton and his wife, Kenzie, have two boys of their own. Voss and her husband Mark live in Walker, Iowa, and enjoy a beautifully blended family of five children and six grandchildren.

Honoree Interview

2024 Keynote Speaker

Clarrisa Chun

Clarissa Chun

University of Iowa – Women’s Wrestling Head Coach

Sponsored by:   Iowa Women's Wrestling Club

Clarissa Chun is the head coach of the University of Iowa women’s wrestling team, the first in the program’s history. In 2021, Iowa became the first NCAA Division 1 Power Five conference institution to offer women’s wrestling.  

Chun joins the Iowa women’s wrestling program from USA Wrestling, where she was an assistant coach on the women’s national team from 2017-21. Chun helped lead the United States to 17 World medals, including seven gold, four silver and six bronzes, as well as an Olympic gold, Olympic silver and two Olympic bronzes. 

Chun is a two-time Olympian, competing at 48 kg in the 2008 Beijing Games and 2012 London Games. Chun wrestled at five Senior World Championships, including a gold-medal performance at the 2008 Worlds in Tokyo.  

During her career, Chun won five U.S. Open titles; a 2011 Pan American Games silver medal; four gold medals at the Pan American Championships; and was a runner-up at four U.S. World Team Trials and three U.S. Opens. Chun competed for Missouri Valley College, where she was a star on one of the pioneer women’s college wrestling team programs.  

Chun has coaching experience at both the international and college levels. She was a member of the men’s wrestling staff at West Virginia University, serving as the program’s operations assistant while also training at the Regional Training Center. 

Chun was inducted in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame as a Distinguished Member in June 2022. She is one of only four females bestowed Distinguished Member honors. In 2018, Chun was inducted into the Missouri Valley College Hall of Fame, Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame, and Roosevelt High School Hall of Fame.

2024 Women of Achievement Honorees

Lynette Voss

Lynette Voss

Eastern Iowa Honor Flight

Outstanding Community Leadership Award Recipient

Angie Charipar

Angie Charipar

City of Cedar Rapids

Cecilia Roudabush

Cecilia Roudabush

New Harmony Line

Betsy Harrison

Betsy Harrison

Betsy Boos

Jess Novotny

Jess Novotny

Prestige Dance Studio

Felicite Wolfe

Felicite Wolfe

African American Museum of Iowa

Dr. Jean Littlejohn

Dr. Jean Littlejohn

Family Folk Machine

Jamie Toledo

Jamie Toledo

Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance

Freda Sojka

Freda Sojka

Cedar River Haven

Holly Reeder

Holly Reeder

CRCSD – Hiawatha Elementary School

Zeinab Osman

Zeinab Osman

College Community Schools

Erin Erickson

Erin Erickson

Maquoketa River Watershed Management Authority

Dr. Sarah Hemming-Meyer

Dr. Sarah Hemming-Meyer

East Central Iowa Acute Care & UnityPoint Hospital

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HER Magazine Fall 2023

Stories of women throughout Eastern Iowa.

In each issue of HER magazine, discover the stories of women that inspire and motivate through a variety of roles and industries.