The Des Moines Business Record selected 10 Central Iowa women for recognition in this, the 10th year for our annual Women of Influence honors.

The Women of Influence honorees for 2009 are: Jacqueline Easley, director of diversity services for Mercy Medical Center; Carolyn Helmlinger, president of Mid-America Group; Rose Kleyweg-Mitchell, senior vice president of education and governmental affairs for Hy-Vee Inc.; Madeleine Maxwell, first lady of Drake University; Soozie McBroom, co-chair of Restoration Ingersoll; philanthropist Joan Middleton; Susan Noland, owner of Susan Noland Designs in Gold; Judy Winkelpleck, chief operating officer for the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines; and Siew-San Wong, director of work force and education initiatives for Des Moines Area Community College.

Rounding out the list is Rowena Crosbie, president of Tero International, who was chosen as the third annual Woman Business Owner of the Year.


Women of Influence 2009 Winners

Jacqueline Easley, Mercy Medical Center

Carolyn Helmlinger, Mid-America Group

Rose Kleyweg Mitchell, Hy-Vee

Madeleine Maxwell, Drake University

Soozie McBroom, French Way Cleaners

Joan Middleton, Philanthropist

Susan Noland, Community Volunteer

Judy Winkelpleck, Civic Center of Greater Des Moines

Siew-San Wong, DMACC

Woman Business Owner of the Year

Rowena Crosbie, Tero International