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Distinguished Service Award


In 1984 Women In Mining National established a “Hall of Fame” Award. This award was presented for several years before being changed to the Distinguished Service Award.

Program Objective

The objective of the DSA is to stimulate growth of the mining industry and Women in Mining (WIM) by recognizing the achievements and contributions that have been made to WIM and the industry by individuals who are identified as a valuable resource, by providing guidance, stimulating growth and supporting programs and projects undertaken by WIM National. The award is presented during the annual National Convention held in the spring of the following year, i.e., the award given for the 1989 year was presented in 1990. There cannot be more than three awarded in a single year.


Past or present members of WIM, having a minimum of three (3) years’ membership, who have given outstanding service to the National Organization are eligible. For further information on nominations please contact [email protected]

Selection Criteria

A nominee being considered should have given consistent, continuous service and have made a major contribution to the betterment of WIM and the minerals industry. The DSA is to be presented only once to any individual. Previous Hall of Fame recipients are eligible for the DSA due to significant change in the eligibility criteria, and the subsequent retiring of the Hall of Fame Award. The following categories may be considered in the selection process, but the process is not limited to these alone: membership solicitation, new Chapter formation, education, professionalism, public relations, financial, or legal. Serving as an Officer or Committee Chair(s) and performing associated responsibilities–that is, doing one’s job–does not qualify an individual for this award.

Hall of Fame Recipients


1984 Maxine Stewart Denver
1985 Ruth Foster Denver
1986 Lois Brooks Denver
1987 Debbie Schumacher Kentuckianio
1988 Betty McCann Ohio

Distinguished Service Award Recipients


1989 Susan Wingfield Washington, DC
1990 Patricia Kemper Denver
1991 Shirley Evans Winnemucca
1991 Barbara Pike Ohio
1992 Debbie Schumacher Kentuckianio
1994 Linda Baggott St. Louis
1994 Robert Shanks St. Louis
1995 Carol Sheppard Washington, DC
1995 Arloa Woolford Winnemucca
1996 Caroleta Colborn Ohio
1997 Jackie Dorr Denver
1997 Phyllis A. Lyday Washington, DC
1997 Betty Valley Battle Mountain
1998 General Richard Lawson Washington, DC
1998 Melissa Willard Ohio
1998 Suzan Hanel Winnemucca
1999 Scotty Norman Battle Mountain
2000 Maureen Lennon California
2001 Vikki Michalski Ohio
2002 Dinah Shumway California
2003 Karen Jass Denver
2004 Sally McLeod Battle Mountain
2004 Sharon Kirts Denver
2005 joyce Pulliam-Fitzgerald California
2007 Betty Peters California
2007 Denise Talvitie California
2008 Susan Yadon Nevada
2010 Christine Johnston Denver
2010 Stephen Tibbals Nevada