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2004 Award Recipients

Robin Nelson Headshot Photo

December 2004

Robin Nelson

Robin was recently awarded the "Most Improved Franchise of the Year" out of 58 U.S. TruGreen locations. Even more remarkable, it is only one of two TruGreen franchises owned by women. Robin started working for TruGreen Chemlawn in Billings approximately 10 years ago and has steadily moved up. Robin was offered a management position in Missoula, three years ago. but she refused to transfer to Missoula. Instead, she insisted on buying the Billings franchise. In 2002, Robin bought out her partners.
Robin is extremely independent, and determined. During the last 15 years, she's devoted her personal life to working and being a mom. Robin does not complain; instead she lives by her four core beliefs: decide what she wants, decide what she has to give up, set priorities, and be about it. This has helped Robin make plans and get things done. Robin is a successful woman who has made great strides, both personally and professionally.

Lois McElravy Headshot Photo

May 2004

Lois McElravy

After Lois McElravy's brain injury, a lot of hard work, mega therapy, determination, and a good ADD medication brought her, in her words, to an acceptable level of function. Many times she would attempt to break free of the limitations of her disability, but the extreme effort and energy it required for her to manage her health and care for her family at minimum levels was exhausting and all consuming. Her faith in God helped her work through her loss and anger and heal the hurt. It brought her to a point of acceptance, and restored joy in her life.
Lois' biggest frustration was having the intelligence and the desire to tap into her true potential, but lacking the ability, even though she longed to do more. Pursuing her passion and dream to become a motivational speaker, she joined the Montana Speaker Network in January. Lois states that MBN has offered her a safe environment to grow her skills and confidence and says that MBN women are genuine and sincere. She can relax and be herself without fearing rejection. Lois reminds us that quite often we are unaware of the impact we have on others with something as simple as a kind gesture or an encouraging word. Many people unknowingly paved the way for Lois to feel welcomed, accepted and valued.
Sarah Raymond Headshot Photo

April 2004

Sarah Raymond

Sarah moved back to Missoula to be closer to her family. Shortly after returning, she was hired as the Career Fair Coordinator at the Office of Career Services at the University of Montana. In addition to planning two career fairs, she also coordinates an alumni-mentoring program and is the School of Business Administration's Career Services Liaison.


In addition to participating in many committees and councils for UM, Sarah volunteers at C.S. Porter with the Missoula County Public School Flagship Program and helped build the greenhouse at Fort Missoula. Sarah is the editor of the MBN Newsletter. She is chair of the Structure Committee for the Western Montana Volunteer Center, housed in Missoula Aging Services. She actively participates in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life and the American Heart Association's annual walks. Sarah also serves on the Advisory Council for Christ the King Parish. She has been active in the Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program and was recently named chair-elect for the Leadership Missoula program and will be the Chair of the Leadership Missoula Class 23.

Martha Ripley Headshot Photo

March 2004

Martha Ripley

Martha was raised on both coasts and spent her formative years traveling with her Navy family. She has traveled around the world, including living in Greece for five years. In 1985, Martha moved to Missoula, Montana and earned her Business Education degree from the University of Montana. While working at the Missoula Children's Theater, Martha got the opportunity to learn how to act, sing and dance. She first joined MBN in 1990.
Martha received the opportunity to teach business courses in 1992 and taught for five years in Monument, Oregon. She began working on her Master's in Education degree at Central Washington University. While she was in graduate school, her father passed away. Once again, Missoula called her back, and she returned to take care of her mother and raise Westie puppies. In 1999, Martha started working at Nelson Personnel as an employment consultant. Martha believes "working with customers and applicants to make the right match" is the best part of her job.
 Penney Kempfert Headshot Photo
February 2004
Penney Kempfert

Peggy Kupper Headshot Photo

January 2004

Peggy Kupper