We are writing a book on local women business leaders. Here are some of their inspirational stories.

  • Alicia Ralston

    Alicia Ralston, owner of Ralston Group Properties, gets the biggest joy in life from helping other people. Having grown up in St. Charles, Missouri, she looks back on her childhood with a smile. Alicia Ralston is not affiliated with Raymond James.

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  • Connie Miller

    Childhood mentors changed Connie Miller’s life, and she’s committed to returning the favor. As CEO of Icon Credit Union, she has plenty on her plate. But she is so passionate about girls’ mentorship that she spends an inordinate amount of time volunteering for youth leadership organizations like Girl Scouts, Junior Achievement and the YMCA.

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  • Jackie Atkinson

    Jackie Atkinson is renowned among national pharmaceutical companies as one of the best researchers in the business. She has carved her professional niche so successfully that she has never had to market her clinical trial research firm, Nautical Clinical Research. When asked the key to her success, she says “hard work” but then adds with a laugh, “and I never take myself too seriously."

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  • Jessica Williams

    Jessica Williams’ road to becoming partner at Little Morris LLP, a certified public accounting firm based in Boise, that has been anything but easy. But if anyone has fully demonstrated the ability to overcome obstacles to obtain one’s goals, it’s her.

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  • Jodi Peterson-Stigers

    Jodi Peterson Stigers believes that when we go through hardships, the story isn’t about the hardship itself but rather what happens as a result of it.

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  • Kim Siegenthaler

    Kim Siegenthaler never expected to own a business. “I always thought I was going to be a really good employee.” Yet Kim is Principal Landscape Architect and co-owner of Jensen Belts Associates, one of Boise’s most recognizable landscape architecture, site planning, and urban design firms.

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  • Kristi Echols-Preston

    As a biologist turned trained chocolatier, Kristi Echols-Preston knows something about taking chances. The owner of Boise’s gourmet chocolate shop, The Chocolat Bar, says that she focuses less on traditional notions of success and focuses instead on embracing change.

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  • Kristi Saucerman

    Growing a business in today’s competitive environment requires business leaders with nearly superhuman abilities, and a steadfast capacity for superpowers. Kristi Saucerman’s abilities approach the superhuman with the capacity for super powers literally overflowing from one bucket to the next.

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  • Lysi Bishop

    When Lysi Bishop was growing up in Ketchum, Idaho, the last thing she wanted to do was become a realtor. “I was raised by a single mother of three children. My mom was a realtor and, as a young woman, I always saw her on the phone. I wanted to do anything but that," she says. Lysi Bishop is not affiliated with Raymond James.

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  • Maureen Sykes

    “Eventually, the boys got taken to foster homes; they were split up,” Maureen says. “Dad told some pretty sad stories about sharing the dog scraps for meals and stealing pies off pie trucks. He was a scrapper. He had a really tough upbringing. He and his brothers managed to stay close. One brother died maybe thirty years ago as the result of a brain tumor, and the other two have just passed recently.”

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  • Melinda McCaslin

    Melinda McCaslin was blazing her business trail by age sixteen when, with the help of her parents, she bought a kitchen store. Today, she is one of the leading mortgage lenders in the State of Idaho. Three principles have guided her on the path to professional success: broaden your horizons, do your research, and always look at the big pic-ture.

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  • Michelle Soderlund

    When Michelle Soderlund first decided to move to Boise from Northern California in 1989, her dream was to create a business with a collaborative atmosphere, where employees would share in the growth of her company. Today, as president of Pinnacle Pension Services, Inc., that dream is a reality. Michelle Soderlund is not affiliated with Raymond James.

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  • Odette Bolano

    In August 2018, Odette Bolano was named the president and chief executive officer of Saint Alphonsus Health System (SAHS). Previously, she was the president of Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center (SARMC).

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  • Pam Howland

    For sixteen years, Pam Howland worked at Holland & Hart LLP, a large regional law firm in Boise. The experience she gained there was invaluable, but after Pam made partner, she began to realize that big firm life was no longer working for her on several levels.

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  • Sandra Clapp

    As an Idaho native, Sandra Clapp opened her Eagle, Idaho, law practice in 2004, focusing on estate and business planning, estate administration, commercial transactions, taxation and trusts. She’s received multiple awards for her work, and her seven-person firm serves the greater Boise metro area.

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  • Sue Linja

    Born and raised in Council, Idaho, Sue Linja always knew she wanted to do something big. She found something big in nutrition. Today, Sue and her business partner, Maureen Sykes, own S&S Nutrition Network, Inc., a nutrition consulting firm with a footprint encompassing nearly 250 contracts with assisted living and nursing home facilities spanning nine states. Sue estimates they have provided care to hundreds of thousands of people over their twenty plus years of history. Just as important to Sue, S&S Nutrition employs an all female staff of dietitians, affording them a flexible and rewarding career path.

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  • Susan Graham

    Susan Graham is an elder law attorney and founder of Senior Edge Legal in Boise, Idaho. She specializes in helping people who are retired or planning for retirement - and has been doing so for more than 30 years. Susan Graham is not affiliated with Raymond James.

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  • Sylvia Hampel

    President and CEO, Clearview Cleaning

    Sylvia Hampel’s entrepreneurial spirit kicked in at the tender age of nine, when her parents told her she had to make her own money to buy clothes, shoes — even toiletries. Today, she’s president and CEO of Boise, Idaho-based Clearview Cleaning, the largest woman-owned business in the state. Sylvia Hampel is not affiliated with Raymond James.

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