3 women to be honored for works

Annual Iris Awards recognize lasting contributions in Southwest Washington

By Susan Parrish, Columbian education reporter



If you go

What: 2013 Iris Awards

When: 5 p.m. reception, 6 p.m. ceremony March 7

Where: Gaiser Student Center, Clark College, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way

Tickets: $25. Purchase tickets: http://tinyurl.co...

Dianna Kretzschmar, Lisa Lowe and Jaynie Roberts will be recognized as women of achievement in Southwest Washington at the Iris Awards presented by Clark College on Thursday in the college's Gaiser Student Center. A 5 p.m. reception will be followed by the 6 p.m. awards ceremony.

2012 was the inaugural year for the Iris Awards, the rebirth of the Women of Achievement Awards first begun by Clark College in 1985 to commemorate Women's History Month by recognizing outstanding women leaders in Clark County.

The award, which celebrates the lasting and far-reaching contributions of women in Southwest Washington, is sponsored by the college, the Clark College Foundation and the Vancouver Business Journal.

Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased online at http://tinyurl.com/irisawards.

This year's recipients are:

• Dianna Kretzschmar is a health services liaison at Fort Vancouver Convalescent Center, Caretique Memory Care and the Park Lido Assisted Living.

• Lisa Lowe is a managing shareholder in the Vancouver office of the law firm Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt.n Jaynie Roberts, founder and artistic director of Vancouver's Magenta Theater Company.

Susan Parrish: 360-735-4515; http://twitter.com/Col_Schools; susan.parrish@columbian.com