Meet your August nominees!

Posted by on Aug 1, 2012 in Blog, Featured | 0 comments

Penny Andrist

Penny Andrist has been entertaining and educating children for over twenty years though her magical show, Penny and Pals. Kid and their grown-ups feel the warmth and real connection that Penny has with children, and her passion for helping them grow. Her shows are fun, heartwarming, and active. Children see her as their favorite friend and playmate.
Her topics are building character, building healthy habits, and building relationships. Her pals help her make those points in a most entertaining way.
Penny began her work in a public school classroom with at-risk learners. As teacher and mentor, she realized she could reach even more children through her work onstage and in workshops for kids. Her career includes working with other organization to develop curriculum and activities that enhance learning and bring concepts to life through music and active engagement.
Penny and Pals has received numerous national awards such as Parents Choice, Parents Council, and others recognizing her work for its educational value and appropriateness for children.
Penny is a beautiful woman of ND – ask any kid!

Dawn Peters

A beautiful woman devoted to everything she touches: Dawn Peters is such a spectacular woman, one I could only dreamt of being. Although there is more than twenty years difference in our ages I admire her so for all that she is. First and foremost she has raised three of the most intelligent, polite, kind and loving children. I wished I’d have known her 50 years ago when I began raising my children not that mine aren’t very successful adults, but she would have been a perfect role model. There will be a time when she is just a kid playing stupid games with them, but also a time when she is their mother, their disciplinarian. That’s how they got to be who they are. She holds down a full time job as an officer of the ND Juvenile Court. A forty hour job that sometimes takes her all over the state. She cares deeply for these children that she works with trying to make them see where they are going, and where they should be going. Dawn has a very serious disease but it doesn’t hold her down. She is a runner. She runs 5-7 miles every day. She does a 5-10K for every event in town plus of course the Fargo Marathon. When you say does she have time for her husband? She makes time. He runs with her, does things around the house with her, they roller blade, ride bikes, and loves her. One of their great families secrets is for everyone to be home for dinner each night if they aren’t working. And then there is their ‘Special Sunday Night’, A Night everyone is together watching movies, things they have taped, or just playing games. The oldest son has just finished his first year at MSUM but rather than run with his friends you will find both he and his wonderful girl friend home with family. The same with his sister who is a senior graduating this year and her boy friend. They love home because Dawn has made it a comfortable loving environment. Somehow she makes time to be my best friend. With a wit that is quicker than you can think. When I want to have a really good time or I just need her, she makes room in her calendar to spend with me. I am so fortunate to not only have worked with her in the past but also have become her friend. Her plate is so full I wonder all the time how she does it all baring no mistakes with the love she has for all of us. It is my privilege to call her my best friend. Bonnie Ruscheinsky

Roxane Romanick

Roxane is truly a beautiful woman. She’s dedicated her life to helping children & families.

She is a strong advocate for children with disabilities, especially Down syndrome. She’s grown the local Down syndrome support group, Designer Genes, and is co-coordinator of the awareness Buddy Walk, now in it’s 8th year. She visits new families when they get a diagnosis or have a child with DS and brings them care packages, and more importantly excitement for their precious child.

She works to connect families with early intervention services to ensure children get the best possible start to an amazing life. And she strongly advocates for services families both on national committees and in our local legislature.

Roxane was the person who visited me when I had my child with DS. She brought hope and friendship that I have been inspired by for the last 10 years. She’s truly a beautiful woman.