Janet Myder was honored as Volunteer of the Year by the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America (MGFA) during its annual conference in Raleigh, NC, in May. The award recognized her passion and commitment for the myasthenia gravis (MG) community, hard work, high standards and dedication to improving life for all those with MG.
MGFA is committed to finding a cure for MG (an autoimmune neuromuscular disorder) and closely related disorders by improving treatment options and providing information and support to people with MG through research, education, community programs, and advocacy.
Janet is the co-founder of the Low Country Myasthenia Gravis (MG) Support Group and a former member of the MGFA board of directors. She has been involved with MGFA for 19 years, starting in Maryland with her service on the chapter board and local support group, and has continued her advocacy and dedication in South Carolina since 2009. She is the editor of the MGFA quarterly, E-Update, and an active member of the MGFA Communications/Outreach Committee.
October 2016 Spotlight
Kimberly Stevens Beta Omicron/Iowa
Kimberly Stevens was recently inducted into the National Iowa Varsity Club Athletics Hall of Fame. All former Hawkeye athletes who have won at least one major letter are eligible and must have completed their eligibility at least 10 years prior to their selection. She is the first Iowa women's swimmer or diver to receive this honor.
After joining the Hawkeye swim team in 1983, Kimberly became a three-time All-American and four-time Big Ten champion. She was Big Ten champion in the 100-yard freestyle in 1985, and repeated as conference champion in the 200-freestyle in 1985 and 1986. She anchored the 800-freestyle relay to a Big Ten title in 1986. Her 200-meter Big Ten title and the 800-freestyle relay were Big Ten records. In 1985, Stevens was a member of two All-America relays—200 and 400-freestyle—and in 1986, she was a member of the All-America 800-free relay.
In 1992, she was named the Athlete of the Decade by the University of Iowa athletic department. Today, she competes regularly in master's level competitions. Since battling breast cancer in 2010 and undergoing a double mastectomy, Kimberly is now cancer-free, and is active in Swim Across America, an organization that hosts benefit swims to raise money for cancer research.
July 2016 Spotlight
Mindy Ruff Mazur Alpha Mu/Missouri
Mindy Ruff Mazur is listed in The Missouri Times as one of the 30 Women Changing Politics. These 30 women are noted for having a direct impact on public policy, despite not serving the state as a legislator or legislative staff member.
Mindy is a principal at GPS Impact, a user-focused design and digital firm. For several years, she was the chief of staff for Missouri's secretary of state, and managed statewide candidate campaigns, worked with presidential and congressional campaigns, and served as the statewide director for America Votes, a coalition of non-profit and issue advocacy organizations. Mindy is the past chair of the University of Missouri's Griffiths Leadership Society for Women and a member of the 2015 Greater Missouri Leadership Challenge class.
Mindy has a bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Missouri, and a master's in Political Management from The George Washington University.