Woman of the Year


Joanna Anderson and Lori Wightman 2021-2022 Co-Women of the Year

State Fair Community College President Dr. Joanna Anderson and Bothwell Regional Health Center CEO Lori Wightman were honored by Sedalia Business Women as Co-Women of the Year.

Dr. Joanna Anderson and Lori Haney, Public Relations Chair

Dr. Joanna Anderson has been the president of State Fair Community College since 2013. She considers adding the Olen Howard Workforce Innovation Center to be one of her biggest accomplishments during her tenure as president. She has also been part of adding new athletic programs at SFCC including esports, target shooting, cross country and track.

Joanna has been a leader since she was the first female president of her high school’s FFA chapter. She credits many mentors along the way as she stepped into the position of president of SFCC.

After joining Sedalia Business Women, Joanna found the group to be comprised of women active in the community and dedicated to their careers. Of receiving her Woman of the Year Award, she was quoted in a Sedalia Democrat* article: “It is definitely one of the biggest honors I have ever received because it’s given by my peers.”

Joanna believes it is important to find a workplace that is fulfilling. She stressed the importance of a having a support system in place.

Congratulations, Joanna, for being chosen as a Co-Woman of the Year!

Lori Wightman and Lori Haney, Public Relations Chair

In June of 2019, Lori became Bothwell Health Center’s CEO. Lori brought twenty years of administrative experience in healthcare before stepping into her current role.

Lori began her career as a nurse. She worked in general medicine, surgery, and in infection control. She was certified as an Infection Control nurse and received awards for her work from two universities. She was elected as a Governor in the American College of Healthcare Executives. More recently, she has served on the Missouri Hospital Association board of directors.

Our community was fortunate to have Lori’s leadership at Bothwell Regional Health Center during the pandemic. The well-run Covid-19 vaccination clinic at the Missouri State Fairgrounds was probably the most efficiently planned clinic in the state. When other communities failed in their efforts, many drove to Sedalia for their vaccinations.

Lori told Nicole Cooke of the Sedalia Democrat when asked about the role Bothwell took in the collective response to the pandemic, “I have firmly believed that when all is said and done, all you have is your integrity and natural talents–so protect and be proud of both.”

Congratulations, Lori, for being named Co-Woman of the Year!

Reference: Cooke, Nicole, “Honoring Businesswomen,” Sedalia Democrat, November 27, 2021

Photo credit: Randy Kirby


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