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2021 Mother of the Year® Award Recipients Announced

May 30, 2024

For over eight decades, American Mothers has led efforts to recognize inspiring mothers

Washington D.C. (January 27, 2021) — American Mothers, Inc.® announced today that the following inspirational mothers have been named Mother of the Year® in their state. These mothers were chosen after a national nomination and selection process led by the organization. American Mothers, Inc. is an 86-year-old non-profit organization whose mission is to recognize mothers and their positive impact in communities through the annual Mother of the Year® award. 

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The state honorees will represent their respective home states at the American Mothers national convention this May. One honoree will be selected as the 2021 National Mother of the Year® at this convention. Since 1935, American Mothers, Inc. has held the responsibility of searching for and selecting the Mother of the Year® in every state, district and territory in the country. 

“Mothers are the unsung American heroes,” said Connell Branan, President of American Mothers, Inc. “Mothers work tirelessly and serve greatly, and it is an honor to recognize their impact on the lives of people around them. It is our hope that their stories will provide strength and inspiration to the nation.”

STATE2021 MOTHER OF THE YEAR
CALIFORNIARev. Dr. Ronné Wingate Sims
COLORADOAshley Steinbach
CONNECTICUTMonica O’Brien
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIAAmber Golden
DELAWAREMelissa Hopkins
FLORIDAGia Tutalo-Mote
IDAHOPam Grove 
ILLINOISPamela Moses
IOWASharon Donlin
KENTUCKYShelia Brookins
MAINELynn Gierie
MARYLANDMaria Thorpe
MINNESOTAReNae Murphy
MONTANAJean Thorgaard
NEBRASKADoris Feilmeier
NEVADATruvella Reese
NEW HAMPSHIREJulie King
NEW JERSEYDona Yasser
NEW MEXICOTiffany Gravelle
NEW YORKKimberly Davis
NORTH CAROLINATara Renee Jackson
NORTH DAKOTAAshley Rae Klinger
OKLAHOMADr. Mautra Staley Jones
PENNSYLVANIADr. Heather Starr Fiedler
RHODE ISLANDCalli Kwon
TENNESSEEDoris Janeway
TEXASDeona Jo Sutterfield
VERMONTMary Schreindorfer
VIRGINIACiara Simonson
WISCONSINGwen Haynes

For more information on the State Mother of the Year® honorees please visit AmericanMothers.org. Nominations for Mother of the Year® are accepted annually, Mothers Day – September 15. For general media inquiries or to set up an interview with a State Mother of the Year®, contact Sabrina Wisher-DeWitt at news@americanmothers.org. 

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About American Mothers: American Mothers, Inc. (AMI) is a national non-profit, non-partisan organization given the responsibility of searching for and selecting the National Mother of the Year® from honorees representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Founded in 1931 as the Mothers Day Committee of the Golden Rule Foundation, AMI named the first Mother of the Year on behalf of the nation in 1935. Many outstanding individuals throughout America have served as officers, leaders, members and supporters of this organization such as Sarah Delano Roosevelt, J.C. Penney, First Lady Mamie Eisenhower, Norman Vincent Peale, Congresswoman Lindy Boggs, Phyllis Marriott and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Today, our mission is to harness the power of maternal energy to make a positive impact in the world. For more information about the organization, visit www.americanmothers.org. Twitter and Instagram: @AmericanMothers, Facebook.com/AmericanMothers. “Mother of the Year” and the American Mothers logo are registered trademarks of American Mothers, Inc.®

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