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Lysa Salsbury, Director of the University of Idaho Women's Center

Community Woman of Distinction 

Lysa Salsbury is the Director of the University of Idaho Women’s Center. Her nominators all noted her dedication to making an impact in women’s lives. Lysa leads campus outreach, education, and engagement efforts around women’s and gender issues, and serves on a number of institutional and local committees that focus on promoting equity and inclusion at the university and beyond. She is the PI for a 3 year U.S. Department of Justice grant to develop culturally responsive violence prevention education and advocacy for diverse student populations and serves as a confidential resource for faculty, staff, and students at the UI who need a safe and private space to disclose traumatic experiences.
Lysa’s influence is felt far beyond the University of Idaho, including a partnership with WSU as an advisor to the newly collaborative Women’s Leadership Conference. Lysa works beyond her job responsibilities to promote human rights and gender equality in our region. She is active in the local non-profit community, often connecting her passion to fundraising efforts for local organizations that support women, including the Moscow Women’s Giving Circle, Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse, and the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Palouse, among others. Through her professional work, community service, and mentorship, Lysa not only serves, she exceeds, and makes an incredible impact for gender justice.

Gillian Khoo Coldsnow, NPR Music Host

Staff Woman of Distinction
Gillian Khoo Coldsnow came to WSU in 1993 as Northwest Public Radio’s classical music host. In her 25 years with WSU, Gillian has set herself apart as a true woman of distinction. Gillian’s colleagues describe her as “combin(ing) high expectations and direct communication with deep compassion and high ideals;” “Her style of leadership by example – encourages growth, creativity, quality and cohesiveness…”
Gillian works tirelessly to mentor the next generation of media personalities and technical workers - helping each of them to “find their voices.” Beyond mentorship, Gillian holistically impacts the lives of those around her. Multiple times, Gillian has cooked and delivered meals to mentees going through personal difficulties such as illness, repeatedly providing comfort and support.
Gillian partners with numerous local causes such as being on the boards of Moscow’s Sojourner’s Alliance and the Kenworthy Performing Arts Center, and has served as panel discussion moderator in the University of Idaho’s Borah Symposium.  As one nominator shared, “Anyone that has ever had the privilege of meeting Gillian Coldsnow can tell you without hesitation, that she is a force in this world and that we are better for knowing her.”

Christine Oakley, Director of Global Learning for International Programs

Faculty Woman of Distinction 
Christine Oakley, our 2018 Faculty Woman of Distinction, currently serves as Director of Global Learning for International Programs here at WSU. In addition to traveling the world with students, she aims to foster global understanding and leadership in the classroom and beyond. Chris has served for the past 15 years as the WSU representative for Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociology Honor Society, is the chair of a local health and human service consortium, the Palouse Alliance, and as one nominator wrote, “…is continually striving to create an environment in which everyone has a voice and is valued, and she truly cares about everyone (with whom) she comes in contact.”
Through her involvement and leadership in our campus and the local community, Chris has promoted partnerships among a wide variety of organizations and groups focused on strengthening community services and continues to serve as a strong conduit for building conversations that lead to progress, better student resources, and a healthier WSU and Palouse community.

Davi Kallman, Graduate Student, The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication

Graduate Woman of Distinction
Davi Kallman has distinguished herself in scholarship, teaching, leadership, and service to multiple communities, particularly students and people with disabilities. Davi’s scholarship aims not only to achieve positive social change, but also to empower marginalized people to share their voices and experiences.
She has an impeccable academic and research record, and her service to the greater WSU community is unparalleled. Davi has been working with the Disability Action Center in Moscow, the Access Center at WSU, and was appointed by Governor Jay Inslee to serve as a member on the Washington State Independent Living Council to change attitudes toward individuals with disabilities at WSU and the Palouse. She is passionate about this work, which dovetails with her scholarship emphasis and demonstrates her commitment to cutting-edge research that can make a difference.
Her supporters write: “The woman of utmost distinction who personifies change and lives progress towards equality for all through her work, research and service is Davi Kallman. From her days as an undergraduate student she has found an area where people were being underserved and filled that role beyond expectation.”

Dr. Katrina Mealey and adorable Collie

2018 Woman of the Year
Dr. Katrina Mealey is Washington State University’s 2018 Woman of the Year. The award recognizes women who create social change, increase equality for all, and build community in countless ways. Mealey is a professor and the Richard L. Ott Endowed Chair in Small Animal Medicine and Research in the College of Veterinary Medicine at WSU. She is a distinguished scholar, leader, and mentor as well as an avid marathon competitor in the United States. A prolific researcher, Mealey has published over 90 scientific articles and authored chapters in five different books.
One of Mealey’s most notable contributions to the veterinary field in the last decade was the discovery of a mutation in the multi-drug resistance gene (MDR1) which makes dogs prone to life-threatening drug reactions. Before this discovery, veterinarians could not predict which dogs could potentially die after administration of drugs. Not only did Mealey discover the mutation of MDR1, she developed a genetic test to detect the mutation before a drug is prescribed that could cause an adverse reaction. Through the MDR1 test, Mealey, WSU, and Mars Petcare developed a partnership to advance animal health. Their collaboration is a great example of how private industry and a public institution can channel academic research and discoveries into commercial distribution that benefits all involved. Her MDR1 patent is one of the top five income-generating technologies developed at WSU, generating royalties of approximately $1.5 million. But equally important is the end consumer, which in this case, is the family dog.
Mealey also launched the Washington State University Program in Individualized Medicine (PrIMe), in which researchers optimize drug therapy for individual patients, and faculty share their expertise via education and outreach activities for veterinarians, breeders, and pet owners. This has established WSU as the preeminent institution in veterinary pharmacogenetics. 
As a highly sought after mentor, Mealey has mentored high school, undergraduate, graduate, and professional veterinary students as well as faculty including women and minorities from the United States, Sweden, Argentina, Brazil, Portugal, and Canada. One of her nominators stated “As a female surgeon in one of the veterinary fields still dominated by males, it has been of extra value that mentorship has been provided from a woman.” Mealey’s additional accomplishments include two other U.S. patents, one Australian patent, and six European patents. She also earned several prestigious awards including Fellow, National Academy of Inventors, Newbery Teaching Scholar, Life Science Innovations Northwest “Women to Watch” and the Pfizer Award for Research Excellence, to name a few in a long list of recognition.
Mealey received her undergraduate degree in pharmacy from the University of New Mexico, her doctorate in veterinary medicine from Colorado State University, and her Ph.D. from Texas A&M University.