Sue Kupillas honored as woman of achievement

March of Dimes announced this year’s honorees for the White Rose Award; which includes Sue Kupillas of Medford.  These women of achievement will receive the award during a luncheon in their honor on May 21. A special addition to the five honorees is a remarkable young woman contributing to her community.

The 2012 White Rose Award honorees are:   
•Joan Albertson, Gresham
•Sue Kupillas, Medford
•Susan Miller, Salem
•Adrienne Nelson, Portland
•Jacque Schreck, Corvallis and
Jessica Blank, Tualatin High School – Youth Achievement Award   

Sue Kupillas is truly an Oregon treasure. A Jackson County Commissioner for a record 16 years, she’s their only female commissioner since 1982. In 1990, Kupillas assisted in starting the White City Community Improvement Association and the White City Urban Renewal Agency to better the unincorporated area.

Kupillas served on the District 9 Board of Directors and as president of Oregon School Boards Association.

She developed the first community policing district in Southern Oregon and saw crime and vandalism decline by 10% in the first year. She also brought the Rogue Family Center into being, co-locating state and local human services under one roof, thereby creating the first one-stop human services program in the state of Oregon.

Additionally, Kupillas has served on various federal forest advisory committees and testified at congressional hearings numerous times about the impact of federal legislation on rural communities and counties. She’s served on the Southern Oregon University Foundation Board, Rogue Valley Chorale Board, Heart of Medford Committee and was the first female member of Rogue River Valley University Club.

These exceptional women will be honored by the Greater Oregon Chapter of March of Dimes at the White Rose Luncheon on May 21.  This salute to Oregon’s women of achievement will be held at the Portland Marriott Downtown, 1401 SW Naito Parkway, at noon.  Individual seats are $75 each and tables are available. For more information or to make reservations visit or contact Jill Brown at 971-270-2892.

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