Girl Scouts honor three West Slope women

Heidi Ragsdale
JoAnne Virgilio
Morgan Bridge

A university executive, medical oncologist and science educator will be honored at an upcoming event for their professional and personal contributions in Western Colorado.

Morgan Bridge, JoAnne Virgilio and Heidi Ragsdale were named Western Slope Women of Distinction for 2022.

Girl Scouts of Colorado will honor them at benefit breakfast set for 7:30 a.m. Nov. 4 at the Grand Junction Convention Center. Proceeds from the event will support Girl Scout leadership development programs. 

“I am honored to welcome this year’s class of Women of Distinction,” said Leanna Clark, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Colorado. “They are strong, bold, empowered women who represent the leadership and excellence that powers today’s world, and they are outstanding role models for our girls.” 

Over the years, the program has honored more than 500 leaders who contribute to their communities and serve as role models. 

Bridge is associate vice president of academic affairs at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction. She’s also a business professor who teaches courses in economics and finance and served as head of the business department at CMU. Since 2015, Bridge has worked with students through the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Collegiate Program.

Dr. Virgilio serves as a medical oncologist at Community Hospital’s Grand Valley Oncology. She founded the Grand Junction cancer treatment facility in 2014 and served as medical director until 2021. Virgilio has practiced oncology for more than 30 years. She also participates in the Colorado Discover Ability Special Olympics programs.

A former middle school science teacher, Ragsdale runs STEM is My Future in Grand Junction, providing professional development for teachers on geographic information systems and problem-based learning. She’s a certified geospatial educator, National Geographic certified educator and mentor and teacher advisory council member with National Geographic. She’s also a space exploration educator crew Orion member with Space Center Houston and Space Foundation teacher liaison.

For tickets or more information about the Women of Distinction breakfast in Grand Junction, visit girlscoutsofcolorado.org or contact Martha Johnson at martha.johnson@gscolorado.org.