Girl Scouts name latest Women of Distinction

Amanda McQuade

Michelle Boisvenue-Fox, Amanda McQuade and Jamee Simons will be honored at an upcoming event for their professional and personal contributions in Western Colorado.

Girl Scouts of Colorado named the three Women of Distinction for 2023 and will honor them at benefit breakfast set for 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Nov. 3 at the Grand Junction Convention Center. Proceeds from the event will support leadership development programs for the more than 1,700 Girl Scouts across the Western Slope.

Jamee Simons

“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.”

Boisvenue-Fox serves as director of  Mesa County Libraries. She brings to her duties more than 20 years of public and academic library experience. She holds a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Illinois. She’s involved with a variety of community groups, including the Art Center of Western Colorado, Bridging the Divide, Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce leadership class, Suicide Prevention Coalition and Valley Creative Alliance.

Michelle Boisvenue-Fox

McQuade works as program coordinator with Colorado State University, including nutrition education and efforts to increase access to healthy foods. She holds a doctoral degree in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She serves on several boards, including La Plaza and the Mesa County School District 51 Wellness Committee. She’s won several awards for her efforts in developing community partnerships and promoting engagement. She won the Nextstar Media Remarkable Women Award in the western regional market.

Simons is co-owner of Enstrom Candies in Grand Junction. She’s served on the boards of the Colorado Mesa University Foundation, Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce, HopeWest and St. Mary’s Hospital. Simons and Enstrom Candies have won numerous awards, including the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year, Grand Junction Economic Partnership Spirit of Economic Development Award and Grand Junction Rotary Ethical Leadership Award.

For more information about tickets or sponsorships of the Women of Distinction breakfast, contact Martha Johnson at or visit the website located at