Camas woman is an Iris Award winner

Lisa Schauer is a partner at MacKay Sposito

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A Camas resident known for her professional achievements and commitment to social causes is among the winners of the 2015 Iris Awards.

The Iris Awards are a continuation of a tradition of honoring women in Southwest Washington that began in 1985 with a photography exhibit at Clark College. Over the years, the annual event has developed into an official awards ceremony, with a nomination process open to all members of the local community.

This year’s honorees include Camas resident Lisa Schauer, senior vice president for business development at MacKay Sposito, as well as Vancouver residents Lori Pulliam, director of transition at the Washington State School for the Blind and Victoria Bradford, owner of Comfort Interiors and a member of the Evergreen Public Schools board of directors.

Schauer was the first female partner in the regional engineering consulting firm MacKay Sposito. As a member of the firm’s board of directors and executive committee, she is currently responsible for strategically positioning its business development and marketing efforts. Schauer is known for her commitment to people and mentoring, including launching the company’s Veteran’s Council in 2013 to recognize and support veterans.

Schauer is also on the board of directors for the Children’s Center and was a founding board director and is the current chairwoman of H-RoC political action committee, a non-partisan group formed to advance female leaders in Southwest Washington.

Pulliam has been teaching at the Washington State School for the Blind for 32 years. She currently manages the residential department which provides residential services and education to middle and high school students, and the “LIFTT” program, which teaches young adults with visual impairment skills of independent living.

Bradford purchased Comfort Interiors in 2000, and since that time the company has won awards in the Clark County Parade of Homes and the Portland Street of Dreams. She is also one of the founders of Pomeroy Equitable Solutions, a company created to give businesses the opportunity to partner with schools to fund needed programs.

Schauer, Pulliam, and Bradford will be honored March 5, during a ceremony in Clark College’s Gaiser Student Center. Individual tickets are $35 each, while a table sponsorship with six tickets can be purchase for $250.

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The Iris Awards are supported by Clark College, the Clark College Foundation, Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce and the Vancouver Business Journal.