The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


April 12, 2013

Meet the 2013 YWCA Women of Achievement


Among her other duties, she serves as an ANCC Magnet appraiser, a Clinton Salvation Army Advisory Board member and as a lector and former youth leader at Prince of Peace Church in Freeport, Ill. Additionally, she is a member of the Iowa Nurses Association, the Iowa Organization of Nurse Leaders and the American Organization of Nurse Executives. She was recognized as one of Iowa’s Top 100 Nurses in 2010.

Amy and her husband Mike have three children Brandon, Allie and Michael.


Nominator Jennifer Graf shared, “Mary has placed our community on the map with her relentless passion for others. She exemplifies leadership with dignity all the while carrying a positive attitude and a bright smile.”

Wolfe, a native of Clinton, graduated from Mater Dei High School and went onto the University of Iowa to obtain her undergraduate and law degrees, returning to Clinton in 1992 to practice law with her father. Her practice focuses primarily on criminal defense, family law and consumer bankruptcy. She has been a member of the Clinton County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council.

Wolfe was elected to the Iowa House of Representatives in 2010 and re-elected in 2012. This session she was appointed ranking member of the Judiciary Committee and serves as a member of the Transportation and Public Safety committees. She has championed for the protection of women and children and advocates for those suffering with mental illness.

She is a member of the AAUW and the Chamber of Commerce and Footlight Friends, Clinton High School’s Drama Department Booster Club. Mary has a son, John, a senior at Clinton High.


She is a “shepherd” who is guided by Scripture, kind, compassionate and understanding without prejudice,” says nominators Francie Hill, LeAnne Larsen and Joyce Ollie.

An Iowa farm girl, Henry was born and raised in Nora Springs. She attended Wartburg College and graduated with an English Ed. degree and her future husband. Traveling at every opportunity, the couple taught in southern Texas and Iowa before spending a two-year stint in Qingdao, China. Upon returning from China the couple served as Missionaries in Residence in western Iowa. She enrolled at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, graduating in 1998. Jen has served ELCA congregations in Pella, Olin, Davenport and Clinton as well as started a congregation in Lisbon. She received her STM (Master of Sacred Theology) from Wartburg Seminary in 2004. Since March of 2006, “Pastor Jen” has served as senior pastor at Clinton’s Zion Lutheran Church. She is involved in numerous local organizations including IRAS, United Way, After Schools Mentoring Project and the Cancer Support Group. She also shares her leadership skills with a board at the seminary and by working with first call pastors in the Southeast Iowa Synod.

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