2013 Founders' Day Dinner Honors Past, Present and Future Leaders in Natural Health

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The seventh-annual event raised $140,000 for scholarships and priority needs for the University.

A portrait of the Barlean family receiving an award.

Healers and supporters of the present, past and future of natural health gathered under one roof on November 2, 2013, to celebrate Bastyr University’s annual Founders’ Day Dinner.

Nearly 200 people filled the Kenmore University’s Dining Commons to celebrate those who have made a positive difference in the world of natural health, while at the same time honoring those who helped make the school what it is today. This year’s event raised $140,000 for scholarships and priority needs of the University.

Now in its seventh year, the dinner recognized a local family with the Mission Award and four people with Founders’ Awards, which are named after University founders and awarded to Bastyr students, employees, alumni and friends for outstanding professional achievement and service to natural health.

The Barlean family, received the 2013 Mission Award. The Barlean family began operations in 1972 on their farm in Ferndale, Washington. David and Barbara Barlean ran a successful fishery until 1989 when son Bruce Barlean convinced his parents to invest their life savings into building a flaxseed oil manufacturing company. An innovative, proprietary pressing system, coupled with a commitment to quality and freshness, propelled their small business into one of the best-selling omega-3 companies in the country: Barlean’s Organic Oils.

Recently the Barleans have initiated a shift in their company mission. A Pathway to a Better Life aligns the company’s mission with caring partners to alleviate need and create prosperity in both local and global communities.

The Founders Award winners were:

Heather Ann Flood, ND, MSAOM Candidate (’15) — Les Griffith, ND, Student Award

In addition to volunteering and helping others Heather always brings a positive attitude and sense of humor.  She is an amazing representative of the potential of Bastyr students to achieve excellence.   She is always so positive and willing to do anything to help out.

Kelly Morrow, MSN (‘00,)  MS, RD, CD — Joseph E. Pizzorno, Jr., ND, Alumnus/ Award

Kelly is a lifelong learner, serving as an exceptional role model as she strives to educate herself in new arenas in order to become an ever better practitioner and teacher.  Her endless passion and enthusiasm and brainstorming creative ideas are trademarks as a faculty peer in her department.

Debra Boutin, MS, RD — William A. Mitchell, Jr., ND, Service Merit Award 

Debra is one of the most sincere and collegial leaders I have ever had the pleasure to work with. She provides excellent leadership that is instrumental in nurturing and growing Bastyr’s outstanding Nutrition and Exercise Science Programs

Rosia Parrish, ND candidate (’16)— Sheila Quinn Service to Society Award

Rosia's enthusiasm about getting involved politically has inspired many other students to join her in Washington DC and she recently spoke to all 2013 first-year students about the importance of getting involved politically and joining regional organizations. 

“Our Founders’ Awards winners have shown the same determination and dedication to the vision set forth by our University’s framers,” says Bastyr University President Daniel K. Church, PhD. “As the role of health care changes in this country and throughout the world, the paths they now pave are just as crucial as our founders’ role in shaping the health and well-being of our global community.”

Guests were treated to a gourmet meal from Bastyr University Director of Food Services Jim Watkins and his staff and moving videos highlighting the importance of natural medicine. The Master of Ceremonies was KING5-TV and Northwest Cable News anchor Angela King.

Sponsors for the event included Barlean’s Organic Oils, BioClinical Naturals, Jarrow Formulas, Seroyal and more.