Northern Michigan alumna Roxanne Daust received the 2022 Evergreen Award of Marquette County. The award honors individuals who are dedicated to supporting and mentoring women and girls and helping them to reach their full potential as leaders.
“It just makes me feel honored. I know a lot of the recipients who have received the award in the past and it was something that maybe you aspire to, but you never think that you're going to get to that point, so it's very amazing,” Daust said.
Daust completed a bachelor's in accounting and information systems at NMU in 1994 and worked her way up from teller to president of Range Bank. Her 2017 appointment as president made her Range Bank's first female chairwoman and chief executive officer in 131 years. She also serves as a member of NMU's Business Advisory Council, which provides guidance, advice and support to the dean to help the college achieve its goals.
In addition to helping women and girls reach their leadership potential, Evergreen Award recipients must meet two other criteria: demonstrate excellence, creativity and initiative in their business, profession and/or volunteerism; and provide exceptional service by devoting time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community.
The Marquette Area Zonta Club is a major sponsor of the annual award lunch, where the recipient remains a surprise until the announcement.