MOTHER OF THE YEAR
Nominees for this award are sought yearly on the state level with recommendations coming from the mother's outside contacts such as church groups, choral groups, PTA organizations, local businesses etc. Nominees are well respected, devoted mothers who interact in a positive manner on a family, spiritual, community, and civic basis.

YOUNG MOTHER
Each state also has an opportunity to choose their nominee for the State Young Mother. This award honors dedicated, outstanding mothers who are striving to improve their parenting skills and whose children are 18 and younger. These mothers can be nominated at the state level by friends, family, and acquaintances.

Past MOTHERS OF THE YEAR

2012 HAWAII MOTHER OF THE YEAR
Janis Loo

The daughter of an optometrist and housewife, Janis Loo was raised on the island of Kauai as the eldest of three. While attending the University of Hawaii, Janis was introduced to running. Exercise has since become a very important part of her life and in her 20’s Janis ran marathons and two ultra-marathons.

With a degree in Dietetics and a Master’s in Public Health Nutrition, Janis loves to cook and bake “healthy” for family and friends. Janis met Garrett Sullivan in a running club and they married in 1983. Janis worked as an office manager of Garrett’s construction company for 13 years and now assists Garrett part-time with his consulting business. She loves being a Mom to her 5 children and enjoys volunteering at church and with other organizations. Janis was the Hawaii 2010 Jefferson Award recipient for her involvement and passion in adoption, organ donation and international missions.




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2012 HAWAII YOUNG MOTHER OF THE YEAR
Janny Keala Gibson

Janny Keala Gibson was born and raised in Kailua on the island of Oahu. After graduating from Kamehameha Schools, she received her Bachelors Degree from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah as Duo Major in Early & Elementary Education. She married her high school sweetheart, Nainoa Gibson, and will celebrate their 14th anniversary this year with their four children Tai (10), Kahai (8), Kana’i (6) and Tiani (4). Janny currently runs a preschool/childcare in her home to provide and be there for her children. She vigorously serves as Lanikai’s Public Charter School PTSA President, with determination to spread aloha spirit, and volunteers in her Lanikai community with her husband, who serves on the Lanikai Association Board. She is happy to be active in church and serves in the presidency in the children’s program. Janny has a love for learning, running, and caring for all her family.


 
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