HER 2022 - The Bend Magazine

HER 2022

The Bend Magazine humbly presents the HER 2022 Honorees

Portraits by Shoocha Photography | Hair by Evana Reyna, Melissa Rocha & Christopher Jarred | Makeup by Frankie Reyna | Styling by Alexa Gignac, Julian Gold Corpus Christi, Featuring Dr. Mary Dale Peterson, HER 2022 Medical Hero

The annual Women’s Issue honors seven community leaders trailblazing a path for others to follow. From groundbreaking advancements in their respective fields to committing time, energy and resources to enact waves of change in the Coastal Bend, we humbly present to you…

Libby Averyt: Woman of the Year

With decades of experience in editorial, the now president and CEO of United Way of the Coastal Bend works fiercely to advocate for helping the Coastal Bend community all while staunchly lifting others up to help them achieve their own dreams. Read More

Cassie Bonilla: Rising Star

As a legal professional, Bonilla’s commitment and dedication to advocacy for those who cannot advocate for themselves is truly making an impact in the community, all while serving on several boards, raising three children and volunteering as a guest judge for spelling bees. Read More

Rochelle Lowery: Entrepreneur

Going from design concept to full-blown cosmetics business in two short years, Lowery’s dedication to doing something great for the community through the launch of Lemonade Stand Cosmetics has proven her unique spark. Read More

Rosie Torres: Humanitarian

In response to her husband’s own experience, Torres made it her mission to raise awareness and provide resources for veterans suffering from toxic-exposure illnesses. Tirelessly working to pass the PACT Act, she and her husband, Leroy, stood proudly by President Joe Biden as he officially signed it into law. Read More

Dr. Mary Dale Peterson: Medical Hero

Dr. Mary Dale Peterson has a steadfast commitment to better the public health of the region through brilliant leadership of the Driscoll Health System and involvement the Nueces County Opioid Task Force. Never turning down a challenge, she even worked with the White House Coronavirus Task Force to respond to the ventilator shortage during the pandemic. Read More

Elizabeth Chu Richter: Industry Leader

With a clear thread of living history, Elizabeth Chu Richter’s global impact on the world of architecture is evident in her craft. Boasting numerous industry accolades globally, her vision is set on sustainability in architecture moving forward. Read More

Jo Anne Howell: Community Visionary

With entertaining in her blood, Jo Ann Howell is the mastermind behind countless community events. With a skill of celebrating all of life’s moments, the care she puts into her work undoubtedly shows the love and care she pours into each and every event. Read More