SOURCE: Intentional Moms

Intentional Moms

April 08, 2010 14:30 ET

Five Diverse Women, One Shared Commitment: Intentional Moms Names 2010 Intentional Moms of the Year

Through Mother's Day, Vote for "People's Choice" at

DELRAY BEACH, FL--(Marketwire - April 8, 2010) -  One is the former wife of South Carolina's governor. Another was UCLA's first African-American female gymnastics champion. Two are best known for children they raised -- a pioneering neurosurgeon and Olympic speed-skating champion. And one simply worked quietly and steadily to raise three children on her own in a foreign land. Each has a singular story to tell, while sharing a certain grace, faith, and a commitment to mothering with intention. They are: Jenny Sanford, Kim Hamilton Anthony, Sonya Carson, Geraldine Jansen and Peggy Collins -- the 2010 Intentional Moms of the Year.

The award, created three years ago by Catherine Hickem, L.C.S.W., founder of the non-profit organization, Intentional Moms, symbolizes a mission to reach moms nationwide to provide hope and encouragement in all seasons of motherhood.

Profiles of these outstanding women have been posted on the Intentional Moms website at, with an invitation for viewers to vote for the honoree whose story most inspires. The "people's choice" winner -- announced on Mother's Day -- will receive The Pearl Award in recognition of "the woman whose approach most symbolizes enduring love, an intentional mindset, and extraordinary faith in the midst of motherhood." The winners:

  • Jenny Sanford: South Carolina's former First Lady is now making headlines of her own for her most cherished role -- mother to her four sons, ages 11-17. Throughout the challenges of the past year, she has modeled a peaceful woman who has not allowed the pain of life to change her or her home.
  • Kim Hamilton Anthony: An inspiration to countless young athletes and now, to her own two boys, Kim triumphed over an impoverished home life to become UCLA's first African-American female gymnastics champion.
  • Sonya Carson: Raising two sons alone in the inner city, an illiterate Sonya abided by the motto "Learn to do your best and God will do the rest" working multiple jobs and encouraging her boys to excel academically. Her perseverance paid off with both sons achieving academic success and one gaining international renown as a neurosurgeon.
  • Geraldine Jansen: The mother of Olympic champion Dan Jansen raised nine children aided by a strong faith that sustained the family through the tragic death of daughter Jane to leukemia -- a loss captured worldwide as Dan fell in his Olympic quest just hours after learning of his sister's death.
  • Peggy Collins: Born in Japan, Peggy married an American military officer, then found herself alone in the U.S. to raise their children with no support system and little English. An eternal optimist, she instilled in them a strong sense of self-worth on which to build their own lives.

For complete profiles, award criteria, and to vote for the "People's Choice," visit

The 2010 awards usher in the Decade of the Intentional Mom, a campaign that provides information, insights, support and resources for moms through the IM! Website and blog, newsletters, seminars, workshops, Facebook, Twitter and Hickem's book, Raising Your Children With No Regrets: The 7 Principles of Intentional Motherhood. For more information, contact (800) 844-0711; Follow Hickem on Facebook and Twitter (@intentionalmoms or @catherinehickem).

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