Nellie Cashman archives
Candidates for the Nellie Cashman Business Owner of the Year award are judged based on their entrepreneurial spirit, ethics and community spirit, financial management skill, and the difficulty and risk they have endured to achieve their success.

Past Winners & Finalists

Andrea Duffield
MOSAIC Rehabilitation, Inc.

Congratulations to the 2016 Nellie Cashman
Woman Business Owner of the Year Award Winner!

Andrea Duffield is the President and CEO of MOSAIC Rehabilitation, which operates four clinics providing pediatric physical, occupational and speech therapy, as well as behavioral and psychological services to children, adolescents and young adults. In 2015, Andrea expanded the company’s services to include home and community-based intervention. Andrea is a licensed Speech and Language Pathologist with a master’s degree from Western Washington University; she also earned a master’s in business administration from the University of Phoenix. She serves on the Board of Directors for Manos Unidas, a non-profit school for special needs children in Cusco, Peru, and she has actively volunteered for multiple other local charities.  She has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the Puget Sound Business Journal’s Top 50 Women Owned Businesses in 2014 and 2015.
Sari Davidson
BooginHead

And thank you to all of our distinguished finalists:

Sari Davidson is the owner and founder of BooginHead, LLC. Launched while she was still working at Microsoft in 2007, BooginHead designs, manufactures and distributes baby and toddler products globally. As a mom, Sari saw a need when her son kept throwing his sippy cup to the floor, and created a product to address it. The BooginHead line is now carried in Walmart, Babies-R-Us, Amazon.com and hundreds of boutique stores. It’s been recognized multiple times with the Fastest Growing Business Award for the Eastside and Washington state, and Sari has been named one of Fortune® Magazine’s Most Powerful Woman Entrepreneurs. BooginHead supports the community via donations to EastSide Baby Corner and other organizations, and collaborating with AtWork to provide jobs for people with disabilities.
Terry L. Jacobson, MD, RPh, FACP
Terry L. Jacobson MD PLLC
Dr. Terry Jacobson has been in private medical practice in Issaquah for 18 years.  Her practice has specialized in internal medicine and aesthetic medicine serving primarily female patients. Terry has refocused her internal medicine practice to a concierge model to provide greater ease of access and communication. Through innovation, diversification and creative problem solving, Terry has managed to keep her focus on her patients, delivering high quality patient care and attention, all while co-founding a second business—a medical billing service—and co-developing the 50,000 square foot medical building that houses her practice. She still finds time contribute to community causes, supporting the Ben Towne Foundation for innovative leukemia research and treatment, Stitch in Time, which funds medical mission trips to India, and other organizations.
Alissa Leinonen
Gourmondo Co.
Alissa Leinonen is the founder and CEO of Gourmondo Company. Established 20 years ago, Gourmondo was one of the first companies to offer boxed lunches in Seattle. Over the years, the company has grown and expanded its offerings, now featuring full service corporate catering, European influenced gourmet boxed lunches and a retail line of salad dressings. Alissa built her company around a working parent model—with flexible workday and workweek schedules for all employees. Gourmondo’s growth has been slow and deliberate, and it has been recognized on the Puget Sound Business Journal’s list of largest women owned businesses. Alissa gives back to the community by partnering with the Hunger Intervention Program and offering internships to at-risk youth to learn catering and food preparation skills.
Nancy Lee Smith
Washington Liftruck
Nancy Lee Smith is President and majority owner of Washington Lift Truck, a forklift distributorship with customers worldwide. The company was founded in 1973, offering equipment sales, rental, parts and service and financing. Nancy doesn’t just own the business—she “walks the walk and talks the talk”. After taking the helm of the firm following the sudden death of her husband, she made it her mission to educate herself in all aspects of the products, uses and customer needs, and continually strives to exceed customer expectations. In 2013, she was named a Puget Sound Business Journal Woman of Influence.  Her contributions to the community include serving on the Board of the Chamber Music Foundation, and supporting Kids CO, the Cystic Fibrosis Society Auction and Green Lake Crew.