Jewellynne Richardson

Grand Rapids

Known as “Mama Jewell,” Jewellynne Richardson is a mother of six and grandmother to 18 grandkids. She is an active community member who provides support, motivation and advice to those around her. She considers herself a cultural ambassador, creating the One Stop Culture Shop — a store focused on natural hair care education — and as part of the West Michigan Jewels of Africa — a traditional African drum and dance troupe. Both organizations reflect her goal of spreading African pride throughout Grand Rapids. Read More…

Jeannie Henderson


Jeannie Henderson has a long history of running businesses in West Michigan and is currently CEO and co-owner of Jeannie Cleaning in Kalamazoo. She’s a consistent force in her community and always uses her time, resources and knowledge to consistently give back. Her big heart and passion for giving back has led her to serve over 50 local cancer patients and donate more than $12,000 in free cleaning since 2017. Read More…

Sarah McGarry

Lake Odessa

Sarah McGarry is the founder and co-owner of C&R Homestyle Restaurant in Lake Odessa. She’s also a weight lifting coach who uses her passion of helping others to make a positive impact in the community. Read More…

Robin Atwood


Robin Atwood never lets anything stand in her way when it comes to serving the underserved. She is a pillar in her Greenville community – where she consistently helps bring awareness and support to those who are suffering and often overlooked. Her passion for healthcare and helping people has been the focal point of her work over the past few decades and has helped make a difference in so many lives. Read More…

WOOD TV8 and WOTV want to recognize the great contributions women have made to our nation and local communities. Remarkable Women is part of a nationwide Nexstar Media initiative to honor the influence that women have had on public policy, social progress and quality of life.

Throughout Women’s History Month, eightWest will highlight four local women who inspire, lead and forge the way for other women. These women will be highlighted each Tuesday during March. It’s not just about one day or one month — it’s about what they do, day-in and day-out.

On April 5, one woman will be named our area’s Woman of the Year and win a $1,000 donation to her charity of choice. From the more than 100 local winners, one woman will be selected and named Nexstar Media Group’s Woman of the Year.