Jan 12, 2024 12:46 AM

Burkhart named 2024 Woman of Distinction

Posted Jan 12, 2024 12:46 AM

Amy Burkhart of Burlington has been named the 2024 Woman of Distinction by Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois. 

Annually, a woman from the community is selected for her dedication to making the world a better place. On Friday, April 26, at Catfish Bend Event Center, Amy will be recognized for her award at a community celebration.

Amy Burkhart is the Marketing Consultant for Titan Broadcasting and Digital Group. 

She has over 25 years of marketing and public relations experience. Amy assists over 150 businesses throughout the region in growing their business and their brand through crafting marketing plans, implementing strategic marketing initiatives, and developing creative content to deploy on air and online to help grow their business and brand.

Before working for Titan Broadcasting and Digital Group, Amy spent many years in healthcare marketing. She is the former Community Relations Director of Fort Madison Community Hospital and Community Liaison for Great River Home Health and Hospice. 

In the latter position, she played a significant role in the opening of the Great River Hospice House (now known as the Southeast Iowa Regional Hospice House.)

Amy graduated from West Burlington Arnold High School and then attended Monmouth College in Illinois before becoming a Hawkeye and receiving her Bachelor of Arts in communication studies from the University of Iowa. 

She received her QRMC (Qualified Radio Marketing Consultant) designation in 2016 and, in 2023, became certified as a PCM (Professional Certified Marketer) from the American Marketing Association and a CDMP (Certified Digital Marketing Pro) from the Digital Marketing Institute.

Amy is very involved in the community serving on the executive board of the Burlington Bees’ Baseball Association and as president of the West Burlington Fine Arts Boosters and West Burlington High School Alumni Association. 

Amy was also appointed by Iowa’s Governor to serve as Commissioner on the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission. Additionally, she volunteers on many committees including the Greater Burlington Leadership Program and Hetta Gilbert Children’s Medical Organization. 

She has previously served on the boards of the Burlington/West Burlington Chamber of Commerce, Fort Madison Chamber of Commerce, North Lee County Relay for Life, Burlington Steamboat Days, Burlington Riverfront Entertainment, and the Miss Burlington Scholarship Program.

Amy’s legacy of community service started many years ago when she served the community as Miss Burlington in 1996 and her platform, Give 5 for the Earth, won the State of Iowa Community Service Award at the Miss Iowa Scholarship Pageant.

Amy and her husband, Jeff, make their home in Burlington with two sons, Sage and Kale.

“Amy’s warmth and passion for our community makes her an excellent role model for all Girl Scouts in the region,” said Regional Director, Amber Rickeberg. “We are ecstatic to honor her in the spring.”

All community members are invited to Woman of Distinction on Friday, April 26 at the Catfish Bend Event Center. 

If you would like more information about the award and event, please get in touch with Amber Rickeberg at Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois by calling 309-752-3639.