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Kim Blohm, CEO/Greater Boerne Chamber

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Women Making A Difference

Meet Some Amazing Women

Photography by Kate Cooley/Cooley Portraits

Originally published in Boerne Lifestyle

Every day Kim Blohm, CEO/Greater Boerne Chamber of Commerce, joyfully serves the community and is excited for the Chamber to connect and provide opportunities. Under Kim’s focus and enthusiasm an average of eighteen companies become Chamber members each month. In February 2020, retention of members was at 79.5% versus 71.4% in 2019. Setting a strategic plan to incorporate the Leon Springs Business Association’s 80 members was a productive move.

Kim proved herself as Marketing Director for Phyllis Browning Company. As Marketing Manager for Generations Federal Credit Unions, the company earned four national awards in two years. She learned the importance of collaboration to organize and develop processes for success and growth. Kim has a BA in Telecommunication Media Studies with a Minor in Sociology from Texas A&M University/College Station. From the age of 16 through 21 Kim worked at Bed Bath and Beyond and got experience in the customer service booth. She liked finding solutions for problems. 

Paula Brigham Horner, President/Hill Country Council for the Arts, (HCCArts), moved to the area in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Horner brought with her a wealth of experience in museum art and history education from The Historic New Orleans Collection, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and The National World War II Museum. After assisting with a friend's exhibition at the Museum of Western Art, Kerrville, she accepted a position as Curator and Registrar.

Paula is involved with promoting HCCArts, writes a column in the Boerne Star featuring arts and artists - how they fit into the grander scheme of art history. With financial assistance and a shared vision with the Majestic Arts Foundation, HCCArts is flourishing in presenting concerts at the Amphitheatre and fine and decorative arts workshops. Through an ongoing partnership with the City, The Agricultural Heritage Museum and Hill Country Arts Partners, HCCArts promotes Boerne as an arts destination.

Paula served on the Board of Kerrville Performing Arts Society. The key players were introduced to Boerne City leaders and Boerne Performing Arts was formed. Serving on the City's Gateways committee, Horner assisted in drafting a Public Art Master Plan which became the Hill Country Mile's Art Al Fresco. 

My Story by Terri Wright: I was living my dream job … financial lead for a high-profile money-laundering investigation. Until 2015 when doctors discovered a calcified brain aneurysm, possibly from an earlier traumatic auto accident. The doctor's said I only had a 50/50 chance of living – with or without surgery. My girls were 5 and 6. I knew I would get through the surgery just fine; I was worried about keeping my job. 

I tried to work smarter after recovery, but I felt like I was never going to make a difference. Working extremely long hours, my daughters would ask if they could help me so I could go out and play with them. My health, confidence and self-esteem diminished. How could I go from being so successful to being useless, unable to control anything, and thinking nothing was ever good enough?

I knew I had a goldmine inside me that needed to be enabled, and I needed to focus my energy on me. I assessed my lifestyle compared to my priorities. They didn’t match - time to get back on track. Wooohooo! I found myself.  I set boundaries. I stopped multitasking. I rekindled relationships. I became present and began loving life again.

Helping others had a huge impact. Clients are amazed at their results: living joyful and abundant lives. I guide them in self-awareness, leadership, goal attainment, and self-care. I work with professionals in high-pressure organizations, with companies going through reorganization and individuals searching for meaning.

How Lisa Harthan became a Servant Leader: Lisa’s son, Chad, was eight months old when diagnosed with leukemia. This diagnosis began Lisa’s efforts as fundraising extraordinaire and ultimate volunteer. Lisa ran a marathon in 2006 raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). In 2016 the Harthan family raised over $290,000 in a ten-week fundraising challenge benefiting LLS. Chad, now at UT/Austin, attended TMI Episcopal where his sisters Chloe and Claire are currently students. Lisa organizes events centered around parent involvement. She chairs the Advancement Committee for Development guiding how money is raised and donated. She also assists with long-term campus strategies by serving on the Board of Governors. The Harthans recently participated in an exotic car road rally to raise money for the Squadra Foundation benefiting children with cancer. The couple has chaired The Ferrari Kid Children’s Ball. Veterans and families at the VA Fisher House are recipients of an annual drive for Christmas baskets and stockings that Lisa organizes too. The next fundraising project Lisa has in her sights is for the San Antonio Zoo train. Chad played with trains while undergoing chemotherapy so that holds a special place in her heart. Recently at the Zoo Ball fundraiser Lisa was thrilled to name a carriage on the train in honor of Chad.

Scarlett Ramey, MS, RDN, CD, a registered dietitian, brought her expertise with eating disorders to Boerne. Her clinic in Seattle operated with a more progressive approach for healing eating disorders. Her new business, Ramey Nutrition is a clinical online portal with a mission to remind individuals struggling with eating disorders that they are already empowered to take control of their recovery and their life. Through phone and Facetime conversations, text, webinars, and other online platforms, her team is dedicated to assist their clients.

Scarlett is also co-owner and marketing specialist for The William, her family’s business. Lindsey Hayden, a friend from Seattle, is the manager of operations. Scarlett’s other venture is Scarlett Ramey Official offering event planning and consulting. Scarlett moved to Boerne almost two years ago to join her family. She was impressed by happy, friendly people with a healthy world perspective, unlike her former home.

  • Scarlett Ramey
  • Terri Wright
  • Lisa Harthan at The Chapel at TMI Episcopal
  • Paula Horner at Boerne amphitheater
  • Kim Blohm, CEO/Greater Boerne Chamber