Sister Adele Marie Altenhofen, president of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon Ministries Corporation, is one of 25 women who will be honored by the Portland Business Journal during the 15th annual Women of Influence awards on April 5 at the Portland Hilton Hotel.

According to the Portland Business Journal, the award is designed “to honor the region’s most influential business women from every industry and profession. These are women who have made a difference in their communities, blazed a trail for the rest of us and are leaving a mark on the Pacific Northwest community.” The award criteria include being “an established business leader with a strong record of innovation in her field, outstanding performance in her business and/or a clear track record of meaningful community involvement.”

According to event organizers, Sister Adele Marie is the first Women of Influence honoree to have embraced a religious vocation.

Sister Adele Marie joined the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon in 1982 after completing her undergraduate studies in mathematics and Spanish at the University of Portland, earning maxima cum laude honors. She went on to earn master’s degrees in teaching and educational administration. As an educator and school administrator, she ministered in Spokane, Washington, as well as Astoria, Beaverton, and Stayton, Oregon.

After her election to the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon Leadership Team in 2000, Sister Adele Marie returned to the SSMO Motherhouse in Beaverton. She served as Motherhouse Administrator for six years then was named the first president of the SSMO Ministries Corporation.

Sister Adele Marie is a member of the Board of Directors of the Vision Action Network (VAN) of Washington County and currently serves as board secretary. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Abbey Foundation of Oregon, supporting Mount Angel Abbey and Seminary.