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HerStory Project Speaker: Charlene Andrews- "The Taylor Bridge Fire: Evacuating Animals in a Crisis"--- Friday, May 9 at Noon at Faculty Center

The HerStory Project celebrates the remarkable stories of four women who work at Central Washington University. Their talks range in topics from women survivors of war and human rights—told by a woman who helped shape policy for emergency response at the United Nations—to saving animals from the Taylor Bridge fire, told by a woman who runs a cow-calf operation in Ellensburg. All of these women have stories that are unique and will undoubtedly inspire and ignite. All you have to do is bring your lunch!


The HerStory Project at CWU is a Provost initiative with support from: Women's and Gender Studies, Inclusiveness and Diversity Center and the Dean of Student Success. To learn more, e-mail Dr. Candace Cleary:  or email:
Here are the dates, times and locations for HerStory Speaker Series:
Fridays at noon.
Bring a lunch.

Friday, May 9      Charlene Andrews

Hosted at the Faculty Center (AKA Mary Grupe Center)


The Taylor Bridge Fire: Evacuating Animals in a Crisis

Charlene Andrews, CWU Human Resources
Date: Friday, May 9  Time: Noon-1:00 p.m.  Location: Faculty Center
Charlene Andrews, in human resources at Central Washington University, helped evacuate hundreds of animals during the Taylor Bridge Fire of August 2012. Wild animals adapt to periodic wildfires. But farm animals and pets have no defense. The fire destroyed 23,500 acres around Cle Elum, and as it was battled from the air, volunteers like Charlene Andrews saved cows, horses, llamas and other livestock, as well as beloved pets. Come and hear her remarkable story.
Andrews grew up in eastern Washington and works at CWU in faculty relations. With her teenage daughter she runs a small cow-calf operation, keeping a permanent herd while producing calves for later sale. She also owns horses, some used for ranch work, others for dressage. (She boasts her loyal ranch dogs actually work for a living.) Much of Andrew’s spare time is spent volunteering with the Kittitas County 4-H program as a leader of a beef club, co-leader for the working ranch horse program, and vice president of the livestock committee. She and her daughter are both active in the Kittitas County Cattlemen’s Association.

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