<strong>By Peggy Mackenzie<\/strong>\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_39508" align="alignleft" width="300"]<img class="size-medium wp-image-39508" src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2019\/11\/Adrienne-Biesemeyer-in-NYC1-300x231.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="231" \/> Adrienne Biesemeyer[\/caption]\r\n<h2>The Fall edition 2019 of <em>WV Living Magazine<\/em> unveiled the sixth annual Wonder Women of West Virginia featuring Appalachian women who bring the mountain spirit to everything they do.<\/h2>\r\n<em>WV Living<\/em> describes them as \u201cThe movers and shakers, the makers, the can-doers and glass ceiling-breakers, from founding businesses and advancing the arts to upholding the law and lending a helping hand - and they do so without a golden lasso of truth or bulletproof bracelets.\u201d\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_39509" align="alignright" width="300"]<img class="size-medium wp-image-39509" src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2019\/11\/Andy-Pendleton-300x300.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="300" \/> Andrea \u201cAndy\u201d Pendleton[\/caption]\r\n\r\nAmong these notables from across the state are three from Greenbrier County. Adrienne Biesemeyer, Jennifer \u201cTootie\u201d Jones and Andrea \u201cAndy\u201d Pendleton were honored for contributing to the betterment of their respective fields of endeavor. No matter who they are or what they do, together they are building a better state.\r\n\r\nWhen Lewisburg-based pediatric counselor Adrienne Biesemeyer visited South Africa in 1994, the country\u2019s AIDS epidemic had become worldwide news. Realizing her activities as an American traveling in the country had insulated her from that news, she determined to learn more about Africa and help others gain awareness. She and her daughter Rachel founded the Anir Foundation in 1997 to organize trips to give travelers greater cultural understanding of African nations while participating in Habitat for Humanity builds and other volunteer work programs that give direct, personal experience to the communities they visit.\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_39510" align="alignright" width="300"]<img class="size-medium wp-image-39510" src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2019\/11\/Jennifer-Tootie-Jones-300x300.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="300" \/> Jennifer \u201cTootie\u201d Jones[\/caption]\r\n\r\nBiesemeyer later joined the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in 2008 where, as director of International Studies, she created a program giving third- and fourth-year medical students one-month rotations in Sierra Leone, South Africa, and Tanzania, as well as another program allowing rising second-year students to work with doctors in the country. In May 2019 Biesemeyer retired from the osteopathic school and is now focused on Anir full time, providing similar programs to other colleges, medical schools, private organizations, and individuals.\r\n\r\nJennifer \u201cTootie\u201d Jones is an advocate for the positive impact agriculture and food production can have in West Virginia. In the \u201990s, she revitalized her grandparents\u2019 Greenbrier Valley property into Swift Level Farm. She brought back the cattle that once roamed the hills and raised them to produce grass-finished beef. In 2017, she opened Swift Level Fine Meats in an outlet in Fairlea to retail local meats and prepared foods. In only two years since then, the shop has expanded its team, added fresh seafood, and increased its offerings of cured and smoked meats. Some of Jones\u2019s customers travel two hours distance to purchase her quality food products. But nothing beats the mornings when she wakes up on the farm, close to the homes where her children and grandchildren live. Jones\u2019s recipe for success is, \u201cWhen times get challenging, remember the strongest thing we can do in the world is to give and be generous.\u201d\r\n\r\nAndrea \u201cAndy\u201d Pendleton grew up learning to respect and accommodate people when she worked in her family\u2019s discount stores across Rainelle. Through volunteer work, Pendleton saw a need for more leadership in town and after being unanimously selected by her community, Mayor Pendleton became the town\u2019s first female mayor in 2011.\r\n\r\nBecoming mayor came with serious challenges. Rainelle was hit hard by the derecho in 2012 and severe flooding in 2016. But Pendleton\u2019s hard-working charisma embodied Rainelle\u2019s motto: \u201cA town built to carry on.\u201d She went right to work cleaning up debris and helping her constituents get back to life as they knew it. \u201cJust do it, and get it done. That\u2019s all I\u2019ve ever known,\u201d says Pendleton.\r\n\r\nAfter working with Appalachia Service Project for new housing and cleaning up the town\u2019s signage, Mayor Pendleton decided early this year it\u2019s time for her to retire and get back to her family. In July 2019, Governor Jim Justice named her a Distinguished West Virginian, one of many honors Pendleton has received in her public life.