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Articles from September 26, 2008

50 Making a Difference: Jeanne Gillert, the Anne & Henry Zarrow Foundation, Tulsa
Jeanne Gillert is grants manager for The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, The Maxine and Jack Zarrow Family Foundation and The Zarrow Families Foundation. Gillert has a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Tulsa and a master's in human...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Andrea Chancellor, Public Service Co. of Oklahoma
Andrea Chancellor, a veteran in the field of corporate public relations and journalism, said the values she learned as a young Girl Scout in Muskogee still guide her today.Scouting taught her the value of working in teams, including everyone in the process...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Angela L. West, CB Richard Ellis/ Oklahoma Real Estate
Upon reaching their 40th birthday, many people begin slowing down their exercise routine. Not so for Angela West, who instead purchased a road bike and began a rigorous training schedule in order to compete in back-to-back 100-K rides for Tulsa Tough....
50 Making a Difference Profile: April Sellers White, Creek County District Court Judge
After nearly 25 years as the first and only female district judge, April Sellers White is proud that the people of Creek County - both young and old - not only think having a woman judge is possible, but is normal and good for the people of the county.Entering...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Ashley Christofferson-Cunningham, Brass Brick Homes in OKC
"Diversity is something you live, not just talk about," according to Ashley Christofferson-Cunningham, co-owner and president of brass brick homes. That statement holds true not only for her professional life, but her personal life as well. She and her...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Avis Scaramucci, Nonna's Euro- American Ristorante and Bar/Painted Door
Avis Scaramucci, a music major, wife, and mother, had always dreamed of owning her own shop -- an exclusive place filled with favorite, hand-selected merchandise that could be enjoyed in the seclusion of private, wonderful moments. Her dream became a...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Brooke Smith Murphy, OKC
Though few women were entering the legal profession in the 1960s, Brooke Smith Murphy was determined to follow in her father's footsteps. The late Homer Smith was an attorney and district judge in Oklahoma County for many years.After earning her bachelor's...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Carole A. Kenner, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Carole Kenner's contributions to the medical profession have earned her the nickname of 'mother of neonatal nursing.' She entered the profession as a nurse and is now a professor and industry leader on neonatal nursing and policy development.Kenner is...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Carol J. Gray, the Children's Center, Bethany
Born and reared in Lookeba, Okla., Carol Gray comes from a family of farmers and talented musicians. As a young girl, she traveled the nation singing gospel music. By 18, she was a national talent winner with two gospel music albums under her belt.While...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Carolynn Caudill, Oklahoma County Clerk's Office
Carolynn Caudill has more than 27 years of experience in county and state government. Since 1996, she has served as Oklahoma County clerk. Prior to her current role, she spent 11 years as county clerk for Kiowa County and six years working in the State...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Carolyn Stager, Oklahoma Municipal League Exec. Director
"Experience has taught me that our success in life stems not from the hands we're dealt, but from the way we play them."Carolyn Stager knows what she's talking about. The newly appointed executive director of Oklahoma's Municipal League spent four years...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Carolyn Taylor, Ph.D., Assoc. Professor at Rogers State University
Oklahoma's 2007 centennial was a special year for Carolyn Taylor on many levels. The fifth-generation Oklahoman and former state representative from Norman had her book, Voices from the Heartland, named as an official centennial project and a finalist...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Celine B. Ferguson, Coppermark Bank, OKC
Giving 110 percent in everything you do is something Celine Ferguson learned at a very young age from her father, who rose from an immigrant tailor from Scotland to become one of the world- renowned tailors in the United States. "It is through the application...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Cheryl Steele, Ph.D., University of Central Oklahoma
If your Oklahoma public education left you well-prepared for adult life, you may want to thank Cheryl Steele. With a lengthy list of accomplishments and leadership roles, Steele has had a major influence on Oklahoma's educational system, on both the...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Dana L. Birkes, the Flintco Companies Inc. in Tulsa
Dana Birkes describes herself as "a total geek that is endlessly fascinated with how things work, history and with people." Birkes' colleagues portray her as a devoted and enthusiastic leader; committed professional, mentor and mother with a good sense...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Debbie Harrison, Oklahoma Environmental Management Authority
Debbie Harrison sums up her personal philosophy in one word - empowerment. The director of community relations for the Oklahoma Environmental Management Authority is determined to empower her family, co-workers, friends, acquaintances and even total...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Deborah M. Horrocks, Hertz Corp./ Abacus Realty, OKC
Deborah M. Horrocks has worked as everything from substitute teacher to office manager and assistant credit manager for a chain of jewelry stores to even operator of a hot dog cart. "Growing Incredible Edibles from a hot dog cart to a 'Fun Food' business...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Elaine A. Lyons, South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce
Elaine Lyons considers her most significant professional accomplishment to be the restructuring and general leadership development required to stabilize the South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce.As president and CEO of the chamber, Lyons said she has...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Elizabeth A. Nalley, Cameron University, Lawton
Those who can - do, and they also teach, at least if you're Dr. Elizabeth Nalley. Serving as a chemistry professor at Cameron University for the past 39 years is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Nalley's influence on past and future generations."Dr....
50 Making a Difference Profile: Elizabeth Tyrell, McAfee & Taft Law Firm, OKC
As director and shareholder for McAfee & Taft - one of the largest and most prestigious law firms in Oklahoma - Elizabeth Tyrrell would seem to have enough on her plate to keep anyone busy. Yet this mother of three is notable not only for her career...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Freda D. Deskin, Ph.D., OKC
Inspired by a handful of her favorite teachers and professors, Freda Deskin set out to make a difference in the lives of her students and the educational field as a whole. Task accomplished.As a leader in education for more than 35 years, Deskin taught...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Janet "Jan" L. Peery, YWCA Oklahoma City
Since joining the staff at YWCA Oklahoma City in 1997, Jan Peery's responsibilities have expanded from grants administrator, to programs director to her current position as CEO. During that time she has built a reputation as a strong advocate for women,...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Janet K. Levit, University of Tulsa College of Law
Personal and professional success rest on three basic principles: excellence, decency and community. These values are the bedrock from which I intend to build the best law school in the region." It's a bold statement, but Janet Levit is in a position...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Janice S. Drewry, Star Performance Inc. in Lawton
Janice S. Drewry takes a hands-on approach to solving problems.When companies she hired as vice president of sales and marketing in the hotel industry failed to provide satisfactory results, she decided to start her own company in 1995. Lawton-based...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Jennifer Anderson, ASE Productions Inc
Jennifer Anderson grew up with her father's entrepreneurial spirit and her mother's high standards. Her father's favorite axiom, "Plan your work and work your plan," is the driving force behind her career. "At 76, he is still actively running a business...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Karen E. Langdon, Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma
Combining her passions for law and social work, Karen E. Langdon serves as pro bono coordinator at Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma. The group provides legal services to the poor.Langdon's role is to recruit outside attorneys to donate their time to assist...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Kay Martin, Francis Tuttle Technology Center, OKC
Kay Martin, CEO and superintendent of Francis Tuttle Technology Center, is recognized both statewide and nationally as a leader in CareerTech education. She has even been called one of the system's female trailblazers. When she was named to her current...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Laura W. Boyd, Policy & Performace Consultants Inc. in OKC
Laura Boyd's father, a pastor and a leader in the civil rights movement in the '60s, instilled in her the importance of helping make the world a better place - free of bigotry and prejudice."Carrying that vision and mentoring others in all I do is my...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Liz Hunt, Hunt Media & Marketing, Tulsa
When you read the resume of public relations executive Liz Hunt, it feels like reading a "who's who" of Tulsa philanthropy. As the principal and owner of Hunt Media & Marketing, Hunt has been involved with a wide range of community and statewide organizations...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Lou Kerr, the Kerr Foundation, OKC
As an active leader in the community of Oklahoma City as well as the state of Oklahoma, Lou Kerr has committed her time and expertise to numerous organizations that correspond with her beliefs and expectations.She served as vice president of The Kerr...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Mary D. Blankenship Pointer, UMB Bank, OKC
Finance has been part of Mary Pointer's culture since her first job in the Sears Credit Department. "My job provides me the opportunity to help people in many different ways. I am able to help fulfill their dreams."Pointer was appointed vice president...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Melanie A. MacDonald, World Neighbors, OKC
Melanie Macdonald, president and CEO of World Neighbors, has almost 30 years of experience in management and leadership in nonprofits.Immediately prior to joining the international development organization headquartered in Oklahoma City, Macdonald was...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Michelle Finch-Walker, Girls Gone Wine, Broken Bow
After years of working full-time with the Oklahoma Forest Heritage Center in Beaver's Bend State Park, Michelle Finch-Walker has decided to dedicate more of her time to the new business venture she started with two of her friends. Finch-Walker is co-owner...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Nellie Perry of Perry, Gentry, Perry and Marsh in Hobart, Oklahoma
At an age when most people would start thinking about retirement, Hobart's Nellie Perry started her second career. After taking the law school entrance exam (LSAT) at age 50 "just to see if she would pass," Perry ended up attending law school at the...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Noma D. Gurich, J.D., Oklahoma County District Court
Judge Noma Gurich did not come from a family of lawyers. In fact, she never even met a lawyer until she took a student assistant job with a political science professor at Indiana State University. She worked for the professor, W.I. Matthews, who was...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Pamela F. Troup, St. Anthony North Hospital
Through both her work as executive director of St. Anthony North and volunteer efforts with organizations like Central Oklahoma Turning Point, Pam Troup is committed to help improve the health of Oklahomans.Troup received her bachelor's degree in physical...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Retired Maj. Gen. LaRita A. Aragon, University of Okla
As a teacher and single mother in the late 1970s, LaRita Aragon found herself struggling to make a living for herself and her two daughters. An elder in her church knew she needed an extra job and recruited her to join the Air National Guard - the first...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Robyn Elliott-Scribner, the Chickasaw Nation
Oklahoma's Native American tribes have always been an integral part of the state's unique heritage, and their influence has never been more prevalent than today. Helping maximize that influence is Robyn L. Elliott-Scribner, administrator of the Division...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Robyn L. Ewing, Williams Companies, Tulsa
"Use life to provide something that outlasts it."That saying is one Robyn Ewing strives to live by in all aspects of her life - personal, professional and spiritual. "It is a simple but powerful reminder," said Ewing, who became the first woman on the...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Sen. Susan G. Paddack, Oklahoma State Senate
State Sen. Susan Paddack's personal philosophy is simple - "give people your best, all of the time." It's that attitude that has helped Paddack succeed throughout her career in education and now, in the state Legislature.Paddack graduated from the University...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Shannon Edwards, OKC
For Shannon Edwards, whose family's long-standing legal tradition dates back to before the 1880s, entering the legal profession was almost a given. Her father, grandfather, two great-grandfathers and two great-great-grandfathers all practiced law or...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Sheryl Colton, Colton & Associates PC in OKC
Sheryl Colton started a "one-woman" public accounting practice in November 1991 with 27 clients. Today, her practice has eight employees serving more than 500 small to medium-sized businesses in multiple states.Opening her own firm, Colton said offered...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Suzann M. Stewart, Tulsa Conv. & Visitors Bureau Exec. Director
For nearly 30 years, Suzann Stewart's career has focused on touting the benefits of her hometown of Tulsa. She began working for the Tulsa Convention Visitors Bureau and Tulsa Metro Chamber in 1979, moving up the ranks to the top position of executive...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Tammy L. Powell, St. Anthony Hospital, OKC
If there were an award given for multi-tasking, there's no doubt Tammy Powell would be among the top candidates. As a devoted mother, national health care advocate and executive vice president/CEO of St. Anthony Hospital, it's not uncommon for her to...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Terri L. White, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse
As commissioner of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS), Terri White's goal is to lead Oklahoma to become the first state in the nation where everyone with a mental illness or addiction has the opportunity to...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Terry Stuart Forst, 7S Stuart Ranch, Caddo and Waurika
Terry Stuart Forst has always been passionate about horses. As a child, she requested toy horses instead of dolls and still has the beautiful wooden stable complete with leather saddles and bridles that her mother gave her.Her passion has turned into...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Toni L. Pickle, Kingfisher-Based Pioneer Telephone Cooperative Inc
Since joining Pioneer Telephone Cooperative as a telephone operator in 1990, Toni Pickle's leadership abilities have helped push her way up the corporate ladder. Today, she serves as manager of rural education and economic development for the Kingfisher-...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Umi Kaur Chahal, Choice Home Health/ Hospice in OKC
Umi Chahal knew she wanted a career in the health care industry since she was a young girl growing up in India. After earning her bachelor's and master's degrees in nutrition and dietetics at Delhi University's Lady Irwin College, the then 22- year-old...
50 Making a Difference: Sister Mary Clare Buthod, Monte Cassino School in Tulsa
Sister Mary Clare Buthod, who entered the monastery at age 17, always knew she wanted to dedicate her life to Jesus.After graduating from Mount St. Scholastics College in Atchison, Kan., Buthod began her education career teaching at Tulsa's Monte Cassino...
A New Group Singing Old-Fashioned Music in OKC
Ben Whitney needs just one more thing to have the perfect barbershop quartet."We're on the hunt for straw boater hats," he said. "I have three but we need four."Whitney, a tenor, is the patriarch of the newly minted Vested Interest barbershop quartet,...
Aragon Takes Home 2008 Woman of the Year Honor in OKC
Retired Maj. Gen. LaRita A. Aragon received The Journal Record's 2008 Woman of the Year award Thursday night at the Cox Business Services Convention Center in Oklahoma City. Aragon was among 50 women honored at the 28th annual award presentation recognizing...
Commentary: Land Prices Increase in the Oklahoma City Area
In the more than 100 years since the land run forged Oklahoma, land continues to be one of the most valuable commodities, especially in the Oklahoma City area, where land sales have quietly continued to dominate the commercial real estate landscape over...
Custom Green Home Sprouting in Mesta Park in OKC
Tracey and Andy Zeeck can relate to Kermit the Frog, who may have been on to something when he sang about how it ain't easy being green. The Zeecks are building their own environmentally friendly or "green" home in the Mesta Park neighborhood. The specifications...
Kansas Mulls Wind Power Transmission Proposals
Kansas state Rep. Carl Holmes, R-Liberal, prefers the kind of problems he's got now over the kind that dogged Kansas officials before 2004. Just a few years ago, the state had a problem finding anybody willing to build the transmission infrastructure...
Lee R. Denney, D.V.M., Veterinary Medical Associates Inc./Oklahoma House of Representatives
"You must be the change you want to see in the world." - Mahatma GandhiIt is this philosophy that led Lee R. Denney to aspire to add the role of Oklahoma state representative to her duties. "I believe we need to focus inward and make changes and build...
New Outdoor Stage Broadens Downtown Tulsa Venue Options
A powered outdoor stage in the shadow of Oklahoma's third- tallest skyscraper promises new entertainment opportunities for downtown Tulsa - and potential twists for Mayfest and other mainstay events."It opens up all kinds of possibilities for all kinds...
OKC Events: September 26, 2008
No, that's not a new country, Warshawski. That's Sara Paretsky, the woman who writes those great V.I. Warshawski detective novels. She's coming to Tulsa Oct. 11 for a free conversation/book signing and for a not-free dinner and speech.The freebie will...
Okla. Banking Officials: Okla. Banks Are Strong
Roger Beverage and Mick Thompson have been repeating the same mantra lately: Don't worry; Oklahoma's banks are financially strong. ... Or at least healthier than the norm right now.As the nation faces the collapse and bailout of some of its largest financial...
Okla. Energy Industry Officials: Companies Years Away from Shelf Drilling
Congress said this week it will allow its longtime offshore drilling ban in certain areas to expire at the end of the month, but don't look for immediate action from oil companies, industry officials said Thursday.The U.S. House of Representatives indicated...
Only One Summit to Go: Edmond Doctor Climbs Tallest Peaks
Douglas Beall has the money, the time, and most importantly, the desire to reach the tallest points in the world.The radiologist at Edmond Medical Center and Oklahoma Spine Hospital is one climb away from having accomplished a longtime goal.Serious mountaineers...
These Walls: Stillwater National Bank - Tulsa
Originally resisted by surrounding residents, one of Tulsa's most successful infill projects will mark its 10th anniversary in January.But its most beloved feature will not hit that milestone for another two years.Although artist Kathy Barnard started...