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Articles from September 21, 2007

50 Making a Difference: Ann C. Owens, Eastern Oklahoma State College Foundation
Ann Owens' role model as a young child was her grandmother, who showed her the importance of giving back to the community. "She worked hard and never complained. She took me along so I 'helped' too. She was not a rich person, monetarily speaking, but...
50 Making a Difference: Celine B. Ferguson, Coppermark Bank
Giving 110 percent in everything you do is something Celine Ferguson learned at a very young age from her father. "It is through the application of this personal philosophy in my life that I have been able to take on many leadership roles not only in...
50 Making a Difference: Mary Fallin, U.S. House of Representatives
Mary Fallin has been blazing the political and history trails in Oklahoma since 1994 when she was elected the state's first woman and first Republican lieutenant governor. Last year, her streak continued when she became the first woman from Oklahoma...
50 Making a Difference: Miki M. Farris, Infant Crisis Services Inc
Miki Farris took her passion of loving to hold and help babies and turned it into a full-time profession with Infant Crisis Services. As a member of the founding Sunday school class and now the executive director, she has watched the class project grow...
50 Making a Difference: Nancy E. Harris, Tulsa Metro Chamber
Through both her career as a teacher and her role with the Tulsa Metro Chamber, Susan Harris has stressed the importance of education. "There is nothing more important to a community than education," said Harris, who through her job at the chamber, serves...
50 Making a Difference: Nancy K. Hall
Nancy Hall's workplace allows her to combine her love for family and community service with her professional contributions to science serving as a mentor to her students and faculty. As the Oklahoma Women in Medicine liaison with the Association of American...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Anne Holzberlein, University of Central Oklahoma Foundation
Anne Holzberlein laughs that she now gets paid to do what she did for years as a volunteer. The stewardess, turned mom, turned interior designer, is now a professional philanthropist. Today she is president of the University of Central Oklahoma Foundation."The...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Ann Hundley Hoover, Founder of Hoover Protocol & Etiquette Centre
Ann Hoover's diverse professional experience includes everything from fashion and entertaining to working as a research assistant, elementary school teacher and entrepreneur. A native of North Carolina, Hoover graduated from St. Mary's Junior College...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Avis Scaramucci, Nonna's Euro- American Ristorante & Bar and 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 reality...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Betty J. Harris, University of Oklahoma
Betty Harris received her bachelor's degree in anthropology from Brandeis University and her master's and doctoral degrees in anthropology from Brown University. She was the director of women's studies for 15 years and is professor of anthropology and...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Beverley Greenwood-Van Meerveld, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
It's no secret that Oklahoma's biotechnology industry is booming, and Dr. Beverley Greenwood-Van Meerveld is a big part of the reason why. The internationally known scientist has played an enormous role in bringing research funding to the state, in promoting...
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."I have been...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Catherine R. O'Connor, the City of Oklahoma City
Catherine O'Connor, assistant city manager for the City of Oklahoma City, knew she wanted a career in the public sector since she started college."I believe local government is closest to people and has the biggest impact on the quality of people's lives,"...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Christy Blair, East Main Place
Few things are more traumatizing than being homeless, with literally no place to sleep at night.That's a nightmare fewer Oklahomans have to experience, thanks to the tireless efforts of Christy Blair, executive director of East Main Place homeless shelter...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Cindy L. Batt, Arvest Bank
Cindy Batt, a corporate division manager with Arvest Bank, partly attributes her successful banking career to the education she received at Harrah High School. Batt, who first entered the financial industry as a bank teller while still in high school,...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Debbie Harrison, Russell-Murray Hospice
Debbie Harrison sums up her personal philosophy in one word - empowerment. The director of community service for Russell-Murray Hospice is determined to empower her family, co-workers, friends, acquaintances and even total strangers."It is important...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Dee Blose, Canadian County's Youth & Family Services
Dee Blose has always been a fan of numbers, but a career crunching them wasn't to be her fate. The former tax accountant's life was profoundly changed when her second child, David, was diagnosed with autism. In the struggle to understand and find help...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Edie S. Roodman, Jewish Federation of Oklahoma City
The lyrics of Lee Ann Womack's song I Hope You Dance resonate the personal philosophy of Edie Roodman, whose wish is to live her life to its fullest with total abandon.From her many journeys to Israel, first as a volunteer in a farming village and then...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Erin Donovan, Attorney at Law
She's already a hero to many Oklahomans, but attorney Erin Donovan became a hero to one particular elderly woman in Tulsa last year, when she helped apprehend two purse-snatchers who had assaulted and robbed the senior citizen. Chasing after the thieves...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Gail B. Wynne, Carlisle Collection
Gail Wynne said she owes her optimistic outlook to her parents, former Oklahoma Gov. and U.S. Sen. Henry Bellmon and Shirley Osborn Bellmon."Though I did not get to choose them, I was blessed with parents who gave new meaning to eternally optimistic....
50 Making a Difference Profile: Gayle L. Barrett, Crowe & Dunlevy PC
Having a mother whose love for family and friends was "without limits" was the guiding force behind Gayle Barrett, as she built her career and family life as a successful attorney and stepmother to four sons. "Her spirituality and belief in God persisted...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Jackye L. Ward, Valley View Regional Hospital
Jackye Ward grew up with great apprehension of hospitals, like many people do. As a young child, she remembered visiting her mother after she had surgery. "They brought her down to visit us in the lobby. We were not allowed to touch her and I can still...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Jan A. Moss, Center for Interdisciplinary Learning and Leadership, OUHSC
Jan Moss, a mother of two children with significant disabilities, offers an excellent perspective in her job as director of Community Leadership and Advocacy for the Center for Learning and Leadership, Oklahoma's Center for Excellence on Development...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Jari Askins, State of Oklahoma
"Stand for something or you will fall for anything."That is one of the three main beliefs instilled in Lt. Gov. Jari Askins and her siblings by her parents. "My personal goal is 'to treat other people as I want to be treated.' This has been my philosophy...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Kathy Walbert Walker, City of Nichols Hills
Although she had worked on various political campaigns through the years, Kathy Walker never thought about running for office herself. That is until the day former Nichols Hills Mayor Ann Taylor knocked on her door."She asked me whether or not I would...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Kim Owen, QuikTrip Corp
Go to Kim Owen's office and you're sure to find two things - Post- it notes attached to her computer that read "Do the right thing" and "Stand up for what's right.""They've been on my computer for more than 10 years and I've had to replace them on occasion...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Laura W. Boyd, Ph.D., Policy & Performance Consultants Inc
Laura Boyd considers her father as one of the major influences in her life. A pastor and a leader in the civil rights movement in the '60s, "his love and values instilled in my life the centrality of my faith, my family and my obligation to serve those...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Lauren White, Oklahoma League for the Blind
Lauren White received her dual bachelor's degree in business administration and accounting from Texas A&M University in the mid- '80s. The certified public accountant worked for American Candy Co. and Williams Marketing Group before joining the staff...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Linda Dzialo, Ph.D., Lawton Public Schools
"No child left behind" is more than just a campaign slogan, it's a way of life for Lawton's Dr. Linda Dzialo. The self-described "military brat" grew up in Fort Sill and as deputy superintendent for Lawton Public Schools, she is dedicated to helping...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Lou Kerr, the Kerr Foundation Inc
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: Marnie K. Ducato, Rex Public Relations
Marnie Ducato's love for the community led to a decade of nonprofit work before joining Rex Public Relations as the vice president of communications. Since she has been with Rex, she has helped work on several community projects such as river development,...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Martha A. Burger, Chesapeake Energy Corp
Deciding to change career paths in her late 20s has proven to be one of the best decisions Martha Burger has made. The switch allowed the young medical technologist to grow into one of the highest executive positions of any other woman in the independent...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Mary Blankenship Pointer, UMB Bank
Finance became 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."Today Pointer is vice president at UMB...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Melanie A. Macdonald, World Neighbors
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, Oklahoma Forest Heritage Center
Michelle Finch-Walker truly believes she found her calling as director of the Oklahoma Forest Heritage Center in Beaver's Bend State Park. For Finch-Walker, who has always been drawn to anything that involved people, working with thousands of tourists,...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Norma L. Noble, Oklahoma Department of Commerce
"I choose to live so that it will matter that I was."That is the personal philosophy of Norma Noble, deputy secretary of commerce for work force development for the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. In this role, Noble has helped build a culture of collaboration...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Patrice Douglas, SpiritBank
Patrice Douglas' passion is helping the youth of Oklahoma and the nation."My mother taught me that one person can make a difference, and was someone who made a positive difference in the lives of children, by founding UR Special Ministries. From her...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Penny Voss, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation
"The first step is always the hardest!"That is the philosophy Penny Voss applies to her life when facing a new challenge whether it be in her personal or professional endeavors.Voss, who has completed 14 marathons during the last few years, took her...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Robin Flint Ballenger, Flintco Companies Inc
Wilma Mankiller may have the more famous name, but Tulsa's own Robin Ballenger has carved an equally distinguished niche for herself in the Cherokee Nation, Tulsa and Oklahoma communities. As the third-generation owner of the nearly century-old Flintco...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Roxana Lorton, Volunteer Leader
Roxana Lorton, who has dedicated her life to volunteerism, has long been a major force not only in the Tulsa community but across the state and nation as well.A graduate of the University of Tulsa, Lorton is married to Robert E. Lorton Jr., trustee,...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Sandi J. Liles, Mutual of Omaha
Sandi Liles' leadership abilities in her career as well as community involvement have helped pave the way for women in Woodward.When Liles moved to Woodward in 1980 as a young professional, women in leadership roles in community organizations were nonexistent....
50 Making a Difference Profile: Shannon L. Nance, Oklahoma Heritage Association
Shannon Nance considers her role in leading one of the state's oldest and most distinguished associations during Oklahoma's centennial and helping to create a museum dedicated to the state's incredible people as her greatest honors."Since the Gaylord-Pickens...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Sherrel Jones, Just Delicious!
Sherrel Jones' passion for food and entrepreneurial spirit led the former teacher to open Enid's foremost cooking school - Just Delicious! Since its opening 10 years ago, nearly 900 cooks have passed through the doors."I love watching the lights turn...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Sherry Howell, Education Motivation/ Howell and Associates
Sherry Howell knew she wanted to teach since she was in kindergarten. After graduating from high school, she kept that dream alive and completed her bachelor's in education from the University of Central Oklahoma.While teaching in public and private...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Suzann M. Stewart, Tulsa Metro Chamber/Tulsa Convention & Visitors Bureau
Suzann Stewart became a professional musician while still in high school, a line of work she continued even after obtaining her degree in music education and teaching in the Tulsa Public School system in the mid-1970s.After singing with some famous artists...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Terri L. White, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse
Her predecessor calls Terri White a "real champion of the people."As the youngest commissioner in the history of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS), the 33-year-old White's goal is to lead Oklahoma to become...
50 Making a Difference Profile: The Honorable Judge Valerie K. Couch, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma
When it comes to the old fable about the tortoise and the hare, Judge Valerie Couch's money is on the tortoise. After eight years as a federal magistrate judge for the U.S. District Court and more than 16 years as an attorney in Oklahoma City, "the happiest...
50 Making a Difference Profile: Yvonne Hovell, East Tulsa Dodge
Yvonne Hovell knew her scholastic abilities would allow her to achieve a pharmacy degree and even to attain a master's in public health. What she didn't know was that life circumstances would ultimately lead to a change in her career path. "It was my...
50 Making a Difference: Robyn Elliott, 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, administrator of the Division of Communications...
50 Making a Difference: Victoria Guilfoil, DVM, U.S. Department of Agriculture
If you looked up the word "perseverance" in the dictionary, odds are you might see Dr. Victoria Guilfoil's picture attached. Following the example of her indomitable widowed grandmother, the single mother of three turned her life around against formidable...
Arkansas Homebuilder Moves into New OKC Office
An Arkansas homebuilder with operations in Oklahoma City and Tulsa has built a new office in Oklahoma City.Rausch Coleman Homes has been in Oklahoma City for about three years and recently moved into a 5,500-square-foot brick building at 4420 E. I-240...
CEO of OKC-Based Chesapeake Energy Fires Back at Connecticut Governor
Chesapeake Energy CEO Aubrey McClendon on Thursday called for an apology from Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell over comments she made last week regarding the price of natural gas.Rell's comments came in a letter addressed to chairmen and ranking members...
Commentary: Lot Lines: Decreasing Concessions
As the single-family housing market in Oklahoma City continues to experience a slight slowdown in activity, local apartment communities are starting to reap benefits as some tenants are beginning to trickle back into apartment rental units. Over the...
Director Lauds PGA Tourney's Tulsa Success
If you thought the PGA had completed its work in Tulsa, think again.Stuffed boxes probably outnumber staff members at its Southern Hills Golf Course trailer office by 30 to one, with but two of the 10 Professional Golfers' Association employees still...
EEOC Sues TV Station on Reporter's Behalf
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed suit Wednesday in federal court alleging that KOKH, Channel 25, and its parent company discriminated against reporter Phyllis Williams based on both race and gender.The EEOC complaint contends that...
Exhibit Celebrates Oklahoma's Chinese Heritage
As Oklahoma celebrates its centennial, Tinny Chang thought 2007 presented a great opportunity to highlight the contributions of the Chinese community to the state.Chang, president of the Oklahoma Chinese Cultural Foundation, said that last May she approached...
GBR Starts South Tulsa Office Park with $1.1 Million Headquarters
GBR Properties of Tulsa intends to build its $1.1 million headquarters to launch the 27,750-square-foot The Offices at Walnut Creek.Preliminary plans before the Tulsa Metropolitan Planning Commission call for construction of five buildings on 2.78 acres...
OKC-Based Boldt Construction to Build Oklahoma's 1st Commercial Ethanol Facility
The Southern Operations Headquarters of Boldt Construction Co. in Oklahoma City was selected on Thursday by Oklahoma Ethanol LLC to build the state's first commercial ethanol facility.Boldt will build the plant on 240 acres in Blackwell, which is on...
OKC Events: September 21, 2007
Main Street Jenks will be transformed into a celebration of art and creativity Oct. 13 at the fourth annual "Art on Main - A Celebration of Oklahoma Art and Music." Free and open to the public, the celebration draws visitors from all over Oklahoma to...
Oklahoma House Study Looks at Merchants' High Credit Card Fees
Europeans don't have to put up with high credit card interchange fees, Steve James, chief financial officer for OnCue Marketing, told lawmakers on Thursday. But American merchants have to give up as much as 3 percent of the sale price paid by customers...
Okla. State University Professor Makes Case for Manure as Energy Resource
Agriculture Economist Michael Dicks doesn't try to sidestep manure. He heads right for it, and believes the federal government should as well.The Oklahoma State University professor told the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works earlier...
Tribe Had Right to Seize Car, Rules 10th Circuit
The tribal court of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation had the authority to order seizure of a vehicle, drugs and cash in a casino parking lot, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held Wednesday, overturning a lower court ruling against the tribe."(W)e hold...
Tulsa Businesswoman Robin Flint Ballenger Is Journal Record's Woman of the Year
Tulsa businesswoman Robin Flint Ballenger received The Journal Record's 2007 Woman of the Year award Thursday night in front of about 800 people at the Cox Business Services Convention Center in Oklahoma City. Ballenger was among 50 finalists honored...