50 Making a Difference Profile: Penny Voss, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation

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"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 philosophy from her running.

"It takes a great deal of commitment and dedication to train for marathons, but it is truly rewarding every time I cross that finish line," said Voss, who has finished all seven of the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathons and has dreams of qualifying for the Boston Marathon.

It is that same hard work and dedication that Voss utilizes in her professional development career.

Voss recently joined the staff of the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF) as vice president of development. Before that, she spent five years in the same position with the Dean McGee Eye Institute. She also previously worked as director of donor services for the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, executive director for the St. Anthony Hospital Foundation, director of development for the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, director of corporate/foundation relations for the University of Oklahoma and director of development for the Oklahoma Arts Institute.

"Her remarkable career has generated support for initiatives that represent the best of human experience and endeavor - the inspiration that comes from great music and art, the relief of suffering provided by health care, the promise of a brighter future through higher education, and the hope that research will lead to a world in which diseases are eliminated," said Stephen Prescott, president of OMRF.

A certified fundraising executive, Voss has a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Central Oklahoma. …