The Journal Record Woman of the Year 2010 -- 50 Making a Difference Profile: Robyn Sunday-Allen

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For Robyn Sunday-Allen and the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic, the bottom line is not revenue. The bottom line is healthier American Indians living in Oklahoma City.

A member of the Cherokee Nation, Sunday-Allen knew she wanted to work for the Indian Health system since she was a young child visiting the facilities with her grandparents. She earned her bachelor's degrees in psychology and nursing as well as a master of public health degree from the University of Oklahoma. She joined the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic in 1995 as a registered nurse. She was subsequently promoted to nurse manager of health services in 1997, to chief operating officer in 2001, and to chief executive officer in early 2009.

Balancing a demanding career with motherhood, Sunday-Allen said, is challenging.

"Sometimes it means getting up at 5 a.m. and getting back on the computer at 9 p.m.," she said. "It's never easy to carve out those precious few hours each day, but I am committed to what I call the 'sanctity of the household.' My own mother was a full-time social worker and was committed to maintaining a traditional Cherokee home in the modern era. She showed me that it was possible to make a difference in the world through a career while rearing a child in a way that instills the same desire of service of them. …