Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Tulsa Women Picked for 21st Annual Pinnacle Awards

The 21st annual Pinnacle Awards will be presented by the Mayor's Commission on the Status of Women and the Tulsa Women's Foundation at a dinner March 11 in Tulsa. This year's honorees and their category of honor are:

Carol Axley, education. Axley is a student advocate at East Central High School. She has been instrumental in establishing collaborative relationships among students, parents and the school community in order to improve the educational experience.

Carla Lawson, health. Lawson is the executive director of Ability Resources. The Tulsa organization assists people with what some call disabilities attain and maintain their personal independence through advocacy, education and service.

Karen Schafer, business. Schafer is president of Tulsa Global Alliance, a group whose mission is focused on promoting world peace and understanding of different cultures through education and advocacy.

Virginia "Ginny" Le Doux, arts and humanities. Le Doux is a middle school teacher at Holland Hall and executive director of the Tulsa Children's Chorus. She is known for her dedication to children's involvement and access to the arts.

Glenda Love, community service. Love is the executive director of the Tulsa Ronald McDonald House, which provides shelter and hope for ill children and their families. Barbara Santee, spirit. Santee has advocated for women's health and social justice issues for three decades.

Carmela Hill, rising star. Hill is an executive assistant with the Bank of Oklahoma. In addition to playing a key role in the bank's adoptive relationship with Emerson Elementary School, Hill also does volunteer work for groups such as the American Red Cross, the Oklahoma Blood Institute and Junior Achievement. She also is diversity crew leader with the Tulsa Young Professionals and spent considerable time on last fall's river development effort.

Mayor Kathy Taylor also is scheduled to receive a special Pinnacle Award for her leadership during last month's ice storm.

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