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Every year in May, the Tulsa Chapter honors women with the Newsmakers Award at the annual Newsmakers Award Luncheon, a prominent event for the Tulsa metropolitan community.

Newsmakers Award recipients are outstanding, selected women communicators who have been in the news in the recent past, contributed significantly to the advancement of women and are philosophically compatible with the goals of AWC. They must be Oklahoma residents and have not previously been a Newsmakers. 

At the Newsmakers luncheon, we also honor one woman with the Saidie Lifetime Achievement Award. The Award recipient must have made substantial contributions to Oklahoma during her career in the communications field.

Additionally, proceeds from the event provide AWC Rising Star Communicator scholarships to students pursuing communcations degrees and books for each Anderson Elementary School student.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our 46th annual Newsmakers Luncheon. We had a wonderful time honoring these extraordinary women: Teresa Knox, Marina Metevelis and Mimi Tarrasch.

Also, a big thank you to our generous 2019 sponsors who helped make this event such a success: Cherokee Nation Businesses, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma, Quik Print of Tulsa, Tulsa Community College, Williams, OSU Medicine, Indian Health Care Resource Center, AARP, Commerce Bank, Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO), Langdon Publishing, Resolute PR, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, M. Susan Savage, Freedom Electrical Services, Inc., GTR Newspapers and Oral Roberts University

We look forward to celebrating this event again in 2020!


Congratulations 2019 Newsmakers Award Winners: 
Teresa Knox, Marina Metevelis & Mimi Tarrasch 

AWC Tulsa Newsmakers at Southern Hills Country Club

Pictured Left: Mimi Tarrasch; Center: Marina Metevelis;
Right: Teresa Knox at 
Southern Hills Country Club, Tulsa, Oklahoma

AWC Tulsa Newsmakers Luncheon 2019 Video

 

Teresa Knox, Entrepreneur and Founder of Community HigherEd

Featured as one of 2017's Tulsans of the Year, Teresa Knox has continued to make press-worthy change in Tulsa throughout 2018. Her work has contributed to Tulsa’s music legacy and tourism through the revitalization of the historic Church Studio, the recording studio and home office to Leon Russell’s Shelter Records. Artists who recorded in Church Studio were award-winning talent such as Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Tom Petty, among others. In 2017 Church Studio was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. She has also been involved in developing the area around it. 

In addition,Teresa has been featured in the news for her purchase and restoration of Harwelden Mansion and plans to reopen it in 2019 as a premier event location and bed and breakfast.

In 1995 while working as a dental assistant, Teresa founded Community Care College after noticing a need for additional training options for skilled professionals. This was followed by Clary Sage College in 2004, and Oklahoma Technical College in 2009. All three are focused on helping students become self sufficient through entry level job skills and since 1995 have helped almost 10,000 students obtain an education. In 2015 she converted the colleges from a for-profit corporation to a public charity, 501(c)(3) called Community HigherEd.

Marina Metevelis, Tulsa's own Rosie the Riveter, historian, and longest serving TCC employee

At 96-years-old, Marina Metevelis was selected as one of four veterans to lead the 2018 Tulsa Veteran’s Day parade, “100 Years of Honor and Service." She is a leader and pioneer in the true spirit of female leadership, as demonstrated when wintry weather forced the cancellation of the Tulsa veteran’s parade, she still showed up, despite frigid temperatures.

Metevelis has played an important role in our country’s history. She is Tulsa’s own "Rosie the Riveter,” who built warplanes during World War II and one of only three original still living. Metevelis was just 16 years old and a high school senior when Pearl Harbor was bombed in 1941, thrusting the nation into war and her into a Boeing aircraft plant in Wichita, Kansas making B-17 Flying Fortress bombers. As a rivet inspector, she wore off the fingerprints on her right index finger and thumb by repeatedly running her fingers over a plane’s rivets.

Tulsa is fortunate to be the beneficiary of her legacy and continued community involvement. She is one of the original employees of what is now Tulsa Community College, working there for more than 45 years. Plus, she’s been a favorite storyteller of Tulsa’s underground history as a tour guide of the downtown tunnels.


Mimi Tarrasch, Chief Program Officer for Family & Children's Services Women in Recovery

Mimi Tarrasch is Chief Program Officer for Family & Children’s Services Women in Recovery that provides an alternative to incarceration for women facing long-term prison sentences. Tarrasch, a family and child advocate, has more than 35 years of experience working for non-profits.

Tarrasch has been part of the senior management team at F&CS for over 20 years and has led the development of the agency’s early childhood division and managed numerous programs and special projects. In 2009 she was chosen to develop and operate the new Women in Recovery program, working closely with the program’s primary funder, the George Kaiser Family Foundation. As a national leader for incarceration alternatives, Tarrasch works with judges, district attorneys, public defenders and social agencies to create better solutions for women entangled in the criminal justice system.

Most recently, the state of Oklahoma and F&CS entered into an innovative funding model, Pay for Success, a public private partnership to transform chronic social issues. The only contract of it kind in the U.S., Pay for Success is aimed at reducing Oklahoma’s female incarceration rate by investing in WIR. In 2017, Tarrasch was honored with a Madam President Award from the League of Women Voters of Tulsa.


Past Newsmakers Honorees

2019 - Current

Teresa Knox
Marina Metevelis
Mimi Tarrasch
2018

Anna America

Cindy Hulsey
Dr. Kayse Shrum

2017
Dr. Deborah A. Gist
Michelle Hardesty
Tina Pena
2016
Jill Donovan
Dr. Leigh Goodson
Katie L. Plohocky
2015
Alison Anthony
Mary Bishop-Baldwin
Sharon Bishop-Baldwin
Meredith Siegfried-Madden

2014
Eileen Bradshaw
Wendy Thomas
State Representative Jeannie McDaniel 

2013
Nancy McDonald
Dr. Barbara Santee
Shirley Elliott

2012
Mary Beth Babcock
Becky Frank
Susan Plank

2011
Roxana Lorton
Karen Morgan
Carmelita Skeeter

2010
Paula Marshall
Sen. Judy Eason McIntyre
Margarita Vega-Trevino
Teresa Valero

2009
Phyllis Dotson
Peggy Helmerich
Sister M. Therese Gottschalk
Lee Anne Zeigler

2008
Robin Ballenger
Nancy Day
Jami Fullerton

2007
Mayor Kathy Taylor
Lynn Schusterman
Leslie Paris

2006
Ginny Creveling
Susan Ellerbach
Susan Neal
Kelly Scott

2005
Representative Jari Askins
Leslie Penrose
LeAnne Taylor

2004
Rita Aragon
Teresa Miller
Angela Monson
Betty Price

2003
Lauren “Lo” Detrich
Marcia Manhart
Fran Ringold

2002
Dr. Cathy Burden
Rosalind Cook

2001
Carolyn Crawford
Dana Tiger
Patti Johnson Wilson

2000
Helen Jo Hardwick
Madeline Manning Mims
Mollie Williford
Eddie Faye Gates

1999
Kathleen Coan
Billie Letts
Linda Morrissey
Sheryl Siddiqui

1998
Mary Collins
Julie DelCour
Dianne Holmes-Jones
Judy MacLeod

1997
Janice Nicklas
Janet Pearson
Sister Sylvia Schmidt

1996
Gail Lapidus
Sharon King Davis
Barbara Gardner

1995
Aubyn Howe
Elisabeth (Liddy) Doenges
Claudette Selph

1994
Felicia Collins-Correia
Vicki Miles-LaGrange
Penny Painter

1993
Ada Sipuel Fisher
Shannon Miller
Susan Savage

1992
Anita Hill
Karen Keith
Susan Loving
Jill Zink Tarbel

1991
Hanna Diggs Atkins
Sandy Garrett
Deborah Shallcross

1990
Sally Dennison
Paulette Millichap
Angie Moore
Kara Gae Wilson

1989
Mary Martin
Ann Williams
Pat Woodrum

1988
Maxine Horner
Glenda Silvey
Montez Tjaden

1987
Helen Gates
Nancy Kachel
Sister Jean Marie
Wilma Mankiller

1986
Mary Caroline Cole
Beth Macklin
Aliene Murdock

1985 
Donna Nigh
Mother Grace Tucker
Alfre Woodard

1984
Eleanor Hill

1983
Julie Blakely
Wennette West Pegues
Penny Williams

1982
Carrie Barefoot Dickerson
S. E. Hinton
Alma Bell Wilson 

1981
Saidie Adwon
Helen Arnold
Katie Westby

1980
Cleta Deatheridge Mitchell
Kitty Roberts
Stephanie Seymour

1979
Dorothy Biery
Betty Boyd
Frances Leach

1978
Angie Debo
Patty Eaton
Moscelyn Larkin

1977
Jane Bloodgood
Nancy Lopez
Dale McNamara
Jane Wiseman

1976
Cecile Bales
Norma Eagleton
Jane Self

1974
Leta Chapman
Betsy Cullen
Phyllis Edmonds
Joan Flint
Paula Unruh

1973
Harriet Barclay
Nancy Feldman
Fanny Hill
Allie Beth Martin