eastern areaTulsa-area women in communications honored at Newsmakers Awards Luncheon

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This years two $1,000 scholarships went to Stephanie K. Taylor and Rachel Noland, both from OSU.

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She was the 2008 Tulsa Metro Chamber Minority Small Business Champion. She also serves on the Susan G. Komen Foundations American Indian/Alaska Native National Advisory Council.

eastern areaTulsa-area women in communications honored at Newsmakers Awards Luncheon,Those recognized at the Tulsa Chapter of the Association for Women in Communications annual Newsmakers Awards luncheon at Southern Hills Country Club were honored for doing what they do best – communicate.

Proceeds from the Newsmakers Awards luncheon will provide scholarships for journalism students and fund a number of community projects.

The Tulsa World was a Headliners Round Table spoeastern area health education centernsor.

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Others in the crowd included Nancy Vaughn, Sally Frazier, Sandra Rudd, Helen Jo Hardwick, Ken Busby, Ginny Creveling, Susan Cashon, Jennifer Carthel, Amanda Boyaci, Deb Worthington, Barbara Ebersole, Debbie Jackson, Ziva Branstetter, Amanda Houk-Copley, Ashley Parrish and Laura McIntosh.

Carmelita Skeeter has served as the CEO of the Indian Health Care Resource Center of Tulsa Inc. since 1989. She is recognized as one of Oklahomas most distinguished first ladies of health and, during the past year, has overseen a 26,000-square-foot expansion and 14,000-square-foot remodeling at the center.

Saidie Award winner Missy Kruse, APR, president of Write-Co., has 40 years of experience in the communications business including work as a public relations consultant, magazine editor and writer, news reporter, and grant writer. For longtime client Langdon Publishing, Kruse served as editor of the companys national award-winning flagship publication, TulsaPeople, for nearly 10 years. Named the 2010 Public Relations Professional of the Year by the Tulsa Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, Kruse also has won two PRSA Silver Links, the groups top award.

Missy Kruse, president of Write-Co., was the recipient for the Saidie Lifetime Achievement Award.

Karen Morgan, retired CEO of Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma, led the organization in countering Oklahomas high female incarceration trend by implementing the Girl Scouts Beyond Bars program. During her tenure as CEO of Girl Scouts Magic Empire Council and then CEO of Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma, the Girl Scouts income increased by 123 percent from 2002-2010. Morgan is vice president of the Oklahoma Womens Coalition board of directors, a statewide board to improve the status of women in Oklahoma.

Morgan was joined by her daughters Misha Cain and Jennifer Keglovits, and sister and brother-in-law Patricia and Palmer Gray.

Publishers Round Table sponsors included Indian Health Care Resource Center, Public Service Co. of Oklahoma, Ruth K. Nelson, University of Tulsa, the Meeks Group and many more sponsors.

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Joining Kruse was her husband, Walter, her son Ben, and his fianc&233;e, Angela McCristian.

Channel 6s LeAnne Taylor was the emcee. Committee members included Pat Atkinson, Judy Arent-Morency, Kendra Blevins, Martha Cullinan Cantrell, Paula Cortner, Brandi Davidson, Roberta Frankhauser, Michelle Fourroux, Gretchen Haas-Betheeastern areaTulsa-area women in communications honored at Newsmakers Awards Luncheonl, Hannah Jackson, Molly Jarvis, Joy Jenkins, Debe Judah, Jane Mudgett, Robin Tilly, Beth Turner and Rachel Weaver.

Joining Skeeter were her husband, Andrew, sister and brother-in-law Willie Marie (Sunny) and Jim Marsh, sister Rosemary Massey, son and daughter-in-law David and Lisa Osburn, and sister Jeannie Van Veen.

Lorton was joined by her husband, Bob, their son, Bobby Lorton, their daughter Tracy Salisbury, John Bair, Susan Ellerbach, Kathryn Cooper, Vaughndean Fuller and Suzanne OBrien.

Awards luncheon co-chairwomen were Emily Bolusky and Sharla Null-Koob.

Honorees were community volunteer and philanthropist Roxana Lorton; Carmelita Skeeter, CEO of the Indian Health Care Resource Center of Tulsa Inc.; and Karen Morgan, retired CEO of Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma.

She is a member of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and the Tulsa Historical Societys Tulsa Hall of Fame, as well as a recipient of many other awards.

Proceeds from the luncheon will also be used to help the Tulsa AWC Professional Chapters Partners in Education Program with Webster High School in its broadcast journalism and digital media program.

Roxana Lorton has been a major force in the community, as well as across the state and nation. In addition to a long list of successful fundraising campaigns for various organizations, honors and awards, she and her husband, Bob, co-chair the University of Tulsas Embrace the Future Campaign, which has raised more than $600 million.

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