Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women Honors Seven with Pinnacle Awards

COMMUNITY LEADERS: Recipients of this year’s Pinnacle Awards are, from left, Jean Neal, Sheri Curry, Kaylee Morrison, Milann Siegfried (accepting on behalf of Meredith Siegfried), Dr. Allyson Watson, Jan Slater and Joyce Bright.

The Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women has chosen seven women for Pinnacle Awards in 2015. Mayor Dewey F. Bartlett Jr. presented the awards at a reception on May 20.

“It’s important that we honor our community leaders who have distinguished themselves through achievement in their areas of expertise,” Mayor Bartlett says. “Through the Pinnacle Awards, we can show our young women in Tulsa some excellent examples of what they can aspire to in the future.”

Carmela Hill, co-chairman of the Pinnacle Awards and a previous Pinnacle winner, says, “I consider it a very high honor to help bestow this award on other deserving women in our community.”

The Pinnacle Awards recognize outstanding Tulsa-area women who are role models and demonstrate a commitment to issues that affect women and children. The 2015 Pinnacle Award recipients and their respective areas of achievement are listed below:

• Arts and Humanities: Jean Neal – Administrative Coordinator, John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Center
• Community Service: Joyce Bright – Retired Director, Salvation Army North Mabee Center
• Corporate: Meredith Siegfried – , Nordam
• Education: Allyson Watson, PhD – Assistant Dean, Northeast State University College of Education
• Health: Jan Slater – Executive Director, Oklahoma Center for Healthcare Improvement
• Rising Star: Kaylee Morrison, student
• Reducing Female Incarceration: Sheri Curry – volunteer instructor, David L. Moss Criminal Justice Center

The Pinnacle Award for “Reducing Female Incarceration” is a new award and was added to emphasize the work of the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women in this area. For the past two years, the Commission has chosen female incarceration as its area of focus.

The Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women was established in 1985 to provide women with a voice in government on issues that affect women, children and families in Tulsa.

Updated 05-26-2015

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