2014 Newsmakers and Saidie Recipients


EILEEN BRADSHAW is the Executive Director of the Community Food Bank, the largest private hunger-relief organization in Eastern Oklahoma. Formerly with Emergency Infant Services, Bradshaw orchestrates the provision of food to those in need via pantries, soup kitchens or other programs.


STATE REPRESENTATIVE JEANNIE McDANIEL was formerly with the Citizens Crime Commission and coordinated Alert Neighbors and Crime Stoppers with the Tulsa Police Department. In 1991 she created the Mayor’s Office for Neighborhoods to empower neighborhoods to grow strong, safe, healthy and vibrant.


WENDY THOMAS is the Executive Director of Leadership Tulsa. Under her leadership, countless community needs and issues have been brought to the forefront — most notably the formation of Clarehouse, a non-profit, short-term, end-of-life care facility.

2014 Saidie Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient


JANET PEARSON is the former Associate Editor of the Tulsa World, having recently retired after a 40-year career. She has covered many difficult issues including insurance parity for mental-health conditions, early childhood education, domestic violence, tax reform, and many articles on various reproductive rights issues.