2013 Newsmakers and Saidie Recipients
NANCY McDONALD is an educator, school administrator and education consultant, community volunteer and advocate, known for her work supporting education, art, scouting, and the LGBT community. Over the last year, Nancy was honored by the Tulsa Metro Chamber for Partners in Education (PIE); received the League of Women Voters Pathfinder Award; spearheaded the SOARS camp at Jackson Elementary School, providing academic, athletic and art classes for low-income students as a result of Mayor Bartlett’s “Bridges of Faith to One Tulsa” initiative; and was the subject of an article that chronicles her involvement in PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays). She started the Tulsa PFLAG chapter and as president testified in front of Congress on the Defense of Marriage Act and the Employment Nondiscrimination Act. She is chair of PIE at her church, which works with three at-risk schools to provide needed supplies, support, transportation, advocacy and even clothing.
DR. BARBARA SANTEE is a long-time advocate on her behalf of women’s health and reproductive rights and for the separation of church and state. In the 1990s she helped found Tulsa Interfaith Alliance (TIA) and is still active with the organization. Recently she was honored by TIA with the Russell L. Bennett Faith and Courage Award for her contributions to TIA, to the separation of church and state, and to the defense of reproductive rights. Barbara also received the Angie Debo Civil Liberties Award that recognizes those who have provided exceptional defense to the Bill of Rights and helped preserve individual freedom in Oklahoma. A graduate of The University of Tulsa, she mentors young women from the TU Women & Gender Studies Program and recently was honored when the University named the new Chapman Hall library after her. She has held leadership positions with the Oklahoma affiliate of the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League, the International Planned Parenthood Federation and the Center for Health Policy Research at The University of Tulsa.
SHIRLEY ELLIOTT is program director for the newly opened Guthrie Green and has been instrumental in the success of this innovation urban park. As the program director of the Tulsa Performing Art Center Trust (TPACT) Shirley was chosen to participate in the Association of Performing Arts Presenters prestigious Leadership Development Institute. The class of only 14 participants was chosen from a national pool of competitive applicants. Shirley serves as Festival Director for the six-week SummerStage performing arts festival. She created a scholarship program benefiting approximately 1,600 children from Title One elementary schools providing tickets and transportation to attend the TPACT’s children’s programs each season. The program received an Outstanding District Partner Award from the Tulsa Metro Chamber for educational outreach in the Tulsa Public Schools. She received a Governor’s Commendation for raising awareness and appreciation for different cultures through programming at the TPAC. She has written a book titled “The Ghost Signs of Downtown Tulsa” that documents the remaining faded advertisements painted on the sides of the city’s brick buildings. Shirley is a past president of AWC.
LEE CLARK JOHNS is an educator, a writer and a businesswoman. She began her communications career in San Francisco, as detailed at the AWC “Mad Women of Tulsa” November meeting. Over the years, she has taught at ORU, University of Kansas, Hale High School and two junior colleges in Ohio. Upon returning to Tulsa she founded Strategic Communication, Inc., building it into a 30-year communication consulting and training practice with more than 50 client organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, municipal governments, and state agencies. She served on the Board of Trustees of Duke University and as President of the Duke Alumni Association. She is a past president of the Association of Professional Communication Consultants and her book, The Writing Coach, received the association’s award for Excellence in Writing. Other awards include the Oral Roberts University Faculty Award for Instructional Design, Who’s Who in American Education, and the ASTD Professional Contribution Award for outstanding training programs. The Writing Coach is used as a college textbook. Lee organized and led Tulsa’s citizen coalition to influence content of and then support for passage of HB 1017 through Citizens for Reform in Education. She helped establish the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation and as a board member currently chairs the program committee, bringing nationally known speakers to the Center. Lee has served on the boards of Youth Services of Tulsa and Leadership Tulsa. Lee is an active member of AWC.