Williams and the Tulsa Shock are proud to honor five inspirational women who serve Tulsa and the surrounding area with relentless dedication and passion while impacting the lives of area youth and the entire community with the 2011 Williams Women of Inspiration award.
Sheila Harbert | Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma
Sheila Harbert is the Program Director of Girl Scouts Beyond Bars at Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma. Harbert helps reconnect children to their mothers due to the separation caused by incarceration. Prior to serving as Director of Girl Scouts Beyond Bars, Harbert spent five years as program manager and spent 10 years working with incarcerated females and their families as a Oklahoma Department of Corrections volunteer. Under Harberts direction, Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma GSBB program grew to become one of the most comprehensive GSSB programs by adding a mother/son and reentry program to its successful format of serving incarcerated families. Harbert oversees a range of programs and services such as nurturing parenting, vocational training and cognitive behavior classes. Ms. Harbert was nominated by Jarimar Dizano, Ariyonne and Anisha Adams.
Yvonne Hovell | Dodge Chrysler Jeep of Tulsa
Yvonne Hovell is the owner and General Manager of Dodge Chrysler Jeep of Tulsa. Ms. Hovell is the only African American female dealer in the country. She is a community philanthropist who supports Habitat for Humanitys Women Builds project; a project of Habitat homes built solely by women and provides local residents the opportunity to own their own homes. Ms. Hovell recently received the honor of being named Journal Records 50 people making a difference. She has served on the Tulsa Parks and Recreation, YWCA of Tulsa and the Mental Health Association boards. She was nominated by Carmela Hill.
Felecia Jackson | The Margaret Hudson Program
Felicia Jackson serves as the Executive Director of The Margaret Hudson Program, a school that provides services for 200-250 pregnant and parenting teens each year. Ms. Jackson founded the Girlzlife Academy, a nonprofit organization that provides education and support for young girls and teens in the areas of self-esteem, self-confidence and goal setting. Ms. Jackson was nominated by Karen Davis.
Ebony Johnson | McLain High School
Ebony Johnson is McLain High School co-principal and has touched many lives with her kindness and dedication to education. Ms. Johnson and her dedicated academic team have worked tirelessly to improve the ACT and SAT scores of their students and they have made successful improvements in increasing the collegiate acceptance rate for their high school seniors. She was nominated by Cathy Cox, the school nurse.
Toni Keltner | Shower of Hope Oklahoma
Toni Keltner is a stay at home mom with two young sons and community volunteer who began helping tornado victims after the devastating tornado in Piedmont, OK. . Keltner started the Shower of Hope Oklahoma Facebook page asking friends to spread the word and Like It. With over 468 followers Keltner was able to gather donations from companies that sent cribs, furniture, clothing and care packages for disaster victims with tremendous love and generosity. She was nominated by her sister Kasey Lardizabal.