Silver Stars Host Inspiring Women's Night

SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Silver Stars will honor five local women for their personal and professional achievements as part of Inspiring Women Night presented by Frost Bank. The honorees will be recognized at halftime of the Silver Stars game against Los Angeles on Friday, June 24, which tips off at 7 p.m. at the AT&T Center.

For only $25, Inspiring Women Night features a pregame women’s networking event with a wine and cheese reception and a ticket to the game.

This year’s honorees are: Thomas Jefferson High School Principal Joanne Cockrell; Life-long Army servicewomen Lucy Coffey, who recently celebrated her 105th birthday; Author of Small Biz Big Results Cheryl Cook and Director of Learning, Education and Development for Valero Energy Corporation, Laura Vaccaro.

The fifth honoree will be chosen from the Q101.9 Inspiring Women Contest, which encouraged Silver Stars fans to nominate the inspiring woman in their life via Entries will be narrowed down to five finalists with the winner selected by a fan vote to join the other honorees. (Vote here)

Cockrell began her career in education as a junior high teacher in 1965 and became the first girls’ high school basketball coach at Sam Houston High School in 1976. She continued to teach math and coach basketball for nine years until earning her Master’s in administration from the University of Texas – San Antonio in 1982. She entered school administration, spending five years as a middle school assistant principal and eight years as a high school assistant principal before taking over as principal of Fox Tech High School in 1993. During her tenure as principal, Fox Tech earned the National Blue Ribbon Award (1999) and was featured in Time Magazine as one of the best high school’s in the United States (2000). Cockrell retired in 2003, but was called back to take on the role of principal at Thomas Jefferson High School in 2010. This year, she was honored with the National Change Leader Award by the National Principal Leadership Institute.

Coffey enlisted in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps in 1943 and landed in Tokyo, Japan where she served in the procurement office. When the war ended in 1945, Coffey continued her work in Army procurement in Okinawa, Japan for the next 10 years. While in Okinawa, Coffey joined the Civil Service and was assigned to the Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio in 1957. She worked in the procurement office at Kelly from January 1, 1958 until her retirement in 1971. During her time in San Antonio, Coffey was an active member of the Madison Square Presbyterian Church. She served for many years as treasurer of the Presbyterian Women’s Organization and was elected by the congregation as a church elder. She celebrated her 105th birthday on May 14, 2011.

Cook is an award winning entrepreneur who specializes in helping businesswomen discover how to conquer their to-do list, get more clients and accelerate their business growth. As CEO of Small Biz BIG RESULTS, Cook’s focus is on equipping business owners to grow and manage organizations while sharing their unique abilities with the world. Cook authored the book, Small Business BIG RESULTS, publishes bi-weekly tips for small business owners and speaks on topics related to small business growth and success. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Cook boasts 30 years of finance and management experience and has been a fixture in the San Antonio business community, serving as president of the San Antonio Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners from 2008-09.

Vaccaro has served as the Director of Learning, Education and Development for Valero Energy Corporation for the past nine years. In this role, Vaccaro has been primarily responsible for the development and oversight of the company’s Leadership Development and E-learning program, as well as general professional development strategies for Valero’s more than 22,000 employees throughout the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Aruba. Prior to joining Valero, Vaccaro worked for 13 years in the health care industry where she acquired a wide base of management experience in marketing, public relations, project management, physician relations and finace/operations. Additionally, Vaccaro served five years as an adjunct faculty member at the University of the Incarnate Word, teaching management and marketing. A highly active member of the San Antonio community, Laura is an alumni of Leadership SA, serves on the board of trustees for the South Central Region of the National MS Society and is the President for the Valero Volunteer Council.

Silver Stars individual tickets are available now at all San Antonio Ticketmaster locations, including by phone at (210) 225-TEAM, or online at or Tickets can also be purchased at the AT&T Center Southeast Box Office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. or on weekend event days starting at 10 a.m. or by calling 210-444-5090.