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TSD selects 2013 Women of Excellence

newWOElogo-600As arduous tasks go, selecting only 50 honorees for the 6th annual presentation of The New Tri-State Defender's Women of Excellence ranks right up there.

The selections now have been made and the list of honorees for 2013 is complete, with the Women of Excellence (WOE) Champagne Brunch and Awards Celebration set for 10 a.m. Saturday, April 27 at the Memphis Botanic Gardens, 750 Cherry Road.

"We had another phenomenal response from the community this year with over 100 nominations," said Bernal E. Smith II, President/Publisher of The New Tri-State Defender.

"We also had a hard time narrowing it down because each and every one was deserving of the honor in her own right, but ultimately we were able to select a tremendously impressive group of women of which we are very proud."

Peers, family, friends and community leaders will salute the honorees. They were chosen based upon the following criteria: "African-American woman executive, business owner, community or non-profit leader, proven success within her profession/industry, positive role model whose contributions encourage others and highly active in community service or organizational involvement leading to positive impact on the lives of others."

Over the past five years, the TSD has honored over 250 outstanding African-American professionals and community leaders distinguished by their civic contributions and career achievements.

The 2013 Women of Excellence will be celebrated amidst food, inspiration, fashion and entertainment. Rodney Dunigan, news anchor for ABC24, will serve as Master of Ceremony and will guide a morning filled with performances by the critically acclaimed band Prosody, along with other special guest performances and a special guest speaker to be announced later.

Ticket and table reservations are first come, first serve.

"We are extremely excited about this opportunity to recognize and honor such a distinguished and deserving group of women," said Smith.

"We will be incorporating new elements into the 2013 edition of WOE, which should make it our best yet! This spring celebration gives us the chance to say 'thank you' to those who have been consistently committed to the highest principles of servant leadership and positively touching the lives of others."

WOE 2013 Honorees

Frances Anderson,

Tracy Bethea,

Gwen Bonner, Chief Operating Officer, St. Francis Hospital Bartlett

Cynthia Bowen, Employment Director, Star Placement Specialists

Mary Bright, Officer of Contract Compliance, City of Memphis

Marilyn Brooks, Teacher/Freshman Dean, Trezevant High School

Peggy Brown, Owner, Peggy's Healthy Home Cooking

Kerri Campbell, Project Manager, Mayor's Innovation Delivery Team

Chermale Casem, Chief Operating Officer, Seedco

Dr. Menthia P. Clark, Principal, Memphis Business Academy

Gerrie Currie, Hope Federal Credit Union

Cynthia Daniels, President, Memphis Urban League Young Professionals

Yolanda Draine, Sr. VP Human Resources, First South Credit Union

Michelle Fifer, APN/CRNA, Medical Anesthesia Group/Morgan Cares

Sheila Floyd, Co-Pastor, The Pursuit of God Church

Telisa Franklin, Television Host, MUTV1/Juneteenth

Donzaleigh Frazier, IT Specialist, U.S. Department of Housing Urban Development

Mary Freeman, Director – Government Relations, Baptist Hospital

Janeen Gordon, Weekend Anchor/On-Air Personality, WMCTV5/103.5 WRBO

Rosalyn Gray, VP & Sr. Investment Officer, First Tennessee Bank

Tiffanie Grier, Career Placement Director, Boys & Girls Club of Memphis

Veora Harris, Agent, Shelter Insurance

Cynthia Hazell-Cutchin, Director, FedEx Forum and Media Marketing, Memphis Grizzlies

TJ Jefferson, Owner, Fresh Touch Publicity

Catherine Johnson, Retired Educator, Memphis City Schools, Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church

Kela Jones, Development Manager, Memphis Urban League

Selena Jones, IT Specialist, IRS

Gail Kerr-Moore, Finance Supervisor, Shelby County Government

Virzola Law, Associate Pastor, Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church

Dr. Tommie Matthews, Associate Pastor/Author, Morning Star Church

Dr. Brenda Partee Morris, Anesthesiologist

Ella Mosby, Pastor & Founder, The Word in Life Christian Church

Carla Norton, Minister, Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church

Crystal Oliver, Managing Director-HR Svcs., FedEx Express

Elle Perry, Coordinator, The Teen Appeal

Ayoka Pond, Director of Public Research, Baptist Memorial Health Care

Angela Rixter-Kelley, Owner/Instructor, The Tea Room Charm & Finishing School

Cynthia Sharp, Account Executive, ABC24/CW30

Dorothy Jean Smith, Office Manager, Robert J. Smith, MD

Nicky Sparrow, Director of Sales, Clear Channel Radio

Dorchelle Spence, VP Public Relations and Communications, Riverfront Development Corp.

Sugar Stallings, Radio Show Host, AM990-KWAM CBS Talk Radio

Pearl Street, Philanthropist

Faye Stroud, President, Owner & Creative Director, STROUDMark Photography

Tish Towns, V.P. of Government Relations/Public Policy, The Regional Medical Center

Sabrina Ward, Chief Partnership Officer, Greater Alternative Surplus Solution

Kesha Whitaker, Communications and Development Mgr., Women's Foundation of Memphis

Regenna Williams, Administrator, BNI Home Health Agency

Rosalind Withers, President/Board Chairman, Withers Collection Museum Gallery


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+1 #9 Gail Kerr-Moore 2013-04-28 16:41
I am grateful and humble to be counted among so many women that have not forgotten the importancce of "paying it forward." There is still work to be do and lessons to learn. My thanks to all my family and friends that contiinue to encourage and support my efforts to make a positive difference in this world. Let's remember, love always win.
0 #8 Peggy Bailey 2013-04-26 08:38
Congratulations to all the 2013 Honorees. I especially want to Send My Love and and Blessings to My Dear Friends and Sisters In Christ Pastor Ella Mosby, Selena Jones, Pastor Virzola Law and Carla Norton. You are all so deserving of this award.
0 #7 Bonnie L. Greene 2013-04-12 07:36
Remarkable!. My congratulations are extended to each lady for their excellent contribution. However, my personal salute will go out to Pastor Virzola Law, Pastor Carla Norton, Frances Anderson and Selena Jones for their continual love, support and passion to serve others.
+1 #6 Dr.Dorothy M.Garriso 2013-04-11 18:53
Congratulation to Minister Carla Norton. We,the members at MBCC are very blessed to have this woman of God as a vital part of this congregation. She is well deserving.
+1 #5 Frances Anderson 2013-04-09 10:53
I am so honored to have been selected and to be in the company of such a great list of ladies. So excited and ready to meet all the ladies on the 27th for such a prestigious event!

+2 #4 Callie 2013-04-08 16:02
Congratulations to my friend Gail Kerr-Moore and all the honorees of the 2013 Women of Excellence!! God Bless each of you!
0 #3 Sabrina Ward 2013-04-06 04:56
I feel truly privileged and blessed to be recognized to receive such an award. I am ecstatic, extremely appreciative and beyond honored all at the same time to be chosen as a Women of Excellence. Thank you for your kind generosity!
0 #2 Sugar Stallings 2013-04-05 22:40
Words can not express how much of an honor this award is to me. Thank you for letting my work be able to be shared in the great city of Memphis.
+1 #1 Dr. Clark 2013-04-05 14:47
Wow! This is such an honor! Thank you so much, and I look forward to meeting the other ladies. I am truly humbled, grateful, and sincerely appreciative. Thank you and God Bless!

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