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Honors and awards received by Council staff and initiatives

The Council is widely known for its commitment to excellence in community leadership and service. Our staff, volunteer leaders, and initiatives often receive special recognition. Congratulations to these honorees!

See also: CSC honors community partners and staff at the annual meeting - 2011; 2010



Sam Stephenson receives "Best of the Best" award from TCC

Samara Stephenson, Child Care Resource Center Resource and Referral/Hispanic Outreach Specialist, received the Tulsa Community College’s Best of the Best award on May 31.

Ms. Stephenson has been with the Child Care Resource Center since 2004. She is self-taught Spanish in her desire to learn about her heritage. She was formerly with Tulsa Public Schools. She produces the Health and Wellness Committee’s newsletter for the Council.

Sam said, “TCC made it possible for me to go from being a high school dropout to being a degreed professional. At my own pace, I went from class to class. Some courses that changed my life and perspectives were: Human Relations 101, Humanities 101 and Native American History. I am so grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to attend TCC.”

Karen Smith, Director of CCRC, said, "Samara has the knack to turn the most sour lemons into sweet lemonade through her smile, creativity, energy and resourcefulness.”


Melanie Poulter is chosen to serve on the Steering Committee of the Census Information Center (CIC)

(April 2012) "Melanie Poulter, Community Service Council of Greater Tulsa, is the newest elected member of the CIC Steering Committee by consensus. Congratulations to Melanie! We look forward to working with her as we continue the forward momentum towards improving the CIC Program, planning the June meeting and the October Annual Training Conference. We welcome Melanie’s years of experience in her community that will benefit our discussion process, planning and execution of policy within the CIC network and Census data issues. Thank you Melanie for your willingness to serve! Welcome" - Momi I Fernandez on behalf of the CIC Steering Committee

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CSC receives Excellence Award from United Way



CSC received the Tulsa Area United Way Excellence Award in Giving for the 2011 campaign, at the TAUW's 87th annual meeting at the Tulsa Convention Center. The event drew more than 700 people representing the corporate, philanthropic and nonprofit communities and celebrated the organization's fall success, surpassing its goal by raising $24,746,883 for its 61 partner agencies.



Judy Phillips is honored

Judy Phillips from CRASHs Court received a Program Directors award from the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office for her work with CSC's Courts Raising Awareness of Students in High Schools Program (CRASHs Court).

Since the program began in 1999, more than 60,000 students from school systems throughout Tulsa County and Eastern Oklahoma have attended. CRASHs Court is designed to educate and confront young future drivers about the consequences and dangers of underage drinking and driving. The program strives to reduce alcohol-related crashes, fatalities, and injuries among Oklahoma’s youngest drivers, and increase awareness of the dangers of alcohol poisoning related deaths. It seeks to influence students' choices about underage drinking and driving, riding with impaired drivers, and underage alcohol use, as well as seat belt usage.



Julie Hall is honored by the Urban League


Grant manager with Community Service Council, Julie Hall was honored February 6, 2012 with the
Marion Taylor Award for Community Engagement by the Metropolitan Tulsa Urban League.

Pictured with Julie Hall are Steve Swetoha, President of Tulsa Pro Hoops, LLC and Honorary Chair of the MTUL's Annual Dinner and Reggie Ivey, Metropolitan Tulsa Urban Leagues’ Board Secretary (right).

Julie provides grant writing leadership to a number of agencies in the Tulsa community including INCOG, Oklahoma State University, and the Tulsa Health Department. Julie has been consulting with the Council since September 2011.



The Autism Center of Tulsa recognizes CSC's LINK Project

LINK was honored recently for their contributions to forwarding the mission of the Center.

LINK provides free developmental screenings one day a month between the hours of 9 am and 3 pm at the Autism Center of Tulsa.

This service is for children suspected of autism spectrum disorder but not yet diagnosed. This service is extended to families with concerns about the development of their children from birth until they turn six years old. (Screenings are free and by appointment only; call 918-502-4823.)



The Mental Health Association honors Phil Dessauer and Jim Lyall


The Mental Health Association in Tulsa honored ten leaders at an awards reception in Tulsa on November 11th.

Among the honorees were two long-time Community Service Council staff members, Phil Dessauer, Executive Director, and Jim Lyall, Associate Director.

A highlight of the evening was the ringing of the 300-pound Bell of Hope, which was cast from thousands of chains and shackles used in the mid-20th century to restrain patients in mental institutions. It was brought to Tulsa from Washington, DC to honor the legacy of the Mental Health Association in Tulsa and Mental Health America and the victories they have achieved over discrimination and mental illness.

The Community Service Council congratulates the Mental Health Association and all the honorees.


Stacey Mwongozi is added to the Hall of Honor

by The 100 Black Men of Tulsa, Inc. and Women with the 100
at an awards event March 25, 2011

About the award: CSC staff member "Stacey Mwongozi, while not a native to Tulsa, has embraced the community and developed a passion for working with its children, youth, and families. Stacey is the secretary of the Women with the 100 and actively participates in the organization’s activities, including mentoring a group of young girls at the Bradford apartment complex. She also serves as a mentor to a young lady through Youth Services of Tulsa’s Mentoring Children of Incarcerated Parents program. As the chair of the Tulsa Early Childhood Association (local affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children) and a member of the North Tulsa Economic Development Initiative’s education subcommittee, Stacey advocates for young children, youth, families, and educators through various aspects of her personal and professional life. Stacey is also a member of the National Black Child Development Institute. She is actively working with a local group to establish a Tulsa affiliate chapter of the national organization which will collaborate with Tulsa area agencies, organizations, and initiatives to better support children of color in the north Tulsa community."

About the sponsoring organization and the award event: The 100 Black Men of Tulsa, Inc., accompanied by its women’s auxiliary group, Women with the 100, celebrated its Annual Awards and Scholarship Gala on Friday, March 25, 2011 at the Greenwood Cultural Center. Sixteen committed Tulsa community servants including Ms. Mwongozi "were added to our Hall of Honor where they will join other past honorees whom we believe have made a tremendous positive difference in the lives of families and youth in our city as well as the overall Tulsa community." The 100 Black Men of Tulsa, Inc., is an organization dedicated to positive youth development, mentorship, gang intervention and violence prevention, educational scholarship, youth team building activities, and the positive transition of incarcerated individuals back into the community.



Carla Tanner is honored
as a Program Partner by Family & Children's Service

Family & Children's Service paid tribute to CSC Senior Planner Carla Tanner "for her distinguished service to children with special needs and their families. A lifelong children’s mental health advocate, she has made a significant impact on infant mental health, juvenile justice mental health, brain injury issues, transitional living for young adults, foster care and child welfare issues, and all children and families dealing with mental illness issues. Through Carla’s vision, passion and unending hard work, the Tulsa children’s system of care has become a flourishing framework to tackle the comprehensive needs of families and children with serious emotional disturbances. She is a true difference maker." The award was presented at the March 3rd, 2011 Heart of Our Family Recognition Breakfast.



Alice Blue is honored by the
Greater Tulsa Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
and the Coalition of Hispanic Organizations

Congratulations to CSC Senior Planner Alice Blue, Director of the Prevention Resource Center. She was honored with a Thanksgiving Award at a luncheon November 22nd at the Renaissance Hotel in Tulsa.



Donnie House receives the
Leadership Tulsa Paragon Award

Each year Leadership Tulsa presents the Paragon Award to three of its members for outstanding leadership contributions to the community. The winners are selected by a panel of distinguished and experienced community leaders from nominations submitted by local nonprofit organizations. The winners receive engraved glass trophies, and each nonprofit organization nominating a winner receives a cash award. The 2010 Paragon Awards were presented on October 14th at the PhilBrook Museum of Art.

CSC 2-1-1 staff member Donnie House was nominated for this award by the Mental Health Association in Tulsa, where she served for more than six years as a Board member, President, and leader in developing housing for people with mental illness. Read more

In the photo: 2010 Paragon Award winners Jackie Kouri, Donnie House (center) and Mark Buntz.


Rose Ewing is chosen to join the National Drug Court Hall of Fame

Tulsa World staff writer Ginnie Graham wrote: "A force behind Tulsa County's numerous therapeutic courts has been named as a member of the National Drug Court Hall of Fame. She was chosen by the National Association of Drug Court Professionals from among nominations across the country. One person is chosen to be inducted each year. Rose Ewing has had a hand in improving or creating every therapeutic court in Tulsa--the Tulsa Drug Court, Tulsa DUI Program, the Special Needs docket, the Mental Health Court, and Veterans Treatment Court. Many of those programs have become national models replicated by other jurisdictions." More: read the Tulsa World story (6/21/2010)

Read more about Rose Ewing's work:
Drug and DUI Court
Veterans Treatment Court
Mental Health Court



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