3 women honored for leadership by AWC
This year’s Tulsa Association for Women in Communications Newsmakers are Teresa Knox, Marina Metevelis and Mimi Tarrasch.
Marina Metevelis, Mimi Tarrasch, Teresa Knox
Since its inception, the Newsmakers event — presented by the Tulsa Chapter of the Association for Women in Communications — has honored influential Tulsa-area women, including CEOs, mayors, nonprofit champions and business leaders.
This year’s honorees — Teresa Knox, Marina Metevelis and Mimi Tarrasch — will mark 150 women who have been recognized across the luncheon’s 46 years.
“If I could pick one theme among our 2019 honorees, it would be education, whether it’s traditional education or learning how to survive,” says AWC Tulsa President Nicole Burgin. “The role education played not only in their lives, but also in their careers and in giving back to this community, is remarkable.”
As an entrepreneur, Knox has supported Tulsa’s music and tourism scenes through the revitalization of the historic Church Studio. While working as a dental assistant and noticing a need for additional training options for professionals, she founded Community Care College in 1995. Following that, she established Clary Sage College and Oklahoma Technical College. In 2015, Knox converted the colleges from for-profit corporations to a public charity called Community HigherEd.
At 96 years old, Metevelis is Tulsa Community College’s longest-serving employee. Dubbed Tulsa’s own Rosie the Riveter, she built warplanes during World War II. And as an avid storyteller and historian, Metevelis is a former tour guide of the downtown tunnels.
Tarrasch, meanwhile, is the chief officer for Family and Children’s Services’ Women in Recovery, a program that offers an alternative to incarceration for women facing long-term prison sentences. With more than 35 years of nonprofit experience, Tarrasch works alongside judges, district attorneys and social agencies to provide rehabilitation for women.
May 1 — Newsmakers: Celebrating Excellence in Oklahoma Women
11:30 a.m. Southern Hills Country Club, 2636 E. 61st St. $55, AWC members; $65, guests. $250-$5,000, sponsorships. Proceeds support scholarships and AWC Tulsa outreach. awctulsa.org