Nomination Form DW Honorees Information

Contact Information

  • Mary Frazier
  • Director of Advancement
  • Northwood University Texas Campus
  • Office: 972-293-5492
  • Fax: 972-293-7432
  • Email: frazierm@northwood.edu

About The Award

Award is given annually to recognize the tremendous contributions of the honorees. In 1970, the Northwood University Board of Trustees, under the inspiration of its founders Dr. Arthur E. Turner and Dr. R. Gary Stauffer, established the Distinguished Women's Award to recognize the enormous contribution women make to communities, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and public and private sector services world-wide. It is awarded annually and never in absentia. Each Distinguished Woman receives a medal that was originally designed by the late sculptor, Giulio Tamassy.

The honorees represent the values that Northwood espouses to its students: commitment to free enterprise, partnership of arts and business, and management in a global society. They serve as role models and mentors for students.

2013 Distinguished Women's Event

Friday, October 25, 2013 - Distinguished Women's Forum Luncheon, Texas Campus Tour, 2013 Distinguished Women and Students Roundtable Sessions, and Welcome Reception & Dinner at Private DW Home

Saturday, October 26, 2013 - Distinguished Women's Honoree Breakfast, Eggs and Economics Breakfast Session, and Awards Gala

Location:
Hilton Anatole Dallas
2201 Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, TX 75207

2013 Distinguished Women Honorees

Patricia Chambers

Patricia Chambers

Fort Worth, TX

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Nominated by Texas Board of Governor, Amy Sabin.  Together with her husband, Tom, they built a rather large lime business and became leaders in the mineral business, including drilling and other manufacturing methods. Growing up in Tyler, Texas, Ms. Chambers lived a faith-filled family.  Oil was discovered on their family farm in Van, Texas.  She currently manages her family oil business.  She is very philanthropic person with her financial support as well as being an incredible spiritual mentor to women in Dallas and Fort Worth.

*All biographical information is only current up to the date of the award.

Margaret Peale Everett

Margaret Peale Everett

Sherman, CT

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Nominated by Catherine Eklund Mares, DW’2003.  Ms. Everett is the daughter of Norman Vincent Peale. She and her husband were active in a ministry business and working in the community.  She is currently chairman of the Board of Guideposts Foundation and Guideposts Church Corporation.  Their capital campaign raised $12.5 million to launch the Ruth Stafford Peale Prayer Power Network.  She also serves on the Mizzentop Day School board in Pawling, NY, and on the board of Lumunos, and is a past trustee of the Stony Brook School in Stony Brook, NY.  Her late father was instrumental in the founding of Northwood University, giving advice and support to co-founder Dr. Arthur Turner.  Her deceased mother, Ruth Stafford Peale, was a 1981 Distinguished Women, her sister, Elizabeth Peale Allen, is a DW from 1999.  This would be the first multi-generation DW honoree group.

*All biographical information is only current up to the date of the award.

Mary Ann Thompson-Frenk

Mary Ann Thompson-Frenk    

Dallas, TX

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Nominated by Yvonne Crum, DW’01/HD’09.  Ms. Thompson-Frenk is an artist and philanthropist born in Mexico and grew up in Dallas after being adopted at the age of 5 days old by Debra and the late John Thompson, who was CEO of 7-Eleven Corporation.  She is President and Co-founder of the Memnosyne Foundation; sculptor, writer, public speaker, and humanitarian.  Also, she is President and Co-founder of the John Philip Thompson Foundation for Non-Chemotherapy/Radiation Brain Cancer Research. She is on the boards of The Nexus: Global Youth Summit on Innovative Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship; Interfaith of New York; The Indigenous Institute of the America; WomanMade Gallery of Chicago; Mexico-Arte Museum; and Women That Soar. Ms. Thompson-Frenk is working on her Master’s degree in Science in Leadership at Northeastern University graduating in 2013, received her BBA in Organizational Psychology and Development in 2011 and an Associate’s degree from American-InterContinental University in business administration visual communication.  Her work centers on globalization affecting the culture of humanity, including the arts, sciences, spirituality and the ecology of our planet.  She has received numerous awards including ARTV’s Sculptor of the Year Award, DBCA’s Obelisk Award, Philanthropy World Magazine Honoree, Foundation for Pluralism Award and Brilliantly You Award from Women That Soar.

*All biographical information is only current up to the date of the award.

Kay Granger

The Honorable Congresswoman Kay Granger  

Ft. Worth, TX

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Nominated by the Honorable Donna Arp Weitzman, DW’03.  Mrs. Granger started in 1997 as the congresswoman from the 12th District of Texas.  She is recognized as one of the leaders on national security and foreign policy, serves a Chairwoman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on State-Foreign Operations for the 112th Congress and also serves on the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee and on the Subcommittee of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education.  She oversees 70% of all discretionary spending.  She also chairs the Anti-Terrorism Caucus and serves as a deputy whip.  Previous political positions included: Vice Chair, House Republican Conference, Mayor for the City of Fort Worth, TX, and co-chair of the Iraqi Women’s Caucus.  Board memberships include International Republican Institute, commissioner for the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the National Endowment for Democracy.  Her awards include Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s first Global War on Terrorism Coin, 2012 Distinguished Community Health Champion Award, Spirit of Enterprise Award from U.S. Chamber of Congress, and the National Association of Manufacturers Award.  From 1997-2011, she receive 42 other awards, including an Honorary Doctorate from Texas Wesleyan University. She had been inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame and the Fort Worth Business Hall of Fame.  She owned and operated a successful insurance agency for over 20 years.

*All biographical information is only current up to the date of the award.

Harriet Miers

Harriet Miers    

Dallas, TX

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Nominated by Leslie Ann Crozier, DW’06.  Ms. Miers is an American lawyer and former White House Counsel with the Bush Administration.  She received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a Juris Doctor degree in 1970 from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.  In 1979 she made partner with Locke, Liddell & Sapp, being the first female lawyer hired by the firm.  As a commercial litigator, she has represented clients including Microsoft and Walt Disney Company.  She was the first female woman to head the State Bar of Texas, has served as chair of the Board of Editors for the American Bar Association Journal and as chair of ABA’s Commission on Multi-Jurisdictional Practice.  Ms. Miers served two years as an at-large member of the Dallas City Council. In 1995 George W. Bush appointed Ms. Miers to chair the Texas Lottery Commission.  In 2007, the restructured law firm, Locke Lord Bissel & Liddell announced her new role as a registered agent with the US Department of Justice for Pakistan People’s Party and the Embassy of Pakistan.  She has numerous awards from the Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism, National Law Journal, Today’s Dallas Woman, Women’s Enterprise Magazine, Dallas Women’s Lawyer’s Association, Anti-Defamation League, Legal Services of North Texas, Women in the Law Section, State Bar of Texas, American Jewish Committee, and the Dallas Bar Association.  Ms. Miers is close friends with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of Agriculture, Ann Veneman, Texas Supreme Court Justice Nathan Hecht and renowned Dallas attorney, Louise Raggio.

*All biographical information is only current up to the date of the award.

Linda Orlans

Linda Orlans

Troy, MI

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Nominated by Drs. Diana Webb and Patrick Callaghan of Northwood University Michigan.  A native of Michigan, Ms. Orlans has established five businesses in the state and currently employs more than 500 individuals.  She serves as the Managing Partner of Orlans Associates, P.C., a real estate-focused legal firm.  Since the company’s inception she has generated consistent growth.  Ms. Orlans holds admission to the Supreme Court of the United States.  In 2010, her enterprise was named one of the 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For in Metro Detroit.  Ms. Orlans won an Entrepreneur of the Year award from Ernst & Young Central Great Lakes Region.  She supports several local nonprofit organizations, holding major leadership roles with several. In the past decade, she had been a founding member of Women Executives in Banking and the Beaumont Hospital Foundation’s First Words Society.  A graduate of Michigan State University College of Law, she is on the Donor Hall of Fame and has received the George N. Bashara, Jr. Distinguished Alumni Award.

*All biographical information is only current up to the date of the award.

Mary Roche

The Honorable Mayor Mary Roche   

Indian Wells, CA

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Nominated by Lori Sarner, DW’96 and Catherine Eklund Mares, DW’03.  Prior to becoming Mayor, she served 10 years on the Indian Wells City Council; Riverside County Transportation Commission; Coachella Valley Conservation Commission; CVAG Energy and Environment Commission; CVAG Public Safety Commission; and the Federal Advisory Commission for the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument. She also served as president of the Riverside County League of Cities.  She founded the Women Leader’s Forum of the Coachella Valley, the Indian Wells Historic Preservation Foundation; and the Homeowners/Residents Association on Indian Wells.  Her involvement with community service organizations includes Shelter from the Storm; Tools for Tomorrow; Regional Access Project; Olive Crest; Pegasus Riding Academy for the Handicapped; College of the Desert Foundation; University of California Riverside Desert Lyceum, and CBS2 Advisory Board.  She has received numerous awards between 2005-2010 for her community leadership.  An educator and businesswoman, she retired from Los Angeles Community College District after 25 years as both an administrator and professor.  She founded and served as CEO/President of Linens Unlimited II, a retail bed and bath chain in CA.  She earned a Masters of Arts degree in educational administration from California State University.

*All biographical information is only current up to the date of the award.

Lorraine Schultz

Lorraine Schultz   

Bloomfield Hills, MI

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Nominated by Suzanne Forbes Dicker, DW’84.  Ms. Schultz is the founder and CEO of Women’s Automobile Association International (WAAI).  This non-profit organization’s mission of 350+ members throughout US and Canada is to better the advancement of women with scholarships, and networking.  Northwood University’ David Fry helped launch WAAI with office space and secretarial support.  WAAI has established a scholarship fund for women seeking careers in the automotive industry.  She received a BA in liberal arts from Alma College in Michigan.  She has received 18+ awards from 1991-2012 for her business and community service leadership and served as a board member for 11 other organizations.

*All biographical information is only current up to the date of the award.