Movers + Shakers 10

Strong women making a difference in Tulsa

the resilience officer

DeVon Douglass

As chief resilience officer for the City of Tulsa, Douglass is known for bringing people with disparate opinions together to develop solutions. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, she came to Tulsa to attend The University of Tulsa College of Law and now works in the mayor’s office. Soon, she will release the first of its kind Resilience Strategy addressing health, justice and economic opportunity for a more equitable Tulsa. “I amplify people’s voices who are consistently silenced,” said Douglass. “I enjoy seeing other people’s light shine.”

the writer

Ginnie Graham

As an editorial writer for the Tulsa World, Graham engages readers to participate in public debate on behalf of the community. She is known for being fair, thoughtful and open-minded. “I’m not shy about asking questions or offering an opinion, but I am always respectful,” said Graham. She’s been honored by the Oklahoma Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists and the Tulsa YWCA with a Pinnacle Award in 2017. Mostly, Graham is proud to be a fifth generation Oklahoman who brings her perspective as a working woman, mom and wife to her writing.

the fundraiser

Lori Long

Named the 2017 Outstanding Fundraiser of the Year by the Eastern Oklahoma Association of Fundraising Professionals, Long is known for her dedication and passion in helping others. As the executive director of The Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges, she has secured $11 million for The Center’s capital campaign in just three years and The Center’s adaptive sports complex is currently under construction at 11th and Utica. “It will allow tremendous expansion of our programs including services to disabled children and youth,” Long said. Originally from Nebraska, Long moved to Oklahoma to be closer to family.

the CEO

Alison Anthony

Involved in community service and philanthropy most of her life, Anthony is the new president and CEO of the Tulsa Area United Way. Known as an honest and unflinching advocate for education and inclusion, she previously led the outreach efforts at the Williams Companies. “I am willing to take risks and enjoy creating collaborative solutions,” said Anthony. “I’m excited to wake up every day to work at the United Way where we mobilize the caring power of this community to advance the common good.” A mom of five, she also enjoys seeing her children contribute to their own communities.

the advocate

Julie L. Mueller

Known as the Show Dogs of the Year Awards Best Owner-Handler in 2017, Mueller is a breeder, owner/handler, professional groomer and owner of Aurora Kennel in Tulsa. Her Saluki, “GCh. Aurora’s Rhythm of My Heart,” won Best in Show this year at the South Arkansas Kennel Club. As a member of Karing K9’s and the Alliance of Therapy Dogs, Mueller enjoys making a difference in the life of people and their pets. She and her Saluki “Tyler Joe” recently received the highest recognition for therapy dogs from The American Kennel Club for their work conducting more than 450 community visits.

the professor

Elizabeth McCormick

As an attorney and law professor, Elizabeth directs the TU Law Immigrant Rights Project – a clinical education program in which law students represent clients in immigration matters. She and her students help non-citizens seeking asylum and those who are victims of domestic violence and other crimes. In recent years, she has been the ‘go-to’ person for immigration-related media inquiries in Tulsa. At TU, she teaches immigration law, and international refugee and asylum law and is the Associate Dean for Experiential Learning. Before joining TU Law, Elizabeth taught at Cornell Law School and earned her J.D. from Georgetown law Center.