Michigan Women's Hall of Fame Honorees Announced

Michigan Women's Hall of Fame Announces 2014 Honorees
Lansing, MI-Eleven women and one man will be honored at the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame Awards Dinner and Induction Ceremony on Thursday, October 30 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing.
They include:
· The first woman to ride in the Kentucky Derby
· The founder of one of the largest Native American-owned businesses in the country
· The second woman elected to the Michigan House of Representatives who was the first woman and Democrat elected from Lansing

The 2014 contemporary honorees:
· Dr. MaryLee Davis of East Lansing
MaryLee Davis, a Michigan State University administrator and professor, has served at the highest levels of leadership with numerous local, state, and national organizations devoted to healthcare, education, public policy, diversity, youth, community service, and advocacy for women. She has been recognized as a trailblazer, role model, mentor, and champion of organizations and causes.

· Jeanne Findlater, born in Detroit, now of Naples, Florida
In 1979, Jeanne Findlater paved the way for others as the first woman in the United States to lead a major-market TV station as Vice President of ABC Television and the General Manager of WXYZ-TV/Detroit. Under her eight-year tenure, the station flourished and broadcast news and informational programming for most of its 24-hour day, much of it "live," locally produced, and relevant to community interests and needs.

· Dorothy A. Johnson of Grand Haven
A leader in the field of philanthropy, Dorothy A. Johnson is President Emeritus of the Council of Michigan Foundations where she served as CEO for more than 25 years. She has been a university trustee, corporate director and was a founder of the Michigan Nonprofit Association and Michigan Community Service Commission.

· Julie Krone, born in Eau Claire, Michigan, now of Carlsbad, California
The first woman to win Thoroughbred riding championships at the most competitive racing meets in America, Julie Krone has been honored by the Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame, the National Women's Hall of Fame, the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame, and the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.

· Barbara Roberts Mason, born in Detroit, now of Dimondale
Barbara Roberts Mason, who served for 24 years on the State Board of Education, is an advocate for children and families as well as an advocate for international understanding, engagement and diplomacy. As a leader in the Democratic Party, she has spoken at four National Democratic Conventions and seconded the nomination of Vice Presidential Candidate Geraldine Ferraro.

· Marylou Olivarez Mason of Lansing
The Executive Director of the Hispanic/Latino Commission of Michigan, Marylou Olivarez Mason initiated the Michigan Hispanic Heritage Month celebration and the Hispanic Student Summit and Legislative Advocacy Day at the state capitol. She was the first Hispanic female on the Lansing Community College Board of Trustees.

· Andra M. Rush, born in Livonia, now of Howell
Andra M. Rush is Chairman and CEO of the Rush Group Family of Companies (Rush Trucking, Dakkota Integrated Systems, and Detroit Manufacturing Systems), one of the largest Native American-owned businesses in the country. Hailed for her innovative job creation and manufacturing ingenuity, she was personally acknowledged by President Obama at the 2014 State of the Union Address.

· Mary Ellen Sheets of East Lansing
Mary Ellen Sheets is the founder of Two Men and a Truck, an international moving company that started with her two sons in Lansing. Today it is the nation's largest franchised local moving company with over 1,800 trucks and has completed over 4 million moves. A key portion of its business model includes giving back to the community.

The 2014 historical honorees:
· Elizabeth Lehman Belen (1886-1975) of Lansing
An early model for women in politics, Elizabeth Lehman Belen was the second woman elected to the Michigan House of Representatives and the first woman and Democrat elected from Lansing. She successfully sponsored significant legislation for improved occupational health and public safety.

· Sr. Mary Carmelita Manning, RSM (1888-1962) of Detroit
Mary Carmelita Manning was a Sister of Mercy whose leadership and business skills made major contributions to the construction and administration of 25 Mercy hospitals, 15 in Michigan. In 1934 Manning opened the first Central School of Nursing in Michigan (the second in the country).

· Dr. Lucille Farrier Stickel (1915-2007) of Hillman
Lucille F. Stickel is called "one of America's giants in the effort to rescue the [bald] eagle." Her work in the fledgling field of wildlife toxicology helped form much of the basis of Rachel Carson's book, Silent Spring. She was the first woman to direct a major Federal laboratory, serving as Director of Patuxent Wildlife Research Center from 1973 until her retirement in 1982.

This year's recipient of the Philip A. Hart Award is Donald W. Maine of Grand Rapids. Maine served as President and Chancellor of Davenport University for 23 years. Under his leadership, Maine opened doors for women by supporting female faculty and promoting women to leadership positions throughout the institution. In addition, he encouraged women business owners to utilize Davenport's free business services.
The Hart Award is presented annually at the event by the Michigan Women's Studies Association Board of Directors to a man who has demonstrated a unique understanding and support of women's issues and concerns and has contributed to the advancement of women's rights and interests.
The 2014 induction ceremony and dinner begins with a reception at 5 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. and ceremony at 7 p.m. Reservations ($125/person) and information about sponsorships and advertisements is available at www.michiganwomenshalloffame.org or by calling (517) 484-1880 x203.

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