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2001 Oklahoma Women's Hall of Fame
2001 Induction Ceremony
Inductees and Bios
Representative Jari Askins
Jari Askins has served in all three branches of Oklahoma government. She has served as Deputy General Counsel in the Office of the Governor and Executive Director of the Pardon and Parole Board and as Special District Judge for the District Court of Stephens County. She is the author of numerous pieces of key legislation, including HB 1002, which created a fund for the deposit of the $2 billion settlement from the tobacco industry.
Shirley Bellmon (Billings; Posthumously)
Shirley Bellmon served as First Lady of Oklahoma during the two administrations of her husband as Governor of Oklahoma and exemplified a willingness to contribute back to her community. She was the creator and spokesman of the "Don't Lay That Trash on Oklahoma" campaign, founder of the Oklahoma Home-Based Business Association, and creator of the Oklahoma Alliance for Artisans. She excelled as the owner of a doll manufacturing company, "The First Lady Collection", and a restaurant in Billings, "The First Lady Cafe".
Dorothy Moses DeWitty
Dorothy Moses DeWitty has served as a librarian, school counselor, and school principal. She was the first African American elected to the Tulsa City Council; first African American female elementary school principal; First African American female President of the League of Women Voters; First African American female elected as Congregation President of the Unitarian Universalist Church; and first African American elected as Board President of Tulsa Community Action Agency. She has served on numerous city and state commissions and is the author of "Tulsa: Tale of Two Cities", a history of the African American community of Tulsa.
Sandy Garrett has served as State Superintendent of Public Instruction, the only woman in Oklahoma history to hold this title. Throughout her career, she has been an outspoken advocate for and active participant in school reform. As a State Superintendent, she has focused much of her attention on increasing academic standards, improving reading skills, establishing character education programs, bringing technology to the classroom and making schools safer. She is a member of the Northeastern State University Alumni Association Hall of Fame and the Oklahoma Educators Hall of Fame.
Lynn Jones has been recognized as a trailblazer during the twenty years she has served with the Tulsa Police Department. She was the first female officer ever assigned to patrol. She was the first female training supervisor for the Tulsa Police Academy. She created the first volunteer program for police officers in Oklahoma. She is currently the top-ranking female officer in the Tulsa Police Department and is the recipient of numerous awards for her leadership in Tulsa civic and community organizations.
Justice Yvonne Kauger
Yvonne Kauger is not only a talented appellate jurist, but is also recognized as a visionary. She has served on the Oklahoma Supreme Court since 1984 and served as Chief Justice from January 1997 - December 1998. She founded the Gallery of the Plains Indian in Colony, co-founded the Red Earth Festival and has acted as Symposium Coordinator for the Sovereignty Symposium, a seminar on Indian law sponsored by the Oklahoma Supreme Court since its inception in 1987. She was adopted by the Cheyenne-Arapaho tribes on ceremonial grounds in her hometown of Colony in 1984.
Jill Zink Tarbel
Jill Zink Tarbel is recognized as a champion for the rights of the disabled, a policy advocate for accessibility, a role model in self reliance, and a civil rights crusader. She has served as a founding member of the Oklahoma Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities and as an executive board member of the American Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities. She is also recognized for her community service leadership positions with numerous organizations including Tulsa Senior Services, the Hillcrest Medical Center Foundation, the Center for the Physically Limited, Philbrook Museum of Art, the Tulsa Area United Way, the Tulsa Girl Scout Council, the Simon Estes Education Foundation, and the University of Tulsa, for which she is a Trustee Emeritus.
Dana Tiger is a victims' rights advocate and an artist who has portrayed Oklahoma Native American women with strength, wisdom and dignity. She has organized state and local conferences to address the concerns of Native American people and conducted workshops at local, regional, state and national conferences on women in business and victims' rights. She has donated paintings for fund-raising projects for health issues and community awareness projects and has received numerous awards in several states for her paintings.