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Women of Distinction

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        2015 Women of Distinction Luncheon

Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Location: Hilton Anatole Hotel, Chantilly Ballroom

2015 Lifetime Achievement Honoree

Jan Rees-Jones

Lifetime achievement recipient Jan Rees-Jones, is a life-long resident of Dallas and a community leader known for her service to others.  Jan and her husband, Trevor, founded The Rees-Jones Foundation in 2006, providing opportunities and aid for disadvantaged, mentally challenged, abused and neglected children, and promoting the humane treatment of animals. 

Jan is an honorary member of the SPCA of Texas Board of Directors and serves on the Advisory Council of the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health.  She is an active member of Highland Park Presbyterian Church and involved in their Women’s ministry. Jan is wife to Trevor, founder of Chief Oil & Gas.  She and Trevor have two sons and one daughter-in-law, Trevor R. and wife Jenny, and David, all TCU graduates where Jan along with Trevor received the Honorary Alumni Award for their support of the TCU Institute of Child Development.  Jan is an animal lover and flying enthusiast and enjoys both in her spare time.

2015 Women of Distinction

Anna Michele Bobadilla

2015 Women of Distinction recipient, Anna Michele Bobadilla, is a native Dallasite, educator, mentor and advocate with more than 38 years of active involvement in education initiatives, civic boards and volunteer organizations. Michele established the Society of 100 Endowed Scholars’ Fund in cooperation with the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and community partners to ensure an educational legacy for the Greater Dallas metro area students pursuing higher education. She has served as Board of Director on more than 35 boards and volunteered with more than 50 committees addressing the needs of the community. Michele has received numerous honors and awards for which she credits her family, mentors and community for cultivating and nurturing her involvement and passion for education, service and advocacy.



Geraldine "Tincy" Miller

Third-generation Texan, Dallas native and Woodrow Wilson graduate, Geraldine “Tincy” Miller is also a 2015 Women of Distinction recipient. She served on the State Board of Education (SBOE), District 12, for 26 years, including Chair of the Board from 2003-2007. Tincy distinguished herself by promoting better curricula and programs for children with dyslexia, phonics-based reading curriculum standards, ensuring school textbooks are factual and historically correct, and protecting the original intent of the Permanent School Fund. Prior to working for the SBOE, she was a reading specialist in the reading laboratory at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital. Tincy continues to stay involved with education, as well as chairs a number of fundraising events for several organizations in her community. She and her late husband, Vance, have four adult children and eight grandchildren.

2015 Young Women of Distinction
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Sruthi Tummala

Sruthi Tummala, a Juliette Girl Scout member since 2012, is a senior at Ursuline Academy. She has received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for her outstanding commitment to community service and recently completed her Girl Scout Gold Award, which increased fourth grader’s awareness on math and science careers. Sruthi is the president and founder of the National Science Honor Society and the Entrepreneurship Club at Ursuline and has several poems and short stories published in online magazines and anthologies. A horseback rider for seven years, Sruthi is a 2015 Team National Finalist for the Interscholastic Equestrian Association. She was also recognized as one of the best lawyers at a Mock Trial Regional Competition in 2015.

Did you hear about Sruthi's Gold Award project in our blog? Learn how she helped fourth grade students see the fun in STEM!

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Devin Bray

A senior at Denton Guyer High School, Devin Bray has been a Girl Scout in Troop 317 since kindergarten.  Her Girl Scout adventures have included great camping experiences, many cookie booths and service projects, and even a trip to the Birthplace of Girl Scouts in Savannah, Georgia, during the Girl Scout Centennial in 2012.  For her Gold Award, Devin sought to help firefighters in their efforts to rescue pets from house fires.  She organized a pet paramedicine training day for firefighters and helped supply pet oxygen masks to area fire departments.  Devin was a Level 10 gymnast, competing at USAG national championships six consecutive years. She also served as the president of her high school chapter of Future Farmers of America (FFA) and showed pigs and lambs.  Devin plans to major in chemistry in college with hopes of becoming a hospital pharmacist after professional school.

2015 Luncheon Speaker

Reshma Saujani

Reshma Saujani

In 2012, this year’s keynote speaker, Reshma Saujani, launched Girls Who Code, a national nonprofit organization aimed to inspire, educate and equip girls with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities. She recently published the book, “Women Who Don’t Wait in Line,” which advocates for a new model of female leadership focused on embracing risk and failure, promoting mentorship and sponsorship, and boldly charting your own course – personally and professionally. Reshma’s many accolades include Forbes’ Most Powerful Women Changing the World, Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People and most recently WSJ Magazine Innovator of the Year.

2015 Event Chair

Katherine Coker

A third-generation Girl Scout, Katherine Coker is a community volunteer who is chairing this luncheon because she believes in the Girl Scouts' mission to develop girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. She is a member of the Crystal Charity Ball and serves on various Dallas nonprofit boards and committees including Equest, Community Partners of Dallas and the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary. She is also the 2015 Candlelight Chair for Kappa Kappa Gamma Tablescapes and a Co-Chair for the 2015 Dallas Symphony Orchestra Gala. She serves as a Sustaining Advisor for the Junior League of Dallas and volunteers with the Highland Park schools. A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, she completed graduate studies at the Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business. In her professional career, she is an award-winning Creative Director who worked for Jack Morton Worldwide specializing in experiential branding. With more than 20 years of experience, she has created marketing campaigns for Fortune 500 companies such as American Airlines, AOL, Boeing, Dell, J.D. Edwards, Nissan and Texas Instruments. She and her husband Key have two children, Key Jr., 12, a Boy Scout, and Olivia, 10, a Girl Scout.