NORMAN — The Oklahoma Hospitality Club will celebrate 91 years of service to the community by honoring 10 women who have made a difference in the lives of others through their careers and community service.
Locally honored will be Debra Krittenbrink and Cindy Simon Rosenthal. The women will be honored during the Ladies in the News luncheon and style show April 11 at the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club.
Krittenbrink is the executive director of Bridges, a nonprofit organization in Norman that provides housing, case management and school assistance for homeless high school students who want to graduate from high school.
Krittenbrink and her husband, Mark, have three children: Autumn and Korey McMahon and Christopher Krittenbrink.
Prior to serving as Bridges’ executive director, Krittenbrink was an independent PR/marketing consultant, marketing director for Kinko and the Metropolitan Library System.
Krittenbrink’s community and volunteer service includes serving on the Mayor’s Task Force to End Homelessness, working as a founding member of United Way Women in Action, PR chair for the Rotary Le Tour de Vin event and member of the One Vision One Voice homelessness coalition. She served as a board member of the Norman Chamber of Commerce.
Rosenthal serves as director and curator of the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center at the University of Oklahoma and as professor of political science. Rosenthal has written on public leadership and women in politics.
She was re-elected to a third term as Norman’s mayor in April and is its first popularly elected woman mayor.
She served as vice president and executive board member of the Oklahoma Municipal League, a member of the steering committee of the Regional Transit Dialogue and as representative to the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments.
Rosenthal has championed environmental awareness and energy efficiency throughout the city, spearheaded Norman’s inclusive community initiative and has been an advocate for the arts and culture in downtown Norman. She began her public service as Ward 4 council member.