“It takes a village to raise a child, and it takes a village to keep me going,” she said as she thanked those who have helped her.
She said it was all about making a plan and that living in Norman makes it possible to follow through with that plan because of the people here.
“People come together and they do it and they make it happen,” she said. “So, thank you.”
Other nominees: There were seven nominees overall this year for the award. The other five nominees included Mayor Cindy Rosenthal; Robin Allen, senior vice president of operations for the Norman Chamber of Commerce; Chris Ellen Aubry Purcell, vice president for university governance and executive secretary of the Board of Regents at OU; Mary Sherman, formerly with the Pioneer Library System; and Stacy Brasher, chief executive officer of Levant Technologies.