Oklahoma Women Make Big Difference in City
The Arts Warrior
Annie Bohanon retired as head of the laboratory at Children’s Hospital and also worked 10 years for State Arts Council.
Annie has been on boards of Oklahoma Humanities Council, Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma, YWCA, Planned Parenthood and the advisory board of Ballet Oklahoma, and has been involved with Oklahoma Contemporary Museum.
Her activities don’t stop there. She has chaired events like the Girl Scouts annual luncheon, the Gala for Creative O, a fundraiser for Ballet Oklahoma and dozens more.
“What drives and interests me is introducing people to the arts and increasing their quality of life,” she says.
“Being on many boards and committees has allowed me to meet incredible women who have become friends. I feel I need to give back to the community I love.”
Rhonda Hooper has served for 11 years as president/CEO of Jordan Advertising, a marketing, advertising and public relations agency that has been headquartered in Oklahoma City since 1961.
“What drives me is the ability to work with others who have spark, drive and a can-do spirit,” she says. “Their attitude refuels my passion and enthusiasm. Ultimately, I love being involved because I can see the outcome of all of our hard work.”
Rhonda is currently serving as chair of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, the first female to head the organization since its founding 128 years ago, and as vice chair of the OKC Economic Development Trust.
She also chaired the OKC Convention & Visitors Commission and led the MAPS 3 Coalition.
The Champion for Children
Tsinena Bruno-Thompson, president/CEO of Oklahoma Lawyers for Children, left Oklahoma City to become a commercial yacht captain before dedicating her life to helping children who need legal representation.
“Hope drives me. When people see that a person cares so much so that they are taking their time, or supporting a cause financially, they have hope for change, either in themselves or for a different future,” she says.
Tsinena is involved in the Oklahoma Bar Association, Girl Attorney Oklahoma, Festival of the Arts and Count Me In 4 Kids.
“Every day, I see the lives of children, our future citizens of Oklahoma changed, families overcoming conditions that landed them in a bad way, but overcoming those issues,” she says. “Where those conditions cannot change, we create new families. Caring for children first is what we do.”
The Focused Supporter
Lori Burson, owner and founder of Stella Modern Italian Cuisine is always on the move.
Being a busy entrepreneur, Lori says she knows focus is the key to making a real difference.
“Everyone’s time is so limited, so, for me personally, I like to try to narrow down my focus instead of trying to be involved with everything,” she says. “Art is a passion. Years ago, I was very honored to be selected to be on the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts board, and we’ll be opening a new building that we’re raising funds for.”
Lori also has been involved with Allied Arts, the Oklahoma Arts Festival and is passionate about The American Red Cross. She supports the Oklahoma City Ballet by providing a 50 percent discount for all dancers with the company.
The Health Warrior
Terri King has always been a champion for health—it’s especially personal for her. Her daughter was born with numerous heart defects, and that personal connection led Terri into the field of health, home health and community health.
She opened her first health agency in 1995, and, since 2008, EnTrust Home Health has worked collectively with some of the top orthopedic surgeons in Oklahoma City on developing an Orthopedic Aftercare Program.
“I’m very service-oriented, and I really like building the relationship,” Terri says. “There is nothing better than doing something that helps others.”
Terri was one of the founders of the Oklahoma Cancer Care Foundation, which provided transportation for those receiving chemotherapy. She has also been active with the Oklahoma Heart Association and Contemporary Arts.
“I feel very blessed and grateful to all the patients we help,” she says.