ENID — Six women from Enid and northwest Oklahoma were honored among this year’s 50 Making a Difference, part of the Journal Record’s annual Woman of the Year gala last week.

Two of them, Deena Fisher and Janet Cunningham, both of Northwestern Oklahoma State University, were among eight inducted into the Circle of Excellence, which recognizes sustained achievement of women who have been a Woman of the Year honoree three or more times.

Fisher, of NWOSU Woodward, said she is delighted to share that honor with the president of her university, whom she admires.
“I’m excited and honored to be included in the eight women included in the Circle of Excellence,” Fisher said. “It’s a huge recognition. You hear from incredible women all across the state, encouraging you and telling you that you are making a difference for people all across the state of Oklahoma. I think recognition from your peers and people you have admired all your life has special meaning.”

April Danahy, vice president of corporate communication and human resources for Security National Bank, said this is her first year to be nominated.
“It’s a wonderful experience,” Danahy said. “I’m very fortunate to live in a community that is open to new ideas.”

Ora Morgan, of Autry Technology Center, also was honored for the first time this year.
“It was humbling to be included among such an elite group of women,” Morgan said. “It’s something I never would have dreamed of, to be recognized for something I love to do.”

Deanna Atkinson, president of Oklahoma Environmental Services, said she also was a first-time honoree.
“It was a huge honor to be even considered in that group of women, and I’m so very honored to be included,” Atkinson said. “I love doing what I do and I believe in it.”

Small Oklahoma Panhandle Town Water Supply Restored

Oklahoma Environmental Services, Inc. (OES) was called in to implement a solution for the town of Hardesty. In response to the impacted aquifer OES began a large recovery and extraction operation of free phase product that has taken 15 months to free approximately 6,000 gallons from the ground.

While the sub- surface soil and groundwater around the affected well was being cleaned up, Project Manager Erica Henry and her team turned to replacing the impacted water well. They secured a site for the new well 3500 feet from the impacted well. OES partnered with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC) and Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to complete comprehensive testing of the new site to ensure safe drinking water, and OES began construction.

ENID – Deanna Atkinson says working at a bank while she was a student at Enid High School helped her make an important decision about her future professional career.

"I decided that office work was not what I wanted," said Atkinson, who grew up in a rural area.

So Atkinson enrolled at Phillips University and received a degree in environmental science.

"Science was always one of my favorite subjects in school and growing up in the country, I've always loved the outdoors," she said. "Environmental science was a perfect blending of both interests."

It proved to be a successful career choice.

OKLAHOMA CITY- Deanna Atkinson has assumed the position of Chairman of the Oklahoma Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association (OPMCA). Atkinson becomes Chairman after 6 years of service on the OPMCA Board.

OPMCA members own or supply services to fuel stations and convenience stores throughout Oklahoma and the Southwest. The Association has over 300 members who represent more than 3,000 retail outlets with 12,000 employees. OPMCA is a Co-Sponsor of the Oklahoma Super Trade Show which showcases the latest technology in equipment for fuel, c-store and environmental concerns. With approximately 250 booths and 2,000 attendees, this year's show is scheduled for July 20, 2011, at the Cox Convention Center.