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Stars Over Longview honors women who make a difference

By Angela Ward award@news-journal.com
Jan. 7, 2014 at 11 p.m.


Longview Regional Medical Center honored the 2014 Stars Over Longview at its annual luncheon Tuesday at Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center.

"The ladies we honor at this event are what makes our community the great place to live that it is," said Jim Kendrick, CEO of the hospital. "This is an opportunity for us to say thank you."

The 2014 Stars Over Longview are Linda Davis, Marion Mack, Susan K. Smith, Jennifer Harris, Julie Fowler, Martha Glasgow, Mary Ramos, Paula Cargill Kaplan, Karen Maines, Renee Slegeir, Iva Holyfield and Barbara McMichael.

Davis is best-known for her work as a volunteer at Longview Regional Medical Center. However, she was also one of the first volunteers for Asbury House and is a past president of the Pilot Club of Longview.

"In a million years, I would never have expected to be selected as a Star," Davis said. "It's wonderful."

Mack is a past president of the Longview ISD school board and has also served on the board of trustees for LeTourneau University and on the city of Longview Parks Board.

Other groups Mack has volunteered for include the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society Committee and the Longview Museum of Fine Arts.

Smith is a past president of the Zonta Club of Longview and has been active in groups such as the Longview Museum of Fine Arts, Women in Longview Day and the Longview Symphony Orchestra.

"I feel very honored and humbled at being part of this group of women," Smith said.

Harris is a vice president at Texas Bank and Trust and an active member of First United Methodist Church.

Her volunteer activities include the Pine Tree ISD Education Foundation, Go Red for Women, the Greater Longview United Way and Buckner Children & Family Services.

Fowler is the chief administrative officer and executive dean of Kilgore College-Longview. She is also an active member of Trinity Episcopal Church.

The Rev. Jennene Laurinec, a former Star Over Longview, said Fowler has served as an example to her of a woman in a position of church leadership, and was instrumental in Laurinec choosing to return to college and attend seminary.

Glasgow was honored in 2013 with the Woman of Achievement Award from the Zonta Club of Longview. She is also active in Christ Centered Abortion Recovery of East Texas and a number of other groups.

"I'm thrilled to be honored as part of women who are working with and for our community," Glasgow said.

Ramos owns and operates East to West Tourism, which produces three tourism publications. She is also a longtime member of the Greggton Rotary Club and a founding member of 4 Pet's Sake.

"I'm very, very humbled to be included in this great group of women," Ramos said. "They're all such movers and shakers."

Kaplan helped develop the Longview ISD Education Foundation and is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Longview.

Other ways in which Kaplan has served the community include volunteering with Meals on Wheels, Newgate Mission, the Longview Symphony Board and the Gregg County Historical Museum.

Maines has served on the city's Planning and Zoning Commission and the Vision 2020 Task Force. She is also a charter member of the East Texas Symphonic Band.

"I'm honored to be part of this amazing group of women," Maines said. "These women are what keeps the Longview volunteer community working."

Slegeir is a longtime volunteer with Longview Community Ministries and is also involved with Longview Interfaith Hospitality Network and the East Texas Literacy Council.

She also serves as president of the Pilot Club and is a member of the First Lutheran Church, where she is serving a two-year term as chairwoman of the Women's Conference of Lutheran Churches in North Texas and North Louisiana.

Holyfield served as the first president of the Longview Tennis Association and has also held many offices in the PTA in Pine Tree ISD.

"I kind of feel like I'm representing all the PTA moms who have given so much to our community over the years," she said. "I'm amazed at all the talent represented by this group of women."

McMichael is the chief financial officer for Diagnostic Clinic of Longview. She also has a longstanding involvement with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

"This is a great group," McMichael said. "These women are a good representation of the power of women in Longview."

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