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Heritage of Odessa: 2022 Neighborhood Statesman Awards – Odessa American


Arts: Dick Gillham

Born in Scorching Springs, Arkansas, Richard “Dick” Gillham has referred to as Odessa residence for 70 years. Dick graduated from College of Arkansas. He has labored within the oil enterprise service business for greater than 70 years. Dick serves on a wide range of group organizations together with as a Director of the Colorado Municipal Water District, Develop Odessa Board of Administrators, Odessa Public Artwork Committee and is a former Director of Odessa First Nationwide Financial institution. Dick additionally serves as an Elder at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Dick has been acknowledged by many native organizations together with Odessa’s Citizen of the Yr and the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Odessa Chamber of Commerce. Dick has been a significant supporter of the United Means of Odessa, receiving the Invoice Elms Award and the Donovan R. Williams Award. In 2016, Dick was honored by the Permian Basin Worldwide Oil Present. Whereas Dick offers of his time and expertise to so many native organizations, he additionally shares his creative expertise, offering a lot of the general public artwork items you may see round city. No shock that one among his leisure actions is doing paintings! He and spouse, Iola, have 5 youngsters, 8 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Enterprise: Mike Forrest

Born in Carlsbad, Mike Forrest graduated from the College of New Mexico with a Bachelor of College Research and was additionally named All-Convention Soccer MVP. He moved to Odessa in 1985 and began the native Forrest Tire Co. The corporate transitioned to Forrest Brothers Tire in 2018. He’s a associate in a number of enterprise ventures, together with FABCO Industries, Mesquite SWD and Reverence Oil and Fuel. He additionally has possession in lots of lodges together with the American Inn Lodge in San Angelo and the LaQuinta/Hawthorn Suites in Pflugerville and Del Rio. He’s additionally a associate of the La Estancia Racquet Membership, which is new to Odessa. Mike was inducted into the Odessa Chamber of Commerce Enterprise Corridor of Fame. His hobbies embody searching, fishing, pickleball, touring and household ranching. Mike has a youthful brother with Down syndrome. Mike says his life resulted within the formation of the CARC Farm in Carlsbad, a facility which homes greater than 150 purchasers, all of whom come from the Permian Basin. Mike has been married to Jo for 42 years. They’ve three grown youngsters and 9 grandchildren.

Neighborhood Service: Karla Milson

Karla Milson was born in Odessa and is a proud graduate of Odessa Excessive Faculty. Karla is a tough employee, and has her hand in lots of kinds of companies. She was in gross sales on the Outside Store Sporting Items and he or she and her late husband, Jim, owned and operated Solar Electrical for 28 years. Karla is part-owner of a number of restaurant and leisure venues together with Twin Peaks in Lubbock, Rockin Rodeo in Midland, Denim and Diamonds in Mesa, Arizona and Jimbo’s Storage in Odessa. After the sudden lack of her husband, she and her son, Brian, determined to rework the mechanic barn and make it right into a Social gathering Barn, providing it as a spot the place people and group organizations may host advantages. What an impression she has made with this great reward! The “Legends” Honky Tonk Saloon has been the positioning for fundraisers for CASA, West Texas Presents of Hope, Disaster Heart, LINKS, Joe Beene Profit and others. She’s additionally hosted quite a few reunions, vacation events, state and nationwide associations and political occasions. Karla loves fishing and has acquired many awards from the Permian Bass Membership. She has additionally served on the Boards of Crime Stoppers and CASA.

Training: Dr. Jim Olson

James N. (Jim) Olson was born in Fargo, North Dakota. He attended the College of California, Santa Barbara, acquiring a B.A. in Psychology. He then went on to UCLA and acquired his Masters and Doctorate in Psychology. His first Analysis Assistant job at College of California, Santa Barbara was educating language to chimpanzees, two of which he took for weekly journeys to the seashore! He additionally held a number of positions at UCLA, Pasadena College and Santa Monica College, educating introductory Psychology as an Adjunct Lecturer. He then moved to Odessa in 1973 to change into a Lecturer on the newly constructed College of Texas Permian Basin. He was instrumental within the improvement of the College Counseling and Psychological Companies Heart, serving within the position of clinician and practicum supervisor, offering particular person and household remedy for college students and group members. Dr. Olson served as the primary Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. All through his virtually 5 many years on the College, Dr. Olson has held many positions together with Psychology Program Coordinator, Appearing Chair of Psychology, Sociology, Criminology and Anthropology and the Director of the Division of Behavioral Science, in addition to Assistant Professor, Affiliate Professor, and Professor of Psychology. Jim is married to Cindy. They’ve three grown youngsters and two grandchildren.

Authorities: Mari Spivey Willis

Mari Spivey Willis was born in Odessa and with the exception for a number of years for college and work, she is a really proud, lifelong resident! A graduate of Ector Excessive Faculty, she earned a bachelor’s diploma from the College of Houston and a Grasp’s diploma from the College of Texas Permian Basin. Mari labored for the Metropolis of Odessa because the Director of Billing and Collections. She then redirected her work to the sector of schooling, working as a trainer for ECISD at Hood Jr. Excessive and the Teen Father or mother Heart. Mari retired in 2019 from ECISD after greater than 23 years of service. Mari presently serves on the Odessa Metropolis Council, proudly representing District 5, the place she has been part of many profitable initiatives throughout her tenure as Councilwoman. Mari has been lively with Odessa Arts Board, West Texas Presents of Hope Board, Straightforward Rider Board, St. John’s Episcopal Faculty Board, Lady Scouts and the Odessa Chamber Ambassadors. She is a graduate of Management Odessa, and a member of the St. James Missionary Baptist Church Enterprise and Skilled Girls’s Ministry, in addition to the Rho Iota Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Mari is married to Kirk Willis and they’re the proud mother and father of two daughters and 5 grandchildren.

Well being & Science: Dr. Anjaiah Kodityal, M.D.

Born in India, Dr. Anjaiah Kodityal attended Gandhi Medical College in Hyderabad, India, the place he was Vice President of his college class and lively in debates. He has a Fellowship in Drugs from Osmania Basic Hospital at Osmania Medical College in India. Dr. Kodityal labored in non-public apply in native village clinics in India and rode his bicycle and scooter and used public transportation, as there have been no luxurious automobiles in these days. Dr. Kodityal labored in Wales, United Kingdom and got here to america to do a Residency/Fellowship in New Jersey. He made his option to Texas through Kentucky, stopping in Kerrville on the VA Hospital. He moved to Odessa in 1992, the place he turned affiliated with each of our native hospitals, in addition to Texas Tech Well being Sciences Heart. At present in non-public apply, Dr. Kodityal is board licensed in Inside Drugs, Sleep Drugs and Pulmonary Drugs. He enjoys mentoring medical residents and hospital colleagues, and naturally, treating sufferers. He’s married to Dr. Meera Kodityal, M.D. they usually have two grown sons and a set of dual grandchildren.

Humanities: Trudy Lewis

Born in Houston, Trudy Lewis attended Rice College and obtained a BA in Historical past. She started her love of schooling in Waco, educating junior excessive college students. After shifting again to the world virtually 50 years in the past, Trudy first taught at what’s now Legacy Excessive Faculty for 15 years earlier than changing into an Superior Placement and Worldwide Baccalaureate Historical past Instructor at Odessa Excessive Faculty. She spent 22 years there, additionally serving as Social Research Division Chair. She acquired many awards throughout her educating career, together with being named the Favourite Instructor at the least 9 occasions. Trudy has served on the Training Basis Board and on the Grants Committee for the Permian Basin Space Basis. Trudy is a board member for the Ellen Noël Artwork Museum, in addition to for the Tom Lea Institute. Most not too long ago, she is serving on the Odessa College Board of Trustees. No shock to listen to that one among her hobbies is studying! She and her husband, Tryon, have two daughters.

Legislation: Melanie Hollmann

Melanie Hollmann grew up in Odessa and is a product of ECISD colleges, graduating from Odessa Excessive. She acquired her undergraduate schooling from Texas Tech College, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts diploma in Historical past and a minor in Secondary Training. She earned a Juris Doctorate in 2005 from the Texas Tech College Faculty of Legislation. Melanie had a summer season internship for U.S. Congressman Larry Combest and U.S. Congressman Randy Neugebauer and labored at a Washington, D.C., regulation and federal authorities relations agency upon commencement. Melanie returned to Odessa in 2007, and joined the apply of Hollmann, Lyon, Patterson & Durrell Inc., and later the agency of Atkins, Hollmann, Jones, Peacock, Lewis & Lyon, Inc., as an affiliate legal professional. In 2013, Melanie turned a shareholder along with her apply focusing totally on company issues, together with company transactions, choice, formation and upkeep of entities, in addition to property planning and probate issues. Melanie is a member of the Texas Bar Affiliation, Ector County Bar Affiliation and a Member of the Area 15 State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee. Melanie is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Basis. Melanie has acquired honors many occasions from Authorized Help of Northwest Texas for her professional bono authorized providers. Melanie is married to Steve Pope they usually share one baby, Nolan Pope.

Media: Trevor Tankersley

Born and raised in Irving, Trevor Tankersley attended Oklahoma State College. He graduated with a bachelor’s diploma in Broadcast Journalism and even performed a season for the membership ice hockey crew whereas there. After working in gross sales for the Dallas Stars and a stint at a TV station in Laredo, Trevor moved to West Texas to work because the Sports activities Director at NewsWest 9 for 4 years earlier than shifting to the information desk as Night Information Anchor till 2019. Throughout his practically ten years at NewsWest 9, he collected a number of Texas Related Press Broadcaster Awards in information and sports activities. In 2019, Trevor joined Medical Heart Well being System because the Public Relations Director. Trevor helped lead the communication efforts of two main crises: the August 31, 2019 mass taking pictures and the COVID-19 pandemic. He labored as a part of the Hospital Incident Administration Workforce, coordinating all media inquiries and interviews for the well being system, whereas ensuring the group had entry to essentially the most up to date well being info by way of media and social media. Trevor additionally coordinated, moderated and live-streamed greater than 150 reside press conferences with leaders from the healthcare business, metropolis and county to maintain the general public knowledgeable about what was occurring in our hospitals and group through the pandemic. Trevor is married to Melissa, they usually have two sons.

Philanthropy: Cristy Scott Batte

Cristy Scott Batte grew up in Odessa. She and her husband, Blake, raised two grownup daughters right here and at the moment are elevating two teenage boys as properly. Since 2004, Cristy has been part of College students in Philanthropy, an initiative of the Abell-Hanger Basis designed to spark an curiosity and supply schooling in regards to the native non-profit group, board service and volunteering. She teaches the College students in Philanthropy courses at UT Permian Basin and Odessa College and likewise oversees the highschool packages in ECISD, MISD and Greenwood. Cristy additionally serves on the Board of Birthright of Odessa, the Crystal Ball Basis and the Permian Basin Mission Heart. She is a previous President of the Junior League of Odessa and beforehand served on the Boards of the Ellen Noël Artwork Museum and Concord House. She has in depth volunteer expertise with ECISD, presently serving as President of the Nimitz Boys Athletic Booster Membership and previous President of Nimitz Center Faculty PTA, Travis Elementary Booster Membership, previous Treasurer of Nimitz Choir Booster Membership, previous Vice President of Permian Gymnastics Booster Membership and a previous member of Permian Cheer Booster Membership. In 2016, the Batte household was honored as Household of the Yr by the Samaritan Counseling Heart.

Ranching/Agriculture: Tony S. Dunn

Tony S. Dunn was born in McAlester, Oklahoma however moved to Andrews at an early age. He grew up on a farm and ranch in Andrews County and contributes all his work ethic and keenness for work to what he skilled from his childhood and dealing subsequent to his father. He graduated from Andrews Excessive Faculty in 1984 after which spent two years at Howard County Junior College, attending on a rodeo scholarship. He then continued his schooling at Texas Tech College. He moved to Odessa in 2001. After college, he migrated to the development business and has remained there for almost all of his profession, having hung out at every degree from wholesale distribution to Basic Contracting and Actual Property Improvement. At present, he’s the managing associate for a number of totally different firms and actively concerned in industrial and oilfield building and Actual Property Improvement. He presently serves on the EPAC committee in Odessa, actively engaged on upgrading the agricultural-related services and packages. He has assisted within the early strategic planning course of for the brand new Development Administration Program beginning up at Odessa College. Tony served as President of the American Junior Rodeo Affiliation for 3 years. He’s married to Vanessa. They’ve 4 daughters and one son, and one grandson.

Faith: Kelby Davis

Kelby Davis was born and raised in Odessa. She is a 2006 Graduate of Permian Excessive Faculty and went on to graduate from UTPB with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, in addition to a Masters of Public Administration in Management. Kelby started her skilled profession as a classroom trainer for ECISD. After 5 years, she moved over to Odessa College, the place she served as Assistant Professor of Enterprise Management and Division Chair of Enterprise Professions and was awarded the Worker Excellence Award in 2017. In 2019, Kelby turned an Assistant Pastor at The Bridge United Methodist Church. Kelby is a member of the Junior League of Odessa, the place she was awarded the Odessa Neighborhood Award. In 2018, Kelby was named Younger Professionals of Odessa Underneath 40 Honoree. She is presently a Coach for YMCA Youth Sports activities and a frontrunner of the Bible Examine Fellowship Group. Kelby is a founding member of the UTPB Alumni Community and was awarded Board Member of the Yr for the Concord House Youngsters’s Advocacy Board. She and husband, Garrett, have 4-year outdated twins Anderson and Rhett they usually simply welcomed child Maverick! The Davis’ have been honored because the Youngsters’s Miracle Community Champion Household.

Service in a Occupation: Dr. Pamela McQuillin, M.D., P.A.

Dr. Pamela McQuillin was born in New Orleans. She attended Houston Baptist College, the place she acquired a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She attended Texas Tech College Faculty of Drugs in Lubbock, graduating with a Doctorate of Drugs in 1998. Dr. McQuillin then moved to Odessa to attend the Texas Tech College Well being Sciences Heart of the Permian Basin, doing her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Upon completion, she went to work for Dr. Norman Harris for one 12 months, and has practiced independently at Complete HealthCare for Girls since July 2003. Dr. McQuillin is a Diplomate of The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, The Nationwide Board of Physicians and Surgeons and a Fellow of The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Texas Affiliation of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, studying, strolling her canines, gardening and journey. She and husband, Erik Pokky, have three youngsters.


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