Women's Wall of HonorOkaloosa County Commission on the Status of Women
2017 Wall of Honnor
Bette Logan Lehr
Betty Logan Lehr
Glenda Alford-Atkins; Gloria Battle; Peggy Brockman; Cindy Corsentino; June Gunnerson; Melissa Hoover; Carolyn Ketchel; Bettie Logan Lehr; Laura Luttrell; Kayla Muldoon; Diana “Billie” Pryor Sloat; Lindsey Smith; and Torette Williams.
Ms. Alford-Atkins is deserving of this honor due to her unwavering commitment to her church, community and her career as an educator. She has served in many leadership roles in her church, mission teacher, youth coordinator and director of Beulah Christian Academy. Her community involvement includes Charter President of the Okaloosa Democratic Black Caucus and she currently serves as the 2nd Vice President & Membership Chair of the Black Caucus of Florida where she is tasked with opening chapters across the State. She is on the Executive Board of the NAACP and Past President of the Pensacola Chapter of Blacks in Government. Her Career as an educator in Okaloosa County includes teacher and Testing Coordinator.
Nominated by: James Atkins
Gloria Battle is known throughout the county for her service to our community. As a past Fort Walton Beach City Council member and activist, she works for the betterment of all. Her Community work in the past years has concentrated in serving the homeless. As a member of her church, she is one of the Stalwart Members to prepare and serve dinner to the 80+ homeless monthly. She puts her time and talent toward being a board member for Opportunity Place, Inc. which operates a shelter for women and families. She has been involved with this group since its inception and in its “Mother” organization, The Continuum of Care. She is thoughtful, caring and deserving.
Nominated by: Friends and associates.
We are honored to nominate our amazing mother and wife! Not only does she motivate and inspire hundreds of people through her dynamic speaking, training and coaching business; she motivates us to do better and be better through example by the countless volunteer hours and support she gives so freely to those in need! Her riveting life story, captured in her book “10 Feet from The Edge: Stuck in the Comfort Zone” has inspired so many to never give up and to always live life to the fullest out of your comfort zone! These are all lessons she has taught us throughout our lives. Her honors include being selected as a 2016 Top 10 Business Women in America by ABWA, having the annual Peggy Brockman Leadership Award Established in her honor by Leadership Okaloosa and past Board Chair of the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce.
Nominated by: Her five daughters: Callie Gardner, Brooklyn Birchfield, Tina Prochilo, Stacy Brockman, Jeanette Fanconi, and husband Bill Brockman
Cindy Kendrick Corsentino moved to Fort Walton Beach in 1983 and was Real Estate Broker/Owner of Beacon Resorts Real Estate Sales/Property Management Company. Married to Charles Corsentino, she’s served 35 plus years as volunteer on various boards for children of Okaloosa/Walton Counties. Past and Present Community Service include: Board of Directors of Okaloosa County Head Start, Emerald Coast YMCA, YMCA Childcare, Okaloosa Walton Readers, and Okaloosa County Childcare Services, Inc. She’s been Director or volunteer of Various Programs for children including First Kids Sports at First Baptist Church of FWB, Food for Thought, Emerald Coast Bag Ladies, St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Catholic Women Giving Tree Program, St. Mary’s Catholic St. John Kanty Soup Kitchen, Young Children Priority One, Fort Walton Beach Kiwanis Club and is a Bible Study Teacher.
Nominated by: Eddie Mae Owens, Cheryl Caraglior, Belva Parrett, Anna Peebles, Joyce Rushings, Harriet Popes, Lynda Penny, Bruce Garner, Mike & Kathy Thompson, Elaine Laird, Esta Bridges, Bob Bennett, June Nelson, Mary Ogletree, Rebecca Kiser, and Janet Fugate.
June Gunnersen, RN is a blessing to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. For many years she has organized a multifaceted Mission Gift Fair and raised thousands of dollars for local and global helping agencies. June has also been very active in WELCA (Women of the Evangelical Church in America)-chairing one of the circles and serving as treasurer for many years. In addition, she has used her seamstress talents in making beautiful quilts for Lutheran World Relief. Her quilts have been sent to needy areas of the world. As a nurse, she has volunteered for many duties including taking blood pressures after the worship services. Thank you June for all you do!
Nominated by: Women of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
Melissa Hoover holds a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences and a Masters in Environmental Quality Project Management Professional and is a Certified Environmental Specialist. Employed at Trinity Analysis & Development Company as a Senior Project Manager, she is active on the Business Development Team and has been a member of the local chapter of the Society of American Military Engineers since 2007. She was very active in helping Eglin AFB complete a baseline survey of the condition of its 17 mile shoreline prior to the impact from the BP Oil Spill. She has been a member of the American Business Women’s Association for many years where she has served on many committees and currently serves as Emerald Coast Chapter President.
Nominated by: Tammy McDaniel, Barbara Britt, Mary Florence, and Maureen Rulison.
Carolyn Ketchel’s name is synonymous with compassion. She spearheaded ‘The Lazarus Project’ providing a dignified burial of the indigent poor in Okaloosa County. She had a counseling practice for many years and hosts a radio talk show called Christian Perspective. From 2007-2012 Carolyn directed Catholic Charities throughout Okaloosa and Walton counties. In 2015 the National Association of Social Workers selected her as the Florida Statewide Social Worker of the Year.
She served on the Commission to Reform Social Security and was recognized for her work on this Commission by President Reagan. Carolyn worked as the subcommittee Director for the United States Congressional Ways and Means Committee. She served on Congressman Jeff Miller’s district staff and as State Senator Don Gaetz’s Legislative Director.
Commissioner Ketchel is Chair of the Board of County Commissioners, is the Vice Regent for the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and an active member of the Republican Women of Okaloosa Federated.
Nominated by: Republican Women of Okaloosa Federated
Bette Logan Lehr
If you want a champion for your group, a cause, a purpose, ask Bettie Lehr, a longtime leader in our community. As an officer in the Wives Club, she ran the Thrift Shop and the clothing distribution for thousands of Vietnam refugees, in the 1970’s. As a long-time Garniers Beach Garden Club member she was instrumental in planting and overseeing the gardens at the FWB Library and the Bud and Doris Day Garden. As an active Democrat, she is on the board of all of the counties Democratic organizations and has been an officer in all of them. Elected officials know her – some fear her – all listen to her. And all admire her.
Nominated by: Democratic Women’s Club of Okaloosa County – Deborah Baker Rian, President
Laura Luttrell is a “take action” sort of woman who jumps in with all feet to help organizations she is involved with. In only 3 and a half years in ABWA she has served as Boat Poker Run Chair, Vice President, Fundraising Chair, Fall and Spring Enrollment Chair and Pecan Sales Chair. She was selected as both Woman of the Year and Top 10 Candidate in 2017. She served her country in the Air Force and received Airman Analyst of the Year in 2001. She has a BS in Information Technology and Applied Management and a Master’s in Business Administration. She is a wife, mother to 4 and is a GS 12 at Rapid Acquisition Contracting at the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center where she has received numerous commendations for projects she has been involved with. She serves her community at Shalimar Methodist Vision Team for Backpack Outreach, resiliency instructor for leadership courses at Eglin AFB, FWB Chamber volunteer and too many more to mention.
Nominated by: Emerald Coast Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA)
When I hear the word “sunshine,” I think of Kayla. Kayla is a beach lover, compassionate stepmom, and a UWF alumnus. In addition to those titles, Kayla is actively involved in the community. Kayla’s involvement in the community include: A Board of Director member for the Distinguished Young Women; Secretary for the American Business Women’s Association; and member of the Niceville Chamber of Commerce. Recently, Kayla received the award of Young Distinguished Woman. She has participated in numerous ABWA fundraiser events. As owner of Niceville Pack N Ship, she is one of the youngest female business owners actively involved in local chamber events. Kayla also supports local charities such as Sharing & Caring, Children in Crisis, and other community needs. Kayla’s passion is brightening the lives of others.
Nominated by: Lee Bolton
Diana “Billie” Pryor Sloat
“Billie” Pryor Sloat was a free spirit and free thinker born in Camp Walton in 1910. She was the second-generation daughter of the pioneer family of Sarah Frances Brooks Pryor and W.C. Pryor. Her grandparents, John Thomas Brooks and Harriet C Brooks, are recognized as the founders of Camp Walton. She grew up in the Indianola Inn, the resort built by her parents, atop an Indian mound overlooking Santa Rosa Sound. She spent her first 35 years at the Inn helping her parents manage it. She met her husband, John Gregory Sloat, at the Indianola Inn. Theirs was the first wedding in Camp Walton in 1935. She died in 2002 at the age of 92.
Nominated by: Susan Pryor Sloat Myers
Lindsey Smith attended school in Okaloosa County, spent many summers as an Okaloosa County lifeguard, started the Okaloosa Jr. Lifeguard program, taught for over 10 years at Fort Walton Beach High School, became the Assistant Principal at Bruner Middle school and is now the Assistant Principal at Fort Walton Beach High School. She and her husband Chester are raising their young family here and she is active throughout the community. Lindsey truly exemplifies an outstanding Okaloosa County Woman and someone who is making a significant contribution toward improving the status of women as a true role model for our younger residents of Okaloosa County.
Nominated by: Okaloosa County Commission on the Status of Women Members
Salrena “Torette” Williams lights up any room she walks into. She is an empowered, inspired and motivated Sales Director for Mary Kay Cosmetics. She is a wife, mother and military spouse of 30+ years. She was honored as Military Spouse of the Year for 2013 & 2014. She serves as a community volunteer at the Air Force Widow’s Village “Hawthorne House”, at Eglin AFB deployed Spouses Program via the Airmen Readiness Center, a Praise Dance mime leader at Eglin AFB and devoted member of PWOC Bible Study. If you attend Ft. Walton Beach Chamber events you will see her smiling face actively engaged in Women Connect, Ambassadors and RPM Committees as well as RLI, Mastermind Emerald Coast and other networking groups.
Nominated by: Earl Williams