Women's Hall of Fame 2012

Okaloosa County Commission on the Status of Women

2012 Women's Hall of Fame Ceremony

Okaloosa County Commission on the Status of Women

2012 Honorees

Mary Stevenson – Education Award
Judy Wiseman – Contemporary Award
Jean Woo – Humanitarian Award

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Mary Stevenson – Education Award

Mary Stevenson has made a strong impression on the residents of Okaloosa County. For over 40 years she has mentored and guided many citizens who call this area “home.” Mary “adopted” many sons and daughters over the years as an educator at Cherokee Elementary School. She played an integral part in the development of the students, parents, and teachers with her experiences as a military spouse and mother of five daughters. Mary retired from her passion as an educator, where she served the community from 1970-1993. Mary’s community involvement goes beyond the classroom. She is an active and life member of the Sigma Omicron Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority Incorporated (with over 50 years of service), is a lifetime member of the NAACP, a member of the Emerald Coast Retired Educator’s Association, and a faithful member of her church, Gregg Chapel AME, where she is dedicated to education, service, and volunteerism.

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Judy Wiseman – Contemporary Award

Judy Wiseman has served our community through her work as a nurse, guidance counselor, mental health counselor, and one of the first licensed play therapists in our area. Judy has donated an enormous amount of her time to non-profit organizations that serve women, children, and families in our area. As a community activist she has served and continues to serve as the chairwoman for Eglin AFB’s Magnolia Day event, a member and chair of the OCCSW, Board of Directors for Shelter House, spear-headed the “Little Black Dress” party, Children in Crisis Advisory Board member, and mentor and tutor to local school aged children. Judy has accomplished all of this while continuing to develop specialized programs such as “Girls Being Kind to Girls.” In 2011, Judy was also the recipient of the Florida Achievement Award, given by the Florida Commission on the Status of Women. Through her selfless dedication, she has improved the lives of countless Okaloosa County residents.

Jean Woo – Humanitarian Award

Jean Woo – Humanitarian Award

Dr. Jean Woo served our country as a dental officer in the United States Navy and Army for 13 years. She continues her passion of service within our community. As a resident of Okaloosa County, Dr. Woo has proven to be an inspirational hands-on humanitarian who combines her successful dental practice with compassion for those less fortunate. For 17 years, she has provided over $75,000 worth of free dental treatment to indigent and abused women, children, veterans, the mentally ill and hurricane victims in our local community. In addition to her work as a dental professional, Jean also helped found the “Help House a Vet” program. Jean remains engaged in her profession and the community by staying active in organizations like: the Rotary Club of Fort Walton, the Mental Health Association, the Okaloosa Walton Dental Society, the Northwest District Dental Association and the Florida Dental Association. She also sits on the Executive Committee for the Veterans” Stand Down program.