Women's Hall of Fame 2014

Okaloosa County Commission on the Status of Women

2014 Women's Hall of Fame Ceremony

Tammy McDaniel, Mary Florence, Helen Hunt Rigdon, Valerie McLaughln, and Amy McBride

Marnie Tate, Vicky Warner, Mr. Warner, and Lisa Jo Spencer

Dawn Johnson, Mary Blackwell, and Tammy Magee

Dawn Johnson, Mary Blackwell, and Laura Hussey

Commission Chair Valerie McLaughlin

Amy McBride

Jeanne Rief

Tammy McDaniel

Valerie McLaughlin, Amy McBride, and Kelly Humphrey

Amy McBride, Aimee Shaffer, & Valerie McLaughlin

Valerie McLaughlin, Linda Sumblin, & Amy McBride

The 2014 Honorees

Okaloosa County Commission on the Status of Women

2014 Honorees

Ina Bobelle “Bobbie” Harrell – Pioneer Award
Kelly Humphrey – Contemporary Award
Aimee Shaffer – Humanitarian Award
Linda Sumblin – Career Development Award

Ina Bobelle “Bobbie” Harrell – Pioneer Award

Born in Wright and the 1940 Valedictorian of Fort Walton High School, Bobbie Harrell was a trailblazer for women. She was the first woman admitted to and the first female graduate of the Alabama Polytechnic Institute (later Auburn University) Pharmacy School. She was a Civil Air Patrol pilot from 1945-47, and received the Congressional Gold Medal for WWII CAP members. Bobbie became the first practicing female pharmacist in Okaloosa County in 1946, and later owned and operated her own drugstore with her spouse. Bobbie’s record of scholastic achievement and leadership in her profession and community is a continuing source of inspiration for all.

Kelly Humphrey – Contemporary Award

Kelly Humphrey has spent most of her life enriching the lives of Okaloosa County residents, through both professional and charitable endeavors. As a longtime media and marketing professional, Kelly has told numerous stories of community interest and promoted the well being of the area’s less fortunate. As a volunteer, she has lent her intelligence, patience and work ethic to numerous boards of directors, including Habitat for Humanity, Rotary Club and the Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce. Notably, Kelly’s endurance through dialysis and later as a kidney transplant recipient has made her an inspiration to all who know her.

Aimee Shaffer – Humanitarian Award

Aimee Shaffer is a well-known local radio personality, animal lover and entrepreneur, who leveraged her on-air time to promote area non-profit organizations. Her position at the former “Radio People” in Fort Walton Beach provided her first venue to talk about local non-profits and civic organizations and launched her career as a serial volunteer across the Emerald Coast. Shaffer lent her time and talents to two-dozen organizations through “Emerald Coast Conversations,” her radio talk show. She also runs a professional in-home pet-sitting service, which satisfies her long-time interest in animal welfare, while continuing to volunteer wherever her time and talents are needed.

Linda Sumblin – Career Development Award

Linda Sumblin has made significant positive contributions to the economic wealth and growth of Okaloosa County through her many volunteer efforts and as Executive Director of Career Source Okaloosa Walton. Her Military Spouse, Displaced Homemakers and Suit Up to Move Up outreach programs focus on removing barriers to employment for primarily women. Her support and guidance for youth and veteran’s programs have also positively redirected many lives. Linda’s knowledge and experience is in high demand throughout the County, as she is widely sought after for speaking engagements and participation on Boards and task force committees.