Women's Wall of Honor 2007Okaloosa County Commission on the Status of Women
Connie Conti, Marilyn Dial, Deanna Hickenbotham, Kelly Humphrey, Anne Johnston, Marge Mann, Linda Michalowski, and Margaret (Marge) Tucker.
(Individual descriptions were written at the time of nomination and have not been updated. Most of these women have gone on to do even more amazing things for their community and their neighbors.)
Everyone has wonderful things to say about their mother, but there are quite a few things that set our mom, Connie Conti, aside from the others. Compassion is just one of the words we use to describe her. She is always willing to help by any means. Our mom is a leader! Dealt a tough life at a young age, she kept her head up with her focus on the future and reached her goals. She taught three daughters what it means to always put your best foot forward and achieve your dreams. She proved that against any odds, you will succeed. Our mother is now a successful businesswoman in the local area. She owns and operates Lighthouse Land Title Co. and Liberty Tax Service. Perseverance and honesty are a couple more words that describe our Mom. Connie is always looking for better opportunities and is enthusiastic about what life has to offer. She sets a good example for the people around her and integrity to keep the world moving forward in a positive and rewarding way.
Marilyn is amazing! We think of her as being full of grace with everything she does. She is a leader at several levels in the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (WELCA) groups. She manages just the right amount of whatever is needed for anything, whether it’s how to approach a situation, how to present something, the right touch for — well, just everything! She seems to always come up with the right answer — nothing is ever heavy-handed, or too much, or too little. She has a knack for making it appear that it is done with ease.
Deanna has worked in the mental health field for over 30 years, starting as a crisis volunteer. She became a Licensed Mental Health Counsel and has been in private practice since 1993. A special interest has always been trauma/crisis intervention. Also near to her heart is working with Teen Challenge in Bonifay, Florida.
Kelly Humphrey is the general manager for the North Okaloosa Bureau of the Northwest Florida Daily News and the Crestview News Bulletin. She has held various positions at the Daily News including editor of The Hub, editor of Destin East and community editor. Kelly is very community-minded and has been active with the Rotary Club in Fort Walton Beach and Crestview.
Anne Johnston has served Okaloosa County students and the community in both her professional career and her civic roles since 1963. She taught and mentored students at Crestview High School, Meigs Junior High School, and Choctawhatchee High School. Anne served as an administrator and Deputy Principal of Choctawhatchee from 1983 until 1998. She continues to be active in the community as a sustaining member of the Junior League, member of Alpha Delta Kappa Educator’s Sorority, volunteer with Friends of the Fort Walton Beach Library, member of the Arts and Design Society, and supporter of Children in Crisis.
Marge has a lifetime of volunteering, beginning in 1957 in Alaska with the USO, Girl Scouts, and start of 25 years with the Red Cross: served on the Far East Board of Directors, assisted Vietnam medical evacuees transiting Japan, served as Hospital Chairman and Red Cross Board member in Fort Walton Beach. Marge has volunteered with the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce for 24 years, working events and fund raisers, and serving as an Information Specialist. She is a 31 year member of the Fort Walton Beach Woman’s Club, and assists with Habitat for Humanity.
Linda likes to say she “runs with her hair on fire”. But to the members and friends of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, she is an angel who takes care of the sick, homebound, and anyone else who needs a helping hand—whether it’s arranging for meals, making phone calls, sending cards, visiting the hospital and delivering teddy bears, taking someone to buy groceries, or anything else she sees is needed. Because of her care and concern, she has made a difference in many lives.
Margaret (Marge) Tucker
Marge has been an active community leader. President of Republican Women of Okaloosa Federated from 1995-1996, she was recognized by the FFRW as having the largest club in Florida. She was Chairman of the Citizens for Constitutional Government and led them to defeat the charter form of government in this county. For this she was awarded the 1996 Dr. Gill Outstanding Service Award. She is active in her church and has been Outreach Leader of one of the largest departments for 16 years. She is respected and loved for all of her efforts to improve Okaloosa County.