19 Stars of Indiana: Exceptional Hoosier Women by Michael S. Maurer

By Michael S. Maurer

The 19 notable modern Hoosier girls profiled via Michael S. Maurer -- one for every superstar within the Indiana nation flag -- are leaders and pioneers who've excelled in a number of goals, together with legislations, enterprise, philanthropy, govt, drugs, tune, artwork, athletics, faith, and schooling. one of the inspiring existence tales are these of the 1st girl named leader pass judgement on of the united states District courtroom in Indiana, the 1st to set up a Holocaust museum within the kingdom, and the 1st lady elected Indiana's lieutenant governor. Maurer additionally introduces overseas golfing and billiards champions, opera singers, a rabbi, the founders of Vera Bradley Designs and For naked toes, and others. lots of those girls led heart-pounding lives. All labored difficult, and with zeal, to accomplish their goals. Indiana girls of each iteration will take pleasure in and have fun with their stories.

Sarah Evans BarkerMary BolkAngela M. BrownAlecia A. DeCoudreauxChristel DeHaanNancy Shepherd FitzgeraldEva Mozes KorJeanette LeeSylvia McNairPatricia R. MillerNancy NoëlMercy Okanemeh ObeimeJane Blaffer OwenOra Hirsch PescovitzErnestine RaclinSharon RivenbarkSandy Eisenberg SassoBecky SkillmanCarolyn Y. Woo

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That moment has guided DeHaan’s life since. She opened her first Christel House in Mexico City in the fall of 1998. In 2001 and 2002, she added schools in Bangalore, India; Cape Town, South Africa; and Caracas, Venezuela. Christel House International also operates a charter school in Indianapolis and a tutoring and after-school program in Serbia for refugee children. Christel House International’s foreign outposts are more than schools. Most of the students come from slums, barrios, or informal settlements.

SYLVIA MCNAIR . ★ Her friends feted her four days after her mastectomy. Eventually, “I’m going to have an ‘I kicked cancer in the butt’ party,” she promises. “That’s how I’ve chosen to deal with it. ” She credits her “guardian angel” girlfriends from around the country who have surrounded her with support, calling that encouragement the greatest gift she’s ever had. That’s saying something, considering how blessed McNair has been. In July 1997, McNair met First Lady Hillary Clinton at the Salzburg Festival, where McNair was performing.

So after helping with the transition to new ownership, she walked away from the business she had helped build for more than two decades. The change was a jolt. “The loss I felt was not being able to work with the people who were so dear to me,” she said. She also was wrestling with an empty nest. She and Jon’s only child together, Kirsten, had just gone off to college. Within months of the sale’s closing, DeHaan was making a splash in philanthropic circles. 5 million toward construction of the White River Gardens at the Indianapolis Zoo, $1 million to the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, and $8 million for the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center at the University of Indianapolis—a project that combined her two main passions, education and the arts.

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