Annette Studivant honored as Woman of the Year

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Nominated for the Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Woman of the Year award were Sarina Roth, Deborah Mockus, Tracy Jordan, Dallas Longworth, 2012 Woman of the Year Annette Studivant, Stacey Ramsey , Tricia Massey and Jennifer Dees. Twyla Davis is not pictured.

By LEANNE AKIN and ROXANE ROSE, lakin@clickthepaper.com and rrose@clickthepaper.com

Annette Studivant lets her light shine whether she is on the job with the Jefferson Police Department, volunteering with the Jackson County Boys & Girls Club or Piedmont CASA or is busy with her work at Paradise AME Church.

The difference Studivant makes in the lives of others factored into her selection as Woman of the Year. She was honored Nov. 14 by the Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce Women in Business luncheon held at the Braselton-Stover House.

“She holds a special piece of her heart dedicated to the advancement of women and children,” said Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Member Services Linda Foster, who introduced the Woman of the Year nominees.

Twyla Davis, Jennifer Dees, Tracy Jordan, Dallas Longworth, Tricia Massey, Deborah Mockus, Stacey Ramsey and Sarina Roth were also nominated. Davis, who has been assistant manager of Tanger Outlet in Commerce, was unable to attend as she was being transitioned into a management role in Texas.

As one of the judges, Foster said she and others on the panel were impressed by Studivant’s comment made at her interview: “Win or not, I feel I have already won because the work I do outside this room will continue. I will continue to let my light shine and make a difference.”

The judges included Foster, 2011 Woman of the Year Emily Howell, 2010 Woman of the Year diAna Huckins, 2009 Woman of the Year Dee Lavender, 2008 Woman of the Year Martha Martin, Nicole Parker of Legacy Landscape and a member of the current Leadership Jackson class, and Chamber board member Kathy Wilbanks.

U.S. Army Captain Caitlin Hinterman was the keynote speaker for the luncheon. She commended the role of women in getting things done in society.

See the complete story in the Nov. 29 print edition of The Paper. Also check back here for further postings. See LeAnne Akin’s photo gallery below.

 Representing the Presenting Sponsor, Gwinnett Federal Credit Union, was Michelle Peterson, who announced the Peach State Federal Credit Union lip moisturizer on the table signals the upcoming name change for Gwinnett Federal.

“Thank you ladies for all you do for the Chamber and for the community,” said Peterson.

About the nominees

Jennifer Dees, Braselton Town Manager, is involved with the Boys and Girls Club of Jackson County, the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, the Braselton Community Improvement District, Braselton Visitors Bureau Authority, Relay For Life, March of Dimes and Hoschton Heritage Arts Council.

Tracy Jordan, pharmacist/owner of West Jackson Medicine Center, is a supporter of Jackson County youth sports and a number of local fundraisers and organizations. She is a member of Humane Society Fur Ball committee, the Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce, the Hoschton Business Alliance and the Hoschton Planning and Zoning Commission. She is a graduate of Leadership Jackson.

Dallas Longworth, training manager for Gwinnett Federal Credit Union, has volunteered for community holiday dinner, participated in Relay for Life and supports Jackson County Humane Society, Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors and is a 2012 graduate of Leadership Jackson. She has received several work recognitions.

Tricia Massey, marketing director for Northridge Medical Center, is on the Commerce Schools PTO, Board of Directors of the Jackson County Boys and Girls Club, and is active at First Baptist Church of Commerce. She is a member of several civic clubs and the Commerce DDA. She is a Leadership Jackson graduate.

Deborah Mockus, city administrator for Arcade, was nominated by every city clerk in the county. She guided the creation of first Veterans Memorial in Jackson County and is involved with Lindsay’s Legacy, the Arts Council, the Humane Society and Turtle Trek. A graduate of Leadership Jackson, sheis involved with the Tourism Council.

Stacey Ramsey, the Commerce Unit Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Jackson County, is a youth leader at Jones Baptist Church and serves on the Parent Advisory Board at Commerce High School. She organizes and schedules step team for performances throughout Jackson County.

Sarina Roth, owner of Never the Rock Photography, is an active member of the Chamber and Women in Business, Hoschton Business Alliance, and Jefferson Area Business Association and Friends of the Library. She teaches a weekly Bible study for women in the Hoschton area. She is actively involved with the Humane Society of Jackson County and is a graduate of Leadership Jackson.

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