Deborah Marie McGuire
January 6, 1956 – July 17, 2007
Honoree for Powerful Purses Scholarship No. 2014 PP-DM-001
Awarded to “KL”
Deborah graduated from high school in 1974; received her Bachelors’ Degree from Brian Cliff College and then a Master’s Degree from Northeast Missouri State University. As a life-long educator, Deborah used her knowledge and talents to inspire others. She was a junior high and high school Art Teacher at Saint Albert Catholic Schools in Council Bluff for 29 years. During her time at Saint Albert’s, she was a sponsor for their cheerleading programs. She directed the senior class graduation activities and served as a sponsor to senior class programs. Deborah was dedicated to the next generation. She helped students to realize their potential, encouraged them to reach for higher goals, and to understand opportunities available and the importance to pursue higher education. Deborah touched the future through her giving spirit and commitment to sharing of knowledge with others.
January 22, 1886 – October 2, 1961
Honoree for Powerful Purses Scholarship No. 2014 PP-EG-002
Awarded to “MK”
In 1941, Edna and her work acquired a national reputation after the release of the movie, Blossoms in the Dust, for which Greer Garson, who portrayed Mrs. Gladney, was nominated for an Academy Award. Also in 1957, Edna was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree from Texas Christian University for her work in adoption.
Edna placed over 10,000 babies with adoptive parents during her career and totally revolutionized adoption practices. She helped to grant adoptive children the same rights as “biological” children and gave orphaned children and many birth mothers a place to stay and a hospital where they could receive treatment. Edna created a loving environment to help birth mothers begin the next stage of their life.
Edna helped develop modern day adoption practices and removed the stigma of “illegitimacy” from birth records and from society. Edna treated all of “her” children as if they were her own and continued correspondence with adopted children long after they had left her care.
Susan Anderson Halsey
January 7, 1959 ~ December 19, 2014
Board Member, Powerful Purses 2011-2013
Honoree for Powerful Purses Scholarship No. 2014 PP-SH-003
Awarded To “EM”
Susan’s journey among us was short in years; but her legacy is one of extraordinary proportions that will continue to inspire all who knew her and those who will come across her story. The tapestry of Susan’s life began with family and friends. She was survived by her daughters Taylor Halsey and Brooke Halsey; Gordy, her husband of nearly 30 years; her father, Paul Anderson, numerous aunts, uncles and cousins; and life-long friend, Martha Guarisco. Her mother, Polly Anderson, preceded her in death.
Susan grew up in Monroe, LA and attended River Oaks High School, where she was valedictorian of the class of 1977. She then enrolled in LSU as an undergraduate then gaining admission to the school’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center, from which she graduated in 1983. Upon her graduation, Susan joined the Jackson Walker law firm, where she practiced from more than 30 years. In 1988, Susan moved to Fort Worth to open Jackson Walker’s office there and immediately became a permanent member of the legal and civic community. During her career at Jackson Walker, she served on the firm’s Management Committee, became Managing Partner of the Fort Worth office, and was recognized as a distinguished lawyer by numerous organizations on multiple occasions. The Fort Worth Business Press named her both a “Power Attorney” and one of the “Great Women of Texas”. Susan received many awards and recognitions. In 2012, The Real Estate Council of Greater Fort Worth honored her with its Founder’s Award. She was active in the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, serving on many committees before being named the Chamber’s second female chairman in 2013.
Honoree for Powerful Purses Scholarship No. 2014 PP-SO-004
Awarded to “RP”
Sandy Owen, was a Vice President of Grants and Major Gifts for Gladney Center for Adoption, for many years.
On October 5, 2013, Sandy lost a brief battle with cancer. The intelligence, beauty, and vivaciousness that characterized her whole life were always on display. She was a lover of life, an eloquent speaker, and a force of nature who emanated energy, spunk, and goodwill, and who loved to bring people together. Sandy was an avid reader and lover of literature, a gifted writer, and an accomplished fundraiser. Most fundamentally, though, what characterized Sandy was her deep love of family and friends. Privileged to be embraced by Sandy as family were both TCU and Gladney.
CBS 11 News Anchor
Honoree for Powerful Purses Scholarship No. 2015 PP-KB-005
Awarded to “DL”
Karen Borta is an award-winning journalist who is recognized as a leading television Anchor for CBS 11 News in the Dallas-Fort Worth news marketplace.
Karen has also served as an anchor and reporter at WTVT-TV in Tampa, Florida, KRBK-TV in Sacramento, California, and KECN-TV in Waco, Texas.
Karen has received numerous journalism awards, including regional Emmys, Press Club of Dallas Katie Awards and the Association of Woman Journalists’ Vivian J. Castleberry Award. She is also a member of the CBS 11 team in Dallas-Fort Worth honored by the Radio-Television News Directors Association with the Edward R. Murrow award for Overall Excellence in 2006.
Karen is a graduate of the University of Texas-Arlington and is a member of the UTA Alumni Association, as well as the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. Karen has received UTA’s Distinguished Alumni Service Award. In addition, she has been honored by numerous charitable and civic organizations, including Mi Escuelita, Cook Children’s Medical Center and the Baylor Sammons Breast Cancer Center.
Chairman, Service King Collision Repair Centers
Entrepreneur & Author
Honoree for Powerful Purses Scholarship No. 2015 PP-CB-006
Awarded to “CE”
A business leader recognized for her vision and accomplishments, Cathy Bonner was named by Fortune Magazine as one of the 25 most influential women entrepreneurs in America. She has enjoyed entrepreneurial success owning business in marketing, advertising, communication, cable television and public relations. From 1991 – 1994 she served in the administration of Governor Ann Richards as Executive Director of the Texas Department of Commerce. She conceived, formed the coalition, and passed legislation funding the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. Ms. Bonner is founder of leadership programs and the author of “What I want Next…30 Minutes to Reveal Your Future”
Powerful Purses, 2014 Panel Member
Partner, Locke Lord, LLP
Northwood University Distinguished Woman, 2013
Honoree Powerful Purses Scholarship No. 2015 PP-HM-007
Awarded to “AE”
Harriet Miers is a member of Locke Lord, LLP Litigation and Public Policy Sections. She served as Staff Secretary, Deputy Chief of Staff and Counsel to the President during the administration of President George W. Bush from 2001 – 2007. Throughout her career, Miers has been committed to public service, having served as an elected official and as an appointed official at the state and national levels. She has served in many leadership roles in the American Bar Association. She received her J.D. from Southern Methodist University School of Law. Ms. Miers has received many awards and recognitions, including the Department of Justice Edmund J. Randolph Award in 2007 for her “dedicated service to justice, the President, and the United States of America.”
Hillary Strasner, Mayor Betsy Price, Deborah Ferguson, Ka Cotter, Ann Louden, Deborah C. Wright,
Susan Anderson Halsey and Erma Johnson Hadley