TERRE HAUTE —
• Jeri Stark — This Women of Influence has dedicated 33 years of her life to mentoring young females as a School Dean of Students. A two-time winner of the Excellence in Education Award and a Lion’s Club Educator of the Year Award, her greatest accomplishment is seeing all girls earn their required credits to graduate from school and become successful members of society.
Her dedication to her career is evident through her involvement with mentoring the students through life crisis such as teen pregnancy, child abuse, divorce, alcoholism, loss of a loved one, and even lack of medical attention, food, and shelter. With a desire to counsel them in overcoming these obstacles, she has gained tremendous respect from the students she serves. With a goal of helping every student leave with a diploma in hand, she motivates and inspires each girl. A supporter and contributor to organizations and as a member of her church, she is noted for her dedication to helping turn young women into successful adults.
• Claudia Tanoos -- A woman who has worked diligently for 18 years bringing economic growth to the Terre Haute/Vigo County area, this Woman of Influence is Vice President of the Terre Haute Economic Development Corporation. With a deep passion for her community and children, she displays leadership by her work as a director and now President of the Terre Haute Children’s Museum Board of Directors. She worked with Fuqua Elementary Grade School officials to implement a Perfect Attendance Award and chairs the Benefit Bowl in which proceeds go to the Vigo County Education Foundation.
She is a longtime advocate for UW. She was first to chair the Professional Women’s Group, a seat on the UW Campaign Cabinet. Through this role she implemented the Power of the Purse event which benefits UW’s Success by 6 programs. And she just completed her role for UW as she was the 2012 Campaign Chair. During her role as Campaign Chair she implemented several new fundraising and awareness events including Shop United and Race the Punter with NFL NY Giants punter, Steve Weatherford. She is very involved in St. George Church and is noted for her passion to support organizations that benefit children.
• Carolyn Tyler Roberts -- A woman known as the veteran African American teacher in Vigo County, this Woman of Influence taught elementary school prior to serving 17 years as the first African American counselor at Terre Haute North. Now serving as a Diversity Consultant for the Vigo County School Corporation, her involvement with the youth spans over 40 years. She is the founder and director of TUFF (Teaming Up For the Future), an organization that mentors high school boys and is also the director of PASS (Parents are Successful Students) which mentors pregnant teenagers to become good mothers.
Determined to prepare students both educationally and emotionally for their futures, she has also given to the Terre Haute community by serving as a Girl Scouts Board Member, Advisory Board for Vigo County Group Homes, Community Relations Board for the Terre Haute Federal Penitentiary, the Hyte Center, and is a 65-year member of the Second Missionary Baptist Church.