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2011 Touchstone Awards Honorees

 

Billie Dragoo

2011 Honoree

Billie Dragoo, President/CEO of RepuCare and RepuCare Staffing, is a lifelong Indiana resident. An entrepreneurial executive with 23 years in the medical staffing industry, Dragoo founded RepuCare in 1995 with the mission of providing allied health staffing to hospitals, clinics and nursing homes.

Dragoo has been the recipient of several business awards including the 2003 Blue Chip Community Business Award for Entrepreneurial Business Excellence and 2006 Outstanding Small Business Award from the Historically Underutilized Small Business Coordinators organization. In 2007, she was the recipient of the Starkey Entrepreneurial Women’s Award. In 2008, Dragoo was the recipient of the Torchbearer Award for Entrepreneurial Advocacy, one of the highest awards presented by the governor for recognition of outstanding women. She was also a recipient of IBJ’S 2009 Women of Influence Award in recognition of business and community excellence and leadership. 

Dragoo is active with both professional and philanthropic organizations. In 2009, Dragoo was appointed to the National Board of Directors of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) and is Past President and emeritus board advisor of the Indianapolis Chapter of NAWBO, where she was the architect of its growth and mentorship of many women business owners. She is also Chairman and Founder of the Indiana Women Business Owner’s Political Action Committee (IWBOPAC). Dragoo is a leader in promoting women’s business, social and diversity causes and is a member of Purdue’s Supplier Diversity Council.

Dragoo is a past board member and emeritus advisory board member of the Women’s Fund of Central Indiana, a fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation, and is on the advisory boards for Tamika Catching’s Catch the Stars Foundation and H2H Group, a marketing communications firm. 

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Marianne Glick

2011 Honoree

Marianne Glick recently retired as President of Glick Training Associates, a firm she founded in 1986 to assist organizations enhance employee productivity and effectiveness. She began painting in 2004 and has become an accomplished artist, with paintings being accepted into juried competitions and winning awards in Indiana, Michigan, Illinois and Florida. Marianne often contributes her paintings to assist non-profit organizations, such as the Children’s Bureau, Girls Inc., Dress for Success, Planned Parenthood, United Way and Women’s Fund.

Marianne currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Gene Glick Company, the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Foundation, United Way of Central Indiana, Central Indiana Community Foundation and the Board of Trustees for Ball State University. She has also served on the Board of Directors for the Indiana Small Business Council, Women’s Hospital, Big Sisters, the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee, the Better Business Bureau, Habitat for Humanity, Women’s Fund of Central Indiana and Prevent Blindness Indiana. Marianne will serve as the 2011 Campaign Chair for United Way of Central Indiana.

She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology from Butler University.

Marianne’s personal mission is to ignite, inspire and direct energy for positive action!

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Dr. Beverley J. Pitts

2011 Honoree
 

Beverley Pitts was named President of the University of Indianapolis in July 2005. In that capacity, she oversees an institution with 5,250 students, including a branch campus in Athens, Greece, and doctoral programs in occupational therapy, physical therapy, and clinical psychology. The University of Indianapolis is home to more than 3,000 undergraduate students and supports a NCAA Division II athletic program. Before joining the University of Indianapolis, Pitts was Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Ball State University where she also served as Acting President. 

In addition to her educational career, Pitts has been active as a practicing journalist. She has been a staff writer, researcher, and communications consultant for the National Football League Players Association in Washington, DC. Results of her research with the NFLPA have appeared in more than 50 newspapers and magazines including USA Today, Newsday, Football Digest, and Sports Medicine.

Pitts’ research on the news writing process was published in “A Model for the News Writing Process,” in 1989. She has published more than 40 articles and a book, The Process of Media Writing.

Awards and fellowships include the Torchbearer Award in Education, Ball State Distinguished Alumni award, the Ball State Journalism Hall of Fame award, the National Football League Players Association Award of Excellence, the Anderson University Outstanding Alumni award, an Athena award for education, a Fulbright scholarship to study in Germany, the Ottoway Fellowship, and the American Press Institute Fellowship.

Pitts currently serves on the Education Roundtable, the Council on Adult and Experiential Learning, the Professional Athletes Foundation, United Way of Central Indiana, The Mind Trust Board, Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, Community Hospitals of Indiana Board, the Skyline Club, and the advisory board of Indianapolis Woman magazine. Pitts is a former chair of the Indiana Humanities Council and former national president of the National Association for General and Liberal Studies.

Pitts has a BA from Anderson University and an MA in journalism and a doctorate in higher education with a cognate in journalism from Ball State University. 

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Nancy Silvers Rogers

2011 Honoree
 

Nancy Silvers Rogers is the Executive Director of Christian Education for Eastern Star Church. Her responsibilities for the 12,000 plus member church, with three locations, includes the management of 40 staff and 25 ministries, program development, planning, implementation, and evaluation of a Childcare-Preschool/Kindergarten, JEWEL Bible Institute and Food Service, Sunday School, Children’s Church, and a multi-million dollar budget.

Prior to joining the church senior management staff, Rogers was an independent consultant and principal of Silvers and Associates, a consulting practice that specializes in strategic planning, organizational development, community development, and program management and evaluation.

Rogers has held key senior positions at the federal, state and local government levels, as well as the private sector. Rogers is a former Indianapolis Deputy Mayor. She has excelled in positions managing multi-functional organizations achieving results for operations, accountability and outcomes. She holds a BS in Communications, an MA in Public Administration and has done post-graduate studies at the University of Maryland and Crossroads Bible College of Indianapolis, Indiana. 

Rogers is an active member of Eastern Star Church and serves and has served on a variety of civic boards and task forces. Rogers is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. which was founded 1922 in Indianapolis on the Butler University campus. Reading, travel and golf are her passions.

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