The Cathy Williams Partner of the Year Award was established in 2011 recognizing the leadership that Cathy Williams contributed as Partners in Education Program Director from 1998-2011. The award honors an individual who demonstrates long-term and consistent support to a school through the PIE program.
Cathy Williams Partner of the Year Award Winners
Tim Bailey, Candy Craze
Tim was nominated for the Cathy Williams award because of his impact and commitment to the students at his Partner school, Chaffin Junior High. Since his business, Candy Craze, partnered with Chaffin in 2010, Tim has contributed both his time and resources, helping to recognize students for their various achievements. He has also volunteered many hours as a mentor in "The Edge" program, which seeks to provide good male role models for seventh and eighth grade boys in need of accountability.
Keith Cummings, Gerber
Keith has been a volunteer for PIE for more than ten years through his employer, Gerber. Keith attends all Partners meetings, organizes events and celebrations and assumes many other responsibilities to help assist the students and faculty at Howard Elementary School. He is well-known to the students and teachers as "Mr. Keith" and plays an active role in many of their lives. He makes it his mission to keep kids in school and to help them understand that actions have consequences. Keith has also served on the PIE Advisory Board and helps organize the annual PIE Food Drive benefitting the Community Services Clearinghouse.
Dana Craig, OG&E
Dana Craig was the winner of the inaugural Cathy Williams Partner of the Year Award. Best known as "Ms. OG&E," Dana has been a fixture at Cavanaugh Elementary School and in the Partners in Education program for more than 20 years. Through her employer, OG&E, she has been instrumental in coordinating PIE activities for Cavanaugh and in supporting the teachers, staff and students at the school. Dana has also served as both a member and as the Chairperson of the PIE Advisory Board.