By Robert Barron, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
Several residents were honored Thursday as Enid Young Profession-als’ 10 Under 40 who have made outstanding contributions to the community.
Those recognized were: Whitney Box, city of Enid; Aaron Brownlee, Wymer Brownlee; Rynn Day, Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce; Casey Felix, Central National Bank; Catherine Gann, Integris Bass Baptist Health Center; Cindy Griesel, InterBank; Will Gungoll, Edward Jones Investments; Melissa Jenlink, Autry Technology Center; Cory Moore, Security National Bank; and Ashley Olivo, St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center.
After the presentation, Day said she was honored by the award.
“We are fairly new to Enid, and to be recognized ... I just wanted to jump into the community, and Enid opened its arms and gave me plenty of opportunities,” she said.
Jenlink also said the award was an honor.
“There were so many incredible candidates, I’m a little overwhelmed,” she said.
Jenlink thanked her employer, Autry Tech, for allowing her to be as active as she has been locally and at the state level.
“It’s easy to succeed in Enid because there are so many leaders and mentors to learn from,” Jenlink said.
Box said the award was a validation of the things she and other employees have done for the city of Enid. She thanked city officials for allowing her to work with other employees on projects that helped the city. She said she is thankful that through her foundations she has been able to educate the public about prescription drug abuse.
The 10 recipients were chosen from 33 people who were nominated. This is the second year for the awards. Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb, an Enid native, was speaker at Thursday’s reception at Convention Hall.
Recipients come from a variety of professions and volunteer with many organizations:
• Felix sits on the boards of Denny Price Family YMCA, Kiwanis Club, Leadership Greater Enid, PEO Chapter GM, and Enid Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. She was appointed to the state PEO finance committee and is a Vance Air Force Base honorary commander. She received the Women in Kiwanis award and Kiwanian of the Year from the Enid chapter. She is trust officer and vice president at Central National.
• Moore joined Security National Bank in 2004. He has been president of Northwest Oklahoma Bankers Association four times since 2005. He is a member of Enid Homebuilders Association and has served on the board of directors and is a past president. He is director of the SNB Adopt-a-Class for Air Force Association Chapter 214, and has volunteered for Enid Paws 4 the Cause. He is a vice president at SNB.
• Griesel is a member of the United Way Board of Directors, Enid Noon AMBUCs and both the finance and children’s committees of her church. She became one of the youngest vice presidents at InterBank at age 30. She has worked with Upward Bound students, including bringing them to the bank to learn about banking. She also is senior credit analyst at InterBank.
• Jenlink moved to Enid in 2003 and has been active in Kites Over Enid and Cherokee Strip Celebration. She is a member of the Tri-State Music Festival board and Inspire Greater Enid. She was named one of Eagle Marketing’s 10 to Watch, and received three Oklahoma School Public Relations and Communication awards. She is active with Oklahoma and national school public relations associations and CareerTech statewide marketing committee, and CareerTech communications and marketing associations. She is director of communications and marketing at Autry Tech.
• Gungoll is an Enid native who returned to Enid in 2011 and opened his own Edward Jones office. He is a member of the board of directors of Enid AM AMBUCs, Grand National Quail Club, Enid Parks Board, Enid Elks Lodge and Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of Kiwanis and is a certified 4-H shooting instructor. He has been awarded the Edward Jones Eagle Award and the Ted Jones Entrepreneurial Achievement Award.
• Gann served as a Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce Ambassador and has been involved in Enid Noon AMBUCS for seven years. She was a sponsorship chair for the annual Roberts Ranch Smokin’ Red Dirt Barbecue, and currently serves on the Tour de Trykes committee. She has served on the board of Miracle League for three years. She is marketing director at Bass.
• Brownlee has built a growing company and demonstrated a strong desire to serve the community on numerous boards and commissions. He encourages others and supports others in his business to be active. He serves on boards of Community Development Support Association and United Way, and was appointed to the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission. He has been active with Leadership Greater Enid, Enid Arts and the Autry Educational Foundation. He was a member of the Enid Public Schools Facilities Committee.
• Olivo is a recent transplant to Enid. She is on the board of several organizations, including the Jayla Alexis Tuck Cancer Foundation, Hospice Circle of Love, United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma. She also is the Tour de Trykes and Twilight Criterium marketing chair for Enid Noon AMBUCS. She is business development director of St. Mary’s.
• Box is a native of Enid and a member of the David Allen Memorial Ballpark NJCAA and Great American Conference Committee. She also serves at the city representative with Main Street Enid. She operates a foundation bringing awareness to prescription drug abuse in Enid and across the state. This has allowed her to speak at numerous venues and helped lead Gov. Mary Fallin to acknowledge the organization this year. She is director of strategic and long-range planning for the city.
• Day moved to Enid in 2010 and is active in many groups. She is involved in Gaslight Theatre, Enid Young Professionals and is on the board of Enid YWCA. She is active in her church’s youth group, currently serves as membership and special events coordinator for Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce. She has organized and presented the chamber in all social media facets, including implementing the first Enid app called GoLocal, which allow users to search for information about chamber members. She is a member of Inspire Enid and was the chamber representative for the Enid branding initiative.
Enid Young Professionals was created to attract and retain young professionals in Enid, and foster the next generation of leaders for the community.