For years, Kristina Ross has been attending the Women in Tyler Luncheon, an event honoring women for community service.
She will be attending the luncheon again. This time as one of the honorees.
Ross is one of seven women who will be lauded at the luncheon set for March 19 at Rose Garden Center.
Also being honored are Daye Collins, Laura Cano, Yaziri Orrostieta, Carol Swanson and Cheryl Garmon. Judith Guthrie, a retired federal judge, will be presented Women in Tyler’s first Legacy Award, recognizing a lifetime of service.
The honorees were announced Monday during a reception at McClendon House. They were selected by a committee that looked at nominations received from the community.
“I am so honored to be selected,” Ross said. “I have been coming to the luncheon every year since I moved back to Tyler, and it’s truly an honor to be among these ladies.”
Dorinda Henderson-Williams, one of the co-chairs of Women in Tyler, said the honorees are “phenomenal” and represent many interests.
“They are showing that women can do anything,” she said.
Elva Estrada, the other committee chair, said the luncheon draws attention to women whose efforts often are underappreciated and go unrecognized.
“They have hidden talents that we are a shining a light on and bringing their glow out,” she said.
Women in Tyler was founded in 1999 to observe Women’s History Month in March.
Tickets to the luncheon cost $30 and can be purchased on the committee’s website, womenintyler.com. Reservations and payments also can be may be made by mail to Women in Tyler at P.O. Box 1432, Tyler, TX, 75710.
Judith Guthrie retired in 2013 as a U.S. magistrate judge. Before that, she was in private practice with her late husband, John Hannah. She received her law degree from the University of Houston.
She was instrumental in the founding of Women in Tyler and Gateway to Hope, a resource center for the homeless. As a community volunteer, she has served on boards of The Women’s Fund of Smith County and Habitat for Humanity.
Keep Texas Beautiful awarded her its outstanding individual leadership award in 2006. She was named Preservationist of the Year in Tyler in 2012 by Historic Tyler.
As a sports agent, Kristina Ross works with professional athletes in sports ranging from boxing to football. She is certified to be an adviser to the NFL Players Association and the National NBA Players Association.
Ross is the chairman of the Black History Bowl Committee, a member of Junior League of Tyler and serves on the board of the nonprofit help agency PATH. She also has served on the Smith County Young Lawyers Association’s board.
She has a law degree from St. Mary’s School of Law in San Antonio.
Cheryl Garmon has spent her life helping others throughout a career as a nurse. Last year, she was in the University of Texas at Tyler’s inaugural class of Doctor of Nursing Practice students.
Garmon is a member of the National Black Nurses Association and has served on the board of the Alzheimer’s Alliance of Smith County. She graduated from the Texas Eastern School of Nursing, now Tyler Junior College’s school of nursing. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UT Tyler.
Daye Collins has served on several community boards and committees including Tyler Civic Theatre, Women in Tyler and McClendon House Society, where she helped preserve the historic home.
She is on the Smith County Historical Society Board of Directors.
Collins was a teacher for many years at Bishop Thomas K. Gorman Catholic School and is a graduate of the Leadership Texas program.
Yaziri “Yo” Orrostieta
Yaziri Orrostieta is the CEO of WorkHub Tyler, a membership-based professional co-working space, and previously served as a vice president at Heritage Land Bank and as digital marketing manager at Mentoring Minds.
She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Tyler and a master’s degree from the University of North Texas. She has experience in banking and lending and mentors aspiring and new business owners.
Laura Cano is the executive director for human resources at Tyler ISD and president of Hispanic Professionals Association of Tyler. Her involvement in the community focuses on promoting leadership development for working professionals.
She has had numerous volunteer roles and continues to encourage others despite losing a teenage son to cancer.
Carol Swanson is a former Ms. Texas Senior Pageant winner and has received the organization’s Mary Frances Hansen Community Service Award.
She is known for her acts of kindness, such as baking and delivering cookies to first responders. She has been involved in fundraising for nonprofits and donates her time at Hospice of East Texas and other organizations.