Members of the 2014 Journal Record Class of “Achievers Under 40” were honored for their professional and community achievements Thursday at a luncheon at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City. 

Honorees were 39 young professionals from all across Oklahoma who not only work hard, but also strive to make Oklahoma a better place. Organizers stated that the honorees have proven themselves in their professions, and have also clearly demonstrated a commitment to the communities where they live. Nicole Hayes was among the honorees this year.  Nicole works as the Monitoring, Compliance and Outreach Manager for Workforce Tulsa.  Nicole is also a graduate of the Family & Children’s Services Women In Recovery program.

Women in Recovery (WIR) is an intensive outpatient alternative for eligible women facing long prison sentences for non-violent, drug-related offenses. Operated in partnership with the George Kaiser Family Foundation,WIR works closely with the criminal justice system and various community partners to ensure program participants receive supervision, substance abuse and mental health treatment, education, workforce readiness training and family reunification services.

The entire staff of Women In Recovery is so very proud of Nicole and her accomplishments.  Nicole is a shining example of what can happen in a program designed for women who are dedicated to changing their lives and becoming positive, contributing members of our community.  Nicole’s co-workers at Workforce Tulsa are also proud of her.  The Executive Director of Workforce Tulsa, Shelley Cadamy Munoz, said this when asked about hiring Nicole, “We hope her story will help employers understand when they don’t consider hiring people with a criminal background, they’re missing out on some pretty stellar employees, like Nicole.”

Congratulations to Nicole Hayes for this prestigious honor!

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