“Climbing Mount Everest” – Jess Wedel

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In late May 2023, Jess Wedel became the first ovarian cancer survivor to summit Everest. Her team raised more than half a million dollars for research,

Oklahoma City native Jess Wedel has a drive to experience every single thing she can with the tiny life she has. Her friend gave her a blank canvas after she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at age 27 back in 2016. As her everyday life became increasingly more robotic and ruled by the goal of survival, painting became a source of uninhibited exploration and a space to be creative and curious about all that she was experiencing. Self-taught, Jess works with acrylics and primarily spends days or weeks on each piece, re-working colors and textures until her vision aligns.

When she is not painting, she is traveling solo, contemplating the short and full life of ants, and climbing mountains.






Chair of the Day
Cristy Callins

Cristy Callins is the Vice President of Preconstruction Services at Willowbrook Construction.  Her drive, determination and compassion set her apart from others in the construction industry.  Cristy has successfully built a career, grown a company, bucked traditional roles in the workplace, and raised a family who also give back to their communities.  Through her leadership, Cristy continues to improve K-12 education and promote women’s leadership.

She remains active in serving important positions in numerous community organizations too – both professional and charitable – bringing a full package of leadership, commitment, and philanthropy.

Cristy is a member of Leadership Oklahoma City Signature Class 40 and is a past Woman of the Year nominee recognized by the Journal Record.

Cristy has two sons and one grandchild.  Besides giving back to her community, she enjoys crossfit, mountain climbing, and simple downtime with friends and family.

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