Monica Neeley, 33
Controller, Miller Truck Lines
As controller of Miller Truck Lines, a family owned and operated business, Neeley has the opportunity to work side by side with three generations of her family to keep the business at the top of the industry. “I am so proud of the culture at Miller Truck Lines,” she says. “We meet at the crossroads of innovation and tradition. Our brand upholds experience and forward thinking.” Although Neeley’s job keeps her busy, she prides herself on balancing her home and professional life. She and her husband have two children, and she says one of her favorite activities is watching them play sports. She also volunteers with OK2Grow, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma and Sustainable Tulsa. “While serving others, a sense of peace and happiness overcomes me,” she says.
Elizabeth Windel, 37
Principal Architect/Owner, Southern Design Group Architects
While people may not think of the personal relationships architects form with their clients, that aspect is one of Windel’s favorite parts of her job. “The relationships that we develop with our clients is very fulling,” she says. “I am honored every time we get selected for a project and have that chance to be a part of their lives and their future space.” She says Girls on the Run is a huge part of her life, and she serves on the board and as a volunteer coach. She credits her success to a support system of family and friends she can always count on. “My husband is also a business owner, and we work together so it can be hard when we both have a deadline, but thanks to the support system we’ve built, both personally and professionally, we can usually get everything done without the house burning down.”
Daniel Molina, M.D., 39
Family Medicine Physician and Chief Medical Officer, Oklahoma City Indian Clinic
Dr. Molina, a first-generation Mexican-American, says he loves that his job allows him to make a difference in people’s lives. “I love that I can be someone who listens when a patient is at their most vulnerable,” he says. “I love laughing with patients. I love to remember patients who are no longer alive, but who have taught me lessons that cannot be forgotten.” While he enjoys seeing patients who are proud of themselves for making significant changes in their lives, he is also happy when he says how proud his parents are with what he does for a living. “They are very simple people who didn’t have formal educations, but had an incredible work ethic, still to this day,” he says. “They invested their sweat equity in me, instilling the importance of education.” Dr. Molina says. When he’s not helping patients, he enjoys training for triathlons, and has completed two full distance Ironman races with a third planned for this summer. Molina says he has been fascinated by the U.S. Mail system since a first-grade field trip, and, if he weren’t a doctor, would “probably be one of the best mail carriers of all time,” because he thinks of the importance of love letters and and letters from soldiers to their families back home that have been sent through mail. “Every piece of mail would be so important to me as a mail carrier that I’d do just about anything to deliver the goods,” he says. Molina volunteers with the Go Mitch Go Foundation, the American Diabetes Association and the Tour de Cure, Cavett Kids Foundation, Colter’s Toybox and the Regional Food Bank.