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McCulloch, Velasques Named ‘Women of the Year’

Published: February 18th, 2002

Category: News

Elizabeth “Liz” McCulloch, director of social policy at the Center for Governmental Responsibility, and Carol Velasques, Faculty Support Center secretary, have been named Alachua/Bradford County Women of Distinction in recognition of their involvement and service to their communities. McCulloch, who has worked at the law school since 1980, teaches Poverty Law and Policy, and directs the Florida Bar Foundation Public Service Law Fellows program. Her longstanding and numerous activities include chairing the Board of Directors of the domestic violence shelter “Peaceful Paths,” and serving on a county task force on indigent health care. The task force helped the County Medical Society and County Commission create ‘We Care,’ which coordinates millions of dollars a year in free care by health practitioners and hospitals. She recently wrote a layperson’s guide to Florida’s welfare program for the benefit of low income people and social service providers. According to Professor Nancy Dowd, “She has brought an awareness of the real lives of poor people into the law school, and changed people’s lives with her dedication.” Velasques, in addition to working full-time at the law school since 1990, is in her eighth year as general manager of Gainesville’s Acrosstown Repertory Theater and is credited for much of its success. She has directed numerous plays over the last 20 years, and is noted for her production of compelling black theater. She is immediate past chair of the Gainesville/Alachua County Cultural Affairs Board and an instructor for the Gainesville Association for the Creative Arts, and has her own theater company. She frequently speaks at area schools on the history of African-Americans in American theater. “Carol is well-respected by business associates and considered a valuable resource by civic leaders and government officials alike,” said Robert Woods of the Gainesville/Alachua County Cultural Affairs Board, which named Velasques Outstanding Artist of the Year for 2001. “Her tireless efforts on behalf of community arts and disadvantaged youth are widely recognized.” McCulloch and Velasques will be honored March 12 at a luncheon at the Savannah Grande. Tickets available from Yvonne Currie (395.5507).

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