By Don Bolding

Killeen Daily Herald

About 20 members of the Dynamis Chapter of the American Business Women's Association celebrated their president being named the chapter's Woman of the Year at a luncheon Wednesday at the Killeen Community Center.

Denise Hernandez, an independent consultant for Tarah Cosmetics, is in her second term as chapter president. She has been chair of the education committee and "is always ahead of upcoming activities – delegating, encouraging those who are responsible, or assuming leadership herself when she sees the need," the nomination letter stated.

"This service has kept me growing in ways I never thought I would," Hernandez said. "I'm honored by your confidence in me."

She holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Tarleton State University. A member of the Dynamis Chapter since 2003, she is a volunteer in different ministries, particularly with youth, at Grace Christian Center. After her husband retired from the military, she was a supply clerk and a secretary at Fort Hood while he went to nursing school.

The featured speaker was Karola Anthony, who has held many local offices in the Globe chapter, and has been named in the top 10 ABWA members in the nation.

A German native who married an American serviceman, Anthony has been in the United States since 1951 and has been a citizen since 1955. She is an IRS-authorized enrolled agent who can represent taxpayers. She began work with certified public accountant Ray Lott in 1961 and continues to work with Lott, Vernon & Co. PC

"I stopped being that little German girl' when I was named to the top 10 in 1971 and was recognized by the Chamber of Commerce for the exposure I brought to Killeen," Anthony said. "Who had ever heard of Killeen in 1971?"

Wanona Stallings, chair of the Woman of the Year committee for the Globe Chapter, announced its honoree will be revealed at a dinner at 6:30 p.m. today at Howard Johnson's. The event, with the theme "Share the Power," begins with networking at 6 p.m.

Attendees will include 25 of the chapter's past Women of the Year, Stallings said.

Contact Don Bolding at or call (254) 501-7557

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