Company: League of Women Voters
Location: Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Deborah Ann Turner, President at League of Women Voters (LWV), has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in cancer care and voting rights advocacy.
In June 2020, Dr. Tuner was elected the 20th Board President of the League of Women Voters, the nonprofit organization dedicated to the encouragement of voting by registering voters, providing voter information, and advocating for voting rights.
After obtaining a Bachelor of Science in distributed studies: zoology, chemistry and psychology from Iowa State University, Dr. Turner followed with a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Iowa and served a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at the MD Anderson Cancer Institute in Houston, Texas. She also provided superior care as a gynecologic oncologist for more than three decades, serving university programs at the University of Nebraska, the University of Iowa, and the Medical College of Wisconsin teaching residents and students. In addition, she practiced with the Genesis Medical Center, Davenport; the Mercy Cancer Center, Mason City; and the Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. She has served as vice president of the international and medical programs of The Outreach Program and traveled with a nonprofit group called Outreach to participate in twelve medical missions to Tanzania from 2011 to 2019.
Desiring to acquire in-depth knowledge on how policy affects education and medicine, Dr. Turner obtained a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Drake University in Des Moines in 2007. She joined the Des Moines Metropolitan League in 2010, serving as its president from 2011 to 2015, and additionally the League of Women Voters’ Iowa Board as the state vice president from 2011 to 2015, becoming co-president in 2015. Dr. Turner was elected to the League’s national Board of Directors in 2016 where she served on the Finance Committee, the Governance Committee, and chaired the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee.
Dr. Turner’s many honors include the Gertrude Rush Award from the National Bar Association in 2015, the Louise Noun Visionary Woman of the Year Award from Young Women’s Resource Center Des Moines in 2018, and her most treasured, a certificate from the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Care.
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