Amber Fitzgerald cops coveted honor in Enid

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Sep 20, 2012 - 8:41:30 AM

Amber (Graham) FitzgeraldFormer Marlow resident Amber (Graham) Fitzgerald was recently honored as one of Enid’s brightest up-and-coming civic and business leaders during that community’s first-ever Enid Young Professionals 10 Under 40 Awards luncheon.
Amber was among 42 nominees for the honor, and one of 10 to receive the inaugural award.
The daughter of Mike and Becky Graham of Marlow, Amber is a 1995 graduate of Marlow High School, where she was a member of the MHS exPRESS staff and the cheerleading squad.
During the summer after graduation, she interned at The Marlow Review, then accepted a position with the Weatherford Daily News later that summer. She was eventually asked to pen a column, “Amber Waves,” for the newspaper.
In the fall of 1995, Amber entered Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford. While attending SWOSU, she served as editor of the college newspaper. During her senior year, she met a representative for the Enid News and Eagle at a job fair.
She earned a bachelor of arts in journalism at SWOSU in 1998 and soon afterward went to work for the Enid News and Eagle, where she was named the educational reporter almost immediately.
In 2000, Amber was hired by the Enid public schools as director of communications, and has since added director of human resources for the school district to her résumé, currently serving in both capacities.
She volunteers her time and talents to a number of local organizations in Enid, including PEGASYS, the United Way, the YMCA, the Cherokee Strip Community Foundation, the Enid Public Schools Foundation, the advisory council for DHS’ foster grandparent program, and Inspire Greater Enid. She has also served as an honorary commander for Vance Air Force Base in Enid.
Amber has been married to Scott Fitzgerald since 1998. Principal of Enid’s Longfellow Middle School, he is the son of Shella Fitzgerald of Ardmore, a former algebra teacher at MHS, and Sam Fitzgerald of Lake Texoma.
Amber and Scott live in Enid with their two daughters, 11-year-old Baylee and 7-year-old Cassidy. They attend Emmanuel Baptist Church.
Amber has one sister, Karlie (Graham) Long of Marlow.
Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb, keynote speaker, invited Amber and the other nominees and honorees to attend the lieutenant governor’s Young Professional Conference scheduled for this Friday in Oklahoma City.