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28 AUGUST 10-16, 2011 Religion


EVANGELIST LOLA MAE THORPE Pastor


Northside Institutional COGIC Evangelist Lola M. Thorpe, DD, has


served as spiritual leader to hundreds of people in the region and throughout the country during her tenure as a pastor. Serving as co-pastor to husband, Bishop E.O. Thorpe Sr. at Northside In- stitutional Church for more than 40 years, she was appointed as full pastor in 2006 after the Bishop fell ill. Over the course of her career, Thorpe has created the Interdenominational Prayer Lun- cheon, the “So You’re the Pastor’sWife” seminar, and broadcast the “Moments of Inspiration” radio showformore than 10 years, among many other accom- plishments. A retired member of the Pittsburgh Board of Education, Thorpe is also author of the book, “When God Gave My Daughter Back,” a true story published in PurposeMagazine in 1997. An enthusiastic fundraiser, Thorpe has raised $17,000 in twomonths for emer- gency upkeep of the church and gath- ered $10,000 to help renovate its dining hall. Thorpe received her Doctorate of Divinity from North Carolina College of Theology in 2008. She is the mother of six adult children, grandmother of 18 and great-grandmother of four.


WOMEN OF EXCELLENCE 2011


SHELLEY FANT UKU President


Business FCG Solutions Inc.


As founder of a specialty chemical sales company that serves clients throughout the country, Shelly


Fant Uku has also made serving the community in Pittsburgh one of her top priorities. After gradu- ating from Hampton University with a bachelor’s in marketing and from Cleveland State University with a Ju- rist Doctorate, Uku served as assistant vice president and senior attorney at Federal Home Loan Bank of Pitts- burgh. She established FCG Solutions Inc. in 2000, quickly growing the com- pany to support government entities and the private sector organizations throughout the country. Honors she has received as a business leader in- clude being selected as one of Penn- sylvania’s Best 50 women in Business in 2009 and designation as theMinor- ity Small Business Person of the Year in 2008 by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Her community com- mitments include serving on the board of the Holy Family Institute Foundation, serving as a member of the Women President’s Organization and being an active member of the African American Chamber of Com- merce, among many others. Uku and her husband, Eustace, live in Fox Chapel with their two daughters.


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