American Mothers honors women who have attained national attention for their work encouraging and helping mothers. We celebrate their efforts by awarding them the honorary title of America’s Mother of Achievement.
Congratulations to 2020 American Mother of Achievement Award Recipient: Nina Westbook.
Nina Westbrook is a wife, mother, Marriage and Family Therapist, and the founder of The Little Ark Boutique in Oklahoma City. She has dedicated most of her professional life to nurturing and assisting others to fulfill their emotional and psychological needs.
Before Nina settled into a career in Marriage and Family Therapy, she was a collegiate athlete at the University of California Los Angeles where she studied English, and psychology. Nina went on to receive her master in arts in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy.
Nina and her husband, Russell, live in Houston with their three young children. The Westbrooks work together on outreach and events to support his Why Not? Foundation which focuses on children, promotes youth literacy, and offers help to kids dealing with hardship. Nina and Russell can be spotted serving meals during the foundation’s annual Thanksgiving event or surprising families in need during Christmas.
As a mom in the public eye, Nina was selected because of her “real life” and relatable depiction of working motherhood, coupled with her heart for helping others. Nina will share her thoughts on work-life balance, the importance of being real with one another, and taking better care of ourselves.
Congratulations to the 2019 American Mother of Achievement Award Recipient: Ree Drummond
Award-winning blogger, photographer, and celebrity chef from Bartlesville, Oklahoma who first grew a fan base around her award-winning blog, “The Pioneer Woman,” Ree Drummond launched her career when she began writing about life as a cattle rancher’s wife on their Osage County cattle ranch. As her content grew, including a food section filled with recipes, so did her fan base—eventually attracting over 20 million page views per month. This led to cookbook deals and her first televised appearance in 2010 on the Food Network’s, Throwdown! with Bobby Flay, where she beat the celebrity chef in a Thanksgiving-themed cooking contest. The following year, her successful television series, The Pioneer Woman was launched. In 2016, Ree opened the The Pioneer Woman Mercantile in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, home of the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve. Known as “The Merc,” the 25,000-square-foot historical building, purchased and renovated by the Drummonds, includes a two-level restaurant, retail store, and bakery. The Merc attracts visitors from all fifty states (and many countries) to Pawhuska and the surrounding area. Earlier this year, she opened The Boarding House—a three-story, eight-room hotel right down the street from the Mercantile, a pizza restaurant, and an event space. A steakhouse in Pawhuska will open later this year. Ree lives on the family ranch with her husband Ladd and their four children.