New Rotarians July 2020-June 2021

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8-4-2020

Brittany Attaway is the Director of Corporate Development and Community Relations for Delaware Resource Group.

Raised on a cattle and wheat farm in Okeene, Oklahoma, Brittany drove an hour round trip each day to attend school and a trip to the “big city” meant shopping in Enid.

She grew up singing and performing and was a competitor in the Miss Teen Oklahoma and Miss Oklahoma programs for five years. Through the scholarship pageants, she was able to pay for, and graduate from, Oklahoma City University with her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications.

She enjoys singing and volunteering at St. Luke’s where her husband is the campus pastor at the Edmond campus. She is a member of Junior League of Oklahoma City and just graduated for Leadership Oklahoma City’s LOYAL program. She also actively supports several organizations including Upward Transitions, YWCA, and Peaceful Family Solutions.

Brittany met her husband of seven years at OCU and together, they recently welcomed their daughter, Lucy.

Rotarian Sponsors Ted Streuli, Phil Busey and Phil Greenwald

 

Anne Holzberlein is the Vice President for Advancement with The University of Central Oklahoma.

Anne grew up outside of St. Louis and St. Petersburg, Florida. While working for Delta Airlines in Memphis, she met her husband who was attending dental school at the University of Tennessee. His Oklahoma roots brought them to Oklahoma where he set up practice. Shortly after her children started school, she began attending the University of Central Oklahoma for fun and loved it so much, she completed both a Bachelors and Masters degree in Interior Design.

Anne has seven grandchildren and through them attends a multitude of sporting events. In her free time, she also plays pickleball, does a lot of reading, plays mah jong and enjoys her golden retriever who is training to be a therapy dog.

Rotarian Sponsors Emily Lang, Lou Kerr, and Georgia Fiering

 

John Whitaker is the Business Development and Financial Manager for Flintco.

John was born in South Carolina but grew up in Roswell, Georgia. The University of Oklahoma brought him to Oklahoma where he graduated with a degree in Finance.

After living in Tulsa for a few years and Denver for three, John and his wife welcomed their son in 2018 and decided to move closer to family which brought him back to Oklahoma City.

In his free time, John loves playing golf, watching any sporting event he can find, skiing and spending time with his family. Additionally, he has developed a passion for fundraising. He recently planned and executed a charity golf tournament benefitting the Mercy Health Foundation and raised $75,000 for their foundation. Expect a call from President David soon, John…

Rotarian Sponsors Betsy Brunsteter, Jennifer Seal, and Meg Salyer


9-15-2020

Julie Buthman is General Counsel with for Delaware Resource Group of Oklahoma.

Minus a year of studying abroad in France, Julie has called Oklahoma City home since birth. Her parents are from New Jersey so she was probably one of the few Oklahomans who grew up thinking “coffee” was pronounced “cwafee”.

Julie is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelors of Business and earned her Juris Doctor from Oklahoma City University School of Law.

While in law school, Julie met her husband while studying for the bar exam together. Through that process, they managed not to kill each other and they both passed the board, so decided they made a good team and started dating. 12 years later and they have two toddlers, Albie and Yael.

In her spare time, Julie loves to cook, be active and spending time with her family. Knitting and crossword puzzles are her favorite calming hobbies. Her new hobbies during the pandemic involve working from home with her two helpers.

Rotarian Sponsors Phil Busey, Brittany Attaway, and Sara Jane Smallwood Cocke

 

Many of you will recognize Joleen Chaney as the main evening anchor on KFOR-TV.

Born in Fairview and raised in Rush Springs, Joleen is a sixth generation Oklahoma. She completed her Bachelors in Communications and Broadcast Journalism from Cameron University and began her career with KFOR in 2007 working in a reporter position before eventually becoming the 4, 6 and 10 main anchor. In her role, she also writes and produces franchise pieces for “Pay it 4Ward” and “A Heart 4 Kids” segments.

In her spare time, Joleen is a runner and participates in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon each year. She’s run the full and the half and aspires to run a qualifying time for the Boston Marathon one day. She’s also participated in the Redman Triathlon completing the half as a part of charity fundraising.

Joleen enjoys volunteering her free time and voice to nonprofits, especially those that benefit children and underprivileged women. She and her two sons also enjoy hiking the Wichita Mountains and eating at local restaurants. As she says, “growing boys love to eat!”

Rotarian Sponsors Wes Milbourn, Jill Merritt, and Mike Turpen


9-29-2020

Meredith Kemp is the Director of Professional services for Delaware Resource Group.

Meredith was born in Tulsa and moved with her family to Wetumka while her father practiced rural hospital medicine. They only spent a few years there before moving to Seminole where she would remain through high school. She honored her family tradition of attending Oklahoma State University and completed her Bachelors of Business Marketing.  Meredith went on to complete her MBA at the University of Central Oklahoma while working fulltime for her previous employer.

When not at work, she loves to be with friends and family, attend church events at OKC Community Church where she sings on the Worship Team, listen to live music, travel, hosting game nights trying new restaurants, and taking her sheltie puppy, Mellie, for walks.

Meredith is passionate about the city and the leadership potential it provides for her generation. She is a graduate from Leadership Oklahoma City’s LOYAL program where she said she learned many invaluable things but especially the importance of a good happy hour!

One fun fact is that Meredith’s birthday is on Halloween which always makes for fun celebrations.

Rotarian Sponsors Phil Busey and Brittany Attaway

 

 

Heidi Russell is the Executive Director of Coalition of Oklahoma Breastfeeding Advocates.

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Heidi is the youngest of five children, and as you will soon discover with our next introduction, she is an identical twin. Her family moved to Claremore when she was in the fifth grade and she stayed there until she began her freshman year at the University of Central Oklahoma. Upon completion of her degree in journalism, she accepted a position with Governor George Nigh and has lived in Oklahoma City ever since. Heidi went on to also obtain her Masters in Urban Affairs.

In her spare time, Heidi is an avid Jazzerciser and walker, loves to read, is a self-proclaimed Doberman lover, and lives for weekends at the lake. Her favorite vacation spot is Mackinac Island, she has a guilty pleasure of reading People Magazine, and loves Coke… the real stuff, no diet.

She comes to us from West Oklahoma City Rotary where she was a member for 22 years and is a past president. Fun fact, her son was a Junior Rotarian for our club while he attended Bishop McGuiness

Rotarian Sponsors Patrick Raglow, Chip Carter, and Cori Loomis

 

Heather Walter is a very active community volunteer.

As you might have guessed, Heather was born in Detroit, Michigan. One of her sisters married a native Tulsan and moved to Oklahoma in 1977. At that point, her father was close to retirement and tired of shoveling snow so he moved the rest of the family to Claremore shortly afterwards. Heather will describe that there was basically a dairy farm in her back yard and their views consisted of the sweetest Holstein cows.

Heather is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma and was a member of the first President’s Leadership Council. She holds a Masters of Arts in Philanthropic studies from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

She is a past board member for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, volunteers often at Westminster School, and current member and past board member for the Oklahoma City Orchestra League.

Her areas of interest include documentaries, art, paper and textiles, traveling and social justice issues. She is also a former Peace Corp volunteer and taught English in Lithuania from 1992-1994.

Heather also comes to us from West Oklahoma City Rotary where she was a member for 16 years and a past president. Additionally, she was a Team Leader for our district’s Wings of Rotary team to Japan.

Rotarian Sponsors Ron Stakem, Jerome Holmes, and Cori Loomis


8-13-2020

Justin Smith is the Associate Vice President of Philanthropy for Oklahoma State University Foundation.

Justin was born on Pease Air Force Base in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. His childhood moved him to Florida, Germany, England and Illinois before his father finished his Air Force career at the National Severe Storms Lab in Norman.

Justin attended Florida College and the University of South Florida where he obtained a BA in International Studies. As he stated, his dreams of becoming a Foreign Service Officer were put to rest when he married a young lady from Kansas who didn’t share his interest in living thousands of miles away. He followed his interests and bride to Pittsburg State University where he completed an MA in History.

Justin’s free time is spent primarily with his family and activities revolving around their 10, 13 and 16 year-olds. He is the deacon of the youth program at his church and he and his wife coach a variety of sports including football, basketball, baseball, volleyball and track. He also spends a week with his family in Contact Mission in Tulsa where youth have the opportunity to mentor and show their love for kids that come from difficult backgrounds and describes it as the best thing they do as a family.

When he has the chance to sneak away, he’s like to be outdoors and enjoys hiking, fishing, and road trips to someplace he’s never been.

Rotarian Sponsors Jake Yunker and Michelle Morrow

 

Stacy Dykstra began a new chapter in her career yesterday as the new CEO of Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.

Stacy was born in Vallejo, California where her father served in the Navy. Before she turned two, her parents moved their family back to Oklahoma City where they met while attending Harding High School. She would eventually graduate from Heritage Hall herself and feels fortunate to have been raised in a friendly and supportive community.

Motivated to ensure young children thrive, Stacy earned her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education at the University and began her career teaching kindergarten. She has since earned her Masters Degree from the University of Central Oklahoma and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum from the University of Oklahoma.

She and her husband, Chris, have two daughters and a very large, extended family. Favorite family trips include water sports, snow sports or hiking. In her spare time, Stacy enjoys volunteering and spending time with her family and friends. Playing games, whether indoors or out, are always her first choice for fun.

Rotarian Sponsors David Mayfield, Jane Jenkins and Kendra Robben


10-27-2020

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