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


11-17-2020

Christopher May  is Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of Delaware Resource Group. He holds an impressive five degrees: a Bachelor of Arts from Baylor University, a Bachelor or Arts from University of Arkansas at Little Rock, a Juris Doctorate from University of Arkansas at Little Rock, a Masters of Public Administration from The University of Oklahoma, and a Master of Laws from The George Washington University School of Law.

Originally from Arkansas, Christopher found his way to Oklahoma through the United States Air Force. He was first assigned to Tinker Air Force Base in 2002 and immediately fell in love with the area. He was waived into the Oklahoma Bar and picked up a graduate degree at OU in hopes he would retire here someday. He was fortunate when the Air Force sent him back to Tinker again. It was an unexpected move but the timing was perfect. After a 22-year career with the Air Force, Christopher retired this year as a Colonel and Judge Advocate. As Christopher said, he’s incredibly proud to join Delaware Resource Group and continue to serve his country and support the warfighter from in a different way.

Pre-COVID, he and his family enjoyed traveling a great deal. He loves golf but does not get to play nearly as often as he would like. He describes himself as a rabid St. Louis Cardinals fan and usually attends a few games each season. And, like most people in this state, Christopher’s entire emotional well-being during the fall is dependent upon how well his college football teams are doing.

Rotarian Sponsors Phil Busey, Brittany Attaway, and Meredith Kemp

 

Heath Tate is a Principal Architect with MA+ Architecture.

Originally born in Longmont, Colorado, Heath grew up in Southwest Oklahoma outside of Altus. His love of OU basketball brought him to Norman we he pursued architecture as a field of study and would eventually graduate with his Bachelor of Architecture.

Heath was hired as an intern at MA+ and has stayed with the firm throughout his entire professional career and became a partner in the firm in 2014.

If you haven’t already guessed, from what drove him to the University of Oklahoma, OU basketball is still an area of passion for Heath and it’s led him to join the OU Tip-In Club and become a part of the executive committee over the last several years. When not otherwise busy with work or OU basketball, Heath loves to read and tries to read as much as possible. Additionally, he loves photography, hiking, and being outdoors as much as possible. I’m sure being outdoors often includes his other loves – his dogs.

Rotarian Sponsors Andy Rine, Gary Armbruster, and Randy Nance

 

Ahniwake Rose‘s  entire family is from Oklahoma and she spent her youth in Owasso before moving out-of-state when she was in high school. Although her career kept her out of state for several years, she was lucky enough to come home very summer. She moved her daughters back to Oklahoma last year where she is excited to watch them grow up with family and the Oklahoma community.

Ahniwake earned a Bachelors of Science in Communication from Arizona State University and a Masters in Communication from Bowling Green State University.

Ahniwake is a citizen of Cherokee Nation and also of Muscogee descent. She and her daughters are loving getting out and exploring Oklahoma. There has been so much growth in the state and she’s loved the opportunity to share that with them. Her mother and brother own land in Ramona and the girls love going out to see the country. They are always looking for great hiking spots so please send her ideas! If work, adventures, and her daughters wasn’t enough, she is also attempting to learn the guitar right now.

Rotarian Sponsors Jane Jenkins, Janet Vernon and Lou Kohlman

 

Lisa  Reed is the President and Executive Director of Peaceful Family.

She is a native Oklahoman who grew up in Guthrie, and later, in Choctaw where her dad ran the town’s OTASCO stores. She holds a Master of Social Work in Administration and Community Practice from the University of Oklahoma and a BA in sociology from the University of Central Oklahoma. Lisa is also a Certified Public Manager.

In her spare time, she loves outdoor activities with her family including hiking, fishing, and mountain-biking. Her favorite spectator sports are cycling and bull-riding while her favorite arts are the visual arts and orchestral music. She is new to genealogical research and has just begun to document her family’s story. She is crazy about Christmas and her 93-year old grandmother…but not necessarily in that order!

Rotarian Sponsors Ted Streuli, Betsy Brunsteter and Mary Jenkins


11-24-2020

Michael Anderson is the President and CEO of the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. He is originally from Watertown, Minnesota, a small town outside of Minneapolis. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in European Studies from Hillsdale College, a Master of Art in Cinema Studies from New York University, and a PhD in History of Art and Film Studies from Yale University.

Michael first came to Oklahoma City in 2014 to become the Film Curator of the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. His interview for the position was the first time he had ever been to Oklahoma.

As you might have guessed based on his studies and career path, he has been an extremely avid movie-lover and writer on film since college. His passion for movies has taken him to film festivals through Europe and North America. He is also an equally committed ice hockey fan and was the captain of his high school team in Minnesota.

Rotarian Sponsors Terri Cooper, Chuck Wiggin, Cynda Ottaway and Meg Salyer

 

Andrea Frymire is the Vice President of Midwest Housing Equity Group. She holds a Bachelor’s in Finance from Radford University and a Master of Real Estate Investment and Analysis from Columbia College.

Andrea was born just a bit down the road at St. Anthony’s hospital and grew up by Lake Thunderbird. She spent years living in Southwest Virginia. During a trip home to spend Christmas with family in 2000, she was snowed in. She happened to meet her husband while stuck here and ended up moving back to Oklahoma City in 2002.

Andrea has a few loves including her family, her in-laws, and travel. She travels frequently with her mother-in-law. Now that her daughter can drive herself, she’s been spending her free time working on agility training with her Australian Shepherd. She also loves to read and garden.

Rotarian sponsors Bart Binning, Jerrod Shouse and Dennis Shockley

 

Thomas Grossnicklaus is the Assistant Attorney General with the Oklahoma Attorney Generals Office. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Oklahoma City University and a Juris Doctorate from Oklahoma City University School of Law.

Thomas grew up in Hinton, Oklahoma and graduated from Piedmont High School. He joined the US Marine Corps following high school and served for five years in a Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team unit. After his service, he moved back to Oklahoma City and began to pursue his educational goals.

In his spare time, some of his hobbies include OU football, Thunder basketball, politics, and spending time with his wife Emily and their two dogs.

Rotarian Sponsors Jake Yunker, Carole Kelley, and Julia Jernigan Smith

 

Kristen  Hodges is a Physician Assistant with SSM Health Bone and Joint. He holds a Bachelor of Science Education from the University of Kansas and Master of Health Science from University of Oklahoma Health Science Center. After completed her education, she was certified by the National Commission on certification of Physician Assistants and she’s been practicing as an orthopedic PA since.

She was born and raised in Oklahoma City, and she and her family now reside in Quail Creek and love being a part of such a great neighborhood.

She enjoys any amount of time she gets to spend with family and friends. She enjoys cooking, gardening, spending time at Lake Eufaula or Grand Lake and traveling pre-COVID. She’s involved in several committees in Quail Creek and is currently trying to kick-start a committee for a neighborhood cookbook.

Rotarian Sponsors Jim Loftis, J. Don Harris and Jim David

 

Stephen Zahn is the General Manager of Hahn-Cook/Street & Draper Funeral Directors and Rose Hill Burial Park. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Westminster College and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Central Oklahoma.

Stephen is a 4th generation Oklahoman. His great-grandfather came to Oklahoma and established the C.R. Anthony Company. He was born in California while his father served in the Navy but they returned to Oklahoma where he was raised. After graduating from Westminster College, he returned to Oklahoma City and began his career with Hahn-Cook/Street & Draper.

When he is not working, he enjoys playing golf, working in the yard, OU football and spending time at the lake with his family and friends. Being married to a middle school principal, he his passionate about education and particularly Oklahoma City public schools. He and his wife have two daughters in college and love being parents.

Rotarian Sponsors Jeff Simpsen, Mike McAuliffe and Jim Loftis


12-15-2020

Susan Bohl is the Executive Director of OKIE 8-1-1, the statewide notification center you contact to have underground utility lines located and marked before you dig.

She was born in Oklahoma and grew up in Midwest City before moving to Edmond in 1990. Susan graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis in Computer Science.

She currently serves as Board Treasurer for OKC Pipeliners Club and is a member of Common Ground Alliance, Oklahoma Gas Association, and Facility Notification Centers Association.

In her spare time, she enjoys playing golf, traveling, watching movies and hanging out with her dogs and grand-dogs… they usually mind her, don’t talk back, and give her lots of love!

Rotarian Sponsors Jeanean Yanish, David Mayfield, and Ellen Fleming

 

Aaron Curry  is Partner with Catalyst Financial Group and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University.

He is a fourth generation Oklahoma whose father was an officer in the Army. While his parents were stationed at Great Lakes Naval Hospital, Aaron was born highly premature and required many surgeries to heal. Just six months after he was born, his parents moved back to Oklahoma City.

In his spare time, he and his family like to travel, bike, and do various workouts. He is passionate about the constitution and how good government can cause human flourishing.

Rotarian sponsors Emily Lang, Pat Potts, and Clayton Taylor

 

Scott Inman is the Chief Business Development Officer for Simmons Bank and was a longtime Rotarian with Del City Rotary Club where he is a Past President.

Scott was born and raised in Del City – the grandson of two WWII veterans who made their way to Tinker AFB after the war.

He attended the University of Oklahoma where he received his Bachelor of Art in Political Science and subsequently attended OU’s College of Law and graduated with his Juris Doctor. While practicing law, he was elected to serve in the Oklahoma State House of Representatives and was elected to serve as House Minority Leader for nearly nine years.

Scott is passionate about spending time with his two girls, politics, St. Louis Cardinals baseball, Oklahoma football, and learning to play golf.

Rotarian Sponsors Jennifer Hamer, Alex Kaiser, and David Walters

 

 Stacy McNeiland  is the CEO of The CARE Center and Founder of ROAR.

She was born in Texas but considers herself 100% Okie! Her family moved to Oklahoma City in 1975 and she can’t imagine living anywhere else.

She is a Putnam City Pirate who also went to the University of Central Oklahoma and received her Bachelor of Arts in public relations while on a dance scholarship. She also holds her Masters from Oklahoma City University.

She is passionate about helping children find freedom from their abuse and serving our state through volunteer and leadership positions. Stacy is dedicated to her family and friends and is the happiest while spending time with them. She loves to travel, shop, read, listen to music and advocate for animals. Fun fact, her first job was wearing a Post Office Eagle costume!

Rotarian Sponsors Emily Lang, Georgia Fiering, and Lezel Safi

 

Hunter Paul is Director of Community Relations and Marketing Manager for Chickasaw Community Bank.

Hunter was born in Bartlesville and grew up primarily in Owasso. When he had the opportunity to attend Oklahoma City University as an American Indian scholar, he found a real kinship with our city. After graduating with his Bachelor of Fine Arts from OCU, he spent six years in Los Angeles but always knew Oklahoma City is where he wanted to be to start a family and returned this past March.

In his spare time, he enjoys hiking and camping, writing, reading, group fitness, team sports, family time, and mentoring. If you didn’t connect the name, Hunter also happens to be the grandson of Homer Paul.

Rotarian Sponsors Terri Cooper, Lance McDaniel, and Nick Harroz

 

Lauren Sullivan is the Executive Director for Rebuilding Together OKC whose mission is repairing homes, revitalizing communities, and rebuilding lives.

She was born and raised in Oklahoma City and attended Casady School all the way from kindergarten through graduation. She graduated from Denison University in Granville, Ohio with her Bachelor of Arts before returning home to Oklahoma City.

In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis, taking long walks and yard work. One of her favorite activities is watching her kinds play sports.

Rotarian Sponsors Clay Cockrill, Jeff Simpsen, and Claude Drabek


1-19-2021

Bryce Ward is President of Forward Land, a full service, oil and gas-based land brokerage service based here in Oklahoma City.

Bryce was born and raised in Seiling, Oklahoma and attended high school in Newcastle. He attended Oklahoma State University and graduated with a Bachelors in Agricultural Education. Following college, he took a position with Chesapeake Energy in Oklahoma City and began his career in oil and gas.
Bryce is a transferring Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Canadian, Texas where he was a member for five years.

In his spare time, Bryce enjoys assisting with family-owned ranching activities in Northwest Oklahoma and in the Canadian, Texas area. He is an avid upland game bird hunter and raises German Shorthaired Pointers. That said, the majority of his “free” time away from work is spent with his wife and their two young sons, ages three and one and a half. This march they will be adding a baby girl to their family.

Rotarian Sponsors: Alex Kaiser, Miles Pringle, and Lezel Safi

3-2-2021

Cinthya Allen recently began a new position as the Chief Diversity and Equity Officer for the City of Norman.

Originally from Chihuahua, Mexico, Cinthya immigrated to Oklahoma at the age of 7. She still has lots of family in Chihuahua and makes every effort to ensure her daughters are aware of their multicultural heritage through visits and storytelling.

Cinthya is a proud Sooner and graduated from the University of Oklahoma. Her first years at the university were at OU’s Price College of Business as an international business major until a family tragedy occurred. Moved to action by that event, she would pivot and earn her bachelor’s degree in sociology.

In her spare time, Cinthya enjoys volunteering, community engagement, and service opportunities. She is intentional in instilling these passions in her daughters and engages them as best possible. Youth and education are some of her dearest areas of advocacy as she recognizes how much her leadership was developed through these.

Rotarian Sponsors Jill Hughes, Xavier Niera, and Melanie Thompson Stillinger

 

Dameon Allensworth is the President and Co-Founder of iNof8 Legal.

Originally from Rattan in Southeast Oklahoma, Dameon is a graduate of East Central University with his bachelor’s of sociology and attended law school at the University of Oklahoma. He worked as a trial attorney in Oklahoma City before moving to Nashville as a songwriter. While there, he worked for a small company that provided legal services and grew with it to become the director of a large line of businesses nationally. He returned to Oklahoma City a few years ago and founded iNof8 Legal.

Dameon is an active member of the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma. He enjoys oil painting, writing songs and performing, and learning about wine. Fun fact, a song he wrote was used by the HBO program, “Boardwalk Empire.”

Rotarian Sponsors Ann Ackerman, Moira Watson, Jennifer Seal, and Lance McDaniel

 

Jenny  Arrowood is the Director of Business Development at AC Owen Construction.

She was born and raised in Spring, Texas. As a first generation college student, Jenny moved to Oklahoma to attend the University of Oklahoma in 2007 to pursue a degree in meteorology and chase a few tornadoes along the way. After her first spring in Oklahoma, Jenny decided her passions needed to lie in a less terrifying line of work and shifted to designing building to withstand tornadoes and graduated with her Bachelor of Science in architectural engineering.

Jenny is married to John Arrowood, an oil and gas litigation attorney and together, they have two children. She enjoys spending her free time with her loved ones and taking her kids to do all the exciting things around Oklahoma City as well as acrylic painting.

Jenny is a fierce advocate for encouraging women in STEM fields and challenging employers to actively support a work-life balance for their employees.

Rotarian Sponsors Dawn Byram, Betsy Brunsteter, and RaLayna Kennedy


3-16-2021

Scott Blubaugh

Scott Blubaugh is President of AFR/OFU Cooperative.

Scott is a 5th generation farmer/rancher and lifelong resident of Kay County where he and wife Lisa operate a family ranch near Tonkawa.

Scott has an extensive AFR/OFU background, working as OFU field representative and he and Lisa own an AFR Insurance agency in Tonkawa. He has also served on the Board of Directors for AFR Insurance.

Scott is a graduate of the Oklahoma State University Agricultural Leadership Program Class XI. Other leadership positions held by Scott include President of the Oklahoma Certified Beef Association and National Chairman of the Education and Cooperative of the National Farmers Union.

His hobbies include the care for his livestock. Each spring his family holds an Angus bull sale and they enjoy fostering relationships within the livestock community. He’s foster his passion for agriculture and the farm-to-table aspect with projects through OCBA. And last, his enjoyment is riding horses with his granddaughters.

Rotarian Sponsors Polly Anderson, Andy Lasser, and Jim David

 

Kim Henry

Kim Henry is the Executive Director of Sarkeys Foundation.

Kim lived in Shawnee most of her life before moving to Norman to attend the University of Oklahoma where she graduated with a degree in Education. She remained in Norman for several years following her graduation before marrying her high school sweetheart and returned to Shawnee so he could practice law with his father. In 2002, her husband, Brad, was elected as the 26th governor of the state of Oklahoma and as a result, they moved to Oklahoma City and have lived here since.

Kim’s favorite hobby is to travel, but she also loves to cook and read a good book. She makes a very elaborate needlepoint Christmas stocking for her family that once she starts one, it is all consuming for about a year.
Rotarian Sponsors Lou Kerr, Carrie Hicks, and Julia Kirt

 

 

Wendi Wilson

Wendi Wilson is the President and CEO of Executive Service Corps of Central Oklahoma and is the Owner of WLW Partners.

Wendi was born in Oklahoma City and has spent the majority of her life here. She was raised in Bethany and spent her junior high years in Owasso before returning to her childhood home. She is an Okie through and through, and a Native American, married to a Native American, with deep roots in Oklahoma.

Wendi holds a Bachelors in Sociology from Southern Nazarene University and a Masters in Nonprofit Leadership from Oklahoma City University.

Wendi loves to flex her creative side through drawing, painting and write. She is an avid reader and longtime book club member, and loves to travel – enjoying the food, people and cultures the world has to offer. She loves hosting large gatherings for friends and family. In fact, she celebrates the New Year with an annual black eye pea fest for neighbors, friends and family but with COVID, they made it a “pick up peas” fest this year. She and her husband Curtis are about to celebrate 18 years of marriage and have an Airedale Terrier fur baby named Miko, which is Choctaw for Chief. She is a proud citizen of Cherokee Nation and her husband is not only a proud citizen of Choctaw Nation, he is also the great, great grandson of Chief Allen Wright who suggested the name of our state.
Rotarian Sponsors Paul Moore, Larry Wagner, and Joe Fleckinger


4-20-2021

Adrienne  Nobles is the Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs with the University of Central Oklahoma.

She is originally from the Yukon/Mustang area. In 1989, her family moved to the Nashville, Tennessee area where she would complete high school. She attended Western Kentucky University and graduated with her Bachelors of Broadcast Journalism and Government. She went on to work in television news for five years in Kentucky and Indiana before making the decision to move back to Oklahoma City in 2001. She thought it might be a temporary move but found her home Oklahoma City. She would go on to earn her master’s in public administration from the University of Central Oklahoma.

She has been involved for many years with her sorority, Alpha Gamma Delta as a recruitment advisor and has served four times on the board of directors for Junior League of Oklahoma City.  Adrienne enjoys being active and says she could have an hours long conversation about her Peloton… watch for @CycleCateOKC on the leaderboard. Some of her other loves include cates, wine, cheese and her four furry kids – Chewy, Roxie, Velvet and Panda.

Rotarian Sponsors Jake Yunker, Betsy Brunsteter and Julia Kirt

 

Alix Orza is the Director of Human Resources for Heartland Payment Systems.

Alix was born and raised in Oklahoma and has lived here for most of her adult life. After graduating from Casady School, she went on to obtain her Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Rhodes College. Upon returning to Oklahoma City, she completed her Master of Business Administration from Oklahoma City University.

As you might have guessed from her bachelors, Alix is an art lover and even dabbles in it as well. In her spare time, she travels as often as possible enjoys seeing the world experiencing different cultures.

Rotarian Sponsors Lee Symcox, Judy Hatfield, and Suzie Symcox

 

Jim Schroeder is Senior Vice President of Prosperity Bank.

Jim is originally from Fairview, Oklahoma where his family still owns farmland. He attended Northwestern Oklahoma State University where he earned a bachelors in math, and earned a Master’s of Natural Science from Oklahoma University. He moved to Oklahoma City with his family in 1983 when he came to work as a loan officer for Central National Bank of Oklahoma City.

Jim is a past president of the Oklahoma City Downtown Lion’s Club and of Professional Businessmen’s Association. In his spare time, he enjoys biking, attending OU sports activities, spending time with his family, and let’s not forget that farm in Fairview that he owns…

Rotarian Sponsors Mary Wolf, Judy Hatfield, and John Frost


5-4-2021

Mary Blankenship Pointer is Senior Vice President of Frontier State Bank.

Mary was born and raised in Oklahoma City and after graduating from U.S. Grant High School, she went on to study banking and finance at Oklahoma City Community College and the University of Oklahoma.

Mary’s passion is serving the community and helping others and that belief is reflected in her many commitments. She believes public health, education, and the arts are key to a thriving community. Some of her current civic roles include Secretary of Sister Cities International, Past President of Sister Cities OKC, Budget Director for Prevent Blindness, Treasurer for Pioneer Library System, University of Oklahoma College of Public Health Advisory Director, and Secretary/Treasurer for the Red Andrews Christmas Dinner Foundation.
Rotarian Sponsors Nancy Hyde, Lisa Synar and Lou Kerr

 

Marshall Rodgers  is Vice President of JE Dunn.

Born in Mobile, Alabama, he spent most of his life in Vestavia Hills outside of Birmingham. He attended Auburn University and earned a Bachelor’s in Building Science. Marshall was a partner at Brasfield & Gorrie Construction. He retired early but was then offered a position at OU Medicine to run their planning, design & construction department which is what led him to Oklahoma City.

In his spare time, Marshall likes to quail and pheasant hunt, fly fish, and spend time on the water. Both of his children were student athletes at Auburn and his wife attended the University of Alabama, so their family is… as he says… “passionate about AU & UA football.” I think that might be code-talk for avoid their house during the annual Iron Bowl.
Rotarian Sponsors Betsy Brunsteter, Natalie Bramlett, and Andy Rine


5-18-2021

Abby Broyles is Director of Community Affairs for Jesse James Films where she works in intellectual property law and runs the philanthropic arm of the production company.

She was born and raised in the Oklahoma City area. After completing her Bachelor’s of Journalism and Political Science from California Baptist University, and a year of on-air reporting in Tyler, Texas, she returned to Oklahoma City to work as a television journalist. She would go on to earn her Juris Doctor from Oklahoma City University School of Law.

As you might recall, Abby was Oklahoma’s 2020 Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate. Since the election, she founded a nonprofit organization, Grit for Democracy, where she serves as President as CEO. Grit’s focus is to boost voter registration and participation in Oklahoma and has recently launched a youth voter registration mail campaign.

In her spare time, Abby enjoys traveling when able and is active in her church – Oklahoma City First Church of the Nazarene.
Rotarian Sponsors Lou Kerr, Dee Llanusa, and Freda Deskin

Tracey Frederick is the Senior Field Sales Manager of Oklahoma in Wine and Spirits for Constellation Brands.
Tracey was born and raised in Texas, living in almost all of the big cities in the Lone Star State. She graduated from Texas Tech University with her Bachelors in Restaurant, Hotel and Institutional Management and relocated to Oklahoma City in 2009 to further her career in the beverage alcohol industry.
She is a past president of Junior League of Oklahoma City and currently serves as their Sustaining Member Co-Chair. She is also the President of the Texas Tech Alumni Association, Oklahoma City Chapter.
Tracey is the proud mom to Juniper, a boxer/lab rescue she adopted this past August. She considers herself an avid foodie that loves to cook and entertain friends. She is passionate about developing the potential of women which led her to leadership in Junior League. She is also a huge fan of theme parties… just ask her about the Friends-themed party she recently hosted.

Rotarian Sponsors Sheena Karami Hollander, Jill Farrand Merritt, and Ashley Smith

 

Paige Shepherd is the Director of Corporate Development and Tourism for The Chickasaw Nation.
Paige was born and raised in Oklahoma City. She completed her Bachelor’s in Hotel and Restaurant Administration at Oklahoma State University and her Master’s of tourism administration from The George Washington University before moving back to Oklahoma in 2008. Paige recently earned her Doctor of Education from Vanderbilt Peabody College.
Community engagement and participation have been a part of her life since her first board meeting and just a few weeks old. She currently serves on the board for OKC Ballet, the Civic Center Foundation, UCO Foundation, Destinations Council, School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at OSU, Mount St. Mary High School, US Travel Association, and Bricktown Association.
Paige’s hobbies include traveling and experiencing new and different cultures… in fact, she’s visited 25 countries. She’s invested most of her time in tourism, education, and the arts and her favorite place on earth? Grand Lake. Fun fact – both of her parents are likely your friends… you just might not know they are married and that she is their daughter… that’s fellow members John and Kathy Williams of course. I think the Williams family is challenging the Walters clan, President David.

Rotarian sponsors Marion Paden, John Kennedy, and Betsy Brunsteter


6-1-2021

Cindy Kyle is the President and CFO of Kirkpatrick Oil Company. 

She was born and raised in Duncan, Oklahoma before moving to Norman to attend the University of Oklahoma where she earned her Bachelor of Business Administration. 

Following her graduation, she began her career in the oil and gas industry with Kerr-McGee. She would eventually transfer to Houston but decided to return to Oklahoma City when Kerr-McGee merged with Anadarko. 

Cindy is active in her profession and is a member of the Petroleum Alliance of Oklahoma, Independent Petroleum Association of America, and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Rotarian Sponsors Liz Eickman,Robert Clements, and Todd Edmonds

 

Heather Rouba is the Preconstruction Director for Smith and Pickel Construction. 

Heather was born in Tulsa and raised in Mustang. She moved to Edmond to attend the University of Central Oklahoma where she graduated with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design. 

In addition to her work at Smith and Pickle, she founded Brink Model Management in 2009 and still owns and oversees the company. She is passionate about art and design history, recently took up skiing, and loves traveling often both locally and abroad. Her children are dual citizens of Belarus and America and are Russian speaking. While she doesn’t speak Russian, she does speak Spanish. 

Heather is currently extremely motivated by the workforce development need in our state, and actively works to advocate for the construction industry.

Rotarian Sponsors Farooq Karim, Jayme Phillips, and Jeff Simpsen


6-15-2021

Terry  Maytum is Principal with GH2 Architects and serves as the director for the Oklahoma City office.

After growing up in Sequoyah, Oklahoma in NE Oklahoma, he attended Oklahoma State University where he earned his Bachelor of Architecture. He worked in Tulsa for 15 years before being asked to open the Oklahoma City office of GH2 in 2016.

He has served as Broken Arrow Public Schools Foundation member, Build a Better Broken Arrow Committee Member and is a graduate of Leadership Broken Arrow and Leadership Northwest Oklahoma City.

Hiking and off-roading are his main interests outside of work. He and his wife Janelle have been married for 21 years and have a 15-year-old daughter, Lauren.
Rotarian Sponsors Dawn Byram, Jake Yunker, and Dave Timberlake

 

Mark  Eby is the CEO of the Oklahoma City Police Athletic League whose mission is to provide mentoring and sports for 5th & 6th graders in Oklahoma City Public Schools.

He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with his bachelor’s and his Master of Education from Wichita State University. He recently moved here from Wichita, Kansas after accepting his new role and is a transferring Rotarian. For the past 17 years, he has been a Rotarian with Wichita area Rotary Clubs.

In his spare time, he enjoys OU athletics, golfing and skiing, and traveling anywhere possible to explore. He is most passionate about his family – his wife Jennifer, their two children Blake and Brooke, and you can’t forget Baker…the family dog. Rotarian Sponsors Sarah Roberts, Clay Cockrill, and Jerrod Shouse

 

 

Christopher Lloyd is the co-founder and CEO of Spark Creative as well as partner and CEO at Scissortail Media.

Christopher was born in Oklahoma but raised in a dual dream-scenario as a child actor in LA balanced with home life in Edmond. After attending the University of Oklahoma, he became passionate about art education and creative collaboration.

In addition to his roles with Spark and Scissortail, he is an Emmy award winning filmmaker and has been part of the Cannes International Film Festival, Primetime Emmy Awards, International Emmy Awards, and Tony Awards.

He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Oklahoma City Ballet, as Vice President on the national Board for Limbs for Life and is the Leadership Oklahoma City YLX Chair-elect. He is extremely passionate about advocating for educational equity, accessible arts for everyone, and fighting discrimination.
Rotarian Sponsors Jane Jenkins, Lou Kohlman, and Kendra Robben

 

Steve Cooper is the Founder of Cooper Project Advisors where he consults with clients through the design and construction of complex commercial projects.

Steve was born and raised in Oklahoma City and following his graduation from Bishop McGuiness, he attended Oklahoma State University and earned his Bachelors.

In addition to his work life, Steve is a board member of Center of Family Love and American Heart Association. In his spare time, he enjoys cycling, music, photography, cooking, lake weekends and spending time with his children.

Rotarian Sponsors Dawn Byram, Tim Strange, Clay Cockrill, and Gary Armbruster

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