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 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 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
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
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
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
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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
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 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
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
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
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
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 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
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 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
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
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