She was born and raised in Oklahoma City. For a very brief moment she lived in Texas but quickly realized Oklahoma was the place for her. She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with her bachelor’s in psychology and earned her Juris Doctor at Oklahoma City University School of Law.
Jessica is a transferring Rotarian and as she says, Rotary is a gift given to her by her mother who was also a Rotarian. Jessica was a charter member of the OKC Midtown Rotary Club, is a past president of the Northwest Oklahoma City Rotary Club and served as District governor in 2018-19. In addition to her service to Rotary, Jessica serves as Chair of the Putnam City Schools Foundation’s Board of Trustees.
She spends a great deal of time with her husband Jay and their two children, Hill and Ainsley. They enjoy travel and movies. In addition to staying active in their kid’s schools, Jessica is in the process of becoming a swim official to help her son’s swim team, King Marlin Swim Club.
Rotarian sponsors Mary Melon, Will Beckman, and Billy Bowden
She’s called Oklahoma home since kindergarten and was raised in Guthrie. After completing her bachelor’s degree in business from St. Gregory’s University, she moved to Oklahoma City and fell in love with the metro. She went on to earn her MBA from the University of Oklahoma.
In addition to her professional life, Lexi currently serves as President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Oklahoma Chapter and is passionate about supporting Catholic Charities and Canterbury Voices.
Her hobbies include traveling, hiking, and water sports as well as food, fine arts, and football. She especially loves a good “kit” project. If it has parts, instructions, and requires tools – she’s in! If Santa needs a bike or dollhouse put together, she’s your girl.
Lexi says her husband Justin is the greatest person on the planet. They have built a beautiful life together and she loves every minute of it. As she said, “they work hard and play hard.”
Rotarian sponsors Jane Jenkins, Christopher Lloyd, and Alex Kaiser
She grew up in Clear Lake, Texas, the NASA suburb of Houston before moving within Houston’s “610 loop” to attend college. She earned her bachelor’s in finance and her MBA in Finance from the University of St. Thomas, a small Catholic university in the heart of Houston. Jennifer and her husband Sean moved to Oklahoma City in search of better commutes and a family-friendly way of life.
She is quite familiar with Rotary as she is a past Rotaract Club President and member sponsored by the Rotary Club of University Area in Houston.
Jennifer loves tending-to and watching her herb garden grow and looks forward to expanding it after building her new home. Both she and her husband enjoy making gourmet meals from grocery store bargains and you can generally find her baking up fresh French bread and other loaves over the weekend.
Jennifer and her husband are expecting their first child in December and are over the moon!
Rotarian sponsors Kendra Robben, Sherry Dale, and Jane Jenkins
She is from Lawton, Oklahoma where her dad was stationed at Ft. Sill in the U.S. Army. Following high school, Cyndi made her way to the University of Central Oklahoma where she earned her bachelor’s in political science before moving to Nebraska to earn her masters in leadership education and development at The University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She returned to Oklahoma City in 2010 to begin her career at the Girls Scouts Western Oklahoma.
Cyndi is the first Asian American woman in the Oklahoma Legislature, is a House Democratic Caucus Chair, and is the House Democratic Caucus Leader-elect. She is also a graduate of LOYAL Class 8 and a member of Leadership Oklahoma City Class 31.
She is passionate about criminal justice reform, affordable housing, addressing food insecurity, and improving the quality of life for women and girls in Oklahoma.
Her many hobbies include running, reading, is a beginner rower, hiking solo road trips, puzzles, painting, and spending time with her nephew Jude.
Rotarian sponsors Julia Kirt, Jerrod Shouse, and Carri Hicks
She was born in Tulsa and was raised in northwest Oklahoma City. Meredith earned her bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from Oklahoma State University. Following her graduation, she left the state on military orders and completed post graduate study through the US Navy’s nuclear propulsion program. Upon completion of a five-year military commitment, she returned to Oklahoma City.
Meredith is the proud mom to three wonderful boys, ages 14, 10, and 8. She is especially passionate about children and mental health and enjoys serving the foster community and children’s ministries. She is also a long-time support of St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Charity Water, K-Love and ChildFund.
Rotarian sponsors DeShawn Heusel, Frank Keating, and Drew Edmondson
Born in Lawton, Oklahoma, he grew up in Denver, Colorado before returning to Oklahoma to be closer to his grandmother. He attended the University of Oklahoma where he earned his bachelor’s in social work. He attended OU during the Barry Switzer era and had never been around a winning tradition like that. As Byron said, “it had a huge impact on his life.”
In addition to Byron’s professional life of service, he also is a transferring Rotarian and comes to us from the OKC Sunrise Rotary club where he was a member for three years.
When not serving the community, you can find Byron working as a DJ on the side. He’s been trying to retire for years but keeps getting requests. For those wondering, his DJ name is “Browngravy.”
Rotarian sponsors Joe Fleckinger, Wendi Wilson, and Paul Moore
Originally from Wichita Falls, Texas, John attended Washington University in St. Louis. He transferred to the University of Oklahoma where he earned his Bachelor of Business in finance and energy management. During college, he interned with Devon Energy and took a position with them upon graduation. He went on to earn his juris doctor while attending Oklahoma City University’s School of Law in the evenings.
John has always enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. He recently acquired a ranch property in Texas and has really enjoyed spending time there with his son and improving the property for conservation. Beyond that, he also enjoys cooking and has recently tried his hand at coaching 5-year-old sports.
Rotarian sponsors Evan Walter, Heather Walter, and Heather Rouba Gardner
He was born here in Oklahoma City and raised in Edmond. He first attended Oklahoma City University and earned his bachelor’s in mass communications before attending the University of Central Oklahoma where he earned his bachelor’s in interior design.
Marcus enjoys volunteering for causes he is passionate about such as Children’s Hospital Foundation, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, and the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. He also enjoys serving professional organizations and recently served as president of the Oklahoma Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers.
Marcus’ hobbies include anything water related! He loves to be at the lake, beach, scuba diving, and recently learned how to sail. He loves traveling with friends and family and trying to keep up with his dog, Lyla.
Rotarian sponsors Brittany Attaway, Jeanean Yanish Jones, and Jake Yunker
Born and raised in the Midwest, he attended Lincoln Christian University, a small, private university south of Chicago and earned his bachelor’s in business administration.
After graduation, he moved to Carmel, Indiana with is wife. They lived in the Indianapolis market for 7 years with the Caterpillar organization when the opportunity to relocate to Oklahoma came up. After spending time in the state, they felt like this would be a great place to raise a family.
Howard serves on the Caterpillar Dealer advisory group for North America and serves in trade organizations including AOGC, OMCA, and OAPA.
His hobbies include golf, landscaping, hiking, gardening, and any outdoor activity with their 4 kids.
Rotarian sponsors Jeanette Nance, Lisa Synar, and Kermit Frank
Originally from Texas, she earned her Bachelor of Journalism from Baylor University and her Master of Journalism from the University of North Texas. She made her way to Oklahoma City in 2006 for her first position out of graduate school with The Journal Record. She’s spent the last 7 ½ years with the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber as Senior Vice President leading their membership division.
Sunny’s community involvement includes the board of directors for The Civic Center Foundation, El Sistema Oklahoma, and Leadership Oklahoma City’s YLX program. She is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City Class 30 and LOYAL Class III.
She and her husband, Adam Brooks with Candor Public Relations, love the arts and the outdoors. They were married in an art gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico after leading all of their guests on a three mile hike the morning of the wedding.
Rotarian sponsors Kathy Williams, Deborah McAuliffe Senner, and Paige Williams Shepherd
Born and raised in Okarche, Doug graduated from Oklahoma State University with his Bachelor of Accounting. He moved to Oklahoma City to begin work with KPMG. He then transitioned to WEOKIE Federal where he would spend 24 years before pursuing this new opportunity with CBS.
Doug has always had a passion working with and mentoring youth. He was an executive board member for the Boys and Girls Club for several years and coached youth baseball and basketball for 10 years. He remains an active board member of the WEOKIE Foundation.
Doug has been married to his wife Krista for nearly 30 years and they have 3 sons; Jarrett is a junior at OSU majoring in aerospace and mechanical engineering and Ethan and Tyler are juniors at Deer Creek High School. When not at a baseball game or track meet, he loves to fish, golf, and spend time traveling and at the lake with my family.
Born and raised in Oklahoma City, she earned her bachelors in biochemistry from the University of Pennsylvania and completed her master’s and PhD in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Following completion of her PhD, she began work at Cytovance Biologics and now leads a group of over 20 scientists.
Kelley is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City LOYAL Class 8, currently serves as a Leadership Oklahoma City Alumni Board Member, and is a Board of Trustees member for the Oklahoma School of Science and Math. She is also a transferring Rotarian who is a founding member of OKC Midtown Rotary Club and Exchange Rotary Club where she served as President.
Kelley loves puzzles, sports, food, wine, and the arts. She loves exploring new bars and restaurants, visiting art museums, experiencing musical theater, and attending sports events of all sorts. As a diehard OU fan, it’s been a bit of a struggle, but at times, she even enjoys accompanying her OSU-fan husband Troy Zaikis to Cowboy sporting events. When not out and about, you can probably find Kelley in her living room with her husband and their cat Fred, hanging out and watching sports on anywhere between 1 and 3 different televisions at once.
Rotarian sponsors Amber Shelton, Andy Rine, and Megan Law
He was born in Stillwater and grew up in throughout the state ultimately graduating from Bartlesville High School. He returned to Stillwater to attend college and earned his bachelor’s in construction management from Oklahoma State University. Following graduation, he moved to Oklahoma City where he’s been since. After a successful career in construction, he founded Solar Power of Oklahoma six years ago.
J.W.’s commitment to community has included serving as a board member for the Civic Center Foundation and Allied Arts OKC and he has been recognized as an Achiever Under 40 and a Forty Under 40 by OKC Business. He currently serves as a board member for Oklahoma Renewable Energy Council.
J.W. is married to Casi and they have three children, Cadan, Cali-Kae, and Channing. In their family, they do what they do in order to travel with one another and experience new things and new places.
Rotarian sponsors Emily Lang, Ann Ackerman, and Dave Ortloff
She was born and raised in Oklahoma City. She earned her bachelors from Barnard College in American Studies in New York City and her master’s in divinity from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. Following three decades in nonprofit leadership positions, and living in nine different states, Shannon returned to Oklahoma City to be close to family.
She is not new to Rotary and comes to us after being a member in the Rotary Club of Tryon, North Carolina for two years.
Shannon enjoys spending time and traveling with family and friends, attending athletic and community events, and home remodeling with her son.
Rotarian sponsors Hank Bradley, Terri Cooper, and Jim Daniel
He was born in California but moved with family to his father’s hometown of Rush Springs in 1975. Following graduation from Oklahoma State University with his bachelor’s in political science, he began working for the Oklahoma House of Representatives staff. Joe served House District 65 as the state representative for 12 years and authored key pieces of legislation for education, public safety, and government accountability.
Joe is active in the community and serves on the Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum Board of Directors, Ground Zero Board of Directors, Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature Board of Directors and Oklahoma State University Political Science Association Board of Directors. He is also a transferring Rotarian having come to us from the Rotary Club of Bricktown where he served as President.
Joe collects comic books and has a collection totaling about 30,000 books. He is also a self-identified Parrothead and has attended 21 Jimmy Buffett concerts.
Rotarian sponsors Jeanette Nance, Lisa Synar, and David Walters
She was born and raised in Oklahoma City and has lived here her whole life outside of three years spent in Dallas following college. Following her graduation from Heritage Hall, she would earn her bachelor’s in accounting at The University of Oklahoma. Prior to joining the team at Bank of Oklahoma, she earned her CCIM working in Commercial Real Estate and worked as a broker with CBRE.
When not serving her clients, Susan enjoys playing golf, working out, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Rotarian sponsors Will Bowers, Ellen Fleming, and Ross Plourde