2023-2024 New Rotarians

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7-25-2023

 

Rachel Hubbard is Executive Director of KOSU, the public radio station licensed to Oklahoma State University.

Originally from Virginia, Rachel’s family moved to Washita County to care for their family farm. She followed a family tradition of 4-H scholarships to attend Oklahoma State University. While completing her bachelors in agricultural communication, she started work at KOSU part-time and turned that into her career. She stayed in Stillwater for 10 years until KOSU moved their production studios to Film Row here in Oklahoma City. Rachel also earned her master’s degree in business with a focus on entrepreneurship from OSU.

Rachel is highly involved in professional organizations including as a board member for the Association of Independents in Radio, the NPR Joint Network Leadership Team, Public Radio in Mid America, and for Station Resources Group.

In addition to her work at KOSU, Rachel co-owns a Snap-On Tools franchise with her husband, Matthew Smith. They also have an active five-year-old and spend a fair amount of time at ball fields or at school activities. She enjoys cooking and making jams and jellies out of wild fruits. Staying close to her agricultural roots, they have a small menagerie with two horses, two dogs, a very ornery donkey and a small apiary with six beehives.

Rotarian sponsors Ted Streuli, Emily Lang, and Charlie Price

 

Sean O’Brien is Senior Project Manager at HSEarchitects, managing projects from predesign through post-construction.

He was born and raised in Tulsa until leaving for college at Oklahoma State University where he earned his Bachelor of Architecture before becoming a licensed architect in the state of Oklahoma. He moved to Oklahoma City when he accepted an internship at HSEarchitects and has made Oklahoma City home since.

In addition to his work at HSE, he serves as an adjunct instructor at OSU-OKC teaching several architecture-related courses throughout the year. He is also a volunteer and member of American Institute of Architects and an Emerging Leaders member.

When Sean is not at work, you can usually find him spending time with his wife and daughter. Some of their favorite hobbies include being outside fishing, hiking, camping or working in their yard. If the weather is less than ideal, you may also find him in his garage woodworking or “tinkering” as his wife, Lauren, calls it.

Rotarian sponsors Todd Edmonds, Blake Cherry, and Josh Dougherty

8-22-2023 

Ellyn Hefner is Oklahoma State Representative for District 87.

She was born in Chicago, Illinois, but her family moved to Oklahoma in 1979 with her father’s position at General Motors. Her diverse background includes owning a business, working as a health coordinator with the Oklahoma Family Network, and serving as a financial Advisor specializing in special needs planning. She got more involved in public policy efforts after graduating from Partners in Policymaking, a leadership training program designed to teach people with disabilities and family members the power of advocacy to positively change the way people with disabilities are supported, viewed, taught, live and work.

Most of Ellyn’s advocacy is held in the disability realm where she is an ambassador for the ABLE accounts with the State Treasurer’s office. She has served on the state Developmental Disabilities Services advisory committee, which provides input on DDS policy by the Department of Human Services and has served as the board chair of the Daily Living Centers in Oklahoma City and the president of the Sotos Syndrome Support Association International.

Ellyn currently serves on the Santa Fe Family Life Center board, the development committee for JFK awards, a member of the National Council of Insurance Legislators, and an Achieving a Better Life Experience Ambassador for the State Treasurer. When not advocating for disabilities, Ellyn sweep rows with The River Sirens in the Riversport Rowing League.

Rotarian sponsors Emily Lang, Julia Kirt, and Carri Hicks

 

Sarah Amis McCombs is Business Development Specialist for William & Lauren Custom Clothier.

She was born and raised in Oklahoma City and earned her bachelors at the University of Oklahoma and her masters in early childhood education from The University of Central Oklahoma. Sarah and her husband Matt grew up in the same neighborhood and have lived within walking distance of each other since they were five years old. They have been married since 2011 and have two children, Jackson and Maggie Kate.

Outside of work, Sarah is active in the community and serves on the board of directors for ImpactOK, served as president of the Oklahoma City Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Association, serves as a mentor for Y Achievers at NW Classen High School, a NOKC Soccer Club manager, a Chant Mini Cheer Coach and volunteers regularly with Christ the King School.

And if her previous work and volunteer experience listed wasn’t enough, Sarah also co-owns a pool e-commerce company called Skimmer Vortex and is a digital content creator working with local venues, restaurants, breweries, and boutiques through ambassador partnerships.

She loves to run with her son and read with her daughter. A born and bred Sooner, Sarah spends her fall weekends at OU football games. Her family vacations in Crested Butte, CO every summer and winter and they love to spend time at their family ranch at Lake Arbuckle.

Rotarian sponsors Alex Kaiser, Justin Hull, and Susan Davis Jordan

 

Seth Paxton is Manager of Government Affairs at Paycom.

Seth grew up on a farm west of Tuttle, OK. To the east was Braum’s Dairy and to the west was the Ross Honey Plant so they appropriately called the area “the land of milk and honey.” A seventh generation Oklahoman, his family still farms their original Choctaw-allotted lands in northern Grady County.

After completing undergraduate study at Oklahoma State University and law school at the University of Oklahoma, he began working as a legislative liaison for the Choctaw Nation, based in Texas. He returned to his Oklahoma roots and moved to Oklahoma City in early 2022.

Seth is active in the community and is a Trustee of the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum Trust Authority, board member for Honestly, member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, member of the Luther Bohanan American Inn of Court, and member of the OU Law Order of the Barrister.

Seth is a proud member of the Choctaw Nation and remains involved in many tribal activities. He is an avid gardener and has planted a vegetable garden nearly every year for the last 12 years. He also enjoys playing piano, traveling to state capitals, college football, Broadway theatre, and spending weekends with friends at Grand Lake.

Rotarian sponsors Ed Long, AJ Griffin, and Jake Yunker

 

Sonny Wilkinson is Senior Director of Philanthropy and Planned Giving at OMRF.

He was born and raised in Oklahoma City and both sides of his family have several generations of history in OKC. In fact, the story goes that his great-great grandparents met during the land run. Following graduation from Bishop McGuiness, Sonny earned his bachelors at the University of Oklahoma. In 2015, he became one of only 80 Certified Fund Raising Executives in Oklahoma.

Sonny is also very active in the community and has served as a City Council member for the City of the Village since 2015 which includes having been named Mayor three times. He is very engaged with Leadership Oklahoma City as a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City LOYAL Class IX and Signature Class 38. For the next two years, he will serve as the YLX Youth in Action Class Co-Chair. Sonny also serves as board member for Executive Service Corps of Central Oklahoma and comes to us as a past president of the Exchange Rotary Club of Oklahoma City.

He and his wife Susan live in The Village with their adopted puppy Lincoln. They love traveling and will find any excuse to experience new cultures and locations. He loves baking, backpacking, playing the piano and all things related to the Olympics.

Rotarian sponsors Kelley Dowd, Andy Rine, and Carrie Blumert


9-5-2023

Tami Bearden is Vice President and financial planner with T.S. Phillips Investments, Inc.

She and her husband, Seth, are high school sweethearts from Duncan, Oklahoma where she was born and raised. College brought them to Edmond to attend the University of Central Oklahoma where Tami would earn her bachelors in finance. She went on to earn her certificate of financial planning, her Certified Financial Planner certificate and her Chartered Special Needs Consultant certificate.

Tami is very active in her daughters’ lives and serves where needed. She is a member of the Newcastle Elementary PTO, and volunteers with Canterbury Youth Voices and Girl Scouts. She is also a Wings Special Needs Community volunteer.

Some of Tami’s hobbies include cooking with her daughters, rock climbing, golfing, painting, and watching baseball with her family.
Rotarian sponsors Tom Phillips, Bill Hughes, and Lexi Skaggs

 

Brent Hart is Executive Director of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic.

A native of Mobile, Alabama, Brent attended the University of South Alabama and the University of Mobile and has since completed many continuing education programs in Human Resources and Leadership Development. He moved to Oklahoma City in 2004 to be closer to family after working internationally for Royal Caribbean Cruises.

Brent has stayed active in our community and has served in volunteer and board capacities for several organizations including Allied Arts, deadCenter Film Festival, OACF’s “Red Tie Night”, a Steering Committee/Board member for the Oklahoma City Museum of Art and is a past board president for the Oklahoma City Philharmonic.

In his free time, Brent enjoys live performances and travel and outdoor activities from swimming and team rowing to hiking and skiing.
Rotarian sponsors Robert Clements, Jerrod Shouse, and Terri Cooper

 

Mike Hoskins is the owner of Hoskins-212 Consulting, Chief of Police for Alex, OK, and an adjunct professor in graduate studies at Southern Nazarene University.

A native of Oklahoma, he grew up in Bethany and Oklahoma City. His many educational experiences include earning his bachelor’s and Master of Management at Southern Nazarene University. He also participated in the 61st National Security Forum Class with the US Air War College and the FBI National Academy.

Mike currently serves on the advisory council to the Governor’s Commission on the Status of Women specializing in human trafficking and is a member of the Retired Officers Association after having served more than 30 years with the Oklahoma City Police Department.

Mike has many hobbies in addition to his public speaking and professional life including taking more than 40 years of martial arts training. He is also a drummer and enjoys real estate investing. Mike is passionate about continuing community conversations regarding human trafficking and overdose awareness and prevention.

Rotarian sponsors Brooke Haneborg, Dawn Byram, and Terri Watkins


9-26-2023

Lynn Pringle is Partner in the law firm of Pringle & Pringle and also a principal in Pringle Publications Corporation.

Born in Iowa, Lynn’s family moved to Guymon, Oklahoma for his father’s work. Following high school, he made his way to The University of Oklahoma where he earned his bachelor’s before earning his juris doctorate from George Washington University School of Law.

Lynn has been active in the community for many years and has memberships in several professional organizations including the Oklahoma Bar and the Oklahoma County Bar and has held past leadership positions in bar organizations, church, and local government.

Some of Lynn’s hobbies include reading, writing, and exploring independent bookstores while traveling. His passion is for his family which includes his spouse, Laura, with whom he practices law and develops products for Pringle Publications; daughter Susanne and her husband and two teenage daughters in Austin, Texas; and son Miles and his wife and two toddler sons here in Oklahoma City.

Rotarian sponsors John Michael Williams, Claude Drabek, and Carri Hicks

 

Kimber Shoop is Director of Regulatory Affairs for OGE Energy Corporation.

After growing up in New Jersey and graduating from the University of Virginia, he worked for Senator Bob Dole in Washington D.C. After Senator Dole lost the presidential election, he contacted his UVA classmate about possible job openings. He made his way to Oklahoma at the end of 1996 and worked in Governor Keating’s office before attending the University of Oklahoma College of Law and beginning his legal career.

Kimber is a member of the Oklahoma, Arkansas, and DC Bar Associations. He is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City Class 24, President of the Oakdale Schools Board of Education, Former chair and current board member of Science Museum Oklahoma, and some of his previous board service includes deadCenter Film Festival, RedEarth, Oklahoma Humanities Council, and Leadership Oklahoma.

Kimber has been married for 22 years to his wife Jennifer and together they have three children, Samuel who began his studies in engineering at Oklahoma State University this fall, Isaac, 16, who attends Oklahoma Christian School and Norah, their 6th grader in Oakdale Public School. Together, they love to travel and spend time in Colorado and with family in Georgia.

Rotarian sponsors Jerrod Shouse, Sam Hammons, and Ben Stewart


10-24-2023

Misti McClellan is Executive Director of American Red Cross’s Central and Southwest Oklahoma’s chapter.

A lifelong Oklahoma, she grew up in El Reno before attending the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma where she earned her bachelors of English and Theatre. Following her undergrad, Misti lived and toured across the Midwest for a handful years as a professional touring actor but would return to Oklahoma City in the early 2000s. She went on to complete her Master of Arts at the University of Central Oklahoma.

When not sharing the Red Cross story and mission across one of the 17 counties in her chapter, Misti can be seen in her garden wishing she had her MeMe’s green thumb. She also enjoys reading or daydreaming about the next music festival or trip to the mountains with her husband and their two corgis in their teardrop trailer – “Trailer Swift.”

Rotarian sponsors Melanie Stillinger, Melissa Pepper, and Jeanean Jones

 

Casey Reed is Deputy Chief of Staff with the Oklahoma National Guard.

He grew up in Lawton and completed his bachelors of criminal justice at Cameron University. He moved to Norman where his wife was attending Law School at OU and together, they would move to Edmond where they have been since. Casey went on to earn his Masters in History and attended the US Army War College where he earned his Masters of Strategic Studies.

In addition to his professional life, Casey is a board advisor for Oklahoma Women in Aviation, a board member for Vets, Farmer Coalition, council member for Army National Leader Development, and a member of the Purple Heart Association.

When possible, Casey enjoys saltwater fishing, golf, and traveling abroad with his family in friends, including cruising. He also raises registered Longhorn Cattle, or as his wife calls them, his therapy bulls.

Rotarian sponsors Peggy Kates, Ashey Smith, and Marion Paden


11-14-23

Richard Larson, Camal Pennington, Trent Riley

Dr. Richard Larson is Managing Partner of Biotechnology Consultants, currently acting as Chief Medical Officer for Enterin Inc.

He was born in Ithaca, New York and received his bachelor’s in chemistry from the University of North Carolina where he was an all-ACC track and field runner for 4 years. He then completed both his MD and PhD at Harvard Medical School before completing 2 residencies and 1 fellowship at Washington University at St. Louis and Vanderbilt University and becoming board certified in three specialties.

He and his wife, Brandi recently moved to Edmond from Albuquerque, New Mexico after 27 years at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center where he was the Executive Vice Chancellor. His wife was offered her dream job on the OU Medical faculty to set up and run the addictions treatment and research program here in Oklahoma City.

He is a board member and founder of Cancer Services of New Mexico and Cancer Services of New Mexico Foundation. Cancer Services is the largest nonprofit of its kind in the US serving 1,500 people suffering with cancer each year free of charge. He is also an honorary commander at Kirkland Airforce Base for the contributions his inventions made to national defense.

His hobbies include running and fitness, golf, attempting pickleball, and horses.

Rotarian sponsors Joel Alberts, Richard Smith, and Clay Taylor

 

Camal Pennington is Executive Director for It’s My Community Initiative, a nonprofit whose mission is to strengthen communities by building strong, healthy families.

He was born and raised in Oklahoma City and earned his bachelor’s in political science from Oklahoma City University. He spent a few years in Norman to complete his Juris Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma College of Law and also in Washington DC as a Congressional staffer for the U.S. House of Representatives.

In additional to his professional life, Camal is the Chair and Ward 7 commissioner for the Oklahoma City Planning Commission, President of the Harding Fine Arts Academy School Board, and Secretary of the Northeast Oklahoma City Renaissance Board of Directors.

He is a self-described obsessed football fan for the Sooners and Dallas Cowboys, and OKC Thunder fan, and a political junkie. He loves museums and history. His family makes fun of him for enjoying visiting state capitol buildings whenever they travel to a new state. Camal is also passionate about community development in Northeast Oklahoma City.

Rotarian sponsors Lance McDaniel, Tom McDaniel, and Janet Vernon

 

 

Trent  Riley is the Chief Development Officer for Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center.

He was born in Oklahoma City and raised in Edmond. In fact, his family has roots in central Oklahoma predating statehood. He moved to Stillwater to complete his bachelor’s and master’s in history from Oklahoma State University before relocating to Oklahoma City with his wife, Blakely, following graduation.

Trent is a member of multiple local and national organizations and currently serves as a board member with Upward Transitions. He is particularly passionate about helping the less fortunate in our community and serves as a student mentor with Positive Tomorrows. He also volunteers with Oklahoma City Beautiful and is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City’s LOYAL Class 17.

Trent also enjoys reading and writing and continues to work on historical writing projects as much as his time allows. His most recent project, “Drawing Fire: a Pawnee, Artist, and Thunderbird in World War II” was recognized in Publishers Weekly, The Wallstreet journal, and a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award. He and Blakely have two sons, Archie and Louis.

Rotarian sponsors Robert Clements, Liz Eickman, and Ian Ogilvie

 


11-28-2023

Lauren Craig-O’Brien is Associate State Director of the Alternative Dispute Resolution System with the Supreme Court of Oklahoma.

Born and raised in Stillwater, you might have guessed that Lauren attended Oklahoma State University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology. She went on to attend the University of Central Oklahoma where she earned her master’s in counseling.

Lauren is president emeritus of the ADR Director’s Association, associate member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, planning committee for ARTini, and an Emerging Leader with United Way of Central Oklahoma.

In her free time, Lauren enjoys traveling, cooking, and finding ways to give back to our community. Currently, that is most often with Special Olympics Oklahoma and serving as a member of several local nonprofit committees.

Rotarian sponsors Jan Peery, Sarah Roberts, and Lesli Osborne

 

Catherine Divis is Account Supervisor with Schnake Turnbo Frank.

Catherine grew up in Minnesota before attending Mount Mercy University in Marion, Iowa where she earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing. She met her husband, Chad, while at Mount Mercy and together, they moved to Oklahoma City when he accepted a job offer. They quickly fell in love with the people, city, and state and have been here for more than a decade.

Catherine is a member of the Public Relations Society of America, the Oklahoma Business Ethics Consortium, the Junior League of Oklahoma City, and serves as Vice President for Calm Walters Board of Directors.

Catherine is passionate about education and helping to advocate for others. Some of her favorite hobbies include running, traveling, and living life with her husband and their dog Annie.

Rotarian sponsors Russ Florence, Sarah Roberts, and Erin Engelke

 

DesJean Jones is CEO of OIC of Oklahoma County, a nonprofit dedicated to adult education and training.

DesJean was born in Enid and raised here in Oklahoma City. She earned her bachelor’s in organizational management from Langston University and her master’s in organizational management from the University of Texas-Dallas.

She is the Director General of Progressive Oklahoma Baptist State Convention, Treasurer for the Oklahoma Association for Adult and Continuing Education, a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and the OSU Student Advisory Council.

DesJean is a published author, writer and public speaker. She is also a licensed Minister of the Gospel and in on the ministerial staff of New Hope Baptist Church. Some of DesJean’s hobbies include writing, reading, and presenting.

Rotarian sponsors Melanie Stillinger, Erin Engelke, and Jeanean Yanish Jones

 

Nyla Khan is the owner of Rheumatic Diseases Clinic of Oklahoma, a professor and presenter, and a published author of several books.

Born in New Delhi, India and raised in Kashmir, she earned her bachelors in English Honors from Lady Shri Ram College in New Delhi. She made her way to Oklahoma in 1998 when she was accepted into the master’s program in English literature at the University of Oklahoma where she would complete both her master’s and Ph.D. in postcolonial literature and theory.

As Nyla described, “she has taken her rather privileged upbringing and experience to channel and expose topics that are quite the contrary.” She serves on the Oklahoma Governor’s International Team, is a member of the Harvard-based Scholars Strategy Network and has served on the board of Generation Citizen. Nyla has spent much of her time involved in women’s issues in the state of Oklahoma and is an active member of the Women’s Interfaith Alliance, was the first Kashmiri woman to be nominated to the advisory council of the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women and was appointed Commissioner of the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Woman.

Nyla has presented lectures on various subjects at several universities including American University, Columbia University and New York University. She is an Oklahoma Humanities Scholar presenting public talks statewide, including women’s correctional facilities, where she focuses on education and women’s empowerment. She has also been interviewed by numerous major media outlets including NPR and Voice of America.

Rotarian sponsors Larry Hazelwood, Farooq Karim, and Terri Watkins


12-19-23

Alexander Gray is Managing Partner of American Global Strategies.

A fourth generation Oklahoma, he was raised in the Oklahoma City and attended Oklahoma State University before moving to Washington, D.C. where he would earn his bachelor’s in international Affairs at Geroge Washington University. Following graduation, he stayed in D.C. where he spent most of his career in the U.S. Government, culminating with service as Deputy Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff of the White House National Security Council.

Alex is involved in many organizations including as a member of the Council of Advisors for the State Chamber of Commerce, is a nominee for the Oklahoma State Board of Education and received a presidential appointment to serve as a member of the board of Visitors for the U.S. Coast Guard Academy to name just a few.

Alex is passionate about history, especially Oklahoma, military, and diplomatic history including genealogy and belongs to several hereditary lineage societies. He travels regularly for business and pleasure and considers himself an avid reader, primarily on history, current events, and technology.

Rotarian sponsors Cliff Branan, Jerome Holmes, and Ann Felton Gilliland

 

Mike Partlow is Partner at White & Associates, a consulting group providing preconstruction, construction management, construction inspection, and litigation services.

He was born in Terra Haute, Indiana, but grew up in central Illinois. Mike’s time in college took him to Eastern Illinois University where he earned his bachelor’s in construction management. He was transferred to Oklahoma with his position in 1999 and has called Oklahoma home since.

Some of Mike’s favorite hobbies are mountain hiking and outdoor activities such as visiting National Parks and golfing.

Rotarian sponsors Bill White, Kermit Frank, Joe McKenzie

 

 

Emily  Rosenthal is the “Chief of Getting it Done” with Masters of the Day.

Her formative years were spent in Richmond, Virginia before completing her bachelor’s at the University of Arizona. Following graduation, she joined the Peace Corps where she served in the Commonwealth of Dominica before returning to the U.S. and completing her master’s degree at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Center for Sport Leadership. Her career took her Arizona, New York City, and Virginia over the years before moving to Oklahoma. During those moves, she earned yet another degree, her doctorate in education from the University of Southern California.

Emily is a member of The Junior League, Alumni Advisory board member for the Center for Sport Leadership at Virginia Commonwealth University, mentor with gerer8tor Oklahoma City investment accelerator, and founded a scholarship and mentor program, the “Make Your Mark Scholarship & Mentor Program in 2016.

Emily has a passion for capturing fleeting magical moments through photography, and enjoys creative, hands-on activities spent with their 4th grader. Travel, cheering on the Las Vegas Raiders, golf and family adventures top her list and fuel her inspiration and zest for life.

Rotarian sponsors Freda Deskin Lewis, Lou Kerr, and Ron Sutor

 

Maressa Treat is our Oklahoma County Clerk, elected this past April.

Born and raised in Oklahoma City, she attended the University of Oklahoma with a focus on political science. Following college, she would find herself back in Oklahoma City and resides with her husband, Greg, and their three children in Edmond near the Deer Creak area. Prior to seeking election this past spring, Maressa served 7 years as the State Outreach Director for Senator James Lankford.

In addition to her public service career, Maressa is active in the community and serves as 2nd Vice Chair for YWCA, legislative committee member for Positive Tomorrow, legislative committee member for ReMerge, board member for Live Free OKC, and serves as board member for the Oklahoma County budget and Oklahoma County retirement.

Maressa is passionate about serving her community. She enjoys spending time with her family and helping victims of domestic violence. While not at kids’ sports, she enjoys going to the lake with friends and family.

Rotarian sponsors Mike Coats, Carrie Blumert, and Lexi Skaggs

January 16, 2024

Jeff Crain is owner and managing attorney at Crain & Associates.

Born and raised in Oklahoma City, he moved to North Carolina to complete his bachelor’s degree at Davidson College. He returned home to Oklahoma City in 2000 to attend OCU School of Law where he earned his JD.

Jeff is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, the Oklahoma County Bar Association, a member of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City Class 40, and a board member and volunteer attorney for Trinity Legal Clinic that provides free legal services to clients experiencing poverty.

A Lieutenant Colonel from the Army Reserve, Jeff retired in 2017 after 23 years of combined active and reserve service. Some of his favorite hobbies include playing piano, travel, and history.
Rotarian sponsors Leann Farha, Clay Farha, and Peggy Kates

 

Rachel Klein is Director in the Office of Communications at the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

Born in California, her family moved to Oklahoma when she was seven. She grew up in Edmond and attended the University of Central Oklahoma where she earned her bachelors in journalism and public relations.

Some of Rachel’s community involvement includes serving as a member of the Children’s Health Foundation board, serving as a board chair and teen board advisor for Children’s Miracle Network Hospital Board, past president and accreditation chair for the Public Relations Society of America, Oklahoma City Chapter, and a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City Class 33.

Rachel enjoys traveling and new experiences, spending quality time with her friends, walking outdoors, and hanging out with her teenager.

Rotarian sponsors Mandy Heaps, Pam Campbell, and Margaret Creighton

 

 

 

 

Shane Pate is City Manager for the City of Nichols Hills.

Born in Stillwater, his family relocated to Henryetta his junior year of high school. He would return to Stillwater to complete his bachelor’s at Oklahoma State University. He moved to Oklahoma City to attend UCO where he earned his master’s in public administration and then his JD at OCU’s School of Law.

Shane enjoys being engaged in the community in various capacities which includes past chairman of the Oklahoma State Employee Insurance and benefits board, serving on the UCO Foundation Board of Trustees, a non-beneficiary trustee of the EMSA Board of trustees, and Vice Chairman of the United Way of Central Oklahoma campaign Cabinet.

Shane, his wife, and their two sons love to travel as a family and experience museums and family entertainment in Oklahoma. Some of their favorite activities include spending time outdoors hunting, fishing, hiking, and snow skiing. They are also big fans of the Thunder and OSU sports and attend games whenever possible.

Rotarian sponsors Ann Holzberlein, Ford Austin, Mike Patterson, and Jim Loftis

 

 


1-23-2024

Linda Manaugh is the Chief Programs Officer with the Potts Family Foundation.

Born and raised in Oklahoma City, Linda has called this her home minus three years when she lived and taught in Moore – not too far away. She received her bachelor’s degree in education from Oklahoma State University and her master’s in education from the University of Central Oklahoma with a focus on learning disabilities. Before joining the Potts Family Foundation, she spent her career in education and unsuccessfully retired following 12 years at Metro Technology Centers where she served as the Director of Grants and Federal Programs and served as their Foundation Director.

Linda serves on the board of directors for the Oklahoma Association for Infant Mental Health and the board, and past chair, of Cardinal Community House.

She has two brilliant sons, a wonderful daughter-in-law, and four amazing grandkids who all live within 3 hours of her. She loves to kayak, hike, travel, and enjoys live theatre and occasional trips to New York City – perhaps to enjoy live theatre.

Rotarian sponsors Pat Potts, AJ Griffin, and Ed Long

 

 

Ariel Moore is Senior Director at the Center for Social Innovation at Oklahoma State University.

Raised in Norman, her path in life led her to Center for Social Innovation where she directs all activities of the program. Their program provides a pathway from long-term effects of social barriers, bias, and trauma to successful career outcomes through braided academic and co-curricular learning for program participants.

Active in the community, Ariel is a nonprofit event speaker, volunteer, and supporter of several organizations. She serves on the ReMerge board of directors and the ReMerge Governance committee, is Alpha Director at OKC Community Church, a  current class member of S.A.L.L.T., and is a recipient of Oklahoma’s NextGen Under 30 award.

Some of Ariel’s favorite activities include physical fitness and spending time with her husband and children. She loves having fun with her family and not taking herself too seriously!

Rotarian sponsors Melanie Stillinger, Ann Felton Gilliland, and Judy Hatfield


2-6-2024

Amanda Harding is an active community leader and volunteer.

Born and raised in south Oklahoma City, she is a 6th generation Oklahoma Citian whose family came to Oklahoma City in the land run and settled downtown. College took her to OU where she earned her bachelors in accounting and would go on to earn her masters in nonprofit leadership from OCU.

Some of Amanda’s many community efforts include serving on the board of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, Council Member for Camp Classen YMCA, Immediate Past Chair for the John Rex Fuel Up! Annual fundraiser, a member of the Spouse Forum of YPO OKC, and a sustainer with the Junior League of Oklahoma City.

Amanda loves to go on long walks around her neighborhood and is an avid audiobook listener. She and her husband Nathaniel love to travel and some of their favorite adventures include Iceland, Egypt, Istanbul, Vietnam, Portugal, and most of Europe. She also maintains a passion for philanthropy and helping others give.

Rotarian sponsors Pam Campbell, Mandy Heaps, and David Walters

 

Anthony Haskins  is founder, life coach, and mental health strategist with Set You Free, LLC.

After having been away from his home state of Oklahoma for almost 20 years while serving as Resource Director for Dr. Phil, and being mentored by Dr. Phil himself and the chairman of his advisory board, he and his wife were called to bring their family and his practice back home.

Anthony is a graduate of OSU with his bachelors in business and earned his Juris Doctorate at Southern Methodist School of Law. He has also earned his diploma in clinical hypnotherapy, a life coach certification with Life Purpose Institute,  and a Masters in Therapeutic Imagery with American Hypnosis Association.

He is beyond passionate about his work in the service of helping people transform through their trials, tribulations, challenges and crisis. His favorite thing to do beyond the mission of his work is spending time with his brilliant and beautiful wife and their 2 outstanding daughters going on adventures, traveling, hiking, and simply being together.  Nothing fills his soul more.

Rotarian sponsors Erin Engelke, Dave Ortloff, and Bill Hughes

 

David Wendling is Principal with Studio Architecture.

Born and raised in Oklahoma City and Edmond, David completed his Bachelor of Architecture at OSU before becoming a licensed architect.

Active in the community, David serves on the board of trustees for PIVOT, A turning Point for Youth, is a member of the American Institute of Architects, member of the Urban Land Institute, and is an Eagle Scout with the Last Frontier Council.

Some of David’s areas of interest include urban design, commercial and residential development, computer programming and information systems. He also tries to enjoy his hobbies of camping, construction and remodeling, bowling, and dungeons and dragons as often as possible.

Rotarian sponsors Collins Peck, Dawn Byram, and Josh Dougherty

 


2-20-2024

Dustin Crawford is an executive and corporate attorney serving as a fractional general counsel for two startups, Intrinsic Medicine and eBliss Global.

He grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada and received his bachelors in Biochemistry from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He then enrolled in law school, receiving his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was President and Editor-in-Chief of the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law.

Dustin met his wife, Raven, an Oklahoma City native, in law school in New York. He became open to moving to Oklahoma City after meeting Raven’s friends and family and, more importantly, after reading about the MAPS 3 initiatives. Dustin says this made for a strange talking point in interviews with future potential employers.

Dustin’s principal passion project is his 6-year-old daughter, Helen. He also enjoys reading books and watching movies about historic boardroom battles and financial crises. He’s on his fourth book about Michael Milken and 1980s Wall Street and is always open to recommendations.

Rotarian sponsors Larry Stone, Ashley Smith, and Michael Baron

 


Rose Faherty is Director of Partnerships and Engagement with The Kimmell Foundation.

A 5th generation Oklahoman, she was born and raised in Oklahoma City. Following her graduation from Bishop McGuiness, she completed her Bachelor of Hospitality Management from the University of Arkansas before returning home.

Before joining the Kimmell Foundation, Rose worked for Palomar, A Chance to Change, and ReMerge of Oklahoma County. When not serving the community professionally, she has served Maked a Wish Foundation, Camp Hope and is a board member with The Hair Initiative.

Rose is passionate about serving our neighbors, no matter their circumstances. She also loves to travel and recently visited Ireland.

Rotarian sponsors Farooq Karim, Carrie Blumert, and Meg Salyer

 

 

 

Bruce McIntyre is Chief Executive Officer of Oklahoma Parkinson’s Alliance.

Born in Memphis, he grew up in Tennessee before attending Oklahoma Christian University where he earned his bachelor’s in history. He went on to earn his Master of Divinity at Abilene Christian Church. Bruce met his wife, Kathy, while at Oklahoma Christian and has enjoyed life in Oklahoma City and Edmond since 2006.

In addition to his professional work, Bruce is a member of the Independent Parkinson’s Network Marketing Team and works to inspire hope and transform lives for people with Parkinson’s.

Bruce has also written five books: “Receiving Peace”, “Thrive Anyway”, “Parkinson Positive”, “Graceful Transitions”, and “Resilient Life.” He speaks to inspire thousands of people each year. Some of his hobbies include traveling, hiking, fly fishing, and the arts.

Rotarian sponsors Tom Phillips, Marnie Taylor, and Bill Hughes

 

 

 

Stacy McDaniel is co-founder and Executive Director of Cleats for Kids.

A 4th generation Oklahoman, she grew up in Edmond and moved to Oklahoma City following earning her degree in finance from Oklahoma State University and then her law degree from the University of Oklahoma.

Stacy is very active in the community and serves as co-founder and strategic planning chair of OKC Youth Sports Coalition, strategic planning member for National Coalition for Sports Equity, Sporting Goods Access Coalition member, trustee for St. Luke’s Methodist Church, member of the Westminster School Strategic Planning Committee, and a Fields and Futures honorary board member.

Stacy enjoys working with all types of youth development projects and organizations. She loves visiting schools to speak to kids of all ages about philanthropy ad how we can all impact and make community connections. Stacy and her husband, Mark, love spending time with their three kids, Cole, Josh, and Meghan, and their family. She loves long walks, yoga, and traveling with family and friends. She will also happily drive any boat on any body of water.

Rotarian sponsors Terri Cooper, Christopher Lloyd, and Valerie Aubert


3-5-2024

Whitney Cross is Director of Development and Communications for the Oklahoma City Ballet.

A lifelong Oklahoma resident, she thought she would have to live elsewhere to work in the arts. However, Whitney graduated with her Bachelor of Arts from Oklahoma State University right as the Oklahoma City art scene started its renaissance and she’s been here since. She would go on to receive her master’s from Oklahoma City University.

In addition to serving her love of the arts professionally, she is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City Class 37, a member of the Chamber, a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and is also a member of the Caddo Nation.

Whitney tends to dabble in all things creative and described herself as a “jack of many trades but a master of none.” Some of her favorite things include hosting parties, cooking, gardening, antique shopping, walking her dog, attending events and performances, trying great food, traveling, organizing, and spending time with her friends and family.

Rotarian sponsors Chip Oppenheim, Jo Jones, and Hilarie Blaney

 

Sandra Leaver is Director of Corporate Partnerships with Feed the Children.

Originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, she earned her bachelor’s from the University of Central Arkansas. She married an officer in the Navy and lived around the US and abroad before moving to Oklahoma in 2007 to be close to family.

In addition to her professional nonprofit work, Sandra is a member of the Edmond Women’s Club and is an outreach advisor for the OU Women’s Leadership Program.

Her hobbies include painting, attending concerts, traveling, and walking her dog, Rocky. Passionate about helping families in our community, she has devoted her time to providing relief for those in need.
Rotarian sponsors Ron Stakem, Lou Kerr, and Mary Jane Calvey

 

 

 

Amanda Noblin is Major Gifts Officer for Oklahoma Christian University.

Born to Oklahoma natives, Amanda grew up moving between Edmond and St. Louis, Missouri. Her mother’s family, including her and her brother, are registered with the Cherokee Tribe and their family lineage is traceable to Chieftainess Nancy Ward and the Trail of Tears.

Following a study abroad semester in Vienna, Austria, Amanda transferred to Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee where she earned her bachelors and master’s in education.

Some of Amanda’s passion projects include the Colson Fellows Program, building the Women Who Lead Program at Oklahoma Christian, and last year, she began a personal styling and shopping side hustle.

One her favorite hobbies is traveling which she considers both a blessing and a passion that she and her husband share along with their twin Shih Tzu’s, Lily and Violet.
Rotarian sponsors Erin Engelke, Josh Dougherty, and Aaron Collins

 

 

 

Jim Shane is Senior Executive Vice President and CFO at Kirkpatrick Bank.

His family is originally from Omaha, Nebraska where he was born and they moved to the Oklahoma City area in 1978. College took Jim to Southwestern Oklahoma State University where he earned degrees in Music Theory and Composition and Accounting before attending the Graduate School of Banking at The University of Colorado.

He is a member of Leadership Oklahoma City’s current Class 41, a member of the Oklahoma Society of CPAs, and a member of the Association of International CPAs.

Some of Jim’s hobbies include cycling, hiking, and anything outdoors. His family enjoys music and musical theatre. He also recently earned the new title of “Grandpa” thanks to his first grandson.
Rotarian sponsors Daniel Adams, Miles Pringle, and  Brenda Bennett-Givens

 

 

 

 

Bailey Perkins Wright is Community Investor with Boeing Global Engagement.

She is a 5th generation Oklahoma and was born and raised in Lawton. She earned her bachelor’s at Oklahoma City University graduating as a Clara Luper Full Tuition Scholar and Outstanding Senior of the Year. Bailey went on to complete her Master of Public Administration at the University of Oklahoma.

Very active in the community, she is a lifetime member of Leadership Oklahoma, board secretary for Leadership Oklahoma City, correspondence secretary for PSSO Foundation, board member for Oklahoma Academy for State Goals, board member for Potts Family Foundation, member of the Downtown Club, and member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

Bailey loves to sing and is a five-time all-state vocalist who spent two summers at the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute and sings praise and worship at Fifth Street Baptist Church. She loves being an auntie, a godmother, and a bonus mom. Bailey is also part of a book club, loves brunch and collects space and Black History postal stamps.

Rotarian sponsors Alex Kaiser, Ashley Smith, and AJ Griffin


3-26-2024
Salvador Ontiveros
  President and CEO of Latino Community Development Agency.

Born in Torreon, Mexico, his family moved to Oklahoma City when he was just a year old. Following high school at Classen SAS, the Latino Community Development Agency introduced him to a college recruiter from Oklahoma City University who ultimately offered him a full academic scholarship named after civil rights icon Clara Luper. He earned both his bachelor and MBA from OCU.

Salvador is active in the community and serves as a YMCA of Oklahoma City Board Member, appointed by Mayor Holt to the Oklahoma City Arts Commission this past year, a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City LOYAL Class 14 and a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City’s Signature Class 40.

When not working with the community professionally and personally, Salvador most enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife, Jennifer, and their three sons, Salvador, Antonio, and Ruben.

Rotarian sponsors Kathy Williams, John Michael Williams, and Mary Blankenship Pointer

 

 


4-23-2024

Billy Bozalis is the Chief Financial Officer for Dream Team Roofing & Construction.

Born and raised in Oklahoma City, he left the city to attend Southern Methodist University where he earned his bachelors in economics and to work on the east coast. He returned to Oklahoma City to obtain his MBA at the University of Oklahoma and has been here since.

In addition to his professional life, Billy is a board member for A Chance to Change, a member of the Economic Club of Oklahoma, and volunteers as a wrestling coach and also with Festival of the Arts.

Some of Billy’s favorite activities include playing golf, and almost any activity outdoors.

Rotarian sponsors Jeff Simpsen, Louis Gasbarra, and Billy Coyle

 

 

 

Tony Cornforth is the President of the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics.

A lifelong Oklahoma, he grew up in the tiny northwest Oklahoma town of Burlington. College took him to Weatherford where he earned a bachelors in education and a bachelors in natural science. He then went to the University of Oklahoma and earned his master’s in mathematics before teaching at the Oklahoma School of Science and Math.

As a math professor, Tony works to inspire his students which includes calculus rap songs. His debut single, entitled “Go Start the Bus” has over 4,000 views on YouTube.
Rotarian sponsors Jerry Burger and Bill Rodgers

 

 

Tony Say is Chairman and CEO of Clearwater Enterprises.

Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Tony grew up in Tulsa before attending the University of Oklahoma where he earned his bachelors in business. He moved to Oklahoma City in 1985 to start a gas marketing company. He has since built over forty years of oil and gas expertise.

Some of Tony’s favorite activities include fishing, working out, spending time with his family, spending time at his ranch, or spending summers at his family’s lake house in Wisconsin.

Rotarian sponsors Clay Farha, Bill Bozalis, and Pat Rooney

 

 

Jared Stigge is the CEO of Guernsey.

Born in British Columbia, Canada, his family emigrated to the United States when he was 5. He grew up in Ponca City before attending Oklahoma State University where he earned his bachelor’s in economics. He then went on to earn his Juris Doctorate at the University of Oklahoma before settling in Oklahoma City.

Active in the community, Jared is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, the Economic Club of Oklahoma, the Urban Land Institute, and the Mayor’s CEO Roundtable on DEI.

Jared has flown almost 2 million miles for work so he’s fortunate that travel is one of his passions. He and his wife take several trips out-of-state each year with their dogs, often to national parks or to catch a band. They also try to take at least one international trip each year and will be heading to the Netherlands this year.

Rotarian sponsors Ed Long, Joe Dorman, and Andy Rine


5-21-2024

Daniel Billingsley is Principal of Mission Karisma.

Born in Kansas City and raised in Kansas, he earned his Bachelor of Music at Wichita State University. He went on to the University of Kansas where he earned a Master of Science in Journalism, a Master of Music, AND a Doctor of Philosophy in Community Health and Development.

Daniel started his career as an opera singer and an arts administrator and spent 25 years in nonprofit management before coming to Oklahoma in 2012 to work for the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits.

Daniel not only serves the nonprofit community professionally but also serves the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, the Oklahoma Public Health Association, and is a board member for the Oklahoma City Arts Council.

A self-proclaimed armchair expert on 1980s pop culture, you can usually find Daniel at the dog parking with his beagle, Poppy, or cooking inordinate amounts of Italian food for dinner parties with friends.

Rotarian sponsors Lesli Massad, AJ Griffin, and Joe Dorman

 


Jeaneen Pointer
is Executive Director of Hope Strategies, a division of the Lynn Institute.

Born in Oklahoma City, her family moved when she was in the 4th grade. Following her graduation from Texas Tech University with her bachelors in both marketing and education, she returned to Oklahoma to be closer to family and has called this home since.

Active in the community, Jeaneen is a board member for the Oklahoma Turning Point Council, Alumni of Salt & Light Leadership, a member of Esther Women, and serves on the Executive Committee for Count Me In 4 Kids.

Some of Jeaneen’s hobbies include travel and OU football and softball. She is passionate about making a positive difference in the lives of youth and college students experiencing lack of resources, and is an abstract artist who loves utilizing color to inspire imagination and joy. Jeaneen is married with a son and is over the moon for her 8-month-old niece, the first girl in their family in 62 years!

Rotarian sponsors Donna Lawrence, Elizabeth Dalton, and Ariel Moore

 

 

 


6-18-2024

Brian  Brown is Director of Sales and Partnerships at VOX Audio Visual.

Born in Oklahoma City, Brian grew up in Norman where he would stay to earn his bachelor’s degree in journalism from The University of Oklahoma. Following graduation, he moved to Oklahoma City where he began his advertising and marketing career.

Brian has been active in civic efforts for more than a decade volunteering on MAPS campaigns including directing communications for PAWS for MAPS4, and communications for James Cooper for City Council and Meg Salyer for City Council campaigns. He currently serves as a trustee on Oklahoma City Contemporary’s Communications Committee.

Brian lives in Northwest Oklahoma City with his wife, Katie, a civil engineer with ODOT. Avid travelers, Brian and Katie have a young adult daughter who also lives and works in northwest OKC. They share their home with six beloved cats and an equally adored Australian Shepherd who may believe she is a cat.

Rotarian sponsors Emily Taylor, Ted Streuli, and Todd Edmonds

 

Manisone Hubbard is Senior Commercial Relationship Manager for INTRUST Bank.

Born in Laos, her family migrated to the US when she was five years old and has called the Oklahoma City metro home since. College took her to the University of Central Oklahoma before beginning her career in banking where she has worked for community, regional and national banks.

Manisone is a graduate of Leadership Edmond’s Class 29, has served on the development committee for the Greater Asian Chamber of Commerce, and is a past board member for the Putnam City Schools Foundation.

When not working or volunteering, Manisone enjoys taking care of her family and spending as much time with them as possible. She also loves attending her boy’s sporting events.

Rotarian sponsors David Mayfield, Sarah Barrow, and Bill White

 

 

Ashleigh Robinson is Director of Church and Community Engagement at St. Luke’s Methodist Church.

She grew up in Edmond and moved to Oklahoma City to complete her Bachelor of Music at Oklahoma City University where she also earned her Master’s in nonprofit leadership.

Ashleigh is an active community member and currently serves on the board for Goodwill of Central Oklahoma and the Respect Diversity Foundation. She also currently serves as the social chairwoman for the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Overture Society.

Ashleigh has a sister named Danielle who has Down Syndrome, and she loves advocating for her community. In fact, you may remember Ashleigh sharing her message of inclusivity to our club as Miss Oklahoma in 2021. One of her favorite activities is boxing and she is always planning her next trip. Currently, she’s planning for the Olympics in Paris!

Rotarian sponsors Jerrod Shouse, Sarah Roberts, and Heidi Russell

 

 

 

 

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