New Rotarians 10-18-16

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RaLayna Kennedy

RaLayna was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and moved to Oklahoma City when she was seven. She is a former University of Oklahoma pom squad member and to this day, still has her pom poms. She loves Caribbean Cruises and listening to hip hop music, as it keeps her connected to her kids.
She currently works at Mariner Wealth Advisors and serves as Senior Wealth Consultant.

RaLayna attended Putnam City High School and graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Public Relations degree. She also earned a post graduate at the University of Oklahoma with a CPA degree. While at OU she was a member of the Alpha Phi Sorority.

RaLayna is passionate in her community involvement with Positive Tomorrows and YWCA. Her proudest accomplishment thus far is passing the CPA exam.

When RaLayna is not spending time in the community she loves to work out, run, attend concerts and try new restaurants.

RaLayna’s favorite holiday of the year is Christmas with her family. She is married to Brent Kennedy and has two sons JR and Brendon with a future daughter-in-law, Elizabeth, joining the family in the near future.

“A person that loves life and hopefully is a joy to be around” is how RaLayn best describes her life up to this point.

Three words she best describes herself with are: energetic, cheerful and passionate.

Ralayna’s Sponsors: Dawn Byram, Susan Agel, Todd Lechtenberger



Teresa Johnston

Teresa Johnston was born at Malstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls, Montana. Teresa has lived life to the fullest up to this point. Her favorite vacation spot is Disney World as it brings out the kid in her and to this day, she still loves to ride roller coasters.

Teresa was recently recruited by Oklahoma City’s downtown Sheraton to move from Biloxi, Mississippi. She now serves as the Sheraton’s Director of Catering. Teresa has called Oklahoma City home now for just a few short months. Her favorite things about Oklahoma City thus far are the people and the abundance of opportunities.

Teresa has been recognized as “Rotarian of the Year” in her former Rotary Club in Biloxi, Mississippi. While there, she also received a rotary district award for her dedication in encouraging 100% participation for all club members to become a Paul Harris Fellow.

Teresa attended Jefferson Davis Jr College in Gulfport, Mississippi and The University of Alaska in Anchorage.

Blue grass music makes Teresa happy as well as watching the Blacks of New Zealand Rugby. She has a passion for leaving the world a better place by picking up any trash she finds along her journeys.

Teresa is married and has very successful children.

“Wow, what a ride!” is how Teresa best describes her life thus far.

Teresa describes herself best with three words: enthusiastic, motivated and determined.

Teresa’s Sponsors: Farooq Karim, Tim Strange, Jane Jenkins

Thanks to Michael Morrison for the bios.

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