New Rotarians 2019-20

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Kim Tran is Of Counsel with the firm of Ogletree Deakins.

Kim’s family immigrated to the U.S. from Vietnam in the mid-70’s and early-80’s. She was born in Minneapolis but as a child, her family moved to Oklahoma City. She holds her Bachelor’s in Management Information Systems and her Juris Doctorate from Oklahoma City University School of Law.

Kim is married to Michael To and they have a son, Benjamin. Some of her hobbies include travel and travel planning, spicy food challenges, and vintage cocktail mixology.

Rotarian Sponsors:Ashley Smith, Suzanne Mitchell, and Sam Fulkerson

 

 

Melody Kellogg is the Director for the Oklahoma Department of Libraries.

She is originally from Missouri but moved to Oklahoma when she was just two years old and spent most of her youth in Enid. She has her BA in Business from Central State University, an MBA from the University of Central Oklahoma, and her Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Oklahoma.

In addition to her professional career, Becky is Past President and board member for Oklahoma Library Association, advisory board member for Friends of Libraries in Oklahoma, member for OK Historic Records Advisory Board, a member of the Archives & Records Commission, and the former board chair for First Christian Church.

Becky and her husband, Randy, are passionate about living debt-free and helping others to do the same. They have been members of a card playing group for over 20 years and their favorite vacation is a K-Love Cruise.

Rotarian Sponsors Susan McVey, Devery Youngblood, and Jane Jenkins

 

Becky Graninger is the Chief Development and Marketing Officer with Feed the Children. She moved to Oklahoma just two years ago from Richmond, Virginia as a result of this position.

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Hollins University and a Master’s Degree in Marketing Johns Hopkins University.

Becky would describe herself as a student of creativity and leadership. Some of her hobbies include reading, history, genealogy, and organ music. She cares deeply about helping children and in addition to her role at Feed the Children, she is a CASA volunteer and a Read OKC Little Library Steward.

Rotarian Sponsors: Tom Phillips, Marion Paden, and Sam Hammons

 

Jo Lynne Jones is the John Kirkpatrick Executive Director for the Oklahoma City Ballet.

She was born in Colorado but the child of two Okies, her family moved to Edmond as a youth.

She attending Oklahoma State University for four years majoring in Radio & Television, but a dream job at KFOR-TV took her away from school before graduation. She would eventually graduate from the University of Central Oklahoma and holds a Bachelor’s in Oral Communications.

Jo Lynne is a board member for Brave Woman, Treasurer for Crown Heights-Edgemere Heights Neighborhood Association, and is the past president for the Association of Fundraising Professionals and past president of the Oklahoma County Bar Auxiliary

Jo Lynne has two grown sons and her husband, Tom, is an attorney. Her hobbies include traveling, photography, and occasionally working a sewing machine. According to her, she loves to watch a well-produced newscast, and is passionate about women’s and children’s rights.

Rotarian Sponsors: Hilarie Blaney, Hank Bradley, and Cheryl Borelli



8-6-19

Andy Anderson is a retired City Manager who recently moved back to Oklahoma from Bend, Oregon to be close to his first grandchild.

After serving in the U.S. Army, Andy obtained a Bachelor of Political Science from Northern Illinois University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Kansas. His career as a City Manager spanned 35 years across 5 different cities including Norman, OK, Enid, OK, Medford, OR, Leavenworth, KS, and Bend, OR.

In all of Andy’s moves, there’s been one constant: Rotary. He’s been a member of various Rotary clubs since 1982, served as President of the Rotary Club of Bend Foundation for 5 years, and is a Paul Harris Fellow +4. He also served as a volunteer senior advisor to the Oregon and International City Management Association from 2010 to 2019.

In Andy’s spare time, he enjoys cooking, travel, and gardening. In his younger years, he enjoyed hiking, backpacking, and mountaineering.

Rotarian Sponsors: Anne Roberts, Tim Dowd, and John Wilkins

 

Bob Lane is a Director at BKD CPAs and Advisors where he’s specialized operations consulting for health care providers for the past 13 years. He holds a Bachelors of Allied Health Administration from the University of Kansas and a Master of Health and Human Services Administration from the University of Oklahoma.

 

Originally a true “Okie from Muskogee”, he spent 13 years working in Central Missouri before relocating back to Oklahoma City.

In addition to Rotary, he is the national board chair for the American College of Health Care Administrators, the President-elect of Upward Transitions of Central Oklahoma, and the past congregational chair at St. Mark Lutheran Church and Preschool.

Bob and his wife, Rose, have two grown children and a new grandchild. Hobbies include golf, theatre, travel, home improvement, and craft brewing. He also considers himself a passionate audiophile with an eclectic music taste.

Rotarian sponsors: Mary Jane Calvey and Joyce Clark

 

Emily Lang is a Partner of Price Lang Public Relations. She is a graduate of The University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Journalism Public Relations. Previously, she served as the Public Information Officer and Director of Special projects for the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office.

Emily is active in the community and is the Vice Chair of the UCO Foundation Board of Trustees, Board Member for YLK, volunteers with Santa Fe Family Life Center and is a volunteer for Oklahoma Arts Council. She is a graduate of LOYAL Class IX and has been recognized as a Journal Record Achievers Under 40 and Business Times 20 Under 40.

She loves supporting organizations and causes that protect and encourage women, children and underserved individuals. For fun, she enjoys spending time with her family, watching her son at various sporting and school events and considers herself a lifelong learner. To keep up, she is a persistent reader, news consumer, and podcast listener.

Rotarian Sponsor: Tisha Tate, Drew Edmondson, Ted Streuli

 

Jake Yunker is the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations for the Oklahoma State University Foundation. He is a graduate of, you guessed it, Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Public Relations.  Previously, he served as the Policy Director for the Office of Governor Mary Fallin.

He currently serves as a board member for Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, board member for Oklahoma AIDS Care Fund, and community advisory committee member for Harding Charter Prep High School.

Jakes hobbies include education and workforce policy, supporting Oklahoma artists, and foreign and domestic travel.

Rotarian Sponsors: Heather Lunsford, Susan Winchester



8-27-19

Mike Adams retired after a 39-year career with LSB Industries, Inc. where he served as the VP-Corporate Controller. Born in Wewoka, Oklahoma, he is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelors in Accounting and Management.

Mike has years of volunteer service with several organizations including the United Way, Oklahoma Civic Center, Junior Achievement, and Boy Scouts of America.  He is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City, Class 32.  His current community activities include serving on the Oklahoma City MAPS3 Citizens Advisory Board, Vice-chair of the MAPS3 Oklahoma River Sub-committee, and a Chairman of the Board of Advisors for the OU Steed School of Accounting.

In the three years since retirement, Mike has traveled to over 30 countries. When he is not traveling, he enjoys sports, history and architecture.

Rotarian Sponsors: Tom Shelby, Tom McDaniel, and Lance McDaniel

 

Carri Hicks is a first-term State Senator for District 40 located in northwest Oklahoma City, the Village, Warr Acres, Bethany, and Nichols Hills. Before election to the Oklahoma Senate, she was a Professional Educator in Deer Creek Public Schools.

 

Raised in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Carri earned a full scholarship to Oklahoma City University and fell in love with this community. Following her studies at OCU she laid down roots and has been an active community member since 2001.

She earned her Bachelors of Arts and Sciences from Oklahoma City University, double majoring in Political Science and Mass Communications. She furthered her studies at OCU by completing a Master’s degree in Leadership Management. She then went on to complete her Masters of Early Childhood Education from Capella University.

Carri is married to Spencer Hicks and has three young children. She enjoys volunteering with education related causes. Her oldest son was diagnosed with Type-1 diabetes at 17 months old. Therefore, Carri has thrown her full weight into raising awareness of type 1 diabetes and the rising costs of healthcare.

Rotarian Sponsors: Julia Kirt, Jerrod Shouse, and Anne Roberts

 

Jeanean Yanish is the Executive Director for Health Alliance for the Uninsured. Previously, she was the Executive Director for Green Shoe Foundation.

She was born in Yosemite, California where her parents met but spent most of her childhood in Washington State. She moved to Honolulu, Hawaii for college where she graduated from the University of Hawaii with her BA in Journalism / PR. Eventually she moved back to the mainland and moved to Edmond to complete her thesis work for her Masters Degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  She is currently a PhD Candidate at UCO-Swansea University.

In addition to non-profit work, she enjoys volunteerism, whole-person wellness and leadership, yoga, biking, golf, reading, scuba diving, and traveling. She comes to us from the Rotary Club of Edmond where she is a Past President. She is also a Paul Harris Fellow and has served Rotary District 5750 as the Co-Membership Chair for two years.

Rotarian Sponsors Tom Phillips, Betsy Brunsteter, and Lana Ivy



9-24-19

Michelle Fair is the Corporate Relations Manager for the American Cancer Society where she has worked for almost two years

Born in Oklahoma City, her family moved to Evergreen, Colorado when she was ten. She returned to Oklahoma to complete her Bachelors at The University of Oklahoma. After living abroad in France for a year, she returned to Denver and completed her Masters at the University of Denver.

Michelle competed in the second X Games in slope-style snowboarding and enjoys other cultures and globetrotting. She strives to learn something new every day and become someone her son can be proud of.

Rotarian Sponsors Andy Rine, Kevin Boyd, and Nick Harroz,

 

Jayme Phillips is the Director of Development for Scissortail Park Foundation.

Born in Oklahoma, her family moved thirteen times before she was thirteen years old, eventually settling in Northeastern Oklahoma. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelors in Communications. Los Angeles became her home for 10 years as she worked in the entertainment industry and returned home to Oklahoma just a few years ago.

Jayme is constantly on the move and loves to be in touch with what is happening in the city from events, new restaurants, and new experiences. When she has the time, she loves to travel and see the world.

Rotarian Sponsors Heather Lunsford, Collins Peck, and Brooke Haneborg

 

Olena Lifset is a Senior Vice President and Senior Relations Manager for Global Commercial Banking at Bank of America.

Born and raised in Ukraine, she moved to the United States to attend Lafayette College where she graduated with a Bachelors of Arts. Following college, she worked on Wall Street and met her husband. Several moves across North America eventually brought them to Oklahoma in 2008 for her husband’s position with The University of Oklahoma in the Honors College.

She has been active with CFA Society Oklahoma, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce as well as an Associate Board Member for Oklahoma City Ballet and active volunteer with Norman Ballet Company among many others. In addition to dance and travel, she loves volunteering at her children’s school.

Rotarian Sponsors Nick Wu, Craig Clemons, and Tisha Tate Garcia


10-8-19

Brenda Bennett- Givens is the Vice President of Communications and Marketing for NewView Oklahoma where she has been for two and a half years.

Originally born in Iowa, she has lived in Oklahoma since was two years old. She attended Oklahoma City University on a vocal performance scholarship but eventually decided to transition her major and graduated with a Bachelors in Mass Communications.

Some of her hobbies and interests include bicycling, photography, gardening, travel, singing and playing the piano, and spending time with her husband and two children.

Rotarian Sponsors Kendra Robben, Mary Melon, and Russ Florence



10-22-19

Doug Claycomb is the owner and CEO of PlanGroup Financial, a private asset management firm.

Originally from Pennsylvania, Doug moved to Oklahoma City for college and has a Bachelors in Business from Oklahoma City University. During college, he fell in love with Oklahoma and decided to make this home.

His two biggest passions are his family and investment company. Outside of that, he loves to volunteer through his church in their financial planning course. He also mentors young men through Damascus, a men’s group for men coming out of drug or alcohol rehab or out of prison.  For personnel fun, he loves all things active and tries to hit the gym weekly and stay in good enough shape to ski, surf, dive and travel as much as possible.

Rotarian Sponsors Ashley Smith, Tim Strange, and Jodi Lewis

 

James Bertsch is a Senior Vice President, Institutional Client Advisor with BOK Financial. His main focus is Fiduciary Investment Consulting for retirement plans and consulting on Plan Design changes for corporations, non-profits, and governmental entities.

Born in Fairfield, Iowa, James grew up throughout the Midwest and eventually moved with his family to Oklahoma in 1989. After high school, he followed his sister’s footsteps and attending the University of Oklahoma where he received his Bachelor’s in Finance. He also has an MBA from Oklahoma City University.

James’ main passion in life is his family.  His favorite hobbies are skiing with his boys and watching them play baseball.  He also really enjoys cooking for his close friends and family.  He is passionate about all things OU and Thunder basketball.

Rotarian Sponsors Ellen Fleming, Roger Mashore, and Dave Ortloff

 

Randy Goodman is the President of Randy L. Goodman, PC where he practices civil law in the area of real estate, probate, estate planning, business formations, works comp defense work and general contract law.

 

He attended the University of Georgia on a wrestling scholarship but after concluding he would likely never have a wrestling shoe named after him, he transferred to the University of Oklahoma where he earned a Bachelors in Journalism/Advertising.  After a couple of years working, he was accepted to Oklahoma City University College of Law and earned a Juris Doctorate.

 

Randy is a longtime Rotarian and spent 5 weeks in the interior of Turkey with a Rotary Group Study Exchange, was team leader for a Rotary Group Study Exchange to Brazil, and took a team of 12 high school students to Japan on a Wings of Rotary program in addition to holding several chair roles in our Rotary District.

He enjoys history, horseback riding, golf and travel.  His family still enjoys traditional Sunday dinners with multi-course meals and thanks before the meal.

Rotarian Sponsors Dick Hefton, Nick Harroz, and Hilarie Blaney

 



11-5-19

Simon Hsu is the founder and President of KeyBridge Technologies, Inc. where he has worked for 17 years.

Born and raised in Nanjing, China, he graduated from Nanjing Normal University with a Bachelors of English Education. Simon moved to Oklahoma in 1991 to complete his Master’s degree in Instructional Psychology and Technology at the University of Oklahoma. He is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma Class 32 and a lifetime member of Leadership Oklahoma.

Simon loves cooking and enjoy traveling and seeing the world with his family.  He has a passion for music and adores musicians of all kinds.  His favorite pastime is learning to play musical instruments such as classical guitar, mandolin and harmonica.

Rotarian Sponsors Ann Ackerman, Marion Paden, and Nick Harroz

 

Keren McLendon is the CEO of Robinson Aviation, Inc.

The one regret Keren’s father had was she was born in California. He moved her to his native state when she was seven years old. Minus an eight-year stay in Hawaii, she’s called Oklahoma home. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from University of Central Oklahoma and her Juris Doctorate from Oklahoma City University School of Law.

Keren’s greatest passion is rescuing animals. Her family has four rescue dogs and two rescue horses currently. She loves the ocean and spends as much time there as possible. In her spare time, she enjoys quilting, gardening, cooking and reading.

Rotarian Sponsors Kendra Robben, Jane Jenkins, and Tisha Tate Garcia

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