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



November 26, 2019

Lori  Alspaugh is the Executive Director for Francis Tuttle Foundation where she has worked for two years. As she said, “We are a small foundation yet every day we change the lives of the students we help…. from a gas card to get to school to full tuition.”

Lori’s youth was spent primarily in Nebraska but her family had a home at Grand Lake so she grew up with an Oklahoma connection. She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Arts Management from Northern Arizona University and after 10 years of working in the arts in Los Angeles and Phoenix, she took a position at the University of Central Oklahoma and has been a proud Okie ever since.

Ice skating, aviation and sailing are a big part of her families’ lives. In her free time, she volunteers in the arts and in the prison system with Oklahoma Messages. She won a sculpture contest during Oklahoma’s Centennial called “Blue Skies” that is located at Tinker Federal Credit Union on I-40. She is also a Fulbright scholar and served on their National Board for 5 years.

Rotarian Sponsors Michelle Keylon, Tom Friedemann, and Jennifer Seal

 

Chip Carter is the President and CEO of Cristo Rey Oklahoma City Catholic High School.

Originally born in Oklahoma City, he grew up in Chickasha. He attended Kenyon College in Ohio where he graduated with a Bachelors in Philosophy. After graduation, he worked in Washington, D.C. before moving back to Oklahoma in the summer of 1992 to work on Bill Price’s congressional campaign and has been here since.

Some of his current work in the community includes Media Division Chair for United Way of Central Oklahoma, Member of the Board of Trustees for the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, Board of Directors for Oklahoma Humanities, and a member of The Economic Club of Oklahoma.

In Chip’s spare time, he enjoys watching his children play sports, pheasant hunting, watching movies, discussing politics, and scotch – although not necessarily in that order.

Rotarian Sponsors Jerrod Shouse, Nathaniel Harding, and David Ortloff

 

DeShawn Heusel is the Business Development Manager for Halff Associates.

A native Texan, DeShawn grew up in the Dallas area. She graduated from Abilene Christian University with a Bachelors in Marketing. A year after marrying her husband, she requested a transfer to Oklahoma City and moved here in 1998. They’ve loved watching the renaissance of a city they fell in loved with.

She loves to cook, watch a good documentary & spend time with family…sometimes all at once. They are actively involved in their church where she serves as the 9th grade youth group leader. She loves to travel and cheer on their kids in whatever they are doing… her oldest on the golf course, the middle on the stage & the youngest on the race course.

Rotarian Sponsors Jane Jenkins, Lou Kohlman, and Kendra Robben


12-2-19

Rita is the Chief Financial Officer at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.

Rita Craig lived up and down the Midwest but calls Oklahoma City home. She graduated from Oklahoma Christian University with her Bachelor’s in Accounting. After being away from Oklahoma City, she returned in 2000.

She is the proud mother of two boys. Both are Eagle Scouts and are studying, or have graduated, from the University of Oklahoma with degrees in Engineering. She is also the mom to a rescue puppy and two rescue cats. When not at the museum, Rita enjoys landscaping, sailing on Lake Hefner, and just about any form of exercise.

Rotarian Sponsors Betsy Brunsteter, Chuck Wiggin, and Cynda Ottaway

 

Jill is the Assistant Vice President of Advancement with the University of Oklahoma.

Originally from Tulsa, Jill Hughes is a graduate from The University of Oklahoma with her Bachelors in Broadcast Journalism. While at OU, Jill participated in the Disney College Program internship – a “magical” experience with a Fortune 100 corporation. After almost a decade with the Disney company in Orlando, Jill returned to Oklahoma 15 years ago to be closer to family and friends.

When not traveling for work, Jill, her husband Bill and son, William can be found traveling the globe for fun, visiting family in Florida or checking in on all things Disney. A scholarship recipient, Jill believes in the value of higher education and works to ensure all Oklahomans have resources need to pursue a degree.

Rotarian Sponsors Bill Hughes, Lou Kerr, and Tom Phillips

 

Jennifer is the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications at OU Medicine.

Jennifer Schultz grew up in a small town in South Dakota and spent the majority of her education and career in the upper Midwest. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from Southwest Minnesota State University and her MBA from Carlson School of Management at University of Minnesota. She was recruited to Oklahoma City in 2017 for her current position.

In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys cooking, traveling, and is an avid reader. She was classically trained on piano and French horn and is a “professional” aunt to three girls and two boys.

Rotarian Sponsors Emily Lang, Tisha Tate Garcia, and Drew Edmondson


 


1-7-2020

As you all might remember from his presentation a few months ago, Scott Schaeffer is the Managing Director at the
Oklahoma Center for Poison and Drug Information, Oklahoma’s only poison center.

Scott’s father was career military so he was born in Bellevue, Nebraska but his family moved every three to four years. When his father was transferred from Tinker Air Force Base to Ohio, Scott was just 18 but chose to stay in Oklahoma. Though he doesn’t recall this, his mom told him that when they arrived in Oklahoma,Scott said, “I think I’ve found my home.”

He is a graduate of Central State University with a Bachelors in Psychology and also the University of Oklahoma with his Bachelors of Science in Pharmacy. He is a current member of Leadership Oklahoma Class 33 which he finds extremely fulfilling. His grandchildren are the light of his life and they frequently tell their parents, “I’ll just ask Papa!” When he has free time, he can
usually be found in the garage tinkering with his latest project.

Rotarian Sponsors: Donna Nelson, Ann Ackerman, and Farooq Karim

 

Heather Coyle  is a District Judge of Oklahoma County, District 7, Office 8. Following her election, she took office in January 2018. Previously, she was Assistant District Attorney for Oklahoma County.

Originally from Tulsa, Heather’s family moved to Oklahoma City when she was in middle school. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelors of Political Science with minors in both history and Spanish and obtained her Juris Doctorate from University of Oklahoma College of Law. While in law school, she interned at the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s office before she was hired.

In her free time, Heather enjoys spending time with her family and friends. They love to travel and some favorite trips include family ski trips, beach vacations, Disney World, and Santa Fe. In addition to her hobbies, Heather enjoys giving back to her community and is a board member for Harn Homestead, a founding member of Waytable, a program for at-risk youth, and a sustaining member of the Junior League of Oklahoma City.

Rotarian Sponsors Jane Jenkins, Ann Ackerman, and Carolyn Stager


1-21-2020

Jean Haas is an Investment Executive at T.S. Phillips Investments.

Jean was raised on a working ranch in New Mexico. Her family was in the horse racing industry, so she was destined to be a jockey. In fact, she was the youngest female racing jockey in North America at the age of 16. After “outgrowing” her profession, she and her husband trained horses for many years before moving to Oklahoma City to be close to family.

The second chapter of Jean’s life found her pursuing insurance and financial services and the rest, as they say, is history.

In her free time, Jean’s family can be found at her family’s ranch working with horses or cattle. Most of the time, you will find her on the softball fields with her girls; one is a pitcher and one is a catcher. If she’s not at either of those, she’s on the lake or on her bike.

Rotarian Sponsors Tom Phillips, Bill Hughes, and Tania Smith

 

Mike Patterson is Vice President and National Practice Consultant with HNTB.

He was born and raised in Oklahoma City and holds a bachelor’s in accounting and an MBA from the University of Central Oklahoma. Prior to joining HNTB, Mike had a 42-year career with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and was the Secretary of Transportation and Executive Director.

Due to the influence of his aviator father, he obtained his pilot’s license at the earliest age possible, 17. He’s been playing and coaching fastpitch softball for more than 40 years. While he’s no longer playing, he’s continued to coach and has had the joy of coaching his two daughters, and now his five granddaughters.

Rotarian Sponsors Jerrod Shouse, Jeanette Nance, and Cliff Branan

 

 

Sherry Dale is the Co-Founder of The Metisse Group, a growth strategy consulting firm.

Originally from North Carolina, she came to Oklahoma City for an employment opportunity following her graduation from Hendrix College with her bachelor’s in accounting and economics. Known as a “serial entrepreneur”, Sherry has owned, founded, and built multiple companies in professional services, real estate, retail, wholesale, technology and financial services.

Sherry’s passions in life include ReMerge, church, social justice, and her two amazing granddaughters.

Rotarian Sponsors Kendra Robben, Brenda Bennett, and Debbie Anglin



2-25-20

Dee Llanusa is the Director of Marketing for the Civic Center Foundation and is a former Rotarian from the Tulsa area.

Born and raised in Oklahoma City, Dee is a graduate of Oklahoma City University with both a Bachelors in Mass Communication and a Masters of Leadership Management.

You may have recognized her as a former Miss Oklahoma, former Miss Oklahoma USA, and the fourth runner up in the Miss America pageant. Dee was the first woman to hold both titles as well as the first African American woman to be crowned Miss Oklahoma.

She is the proud mother of three children. Her oldest son was recruited to play baseball and football for the US Naval Academy where he will graduate this May. Both of her daughters play basketball in college, the middle for the OU women’s basketball team, and her youngest for the UCO women’s basketball team. As you can imagine, her favorite hobby is to watch her daughters play and supporting her son.

 

Rotarian Sponsors Elizabeth Gray, Debbie Anglin, and Meg Salyer

 

Lezel Safi is an Associate Attorney with Gilchrist Aviation Law where she focuses on general and commercial aviation transactions.

She is a proud fourth generation Oklahoman born in Oklahoma City. Her great-grandparents centennial family farm is located in Okarche and she often drives by the location where their second farm was located in North Edmond.

She has a Bachelor of Science from Oklahoma State University and holds both an MBA and Juris Doctorate from Oklahoma City University.

In her free time, she enjoys watching her children grow and thrive into young adults, and watching her husband train and compete in Ironman competition. She loves to exercise and has completed numerous half marathons as well as the Marine Corps Marathon in D.C. and the New York City Marathon. She is an active yogi, cooks and stress-bakes, loves travel and scuba-diving, and entertaining friends and family.

Rotarian Sponsors Allen Gradnigo, Kermit Frank, and Lisa Synar

 

Ernesto Sanchez is the Head of Exhibition Design and Installation at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.

He was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico. He studied Economics for three years before switching to Fine Arts and graduating from Universidad Autónoma de Nueava León in Monterrey. He moved to Oklahoma City when he met his wife, Lin, and fell in love.

In his spare time, he is all about cycling, collecting art, music and playing the violin, and several outdoor activities. While he has many passions, Ernesto shared “the most important to him is sharing his life with his darling Lin.”

Rotarian Sponsors David Hunt, Lance McDaniel, and Jake Krattiger



3-3-2020

Natalie Bramlett is the Director of Business Development at Spur Design  

Born in Enid, she grew up in Medford until the summer following 5th grade. Her mother moved her to Tulsa so she could train in gymnastics. After graduating high school, she attended Cal State Long Beach where she graduated with her Bachelors in Studio Art and Graphic Design. A visit home following college prompted her to move back. Her cousin and his family owned and operated a French bistro in Edmond and were strong forces in her decision to make Oklahoma City home.   

When time allows, she loves to paint, design clothes, attend concerts, visit museums and art shows, and try new restaurants. One of her favorite hobbies is walking her standard poodle, Tillman.  

Rotarian SponsorsDawn Byram, RaLayna Kennedy, and Betsy Brunsteter

 

Jennifer Gray is the Senior State Policy analyst for the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.   

She was born in Tahlequah but raised in Norman. After graduating from the University of Oklahoma with her Bachelors in Political Science, she began working on various political campaigns and as a Legislative Assistant at the Oklahoma House of Representatives. After four years in Washington, D.C. serving as a healthcare and education policy advisor to Senator Inhofe, Jennifer and her husband moved back to Edmond. 

 In her free time, Jennifer enjoys running and has completed multiple half marathons. She hopes to add a full marathon in the future.  

Rotarian SponsorsSara Jane Smallwood Cocke, Julia Kirt, and Heather Lunsford

 

Alex Kaiser is Vice President at Simmons Bank.  

He is originally Tulsa and moved to Oklahoma City in 2011 to work for Chesapeake Energy. He is a graduate of Oklahoma State University where he graduated magna cum laude with his Bachelors in Economics. He earned his law degree from the University of Tulsa College of Law and was named to the Order of the Curule Chair.  

 After family and friends, Alex’s biggest passion is golf. When he isn’t golfing, he typically enjoys being outdoors, reading, exercising, traveling, and enjoying all things OSU. 

Rotarian SponsorsJennifer Hamer, Kermit Frank, and Lisa Synar

 

Jennifer Wasinger is the Account Director for Freese and Nichols, Inc.  

She was born in New York City and came to Oklahoma in 1974 when her father, an FBI agent from Western Oklahoma, transferred to Oklahoma City.  Following her graduation from Edmond Memorial High School, she attended the University of Kansas and graduated with her Bachelors in Environmental Science. She received her Masters in Environmental Science from Oklahoma State University.  

 Jennifer has served on various professional and civic organizations over the years. However, one of her passions is Keep Oklahoma Beautiful where she has been involved for almost 20 years and currently serves as President. Additionally, she loves to garden, spend time with her family at Lake Tenkiller, and watch her 14-year old son play hockey.  

Rotarian SponsorsJeanette Nance, Lisa Synar, and Ted Streuli


 

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