New Rotarians 2021-22

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Josh Dougherty is Oklahoma Market Leader with CEC, a multi-service engineering firm.

Josh was born and raised in Oklahoma City and attended Putnam City Schools for K-12 education. After completing his Bachelor of Science in civil engineering at Oklahoma State University, he returned to Oklahoma City to begin his career. He also holds his Professional Engineering license with the State of Oklahoma.

Through CEC, he has enjoyed volunteering with different community organizations such as Regional Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, and Baptist Children’s Home. He is also the past president for the Oklahoma Chapter of Society for Marketing Professional Services.

Josh considers himself a husband first to his beautiful wife and two daughters. Their family time is preferably spent in the great outdoors hiking, camping, fishing, or going to the family farm. He also enjoys restoring and customizing vehicles – his personal project being a 1976 Bronco.

Rotarian sponsors Farooq Karim, Clay Cockrill, and Jeff Simpsen

 

Laura Moxley is Employee Benefits Consultant with Gallagher Benefit Services, an insurance and risk management firm.

Born in Seymour, Texas, her family moved with the military several times before they ultimately settled in Anadarko when she was seven. College took her to the University of Oklahoma where she earned her Bachelor of Arts. While in school, she met her husband and they settled in Norman.

During her previous 26-year career in Human Resources with Fowler, she was a charter member of the Sooner HR Society, served as Director of the OKHR State Council, served several non-profits in fundraising efforts, and was a co-chair for Leadership Norman.

In her spare time, she and her husband, Chris, love to overland in the Jeep they’ve name “Blackbird”, and their pet corgi, Gatsby, travels with them. The also love spending time with their children and grandchildren.

Rotarian sponsors Bill Hughes, Jill Hughes, and Tom Phillips

 

Chris Moxley is Senior Vice President of Professional Insurors Agency, an Oklahoma business insurance agency.
Chris was raised in Wynnewood, Oklahoma before moving to Norman to attend the University of Oklahoma.

In addition to his professional life, Chris serves as Board Vice President for The Virtue Center, serves as the Norman Parks Commission Vice President, is President of his HOA, and a City of Norman Stormwater committee member.

In Chris’ spare time, he is a member of the Whiskey Society in Norman. He and his wife, Laura… that’s right, our previous new member… love spending time with their grandchildren, traveling domestically and abroad, and off-road traveling in their Jeep Rubicon. They also love preparing gourmet meals for friends and family.

Rotarian sponsors Farooq Karim, Clay Cockrill, and Jeff Simpsen.

 

Trait Thompson is Executive Director of the Oklahoma Historical Society, a state agency with 23 historic sites across the state.

Trait grew up in a farming and ranching family in Brady, Texas before moving to Tulsa to attend Oral Roberts University where he earned a bachelor’s in finance. He moved to Texas for a short period to earn his Master of Public Administration from Texas A&M. He would return to Tulsa to work as a business consultant before being hired to be the policy advisor to the President Pro Tempore of the Oklahoma Senate. He moved to Oklahoma City in early 2011 and has been in the metro since.

Trait and his wife, Sara, have two children. They are active members of New Covenant United Methodist Church where he has served as the chair of their stewardship committee, a member of the administrative council, and a leader of their Sunday school class. He has participated in international relief trips, most recently to work with Syrian refugees in Jordan in 2018.

Other hobbies in his spare time include kayaking, hiking, smoking meats, and reading. Their family goal is to visit at least one national park each year.

Rotarian sponsors Jerrod Shouse, Jake Yunker and Amber Sharples


8-10-2021

Leslie Batchelor is President of Center for Economic Development Law, a firm that offers extensive legal services for economic and community development projects.

Leslie was born and raised in Oklahoma City before moving to complete her undergraduate degree from Brown University, and her masters and law degrees from University of Virginia. She returned to Oklahoma to clerk for the Honorable William J. Holloway on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals before working as an associate at McAfee & Taft and serving as Deputy Associate Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. Leslie and her family returned to Oklahoma City in 2000 to be near family.

She has been interested in, and involved with, the growth and development of Oklahoma City and its neighborhoods for over 20 years. Leslie currently serves as director for Downtown Oklahoma City Partnership, Wilson Arts, and i2E, Inc. as well as an advisory board member for Urban Land Institute. Her passion project is raising her two children and spending quality time with them and her husband of 33 years.

Rotarian sponsors DeShawn Heusel, Jim Sharrock, Elizabeth Dalton, Mike Coats and John Michael Williams

 

Marchant Powell is Director of Sales for Compliance Resource Group, a full-service employment screening provider.

He was born and raised in Oklahoma City and earned his undergraduate degree in finance from University of Central Oklahoma and an MBA from Oklahoma City University. Before joining CRG, Marchant founded and operated Wireless Solution Partners and worked in various sales engineering and leadership positions in telecommunications for 25 years.

Both of Marchant’s kids are recent OU grads and preparing for graduate school. When not working, he enjoys traveling with friends and family, sports, fitness, and pretending to be a rock star…there’s a story there, I’m sure.

Rotarian sponsors David Mayfield, Jane Jenkins, and Jeanette Nance

 

Carrie Williams is Chief Operating Officer for Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness Foundation where she is tasked with building critical infrastructure to support Oklahoma’s early childhood systems.

Originally from Marlow, Oklahoma, Carrie moved to Edmond to attend the University of Central Oklahoma where she earned her Bachelor of Science. If Carrie looks familiar to you, that could be because of her previous role as Executive Director of Rainbow Fleet and their selection of our annual OnePledge project last year under her leadership.

She currently serves on the YLX Board of Directors for Leadership Oklahoma City and as an Advisory Board member for Rainbow Fleet.

Carrie enjoys spending time with her husband, Brian, and their two boys, Noah and Benjamin. She also occasionally plays golf.

Rotarian sponsors Drew Edmondson, Emily Lang, and David Walters


8-24-2021

Lacy  Blanton is Director of Professional Services and Recruiting for DRG Professional Services, a division of Delaware Resource Group specializing in direct placement and professional searches.

Lacy was raised in Natchez, Mississippi and earned a Bachelors of Business Administration from Delta State University. She met her husband in Natchez and they lived in the Jackson, Mississippi metro area for 14 years before he started a new position that moved them to Arizona. Another job transfer of his would bring them to Oklahoma City in March of 2020.

Spending time with her family is a priority of Lacy’s. She and her husband love to go on adventures with their kids. After moving to Oklahoma in the midst of a pandemic, they have finally been about to get out and explore our city and are happy to call it home. As a wife of a veteran, Lacy is passionate about our vets and makes supporting them a priority, no matter where she is.

Rotarian sponsors Phil Busey, Julie Buthman, and Brittany Attaway

 

Craig Parrish is Business Development Director for Olsson, a multi-disciplinary Engineering firm.

Craig is originally from Tulsa and attended the University of Oklahoma where he graduated with two degrees, Broadcast Journalism and Management Information Systems. He would go on to earn his MBA from Oklahoma City University. Following his graduation from OU, moves took him to Dallas and then to Washington DC where he worked for Dr. Tom Coburn in the US House of Representatives. He returned to Oklahoma in 2001 and has planted his roots in Oklahoma City.

His family loves attending live music and sporting events. They live in Quail Creek and most weekends you will find them at the Quail Creek pool or playing golf… that is when not spending time with their two Cavapoos, Charlie and Theo.

Rotarian sponsors David Walters, Kristen Hodges, and Elizabeth Gray

 

Charlie Price is a founding partner at Price Lang Public Relations which offers tailored communications solutions for organizations.

Raised on a small farm in western Oklahoma, Charlie made his way to Edmond to attend college. He graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Communications and a Master of Education. Throughout his professional career, he has been named to Oklahoma Magazines 40 under 40 list, Journal Record’s Achievers Under 40, and the Business Times Top 20 Under 40.

Charlie likes reading shoot-‘em-up spy novels and searching for bargains at neighborhood garage sales. An avid traveler, Charlie has visited 44 countries on four continents.

Rotarian sponsors Drew Edmondson, Brooke Haneborg, and Ted Streuli


9-14-2021

Ford Austin is President of APCO Oil Corporation and President of the Ford Austin Company.

Born in Oklahoma City, and raised in Texas, Ford is a graduate of Oklahoma City University with a bachelors in theater and received his Master of Fine Arts from Temple University.

For much of the nineties, Ford lived in Philadelphia and New York City as a stage actor, starred in national commercials, and appeared in television series like Another World and Saturday Night Live. In 2000, he made his feature film debut in Pearl Harbor under the direction of Michael Bay. Future films would take him to Sundance, Cannes Film Festival and South by Southwest and lead him to directing under his own shingle, the Ford Austin Company.

In 2011, Ford suffered a life-changing car accident that would see him in a coma for two weeks followed by five months at Cedars Sinai Hospital. He was given a 1% chance of survival and that he would likely never walk again. He defied all odds and recovered fully in 2012… all while continuing to create, produce and direct.

Ford is a Lifetime Member of The Actors Studio and continues to make motion pictures in Oklahoma and Los Angeles and performs in stage productions in New York.

As Ford said, “He spends his time being madly in love with his amazing wife, Lauree Dash-Austin.” Together, they are raising their 9-year-old, Zooey… Zooey being their doll-faced tea-cup Persian Kitty who travels with them. The rest of his time I spent playing competitive croquet with fellow Rotarian, Jim Loftis.

Rotarian sponsors Jim Loftis, David Walters, and Bob Anthony

 

Scott Blyze is Vice President of Sales and Program Management at Maccini Construction Company, a firm specializing in commercial construction from new to renovation and repair.

Scott is originally from Cape Girardeau in Southeast Missouri and is a graduate of Missouri State with his Bachelor of Science in Construction Management. After graduation, Scott and his wife moved to Oklahoma City where he worked with Halliburton in the oil fields but quickly transition back to construction.

Throughout his career, his industry focus has been commercial, retail, institutional, hospitality, medical and residential. He recently relocated back to Oklahoma City from Indianapolis, Indiana.

Scott met his wife of 43 years, Kathy, in their hometown of Cape Girardeau, Missouri. They have two adult children, a son-in-law and an amazing two-year-old grandson! He enjoys traveling, walking & biking, gardening, and reading. He also attends the Oklahoma City Orchestra, volunteers at the Oklahoma City Arts Festival and is a longtime supporter of the local Animal Care Services.

Scott believes in people development and building strong local strategic alliances. After working across the country building numerous projects, he is glad to be back in Oklahoma City!

Rotarian sponsors Ron Rocke and Jane Jenkins

 

Frank Keating is enjoying retirement after a successful and varied career.

He was born in St. Louis, Missouri and grew up in Missouri before attending Georgetown University where he earned his bachelors and completing his juris doctor at the University of Oklahoma’s School of Law.

His career would begin as an FBI agent before returning to Tulsa to become an assistant district attorney. He would go on to serve in the Oklahoma House of Representatives and Senate, appointed as the US Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma, an assistant secretary of the Treasury, associate attorney general within the US Department of Justice, and General Counsel of HUD… you know, just to name a few.
In 1994, Frank was elected as the 25th Governor of Oklahoma and would serve two terms leading our state.

Post Governorship, he served as president and CEO of American Council of Life Insurors and president and CEO of American Bankers Association. He continues to stay active and serves on the boards of BancFirst, Hall Capital, Citizens Life, and advisory director for Health Care Direct.

His spare time is spent with his spouse of nearly 50 years, Cathy, and their family, reading, traveling, walking the dog, and authoring seven children’s books on figures and events in American History.

Rotarian sponsors Rick Vermillion, Barney Semtner, and David Walters

 

David Payne is President of Bockus Payne Architecture, a studio with services ranging from architectural and interior design, master planning, historic preservation, and sustainable design.

He was born in Edmond in 1957. At that time, the hospital in Edmond was the second story of the Bronco Theater and where he was born, delivered by his own grandfather who was one of two family doctors in town.

He was raised in Oklahoma City, attended Heritage Hall, and graduated from the University of Oklahoma with his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design. In 1993, he established Bockus Payne Architecture and serves as the principal overseeing operations and finances, contracts, and development.

In his free time, David enjoys traveling with his wife, Vicki, playing golf, skiing, fishing, and sports cars.

Rotarian sponsors Collins Peck, Phil Busey, and Susan Adams


9-28-2021

 

Pam Campbell is Director of Public Affairs for Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Oklahoma City Branch. She is also a Professor of Practice at the University of Oklahoma teaching in the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

She was born in Norman because her family’s home of Washington, Oklahoma did not have a hospital. At the age of 6 she moved with her family to Oklahoma City. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma with her bachelor’s in journalism and mass communication and then her Master of Arts degree specializing in public relations.

As a believer in volunteerism, she is a past president of the Junior League of Oklahoma City and a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma Class 33. Throughout her career, Pam has been active with the Public Relations Society of America and was the Oklahoma City Chapter President in 2002. She has twice been named a Journal Record 50 Women Making a Difference honoree and was also a Journal Record Achiever Under 40 and OKCBusiness Forty under 40.

Pam has two active girls who keep her busy going to Girl Scouts, gymnastics and ballet, and volunteering at their school, John Rex.

Rotarian sponsors Jake Yunker, Marion Paden, and Sheena Karami Hollander

 

Charlie Smith  is Presbytery Pastor of Indian Nations Presbytery where he serves over 40 congregations in central and southwest Oklahoma.

Charlie was born in Norfolk, Virginia where his father was a pediatric surgeon. He would move first to Kansas City, Missouri and then to Oklahoma City at the age of 10. Following graduation from Casady School, he earned his Bachelor of Journalism from Washington & Lee University, his Master of  Divinity from Dubuque Seminary, and his Doctor of Ministry from McCormick Seminary.  He is a transferring Rotarian and has previously been a member of the Rotary Club of Newark, Ohio and most recently, the Rotary Club of Salina, Kansas.

Charlie is a baseball fan, runner, and ardent defender of newspapers as an ex-Ink-Stained-Wretch… aka newspaper writer. He claims Oklahoma City as his home and is so grateful to have returned here after too many moves in too many years.

Rotarian sponsors Richard Parry, Chip Oppenheim, and Jeff Brown

 

Geoff Stallings is the President and CEO of Pension Solutions, a third-party administration firm providing consulting, compliance, and administrative services for retirement plans.

He was born and raised in Oklahoma City and graduated from Oklahoma City University with his Bachelor of Science in business. While in his freshman year at OCU, he was given the opportunity to work for Pension Solutions and continued working there through school before being hired full-time upon graduation. He would end up purchasing the company in 2011 from his predecessor, and former Club 29 Rotarian, Ken Culver.

Geoff is a twin and a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. He is active in his church, right here at St. Luke’s, where he services on the finance committee and is also a member of the Board of Directors for SSM Health St. Anthony Foundation. In his free time, Geoff enjoys traveling and spending summer weekends at Lake Texoma.

Rotarian sponsors Sherry Rhodes, Brent Stockwell, and Lance McDaniel


10-12-2021

Cristy Callins is vice president of preconstruction with CMS Willowbrook, a full-service construction company.

She was born, raised, and attended college in Kansas where she met her husband. Since he was born and raised in Oklahoma, and she had no desire to move back to western Kansas… her words, not mine… they married and moved to Oklahoma City in 1991. They’ve called this home since.

She would go on to earn her Bachelor of Interior Design at the University of Central Oklahoma and take that knowledge into her career of over 21 years in the construction industry.

Cristy is active in the community and some of her commitments include American Institute of Architects Board of Directors, United Way of Central Oklahoma Women’s Leadership Society, Allied Arts Circle Club, Allied Arts Employee Campaign, and Life.Church Host Team to name a few.

Some of her hobbies include, crossfit, hiking, mountains, beaches, theatre, journaling, volunteering, wine tasting, and art.  She loves the spirit of nature, and the inspiration & harmony it delivers. She describes herself as a lover of adventure who sees the magical side of life and her favorite pastime as making others smile and helping others choose gratitude.

Rotarian sponsors Dawn Byram, Judy Hatfield, Betsy Brunsteter, and Gary Armbruster

 

Logon Collins is a commercial banker with CrossFirst Bank, working with clients in commercial real estate, corporate finance, industrial, not-for-profit, and business banking.

He was born and raised in Tulsa before leaving to attend Marquette University playing for their division 1 tennis program. He graduated from Marquette with a double major in Finance and Economics. After graduation, he moved back to Tulsa and joined BOK Financial. A promotion would move him to Oklahoma City in 2015 before accepting his new role at CrossFirst 2 years ago.

Logon stays active in the community serving as president on the Children’s Hospital Innovative Board, board member for Cleats 4 Kids, First Serve OKC, and Variety Care Foundation and is a LOYAL Class XIV Member.

Tennis has always been a passion of his. While he no longer competes on a national level, he does coach in my free time and has worked as the assistant coach at Heritage Hall for the past 5 seasons. Aside from tennis, Logon recently got hooked on Pickleball and is a huge fan! When he’s not playing a racquet sport or volunteering, he loves to travel and had a consistent tradition of traveling somewhere international every year. He hopes to get back on track with the tradition and resume international travel next year.

Rotarian sponsors Collins Peck, Sage Smith, and Jake Yunker

 

Roy  Khalife is Vice President of Operations for Standard Testing and Engineering Company, a firm specializing in geotechnical engineering and construction material testing services.

He was born in Lebanon and moved to Norman to attend The University of Oklahoma. He graduated with his Bachelor of Civil Engineering and his Master of Civil Engineering. He met his wife here in Oklahoma City and has been here since.

In addition to his work at Standard Testing, he serves as Chief Operating Officer at Cherokee Painting of Oklahoma.

Roy loves watching and doing racing, playing basketball, working on his car, and breaks things so he can try and fix them. He also loves traveling with his wife, Jennifer.

Rotarian sponsors Betsy Brunsteter, Randy Nance, and Todd Edmonds


10-19-2021

Michael Baron is the producing artistic director for Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, a theatre company producing a wide variety of musicals and plays in the Plaza District.

He is originally from Orlando, Florida and graduated from Wake Forest University with his bachelors in theatre and communications. Following graduation, he moved to Chicago where he started his theatre career at Goodman Theatre. Since then, he has directed over 120 productions across the country and has lived in Providence, Rhode Island, Boston, New York City, Washington, D.C., and now Oklahoma City for the past 11 years.

Michael received a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Direction of a Musical, a special award from Oklahoma City Mayor’s Committee on Disabilities Concerns, and the Oklahoma Governor’s Arts Award among many other recognitions.  He is on the advisory board for the Oklahoma Arts Institute, board member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatres, and the Jewish Theatre of Oklahoma.

His father, Arthur Baron was Past President and his brother, Vincent Baron is current President of the Marinette Menominee Rotary in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

He lives with his partner of 28 years, Jim Radford, and their three dogs, Polly, Cooper, and Theo. They are members of Temple B’Nai Israel and love camping, hiking, and Scandinavian crime novels.
Rotarian sponsors Lance McDaniel, Eddie Walker, and Ellen Fleming

 

Ed Long is Vice President of MetaFund, a nonprofit bringing together public and private resources to support sustainable social impact in Oklahoma.

He lived in Talihina, Oklahoma for his earliest years before moving to East Texas. During junior high his family moved to Atoka, Oklahoma where he graduated from high school. He would move to Norman for college and has been in Central Oklahoma since. He completed his Bachelor of Political Science and his Master of Public Administration at the University of Oklahoma. He has also since completed all of his coursework for a PhD in political science with specializations in public administration, public policy, and American politics and government.

Ed currently serves as board chair for Autism Foundation of Oklahoma and president elect of Oklahoma Association for Infant Mental Health. As Ed said, his personal and professional lives revolve around opportunities to be a blessing to others and is a public servant at heart.

Rotarian sponsors Jake Yunker, Pat Potts, and AJ Griffin

 

Amy Mason is Executive Director of The Kimmell Foundation at Kimray leading their mission to inspire transformational change in leaders and corporate culture.

Amy grew up in Alabama and first moved to Oklahoma with her husband when he was stationed at Tinker. A few years later they would move to Florida but returned in 2018. She attended Auburn University and earned a bachelor’s in interior design.

Amy currently serves as a Top Buttons board member. Her husband, BJ, is a pilot for Southwest Airlines… I’m sure he’s had an interesting few weeks… and her sons Logan and Trent are students at Auburn University.

She lives in both Oklahoma City and Lakeland, Florida so travel is life! She enjoys art and spending time with her boys. One of her recent passion projects was helping to organize the 50/50 Party with 50 pieces of art created by Farooq Karim to celebrate his 50th birthday with all proceeds being split between ReMerge and the Virtue Center.

Rotarian sponsors Farooq Karim, Clay Cockrill, and Jeff Simpsen

 

Britta Thrift is Real Estate Advisor with Engel & Volkers, working with clients to secure premium properties in the Oklahoma City metro.

She was born and raised in Muskogee, Oklahoma… a true Okie from Muskogee.  She completed her Bachelor of Science at Oklahoma State University and earned her Juris Doctorate at the University of Oklahoma. Following her graduation, she spent nine years working in estate and financial planning at Houston Financial. After renovating a condo at Grand Lake, Britta decided to pursue a career in real estate by both working with clients and completing over 40 renovations of investment properties herself.

Britta lives with her son, Foster, in a historic home she renovated during the height of the pandemic. She is a fitness fanatic, avid tennis player, live music aficionado and global traveler.

Rotarian sponsors Randy Grau, Lisa Synar, and Jamie Phillips

Britta proudly supports Oklahoma City’s art and theater communities working with Allied Arts, Oklahoma City Ballet, Lyric Theatre, and deadCenter Film Festival. She is a member of Leadership Oklahoma City’s Class 39, serves on the board for Winter on Western, and enjoys giving back to the community through her affiliations with City Care, Infant Crisis Services, Positive Tomorrows, and Focus on Home.


10-26-2021

Lindsay Dawkins is Director of Marketing for Bockus Payne, a studio with services ranging from architectural and interior design, master planning, historic preservation, and sustainable design.

She grew up just outside of Dallas, Texas before attending the University of Kansas where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in communications. While in college, she met her husband, Matthew, who grew up in Oklahoma City. They decided this was city where they wanted to start their lives together.

When Lindsay is not working, her side hobby has always been as an equestrian. In the evenings, she teaches a group of kids ranging from 9 to 16 years old how to ride. She and her husband enjoy traveling around the world and exploring new cities. They also share a passion for cooking and food.

Rotarian sponsors Michelle Morrow, Andy Rine, and Jake Yunker

 

Sarah Glaser is a Territory Sales Engineer at Siemens Industry in Smart Infrastructure, a division specializing in power distribution equipment and electric vehicle charging stations.

Sarah was born in Tulsa grew up on both sides of the Red River, from Sherman, Texas to Edmond, Oklahoma. She attended Texas Christian University and earned her bachelor’s in science degree before spending two years in Dallas. An opportunity to further pursue her sales career in the electrical manufacturing industry brought Sarah back to Oklahoma City in late 2009.

She is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City’s LOYAL Class 9, an ionOklahoma Nextgen 30 Under 30 Award recipient, Vice-President of Programming for Delta Gamma Sorority-Oklahoma City Alumnae Chapter, and a Cork & Canvas Committee Member for Positive Tomorrows.

Sarah met her husband, Graham, while he was an US Air Force officer stationed at Tinker Air Force Base. He is also a fellow cowboy boot-wearing, Horned Frog graduate. They are both avid supporters and season-ticket holders to TCU athletics and try to make as many games as possible with their Winnebago Winnie RV in tow.

Since Graham’s Air Force retirement, the couple permanently calls Oklahoma City home along with their three-year-old son, Max, and 14-year-old coonhound rescue. They are all eagerly anticipating the addition of their second child arriving in March 2022.

Rotarian sponsors Ashley Smith, Sheena Karami Hollander, and Emily Lang

 

Jordan Gould is a family law attorney for Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma at Palomar, Oklahoma City’s Family Justice Center specializing in cases involving families affected by domestic violence.

She was born and raised in the City of Stockton, in Northern California and graduated with honors from Stanford University with bachelors in Cultural and Social Anthropology. She received her J.D. from NYU School of Law.

Following law school, Jordan moved to Oklahoma City with her husband, Jesse, who serves as Vice President of Basketball Strategy for the OKC Thunder.

She has served as a volunteer for the YWCA shelter and as a volunteer for Red Cross Disaster Services as a 24-hour on-call respondent for Oklahoma families affected by natural disasters. They also foster dogs for the Oklahoma Humane Society. She enjoys antiquing on the weekend, studying interior design, and reading science fiction.

Rotarian sponsors Suzanne Mitchell, Jan Peery, and Drew Edmondson

 

Amber Shelton is Regional Director of Junior Achievement Oklahoma, a solution provider for schools and businesses that offers financial literacy and entrepreneurship education for students.

She was born and raised in Yukon, Oklahoma. Following her graduation from the University of Oklahoma with her bachelor’s in education, she returned to Yukon to teach in public schools for nine years. She would go on to earn her masters in nonprofit leadership from Oklahoma City University. After leaving the classroom to run the Youth Leadership Exchange through Leadership Oklahoma City, she purchased her first home in Oklahoma City and hasn’t looked back.

Amber is a graduate of LOYAL Class 8 and Leadership Oklahoma City Class 36. She enjoys monthly book club, trying out new local beers with friends and has recently taken up hiking and golf. She and her husband, Spencer, are about to celebrate their first wedding anniversary.

Rotarian sponsors Lesli Massad, Robyn Sunday-Allen and Adrienne Nobles


11-16-2021   

Aaron Collins is Superintendent and CEO of Metro Technology Centers, a career training center serving over 80,000 individuals a year.

Originally from Tampa, Florida, his mother moved to Oklahoma City in 1997 to take a job at Oklahoma Christian University and he had the opportunity to further his education at that very university where he would graduate with his Bachelor of Education. Aaron went on to earn his Master of Education and Educational Specialist degrees from Tennessee Technology University. He was grateful for the opportunity to return to Oklahoma City this past year to begin his newest chapter at Metro Tech.

In addition to his work devotion, Aaron enjoys traveling and running. He believes health and fitness is important to keeping a positive mind, body, and soul.

Rotarian sponsors Ron Perry, Socrates Lazaridis, and Collins Peck

 

William Mee is the Owner and Manager of Pro Realty, a real estate development and management firm primarily focused in Oklahoma.

William was born and raised in Oklahoma City. Following his graduation from Casady School, he completed his Bachelor of Finance from the University of Oklahoma and would go on to earn is MBA from Oklahoma City University. Prior to his role at Pro Realty for the past 17 years, he served as corporate vice president and managing broker for Fleming Companies.

William is a member of the Oklahoma Real Estate Commission, Oklahoma Commercial Real Estate Council and the International Council of Shopping Centers. He currently serves as Trustee and Executive Committee member at Oklahoma City University.

When not working, William enjoys golf, tennis and generally, any exercise.

Rotarian sponsors Richard Parry, Mark Schweighart, and Meg Salyer

 

Joshua Snavely is an attorney with McAfee Taft advising clients with business and technology strategy, privacy law compliance and risk assessment, and incident response.

Joshua is a native and lifelong Oklahoman. He moved to Oklahoma City first to work in the insurance and financial services industry and later returned after working in Washington, D.C. to pursue his current profession in education, law and security.

He received his Bachelor of Business Administration from The University of Central Oklahoma, both his MBA and Juris Doctor from Oklahoma City University, and earned his master of laws in National Security and US Foreign Relations from George Washington Law School. He recently earned an Executive Master’s in Cybersecurity from Brown University.

Joshua is a member of Harvard Business Review Advisory Council, the International Association of Privacy Professionals, and the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education Community Coordinating Council. He is currently working on a project focused on reskilling and upskilling the cybersecurity workforce and enjoys presenting a diversity assessment tool and strategy he created to businesses and organizations across the country. Joshua is also a proud Eagle Scout.

Rotarian sponsors Mautra Staley Jones, Suzanne Mitchell, and Sam Fulkerson


11-23-2021

Joy Hammons is co-founder and CEO of Foreword Consulting, a firm specializing in leadership development, executive coaching, and strategy consulting.

Joy grew up near Oklahoma City before attending Oklahoma City University where she earned her Bachelor of Business. Her career would take her first to New Jersey and then to Tulsa before returning to the Oklahoma City area in 2005. Prior to co-founding Foreward Consulting, she worked for Devon Energy for 12 years and was the Director of Information Technology.

She is a Lifetime Member of Leadership Oklahoma, a Lifetime member of FBI Citizen’s Academy, and a board member for the Oklahoma Philharmonic Society.

Joy enjoys being outside, especially if it’s in Colorado in the summertime and enjoys hiking there with her husband, and fellow Rotarian, Sam.

Rotarian sponsors Terri Cooper, Rick Vermillion, and Gean Atkinson

 

 

John Settle is Chief Assistant Attorney General in the Office of the Oklahoma Attorney General.

John was born in Anadarko and raised in Chickasha. He graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University with his bachelor’s in business administration before attending the University of Oklahoma where he earned his JD. He started his career as an Assistant DA in Duncan, Chickasha, and Woodward before moving to Kansas to mange his family’s newspaper where he lived for 30 years… instead of the 3 planned.

In addition to managing the family papers, he served as a Kansas prosecutor for 25 years during which he was honored to be elected as President of the Kansas County and District Attorney Association. He returned to Oklahoma City in 2017 to be closer to home and to work for the Oklahoma Attorney General.

He and his wife has been blessed with three daughters, three sons-in-law, and ten grandkids. He enjoys upland bird hunting, golfing, fishing, water skiing and mountain biking. He also has his private pilot license with single and multi-engine land endorsements and has more than 2,500 hours total time.

Rotarian sponsors Thomas Grossnicklaus, Carole Kelley, and Jake Yunker

 


12-14-2021

Ken Evans is the 19th President of Oklahoma City University.

Born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, Ken would go on to earn his bachelor’s from University of California-Davis, his MBA from California State University-Sacramento, and his doctorate from the University of Colorado.

Before beginning his academic career, he worked in the transportation industry in various marketing and sales capacities and earned the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Marketing Association Sales Interest Group.

He served in a variety of administrative roles and as a professor before serving as dean of the Price College of Business at the University of Oklahoma for six years, and most recently served as the president of Lamar University for eight years.

When not working, Ken enjoys spending time with his family, cycling, and woodworking.

Rotarian sponsors Phil Busey, Julie Buthman and Brittany Attaway

 

Alan Soltani is the President of Standard Testing and Engineering, a firm specializing in geotechnical engineering and construction material testing services.

Alan was born in Iran and moved to Oklahoma City in 1972 at the age of 15 to go to college. According to Alan, his parents searched the entire world and found OU to be the best university to attend. He would go on to earn his bachelors, masters, and doctorate in civil engineering from The University of Oklahoma and also holds an MBA in Finance from Oklahoma City University.

He serves on the board of college of Civil Engineering at OU, is a member of American Society of Civil Engineers, Institute of Transportation Engineers, Oklahoma Traffic Engineering association, American Board of Forensic Engineering and Technology, as well as numerous other boards and associations.

Spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren top his list of favorite activities as well as baking, traveling, and mentoring young engineers.

Rotarian sponsors Todd Brawley, Mike Patterson, and Mohammad Farzaneh

 

Kristi Warren is Manager for Marketing and Business Development at Best Companies, a specialty product distribution company serving architectural, engineering, and construction firms.

She was born and raised in Oklahoma City and earned her bachelors from the University of Central Oklahoma. Minus a few stops along her journey of life in Vermont and Texas, Oklahoma City is home.

In addition to her work, she is Director of Programs for the Society for Marketing Professional Services Oklahoma Chapter. She has a passion for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and in 2011 created the Run Lucky 5k race to bring awareness to Oklahoma City.

She has been renovating and flipping homes in Boston, Dallas, and Oklahoma City for over seven years and loves it. She also enjoys walking, hikes, and dancing. Time with family ranks at the top of her list and is usually belly laughing for most of that time.

Rotarian sponsors Betsy Brunsteter, Tim Berney, Mike Coats, and Cindy Batt


1-18-2022

Ashley Howard is Director of Strategy and Development for Koch Comm, a digital, public relations and creative agency.

Originally from sunny San Diego, she met her husband Matthew while he was stationed in San Diego with the United States Marine Corps. The Marine Corp relocated them to Texas and after 10 years, he decided to hang up his uniform. He is originally from Oklahoma so Ashley and Matthew decided to make this home.

Ashley earned her bachelor’s in psychology and a Master’s in Education from Ashford University. In addition to her professional life, she currently serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors for OKC Beautiful, serves as the Force 50 Foundation Secretary, and is a ReadOKC Taskforce member.

She is an avid fisherwoman who works out six days a week.

Rotarian sponsors Lisa Synar, Jeanette Nance and Betsy Brunsteter

 

Andy Koester is Assistant District Attorney for the Oklahoma County District Attorney. He is part of the Diversion Team which oversees drug, DUI, mental health, ReMerge, and Veteran courts.

Andy was born and raised in Oklahoma City and minus a short time in Baltimore County, Maryland, he’s lived in the Oklahoma City area his whole life. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interpersonal and Public Communication from Oklahoma Baptist University and a Juris Doctor from Oklahoma City University School of Law.

Outside of work, Andy loves to read and enjoys nonfiction books… particularly books about presidential history.

His most important role is proud husband to Rachel, and he gets to be called “Daddy” by Winton and Bishop. They are his passion. As a family, the love to travel, watch movies and laugh… a lot. They love going to sporting events, especially to Stillwater to watch their Cowboys.

Rotarian sponsors Jeanette Nance, David Mayfield, and Drew Edmondson

 

LaDonna Sinning is Partner at Arledge & Associates, a public accounting firm with offices in Edmond and Oklahoma City.

She was born in Hobart, Oklahoma and grew up in Gotebo. After a stint with a local firm in southwest Oklahoma, she took a position with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s Oklahoma City Branch. She holds a bachelor’s in accounting from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and an MBA from the University of Oklahoma.

In addition to her professional life, she is an Oklahoma Society of CPAs Board Nominee for 2022 and past president of the OKC Figure Skating Club.

LaDonna’s daughter, who was adopted from Vietnam, is a nationally ranked figure skater. Her training and competitions fill most of her free time. Aside from that, she loves to travel and enjoys reading when she can find the time.

Rotarian sponsors Charlie Price, Nancy Hyde, and Mark Neumeister


1-25-2022

Catherine Armitage is an avid community volunteer.

Originally from North Carolina, she holds a Bachelors in English Literature from Smith College and an MBA in Finance from UNC-Chapel Hill.

She and her husband… and fellow Rotarian… John, moved to Oklahoma City in 2007 from Princeton, New Jersey for John to begin his role as the CEO of the Blood Institute.

In her incredibly active community volunteer life, she serves as President of the Oklahoma Art League, Finance Committee for the Last Frontier Council, is a member of the Women’s Leadership Society of the United Way, Co-Chair of United Way’s Grant Committee, Co-Chair of the Junior League of Oklahoma City’s Transfer Committee, Advisory Board member for Sister Cities OKC, and serves on the Leadership Oklahoma City Alumni Board.

Some of her passions include the YWCA’s Purple Sash event, Literary Voices for the Oklahoma City Library Foundation, and Oklahoma School of Science and Math’s PTA.

She and John have two children, Vivian and Edward. They enjoy opening their home to international visitors through Rotary, Open World and the Institute for the Economic Empowerment of Women. Among everything in their life, the Armitage Family also adopted THREE kittens during COVID.

Rotarian sponsors Mary Jane Calvey, Suzanne Mitchell and Keith Oehlert

 

Alan Schaefer is Senior Vice President at Valliance Bank in Commercial Real Estate Lending.

He grew up near Enid, Oklahoma and left home to attend Oklahoma State University where he earned his bachelor’s in business administration. He also holds his MBA in Finance from University of Central Oklahoma.

His career would bring him to Oklahoma City to work for FDIC before moving to Anadarko in the early 90s. He moved back to Oklahoma City in 1998 to accept a position with Bank One which eventually became Chase.

In addition to his professional life, Alan is a board member for Central Oklahoma Home Builders Association and a member of the Deacon Council at Village Baptist Church. He is also a transferring Rotarian coming to us from the Rotary Club of Edmond.

In addition to his family and grandchildren, he enjoys OSU sporting events and our Oklahoma City Thunder basketball.

Rotarian sponsors David Mayfield, Jeanette Nance, and Marchant Powell

 

John  Tipton is Director of Field Services and COO for the Last Frontier Council, Boy Scouts of America supporting 13 districts across the council.

He is originally from Knoxville, Tennessee and graduated from the University of Tennessee with his Bachelor of Psychology. He worked for the Great Smokey Mountain Boy Scout council in Knoxville for 4 years as Senior District Executive. But, an opportunity for a promotion with the Last Frontier Council brought him to Oklahoma City in 2018.

Outside of work, John most enjoys family time, golf, scouting with his own Cub Scout, and any event involving University of Tennessee athletics… it’s a different kind of orange than we’re used to seeing around here.

Rotarian sponsors Farooq Karim, Clay Cockrill, and Collins Peck


2-8-2022

Amanda Durst is Director of Business Development for Oklahoma for CP&Y, an STV Company.

Born and raised in Oklahoma, Amanda grew up in Deer Creek when it truly was “the country” complete with a windmill in the front yard, an oil derrick in the back, and a Shetland pony in the pasture. She moved down the road to Norman to complete her bachelors of fine arts in drama from the University of Oklahoma.

Her love of the theatre led her to New York City where she earned her Actor’s Equity. After the tragedy of 9-11, she returned home to serve her community as an Americorps Promise Fellow and as a Teaching Artist for the Oklahoma Arts Council. In 2005, she landed in the A/E/C industry.

She currently serves as the Small Business Chair on the Society of American Military Engineers Oklahoma City Post Board, is a 10+ year member of the Society of Marketing Professional Services, and previously served as the Communications Chair and Education Chair.

Amanda is married with three tween/teens in the house. With that, her primary hobby is making crazy amounts of food, perfecting recipes, and creating new dishes. She also goes by the name “What’s for Dinner?” Amanda loves all things Halloween, painting portraits, playing the piano, reading mystery novels, and dressing her Scottie dogs in festive costumes.

Rotarian sponsors Dawn Byram, Betsy Brunsteter, and Lance McDaniel

 

Nicole Miller is Oklahoma State Representative for House District 82.

She is from Bedford, Texas in the Dallas/Fort Worth metro and earned her bachelor’s in government science from Texas Woman’s University. Her husband was active-duty Air Force which took them from coast to coast and overseas before landing in the middle of the country. His last two assignments were stationed in the Oklahoma City area, and they chose to stay in Oklahoma upon his retirement from the service.

Before her election to the Oklahoma House of Representatives, Nicole served as Legislative Liaison for the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs.

The Miller family enjoys entertaining as a hobby and love hosting family, friends, and neighbors. Their daughter is currently at the University of Oklahoma studying acting. Their son is a sophomore at Deer Creek High School and is active in football, baseball, and student council. One of their favorite things is Wednesday Night Church where her husband helps with dinner and she works with AWANA, one of her favorite programs.

Rotarian sponsors Ellen Fleming, Julia Kirt, and Michael Baron

 

Jennifer Pham is Director of Pharmacy for the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic.

Her parents immigrated from Vietnam in 1979 and she is first generation born and raised in Oklahoma City.  She graduated from Oklahoma State University with her master’s in healthcare administration and her Doctor of Pharmacy from Southwestern Oklahoma State University College of Pharmacy.

She is active in the community and serves on the boards of the Asian District Cultural Association, YWCA, Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness, and Manos Juntas Clinic. She is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City Class 38, LOYAL class 11, and Board Serve Central Oklahoma Class 6.

Jennifer is married to her high school sweetheart and has two rambunctious kids. She enjoys spending time with her family, exploring new destinations, and contributing to the local economy through retail therapy.

Rotarian sponsors Lisa Synar, Kermit Frank, and Alex Kaiser


2-22-2022

 

Craig Abbott is Vice President of Manhattan Construction.

He grew up in the small town of Shattuck in northwest Oklahoma and relocated to Oklahoma City after a tornado wiped out most of Main Street in 1990. After graduating from Oklahoma State University with his bachelors in Construction Management Technology, he moved to the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex where he met his wife, Michele, and started a family. They moved back to Oklahoma City in 2015 to be near family.

In addition to his career, Craig serves as an Elder at Newchurch-OKC, the Associated General Contractors of Oklahoma 2022 President, the OSU Construction Industry Advisory Board Vice President, a United Way Campaign Cabinet member, is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City Class 38, serves on the board of directors for Refined Silver, and is a founding member and secretary of Spirit of Oklahoma Tres Dias.

Craig spends much of his time serving his church family and the surrounding community. He and his wife share a passion for serving in organizations that further the awareness and availability of treatment for addiction and mental health. He is the father of three amazing kids and spends time coaching baseball and having fun in the great outdoors. In his free time, you will find his family watching OSU sports, hiking, fishing, hunting, playing disc golf, and working on their 65-acre homestead.

Rotarian sponsors Clay Cockrill, Farooq Karim, John Semtner, and Trait Thompson

 

DiAnne Bryant is Community Relations Liaison for Putnam City Schools Foundation.

She was born in Kansas City but her father’s new position brought her family to Oklahoma City when she was 2-years old and she’s been an Oklahoman ever since! As she says, she took a long and winding road to obtain her college degree and proudly earned her bachelor of arts degree from Oklahoma City University in 2008.

DiAnne is an advisory board member and past board director for Infant Crisis Services, Vice President of Tactus, and serves on the board of elders and board of trustees of First Presbyterian Church of Oklahoma City.

She is most passionate about serving children in need, music, and the arts. She and her husband, Gary, are empty nesters but have filled their home with their two fur babies, Bodie and Maggie. They are Schnoodles who are as sweet as can be and very high maintenance. Both she and Gary sing in their church choir and enjoy traveling when possible.

Rotarian sponsors Jennifer Seal, Cori Loomis, and David Hooten

 

Margaret Creighton is the incoming President and CEO of Positive Tomorrows, Oklahoma’s only elementary school and social services agency specifically for children and families experiencing homelessness.

She grew up outside of Atlanta, Georgia and moved to Oklahoma City to attend college at Oklahoma City University where she earned bachelor’s in dance management and her MBA in Marketing. After graduation, she moved to New York City for a short time before moving back to Oklahoma City with her now husband.

In addition to her work life, Margaret is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City Class 36, a member of United Way’s Emerging Leaders, and a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

She enjoys cheering at her son’s basketball games, stringing beads for bracelets with her daughter, and spending time outdoors with her family.

Rotarian sponsors Susan Agel, Dawn Byram, and RaLayna Kennedy

 

Heather Lawrence is Vice President and Commercial Banker at JPMorgan Chase & Co.

She was born in Hawaii and a move took her to southern California where she graduated high school in Laguna Beach. She would go on to earn her bachelors of business administration and her MBA from the University of Southern California. A move brought her and her family here in in July 2020.

Heather comes to us from the Rotary Club of Edmond where she has been a member for the past year before her work bringing her downtown. She is also affiliated with United Way of Central Oklahoma, and VEST.

When not working, Heather enjoys travelling as often as possible and spending time with her husband and two daughters.

Rotarian sponsors Robert Clements, Debby Hampton, and Jane Jenkins

 

Periann Pulliam is the Chief Executive Officer of Upward Transitions.

She was born in Jackson, Tennessee, the fifth of six children. Her family moved to Clinton, Oklahoma when she was 8-years old and eventually to Lawton. After completing her bachelor’s in journalism from Oklahoma State University, she moved to Oklahoma City and began her professional career.

She is a board member for Travelers Aid International, and a member of Travelers Aid International Professional Council. She has completed the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits Leaders Circle program, Standards for Excellence Certification, and Nonprofit Management Certification. She is also a licenses Oklahoma Real Estate Broker.

In addition to serving the community professionally, Periann loves golf, music, photography, scuba diving, travel, and trivia.

Rotarian sponsors Tim Dowd and Elizabeth Dalton


3-8-2022

Will Bowers is Team Lead Wealth Advisor at BOK Private Wealth.

Born in North Carolina, he grew up in the southeast corner of the U.S. in Georgia and South Carolina. After graduating from The Citadel, he was commissioned in the Navy where he thought he would be by the beach. The Navy had different plans and sent him to Tinker after graduating from flight school.

After his move to Oklahoma, he would go on to earn his master’s in business administration from Oklahoma City University.

Outside of work, spending time with his family is his priority. Will loves all activities involving the outdoors including wakeboarding, surfing, hiking, fishing, hunting, and camping. He also serves as a punching bag for his ten-year-old.

Rotarian sponsors Ross Plourde, Ellen Fleming, and Jim David

 

 

Jill Castilla is President & CEO of Citizens Bank of Edmond.

Originally from Okmulgee, Jill enlisted in the US Army and would earn her bachelor’s degree in finance from Hawaii Pacific University where she is a distinguished alumna. She would go on to earn her master’s in economics from the University of Oklahoma and attended both the University of Wisconsin’s Graduate School of Banking and The Wharton School.

Jill spent 10 years at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and worked for a community bank in Minnesota prior to returning to Oklahoma and Citizens Bank of Edmond in 2009.

She serves on the boards of MetaFund CDFI, Oklahoma Hall of Fame, Mercy West, YMCA and the Edmond Chamber of Commerce as well as serving as a start-up mentor. She is Dean of the Southwest Graduate School of Banking at SMU, Presidential Advisor to the University of Central Oklahoma, and was recently appointed to the Federal Reserve’s Advisory Council.

If Jill’s plate doesn’t sound full enough… she is an enlisted member of the US Army, the Oklahoma National Guard (Army), and serves as Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army. She’s also the found of Heard on Hurd, the downtown Edmond community street festival.

Rotarian sponsors Kermit Frank, Ann Ackerman, and Dawn Byram

 

Angie Doss is Chief External Relations Officer for Sunbeam Family Services.

She was born in Tulsa, but her family moved to Sacramento, California when she was 6 years old. Around 2007, she thought she was moving to Oklahoma City for a few months, but she’s been here ever since! In her words, “Oklahoma City is a great city, and it is now home.”

She earned her bachelor’s in public relations from San Diego State University. In addition to serving the community through work, Angie serves as a Big Sister for Big Brothers Big Sisters and is a LOYAL Class VIII graduate.

When not serving the community, Angie enjoys spending time with her friends and family. She enjoys arts and crafts, listening to books on tape, traveling, spending time outdoors, and she LOVES coffee… “all the coffee” as she says.

Rotarian sponsors Carri Hicks, David Walters, and Jerrod Shouse

 

Melissa Pepper is the Chief Development Officer for Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma.

She was born and raised in Kansas City and earned her bachelor’s in journalism with an emphasis in advertising and marketing from the University of Kansas. An opportunity with the Myriad Botanical Gardens brought her to Oklahoma City in 2013 and she’s been here since.

Melissa’s first position out of college fulfilled a long-time passion of music at the House of Blues. She would go on to work in real estate for about twelve years in Kansas City and still carries her love of real estate with her today.

She is a community volunteer for several local organizations and is a Leadership Oklahoma City Class 37 graduate. She enjoys most outdoor activities including biking, yoga, golf, and tennis and she loves to travel… especially to the mountains and ocean. She is a self-proclaimed fan of PBS and has a 14-yr old pup named Ginger and a puppy named Bennie. Most of all, she loves being a mother to her 5-year-old boy, Jack.

Rotarian sponsors Brooke Haneborg, Lance McDaniel, and Farooq Karim

 

Nathan Sheldon is Head of School at Casady School.

He was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and lived there until a few months before his 18th birthday before a move to Colorado to complete high school. He would then move to Arkansas to earn his bachelor’s in accounting from John Brown University.

Following college, he worked in Dallas for a year before moving to Norman to marry his college sweetheart, Staci, who is from Norman. Nathan would go on to earn his master’s in accounting from the University of Oklahoma.

He is the Treasurer of Independent School’s Association of the Southwest, Vice-President of Southwest Association of Episcopal Schools, and serves on the finance committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma.

Nathan enjoys pickle ball, golf, walks with Staci, reading, and attending OU football games where his son has played in the band for the past 4-years. He also enjoys vacations with his family, and going to Casady games, performing arts, debates, the science Olympiad, and all other student activities.

Rotarian sponsors Evan Walter, Ellen Fleming, and Kathleen Stevenson

3-22-2022

Julie Bisbee is Executive Director of the voter-created Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust.

She grew up in Indiana and came to Oklahoma City by way of the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas. Her first position after earning her bachelor’s in journalism from Ball State University was for a newspaper in McAllen, Texas. She later moved to Oklahoma City to work for The Associated Press before accepting a position for The Oklahoman. Julie met her husband Mark here and decided to stay and work in public service.

Julie’s family, which includes two active boys aged 12 and 9, enjoy being outdoors, hiking, camping, and visiting state and national parks. They are often busy with Scout activities, pinewood derby, campouts and cheer for the OSU Cowboys in all sports.

Julie also enjoys watching the Oklahoma Dodgers games in the summer and the OKC Philharmonic in the winter. Other favorites of hers include art, sampling her way through Oklahoma’s best cuisines, and reading. In fact, she’s been in the same book club for more than 15 years.

Rotarian sponsors Tim Berney, Mike Patterson, Ed Long, and Patti Davis

 

Tyler Larsen is Vice President of First American Title Insurance Company.

He was born in Arizona but grew up primarily in the Oklahoma City and Edmond area. His father moved a small oil and gas supply company to Oklahoma City during the 90s from New Mexico.

Tyler holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Central Oklahoma and a Juris Doctorate and MBA from Oklahoma City University.

In addition to work, he currently serves as the legislative liaison for the Oklahoma Title Standards Committee and is a member of the board for Neighborhood Services Organization.

Tyler has three wonderful children, a fiancé, and a future stepdaughter. He enjoys playing the piano and live music. He has a special interest in being physically active and that usually entails running a crazy distance or riding a bike somehow.

Rotarian sponsors Logon Collins, Jake Yunker, and Collins Peck

 

Agnieszka Rakhmatullaev  is Executive Director of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic.

Born in Poland and raised in Turkey, she came to the U.S. in 2000. She started her career as a violinist but found her true passion in working in arts management.

She holds her bachelors and master’s degrees in violin performance from Moores School of Music at the University of Houston, a masters in orchestral studies from Chicago College of Performing Arts, and a Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate from Georgetown University.

As you might imagine, Agnieszka’s passion is music. Throughout her career, she worked for prestigious organizations including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Grant Park Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, San Francisco Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, and the Houston Symphony.

A naturalized US Citizen, she speaks five languages. Her family moved to Oklahoma City from South Bend, Indiana just before the start of the pandemic. She has greatly enjoyed exploring the city with her bassoonist husband, Marat, and their four-year old daughter Anna.

Rotarian sponsors Terri Cooper, Chuck Wiggin, Robert Clements, and Jerrod Shouse

 

Staci Sanger is Vice President of Development at City Care.

She grew up just outside of Oklahoma City in Mustang before attending Southwestern Oklahoma State University on a full ride and completed her bachelor’s degree in mass communication. Following her graduation, she moved to downtown Oklahoma City and lived there for two years before marrying her best friend, Craig.

While Staci’s husband can claim the title of cinephile, her involvement is strictly for fun and she spent many years volunteering for deadCenter Film Festival. Her husband Craig is a film critic and reviews films each Friday on multiple local radio and TV stations. He also just co-wrote his first film with his best friend… check out The Vast of Night on Amazon Prime for anyone interested.

When not working or watching movies, Staci is likely laughing until it hurts with friends and family, out walking their giant Pyrenees, Lavender… or perhaps Lavender pulling them is a better description…  planning their next vacation or hosting some sort of epic game night.

Rotarian sponsors Jane Jenkins, Chuck Wiggin, and Meg Salyer

 


4-12-2022

Lisa Gifford is President of LIBERTY Dental Plan.

She is a second generation born and raised Oklahoman and grew up in South Oklahoma City. She completed her bachelor’s in political science from the University of Central Oklahoma and her Juris Doctorate from Oklahoma City University. Upon graduation, she became a ‘downtowner’ and fell in love with historical homes.

Lisa loves to travel and explore countries away from tourist areas in search of more authentic food and goods. She also can’t resist saving any animal that crosses her path.

She and her husband, AJaye Johnson with the Boys and Girls Club of Oklahoma County, have a daughter who has graduated from OSU and now works to house homeless veterans at the OKC Homeless Alliance.

Rotarian sponsors Jerrod Shouse, Mike Patterson, and Terri Watkins

 

Anthony Hendricks is Director at Crowe & Dunlevy and chairs the firm’s Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Practice Group.

He grew up in Lawton and moved to Washington D.C. to attend Howard University where he would graduate with his bachelor’s. He would go on to earn his master’s from the London School of Economics as a British Marshall Scholar and his Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School. After nine years away from home, he shared that his parents told him it was time to come home.

Anthony hosts “Nothing About You Says Computer Technology”, a weekly podcast on cybersecurity and data privacy viewed through the lens of diverse voices. His passion to train people about cybersecurity led him to do more than 30 talks at conferences, radio and television shows last year.

Anthony also serves as a Trustee at Oklahoma City Community College Foundation and as a member of the Arnall Criminal Justice Reform Committee.

Rotarian sponsors Alex Kaiser, Miles Pringle, and Jake Yunker

 

Jenna Morey is Executive Director of ReMerge of Oklahoma County.

She took a winding road to Oklahoma City. Jenna grew up in Frederick, Oklahoma before moving to Norman to complete her bachelors at the University of Oklahoma. A scholarship took her to Indonesia, then to Switzerland complete her Master of International Affairs, Afghanistan for work, and finally back to Oklahoma City after a decade.

Jenna loves to listen to live music, bake without following recipes which can sometimes be good and sometimes “interesting”, travel off the beaten path, spends lots of time with her goldendoodle Dolly Pawton, listens to far too many true crime podcasts, and cheers on OU football and softball.

She is passionate about helping people find work that is meaningful to them and helps them achieve economic stability.

Rotarian sponsors Steve Shepelwich, Sarah Roberts, and Becky Graninger.

 

Shelley Zumwalt is CEO and Executive Director of the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.

She is an Oklahoma girl and as she said, “forged the long and winding path to Oklahoma City from…. Norman.” She went to St. Gregory’s University on an athletic and academic scholarship where she played soccer before graduating with her bachelor’s from the University of Central Oklahoma.

Shelley is a member of Young Presidents Organization and the Governor’s Interagency Council on Homelessness. She is also passionate about promoting, supporting, and empowering women in leadership roles and public speaking.

Shelley’s hobbies include running, travel, gardening and she loves, loves, loves to read. A good book and an hour to read is a luxury to her. She also enjoys podcasts ranging from history, economics and much like our previous new member, true crimes. Last, she is a bit of prankster much to her teenager’s chagrin.

Rotarian sponsors Jake Yunker, Susan Winchester, and Trait Thompson


5-3-2022

Kathy Frankenfield is Vice President and Director of Private Bank with Kirkpatrick Bank.

Her father was stationed at Ft. Sill in Lawton when she graduated from high school. That, combined with an uncle she visited in Edmond during the summers, led her to Oklahoma State University to complete her Associate Degree. She was recruited by First National Bank in Downtown Oklahoma City, and they had a program to help her complete her bachelor’s at Central State University. She’s been in banking and Oklahoma City since.

Kathy is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City, is a member of their alumni association board, and will serve as their President-elect in 2022-23. She is also a former board member and longtime volunteer for the American Red Cross as well as the Juliette Lowe Leadership Society, the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Fund for Teachers program, and an Oklahoma City Community Foundation Fund Trustee.

Kathy is married to Jim, a semi-retired commercial real estate broker. They have two grown sons, a daughter-in-law, and most importantly, a 4-year-old grandson, Shep. She is also an Oklahoma Master Gardener alumnus so loves all things gardening.

Rotarian sponsors Brooke Haneborg, Patrick Raglow, and Ellen Fleming

 

Dale Hageman is the founder and chief executive officer of Spirit Human Resources.

He was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska. After graduating from the University of Nebraska with his bachelor’s degree in accounting, he began his accounting career there. He would marry one of his college friend’s sisters. When his friend and brother-in-law was called to pastor a church in Norman, Dale joined a CPA firm in Oklahoma City so they could be close to their family and attend their church.

He is an Officer, Director & Treasurer for Employer Services Assurance Corporation, is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City, and is on their alumni association board.

Dale enjoys spending time with his family, boating, traveling to historic places and specifically, places of beauty such as mountains, waterfalls, lakes, rock formations, and oceans. One of his favorite hobbies is collecting and driving historic cars that have a personal meaning and connection to his past.

Rotarian sponsors Jim Sharrock, Lee Symcox, Meg Salyer, and Jim Priest


5-24-2022

Tonnie Dosser is Executive Director of Oklahomans for the Arts, a statewide multi-disciplinary arts advocacy organization.

She is a lifelong Oklahoman and graduated high school in Muskogee before completing her degree in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma. She returned to central Oklahoma 7 years ago with her family after spending 24 years in Tulsa.

In addition to advocating for the arts professionally, Tonnie is a member of the Assistance League of Norman.

Her hobbies are kayaking and hiking, but her passion projects are anything to do with art. She loves painting, sculpting, metal cutting, and jewelry making.

Rotarian sponsors Amber Sharples, Farooq Karim and Phil Busey

 

Erin Engelke is Executive Director of Calm Waters, a grief center that serves children, teens and adults who have experienced loss due to death, divorce, or other significant losses.

She was born in St. Petersburg, Florida with the beach and sunshine and moved to the mountains of Idaho when she was little. After graduating high school at 16, she accepted a scholarship to attend Oklahoma Christian University. Erin earned her bachelor’s in public relations and has called this community home since.

She serves as Vice Chair of the Oklahoma County Jail Community Advisory Board, Vice Chair of The Christian Chronicle Board of Trustees, and a sustaining member of Junior League of Oklahoma City.

Erin absolutely loves to travel. She’s worked in Guatemala, Peru and Albania and also lived in Japan and Australia but her favorite travels are road trips across America with her family. She makes the world’s best chocolate chip cookies and is an avid runner so she can eat them. She is a TEDx speaker on work/life balance and created a movement and blog called Beauty in the Busyness for working moms.

Fun fact: she is a former Mrs. Oklahoma in 2020 and the reigning Mrs. Finland.

Rotarian sponsors Jim Priest, Dave Ortloff, and Drew Edmondson

 

Nicole Nantois is the Regional Vice President of Compliance for LIBERTY Dental Plan, a dental plan administrator in Oklahoma since 2013.

She was born in Oklahoma City and raised in Del City before attending the University of Oklahoma where she earned her bachelor’s in journalism. She also holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma School of Law. Nicole has been in Oklahoma City since and has lived on the boulevard in historic Linwood Place for the past 17 years with her family.

She is active in the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce and is a Governance Committee member of the Sunbeam Board.

An interesting tidbit about her family is that their two 15-year olds are adopted from Guatemala. During the adoption process, they were able to spend over a month in that beautiful country.

Nicole enjoys reading, exercising, and hanging out at their pool in addition to traveling as a family around the world and the US. They also have fur babies, Rose Tudor, an English bulldog and Marcel Bourbon, a Frenchie.

Rotarian sponsors Lisa Gifford, Julia Kirt, and Jerrod Shouse

 

Sharina Perry is the founder, inventor, and CEO of Utopia Plastix and The Utopia Model Companies. You might remember her as a speaker earlier this year sharing more about her plant-based plastic alternative.

She was born in Hobbs, New Mexico and moved to Oklahoma when she was 14. She earned her bachelor’s degree from The University of Oklahoma in Communications and Political Science. She also received a certificate of Circular Economy and Sustainability Strategies from the University of Cambridge Judge Business School.

Sharina is business engagement committee chair for the Oklahoma Governor’s minority business council, US Chamber of Commerce Diversity and Inclusion task force member, State Chamber of Oklahoma Council of Advisors, holds several committee roles with the Innovation District, is a Black Women Business Owners of America founding board of directors member, a member of Vest, and Girls Scouts Women in STEM committee member… just to name a few.

She truly finds joy and purpose in her work. She loves conversations and spending time with the people close to her, taking on new challenges, and working towards mastering her craft. Additionally, Sharina enjoys simplifying complex tasks, helping people learn more about God and his purpose, spending time in nature, and spirit filling music.

Rotarian sponsors Jeanette Nance, Lisa Synar, and Jane Jenkins

6-7-2022

Carrie Blumert serves as the County Commissioner for District 1 in Oklahoma County.

She was born in Anchorage, Alaska and moved to Ponca City with her family when she was three. After living in Ponca City for 11 years, they moved to Bartlesville where her parents still reside. She completed her Bachelor of Science from Oklahoma State University and her Master of Public Health from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

Carrie serves as Co-chair of Justice and Public Safety for the National Association of Counties, serves om the board of ReMerge of Oklahoma County, is the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments 911 Board Treasurer, is the Circuit Engineering District 5 treasurer, a Good Shepherd Clinic board member, and Citizens for Juvenile Justice member among many other roles.

Some of Carrie’s favorite things include her dogs Dottie and Taco, cooking, reading, yoga, hiking, and traveling to her family cabin in northern California.

Rotarian sponsors Pat Potts, Kermit Frank, and Julia Kirt

 

Deborah Copeland  is the Executive Director and CEO of Dale Rogers Training Center, a private nonprofit dedicated to training and employing people with disabilities.

She was born and raised in Oklahoma. She earned her Bachelor of Education from University of Central Florida and her Master of Education from the University of Central Oklahoma. During her career, she has resided and worked in New Mexico and Florida, but her family returned to Oklahoma in 1996 to make this their permanent home.

Deborah is a SourceAmerica board member, a Schnake Turnbo Frank I & D Consortium Advisory Board Member, an EMBARK Special Transportation Advisory Committee Member, and an OKC Chamber of Commerce Inclusion at Work committee member.

She has two adult daughters, two grandsons, and three step-grandchildren. She and her husband are also grandparents raising a grandchild, Hayden. He is nine years old, and Deborah is fairly sure they hold a record for the largest toy dinosaur collection on the planet.

She and her husband also enjoy the theatre, concerts, and travel.

Rotarian sponsors Russ Florence, Jim Priest, and Patrick Raglow

 

Thuan Nguyen is the Agency Principal and Owner of THN Insurance Solutions.

He was born in Saigon, Vietnam in 1976 after the fall of Saigon. At the age of 4, his mom took him to escape communist reign and risked their lives to create a better one. They escaped by boat and were rescued mid-ocean by a US Naval Ship that brought them to a refugee camp in Indonesia. They were sponsored with the help of his mom’s cousin and would eventually settle with his reunited family in South Oklahoma City.

He earned his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the University of Oklahoma and his Master of Public Health at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

Thuan is very active in the community and founded the Asian District Cultural Association, co-founded the Asian Chamber of Oklahoma, is a Leadership Oklahoma City Class 38 graduate, was appointed by Mayor Holt to serve on the Urban Design Commission, is a MAPS 4 Citizens Board Subcommittee member on Connectivity, and serves on the Board of Directors of Sister Cities International Oklahoma City Chapter among many, many other commitments.

He is a 3rd degree black belt in taekwondo and other hobbies include saltwater aquariums. When not working or in board meetings, he likes to spend time with his friends and family. His favorite sidekick is his puppy named Tayley Nguyen.

Rotarian sponsors Jennifer Pham, Chip Oppenheim, and Lisa Synar

 

 

Amy Roush is Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Communications for American Public Life.

She was born and raised in Ponca City where she participated in 4-H throughout her childhood and DECA in high school. She first completed her Associate of Business from Northern Oklahoma College before moving to Edmond to complete her Bachelor of Arts in Marketing at the University of Central Oklahoma. Amy loved Edmond so much, she decided to stay and would go on to earn her MBA from UCO as well.

Amy currently serves as a member of the Board of Advocates for Stephenson Cancer Center.

Her daughter was a member of the Oklahoma State University drumline for two years. As you can imagine, one of their favorite hobbies is attending OSU football games and tailgating with friends. She also enjoys traveling with family and friends, reading, knitting, and “trying” to be a runner.

Amy is now an empty nester and shares her home with her German Shepherd Brodie and two fat house cats.

Rotarian sponsors Jeff Simpsen and Jim Loftis


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Lori Cummins is Vice President at Mercy Health Foundation.

She was born and raised in an Army family and moved until her father retired in Lawton, Oklahoma where she was raised. She raised her family in Elgin, Oklahoma and moved to Oklahoma City in June of 2019 following the graduation of her children. Her previous three years were spent commuting to Oklahoma City before the move.

Lori earned her bachelor’s in psychology and communication from Cameron University and her Master of Human Resources from the University of Oklahoma. She is an OCU Meinders School of Nursing Advisory Board Member.

Lori loves to spend time with her family and enjoys running and various types of physical activity. She is passionate about health, wellness, community service, and support for the marginalized.
Rotarian sponsors Terri Cooper, Jerrod Shouse, and Richard Smith

 

Justin Hull is Senior Vice President and Commercial Lender at InterBank.

He is a fourth generation Oklahoman born and raised in Oklahoma City. He attended PC North High School where he met his high school sweetheart and wife Lauren. He earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Oklahoma and after a few years in Tulsa, he moved back to Oklahoma City.

Justin’s hobbies mostly consist of getting his two boys to soccer, football, or basketball practice and games. When time allows, he enjoys playing the drums and guitar, cooking, working out, and traveling with his family and friends.
Rotarian sponsors Alex Kaiser, Jake Krattiger, and Jennifer Pham

 

 

Peggy Kates is a community volunteer after a long career as an owner and CFO of Midwest Wrecking Company that she founded with her late husband, Ben.

She grew up on a dairy farm in Calumet and completed her bachelor’s in biology and chemistry from the University of Central Oklahoma. They moved their family to Cashion in the late 80s to raise their children in a small community. But since their business was in Oklahoma City, they moved back following their kid’s graduation.

She currently serves as Secretary of Oklahoma Science Museum, Secretary of the UCO Foundation, Past President of Oklahoma Zoological Society, Past President of YWCA and serves on the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Oklahoma Center for Non-Profits boards.

A life-long fan of sports, she attends lots of sporting events. Her daughter played college basketball at Mississippi State and only missed 5 games in her four-year career. Now she’s attending her grandchildren’s sporting events. Peggy also plays the piano and enjoys reading.
Rotarian sponsors Anne Holzerberlein, Emily Lang, and Mike Patterson

 

Skip Leonard  is Vice President of INTEGRIS Health Foundation.

He was born and raised Rhode Island and attended Pomfret School before attending Ohio Wesleyan University and graduating with his Bachelor of Political Science. He also earned a Master of Public Administration from University of Kansas and a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University.

Skip’s career has taken him across the country, and he has a long history with Rotary. He has been a member of clubs in Ft. Meyers, Florida, Palatine, Illinois, and Lenexa, Kansas.  When not working, Skip enjoys tennis, golf, boating, sailing, and fishing.

Rotarian sponsors Ellen Fleming, Harrison Levy, and Ron Page

 

 

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