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

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