New Rotarians 8-2-16

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Jennifer was born in Iran, where she was adopted by ex-patriots as an infant, moved around a bit before living in Alabama for 2 years, and has lived in Oklahoma since the 2nd grade. She is a Putnam City gal through-and-through.
She went to school there from second grade through graduation from PC Original, taught school there, and since January has worked as the Executive Director of the Putnam City Schools Foundation.

She received her Bachelor’s Degrees in US History and Vocal Music Education from Oklahoma City University. After earning a James Madison Scholarship – given to only one person per state – she earned her Master’s Degree in US Constitution from The University of Central Oklahoma and Georgetown.

As of last Saturday, Jennifer has been married to her husband for 17 years and they have 1 dog. She is a classically trained singer – singing opera (not rock and roll) and she hires out her beautiful voice for weddings and funerals. And if she had one wish, it would be to be a writer for Saturday Night Live.

Rotarian Sponsors : Debbie Forshee, Jalal Farzaneh, Brent Dishman


Matt was born in Mexico – which is, of course, obvious by the red hair. He was actually born two months early while his parents were visiting his grandparent’s vacation home there.
Matt grew up in Seminole, OK and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in Accounting from Skidmore College, his Master’s in Taxation from the New York School of Law, and his JD from Oklahoma City University in 2006. He is a member of the Law Review.
Matt is a CPA, JD, and LLM; has been with Smith Carney and Company for 10 years; and is now a Tax Partner where his specialty areas are tax planning, tax preparation, and estate planning.
Matt enjoys being with his family – his wife and two children – or golfing.

Rotarian Sponsors: Van Oliver, Kirby Smith, Frank Naifeh


Evan was born and raised in the metro, and grew up in Norman. He is our home-grown Okie for today, as his wife and he now live in OKC.
He went on a basketball scholarship to Oklahoma Baptist University where he earned his Sociology degree with a minor in Business.

From there he went to OU for his Master’s in Business Administration and earned the Price Scholarship – allowing him to spend the summer interning in New York City and taking classes at NYU.

Evan started in banking at Bank of Oklahoma, founded a consulting company that merged with Giant Capital, and is now a Business Banker with Crossfirst Bank.
Evan loves reading, cooking, and hanging out with his wife and adorable 15-month-old daughter.
Even is “really thrilled to be part of Rotary and have this platform to be involved and network”.

Rotarian Sponsors: David Mayfield, John Higginbotham, Dan Medley

Thanks to Rotarian Karen Youngblood for the introduction bios!

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