New Rotarians Jan -June 2018

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February 6, 2018

Kelly Kay

Where you came from/how you got to OKC: Kelly grew up in Stillwater then moved to Sayre where he graduated from high school. Kelly and his family moved to the OKC metro area in 2000.

Your schooling: He graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education in 1987 and started with the YMCA there as a program director.

Your brief job history or description of job: Kelly previously served as Executive Director of the YMCA of Ponca City and Edmond. He became the COO for the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City in 2005 and was named President and CEO of the organization in November 2017.

Hobbies, areas of interest, passion projects or organizations, other interesting tidbits: Kelly loves golf, running, and all sports. He has coached his three sons in their sports growing up and continues to coach baseball, football, and basketball thru the Y. He serves as the President of the Baseball Booster Club at Edmond Santa Fe, and he and his wife are actively involved in the football booster club as well.

Rotarian Sponsors: Jerry Burger, Bill Bowden, Gary Mars


Jake Trotter

Where you came from/how you got to OKC: Jake Trotter was born and raised in Oklahoma City, and through a winding, circuitous path ended up back here a decade ago.

Your schooling: He is a 2004 graduate of Washington & Lee (Virginia) University, where he majored in print journalism.

Your brief job history or description of job : Jake’s first job out of college was as sports editor of the Middletown Journal in Middletown, Ohio. He was soon promoted to managing editor for sports of Cox Southwest Ohio, overseeing the sports pages of two daily newspapers and five weeklies. After a quick stop in Austin, Jake accepted a position at The Oklahoman covering OU football. He now works as a college football reporter for ESPN, and is a host/contributor for WWLS The Sports Animal.

Hobbies, areas of interest, passion projects or organizations, other interesting tidbits :Jake is on the board of the Downtown Club of Oklahoma City, is a member of the Football Writers Association of America, and volunteers with Big Brothers/Big Sisters. He is currently the admissions chair for the Washington & Lee chapter in Oklahoma and serves on the parish council for St. George Greek Orthodox Church. He and his wife met in Ohio and have been married nearly eight years. They have one daughter, Dorothy, and a baby boy due in early March.

Rotarian Sponsors: Evan Walter, Daniel Medley, Nathaniel Harding

Thanks to Rotarian Jodi Lewis for these biographies


Joe Cardenas

1. After graduation from Texas A&M @ Kingsville in May of 1989, I was recruited by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and came to Oklahoma City,
2. Graduated from Texas A&M @ Kingsville in May of 1989 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. Went back to school to Oklahoma State University to receive M.S. in Environmental Engineering in 2005. I also have a Professional Engineering License certification from the State of Oklahoma.
3. Worked for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and was one of 4 projects engineers on Lake Hefner projects in the early 90’s. After 8 years I moved to Oklahoma Natural Gas where I was the Government Relocation Engineer. I moved gas lines for government projects for the western half of the State. Then got involved with various Chamber of Commerce and in 2006 moved to Arvest Bank as their Community and Business Relationship Advisor. This position primary duties include business development, community relations and financial literacy to the Hispanic Community through various workshops.
4. Passion projects include Board Member for the Latino Community Development Agency, Catholic Charities Green Tie Gala chair to help homeless women with children, Anita Martinez Mariachi Festival to help OKC Public Schools buy instruments, YMCA, Habitat for Humanity, Greater OKC Chamber Total Resource Development Campaign volunteer for 18 years and Edmond Chamber Ambassador. Areas of interest is to improve the quality of life for vulnerable children and families. I enjoy grilling, cooking and talking about food. We love getting together with family, traveling and going to Lake Tenkiller with friends. I married my college girl Deanna 25 years ago and we have two children, Kacie, 23 years works at BOK and Joseph 14 years and 8th grader at Deer Creek Middle School.

Rotarian Sponsors David Mayfield, Randy Lewis, and Mike McAuliffe



Daphne Dowdy

1) Where you came from/how you got to OKC
Daphne is Texas born and Tulsa raised. Her dad worked as an engineer for Williams which meant the family moved around a lot. She and her brother went to grade school in
Alaska and high school in Venezuela but Oklahoma was always home base. The opportunity to move around opened Daphne’s eyes to the world around us and encouraged her curious nature.
2) Your schooling
Daphne earned her degree in broadcast journalism at OSU and became a reporter and news anchor in Texas and here in Oklahoma City at KOCO, channel 5.
3) Your brief job history or description of job
Today Daphne is President & CEO of OETA Foundation and a 26 year veteran of broadcast media. Here she is at OETA’s 60th Anniversary Gala with the President of PBS, Paula Kerger. Daphne entered pubic media in 2005 as general manager of a small PBS station in Midland, Texas. She went on to become Vice President of Development at South Florida PBS in Miami before moving back home to help support America’s most-watched PBS station…OETA.
4) Hobbies, areas of interest, passion projects or organizations, other interesting tidbits about you, etc.
Daphne enjoys riding the scooter she got for Christmas – even though she asked for jewelry – biking with her dog, Berto and playing tennis with her husband, Tom Jackson. Little known fact, Daphne and Tom were married by George Foreman, “the punching preacher,” at Foreman’s church in Houston

Rotarian Sponsors Ellen Fleming, John Higginbotham, Pat Potts


Stephanie Bailey

1. I was born in Edmond, and while I spent most of my life in Oklahoma, I did move to Washington State for about 2 ½ years immediately following college. It was an adventure to spend time in a new city, but I always knew I ultimately wanted to be back home and close to family – so here I am!
2. After graduating from Edmond Santa Fe High School, I attended the University of Oklahoma and was a member of the University’s track and field team. I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, and sat for and passed my CPA exam shortly after graduation.
3. I joined KPMG in 2013 from the Bellevue, WA-based firm of Clark Nuber. I currently serve as a Director within KPMG’s Development and Exempt Organizations practice (DEO), and am the DEO practice leader for the Dallas/Denver Business Unit within the firm. My group focuses primarily on not-for-profit and other tax-exempt organizations.
4. I am an avid runner, wine enthusiast, CycleBar/spin class fanatic, and I love to travel whenever I can manage to get away. An interesting fact about me is that I used to throw the javelin. I have an incredible passion for volunteering and making our community a better place. I currently serve on the following boards:

a. ReMerge (board member and on the finance committee)
b. University of Oklahoma, Steed School of Accounting Board of Advisors
c. OSCPA Educational Foundation Board

Rotarian Sponsors Jerrod Shouse, Teresa Crook, Marnie Taylor


Elizabeth Isaac

Elizabeth Isaac, a native Texan, has practiced law at Dunlap Codding since 2013. Elizabeth helps innovators, entrepreneurs, artists, and businesses protect their inventions, brands, designs, music, and other creative works to leverage their intellectual property portfolios and enhance their business options. She counsels clients regarding a breadth of intellectual property with an emphasis on creatively and strategically identifying holistic and dynamic ways to improve the value of various creative and technological assets. Through Dunlap Codding, Elizabeth works closely with the Oklahoma Film + Music Office to provide resources and growth opportunities for local artists.

Elizabeth graduated magna cum laude from Austin College, where she double majored in Life Sciences and Communication, and summa cum laude from Oklahoma City University School of Law, where she served on the Law Review and held leadership roles in several student organizations. She is the past Board Chair of IgniteOKC, the Vice Chair of Membership of Catalyst of Allied Arts, a member of the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma County Bar Young Lawyers Division, and a recent first grade Sunday school teacher at St. Thomas Orthodox Church. Due to her community involvement, Elizabeth received the Journal Record designation for 2017 Achievers Under 40 and okc.BIZ’s designation for 2016 Oklahoma City’s Forty Under 40. Elizabeth is also a 2017 graduate of Linking Oklahoma Young Adult Leaders (LOYAL) Class XII of Leadership Oklahoma City and was recently tapped to serve on the 2018 Board of Directors for deadCenter Film.

Before entering the legal field, she served as the Youth Service Corp Coordinator at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico, where she managed and organized multiple community service projects in Northern New Mexico, including many projects in Native American communities. She also offered community yoga classes at Ghost Ranch and at Austin College.

Rotarian Sponsors Mike McAuliffe, Sam Hammons, Ashley Smith, Randy Lewis

Thanks to Rotarian Laura Garrett for these bios!


Craig Perry

Craig  was raised in Moore. The metro area has always been home.
He attended Oklahoma State University for undergraduate and University of Central Oklahoma for M.B.A.

 Craig is  the Manager of Government Affairs for Oklahoma Natural Gas. Prior to joining ONG, he served on the staff of Governor Mary Fallin, and before that, the Speaker of the House of Representatives. This will be his 11th legislative session to work at the State Capitol.
His hobbies include spending time with his wife, Jessica, and two sons, Ben (5) and Leo (2). They now have a new baby girl, arriving just a few weeks ago!

Rotarian Sponsors Jerrod Shouse, Scott Parman, Dusty Darr


Joe Bonner

Born on the North Side of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania to a large family. – 5 brothers, 5 sisters, 2 parents and 1 grandmother in a house with one bathroom. His father worked in the steel mills until they disappeared. Joe came to OKC a little over 2 years ago for the opportunity to become President & CEO of Frontier State Bank.

Joe has been in banking for 28 years. He’s been the CEO of 3 community banks – one in Colorado, one in Texas and now Frontier State Bank in OKC

Joe has been a volunteer tutor for 2 years at the Whiz Kids program in OKC that helps underprivileged children improve their reading skills. The worst experience of his life was raising three children as a single parent for 7 years. The best experience of my life was raising three children as a single parent for 7 years. Then he met his wife Carlene. They’ll be celebrating their 20th anniversary later this year. They live in Norman.

Rotarian Sponsors: David Walters, Ellen Fleming, Jim Loftis, and J. Don Harris 


Jeanette Nance

Jeanette  is originally from Queens New York. In 2nd grade she moved to Oklahoma.  She moved to Texas for high school and eventually made her way back to Oklahoma City.

Jeanette graduated from UCO with a degree in Public Administration and then went on to work in the governor’s office with Governor Henry.

Jeanette is the President of Keep Oklahoma Beautiful and has been in her current role since 2013.

Jeannette loves spending time in the garden with her mother and going on mission trips to Africa.

Rotarian Sponsors:  Lisa Synar, Marnie Taylor, and Elizabeth Dalton 

Thanks to Rotarian Kitt Lechter for the bios!

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