Panel: Expanded Learning Opportunities for Oklahoma Kids

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Sept. 21, 2021

A native Oklahoman, Tim McLaughlin embodies many characteristics associated with Oklahomans: hard working, focused, compassionate, determined, resourceful and committed to serve.

As part of the ownership and executive team at AdvancePierre Foods for 25 years, Tim and his wife, Liz, created Fields & Futures in 2012 to help Oklahoma City Public Schools grow student participation in sports, believing when a young student finds a team, they’ll find the classroom. The result: Better attendance, improved grades and higher graduation rates. And it all starts with a safe place to play – a quality, maintained field to call home.

In just nine short years, Fields & Futures, in partnership with OKCPS, has completed 59 campus improvements at 17 middle and high school sites across the district – and everything they build, they maintain. A $10 million field maintenance endowment will ensure each new field will serve OKCPS students and families long into the future.

Tim is a tireless advocate for the mission. As a board member of the OKC Police Athletic League and Foundation for OKCPS, he has a deep understanding of the challenges facing Oklahoma City’s disadvantaged youth. By linking arms with the school district, other youth-serving organizations and committed resource partners, Fields & Futures has helped write a beautiful new story of hope and renewal for Oklahoma City children.

Tim currently serves as partner in Square Deal Capital, created in 2014 to manage investments for the McLaughlin family, and is co-owner of OKC Energy FC.

Tim attended college at Southwestern University in Texas and graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Business Management. He and Liz reside in Edmond, Oklahoma.

 

 

Stacy McDaniel and her husband, Mark, founded Cleats for Kids (C4K) in 2011 where Stacy now serves as Executive Director.  C4K works throughout Oklahoma to equip and empower kids through sports by providing shoes and sports gear to underserved kids. Stacy’s love for impacting kids has led her to serve with many community organizations over the years including the Boards of Fields and Futures, Westminster School, Positive Tomorrows and Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Stacy graduated from Edmond Memorial High School and received her undergraduate degree in Finance from Oklahoma State University and her law degree from University of Oklahoma. Stacy and Mark have three kids – Cole, Josh and Meghan – and love being members of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church.

 

 

 

Brent Bushey serves as the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Public School Resource Center (OPSRC).  The OPSRC provides technical services and professional development to public schools across the state of Oklahoma. The OPSRC’s mission is to improve educational outcomes for students across the state of Oklahoma.  The OPSRC currently serves over 45% of all public school districts in the state.

Prior to founding the OPSRC, Brent spent over 10 years in Washington DC working as a program manager first at the Department of Treasury and the Department of Homeland Security. He began his career as a teacher at Walter L Cohen High School in New Orleans Parish as part of Teach for America.

Brent holds an MA in Public Administration from George Washington University and a BA in Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy from Michigan State University.

 

 

Chair of the Day/Moderator

Sarah Roberts was born and raised here in OKC, attending Christ the King for elementary and Bishop McGuinness for High School. Interestingly, her husband, Hayden, was also born in OK and they were high school sweethearts.

She was gone from Oklahoma for twelve years – to attend college at Sweet Briar in Virginia to earn her BA in Government and a Teaching Certificate – and then moving on to Tennessee after graduation. But when it was time to raise their family, they returned back to OKC and both of their families – both families encouraged them to move back to OKC when they were expecting their first son and they are so grateful they listened and moved back home.

Sarah is currently the Vice President of Programs for the Inasmuch Foundation. She works with nonprofits pre-grant through post-grant. She thoroughly enjoys and feels fortunate to have her amazing job, working the with OKC nonprofit sector (best in the world) as they develop grant applications for Inasmuch Foundation and she then gets to see them carry out their big ideas successfully post grant. She works for Bob Ross, who she considers a visionary leader in our city and state.

Sarah loves to read and does it anytime she has a free moment. She adores hanging with her husband, Hayden and their two boys, Jackson and Owen. They have a busy, fun-filled life that she loves being the ringmaster of in terms of scheduling everything. They have all decided that their favorite days are the occasional days when their whole bunch has nowhere to be — they hole up together at home and never get out of pj’s while playing board games, watching movies, reading books and playing tug of war with Clark, their dog. Her favorite thing to do – besides reading – is to plan surprises of any kind for her family.

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