First Lady Sarah Stitt & Secretary Justin Brown – The Science of Hope

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Sarah Stitt has been married to Governor Kevin Stitt for over 20 years, and together they have 6 children. The First Lady is using her position to raise awareness of the detrimental effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences, to advocate for Oklahomans with mental health diagnoses, and to share the science of hope. She is working with state agencies and private organizations alike to give every Oklahoman the opportunity for a bright and hopeful future, and to make Oklahoma the first Hope-Centered State.




In June 2019 Governor J. Kevin Stitt appointed Justin B. Brown as Director of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, the state’s largest agency by workforce. In March 2020, Governor Stitt further appointed Brown to the position of Cabinet Secretary of Oklahoma Human Services. As CEO of a regional senior housing company prior to these appointments, Brown built a deep experience in organizational leadership, finance and strategic planning & execution. With this experience, Brown is well suited to build a vision based on a customer first mentality, motivating the team to execute on a vision of serving the State of Oklahoma’s most vulnerable citizens. As a strong relationship builder, Brown was uniquely qualified to position the Department of Human Services as a collaborative agency that engages with partners across the state to serve together.

In addition to having built a passion for serving seniors with Alzheimer’s Disease through his prior profession and Board of Directors engagement with the Alzheimer’s Association, Brown has built a life of service to children through non-profit service including the OU Children’s Hospital Foundation, the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City, the OKC Zoo, Big Brothers & Big Sisters, among others. He and his wife, Kelly, have been married for 20 years and have two children, Hannah and Ford

Chair of the Day

Stacy McNeiland is the CEO & Founder of ROAR for The CARE Center. Stacy is a graduate of UCO and OCU, holding an MBA and MLA. Stacy’s been with The CARE Center since 2013.

The CARE Center is a nationally accredited child advocacy center and the only non-profit serving the entire county of Oklahoma county. The CARE Center is a non-profit organization focused on helping children heal after the heartbreaking act of abuse and educating children and families on abuse prevention. The CARE Center is a front-line organization, receiving cases of severe abuse within days of the disclosure/and or abuse. The CARE Center works directly with law enforcement, federal jurisdictions, DHS, medical teams, and the district attorney’s office of Oklahoma County to collect evidence and provide investigative services to solve the crime of abuse. We work with a multidisciplinary team dedicated to prosecuting the child’s offender and begin the healing process for children and families. Our prevention program, called ROAR, was created by McNeiland in 2017. The program is award winning and nation-wide, receiving honors through the Federal Bureau of Investigation and multiple state agencies. The program and the only youth-based curriculum for 3-8 year old’s has taught over 40,000 children in Oklahoma alone. Through this free, prevention programs, our goal is to end child abuse in Oklahoma.

Stacy is an active board member with Children’s Advocacy Centers of Oklahoma, where she serves as Vice President & Site Reviewer as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigations Citizens Academy. She is actively engaged with the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofit’s, Sigma Kappa sorority, a graduate of Leadership Edmond, graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City and Oklahoma Citizen’s Academy and is a member of Rotary Oklahoma City, Club 29. Stacy has been recognized as the Oklahoma City’s Panhellenic Woman of the Year, received Edmond’s “Most Flexible” Award, and was recently honored as 405 Magazine’s Humanitarian Award. Stacy lives in Edmond with her rescue pup, Scout.

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