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During its annual meeting last month, the United Way of Central Oklahoma elected new officers of the board and introduced the newest members who will serve on the organization’s board of directors. Officers of the board include:

Jim Couch, Chairman of the Board

Chris Anoatubby, Secretary

Lane Neal, Assistant Secretary

Matt McGuire, Treasurer

Rick McCune, Assistant Treasurer


New board members elected to serve a three-year term:

Michael Carolina, Oklahoma Center for Advancement of Science & Technology

Jim English, Lopez Foods

Kelly Dyer Fry, The Oklahoman

Jerome Holmes, U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals

Sherri Lance, Gaming Capital Group

Dave Lopez, Community Leader

Sarah Roberts, Inasmuch Foundation

Rodney Sailor, Enable Midstream Partners

Bill Schonacher, IBC Bank

Taylor Shinn, Baker Hughes, A GE Company

Cindy Truong, 7th District Court

Chris Turner, First State Bank

Kathy Williams, Community Leader


Board members elected to serve a one-year term:

Kristal Flury, United Way of Logan County Board Chair

Karli Stroh, United Way of Canadian County Board Chair


Board members re-elected to a three-year term:

Judy Hatfield, Equity Commercial Reality II, LLC

John Higginbotham, Bank of Oklahoma

Judy Love, Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, Inc.

Cathy O’Connor, The Alliance for Economic Development of Oklahoma City

Kris Rogers, Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, Inc.

Randy Roper, MidFirst Bank

Kelly Sachs, Commerce Bank

Mike Turpen, Riggs, Abney, Neal, Turpen, Orbison & Lewis


Ex-Officio non-voting members approved to serve a one-year term:

Stacey Ninness, Agency Directors Association President

Jeffrey Cartmell, Emerging Leader Co-Chair

Donny Greenawalt, Emerging Leader Co-Chair


Advisory Board of Trustees elected to serve a one-year term:

John Armitage, MD, Oklahoma Blood Institute

Dave Carpenter, American Fidelity

Richard Clements, Clements Foods Company

Mike Coats, IBC Bank

Luke Corbett, Corbett Management

Todd Edmonds, HSE Architects

Eric Eissenstat, Continental Resources

Mark Funke, Bank SNB

Jim Gebhart, Mercy Hospital

Kirk Hall, Hall Capital

Cliff Hudson, Crowe & Dunlevy

Michael E. Joseph, McAfee & Taft

Brad Krieger, Arvest

Linda Lambert, LASSO Corp.

Bruce Lawrence, Community Leader

Rick Lippert, Lippert Brothers, Inc.

Robert Lorenz, Community Leader

Mary Mélon, Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools

Wes Milbourn, KFOR-TV / KAUT-TV

Larry Nichols, Devon Energy Corporation

Polly Nichols, Community Leader

David Ortloff, Dillingham Benefits

David Page, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Lindy Ritz, The Ritz Group, LLC

Jim Roth, OCU School of Law

Pat Rooney, First National Bank of Oklahoma

David Schroeder, Research Psychologist

Tony Shinn, Bank of America

Natalie Shirley, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

Kent Shortridge, ONE Gas

Perry Sneed, Sheet Metal Workers Local 124

Doug Stussi, Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores

David Thompson, InvesTrust

Jean Wallace, Buttery Company, LLP

Chad Wilkerson, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City-Oklahoma City Branch


About United Way of Central Oklahoma

United Way of Central Oklahoma researches human needs within the communities of central Oklahoma and directs resources to accountable health and human services agencies to meet those needs by improving the health, safety, education and economic well-being of its most vulnerable citizens. For more information about United Way of Central Oklahoma, please visit or call (405) 236-8441.


OKLAHOMA CITY – United Way of Central Oklahoma’sstrong financial health and commitment to accountabilityand transparency haveearned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.  This is the 11thconsecutive time that United Way of Central Oklahoma has earned this top distinction.


OKLAHOMA CITY – United Way of Central Oklahoma will kick off the giving season by celebrating #GivingTuesday, on November 27, with matching funds from local and national organizations. This year when you donate to United Way of Central Oklahoma, Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores will match any new or increased gifts, up to $200,000, from individual donors.  Facebook and PayPal are also teaming up to match up to $7 million dollars in donations made to nonprofit Facebook pages, including United Way of Central Oklahoma’s local Facebook page.


OKLAHOMA CITY – United Way of Central Oklahoma is honored to announce its 2018 class of Loaned Executives. Each year, community-minded employers lend key personnel to United Way to work as full-time fundraisers during the annual campaign.


OKLAHOMA CITY – United Way of Central Oklahoma kicked off its 2018 annual campaign this morning and announced its fundraising goal of $17 million! Dollars raised will be invested into 119 health and human service programs at 58 Partner Agencies. In addition to United Way’s campaign, the event also serves as the start of the State Charitable Campaign and the Heart of the City Campaign.


OKLAHOMA CITY – OGE Energy Corp. will join forces with United Way of Central Oklahoma during its annual fall campaign to double new, first-time company contributions in recognition of the company’s 116th anniversary.



OKLAHOMA CITY – Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores has announced it will team up with United Way of Central Oklahoma and match any new and increased gifts from existing workplace campaigns and individual donors up to $200,000.


OKLAHOMA CITY - United Way of Central Oklahoma is pleased to announce Campaign Cabinet volunteers who will lead the annual fundraising campaign. The cabinet is comprised of community leaders who volunteer their time to work with United Way by engaging support from companies and organizations across central Oklahoma.


OKLAHOMA CITY – The newest edition of United Way of Central Oklahoma’s research publication, Vital Signs, explores the economic benefits of, as well as the need for, more affordable housing and the barriers to accessing it. Research is focused on the challenges that confront our community, including local discriminatory and predatory lending and leasing practices, and barriers to housing that older adults, individuals with disabilities, unaccompanied youth and those facing homelessness endure. 


OKLAHOMA CITY – United Way of Central Oklahoma kicked off the United Way Pacesetter Campaign with its annual Pacesetter Games on Thursday, June 21 on the lawn of American Fidelity. Pacesetters are businesses and organizations that run early United Way campaigns between June and September, literally setting the pace and drawing momentum for more than 1,500 workplace campaigns that will take place in the fall. Funds raised through workplace giving help fund local health and human services programs at United Way Partner Agencies that address our community’s most pressing challenges.