United Way Strengthens Central Oklahoma Nonprofit Boards through Board Serve Program

OKLAHOMA CITY – United Way of Central Oklahoma announced the 26 graduates of its 2021 Board Serve Central Oklahoma Program following Tuesday’s graduation ceremony. Graduating its sixth class of volunteers, Board Serve strengthens area nonprofits by training and mentoring community leaders seeking opportunities to serve as board members.

Led by United Way of Central Oklahoma President and CEO Debby Hampton and Foundation Management President Frank Merrick, Board Serve provides professional training in a wide range of topics and skills needed to serve on a nonprofit board. The 26 graduates took part in an eight-month program that featured industry professionals and subject matter experts in nonprofit board governance, leadership skills, nonprofit law, fundraising, crisis management and other critical skills.

The program concluded on Tuesday evening when the participants were matched with a nonprofit agency to serve at least one year as a voting board member. Twenty-one United Way Partner Agencies participated in the matching process and received at least one graduate.

“We’re incredibly proud of the 26 individuals who took part in this year’s Board Serve program,” said Hampton. “Our Partner Agencies are receiving a terrific graduating class to help strengthen their boards with community-minded leaders who care deeply about serving others. This program has become a terrific new avenue for United Way to support our nonprofit community.”

The graduates of the 2021 Board Serve Class VI are listed below along with the United Way Partner Agency where they will serve as a board member.

2021 Board Serve Central Oklahoma Graduates

Jason Brown, Oklahoma City Public Schools – Boys & Girls Clubs

Lisa Callahan, American Fidelity – Bethseda

Garrett Campbell, INSURICA – Oklahoma Foundation for the Disabled

Andrea Dennis, OG&E – Dale Rogers Training Center

Gonzo Garzon, Bank of Oklahoma – Youth & Family Services

Cassity B. Gies, Phillips Murrah P.C. – Camp Fire Heart of Oklahoma

Nick Hostetter, APMEX – Community Literacy Centers

Miranda Huff, Collibra – Areawide Aging Agency

Stephanie Hurley, Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores – EARC & Heartline

Jennifer Johnston, CE Investment Management – Community Literacy Centers

Ryan Kilpatrick, Amber Integrated – Family Builders

Trisha Koelsch, OG&E – The Homeless Alliance

Brad Lemon, Ascent Resources – Calm Waters

Jennifer Lyles, RSM US LLP – The Homeless Alliance

Maria Martinez, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma – RSVP of Central Oklahoma

Ashley Mayhew, Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores – Camp Fire Heart of Oklahoma

Michael Myers, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum – Health Alliance for the Uninsured

Jason Nelson, eGravity Software Solutions – Areawide Aging Agency

Jennifer Pham, Oklahoma City Indian Clinic – YWCA Oklahoma City

Clay Raun, Durbin, Larimore & Bialick, P.C. – Coffee Creek Riding Center

Aaron W. Todd, ClimateMaster – Skyline

Kindell Walters, Ernst & Young – A Chance to Change

Erika Warren, Communities Foundation of Oklahoma – A Chance to Change

Larry Watts, American Fidelity – Possibilities

Brandon Winkler, Ackerman McQueen – Pivot