Our Board

Ray A. Owens, Ph.D.

Senior Pastor, Metropolitan Baptist Church (Board Chairman)

Jolie Fredieu

Women’s Self-Defense Instructor, E.L.I.T.E. Self Defense LLC, former Early Childhood Educator

Eleanor Payne, Ed.D.

Retired, former Associate Dean of Business & Technology, Tulsa Community College

Alexander Quince

Journalist and former Emmy-nominated News Director, KTUL-TV (ABC Tulsa)

Carl Bracy

Retired, former Division Executive at State Farm Insurance Company

James Furch

Retired, former Principal, Booker T. Washington High School, 40 years experience in Education

Ashley Philippsen

Founding Program Director, LEAD North, a leadership development program 

Patricia Samuels

Retired, Community Volunteer

Carlton Buford

President/Chief Economist, America First – Competitive Market Economic Advocacy 

Paul Johnson

Vice President, Corporate Banking,
BOK Financial Corporation, Tulsa Ballet Board Member

Alicia Odewale, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Tulsa

Jabar Shumate

Vice President, University of Oklahoma, former Oklahoma State Senator and State Representative