Board

Officers

Penny Voss, Chair- Vice President of Development, Oklahoma Medical ResearchFoundation

Rev. Lori Walke, Vice-Chair- Associate Minister, Mayflower Congregational Church

Liz Eickman, Secretary- Director, Kirkpatrick Family Fund

Alba Weaver, Treasurer- Economic Development Project, OG&E


Members

Dr. Teri Bell, Exec. Director of Student Services- Oklahoma City Public Schools

Rep. Forrest Bennett, House District 92- State House of Representative

Kelli Dupuy, Director of Marketing & Development- Special Care

Jorge Hernandez, President/Senior Partner- Tango PR

Shante Fenner, Check Change Control Director- American Heart Association

Dr. Nelson Fong, Obstetrician/Gynecologist- Lakeside Women’s Hospital

Dr. Leslie Hudson, Epidemiologist- Community Volunteer

Blake Patton, Attorney- Walding & Patton

Jennifer Weast, Senior Vice President & Controller- BancFirst

Shannon Welch, Director of Community Health Dept.- Oklahoma City-County Health Department 


STAFF

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Laura Lang, CFRE, CEO 

Laura Lang is a fundraising and communications professional with twenty years of dedicated service in the non-profit sector. She has a proven track record in fundraising through personal solicitation, capital campaigns, direct mail, corporate relations, grant writing and special events. She has held varying degrees of responsibilities with several nonprofits in the Oklahoma City area, including the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF), and the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. Her well-rounded experience includes strategic planning, program coordination, budget management and strong communication skills in writing and public speaking. Laura graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Journalism/Professional Writing. She and her husband, George, and their son, Sam, live in Oklahoma City.

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Brittney Criswell, MPH, CHES, Program Director 

Brittney holds a Master’s of Public Health degree from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and is a Certified Health Educator Specialist through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing. Brittney spent five and a half years at the University of Central Oklahoma, where she served as the Assistant Director for Health Promotion and Outreach. Through her time at Central, Brittney led the charge in sexual health promotion on campus through collaborating with community agencies such as OKC-County Health Department, Planned Parenthood, and Teen emPower!

Under her leadership, initiatives such as HPV Vaccination Clinics, Sexual Health Awareness Week, Sexual Attitude Reassessment training, birth control workshops, and sexual health peer educators became the norm on a traditionally conservative college campus. Brittney has a passion for empowering young people to choose behaviors that promote health and strengthen relationships and is committed to the ideals and endeavors within Thrive and its collaboration. 

Brittney’s favorite modes of self-care are running, gardening and interior decorating, but she most enjoys spending time with her husband Jeff and their son Boston.

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Chelsi Dennis, Director of Development and Marteting

Chelsi is a communications professional with experience in fundraising, marketing, and public relations. She holds a Strategic Communications degree from the University of Central Oklahoma and is currently earning her Master’s in Business Administration.

Chelsi is dedicated to the empowerment of women and teens and devotes both her career and her personal time to the advancement of women. She volunteers with Confidence Con, a local women’s empowerment initiative focused on diversity, intersectionality and community through hearing the voices of all women.

Her go-to modes of fun and self-care include enjoying many forms of art, reading, playing Zelda, cosplaying, and spending time with friends and family.

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Amy Jenkins, Office Manager 

Amy holds a Bachelor of Human Relations degree from the University of Oklahoma and has a background of working in diversity and inclusivity in higher education. Her dedication to promoting sexual health began in high school, as she grew up witnessing how the lack of sexuality education and resources impacted the Oklahoma community. She plans to devote her career to promoting comprehensive sexuality education, advocating for reproductive justice, and striving for accessible sexual health care for all. She is also a volunteer with Planned Parenthood Great Plains and an American Sexual Health Association Ambassador. 

 

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