Board & Staff

Officers

Alba Weaver, Chair – Economic Development Project, OG&E 

Leslie Osborn, Vice-Chair – Oklahoma State Labor Commissioner 

Dr. Leslie Hudson, Secretary – Epidemiologist, Community Volunteer 

Stephanie Mendenhall, CPA – CFO, Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma 

Elizabeth Eickman – Director, Kirkpatrick Family Fund 

Rev. Dr. Lori Walke, Immediate Past Chair – Associate Minister, Mayflower Congregational UCC Church 


Members

Dr. Teri Bell – Retired, Executive Director of Student Services, OKCPS 

Paco Balderrama – Deputy Chief, Oklahoma City Police Department 

Shante Fenner – Oklahoma State Department of Education 

Dr. Nelson Fong – Obstetrician & Gynecologist, Lakeside Women’s Hospital 

Eran Harrill – OK National Guard  

Jorge Hernandez – President & Senior Partner, Tango PR 

Penny Voss – VP of Development, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation 


STAFF

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Laura Lang, CFRE, CEO 

Laura Lang is the CEO of Thrive: Sexual Health Collective for Youth. Laura is a nonprofit leader with more than twenty years of dedicated service in the social services and social justice arena. Her extensive experience includes positions at leading nonprofits in the Oklahoma City area, including the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County, the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF) and the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. Her well-rounded skills include executive-level management, strategic planning, fundraising, communications, project management, program development, and budget and financial oversight. Laura graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Journalism. She earned the Certified Fundraising Executive certification in 2008. She and her husband, George, and their son, Sam, live in Oklahoma City with their dogs Ozzie and Finn.

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Brittney Criswell, MPH, CHES, Director of Strategic Partnerships  

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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Sharayah Fore, MA, Director of Data and Evaluation

Sharayah graduated magna cum laude with a masters in experimental psychology  from the University of Central Oklahoma. While at UCO, she was a researcher and teacher's assistant for multiple classes while also being a member of the Interpersonal Processes and Social Cognition Laboratory, holding the position of lab coordinator for two years.

Sharayah has six years of experience working with Oklahoma Health Care Authority as a senior research analyst with the majority of her time being in the reporting and data unit. In that time, she helped develop several new evaluations and summary reports as well as served on multi-agency workgroups to fulfill public health needs in the community. Additionally, she served as head of the DSS user committee to establish reporting best practices, develop new user training and disseminate system updates and changes. 

Sharayah is dedicated to driving decision-making with data to make informed decisions that are able to impact the most vulnerable populations. She is an advocate of educating young women to help them to reach their goals in life and empower the next generation of leaders. 

Sharayah's favorite modes of self-care are playing volleyball, hiking outdoors and playing any sort of board games. Most of all, she enjoys spending time with her son, Desmond.

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Ronneal Mathews, MPH, Director of Community Engagement

Ronneal is a public health professional with over 20 years of experience in program development, implementation and evaluation. Her primary work has been in the areas of concentration have been chronic disease prevention and sexual and reproductive health education. She is passionate about making an impact on the health of communities and families. She takes great pride in playing an instrumental role in developing several programs and curricula that have become evidence based models and loves mentoring and training other current and future health professionals. Ronneal holds a Master of Public Health Degree from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and is currently completing her Doctoral dissertation towards the completion of her PhD in Maternal and Child Health from the University of Maryland College Park.
Her modes of self-care include arts and crafts, journaling, playing strategy games, reading, singing, watching movies, and writing short stories and poetry.
 

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