Board & Staff

Officers

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

Alba Weaver, Vice-Chair - Economic Development Project, OG&E

Dr. Leslie Hudson, Secretary - Community Volunteer


Members

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

Jorge Hernandez, President/Senior Partner- Tango PR

Elizabeth Eickman, Director - Kirkpatrick Family Fund

Shante Fenner, Check Change Control Director- American Heart Association

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

Blake Patton, Attorney- Walding & Patton

Penny Voss, Vice President 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, 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 Marketing

Chelsi is a communications professional with experience in fundraising, marketing, and public relations. She holds a Bachelor's in Strategic Communications from the University of Central Oklahoma as well as a Master’s in Business Administration.

Her go-to modes of fun and self-care include sleeping, reading, playing video games, cosplaying, and spending time with friends and family.

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, Program Manager

Ronneal is 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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