Board Bios

OFFICERS OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Board President
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Megan Quickle
Board Term expiring October 2015

Megan A. Quickle received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Oklahoma State University and went on to complete her Master of Science degree in Emergency Management Administration. Her Master’s Thesis worked with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on a standardized Emergency Operations Plan for Nuclear Power plants in the United States. While working toward her Master’s degree, she interned with Tulsa Partner’s Inc. (TPi) to begin her career in the Emergency Management field. After her internship, she was hired as a Consultant for TPi to work on their programs, newsletter, social media and events. She also worked in natural hazard mitigation while working for R.D. Flanagan and Associates, while creating the Tulsa Public Schools Hazard Mitigation plan. Megan was hired by the Tulsa Health Department to assist with the Tulsa Co. Medical Reserve Corps. While at the health department, Megan created the Tulsa Functional and Access Needs Task Force to help plan for those with functional and access needs during a disaster. When she took the position at the health department, Megan was asked to serve on the Board of Directors for TPi. In 2012, Megan joined Hillcrest Medical Center as the Safety Officer. Under the Joint Commission (TJC) and Det Norske Veritas (DNV) accreditation process, she was responsible for the Environment of Care of the hospital, HazMat training program and all safety aspects at Hillcrest Medical Center. Also in 2012, Megan was elected President of the Board of Directors of Tulsa Partners, Inc.

Megan has now joined Thorco Holdings, LLC as their Compliance Officer. She is responsible for all ASME and National Board accreditation of their Pressure Relief Valves in the company’s Oklahoma, Texas and California offices. She directs the office of Safety, HR and Compliance in all DOT, PHMSA and FMCSA regulations. Megan enjoys all aspects of the Safety Industry and has truly found her niche in the petroleum industry as the Compliance Officer at Thorco.
Aside from her career in the Safety field, Megan’s passion for being who she is today is because of her Type 1 Diabetes. From a young age, Megan and her family were National Advocates for the American Diabetes Association; she spoke at the National Capitol in front of Senate and Congress, on a national speaking tour with Miss America 1999, Nicole Johnson and serves as an Ambassador for Diabetes Advocates. In 1998, Megan created the non-profit organization ‘Megan’s Touch’ to spread awareness about diabetes advocacy and the cruel complications of this disease until a cure is found!

In addition to the TPi Board of Directors, Megan currently serves on the Tulsa United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council and the Pipeline Contractor’s Roundtable Group Board. She also has the Certified Hospital Safety Professional (CHSP) designation.

She is the Chair of the Board Finance Committee, and is on the Board Executive Committee and the Language & Culture Bank Program Committee.

Board Vice President
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David Hall
Board Term expiring October 2016

Born and Raised in Sinking Spring Pennsylvania, Dave joined State Farm Insurance in February 1988 after Graduating from Bloomsburg University with a BS in Marketing. In 1995 Dave married his wife Laurie, and they have three children: Andrew – 16, Zachary – 14, and Kayleigh – 12

Dave earned his CPCU and ALCM designations in 1995. Dave has worked in Commercial Lines Insurance his entire career at State Farm passing through Pennsylvania, Indiana, Louisiana and finally Oklahoma Offices. He is currently serving as the Section Manager for the Innovation and Small Business Solutions for the Central Zone of State Farm Insurance. Dave served as an adjunct instructor at Indiana State University, Department of Insurance (1999-2000), was a member of the State Farm Insurance Small Business Advisory Council. (2002), and is a frequent speaker around the country on the subject of Small Business Continuity Planning.

Dave’s Community Involvement include serving as the Vice President of the Board of Directors of Tulsa Partners. Dave serves as a volunteer for the Institute for Business and Home Safety, serves on the Insurance working group for The International Center for Enterprise Preparedness (InterCEP), he is the chairman of the Loss Control Interest Group for the Society of Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters and serves as a Senior Fellow at the Stephenson Disaster Management Institute at Louisiana State University working on the National Private Sector Working Group for PS Prep He is the Chair of the Disaster Resistant Business Council – A Public/Private partnership between the Institute for Business & Home Safety, State Farm Insurance, Tulsa Partners Inc., the Association of Contingency Planners, Tulsa Public Schools, the Tulsa Metro, Broken Arrow and Bixby Chambers of Commerce, the Bank of Oklahoma, TRC Disaster Solutions, Titan Private Security Vault, and the Tulsa Health Department designed to raise Business Continuity Planning awareness and participation. The Disaster Resistant Business Council has also partnered with the Tulsa Area United Way, the Tulsa Metro Chamber of Commerce, the Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce, the Bixby Chamber of Commerce, the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce, and Save the Children to co-Sponsor Business Continuity Educational and Planning efforts.

He is a member of the Board Executive and Recruitment Committees and the Chair of the Disaster Resistant Business Council Program Committee. Dave is also a member of the Community Resilience Speakers Bureau.

Board Secretary-Treasurer
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Cindy Swearingen
Board Term expiring October 2016

Mrs. Cindy Swearingen is a Retired Superintendent of Schools from Beggs Public Schools. She has served as the grant writer and project director for the District’s two Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools grants. With certification and training in many Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security, and Department of Education Safe and Drug-Free Schools course work, Mrs. Swearingen spearheaded a new Emergency Response Plan for the District, which provides for systematic procedures in case of any disaster. She served in the capacity of evaluator of the Oklahoma State Department of Health’s Mass Inoculation Practice “Operation Raindrops.” Mrs. Swearingen currently teaches “Multi-Hazard Emergency Management for Schools” at FEMA Headquarters in Emmitsburg, Maryland; serves as an instructor for the US Dept of Education- Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools- Technical Assistance Center (REMS-TA) and Southern Nazarene University’s new Facility Security Practitioners Course- School Security: Procedures, Assessment and Implementation.

She is a member of the Board Executive and Finance Committees and the Disaster Resistant Business Council Program Committee. She also serves on the Community Resilience Speakers Bureau.

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Graham Brannin
Board Term expiring October 2015

Graham received his Bachelor of Science degrees in Geology and Petroleum Engineering from the University of Tulsa. He worked in the oil industry for 15 years before going into the environmental compliance consulting business. In 1996, Graham began working for the City of Tulsa and is currently the Planning & Intergovernmental Administrator in the Water & Sewer Department. His current water quality related duties include:
– Environmental legislation and regulation tracking, assessment, and advocacy.
– Water & wastewater compliance assistance & planning.
– Energy Management and resilience for water and wastewater systems.
– Stormwater Quality improvement through educational outreach and promotion of Green Infrastructure/Low Impact Development.

Graham has been a Blue Thumb Citizen Monitor of urban streams for 17 years.

He is Chair of the Board Recruitment Committee and a Board Executive Committee member, as well as Co-Chair of the Millennium Center Program Committee. He serves on the Community Resilience Speakers Bureau.

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N. Kay Bridger-Riley
Board Term expiring October 2015

N. Kay Bridger-Riley obtained her B.A. from Arizona State University in 1976 and graduated from University of Tulsa College of Law in 1979 and. She was admitted to the Bar in 1979 and has been in private practice since that time. She is licensed to practice in all Oklahoma Courts, all federal courts located within Oklahoma, the 10th and Federal Circuits and the United States Supreme Court. Her firm, Bridger-Riley & Associates, P.C., is an “av-rated” litigation firm in Tulsa, Oklahoma with a primary emphasis in plaintiff’s employment and civil rights and business tort litigation.

In the American Bar Association, Kay has been elected or appointed to over seventy positions throughout her twenty seven year career. She currently serves on the Commission on Women in the Profession, and she will serve a second term as one of 10 ABA members on Executive Board of the ABA’s Center for Human Rights. This is the most highly sought after single appointment in the American Bar. Other Board members include Justice Ruth Badar Ginsberg of the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Thomas Blumenthal – The United States representative to the International Court at the Hague in the Netherlands, the General Counsel for CBS News, along with Nobel Peace Prize winners, former Ambassadors and representatives to the United Nation. The Center for Human Rights which they operate is the ABA’s monitoring group for all international treaties, and responsible for advising the President of the United States on the issuance of Rule of Law letters to countries that violate those treaties or engage in violations of their citizens human rights.

Ms. Bridger-Riley is dedicated as well to her church and community. She has served as President of numerous local Boards, including Center for Counseling and Education, Call Rape, Inc. and Legal Services of Eastern Oklahoma, Inc. and as a member of the Board of Directors of many other organizations such as Tulsa Community Action Agency (“TCAA”), the Rotary Club of Tulsa (downtown), Women for Responsible Government, the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women (Advisory Board), TU’s Center on Dispute Resolution (Advisory), Tulsa Women’s Foundation, the Foundation of the National Conference of Women’s Bar Association, the National Pre-Suit Mediation, Faith United Methodist Church and on numerous Panels for Tulsa Area United Way. Kay currently is in charge of the Rotary Youth Exchange committee for the Rotary Club of Tulsa and is serving as Host Mom for the seventh time for a foreign exchange student.

She serves on the Board Finance Committee and is a member of the Community Resilience Speakers Bureau.

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Scott Childers
Board Term expiring October 2016

Scott has a BA in American Studies from Oklahoma State University and earned a Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma in 2007. He has been the Records Retention Officer at the University of Oklahoma since 2004, and serves as the Business Continuity Officer at OU Schusterman Center. He is adjunct faculty at TCC, OU, OSU and RSU, teaching courses in, US History, US Government, Intro to Public Policy, US Popular Culture, Cultural Geography, Ancient Humanities, and History of American Sports. He has been married to his wife Angie for 27 years and has two sons, Austin and Parker.

Scott serves on the Board Recruitment Committee and the Disaster Resistant Business Council Program Committee. He is a member of the Community Resilience Speakers Bureau.

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Michael Grogan
Board Term expiring October 2016

Michael Grogan is a meteorologist with News on 6 in Tulsa. He has been in the profession for nearly 8 years. Grogan studied meteorology at Valparaiso University in northwest Indiana. He graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology along with a handful of minors. During his college career, he was a member of the Valparaiso University Storm Intercept Team (VUSIT) which allowed him to storm chase in over 15 states across the Midwest and throughout the Plains. Some of his favorite memories are of the weeks he spent chasing severe weather. Grogan also held the position of president of the Northwest Indiana Chapter of the National Weather Association where he served as director for the 6th Annual Great Lakes Meteorology Conference. In 2013 Grogan was awarded the AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist designation. Following graduation, Grogan traveled to the East Coast to begin his meteorology career. He worked at WHAG-TV in Hagerstown, Maryland through March of 2011. During that time, he covered everything from tropical storms to the infamous “Snowmaggedon” where his viewing area received upwards of 40 inches of snow in less than a week! He was also a feature reporter and began a series called “Grogan on the Go.”

Grogan returned home to Tornado Alley in 2011, where he now covers some of the nation’s wildest weather with KOTV, News on 6. Since then, he has produced a number of featured weather stories and covered many severe weather events from both the field and studio. He loves the people of Oklahoma and hopes, along with the WARN Team, to keep everyone ahead of the storms. When he isn’t keeping Oklahomans safe, Grogan loves to spend his time traveling and in the outdoors, whether it’s backpacking, playing tennis, cycling or skiing. He’s also highly involved in his church and community. He’s a member of the Tulsa Young Professionals, serves a role in the Tulsa food justice program, Food on the Move, and is now a board member here with Tulsa Partners. Just this past year, he was nominated as one of “Tulsa’s New Leaders” which led him to raise thousands of dollars for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

He serves on the Board Recruitment Committee and the Language & Culture Bank Program Committee. He is a member of the Community Resilience Speakers Bureau.

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Kristin Gustafson
Board Term expiring October 2015

Kristin K. Gustafson has served as a Senior Business Continuity Consultant as part of the Business Continuity Office at BOK Financial since April 2013. Gustafson supports customer facing lines of business including Consumer Banking, BOK Financial Mortgage, Credit Administration, Credit Services, and TransFund in their business continuity planning initiatives. She has also supported Wealth Management, Institutional Investments and Investment Management during her time at BOK Financial. Prior to 2013, Gustafson held an Operational Risk Consultant position at Wells Fargo Bank in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  She served the Deposit Products Group supporting Business Continuity, Vendor Management and Web Accessibility Compliance.  Gustafson has 7 years of experience in Operational Risk Management.  Gustafson earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin.  She holds a Masters of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Saint Catherine University in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Gustafson is very active in her childrens’ school and in her church.  She has previously worked with a local organization as a domestic violence advocate.  Gustafson has actively supported diversity and inclusion efforts in the workplace by leading diversity councils and a women’s professional network. She also enjoys public speaking and baking.

She serves on the Board Finance Committee and the Disaster Resistant Business Council Project Committee. Kristin is a member of the Community Resilience Speakers Bureau.

Sara Kelly Combs
Sarah Kelly-Combs
Board Term expiring October 2016

Sara Kelly-Combs is a Mortgage Loan Officer with 1st Tribal Lending specializing in HUD 184 loans for Native Americans as well as VA, FHA, Rural Development and conventional loans. She previously served with SpiritBank as their Business Continuity and Security Officer as well as being a member of the national Association of Contingency Planners and the Oklahoma chapter of the Association of Contingency Planners. Sara has shared her mortgage lending and business continuity expertise as a member of the Technical Advisory Committees for the City of Tulsa and the City of Tahlequah for their Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plans. She lives in Tahlequah, OK.

She serves on the Board Recruitment Committee and the Millennium Center Program Committee.

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Officer Demita Kinard
Board Term expiring October 2015

Demita is a 20-year veteran with the Tulsa Police Department. In that time she has served in patrol and detective division. Demit currently serves as the police department Community Education Officer. She is a member of the TPD-IMT and is a state certified Liaison Officer. Demita also serves as a medical-legal investigator with DMORT-IV and has been with the team since 1996. Demita is a Licensed Professional Counselor and works with Family and Children Services in COPES.
Demita received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Biology from the University of Tulsa, a masters of Arts in Criminal Justice from Northeastern State University, a Master’s of Science in Forensic Science and a Master’s of Science in Community Counseling from Oklahoma State University.
She serves on the Board Finance Committee and on the Language & Culture Bank Program Committee. She is a member of the Community Resilience Speakers Bureau.

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Crystal Kline
Board Term expiring October 2016

Crystal Kline is the first female federally certified Master Exercise Practitioner in Oklahoma. An award-winning writer, she is co-author of “Disaster Preparedness: A Living Free Guide,” published in 2014 by Penguin Publishing. She is the owner of CK Consulting, LLC, a business specializing in disaster preparedness projects including training, exercises, curriculum, and continuity planning.

In 2009 and 2010, she was part of Witt Associates’ partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative’s efforts to spur economic development in Haiti through providing Haitians with Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training. Ms. Kline adjusted the U.S. curriculum to target women and reflect Haitian needs, making it relevant to Haitian culture. In June of 2010, she accompanied a Witt-assembled team of trainers and monitored the implementation of this significant pilot program. The Witt team successfully trained 400 residents of a 55,000 person tent city in Petionville, creating Haiti’s first Community Emergency Response Team. Ms. Kline has worked as a disaster assistance employee in FEMA’s Mitigation Cadre; was a state Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) from 2006-2012, and is a federally certified Emergency Services Instructor, a nationally certified Fire Services Instructor through Oklahoma State University, and an adjunct instructor at FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, MDClients for CK Consulting have included FEMA, C2 Technologies, the University of Oklahoma, and Tulsa Community College. Ms. Kline is a member of the Board of Directors of Tulsa Partners, Inc., a member of the Oklahoma Emergency Management Association, the International Facility Manager’s Association, the International Association of Emergency Managers, and a charter member of the Disaster Resistant Business Council.

She volunteers for Tulsa Street School and is a regular writer and performer in the annual performance of the Tulsa Gridiron, a fundraiser for journalism scholarships.

She serves on the Board Finance Committee and the Disaster Resistant Business Council Program Committee. She is a member of the Community Resilience Speakers Bureau.

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Rebecca Major
Board Term expiring October 2015

Rebecca Major has called Tulsa her home for the past 15 years. She has always been an active member of the Tulsa community, and currently serves as an Americorps member with the Community Service Council Courts Program. She has also spent her time volunteering for the America Legion, being a community representative for the Veterans Initiative, and is a very proud Board member for Tulsa Partners, where she began as an intern in 2013. Over the years of living in Green Country she has also been heavily involved in her church, her daughters education, she has also had the good fortune to spearhead several mentorship and peer group organizations throughout the midtown and downtown areas. Rebecca also has a passion that is close to her heart for assisting with the needs of today’s Veterans, this is a topic that is close to her as she is a former member of both the OK and MA Air National Guard. Rebecca’s husband is also a member of the OK Air National Guard, so as you can see that both her husband, as well as their two daughters, are proud supporters of the military as well as military families. Rebecca has presented on neighborhood and family community preparedness as part of an Osher Life-long Learning Institute class hosted by Tulsa Partners in 2014, and received an Associates degree in Sociology that same year from Tulsa Community College.

She serves on the Board Recruitment Committee and the Language & Culture Bank Program Committee. Rebecca is a member of the Community Resilience Speakers Bureau.

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Janet Meshek
Board Term expiring October 2016

In her 35 years of experience in engineering, Ms. Meshek has provided design services for numerous roadway, storm sewer, culvert, bridge and detention pond design projects. She has prepared planning studies, written or updated ordinances and criteria manuals and supervised several municipal studies, including capital improvement project prioritization and updating municipal fee schedules. She has served as an expert witness in numerous drainage-related litigation cases, including damage and condemnation cases for the City of Tulsa and for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.

Since forming Meshek, in 1988, Ms. Meshek has served as the Principal in Charge or Project Manager for comprehensive Master Drainage Plans for the cities of Bartlesville, Claremore, Okmulgee, Owasso, Ponca City, Sand Springs, Sapulpa and Tulsa, as well as the University of Oklahoma and the R.L. Jones Riverside Airport in Tulsa. Each study included the development of detailed hydrologic and hydraulic computer models; the evaluation and design of flood damage mitigation methods including open channel improvements, enclosed storm drainage systems, bridge/culvert improvements, detention/retention ponds, and other relief measures; and the preparation and coordination of comprehensive reports and presentations. In addition, Ms. Meshek has written or updated engineering design criteria and ordinances for many of the same communities.

Ms. Meshek is currently one of the Principal Engineers on Meshek’s Cooperating Technical Partner (CTP) engineering contracts with the City of Tulsa and with the Oklahoma Water Resources Board.

Ms. Meshek has made presentations at several conferences including the Oklahoma Chapter of the American Planning Association in 2013, the American Society of Civil Engineers Tulsa Chapter in 2010, Oklahoma Floodplain Managers Association each year since 2001, the Association of State Floodplain Managers national conferences in 2010 and 2011, the 2004 Earth Day Symposium in St. Louis, the 2003 Tulsa Region Citizens Summit and Community Fair in Tulsa, the 2002 Meeting of the AASHTO Task Force on Hydrology & Hydraulics, and the 1996 Johnson Creek Design Charrette in Arlington, Texas. She also served on Governor Frank Keating’s Tar Creek Superfund Task Force Drainage and Flooding Subcommittee in 2000.

She serves on the Board Finance Committee and the Disaster Resistant Business Council Program Committee. She is a member of the Community Resilience Speakers Bureau.

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Bob Roberts
Board Term expiring October 2015

Bob currently coordinates emergency preparedness, response and mitigation planning for Tulsa Public Schools. With 40,000 students and almost 7,000 staff, TPS is the largest school district in Oklahoma.

Prior to that, he worked with communities, Tribes, and other government entities as a consultant in developing disaster mitigation plans. He previously spent 15 years with the American Red Cross coordinating disaster planning, training and community education, acting as liaison to special needs community organizations, and teaching courses in disaster and mass casualty response, terrorism awareness, and the Geneva Conventions. He is a certified instructor for FEMA, and has taught Department of Homeland Security courses across the country.

His education is in TV/film production and Adult & Continuing Education. He is the former Vice-President for the City of Tulsa Stormwater Drainage & Hazard Mitigation Advisory Board and a founding National Board member of the Natural Hazard Mitigation Association. He is past-President and current Board member of Tulsa Partners Inc., a board member of OK InfraGuard, a former state board member of the Association of Contingency Planners, and past President of the Oklahoma Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (OkVOAD). In addition, he is a past member of the Oklahoma Hazard Mitigation Team (a component of Oklahoma Emergency Management), and currently affiliated with the Tulsa County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), Oklahoma Emergency Managers’ Association, Tulsa Global Alliance, and Kappa Delta Pi (an international honor society for educators).

He serves on the Board Recruitment Committee and the Language & Culture Bank and Millennium Center Program Committees. Bob is a member of the Community Resilience Speakers Bureau.