Speakers Bureau Bios

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Michelle Barnett
Operations Manager
Enercon Services Inc

Areas of Expertise
~Stormwater Management
~Community Resilience
~Stormwater Quality
~Outreach to Neighborhoods and Communities
~Outreach to diverse communities
~Family Disaster Preparedness

Ms. Barnett is the Operations Manager for the Tulsa, Oklahoma office of Enercon Services, Inc. which provides environmental inspection, biological and cultural resources, air, GHG, water and waste compliance, due diligence, site investigation, clean-up, and brownfields redevelopment planning. As a two-time alumni of the University of Oklahoma College of Engineering, she has over 20-years experience ranging from process design and construction to permitting and impact mitigation. Her current focus is restoring community economic engines through environmental clean-up and brownfield redevelopment.

Mrs. Barnett is a past Board President of Tulsa Partners, Inc. and is currently the co-chair of Tulsa Partners Millennium Center Steering Committee. She has been a recipient of Tulsa Partners’ Don McCarthy Millennium Award for Sustainability and the Wess and Cathryn Young Community Service Award from the Brady Heights Neighborhood Association. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Crossover Community Impact.

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Graham Brannin
Executive Director
The Metropolitan Environmental Trust (The M.e.t.)

Areas of Expertise
~Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (Resource Management)
~Tulsa’s Diverse and Supportive Non Profit Network
~Stormwater Quality/Environmental Sustainability
~Low Impact Development (LID)

Additional Areas of Expertise
~Drinking water and drinking water conservation

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 became 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 currently a board member & executive committee member for Tulsa Partners, Inc. while being Co-Chair of the Millennium Center Project of Tulsa Partners.

Current duties at The M.e.t. include working with and 11 member board representing 11 local jurisdictions while operating recycling collection centers employed by adults with developmental disabilities, education in schools, partnering with other non profits, proper disposal of household pollutants, a recycle bin borrow and collection program, and education throughout these communities.

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Scott M. Childers
Business Continuity Officer
University of Oklahoma Tulsa

Areas of Expertise
~Emergency Response
~Hazard Mitigation
~Business Continuity/Emergency Planning
~Sustainable Businesses

Education – BA in American Studies Oklahoma State/ Master of Public Administration University of Oklahoma

Professional – Records Retention Officer University of Oklahoma 2004-Present / Business Continuity Officer 2014-Present

Adjunct Instructor – TCC, OU, OSU and RSU. Courses taught – US History, US Government, Intro to Public Policy, US Popular Culture, Cultural Geography, Ancient Humanities, History of American Sports.

Personal – Married to Angie for 27 years. Two sons – Austin 26, Parker 22.
Additional Areas of Expertise
~Teaches History, Political Science, Cultural Geography, Public Policy etc at TCC, OU, OSU and RSU.

Brad Enis
Emergency Preparedness Community Outreach Nurse
Tulsa Health Department

Areas of Expertise
~Emergency Response
~Community Resilience
~Outreach to neighborhoods and communities
~Outreach to diverse communites
~Business Continuity and emergency planning
~Family Disaster Preparedness

Additional Areas of Expertise
~Biological disasters such as bioterrorism and disease outbreak
~Collaborating with the government to prepare for a wide variety of disasters

I am a public health nurse with Tulsa City/County Health Department. I have a BS in nursing from OU-Tulsa, and am pursuing graduate studies in public health. I am an Oklahoma native, and have lived in Tulsa County for 15 years.

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Principal Planner
Flanagan & Associates, LLC

Areas of Expertise
~Stormwater Management
~Hazard Mitigation
~Outreach to Neighborhoods and Communities
~Family Disaster Preparedness
~Disaster-resistant Construction
~Safe Rooms

Ronald D. Flanagan, CFM is the Principal Planner of Flanagan & Associates, LLC, a land-use planning consulting firm based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The firm, founded in 1969, has specialized in urban floodplain and stormwater management since 1973, and natural and man-made Hazard Mitigation since 1980. Mr. Flanagan has always been a leader in innovative planning and management concepts. He has been a consultant to Tulsa’s national award winning stormwater management program for over 35 years.

Significant related experience includes:

• Multi-Hazard Mitigation Planning –
• Counties:
• Tribal Nations:
• Cities and Towns:
• Public Schools Systems:
• Colleges and Universities:
• Stormwater Management (General)-
• Flood Hazard Mitigation Planning –
• Master Drainage Planning –
• Open Space/Greenway Corridor Planning-
• Annual Floodplain Notification Program
• Benefit/Cost Analysis
• Community Rating System
• Disaster Response Procedures-
• National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Repetitive Loss
• Address Recognition and Reconciliation
• Non-Structural Mitigation Plan Update-
• Property Acquisition
• Regulatory Map Atlas
• Capital Improvements Planning
• Planning Consultant to the City of Tulsa floodplain/stormwater management program.

Mr. Flanagan is a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM), and is Past-President of the Oklahoma Floodplain Managers Association (OFMA.
Natural Hazards Mitigation Association (NHMA) –Ron Flanagan is a founding Board Member of the national Natural Hazards Mitigation Association, member of the Oklahoma Emergency Managers Association.

Keri Fothergill
Community Involvement Coordinator Refuse and Recycling
City of Tulsa

Areas of Expertise
~Environmental Sustainability
~Outreach to Neighborhoods and Communities

Keri Fothergill began her public service career with the City of Tulsa after completing her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma in 2000. Keri has served as a political aide to three Mayoral Administrations and served as a legislative aide to the Tulsa City Council. Recently, Keri has taken on a new role as the Community Involvement Coordinator for the City of Tulsa’s Refuse and Recycling group, and works to increase awareness of long-term sustainability for the citizens of Tulsa and the metro area.

Keri has an extensive history of community service to organizations such as Child Abuse Network and The Tulsa Crime Commission. She served on the Williams Charity Auction Team as Ringman for the Equality Gala, American Red Cross Go Red Event, and the American Heart Association Heart Ball. Keri has also shown her interest in the international community by serving as a board member for the Tulsa Global Alliance and participated in the International City County Management Association (ICMA) Professional Fellows Exchange Program, funded by the U.S. State Department.

Melissa Gray
Environmental Compliance Coordinator
City of Tulsa – Stormwater Quality

Areas of Expertise
~Stormwater Quality
~Low Impact Development

Melissa graduated from Northeastern State University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Organismic Biology. Melissa is the Environmental Compliance Coordinator for the City of Tulsa’s, Stormwater Quality Division. She facilitates that effort by providing technical direction to ensure compliance with state, local and federal stormwater regulations, including the promotion of Low Impact Development/Green Infrastructure in Tulsa.

Before joining the City of Tulsa, Melissa has previously worked as a Water Quality Specialist for the Oklahoma Conservation Commission, an Aquatic Biologist for the Chicago Botanic Garden, and as an international teacher at the Lincoln School in Guadalajara, Mexico. Aside from her employment with the City of Tulsa, Melissa serves as a board member for the Tulsa County Conservation District and enjoys hiking and camping with her four year old daughter, Rowan.

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Michael Grogan
Warn Team Meteorologist
KOTV News On Six

Areas of Expertise
~Community Resilience
~Hazard Mitigation
~Business Continuity/Emergency Planning
~Safe Rooms

Additional Areas of Expertise
~General knowledge of meteorology and severe weather climatology for Oklahoma

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.

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Kristin Gustafson
Business Continuity Consultant, Bank of Oklahoma Financial
Member, Tulsa Partners Board of Directors
Member, Disaster Resistant Business Council

Areas of Expertise
~Business Continuity

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 children’s 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.

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David Hall
Operations Section Manager, State Farm
Vice President, Tulsa Partners Board of Directors
Chair, Disaster Resistant Business Council

Areas of Expertise
~Emergency Response
~Community Resilience
~Business Continuity/Emergency Planning

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.

Jeff Hamra
Manager
Titan Data Services

Areas of Expertise
~Emergency Response
~Business Continuity and emergency planning
~Disaster resistant construction

Additional Areas of Expertise
~Data protection

Jeff Hamra was raised in Tulsa where he graduated from high school before attending Oklahoma State University and majoring in Construction Management. Jeff then joined his father who had been in commercial construction for many years. After learning the construction trade Jeff operated and managed his own industrial construction company for 15 years.

Jeff now is the owner/manager of Titan Private Security Vault; a commercial IT Data Center. Jeff purchased the current facility close to 11th & Memorial in 1996 which was built as a bank vault and operated as such. Titan had been storing a small number of computer tapes. Under Jeff’s leadership Titan expanded the computer tape business 20 fold from 1996 to 2007. In 2007 Jeff sold the tape storage business to Iron Mountain. Concurrently in 2001 Titan began offering Electronic Vaulting, (1st to offer internet back-up in Oklahoma), Alternate worksites, (rooms with live PC’s and phones) and Collocation, (housing other companies servers).

Jeff is a member and past President of the Oklahoma chapter of Association of Contingency Planners (ACP), a member of PRISM for 14 years which he had been on the Technical committee for 5 years and now is Vice President of the Tulsa AITP (association of information professionals) and is a has been an active member in AIIM, (Association of Information and Imagining Management), ARMA, (Association of Records Managers and Administrators) and also a board member of Tulsa Partners is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization working to build a disaster-resistant and sustainable community. Jeff is a regular speaker on topics related to disaster recovery locally and nationally. He has spoken at the National Association of Legal Secretaries Conference, Professional Records Information System Managers Conference, Tulsa University National Accountants Conference, and the CPM West conference.

Jeff has three sons, operates a ranch in Skiatook and has several other hobbies that keep him very busy.

Laura Hendrix
Code Compliance Coordinator/Floodplain Administrator
City of Tulsa – Planning & Development Dept.

Areas of Expertise
~Emergency Response
~Stormwater Management
~Community Resilience
~Hazard Mitigation
~Outreach to Neighborhoods and Communities
~Environmental Sustainability
~Family Disaster Preparedness
~Disaster-resistant Construction
~Safe Rooms

Additional Areas of Expertise
~Floodplain Management
~Flood Hazard Risk Reduction
~Flood Insurance

Laura Hendrix works as the Code Compliance Coordinator/Floodplain Administrator for the City of Tulsa. She has over ten years of experience working in the hazards and disasters field. She served as the Floodplain Administrator for Ravalli County, Montana for five years and worked as a Hazard Mitigation Specialist writing hazard mitigation plans for several communities in Washington, Idaho, Montana and California.
A native of Seattle, Washington, Laura has an Associate of Arts Degree in Social Sciences and a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Land Use. Her graduate thesis for a Master of Arts in Geography – Community and Environmental Planning involves a flood hazard vulnerability analysis of a rural community. Laura earned her Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) designation in 2005. A lifetime member of the Association of Montana Floodplain Managers (AMFM), Laura has been honored to serve as Vice-Chair, Chair and Executive Director of the organization. She is also a member of the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) from who she received the Floodplain Manager of the Year Award in 2009.
Laura is a geology geek and enjoys exploring disaster-prone volcanic islands including Iceland, Hawaii and Japan with her family.

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Diana Higgins
Community Relations Manager
TSHA total source for hearing loss & access

Areas of Expertise
~Outreach to diverse communities

Additional Areas of Expertise
~Hearing loss, sign language, interpreting, volunteer leadership, neighborhood association

Diana Higgins came to Oklahoma to attend college at Tulsa University, and never left. Prior to that, her childhood years were spent in St. Louis, in the tip of Texas, and in small Eskimo villages. With schoolteachers for parents, learning was always a huge part of her life.
After graduating in 1982 with a B.S. degree in deaf education and elementary ed, Diana taught hearing 3rd & 4th graders for 6 years, before taking up her current position as Community Relations Manager of TSHA (Total Source for Hearing-loss and Access) – a non-profit United Way agency which serves people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. Since 1988, she has educated thousands of people about hearing loss, resources, sign language and more. She has spoken to groups of 3 to 300+, and from preschoolers to octogenarians.
She especially works with those who are newly dealing with hearing loss as they age, through a monthly support group, through public presentations, and through TSHA’s extremely popular new assistive technology lab.

Diana has a rare perspective. Most people in the field work either with those who are hard-of-hearing or with those who are culturally Deaf. Diana is comfortable with both. She is a nationally certified sign language interpreter (Certificate of Interpreting and Certificate of Transliterating) and has interpreted for over 30 years.

Since 1996, a new hobby has grown into a second area of expertise. Diana has competed and taught in ballroom, country and swing dancing. She has done demonstrations for thousands of people of all ages.
Diana completed her Master’s of Human Relations degree from OU Tulsa in 2008. She received her Advanced Communicator Bronze certificate from Toastmasters in 2013, and won the Toastmasters State Evaluation Contest in 2012.

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Molly Jones
President, Jones Design Studio, PLLC

Areas of Expertise
~Environmental Sustainability
~Sustainable Business
~Green Building Construction

Molly A. Jones, AIA is an Oklahoma Architect, NCARB certificate holder, LEED Accredited Professional, Green Globes Professional and Guiding Principle Compliance Professional with over 23 years of experience in the design and construction industry. She has designed and managed large and small projects for private sector and public sector clients with vast experience across many building types.

Ms. Jones’ passion is sustainable design and construction. She founded Jones Design Studio, PLLC (JDS) in late 2013 to specialize in beautiful, sustainable, energy neutral architecture and consulting. JDS signed the 2030 challenge on the first day of business and is committed to continued improvement and annual reporting of energy, carbon, and water.

Before founding JDS, Ms. Jones served as the Director of Sustainable Facilities for Leidos (formerly SAIC and The Benham Companies). As the Director of Sustainable Facilities, Ms. Jones provided leadership in various areas including sustainability education and training, implementation, coordination, research and policy making. Among many other exciting projects, Ms. Jones developed a multi-day sustainable facilities training program for NASA that she delivered at NASA centers across the United States. She continues to be an adviser to NASA headquarters personnel on sustainability today. Ms. Jones also provided assistance to improve and implement corporate-wide sustainability practices as well as LEED exam preparation training for Leidos employees seeking LEED credentials.

Ms. Jones maintains LEED specialty credentials in both Building Design and Construction and Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance. Her experience spans across more than 75 LEED registered projects accounting for approximately 5 million square feet. Her experience is in demand for projects across the United States and the globe. She is regularly called upon to help solve some of the most difficult problems LEED projects face.

Recognized as a leader in the sustainability movement and an advocate for green design and construction for many years, Ms. Jones is known for her expertise in sustainability and the LEED Green Building Rating Systems. She serves her community and the State of Oklahoma through her involvement in both the AIA Eastern Oklahoma, AIA Oklahoma, and USGBC Oklahoma chapters.

Ms. Jones’ architecture experience spans the country as well. In the Tulsa area, her portfolio includes many projects for the Tulsa International Airport. She served as the Project Architect for the renovation of Concourse B, the new central security area and concourse connector, the new ceilings at bag claims and ticketing, among others. She is highly skilled at finding the right solutions for complex design problems.

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Mary Kell
Architectural Project Manager
City of Tulsa

Areas of Expertise
~Green Building Construction

Additional Areas of Expertise
~LEED
~Public-Private Coordination

Mary is a licensed architect and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional, and holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kansas. Having worked for a wide variety of private practice architectural firms in Tulsa since graduating from KU in 1991, she has worked for the City of Tulsa’s Engineering Services Department since 2008. In her current role as Project Manager, Mary serves as an Owner’s Representative for the City in the planning, design and construction of publicly-funded capital improvement projects.

Mary is a current Board member in the Eastern Oklahoma AIA (American Institute of Architects) Chapter, and has served on the Statewide Disaster Assessment and Professional Development Committees in the past. She is Cal-EMA (California Emergency Management Agency) certified through the volunteer disaster Safety Assessment Program (SAP), and is an active member of the Green Country Sustainability Forum, a group of public and private practice individuals that are dedicated to improving the built environment in the greater Tulsa area through Low Impact Development (LID) design concepts and best practices.

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Demita Kinard
Community Education Public Information Officer
Tulsa Police Department

Areas of Expertise
~Emergency Response
~Outreach to neighborhoods & communities,
~Outreach to diverse communities

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.

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Crystal Kline
Owner
CK Consulting, LLC

Areas of Expertise
~Outreach to Neighborhoods and Communities
~Business Continuity/Emergency Planning
~Family Disaster Preparedness

Additional Areas of Expertise
~Testing of plans with drills and exercises

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, MD.

Clients 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.

Bill Leighty
Executive Director
Smart Growth Tulsa Coalition

Areas of Expertise
~Outreach to Neighborhoods and Communities

Additional Areas of Expertise
~Tulsa’s Comprehensive Plan
~Small Area Plans
~Land Use and Zoning
~Transportation
~Public Policies in Support of Sustainable Development in the Built Environment, Both Public and Private

Founder and Executive Director of the Smart Growth Tulsa Coalition, Bill Leighty brings the legacy of a successful business career, multiple highly effective entrepreneurial endeavors, ongoing civic leadership, and a passion for Tulsa’s long-range growth and development.

He has been continuously active in community and professional development, serving the real estate industry, and volunteering for various leadership roles in school, church, and civic related activities.

Originally appointed by Mayor Kathy Taylor and re-appointed by Mayor Dewey Bartlett, Bill served 5 years on the Tulsa Metropolitan Area Planning Commission, including one year as Chair. He also served 3+ years on Tulsa’s Transportation Advisory Board, including as Vice Chair, and Tulsa’s Land Use Task Force.

Bill is a member of the National Association of Realtors, the Oklahoma Association of Realtors, and the Greater Tulsa Association of Realtors. He is a 5 year member of the American Planning Association and earned the Leadership Training certification from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

John Madden
President/Owner
J Madden Homes LLC

Areas of Expertise
~Disaster Resistant Construction
~Safe Rooms
~Green Building Constructions
~Low Impact Development

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Alex McLemore
Research Engineer
Oklahoma State University

Areas of Expertise
~Stormwater Management
~Low Impact Development

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Janet Meshek
Manager/Principal Engineer
Meshek & Associates, PLC

Areas of Expertise
~Stormwater Management
~Hazard Mitigation
~Disaster-Resistent Construction
~Low Impact Development

Additional Areas of Expertise
~Flood proofing

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. Ms. Meshek currently sits on the board of Tulsa Partners, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to creating disaster-resistant and sustainable communities.

In 2011, Ms. Meshek realized the need for integrated engineering and right–of-way services as complementary disciplines and formed the Right-of-Way Section within the firm. She is currently the Principal in Charge of both the Planning and Right-of-Way efforts of Meshek & Associates, PLC.

Julie Monnot
Stormwater Education Coordinator
City of Tulsa

Areas of Expertise
~Environmental Sustainability
~Stormwater Quality
~Outreach to Neighborhoods and Communities
~Sustainable Businesses
~Low Impact Development

Additional Areas of Expertise
~Outdoor Education

Julie Monnot received her associate’s degree in education from TCC, and bachelor’s degree from Northeastern State University with a major in Environmental Management and minor in Safety. She has been with the City of Tulsa 11 years in several positions. She has served as the education outreach coordinator for Oxley Nature Center, The Water and Sewer Department and her current position as the Stormwater Education Coordinator. In her current position she is responsible for making sure that education requirements are achieved per the city’s permit issued by Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality. She has been an environmental advocate since high school and has been active with several non-profits over the years, including Blue thumb, The MET, Sustainable Tulsa and has been an active volunteer at Oxley Nature Center since 1998 and is also the co-crew leader of Typros Sustainability Crew. Julie is an avid gardener and classic Datsun Z car fan. She has a daughter and son who attend Eisenhower International School where they learn their lessons entirely in Spanish.

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Tina Peña
Spanish Associate Professor – Host of “Temas en Tulsa”
Tulsa Community College

Areas of Expertise
~Outreach to Neighborhoods and Communities
~Outreach to Diverse Communities

Tina Peña, is from Lima, Peru. She is an associate professor of Spanish at Tulsa Community College. She also teaches Community and Medical Interpreting for the Interpreting Certificate Program at TCC. Tina Peña, is a host of “Temas en Tulsa,” a television program produced in Spanish that covers current events and topics of importance to Spanish speaking viewers. Tina is the past Chair for the National Board of Medical Interpreters.

Peña is a member of ATA, the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, Governor’s Task Force for the Advancement of Hispanic Students in Higher Education, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, and serves in the following boards: Language Culture Bank, Martin Luther King Commemoration Society, MITA’s Foundation and ACLU Oklahoma. She is the recipient of the NANIA 2012 Volunteer of the Year Award, the 2007 Pinnacle Award Winner and recognized as an “Orgullo Peruano” by Peruanos en Oklahoma in 2013!

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Nathan Pickard
Founder
Restoration Collective

Areas of Expertise
~Community Resilience
~Environmental Stability
~Outreach to Neighborhoods and Communities
~Sustainable Businesses
~Green Building Construction
~LID

Additional Areas of Expertise
~Personal Finance Presentations
~Community Garden Presentations

Nathan has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s in business and works at Williams part-time as a data analyst. While working for the Tulsa City Auditor for seven years, he became very interested in urban planning and what makes sustainable communities. Ten years ago, he and his wife purchased their first house in Brady Heights and discovered the amazing benefits of living in a close-knit community. He helped create a community garden and has been hooked on farming ever since. He has been president and vice-president of the Brady Heights Historic District for nine years and was a founding member of the Tulsa Community Garden Association. Nathan serves on the board of directors for Up With Trees and is chair of their education committee. Nathan also teaches seminars on early retirement and aligning personal finances with sustainable living and life goals.

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Bob Roberts
Emergency Manager
Tulsa Public Schools

Areas of Expertise
~Emergency Response
~Hazard Mitigation
~Community Resilience
~Business Continuity and Emergency Planning
~Family Disaster Preparedness
~Safe Rooms

Additional Areas of Expertise
~School Preparedness
~Hazard/threat Assessment
~Public Speaking
~Working with Media

Bob coordinated emergency preparedness, response and mitigation planning for natural and man-made disasters for Tulsa Public Schools. With 40,000 students and almost 5,000 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 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 a founding National Board member of the Natural Hazard Mitigation Association and former Vice-President for the City of Tulsa Stormwater Drainage & Hazard Mitigation Advisory Board and. He is President of Tulsa Partners Inc. (a public-private partnership dedicated to disaster preparedness and mitigation), a board member of Ok InfraGard, 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 former 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, Oklahoma Emergency Managers’ Association, and Kappa Delta Pi (an international honor society for educators). He is an Oklahoma Certified Emergency Manager.


Bill Robison, PE, CFM
Lead Engineer, Stormwater Project Coordination, CRS Coordinator
City of Tulsa, Engineering Services

Areas of Expertise
~Emergency Response
~Stormwater Management
~Community Resilience
~Hazard Mitigation
~Outreach to Neighborhoods and Communities
~Environmental Sustainability
~Family Disaster Preparedness
~Disaster-resistant Construction
~Green Building Construction
~Low Impact Development
~Safe Rooms

Additional Areas of Expertise
~Over 30 year commercial construction experience
~Past Chair OFMA
~Floodplain Mapping & Modeling

Since 1998, Bill has been an engineer, designer, and, currently, the lead engineer in Stormwater Project Coordination at the City of Tulsa. During his tenure at the city, he has been responsible for design, review, and construction of numerous drainage projects. Presently, Bill is the project manager for Tulsa’s FEMA grant application programs, FEMA Cooperating Technical Partner Program, the Hazard Mitigation Program and is the City’s CRS coordinator. He is also responsible for coordination and prioritization of the City’s stormwater capital improvement projects and oversight of the City’s floodplain mapping.

Bill Robison is a Past Chair of the Oklahoma Floodplain Manager’s Association (OFMA) and has served as Chair, Vice-Chair, Region Rep for Region 2 and Mapping Committee Chair.

Bill has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Oklahoma State University, is a Professional Engineer and Certified Floodplain Manager.

Kristi Shreve
Environmental Compliance Specialist
City of Tulsa/Water Quality Assurance Division

Areas of Expertise
~Hazard Mitigation
~Environmental Sustainability
~Outreach to Neighborhoods and Communities
~Sustainable Businesses

Additional Areas of Expertise
~Wastewater compliance for businesses.
~Wastewater pollution prevention for businesses and general public.
~Focus on proper disposal of pollutants to mitigate hazards in our sanitary sewers and wastewater treatment plants. For the general public, we primarily focus on proper disposal of kitchen Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG), medication, and disposable wipes.

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Cindy Swearingen
School Safety Consultant

Areas of Expertise
~Multi Hazard Planning
~Hazard Mitigation
~Business Continuity/Emergency Planning
~Disaster-resistant Construction
~Safe Rooms

Additional Areas of Expertise
~School Planning Preparedness
~HMPG Application
~Hazard Mitigation Program

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.

Corey Williams
Corey Williams
Executive Director
Sustainable Tulsa

Areas of Expertise
~Environmental Sustainability
~Sustainable Businesses

Corey Wren Williams brings to Oklahoma decades of experience in the environmental and sustainability fields. Ms. Williams is the Founder, Past President and Executive Director of Sustainable Tulsa. She works to oversee the strategic vision of both long-term and short term and oversees daily goals and activities for Sustainable Tulsa. She has served as the Executive Director since 2006. Ms. Williams’ goal is that Tulsans embrace and practices sustainability every day!

Ms. Williams has co-chaired the Henry Bellmon Sustainability Awards in partnership with Rotary Club of Southside Tulsa since 2010. She served as the sustainability consultant to the Millennium Center for Green and Safe Living and the Langston University Tulsa Urban AG Connections Program Coordinator. She has experience in water quality and solid waste education. She has received several awards for her work in these fields including the 2010 Green Award for Sustainability from the Oklahoma State University Environmental Sciences Graduate Program, 2008 Millennium Center award from Tulsa Partners, 2008 Mayor’s Tulseys Green Award, and the 2008 Earth Day Hero from the Tulsa Zoo and Living Museum. She was also voted as a mover and shaker for 40 under 40 with Tulsa People and received the 2006 Emily McCauley Award for Oklahoma Sustainability Efforts.

Ms. Williams is a native Tulsan and graduate of Booker T. Washington High School. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Natural Resources from Humboldt State University, Arcata California, where she served as a Co-Director for Humboldt State University Campus Center for Appropriate Technology.