Meet the Board

Kristi Birk, Board Chair

Manager of Executive Administration
Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits

Kristi has resided in Oklahoma for 26 years. She received her bachelor’s degree at the University of Oklahoma in 2011 with a focus in English literature education. She has educated students within public and private school settings and has taught grades kindergarten through 12th grade. As a lifelong learner, Kristi received her master’s degree in educational leadership and administration from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2016. She has held director and administrative roles in regards to technological integration and curriculum development. Kristi has always found joy in nonprofit work, and she currently serves on committees for Oklahoma Women's Coalition, Thrive, HerFlag and is the co-director of New Leaders Council Oklahoma. In her free time, Kristi enjoys teaching yoga, barre, and fitness classes. She has over 10 years in fitness and wellness development and education. From playing sports in college and training athletes to working with people who have never experienced a wellness plan, she enjoys helping develop programs for individuals who are looking to better themselves through physical and wellness activity. She is an avid soccer fan and still plays indoor and outdoor. Kristi’s daughter, Birkley, is her shining star and most proud accomplishment.


HSDarcee.pngDarcee Simon, Vice Chair & National Liaison

Workforce Systems Coordinator
Oklahoma Works

Darcee Simon found a sense of home in Oklahoma City when she and her husband arrived from Mississippi in 2015.  A lifelong learner and educator, Darcee’s career in education began in a New York City middle school classroom and has led to leadership roles in student services and school administration.  She recruited at midwest colleges and universities for Teach for America before transitioning to her current role at the Oklahoma Office of Workforce Development as the Assistant Workforce Systems Coordinator.  Darcee is currently working towards her Ed.D. in Human Resource and Workforce Development Education at the University of Arkansas.  She is also the Volunteer Forewoman for Confidence Con and a Community Investment Volunteer for United Way of Central Oklahoma.  Outside of home(work), Darcee is a zealous coffee drinker and an evangelical Thunder fan.


Rhea_Shahan.jpgRhea Shahan, Communications Manager

Direct Response Fundraising Manager
Feed the Children

Oklahoma native Rhea Shahan picked up and moved to St. Paul, MN where she attended McNally Smith College of Music receiving a Bachelors in Music Business and Associates in Music Production/Audio Engineering. She managed musicians through her own artist agency from 2009-2016. After moving back to OK in 2013, Rhea began her work in the nonprofit sector at Life.Church and later moved to Feed the Children. Currently, Rhea is the Direct Response Fundraising Manager at Feed the Children where she strives to stay relevant and engaging in donors’ every day lives in order to help feed hungry children. Rhea is a follower of Christ, devoted wife to Drew, and loving mother to her 1-year-old son Owen and 4-year-old wolf-dog Maya. She enjoys board games, watching tv, and spending time with family. 

HSCharlie.pngCharlie Ludden, Networking Committee Chair

Development Manager
CASA of Oklahoma County

Charlie Ludden graduated from Oklahoma City University with a degree in Business Marketing. Charlie has worked for the United Methodist Church in different roles since 2011. Currently he serves as the Associate Director of Young Adult Mission and Service, as well as helps lead Project Transformation Oklahoma. Charlie has enjoyed working in the non-profit sector and finding many ways to give back to his community through various service organizations. Outside of his normal work life Charlie has been involved in community theatre and runs his own photography company.


image1.jpegJessica Dietrich, Membership Chair

Government Affairs Director
Oklahoma Association of REALTORS®

Jessica Dietrich is the Government Affairs Director at the Oklahoma Association of REALTORS® where she advocates on behalf of almost 11,000 real estate professionals and the diverse clientele they represent. One of her passions is helping to empower grassroots advocates to make their voices heard at every level of government. Jessica holds the REALTOR® Certified Executive (RCE) designation awarded by the National Association of REALTORS® to recognize exceptional efforts made by REALTOR® association executives. Jessica attended Oklahoma City University for a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance. In her personal life, Jessica loves to spend time with her husband, their cat and two corgis, play board games, and do anything that lets her express her creativity.

HSCarly.jpgCarly Johnson, Board Governance Manager

Director of Development
Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County

Carly Johnson graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Sociology and a minor in Spanish. Carly also just recently received her Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Central Oklahoma. Carly’s love for nonprofits grew out of her first job at United Way of Central Oklahoma where she helped fundraise for both the annual campaign and the Combined Federal Campaign. Carly’s true passion lies in helping children and families be the best they can be and is shown through her past role as Development Director at White Fields Boys Home and her most current role as Director of Development at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County. In her free time, Carly enjoys running, reading, and spending time with her husband, Ethan, and her German Shepard, Axel.


  Drew McKinney, Board Member at Large

  New York Life Insurance Company

  Drew McKinney is originally from Texas but moved to Oklahoma to pursue a football scholarship and a music career    in Southeast Oklahoma State University. Drew has over 4 years of restaurant management experience and recently    joined New York Life Insurance in Oklahoma City as a Financial Representative. Drew has a heart for helping nonprofits he is a committee leader for the American Cancer Society, grief facilitator for Calm Waters and serves on the board for Oklahoma City Young Professionals. Drew leads worship and has a wife, Kristin and dog named Millie. Outside of work he enjoys going to concerts, playing flag football and Djing events. 


 Malisa Peterson, Secretary

 Program Coordinator
  Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits

 Prior to joining the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits in August 2018, Malisa was a Contract Specialist for the   Department of Defense for over 5 years.  Her experience also includes a background in program coordination   and human resources. She received her BS in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in Business Administration and Sociology from Cameron University. Malisa grew up in a military family and is now a proud Air Force wife.  Although she has relocated various times, she is proud to call Oklahoma her home. Malisa has always had a heart for public outreach and has volunteered in community service projects both locally and abroad. Outside of work, she loves traveling, experiencing diverse cultures, being outdoors, and spending time with her husband and their dog, Beau.



 Francesca Toledo-Alexander, Finance and Development Manager

 Public Health Specialist
 Southern Plains Tribal Health

 An Oklahoma City born and raised native, Francesca graduated from Oklahoma State University with     her Bachelor’s in Psychology. She has worked as a conference planner in the homeschool industry for eight years at Teaching Textbooks. In 2017, Francesca completed her Master’s degree in Wellness Management - Health Studies from the University of Central Oklahoma introducing her to the public health sector and igniting her passion for nonprofit work. Francesca works as a Public Health Specialist for the Southern Plains Tribal Health Board. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, cat, going on coffee adventures, reading, trying new restaurants, and finding ways to serve the community through Junior Hospitality.


Lauren Riepl, Professional Development CHair

 Grant Writing Specialist 

 Lauren Riepl is an avid historian, focusing on giving agency to demographics typically forgotten in historical   narratives. She graduated with a master’s degree in British History in 2017 and a Bachelors in History/Museum in   2010. She presently plans on achieving her PhD in history.Throughout her academic experience, she maintained the   highest level of academic excellence, serving in her undergrad and masters programs in the National Honors   Society and Phi Alpha Theta. She was also the recipient of the LeRoy Long IV Graduate Student Research Award for   History and Geography, the Graduate Student Study Abroad from the Jackson College of Graduate Studies, the Transformative Learning Scholarship Research and Scholarly Activities Grant, and the Student and Transformative Learning Research Grant She spent three years working as a research assistant while studying abroad in London and Italy, writing one of the first psycho-histories on Florence Nightingale’s life. Chapters of her masters thesis will be published in an anthology of British women travelers in 2019. Lauren loves to encourage children to seek out history as future. For the last seven years she has served as a judge for regional and National History Day events for secondary school students.

Currently Lauren is active in the arts and culture community, serving through membership and volunteering in such organizations as the Oklahoma Arts Council, Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, deadCenter Film Festival, the Oklahoma Museum Association, and the Royal Historical Society to name a few. She sits on the opening night Party Favors Committee, and Lauren also writes for TerritoryOKC magazine, contributing to the rich tapestry of Oklahoma City. She has served on the board for the Oklahoma City/County Historical Society. In her free time she interns with the Veteran’s Research and Education Foundation in the executive director’s office.


 Suzie Loveless, Outreach Chair

 Director and Administrator
  OKIE and OKC Beautiful

 Suzie is a Memphis, TN native who moved to the great state of Oklahoma in 2013 for a role with Teach For   America. A graduate of the University of Georgia with a Comparative Literature degree and a Masters in   Economic Development in Latin America from the University of Oklahoma, Suzie is passionate about traveling the globe, learning about other cultures, and connecting with people. She currently works as a Program Director at the Oklahoma Israel Exchange (OKIE) and as an Office Administrator at OKC Beautiful – she loves being able to split her time between two amazing nonprofits.  She has been a Community Investment Committee volunteer with United Way of Central Oklahoma for the last five years, serving as co-chair for two years. Suzie is a proud graduate of the Possibilities Innovation Program (PIP), a program focused on leadership development and community organizing. She is active in animal rescue and has fostered over forty cats and dogs over the last two years. Suzie loves true crime podcasts, crafternoons, and naps.




Many thanks to our past leadership!


Carrie Sauer, Board Chair, 2013-2019

T Shannon Mckenrick, Finance & Development Manager, 2018-2019

Nikki West, Professional Development Chair, 2018-2019

Emily Reed, Vice Chair & National Liaison, 2013-2018
Erin Matejka, Secretary, 2014-2018
Kiera Underwood, Outreach Chair, 2016-2018
Natalie Wood, Outreach Chair, 2018
Michelle Bui, Communications Chair, 2017-2018
Keeley White, Finance and Development Manager, 2017-2018
Jade Owen, Membership Chair, 2016-2018
Nicole Sukenis, Professional Development Committee Chair, 2015-2017
Jenny Brown Banner, Finance and Development Manager, 2015-2017
Clayton Ramick, Networking Committee Chair, 2017
Brandon Walker, Networking Committee Chair, 2016-2017
Megan Moran, Communications Manager, 2016-2017
Courtland Fisher, Membership Chair, 2015-2016
Nicole Glenn, Networking Committee Chair, 2013-2016
Emily Garman, Communications Manager, 2013-2016
Marian Cooper, Secretary, 2014-2016
Bevan Graybill, Professional Development Committee Chair, 2013-2015, and Board Governance Chair, 2015-2016
Kristin Holland, Board Governance Chair, 2013-2015
Lisa Funderburg, Finance and Development Manager, 2013-2015
Andrew Gray, Outreach Manager, 2014-2015
Thomaira Babbit, Outreach Manager, 2014
Karisa Rollins, Networking Committee Chair, 2013-2014
Libby Boyles, Secretary, 2013-2014 
Wesley Haddox, Outreach Manager, 2013-2014
Michael Slack, Start-Up Committee
Ashley Dickson, Start-Up Committee 
Barbie Smalley, Start-Up Committee
Jessi Riesenberg, Start-Up Committee 

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