Director of Annual Giving
Oklahoma City University
Carrie Sauer loves working to expand opportunities in her hometown. She moved back to Oklahoma City in 2010 after nearly ten years away, during which time she attended Loyola University Chicago for a Bachelor's in Psychology, worked for Illinois Action for Children, and taught English and Business Communications in China. She can (and does) talk at length about all the wonderful changes that have happened in OKC and what a great place it is to live. Carrie completed her Master's degree in Nonprofit Leadership in 2013 and is Director of Annual Giving at Oklahoma City University. She helped to found the Oklahoma City chapter of YNPN and is a member of the OKC Midtown Rotary Club and the Oklahoma Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She is also a Community Investment Volunteer for United Way of Central Oklahoma and a regular volunteer for local arts organizations. She and her husband Jesse are parents to a dog named Stormageddon and a baby named Lottie (both are adorable).
Emily Mapes Reed, Vice Chair & National Liaison
Director of Development
Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education, University of Oklahoma
Emily Reed graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in English Literary and Cultural Studies. Emily also became a Certified Nonprofit Professional by the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance upon graduation. Emily then worked as the Development Coordinator for Court Appointed Special Advocates of Oklahoma County before accepting the position of Director of Alumni Outreach for the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education at the University of Oklahoma. In September 2015, she was promoted to Director of Development for the College. Emily serves as a social media ambassador for the International Association of Fundraising Professionals, or #afpeep. She was named the Oklahoma Chapter of AFP’s first ever Outstanding Young Fundraising Professional in 2014 and now serves on their board as Vice-Chair of Philanthropy. She lives in Norman with her husband Terry and her dog Akira.
Yukon Public Schools
Erin Matejka graduated from the University of Oklahoma and credits her Nonprofit Organizational Studies minor with fueling her enthusiasm for the intersecting areas of nonprofits, education, and social services. Currently working in special education, she is passionate about finding connections to help reach all students. As a certified Group Exercise Instructor, Erin enjoys helping others reach their health and wellness goals through fitness. In her free time she volunteers with local organizations committed to strengthening the community, most recently including Dress for Success and Arts Council Oklahoma City. Originally from Tulsa, Erin loves exploring all her new city has to offer with her husband.
Kiera Underwood, Outreach Manager
Community Engagement Coordinator
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Kiera Underwood spends most of her professional and personal life doing what she enjoys most, connecting and laughing with people. She is committed to utilizing her career to aid a cause she believes in. Working for Big Brothers Big Sisters of OKC as the Community Engagement Coordinator is the perfect fit because she believes the program is one of the simplest and most effective preventatives of tomorrow's problems. She believes the power of a relationship should never be underestimated. Kiera discovered her love for outreach and community engagement when serving on the YNPN of OKC board. She credits YNPN for her development of the skills and experience needed in order for her to land her ideal position. Her free time is spent serving at Paseo Grill, investing in self-love and personal development, and generally seeking adventure.
Community Outreach Specialist
Oklahoma Nutrition Information & Education Project
Jade Owen is the Community Outreach Specialist for the Oklahoma Nutrition Information and Education (ONIE) Project. She received her Bachelor’s in Multidisciplinary Studies from OU and her Master’s in Public Health from the OUHSC College of Public Health. She is also Certified in Public Health and a Certified Health Education Specialist. Born and raised in Oklahoma City, Jade is excited to have the opportunity to play an active role in improving the health and quality of life of Oklahoman’s through nutrition and physical activity education. She loves to spend time with her husband and friends, go hiking, play Dance Dance Revolution and take her three turtles, Pork Chop, Pickles, and Little Turtle, on walks.
Keeley White, Finance & Development Manager
Regional Food Bank
Keeley White is a manager at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, working with a primary focus in alleviating childhood and senior hunger in Oklahoma through supplemental food based programs. Keeley has a long history of non-profit work, partnering primarily with nutrition and community centered programs in Haiti, Rwanda, and Tanzania. Through these programs, Keeley assisted with community partnership development and a range of hunger relief systems. Keeley has a passion for poverty alleviation and strongly believes in empowering individuals to take control of their health and wellness. Keeley serves as the Finance Manager on the Board of Directors for YNPN of OKC and as Lead on the Employee Engagement Committee at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. Keeley holds a Bachelors of Science in Dietetics and Human Nutrition from the University of Central Oklahoma and a certification in Food Bank Nutrition Policy Development from Berkeley.
Michelle Bui, Communications Manager
Publicist, Cafe Manager
Bui PR, LLC, Cafe Elemental
Michelle Bui has worked a fair share of nonprofits throughout Oklahoma City as an intern, volunteer and public relations manager. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations. After working at Bumbershoot PR for a few months, she has been a freelance publicist and social media manager for restaurants, bands and nonprofits in Oklahoma City and Norman. She is a graduate of the Oklahoma Arts Council Leadership Arts program. She currently serves on boards for Norman Music Festival, Confidence Con, Inclusion in Arts, ACLU of Oklahoma, Barista Guild of OKC, Coffee Women of OKC and YNPN. While she isn't typing away at the computer, she's slinging drinks behind the bar at Cafe Elemental where she is lead barista and cafe manager. In her free time, she's probably rewatching or rereading Harry Potter, listening to Hamilton, practicing yoga or wondering when her next favorite hip hop album will be out.
Charlie Ludden, Networking Committee Chair
Associate Director of Young Adult Mission and Service
United Methodist Church
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.
Zack Travers, Professional Development Committee Chair
Donor Relations Coordinator
Children's Hospital Foundation
Zack loves finding ways for organizations and individuals to more effectively impact their communities. Zack is a graduate of Oklahoma City University with a Bachelor's in Business Administration, focusing in Marketing and Management, and a minor in Spanish. Zack is currently enrolled in classes to become a Certified Nonprofit Professional through the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, and has interned and volunteered with many nonprofits around OKC, including United Way of Central Oklahoma, OMRF, The American Cancer Society, and the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits. He likes to spend time outdoors, whether hiking, camping, or reading a book. He loves helping others get in touch with resources to better themselves professionally and personally, and is excited to serve the YNPN board and its members in this role!
Many thanks to our past leadership!
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