Our Staff

Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence

Our Staff

Emily Stratton, Executive Director (405) 236-0006, Ext. 13.

Emily StrattonEmily is a founding trustee of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence and joined the staff as executive director in 1999. As foundation director, she oversees administration, programming and fundraising. Prior to joining the foundation, Emily served as director of development and communications for the University of Oklahoma Max Weitzenhoffer College of Fine Arts. From 1987 to 1996, she was executive director of the Clinton Chamber of Commerce. Emily serves on the boards of OU’s Jeanine Rainbolt College of Education and the OU School of Dance and is active in the Downtown Rotary Club of Oklahoma City, where she was named Rotarian of the Year in 2009. She is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma and has served on its Board of Directors. Emily is a founding member of the Oklahoma Arts Institute and the Clinton Public School Foundation, for which she served as interim president. She earned her bachelor’s degree from OU, majoring in English and minoring in math and French.

Rachel Webber, Executive Assistant (405) 236-0006, Ext. 10

Rachel WebberRachel joined the foundation staff in 1995. In addition to managing the day-to-day operations of the office, she administers the selection processes for academic awards, teacher grants and colonial history teaching activities. Rachel earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Oklahoma State University and a master’s degree in Irish studies from the Catholic University of America.

Dr. Karen Rose, Director of Local Education Foundation Outreach (918) 743-5533

Karen RoseKaren, who joined the foundation staff in 2006, provides support and training for Oklahoma’s large network of public school foundations. Prior to joining the Foundation for Excellence, Karen was assistant superintendent for Sand Springs Public Schools. She has also held positions as director of Personnel for Norman Public Schools and as a coordinator and consultant for the Oklahoma Department of Career Technology Education. In addition, she has served as a school principal and teacher. Among her leadership activities, Karen serves as chairman of the board for Ronald McDonald House of Tulsa and has been active on the boards of the Oklahoma Business and Education Coalition, the Oklahoma Conference for Community and Justice, and the Tulsa County Child Abuse Network. She is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma and has served on its executive board. Karen earned her bachelor’s and graduate degrees in education from Oklahoma State University.

Beverly Woodrome, Director of the David and Molly Boren Mentoring Initiative (405) 236-0006, Ext. 18

Beverly WoodromeBeverly joined the foundation staff in 2012 and is responsible for helping start and strengthen youth mentoring programs, as well as providing training, resources and networking opportunities for mentoring groups in our statewide network. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a master’s degree in Latin and a former teacher of high school and college levels, Beverly knows the value of extra support from a mentor and/or special teacher. She has also worked for the Oklahoma Business and Education Coalition, a business-funded, business-led education reform organization. She has served as president of the Kiwanis Club of Oklahoma City and volunteered as chair for many Kiwanis-sponsored charitable events. She is a member of Leadership Oklahoma City Class 34.

Brenda Wheelock, Director of Communications and Development (405) 236-0006, Ext. 11

Brenda WheelockBrenda, who joined the foundation staff in 2002, is responsible for all communications activities and oversees the foundation’s annual giving and Academic Awards Banquet direct mail fundraising campaigns. In addition, she serves as staff liaison for the foundation’s Colonial American History Education programs. A University of Oklahoma journalism graduate, Brenda served more than 10 years on the news and publications staff of OU Public Affairs and was editor of OU’s alumni and staff publications. She has been a reporter for United Press International and the Daily Oklahoman. Brenda has been a longtime leader of the Cleveland County CROP Walk to Stop Hunger and is a service team leader for Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma. A former board member and volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Norman, she has received the Norman United Way Volunteer of the Year Award for Service to Youth and Education.

Dayna Rowe, Communications Specialist (405) 236-0006, Ext. 12

Dayna RoweDayna joined the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence in 2005 and is staff liaison for the Fund for Teachers program. In addition, she maintains the foundation’s website and designs brochures, newsletters and other publications. A University of Central Oklahoma journalism graduate, Dayna spent several years in the communications department at the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, representing the agency on the Oklahoma College Saving Plan marketing committee, serving as a producer of the College Connection radio program and developing marketing materials for programs such as OneNet and Oklahoma’s Promise. Prior to joining the State Regents, she worked in regulatory and legislative affairs at SBC for Austin-based Public Strategies Inc.