Executive Director, (405) 236-0006, Ext. 13
Elizabeth Inbody joins the foundation staff in January 2022 as executive director after serving seven years as executive director of the award-winning Jenks Public Schools Foundation. As OFE executive director, she will oversee administration, programming and fundraising. While at the Jenks foundation, Elizabeth completed a five-year STEM learning initiative to fund and support STEM learning labs at six Jenks Public Schools’ sites. She increased the foundation’s funding to Jenks Public Schools by 580 percent and created a strong strategic relationship between the foundation and the Jenks Public Schools’ leadership team, teachers and staff. Previously, Elizabeth previously served as communications and events coordinator for Crosstown Learning Center of Tulsa. She is a past member of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Board of Trustees and has served on its Academic Awards Banquet, Oklahoma School Foundations Network and Executive committees. She currently serves on the Discovery Lab Children’s Museum Board of Directors and is active in the Jenks Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce. Elizabeth is a graduate of Leadership Jenks and Leadership Tulsa. She earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in marketing from the University of Oklahoma.
Executive Assistant, (405) 236-0006, Ext. 10
Rachel 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 and early American 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.
Director of Communications and Development, (405) 236-0006, Ext. 11
Brenda, who joined the foundation staff in 2002, oversees the foundation's communications activities and its annual giving and Academic Awards Banquet direct mail fundraising campaigns. In addition, she serves as staff liaison for the foundation’s Early 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 volunteer for Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma. She serves on the advisory board for OU Women's & Gender Studies Program. She is the recipient of the Norman United Way Volunteer of the Year Award for Service to Youth and Education and the City of Norman Human Rights Award.
Communications and Program Outreach Specialist, (405) 236-0006, Ext. 12
Sara joined our staff in the fall of 2017. In addition to coordinating the foundation’s teacher professional development activities, she promotes the foundation’s mission and its programs through the creation of print and digital communications and coordination of other marketing strategies. Sara carries a passion for nonprofit communications and the creative process - particularly writing, photography, and layout and design. Prior to joining the foundation, she served as a communications specialist for the Center for Children and Families and Norman Community Church of the Nazarene in Norman. A graduate of Southern Nazarene University, Sara holds a bachelor’s degree in human relations and masters of business administration degree, and professional photographer certification from Oklahoma School of Photography.
Director of Oklahoma School Foundations Network, (405) 236-0006, Ext. 18
Katy joined our staff in 2019. A National School Foundation Association Certified Education Foundation Leader, Katy provides technical assistance and training to Oklahoma school foundation leaders and groups seeking to establish foundations in their communities. Katy is a board member and immediate past president of Wilson Arts Inc., a nonprofit school foundation that supports Wilson Elementary School in Oklahoma City. Leffel has also gained nonprofit experience through her work as board chair, vice chair and governance chair for Skyline Urban Ministry in Oklahoma City. A former science teacher for Putnam City Schools, Leffel earned her Bachelor of Science in Science Education in 1998 from the University of Iowa and her Master of Education, Administration, Curriculum and Supervision degree in 2003 from the University of Oklahoma.