Chris LasherBoys & Girls Club of Oklahoma City
|Chris Lasher (second from right), a volunteer for Boys & Girls Club of Oklahoma County, receives an Outstanding Mentor Award from Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Chairman David L. Boren (left) and President Anil Gollahalli during Oklahoma Mentor Day at the Capitol. (Photo by Travis Caperton, Oklahoma State Capitol)|
Chris Lasher, a human resources and information systems supervisor for SandRidge Energy, has been named outstanding mentor of the year by Boys & Girls Club of Oklahoma County.
For the past two years, Chris has been matched to Ronnie, a student at Dove Academy. Chris and Ronnie enjoy playing basketball, card games and kick ball. Chris also helps Ronnie with homework and Boy Scout activities. Over time, Chris’s consistent involvement and positive example began to have a noticeable impact on Ronnie’s life.
“Ronnie was a troubled kid trying to find his way,” said Chemere Molden, mentor coordinator for Boys & Girls Club. “He acted out and was disobedient; he struggled with his homework and grades. But when Chris came along things started to look up for Ronnie. This behavior didn’t turn around immediately, but around the sixth month of the match all the staff began to notice a change in Ronnie’s behavior.”
Chemere said Chris has been an influential person, not only for Ronnie but for the organization as a whole. “He leads by example and is a constant, positive male role model to the Boys & Girls Club,” she said.