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January 31, 2019 - Oklahoma Mentor Day Honorees Announced

by OFE | 2019-02-01 16:07:44

OKLAHOMA CITY – Eighty-six outstanding Oklahoma mentors were honored during the seventh annual Oklahoma Mentor Day, presented recently at Oklahoma State University by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence and its David and Molly Boren Mentoring Initiative.

“The goal of Oklahoma Mentor Day is to recognize outstanding mentors from all types of youth mentoring organizations around the state and to provide fun, educational activities for the honorees and their mentees to share,” said Beverly Woodrome, director of the Boren Mentoring Initiative. “Mentor Day also celebrates the important role that mentors play in helping mentees achieve better academic, social and economic futures. Oklahoma mentors are truly changing lives!”

“Mentors See the Brightest Futures” was the theme of the event, which included a recognition ceremony attended by nearly 400 people and mentor-mentee activities hosted by OSU academic departments. This marks the third year Oklahoma Mentor Day has been held at a university, giving mentors and mentees an opportunity to visit a college campus and participate in educational activities presented by faculty and students. Optional afternoon tours were offered at OSU’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences; Applied Neuromuscular and Physiology Laboratory; and the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology’s Endeavor Lab.

“The kids had a marvelous time,” said Kenneth Stallworth, founder and mentor for Lawton Central Middle School’s Young Men in Action. “I really liked that OSU showcased the different departments and majors and had interactive stations, which the kids really enjoyed.”

Dr. Kayse Shrum, president of the OSU Center for Health Sciences and dean of OSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, spoke at the event and helped present awards to each of the honorees. Shrum, who grew up in a working-class family in Coweta and attended Connors State College on a basketball scholarship, credits a college mentor for recognizing her gift for science and encouraging her to go to medical school.

“I didn’t know I had what it took to become a doctor, a dean of a medical school and the president of an academic center,” she said. “Extraordinary achievements like those were unimaginable for an ordinary young woman from Coweta. … I wouldn’t be here today and wouldn’t be who I am without the many mentors who pushed me forward and encouraged me to aspire to be something greater.”

Shrum encouraged the Mentor Day honorees to share their success stories with others to help the public understand the true impact of mentoring. “Mentoring matters,” she said. “It matters to the mentees, to you and to the future of our state. … Behind every successful person there is a mentor!”

Eugenia Galan, a University of Oklahoma petroleum engineering student, agrees. Galan attended Oklahoma Mentor Day with her mentor JoAnn Meyer, a Houston oil and gas consultant, who mentors for OU’s Jerry Holmes Leadership Program for Engineers and Scientists. “JoAnn has been incredibly supportive throughout my undergraduate career. Her advice and support are invaluable to me and to all the other students she has impacted – especially the ladies in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics.)  Galan said it was humbling to see honored mentors consistently walking alongside mentees from different walks of life – from broken families, incarcerated individuals, first-generation college students, and more – at Oklahoma Mentor Day.

The Boren Mentoring Initiative is named for Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence founder and chairman David Boren and his wife, Molly. The initiative grew out the Borens’ own commitment to mentoring and the proven impact that mentoring can have on a student’s success in and out of the classroom. The program was launched in 2006 to promote the growth and development of quality youth mentoring programs statewide.

Oklahoma Mentor Day was made possible with major support from Google Inc., Kirkpatrick Foundation Inc., the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation and Oklahoma State University. For more information about the Boren Mentoring Initiative, visit www.okmentors.org or contact Beverly Woodrome, program director, at (405) 590-4063.

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(EDITOR: The Boren Mentoring Initiative recognized 86 outstanding Oklahoma mentors, who were selected by their respective mentoring organizations. Honorees are listed below by their hometown and the city in which they mentor. Honored mentor bios and program descriptions are posted on the Oklahoma Mentor Day website, www.okmentorday.org and linked below.)

     ALVA – Cathy Mapes, an Oklahoma State University sophomore animal science major from Alva, is the outstanding mentor for the Boren Mentoring Initiative.

     BARTLESVILLE – Kay and Kevin Bjornen of Bartlesville are the outstanding mentors for Lowe Family Young Scholars Program. Kay is a research data initiatives librarian at OSU, and Kevin is a retired engineer from ConocoPhillips.
     Lois Bryan has been named the outstanding mentor for All-Stars Tutoring Program sponsored by On the Rock Ministries of Bartlesville. 
     Keith Goree has been named outstanding mentor for Boys & Girls Club of Bartlesville. He is director of Child Safety, Transportation and Facilities for the program. 

     BEAVER – Robert Harrison, pastor of Beaver United Methodist Church, is the outstanding mentor for Beaver Duster Mentoring Program.

     CATOOSA – McKenzie Wilson, a senior at Catoosa High School, is the outstanding mentor for Students As Mentors program at Catoosa High School.

     CHOCTAW – Sharon Boone, a book keeper from Choctaw, has been named the outstanding mentor for Whiz Kids Oklahoma in Oklahoma City. She mentors students from Crutcho Elementary School at the Whiz Kids site at Meadowood Baptist Church in Midwest City. 

     CLAREMORE – Leveda Charles, a longtime volunteer and now recruitment and retention specialist for the PAL Program at Volunteers for Youth, was honored as a Champion for Mentoring in recognition of her exemplary work supporting e-PAL Mentoring.
     Ashley May, managing editor of moreclaremore.com, and Travis Peck, director of sales and marketing for moreclaremore.com, have both been named outstanding mentors for the PAL Program with Volunteers for Youth in Claremore.
     Christy Province, principal at Claremore Alternative Learning/Virtual Academy, is the honored mentor for Wednesday Walking PALS, a program of Volunteers for Youth, Claremore.

     DUNCAN – Julio Alvarez, a master police officer for the Duncan Police Department, is the outstanding mentor for Link ONE Mentoring, a program of ONE True Light Inc. of Duncan.

     EDMOND – Edmond resident David Boyd is the outstanding mentor for Positive Tomorrows of Oklahoma City. He is a retired major for the fire investigation office of the Oklahoma City Fire Department.
     Lonnie Nichols, an asset manager for EXOS in Edmond, is the outstanding mentor for Y Achievers, a program of YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City.
     Retiree Jeannie Strickland has been named the outstanding mentor for INTEGRIS Positive Directions Mentoring Program at Stanley Hupfeld Academy in Oklahoma City.

     ELK CITY – Perry Bronn, a semi-retired construction businessman, is the outstanding mentor for Encouraging and Leading Kids to Succeed (E.L.K.S.) Career Coaches, a program of Elk City Public Schools.

     EL RENO – Kirstein Haydon, vice president of treasury management for BancFirst, has been named the outstanding mentor for Students Striving for Success, a program of the El Reno Public Schools Foundation.

     ENID – Erin Crawford, chief financial officer for the City of Enid, has been named the outstanding mentor for Coach-A-Kid Enid, a program of United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma.

     FREDERICK – Lance Bohannon, a community leader and management consultant, has been named the outstanding mentor for Big Topics, Jr. Topics and Bomber YELL.

     HOBART -- Lindsey Marsh, an Oklahoma State University junior in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Hobart, has been named the outstanding mentor for the Student Council Big-Little Program sponsored by OSU’s College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology. 

     LAWTON – Robert Barker, a language arts teacher at Lawton Central Middle School, is the outstanding mentor for STARBASE 2.0, an after-school STEM program sponsored by the Department of Defense.
     Lawton Eisenhower High School Seniors Samantha Cook, Bennett England and Mikel Weatherspoon are the 2019 honored mentors for IKE Ignition, a program that matches upperclassmen with incoming freshmen.

     LEEDEY – Debbie Rounds, a sales associate with Smith & Company Auction and Realty of Woodward, has been named the outstanding mentor for Believe in Some One Now (B.I.S.O.N.), a program of Leedey Public Schools.

     MIDWEST CITY – Erica Alvarez, chief diversity and inclusion officer at Rose State College, is the outstanding mentor for R Is for Thursday, a statewide program supporting college-bound students who are or have been in the foster system.
     Sharon Boone, a book keeper from Choctaw, has been named the outstanding mentor for Whiz Kids Oklahoma. She mentors students from Crutcho Elementary School at the Whiz Kids site at Meadowood Baptist Church in Midwest City.
     Chris Knox, Reading Program coordinator at Rose State College, has been named the outstanding mentor for Rose State’s Critical Learning in Community Knowledge (CLICK) Program.
     Luquetta McClarty, a licensed professional counselor and clinical director for Full Circle Youth and Family Services, has been named the outstanding mentor for The Education and Employment Ministry (TEEM), an Oklahoma City nonprofit that helps clients break cycles of incarceration and poverty.

     MOORELAND – Kiana Yang Prather, a pre-med senior at the University of Oklahoma, has been honored as the outstanding mentor for the Academic All-State Alumni Mentoring Program at OU.

     MUSKOGEE – Rev. Marlon Coleman, pastor of Antioch Church in Muskogee, has been named the outstanding mentor for Muskogee Public Schools.

     NORMAN – Dr. Susan Chambers, an Oklahoma City physician, is the outstanding mentor for the Student-to-Professional Mentoring Experience in the University of Oklahoma Honors College.
     Julia Chew, president of Julia Chew Insurance Agency of Norman, is the outstanding mentor for the Sooner Stilettos Women’s Basketball Mentoring Program at the University of Oklahoma.
     Kyle Fronckiewicz, a senior majoring in finance and energy management at the University of Oklahoma, has been named the outstanding mentor for the JCPenney Leadership Center in OU’s Price College of Business.
     Nicole Kepford, a Spanish minor and health and exercise sciences major at the University of Oklahoma, and Shane Zumwalt, a world language education major at OU, have both been honored as outstanding mentors for Norman High School’s Elementary Spanish Mentor Program.
     JoAnn Meyer, founder and principal for Previse Consulting of Houston, is the outstanding mentor for the Jerry Holmes Leadership Program for Engineers and Scientists in the Gallogly College of Engineering at the University of Oklahoma. Meyer resides in St. Bellaire, Texas.
     The Norman Police Activities/Athletics League has selected nine staff and volunteers who group mentor as outstanding mentors for 2019: Officer Christopher Antwine, a school resource officer at Norman North High School; Austin Buonasera, a Reserve Cleveland County deputy; Detective Tara Casillas, who is assigned to the Child Victim Unit at Mary Abbott Children’s House; Sgt. Joel Formby, a school resource officer at Whittier Middle School; Sgt. Heather Glazier, school resource officer at Norman High School; Master Police Officer Shelby Hanna, school resource officer at Longfellow Middle School; Master Police Officer Sean McKenna, school resource officer at Alcott Middle School; Jenna Odgers, a former Norman Police intern and senior in criminology and sociology at the University of Oklahoma; and Lt. Marcus Savage, school resource officer at Irving Middle School.
     Kelly Pensoneau, president of Lincoln Lending in Norman, has been honored as the outstanding mentor for Bridges of Norman.
     Kiana Yang Prather, a pre-med senior at the University of Oklahoma, has been honored as the outstanding mentor for the Academic All-State Alumni Mentoring Program at OU. She is from Mooreland.
     Dean Rufeisen, a Norman senior in chemical, biological and materials engineering at the University of Oklahoma, has been named the outstanding mentor for the Chevron Phillips Scholar-Mentor Program in the OU School of Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering.
     Andrew Sherrer, executive vice president of Republic Bank & Trust of Norman, was honored as the outstanding mentor for the University of Oklahoma Division of Management & International Business Mentoring Program in the Price College of Business.
     Clayton Smith, a recent University of Oklahoma engineering graduate, has been named the outstanding mentor for the Dean’s Leadership Council in OU’s Gallogly College of Engineering. Smith is now a structural engineer for Boeing Co. in Oklahoma City.
     Mason Stuart, a communications and nonprofit major at the University of Oklahoma, is the outstanding mentor for Loveworks Leadership Inc. of Norman.

     OKLAHOMA CITY – Jamie Adamson, a manager for IT Field Production Services; Michael Cramer, a forensic analyst; and Jane Lam, a senior application system analyst, have been named outstanding mentors for Chesapeake Energy Mentoring Program, a program that matches employees with students at Horace Mann Elementary School in Oklahoma City.
     Cherryl “Cherry” Barnett, an AmeriCorps Program Enhancement coordinator for Boys & Girls Club, has been named the outstanding mentor for Boys & Girls Club of Santa Fe South, Oklahoma City.
     Sharon Boone, a book keeper from Choctaw, has been named the outstanding mentor for Whiz Kids Oklahoma in Oklahoma City. She mentors students from Crutcho Elementary School at the Whiz Kids site at Meadowood Baptist Church in Midwest City.
     David Boyd of Edmond is the outstanding mentor for Positive Tomorrows of Oklahoma City. He is a retired major for the fire investigation office of the Oklahoma City Fire Department.
     Bryon Dickens has been selected by students at Oklahoma City Community College as the outstanding mentor for Students Connecting with Mentors for Success. Dickens is the program’s founder and director.
     Rachel Giles, a graphic designer for Advanced Printing and Marketing of Oklahoma City, has been named the outstanding mentor for Boys & Girls Club of Oklahoma County.
     Elizabeth Herman, a sergeant for the Oklahoma City Police Department, and Darren Ransley, director of strategic communications for Funk Companies in Oklahoma City, have been named the outstanding mentors for Camp HOPE America, Oklahoma Palomar, a program of the Oklahoma City Family Justice Center.
     Marvin Lyle, a manager at Hertz Corp. in Oklahoma City, is the outstanding mentor for Junior Achievement of Oklahoma.
     Abi Ruth Martin, a freelance photographer and director of the Cornerstone Project, is the outstanding mentor for The Mentoring Project of Oklahoma City.
     Luquetta McClarty, a licensed professional counselor and clinical director for Full Circle Youth and Family Services, has been named the outstanding mentor for The Education and Employment Ministry (TEEM), an Oklahoma City nonprofit that helps clients break cycles of incarceration and poverty.
     Joseph Nguyen, an Oklahoma City senior triple majoring in computer science, mechanical and aerospace engineering at Oklahoma State University, has been named the outstanding mentor for Inspiring Successful Engineers, a program of the OSU College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology.
     Lonnie Nichols, an asset manager for EXOS in Edmond, is the outstanding mentor for Y Achievers, a program of YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City.
     Angie Olson is the outstanding mentor for the SeeWorth Foundation, a mentoring program at the Justice Alma Wilson SeeWorth Academy in Oklahoma City.
     Becky Rickard, who retired in December as community relations manager for SONIC, America’s Drive-In, has been honored as the outstanding mentor for Sonic’s Tutor Tots Program.
     Community volunteers Susan Sampson and Cathy Shockley have been named the outstanding mentors for Britton Christian Church Learning Center of Oklahoma City. Sampson runs a successful seamstress and design business. Shockley, a retiree, is kitchen coordinator for the youth programs at the church. 

     PONCA CITY – Christian Rockwell, an intern for House FM radio who plans to pursue a Biblical counseling degree at Calvary Bible College, is the outstanding mentor for the Northern Academic Tutoring Foundation and its Jump-Start Math, Science and Character Camp.

     PRYOR – Longtime volunteer Lauren Dewey has been named the outstanding mentor for the Thunderbird Challenge Program at Thunderbird Youth Academy in Pryor. A Tulsa resident, Dewey is an administrative assistant for Jimmy Richie Appraisals in Tulsa.

     STILLWATER – Courtney Andrews, an Oklahoma State University sophomore biosystems and agricultural engineering student from Stillwater, is the outstanding mentor for the Scholars Mentoring Program in the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology.
     Jamie Bellah is the outstanding mentor for the Patricia Kain Knaub Center for Student Success in the OSU College of Human Sciences, where she serves as senior academic adviser.
     Scott Cornelius, a junior architecture major at Oklahoma State University, is the honored mentor for the Architecture Mentoring Program in the OSU College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology. He is from Canyon, Texas.
     Fehintola Folarin, a graduate student in English at Oklahoma State University, is the outstanding mentor for MICAH Mentors, Oklahoma State University Student Volunteer Center.
     Hayden Fox, a junior chemistry major, is the outstanding mentor for Oklahoma State University’s LASSO Center Tutoring Program, where he serves as lead tutor.
     Diana Laing, an Oklahoma State University accounting alumna and retiree, is the outstanding mentor for the Spears School of Business Mentoring Program at OSU. Laing, who resides in Los Angeles, has served as chief financial officer for several corporations, most recently Homes 4 Rent. 
     Cathy Mapes, an Oklahoma State University sophomore animal science major from Alva, is the outstanding mentor for the Boren Mentoring Initiative.
     Lindsey Marsh, an Oklahoma State University junior in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Hobart, is the outstanding mentor for the Student Council Big-Little Program sponsored by OSU’s College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology.
     Emily Michalak, a junior chemical engineering student at Oklahoma State University, is the outstanding mentor for Women Inspiring Successful Engineers (WISE), a program of the OSU College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology. She is from Yukon.
     Toby Nelson, assistant professor of chemistry at Oklahoma State University, is the outstanding mentor for the Oklahoma Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation.
     Joseph Nguyen, an Oklahoma State University senior triple majoring in computer science, mechanical and aerospace engineering, has been named the outstanding mentor for Inspiring Successful Engineers, a program of the OSU College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology. Nguyen is from Oklahoma City.
     Angela Peter, a junior chemical engineering major at Oklahoma State University, is the outstanding mentor for Parker Engineering, Architecture and Technology Experts (PEATE), a program of the OSU College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology.
     Brooke Ryan, a junior majoring in architecture at Oklahoma State University, is the outstanding mentor for the Summer Bridge Program in the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology. Ryan is from El Dorado, Kan.
     Chelsea Streets, a recent Oklahoma State University chemical engineering graduate from Tulsa, has been named the outstanding mentor for the Chemical Engineering Student Mentor Program in the OSU College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology. 

     TULSA – Alexa Bottoms, a program manager for Camp Fire Green Country, has been named the outstanding mentor for Camp Fire Green Country of Tulsa.
     Premadonna Braddick, co-founder of Soaring Eagles Youth and Family Services, is the outstanding mentor for Young People of the Next Generation of Tulsa.
     Hayley Davidson, a psychology and pre-med junior at the University of Tulsa, is the outstanding mentor for True Blue Neighbors Youth Mentoring, a University of Tulsa program that serves students at Kendall Whittier Elementary School.
     Lauren Dewey of Tulsa has been named the outstanding mentor for the Thunderbird Challenge Program at Thunderbird Youth Academy in Pryor. Dewey is an administrative assistant for Jimmy Richie Appraisals in Tulsa.
     Aaron Hall, a customer service merchandising specialist for Frito Lay, is the outstanding mentor for World Baseball Outreach, a Tulsa-based nonprofit that mentors and teaches leadership through baseball.
     Justin Maddox, a market leader for Blackrock Investments in Tulsa, has been named the outstanding mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma.
     Chelsea Streets, a recent Oklahoma State University chemical engineering graduate from Tulsa, has been named the outstanding mentor for the Chemical Engineering Student Mentor Program in the OSU College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology. 
     Captain Quinten Tibbetts, an Air Force maintenance officer, is the outstanding mentor for the STARBASE 2.0 Program at Union Middle School in Tulsa. The after-school STEM program is sponsored by the Department of Defense.

     WOODWARD – Debbie Rounds, a sales associate with Smith & Company Auction and Realty of Woodward, has been named the outstanding mentor for Believe in Some One Now (B.I.S.O.N.), a program of Leedey Public Schools.

     YUKON – Emily Michalak, a junior chemical engineering student at Oklahoma State University, is the outstanding mentor for Women Inspiring Successful Engineers (WISE), a program of the OSU College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology. She is from Yukon.
     Nancy Steward, a retired educator, has been named the outstanding mentor for Miller Mentors, a program of Yukon Public Schools. 

     EL DORADO, KAN. -- Brooke Ryan, a junior majoring in architecture at Oklahoma State University, is the outstanding mentor for the Summer Bridge Program in OSU’s College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology. She is from El Dorado, Kan.

     BELLAIRE, TEXAS – JoAnn Meyer, founder and principal for Previse Consulting of Houston, is the outstanding mentor for the Jerry Holmes Leadership Program for Engineers and Scientists in the Gallogly College of Engineering at the University of Oklahoma. Meyer resides in Bellaire, Texas.

     CANYON, TEXAS – Scott Cornelius of Canyon is a junior architecture major at Oklahoma State University. He is the honored mentor for the Architecture Mentoring Program in the OSU College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology.