What the data says

Remedial training in reading and math costs employers $40 million annually in a single state.

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Leadership Council

Group of cross-sector, executive-level leaders that set the direction of the partnership and help remove barriers.

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Operations Council

Group of cross-sector practitioners that provide scope, approve all community-level plans and track their progress.

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Action Network

Practitioner work groups that develop
and execute community level plans to
address causes impacting student
achievement outcomes.

Leadership Council

The ImpactTulsa Leadership Council is a group of cross-sector, executive-level leaders from education, non-profit, philanthropy, business, civic, faith-based and community organizations that participate in setting the direction of the partnership. The Council’s role is to convene partners, make strategic decisions, remove political, financial and operational barriers, and focus on eliminating disparities.

Kathy Taylor**

Chief of Economic Development, City of Tulsa

Alison Anthony*

CEO, Tulsa Area United Way

Keith Ballard

Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, OU-Tulsa

Howard Barnett

President, OSU-Tulsa

Stacey Butterfield

Superintendent, Jenks Public Schools

G.T. Bynum

Mayor-Elect, City of Tulsa

Gerard Clancy

President, University of Tulsa

Bruce Dart

Executive Director, Tulsa County Health Department

Steven Dow*

Executive Director, CAP Tulsa

Janet Dunlop

Superintendent, Broken Arrow Public Schools

Jeff Dunn

President, Mill Creek Lumber & Supply

Sherry Durkee

Superintendent, Sand Springs Public Schools

Moises Echeverria

President and CEO, Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice

Deborah Gist

Superintendent, Tulsa Public Schools

Leigh Goodson

President and CEO, Tulsa Community College

David Greer

Senior VP and CPO, Project Lead The Way

Justin Harlan

Executive Director, Reading Partners

Kirt Hartzler

Superintendent, Union Public Schools

Kim Johnson

CEO, Tulsa City-County Library

Ken Levit*

Executive Director, George Kaiser Family Foundation

Tom McKeon


Marc Maun

EVP – Chief Credit Officer, BOK Financial

Frank Murphy*

Executive Chairman, FW Murphy Production Controls

Mike Neal

President and CEO, Tulsa Regional Chamber

Ray Owens

Pastor, Metropolitan Baptist Church

Brian Paschal

President and CEO, Foundation for Tulsa Schools

Susan Plank

CEO, YMCA of Greater Tulsa

John Schumann

President, OU-Tulsa

Stacy Schusterman

Chairman, Samson Energy Company, LLC

Kent Smith

President, Langston University

Steve Tiger

CEO and Superintendent, Tulsa Technology Center

Annie VanHanken

Senior Program Officer, George Kaiser Family Foundation

David Wagner

President and CAO, Schnake Turnbo Frank

**Leadership Council Chair, ImpactTulsa

*Executive Committee Members


Our work is made possible by the financial investment of:





Partner School Districts

Leadership Staff

The ImpactTulsa Leadership staff provides the support for the day-to-day operations of the partnership, including data analytics and best practice research. The staff’s role is to serve as the central hub for the partners and the work of each group around the strategic priorities.

The staff convenes a data council, communications council, launches action networks, handles communications support, provides strategic assistance for partners, helps develop recommendations for Leadership Council/Steering Committee action on behalf of the partners, drafts partnership Memorandums of Understanding, and advocates on behalf of the partnership.  The leadership staff also ensures communication among the partners.


Kathy Taylor


Kathy Taylor is a proven leader, business executive, public servant, and corporate attorney. She currently serves as Chair of the Leadership Council for ImpactTulsa, an unprecedented partnership focused on the collective impact business, education, philanthropic and civic leaders can have to increase student success in the Tulsa region.


Delia Kimbrel, M.A.; Ph.D. 

Delia Kimbrel holds a Ph.D. in Social Policy from the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. Delia brings aarray of experience in research design, advanced analysis, and program evaluation in economic development, housing, and education policy.


Carlisha Williams Bradley, MPA







Carlisha Williams Bradley is a passionate educator and youth advocate who serves as the Executive Director of ImpactTulsa. Carlisha has held leadership roles as an educator, administrator, superintendent, and nonprofit leader showcasing her expertise in designing focused strategies, providing innovative learning opportunities for students, developing leaders, and maintaining strong community and organizational partnerships.


Andrea Stacy 













Andrea Stacy is the Associate Director of Early Learning. Andrea graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Northeastern State University in 2006.


Jessica Smith

Jessica is the Director of Early Learning at ImpactTulsa who is dedicated to serving children and enhancing education in the Tulsa community. She brings more than fifteen years of public education and nonprofit experience to the organization. Her passion and drive to improve the lives of students are evident throughout her career.

Laura Latta










Laura Latta is the Director of Post-Secondary Partnerships and Research at ImpactTulsa. Her range of experiences in public education, post-secondary instruction, and educational research contribute to her skill and passion for supporting post-secondary initiatives.


Lauren Theisse









Lauren Thiesse is the Manager of Continuous Learning and Improvement with ImpactTulsa. She moved to Oklahoma from her home state of Maryland in 2014 after she graduated from McDaniel College with a degree in English. She holds an MPA from the University of Oklahoma- Tulsa. Lauren served as an Americorps member and program manager with Reading Partners. She is passionate about facilitating Collaborative Action Networks to help organizations learn from each other and improve the lives of children and families in Tulsa.


Vanessa Dinh-Nguyen









Vanessa Dinh-Nguyen is a Tulsa native. She attended Oklahoma State University and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Sciences with an emphasis on Child and Family Services. She is currently working toward her Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology and gaining insight for improving educational programming and curriculum.


Dan Botting, MAE, MPP









Dan Botting brings a strong analytical eye with a focus on the big picture to ImpactTulsa. As a member of the Research and Analysis team, Dan will use his background in advanced analysis, research, program evaluation, and education policy to support our partners throughout the Tulsa community.


Michelle Allgood

Michelle Allgood is an Education Pioneer Impact Fellow serving as the Continuous Learning and Improvement Project Manager.