Lauren Thiesse, Manager of Continuous Learning and Improvement

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....

Lauren King, Continuous Learning and Improvement Specialist

Lauren King joined the ImpactTulsa team in February 2020 after moving from her home state of Illinois. She has over 12 years experience working in the Chicagoland nonprofit sector as a program evaluator and community organizer. She spent 9 years doing behavioral health program evaluation at Children’s Research Triangle and then joined Youth Guidance as the Quality Improvement Manager. Previously, Lauren was an Adjunct Instructor and taught Diversity and Community Engagement to graduate students at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, where she earned her MA in Forensic Psychology....

Curcio Smith, Collaborative Action Network Specialist

While serving as the Outreach and Admission Counselor at Tulsa Job Corps, he had the opportunity to establish relationships with the community, schools, and various social organizations to promote educational and vocational training.  Also, while working as the Contract Career Advisor at Gary Job Corps in Houston, Curcio was able to effectively guide over 50% of the students on his caseload towards their desired vocation. Most recently, he has worked as Business Service Liaison for Workforce Tulsa. During this time Curcio was able to train, mentor,...

Vanessa Dinh-Nguyen, Education and Collaborative Action Project Manager

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. Vanessa has experience working directly with students in a wide range of nonprofit organizations including the Oklahoma WONDERtorium, the YMCA of greater Tulsa, the Union of Vietnamese Student Associations-South Region. These opportunities have contributed to her...

Andrea Stacy, Director of School District Support

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. Prior to joining the ImpactTulsa team, Andrea worked for nine years as a teacher in Tulsa Public Schools. During this time, she spent three years teaching middle school math at Gilcrease Elementary and six years teaching 3rd-5th grade at Marshall Elementary. Andrea received the honor of the 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year award at Marshall Elementary.   Through her teaching career, Andrea gained experience in administration and student intervention programs. As the teacher in charge, she served as...

Lauren Thiesse, Manager of Continuous Learning and Improvement

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. ...

Laura Latta, Director of Post-Seconrdary Partnerships and Research

Laura Latta holds a Ph.D. in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum from the Jeanine Rainbolt College of Education at the University of Oklahoma. She 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.   Prior to joining the ImpactTulsa team, Laura worked for seven years as an educator in the Union Public School district. She also worked as an administrator and Community School Coordinator at Rosa Parks Elementary....

Delia Kimbrel, Director of Research and Analysis

Dr. Delia Kimbrel holds a Ph.D. in Social Policy from the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. Delia brings an array of experience in research design, advanced analysis, and program evaluation in economic development, housing, and education policy.  For ten years, Delia worked at the Institute on Assets and Social Policy leading multi-year, formative, impact, and cost-benefit evaluations of federal HUD, housing-based, self-sufficiency, economic service, and asset-building initiatives for low-income families throughout Massachusetts and Maine.     As a Harvard University, Rappaport Public Policy...

Jessica Smith, Senior Director of Education and Collaborative Action

Jessica Smith 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. Before joining the ImpactTulsa team, Jessica led a team of 52 people to serve over 1,300 students in 22 Tulsa Public Schools as the Program Director for Reading Partners Tulsa, where student enrollment increased 400%...