Lunch & Learn | CREOKS Helps Fill the Gaps

Lunch & Learn's kicked off at CREOKS, a behavioral health non-profit in located in Tulsa and serving the entire state. CREOKS has a number of school and home based services and were early on seen as an important partner for the initiative. “From the very early stages, CREOKS was recommended to be a part of the conversation. Their outcome-based work with students in schools and homes show they help students improve in all areas of their lives.” said Monroe Nichols, Chief Operating Officer, IMPACT!Tulsa. Nichols presented the...

Leaders from Business, Education, Philanthropy, and Faith Community Meet for Design Institute

First, we want to thank you for attending the Design Institute. We had nearly 100 people from Business, Education, Philanthropy, and the Faith Community—you make this partnership possible. Second, we were reading through the commitment cards–we’re grateful for your generosity and the level of commitment to improving the lives of students in the Tulsa area. We’ll follow up on the areas you indicated soon. Next Steps We had great response from the data side and we fully expect to have a strong group working in this area. Our...

Ashley Harris Philippsen, Senior Director of Engagement & Advocacy

Ashley Harris Philippsen is a systems, culture, and equity coach with over a decade of experience in education, leadership development, civic engagement, and school and curriculum design. Ashley uses her experience to partner with students and families, districts, and partner organizations as they navigate system complexities. Through her career, with roles including Executive Director at Met Cares, Managing Director of Teacher Leadership Development at Teach For America, and Founding Dean of Students at YES Prep Public Schools, Ashley has developed skills in small and large...

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. ...