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Copyright 2003

Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy
420 N.W. 13th Street
Suite 101
Oklahoma City 73103
Phone: 405-236-5437
Fax: 405-236-5439

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OICA Board of Directors

Kids Count Leadership

Kids Count Leaders


Oklahoma KIDS COUNT Partnership supported by:

Annie E. Casey Foundation
The Chickasaw Nation

Allied Steel Construction Company
Hansen Masonry Contractors, Inc.
Stillwater National Bank and Trust Company
Sonic, America's Drive-In

Integris Health
Community Service Council of Greater Tulsa
Crowe & Dunlevy
Drs. Roger and Carol Sheldon
S Design, Inc.

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Oklahoma KIDS COUNT Partnership:

Lead Agency
Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy
Anne Roberts, Executive Director, Oklahoma KIDS COUNT Project Director
Ann Salazar, Oklahoma KIDS COUNT Project Coordinator
Julianna Osuna, Oklahoma KIDS COUNT Factbook Project Coordinator

Data Analyst and Writer
Ingraham & Associates, PLLC
Sandy Ingraham, JD, MSW
Nina Rowland, Administrator

Data Partner
Oklahoma Department of Commerce
Kathy Taylor, Secretary of Commerce and Tourism
Jeff Wallace, Director of Programs

Leadership Partner
Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth
Janice Hendryx, Executive Director
Lisa Smith, Assistant Director

Design Partner
S Design, Inc.
Sarah Sears, Creative Direction
David Derringer, Design
Taylor Valentine, Design

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Oklahoma KIDS COUNT thanks the many individuals and organizations for their partnership in preparing this publication. Many individuals at the respective agencies assisted with this endeavor.

Leslie Beitsch
Oklahoma State Department of Health

Robert Buswell
Office of Accountability

Sandy Garrett
Oklahoma State Department of Education

Howard Hendrick
Oklahoma Department of Human Services

DeWade Langley
Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation

Susan McVey
Oklahoma Department of Libraries

Kathy Taylor
Oklahoma Department of Commerce

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Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy
Board of Directors 2003

Lyn Hester, President, Oklahoma City
Ken Young, VP Public Policy, Oklahoma City
Kell Kelly, VP Development, Bristow
Mary Monfort, Ph.D., VP Development, Oklahoma City
Kimberly Francisco, VP Directors, Oklahoma City
Laurie Fuller, Secretary/Treasurer, Muskogee
Ron Rocke, President Elect, Oklahoma City

Anne Calvert, Oklahoma City
Bill Doenges, Tulsa
Doug Fox, Tulsa
Andrew Glenn, Ph.D., Norman
Shawn Groendyke-Hodgen, Enid
Jay Keel, Ada
Ed Legako, M.D., Lawton
Caroline Linehan, Oklahoma City
Bob McCormick, Stillwater
Peggy McCormick, Stillwater
D. Kent Meyers, Oklahoma City
Dick Mosher, Bartlesville
Cathy Shearer, LPC M.Div., Oklahoma City
Roger Sheldon, M.D., Oklahoma City
Dean Stringer, Oklahoma City
Deborah Watson, Drumright

Anne Roberts, Executive Director, Norman

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About Oklahoma KIDS COUNT Leadership

Leaders Build Relationships
Members of each Oklahoma KIDS COUNT Leadership Class work locally and across the state with others who are interested in improving the lives of Oklahoma’s children and youth. Leaders have the opportunity to network with policymakers, community leaders, social service providers and concerned citizens.

Leaders Help Solve Problems
One tenet of KIDS COUNT is that local people solve local problems. Each Leader receives technical assistance and leadership training to support them in their role as a resource person on children and youth issues. Individuals who are a part of KIDS COUNT guide their own communities toward creating a better life for children and youth.

Leaders Work For Children And Youth
Children and youth are our voiceless, voteless citizens. KIDS COUNT Leaders elevate public awareness of pertinent issues on behalf of children and youth. Through media releases and events, community meetings, Child Watch Visits, Round Table discussions and other publicity activities, Leaders generate public interest and provide helpful information on issues important to children and youth.

Leaders Make A Difference
They are Leaders who care about children and youth. They lead others to the cause. The work that they do lifts them up as role models to all members of the community. Through Oklahoma KIDS COUNT, they have the resources, connections and support to improve the lives of children and youth.

Individuals from all racial, ethnic, religious, socioeconomic, professional and political backgrounds, from high school age to senior citizens are encouraged to apply.

KIDS COUNT Leaders must be available to attend the KIDS COUNT Advocacy Camp which is held the first Friday and Saturday in August.

The year-round application process for Oklahoma KIDS COUNT Leadership is easy! Applications must be postmarked on or before the third Monday in June. Please contact Ann Patterson Salazar at 405/236-5437 extension 106, or if you have any questions, or go to to download an application.

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Oklahoma KIDS COUNT Leaders

Oklahoma KIDS COUNT Leaders are trained in the areas of legislative and grass roots advocacy, communicating children’s issues and community organizing. KIDS COUNT Leaders are available for group presentations and individual meetings.

KIDS COUNT Leaders are chosen annually through an application process. (See above.)

Northwestern Oklahoma
Coleen Buckmaster
Cammy McDaugale
Debi Shire
Robin Wittwer-Swaim
Kathy Moore

Southwestern Oklahoma
Rose Jenkins
Lesley Green
Fort Cobb:
Elaine Bellamy
Angelina Bernard
Jenny Breeden
Regina Hargrove
Katy Isham
Anne Jones-Gray
Art Koenig
Barbara Morgan
Mary Jac Rauh

Southeastern Oklahoma
Hal Johnson
Shaen Sommer
Earlene Mason
Cindy Simmons
Pauls Valley:
Carol Williams
Beth Stanford
Sharon Gile
Teresa Butler

Central Oklahoma
Melinda Campbell
Shawn Alyea
Mary Boren
Jessica Brent
Allysceacioun Britt-Warrior
Terri Burlison
Sheila Griffin
Sarah Koss
Lacy Lodes
Maira Moreno-Hoetker
Leshia Pearson
Casey Reed
Julia Reed
El Reno:
Beth Kouba
Heather Wright
Linda York
Midwest City:
Chelsea Waller
Sjonna Whitsitt
Patricia Young
Patricia Atkinson
Katie Bradshaw-Campbell
Mary Holter
Melissa McLawhorn
Kelley Nedbalek
Julianna Osuna
Sarah Ann Redwine
Laura Rhodes
Fran Rice
Denise Squier
Oklahoma City:
Lindsay Ames
Jana Armstrong
Marty Bacher
Gloria Bates
Masie Bross
Peggy Byerly
Diane Cabellero
Belinda Caudle
Suzanne Cannon
Thelma Chambers Young
Doug Cherry
Karen Coakley
Marcia Coffman
Cara Collinson
Cloyd Cornish-Patton
Tonya Dennis
Denise Edmond
April Edwards
Vera Ford
Chris Foss
Stacey Frakes
Deann Gattis
Patty Grotta
Lou Huff
LaDonna Hunt
Annette Jacobi
Denise Johnson-Hole
Michelle Kees
Karen Landolfi
Barbara Liggins-Acosta
Heather Martin
Earlene Mason
Kelli McNeal
Priscilla Metoyer
Debbie Miller
Marchell Newton
Keith Pirtle
Scott Prough
Ed Pulido
Corina Ramirez
Belinda Rogers
Stella Ross
Sally Selvidge
Brent Simpson
Charla Tubb
Carole Turner
Marcy Wiggins
Ellen Wisdom
George Young
Susan Cochran-Morris
Jon Greenwood
Traci Guptill
Katie Morris-Henson
Robyn Bourlan-Carey
Jennifer King
Warr Acres:
Patty Young

Northeasten Oklahoma
Sammy Bouy
Kelly Eisenberger
Melissa Nuttall
Debbie Rischard
Darla Akin
Bethany Dornberger
Sue Ann Holder
Martha Alford
Laurie Fuller
Sarah Hopkins
Mark Wilkerson
Lisa Jo Griffith-Eldridge
Dianna Humphrey
JoBeth Spears
Ponca City:
Christy Gonterman
Shirley Glenn
Gayla Anderson
Becky Bland
Marjorie Lyons
Ruth Moore
Roeann Gibson
Barbara Gish
Peggy McCormick
Susan Weaver
Regina Christie-Bell
Howard Clark
Toby Robles
Janice Airhart
Patricia Atkinson
Molly Casteel
Kathy J. Coorpender
Tonya Crewell
Brian Franklin
Samantha Franklin
Lesley Gudgel
Kim Hall
Athene Kennemer, RN
Peggy Lisenbee
Dawn Parton
Arthetta Pouncil
Karen Rhoades
Lynn Roach
Stacey Rogers
Linda Watts
Elizabeth Nottingham
Watt Osage


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