405-406-1790 • Oklahoma City business people find ways to a help make our community a better place.

Vicki Behenna

 OK County District Attorney

Vicki Behenna, is the newly elected District Attorney for Oklahoma County and the first female ever elected to that position. She is a former Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma. During her tenure as an Assistant United States Attorney, she tried numerous fraud cases including bank, wire, mail, corporate and healthcare and was responsible for the prosecution of complex public corruption cases. Behenna’s background and extensive investigative experience with complex investigations resulted in the conviction of many high-
profile defendants.

Among her noteworthy prosecutions, Behenna was selected to participate in the Oklahoma City bombing case against Timothy McVeigh as a special attorney to then U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno. Upon completion of the case, Behenna was selected by U.S. Attorney Pat Ryan to serve as senior litigation counsel for the Western District of Oklahoma. Behenna has tried numerous bank fraud cases including a case against State Senator Paul Taliaferro and Dale Mitchell. She was involved in the investigation and prosecution of two high profile public corruption cases involving the Oklahoma State Treasurer’s office and the Senate Pro Tempe. She also was involved in an off-label marketing case that resulted in a criminal conviction of Wyeth Pharmaceuticals and a settlement to the government in the amount of $491 million.
Behenna left the U.S. Attorney’s Office after 25 years and entered private practice representing clients charged with a variety of state and federal crimes. Immediately upon leaving the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Behenna joined Crowe & Dunlevy as an advisory director and then opened her own firm of Behenna, Goerke, Krahl & Meyer. She also served as Executive Director of the Oklahoma Innocence Project at the Oklahoma City University School of Law.
Behenna has received several accolades during her 39 year career including the Trial Advocacy Award given by the Association of Government Lawyers in Capital Litigation, Distinguished Service Award from by U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, Integrity Award presented by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, was recognized by the Western District of Oklahoma as an Outstanding Assistant U.S. Attorney in 2012, and was awarded Distinguished Law Alumna by Oklahoma City University School of Law in 2013.
Behenna is an active speaker and a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, American Bar Association, Oklahoma Association of Women Lawyers and William J. Holloway, Jr. American Inn of Court. She served as an adjunct professor at Oklahoma City University School of Law instructing on trial practice and evidence courses.
Behenna received her Juris Doctor from the Oklahoma City University School of Law and her bachelor of arts in journalism from the University of Oklahoma.
Vicki has been married to her husband Scott for 45 years. She has three sons, three daughters-in- law, six grandchildren, two horses and one pound puppy named Lucy.

 405-713-1600         [email protected]

Speaking Date: Friday, May 10th @ 12:00pm 

Shane Morris

Editor – The Oklahoman

Shane is the General Manager and VP of Sales with the Oklahoman. He previously held a variety of local and regional sales leadership roles during his tenure with Gannett and most recently relocated from Fort Collins, CO to lead the Oklahoman team. He enjoys the outdoors, sports, has a passion for golf, and having grown up in Michigan will always be a Detroit Lions fan – for better or worse.

 970-219-4591         [email protected]

Speaking Date: Friday, May 31st @ 12:00pm

Joseph Messick

Executive Director – Vergilius Chamber Orchestra

Joseph Messick, M.M. & M.A., is a dedicated non-profit professional serving as Executive Director and chairperson of the board of directors. His experience ranges from finance, fundraising, and orchestral organization, as well as a touring musician. 

Born and raised in Oklahoma City, Joseph spent his formative years at Casady School, excelling in their music program on the violin as concertmaster, graduating in 2015. Joseph continued to pursue his musical education by getting his Bachelor of the Music Arts – Viola at DePauw School of Music in Greencastle, Indiana. Upon graduating with the class of 2019, Joseph returned home to Oklahoma City, where he took a job as an orchestra assistant at Edmond Memorial High School as well as teaching viola for the Alegria and Esperanza classes at El Sistema Oklahoma.  He then joined Mariachi Orgullo de América as a performing mariachi violinist, which he continues today.  He also serves as assistant principal viola with the Oklahoma Chamber Symphony.

Joseph started graduate school at Oklahoma City University, earning his Master in Music – Viola Performance and Master of Arts – Nonprofit Leadership (Arts Administration) from the Wanda Bass School of Music and the Petree College of Arts and Sciences, respectively, graduating with both classes of 2022. Halfway through both his master’s programs, Joseph was recruited for a position as a Research & Development Associate at Allied Arts Oklahoma in 2021.  He was promoted to Finance Associate in 2022.

405-408-1346          https://vcorchestra.org/about/

Speaking Date: Friday, June 7th @ 12:00pm

Jayme Phillips

OU Health – Central Oklahoma Health Impact Team (COHIT) 

Central Oklahoma Health Impact Team (COHIT).  Through this work, we aim to begin the process of developing joint community health improvement activities to begin working towards a collective impact. As such, our team including Mercy, SSM, Integris, OU Health, the Lynn Institute, and the Oklahoma City-County Health Department are attempting to ask what is happening to address the priority areas of education, housing, employment, access to healthy foods and access to healthcare in central Oklahoma. 

We’ve engaged more than 100 local non-profits and are continuing to reach out through existing coalition meetings and community meetings.

 918-824-5279          [email protected]        

Speaking Date: Friday, June 14th @ 12:00pm

Jack Werner

Rotary District 5750 Governor

Jack L. Werner is a forty-plus-year member of South Oklahoma City Rotary.  He has served the club in nearly every capacity   Jack and his daughter Lynn are both Paul Harris Fellows.  Through  Rotary, he works to help those with disabilities. He is currently working to raise funds for a ropes course for disabled children at the RYLA youth camp and is working with SOKC Rotary to sponsor a 5K Run to raise funds for Mobility Worldwide that furnishes mobility devices for disabled people in underdeveloped countries.  ShelterBox is also one of Jack’s passions for service through Rotary’s participation.  He serves as the district representative for ShelterBox.  

Jack Owns A to Z Inspections, a large commercial and residential inspection company in Oklahoma City. He is a forty-plus-year member of the South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce.  A certified accessibility inspector, Jack provides inspections and advice to help achieve compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act   He was awarded the OKC Mayor’s Clearing the Path Award for his work toward accessibility.  The NAHB named him the national Instructor of the Year for his work teaching classes to help builders and others apply accessibility standards. Through his business career, Jack enjoys opportunities to mentor and help people lead a well-rounded life, always including an invitation to join Rotary!  

Jack served with the United States Army, December 1, 1966 – December 1, 1970; Russian linguist, 4th Infantry Division, K Co., 75th Airborne Rangers, two tours in Vietnam.

Jack enjoys sharing his life with his partner, Suzanne, and his four adult children and six grandchildren.

405-406-1790          [email protected]

Speaking Date: Friday, June 28th @ 12:00pm

Byron Jackson

 Possibilities Inc

Strengthening the ability of people to work together for community change.
Possibilities helps people gain skills to work for positive change by advancing the values of Trust, Dignity and Service, while understanding and addressing conflict that arises from our differences. We understand that the results of such conflict in our society are isolation, social anxiety, fear and mistrust. The power of connection and diverse relationships is the core of our organization. Our vision is to build synergy through diversity, cooperation and creativity. Connection is critical for us to flourish as humans.

405-525-3131          [email protected]          www.possibilitiesinc.org

Speaking Date: Friday, July 26th @ 12:00pm

Pam Timmons

 Director of Development – Hough Ear Institute

Pam’s professional career has been in serving nonprofit organizations for over 35 years in administration, finance, marketing and fundraising. She has led record-setting fundraising campaigns, been a part of two major capital campaigns, and successfully managed relationships with major individual and corporate donors over the years.
Pam is the Director of Development for Hough Ear Institute. She works hard to take the nonprofit to sustainability, by engaging the community and building a large base of donors and volunteers to help those in need. Timmons used her experience in fundraising and developed a profitable fundraising strategy focusing on the resources, skills and tactics of the community to build a sustainable model of revenue for the mission.
Pam is community minded, serving in a variety of capacities on committees and as a board member for numerous organizations.

 

[email protected]                       405-639-2873

Speaking Date: Friday, July 26th @ 12:00pm 

Kendra Orcutt,   OTR, SCEM, CAPS

 Home Mods, PC

As a small business owner of Home Mods, PC, since 2002, Kendra is committed to providing her clients with the best possible care. She holds several certifications, including the Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) certification from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) in 2013 and the Specialty Certification in Environmental Modifications (SCEM) from the American Occupational Therapist Association (AOTA) in 2015.

Kendra’s expertise and dedication have earned her recognition in her field. She is a certified CAPS course instructor through NAHB and a popular speaker on home modifications. Kendra also volunteers for AARP, where she conducts Home Fit Guide presentations, and is an Oklahoma AARP Executive Council member.

Apart from her professional accomplishments, Kendra is also an adjunct professor at OUHSC and volunteers for the Norman Area for Autism Oklahoma. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Science in the Rehabilitation Sciences Program. With her extensive knowledge and experience, Kendra is a valuable asset to occupational therapy, and her commitment to her clients is unmatched.

 405-664-0956         [email protected]

Speaking Date: Friday, August 2nd @ 12:00pm 

Lori Basey

 No Boundaries International

Lori Basey knows no limits when working with traumatized populations and mobilizing others to respond to devastation.
She is a keynote presenter, delivering presentations to thousands and quoted throughout the globe in publications such as the Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, Daily News America, Orange County Register, People, Times of Mumbai, Daily Oklahoman, and Sierra Leone Times. Dr. Basey has been broadcasted within the United States and internationally, and had an article published in Advance, a therapeutic magazine.
Since 1991, she has specialized in acute psychiatric care, including trauma-informed therapeutic intervention following the Oklahoma City Murrah Federal Building bombing as well as the 9/11 disaster in NYC and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. She is an expert consultant in trauma associated with war, exploitation, and natural disaster.
In 1997, Dr. Basey and her husband, Dr. Tom Basey, DDS, began responding internationally with their professional expertise. Dr. Lori Basey has traveled to many countries, including Israel, Honduras, Haiti, Belize, Moldova, India, Turkey, and Sierra Leone, in response to manmade and natural disasters.
In 2006, Dr. Basey co-founded No Boundaries International (NBI), a non-profit organization run solely by volunteers in Oklahoma City, OK. As President of NBI, Dr. Basey provides training on trauma-informed care and mobilizes volunteers to help those in the local community, especially those affected by human trafficking. 

 405-513-5453         [email protected]

Speaking Date: Friday, August 9th @ 12:00pm 

Amy Bruce

 Director, Whiz Kids

Whiz Kids is working to reduce the opportunity gap for students through one-on-one mentorship and literacy support. We help students learn to read, so they can read to learn.  For over 25 years, our program has focused on serving the whole child: academically, emotionally, spiritually and physically. Whiz Kids is a faith-based, one-on-one volunteer tutoring and mentoring program that cares for students in kindergarten through 4th grade, by providing a space for them to be known, loved and nurtured, just as they are. Whiz Kids is caring for students who are reading below grade level, navigating inequitable systems and circumstances, and could benefit most from a mentor relationship with a compassionate adult. After one year in our program, Whiz Kids significantly reduce the opportunity gap caused by life’s circumstances and score an average of 32 points higher than their peers on state-administered reading tests.

 405-205-4855         [email protected]

Speaking Date: Friday, September 13th @ 12:00pm 

Ashley Simpson

 Executive Director, Cavett Kids Foundation

Ashley is the Executive Director of the Cavett Kids Foundation, an OKC based non-profit serving Oklahoma’s children and youth battling chronic and life-threatening illnesses. Ashley was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma and now lives in Edmond, OK with her husband Devin and fur-babies, Finn, Andy and Zazu. Ashley completed her Bachelor of Arts degree from Oklahoma State University and earned a dual Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology and Art Therapy at Southwestern College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Ashley is a nationally licensed Art Therapist achieving her ATR (Registered Art Therapist) in 2015. After grad school, Ashley began an internship with the Cavett Kids Foundation providing Art Therapy services to the patients of Oklahoma Children’s Hospital and was hired on as the Director of Diversionary Play for Cavett Kids. In 2018, she was named the Executive Director of the foundation.

A few of her awards include Nonprofit of the Year for three consecutive years
by the OKCYP, voted OKC’s 50 Most Influential Young Professionals, voted
Oklahoma City’s Most Powerful Young Professional in 2022, 2023, and 2024 by
OKC Friday, and featured in the top 100 “Wildly Capable Women” by Hundred
Magazine. When Ashley is not at work, you can most likely find her enjoying
time at Lake Eufaula, traveling, volunteering, watching OSU sports or trying to
convince her husband to get another Golden Retriever.

 405-271-2271         [email protected]

Speaking Date: Friday, September 27th @ 12:00pm