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Staff Profiles


Phil Lakin, Jr. – Chief Executive Officer

Phil Lakin, Jr. has led Tulsa Community Foundation (TCF) since July 1999. He is the only individual to serve as the chief executive of the foundation. Phil works to set the strategic vision for TCF and supervises both long-term and daily goals and activities. Phil is passionate about his work with donors, community leaders and elected officials to improve the Tulsa area. Phil serves the City of Tulsa as the Tulsa City Councilor for District 8, comprising much of South Tulsa. Phil is past president of the Rotary Club of Tulsa, the 10th largest Rotary club in the world, and a graduate of Leadership Tulsa (Class 27).

Phil is a native Tulsan and graduate of Jenks High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and finance, as well as his Master of Business Administration, from Baylor University. Before joining TCF, Phil worked for Baylor University’s Office of Development, managing development efforts for northeastern Texas and six additional states. He and his wife Adriane have three sons. Phil has hiked or climbed to the summits of all of Colorado’s 54 14,000-foot mountains.

Jeff Stava – Chief Operating Officer

Jeff Stava brings a business background to his work at Tulsa Community Foundation and George Kaiser Family Foundation. Jeff graduated from Jenks High School in 1987 and obtained his Bachelor of Business Administration from Baylor University in 1991.

Jeff helps set strategic vision for the foundation, oversees the operations and works to increase efficiency while maintaining superior service for donors and nonprofit agencies. In addition to his role as COO, he serves as the executive director of the Tulsa Beautification Foundation (a supporting organization of TCF) where he works on projects including downtown revitalization, economic development, assisting neighborhood improvement projects and various beautification projects around Tulsa. Jeff also oversees George Kaiser Family Foundation’s (GKFF) real estate portfolio and is the executive director and trustee for A Gathering Place for Tulsa the George Kaiser Family Foundation’s 100 acre, $400mm river front park development.

Jeff is a graduate of Leadership Tulsa (Class 28), trustee and vice chair for the Tulsa Airport Improvement Trust, Immediate past chairman of the VisiTulsa Regional Tourism Executive Board of Directors, vice chair of the Tulsa Metro Chamber Executive Board of Directors, member of the Board of Governors for Catholic Charities and is a member and officer of Young Presidents Organization. In 2013 Jeff helped recruit the BASSMasters Classic to Tulsa (which is coming back to Tulsa this year) and served as the Local Organizing Committee Chairman for the event. Jeff and his wife Susie have 2 sons; Will (8) and Luke (7).

Debbie C. Allen – Controller

Debbie Allen joined TCF in June 2006. As controller, Debbie oversees all accounting and financial operations of the foundation. In addition, she coordinates TCF’s annual external audit review and the compilation of TCF’s annual IRS Form 990. Debbie is a CPA and graduate of the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science in accounting. She has worked in both public and private accounting departments during her career. Debbie enjoys the continual challenge of adapting her financial and accounting responsibilities and abilities to the broad and ever-changing activities in which TCF is involved. Debbie and her husband have three children.

Mike Dodson – Chief Development Officer

Mike serves the community by assisting donors and the nonprofit sector with the creation of charitable funds and program solutions. He oversees TCF’s donor and delivery services, gift recognition, asset development, special events, promotional efforts and marketing activities. He also develops and administers select special projects to promote collaboration, improve outcomes and advance the Tulsa region.

Mike’s career includes broad corporate, nonprofit and development experience in the fields of oil and gas exploration, small business management, university athletics, major event management and sports administration. He most recently was Executive Director of the Tulsa Sports Commission, a nonprofit organization where more than $100 million in economic impact was generated to benefit the Tulsa region. He holds board positions with several organizations including The University of Tulsa, Camp Loughridge, Park Friends and Tulsa Tough. A long-time Tulsan and graduate of The University of Tulsa, Mike enjoys sports, the outdoors and traveling. Mike and his wife, Amy, have two sons.

Mindy Flenniken

Mindy Flenniken joined TCF in January of 2016 as a part-time Administrative Specialist.  She grew up in Kansas and graduated from Plainville High School.  Shortly after, she moved to Oklahoma where she went on to earn a B.S. in Finance from Northeastern State University.  She and her husband of 25 years have two sons.  Mindy is excited to work for an organization that, at its heart, helps so many others.  Mindy enjoys spending time with her family, baking, running and reading.

Candice Groves

Candice Groves joined TCF/GKFF in November 2008 bringing financial, administrative and marketing experience with her. Upon joining TCF/GKFF Candice served as Administrative Specialist, she now currently serves as the senior accountant for the George Kaiser Family Foundation (a supporting organization of TCF), Tulsa Beautification Foundation (a supporting organization of TCF), and several other entities. She also continues to assist in many accounting, administration and day-to-day duties for the Tulsa Community Foundation. Candice graduated from Union High School in Tulsa, attending Union all 12 years of schooling – she was a “Union lifer” as they are called. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Marketing as well as a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Northeastern State University. As of December 2015, she is also a licensed Certified Public Accountant.  She currently serves on the board of the H.O.W. Foundation. Candice says her favorite part of working at TCF is simply being a part of an organization with such a deep reach into and care for the Tulsa community. When she is not working, Candice enjoys spending time with her husband.  She is also an avid OU sports fan and enjoys live music.

Ricci Hickman

Ricci Hickman joined TCF in August of 2013 as the Scholarship Coordinator. She grew up in Broken Arrow and graduated from Owasso High School. Ricci married her high school sweetheart and 18 years later, they have four children. Ricci’s favorite part of working at TCF is seeing firsthand the impact TCF makes on the local Community. In her spare time Ricci enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with her family.

Jessica Lee

Jessica Lee serves as the Grants Administrator for Tulsa Community Foundation.  She is the primary contact for donors when they advise grants through TCF funds to nonprofit agencies receiving distribution payments.  Before joining TCF, Jessica worked for over 10 years in the banking industry serving in various roles.  Jessica is a native Tulsan and attended Rogers State University.  Outside of the office Jessica enjoys concerts, boating and spending time with her husband, Greg and their three children.

Lindsay Marler

Lindsay Marler serves as the senior accountant for the Tulsa Community Foundation. She processes all gifts to TCF, as well as payments from TCF for grants and operating expenses. Before joining Tulsa Community Foundation, in 2007, she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Management with a minor in Marketing from Oklahoma State University. Outside of the office Lindsay is an OSU sports fanatic and enjoys spending time with her husband, Greg, and their daughter.

Lacey Matney

Lacey Matney joined Tulsa Community Foundation and George Kaiser Family Foundation in 2011. Lacey received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma and her master’s degree, focused on community development and public administration, from University of Nebraska-Omaha. She has worked as a Court Appointed Special Advocate through Tulsa CASA and is a previous director for Green Drinks Tulsa. Currently, Lacey helps TCF administer corporate emergency assistance and disaster relief programs, as well as TCF’s medical assistance programs through the Larry W. Brummett Foundation and Lorie Lord Breast Cancer Foundation.

Holly Raley 

Holly Raley joined TCF in August 2015 as a Program Officer.  Her professional experience includes strategic business development in the areas of:  nonprofit, for-profit and small business.  She serves on various boards and committees within Tulsa Public Schools and is an active member of the National Charity League.  She is a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School and the University of Oklahoma.  In her spare time, she enjoys running, snow skiing, wakeboarding and traveling.  Holly and her husband, Kevin, have two daughters.

Suzanne Schreiber

Suzanne Schreiber joined TCF in March of 2012. Suzanne is a native New Mexican who came to the University of Tulsa at age 18 and despite many attempts has never quite been able to leave the great city of Tulsa. Her work at TCF involves administering TCF’s Civic Priorities donor group, fostering strategic community partnerships and attention to special community initiatives. Prior to joining TCF, Suzanne worked as an attorney and as a federal law clerk for both the district and appellate courts. She twice took leave from her legal career to work on her mother’s political campaigns for lieutenant governor and governor of New Mexico. Her decision to work in philanthropy was inspired by her uncle Bill Daniels, founder of the Daniels Fund. Suzanne and her husband Tony have four children. She considers it a privilege to help take care of her family, makes a mean cinnamon roll, and is an avid follower of politics.

Jessica Sisemore

Before beginning as a Program Officer at Tulsa Community Foundation in August 2015, Jessica worked in the Tulsa nonprofit community with positions at Tulsa Ballet, OU-Tulsa and Iron Gate.   She received her undergraduate degree in music performance at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri and a Master of Arts in Performing Arts Administration at New York University.  Jessica currently serves on the Board of Directors for Tulsa Girls Art School and is a volunteer tutor for the Tulsa Library’s Adult Literacy Service.  She enjoys reading, spending time in Tulsa with friends and family, and traveling with her husband.

Mark Whitmire

Mark Whitmire moved to Tulsa from New Orleans in 1970 and has lived and worked in Oklahoma ever since. After graduating from Memorial High School, Mark earned a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Computer Science from Oklahoma State University after which he pursued a career in information technology management. He has held senior leadership positions in several large Oklahoma-based companies. Mark joined Tulsa Community Foundation in June 2010 to develop an IT shared services program serving the needs of Oklahoma nonprofits. Now known as 501Tech (www.501tech.net), the program has served more than 275 nonprofit organizations and schools with a wide array of IT products and services. The 501Tech team of eleven currently supports 2,500 PCs representing 80 nonprofit organizations operating out of 150 offices across Oklahoma.

Lori Wood 

Lori Wood joined TCF in December of 2015. Lori received her bachelor’s and master’s degree in geosciences from The University of Tulsa, graduating in 2015. Lori is working with the Philanthropic Preparedness, Resiliency and Emergency Partnership Pilot Program (PPREP) to better prepare communities for natural, economic and social disasters. In addition, Lori serves as an administrative specialist, maintains TCF’s website and coordinates social media strategies. Outside of the office, Lori values community involvement and serves as the sponsorship chair for Tulsa Geological Society and as a volunteer at Happy Hands Education Center and The Little Lighthouse. Lori enjoys yoga, the great outdoors and frequent traveling.