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 TCF 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, Oktoberfest, Inc. 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.
Shalene Belford joined the TCF accounting team as Staff Accountant in April 2018. She has several years of experience in non-profit accounting and graduated in December 2017 from NSUBA with a bachelor’s in Public Accounting and a minor in Business Management. Currently, she is enrolled at the University of Oklahoma to obtain her Masters of Accountancy by 2020. In addition to her role at TCF and pursuit of higher education, Shalene is actively involved with local Tulsa non-profits, serving on board and committee groups. Her passion to help non-profits grow and succeed on a financial level is what drew her to Tulsa Community Foundation, and her work here is fulfilling professionally and personally. Outside of the office, Shalene and her husband Neil enjoy traveling, reading, learning, spending time with friends and family, and playfully tormenting their furbabies Holly, Toby, Bernadette, and Sapphi.
Stacy Clarke joined TCF as a Program Coordinator in November of 2017. She received her BFA from Oklahoma State University. She also attended culinary school at Oklahoma State University in Okmulgee. She has worked in various positions in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Her varied roles have given her an extensive background in what it takes to get a task done and she never shies away from new challenges. Currently she is a board member of Tulsa Artists’ Coalition. Away from work she spends time with her friends, family and pets. She enjoys cooking, reading, traveling and spending time outdoors.
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.
Jessica Lee serves as the Grants Administrator for TCF. 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 serves as the senior accountant for the TCF. 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.
Gena McNally joined TCF and the George Kaiser Family Foundation as an Internship Coordinator in April of 2018. She is a graduate of Oklahoma State University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Strategic Communications. Gena is a native Tulsan and thoroughly enjoys working for a company who puts Tulsa first. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with friends and family.
Katie Oliver joined TCF and George Kaiser Family Foundation as HR Manager in August of 2017. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Tulsa and master’s degree from the University of West Florida. Katie is currently on the Barre Society Committee at the Tulsa Ballet and is an active member of the Tulsa Area Human Resources Association. She is a native Tulsan and outside of work enjoys spending time with family, traveling & Tulsa’s many brunch options.
Corazon Pardo (Cori) joined TCF as a Program Coordinator in September of 2019. Cori was born in Zacatecas, Mexico and has lived in Tulsa for 20 years. She has worked in Tulsa for the last 9 years as a social worker helping families in medical, educational and non-profit sectors. Cori is a first-generation college graduate, earning a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Oklahoma. She is an active volunteer at her church. She loves spending time with her family and friends.
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 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 joined TCF as a Program Officer in August of 2015. Before TCF, 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. Outside of work, Jessica enjoys time with her husband, Alex, and their twin daughters.
Wilson White Jr.
Wilson joined TCF as a Program Coordinator in October 2019. He is a Tulsa native and graduate of Bishop Kelley High School. Wilson earned his bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Human Services from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. During his senior year internship at Adaptive Sports Association, Wilson blended his love of skiing and serving others. Upon graduation, Wilson was hired as the assistant program coordinator facilitating and leading ski & snowboard lessons, white-water rafting trips, and outdoor adventures for people with disabilities. After a year as the assistant program director, Wilson moved home to Tulsa. Eager to jump back into the non-profit sector and make a stronger impact on his community, and himself, Wilson joined A New Leaf in March 2018 coordinating development efforts. Outside of the office, Wilson loves spending time outdoors, at the lake, or skiing down a mountain. He lives in midtown with his boyfriend, Aaron, two corgis and a cat.
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 TCF 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 350 nonprofit organizations and schools with a wide array of IT products and services. The 501Tech team of eleven currently supports 3,100 PCs representing 110 nonprofit organizations operating out of 150 offices across Oklahoma.