Staff Profiles

Phil Lakin, Jr. – Chief Executive Officer

Phil Lakin, Jr. has led Tulsa Community Foundation (TCF) since TCF’s formation. Phil works with TCF’s Board of Trustees 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 serves on the boards of many national and regional not-for-profit entities.

Phil is a native Tulsan and graduate of Jenks High School. He earned his BBA in economics and finance, as well as his MBA, 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 69 of the 70 14,000’ mountains in the continental United States.

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. In 2019 Jeff was inducted into the Tulsa Hall of Fame. Jeff and his wife Susie have 2 sons; Will and Luke.

Debbie C. Allen 

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 enjoys spending time with her three children, dog and grandchild.

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

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 Spring 2021. 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. Shalene and Neil welcomed their first child, Alice, in September 2019.

Angela Boyd

Angela Boyd joined TCF in early 2018 as an Administrative Specialist. Angela is the first point of contact at TCF, manages front office operations, and provides support to TCF leadership. Before joining TCF Angela worked at the University of Oklahoma for over 12 years in various capacities. Angela is married to Mark Boyd, an avid golfer and small business owner in Tulsa. Angela feels the best part about working at TCF is the opportunity to serve and connect with others in the community.

Jordan Edmiston

Jordan Roberts was born and raised in Oklahoma. She previous worked for Kaiser-Francis Oil Company for 11 years before moving to Tulsa Community Foundation. In her spare time she enjoys watching her son play baseball and spending time with family.

Kristin Karlin – Controller

Kristin was born and raised in Texas, before moving to Tulsa to attend college. Kristin obtained her Bachelors of Science in Accounting and her MBA from the University of Tulsa. It was during college that she fell in love with Tulsa and its big town appeal, but small town feel. She has worked for public accounting firms and a publicly held company in her career and is excited to work for this great organization. She enjoys travelling, cooking, and spending time with her family. She and her husband have three children (and soon to be four!).

Mindy Flenniken

Mindy Flenniken joined TCF in January of 2016 as a 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.

Lisa Jones

Lisa Jones joined TCF in April of 2019 as an Accounts Payable Clerk.  She graduated from Langston University with a B.S in Biology.  Away from work Lisa enjoys reading, walking, bike riding and spending time with her children and grand-children.

Jessica Lee

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

Lindsay Marler joined TCF and George Kaiser Family Foundation in January 2007. She has held various roles during her tenure and currently serves as the Accounting Manager for TCF. She manages higher level accounting functions for the organization and also any special projects that come her way. Lindsay considers it a privilege to assist with civic enhancement projects as they come to fruition, such as Gathering Place and Guthrie Green. Lindsay is a native Tulsan and graduated from Oklahoma State University (Go Pokes!). She enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and their two daughters at home or someplace warm, like the lake or a beach.

Katie Oliver

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 involved in Tulsa Barre Society and is an active member of the Tulsa Area Human Resources Association. She is a native Tulsan and enjoys traveling and spending time with her family, friends and very spoiled dog.

Corazon Pardo

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 

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.

Jessica Sisemore

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.