Board of Directors
Nichole Moisant Gillett, President, is a partner in the law firm of Banks, Gillett, and Gillett in Oklahoma City. Nichole earned her BA in Political Science and BA in Communication from the University of Oklahoma. After graduation, she spent time in Austin, Texas, but longed to return to the Sooner State. She returned to Oklahoma and earned her Juris Doctor from Oklahoma City University. She is currently a member of the Downtown Exchange Club and actively participates in many sections through the Oklahoma Bar Association. Her passions include public education and helping kids transition from foster care to early adulthood. In her free time, Nichole curates and collects recipes, hosts dinner parties, and supports local restaurants and craft breweries. She lives in Edmond with her husband Ryan and their daughter.
Scott Melson, Vice President, is a physician at Just Kids Pediatrics in Moore, OK where he practices primary care pediatrics. Scott grew up in Edmond, OK and later attended the University of Oklahoma for both his undergraduate degree and medical school. He met his wife Ashley while in college and since 2007 they have made their home in Oklahoma City. Scott is actively involved with Infant Crisis Services in Oklahoma City, sitting on the Young Professionals Board as well as volunteering in the mentor at White Fields, a non-profit organization that cares for abused and neglected boys who are in the custody of the state of Oklahoma. Scott and Ashley love trying new restaurants, traveling and watching OU football and Thunder basketball.
Ava Doyle, Secretary, is an educator with a strong passion for Oklahomans educated in political/civic engagement, media literacy, domestic and international affairs, and many other issues. She is a graduate from the University of Oklahoma where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Journalism-Public Relations and a minor in Nonprofit Organization Studies. While there, she gained opportunities to intern and work in the business, nonprofit, and public sectors, and to study and intern abroad in Washington, D.C. and Daegu, South Korea. Currently, she teaches financial literacy and returned to the University of Oklahoma to pursue a master’s degree in Adult and Higher Education Administration. Ava is a “Big Sister” with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Oklahoma City and a board member on the Central Oklahoma Workforce Industrial Board’s Youth Council. A native of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, she resides in Oklahoma City with her cat.
Gary Caplinger, Treasurer, is a Certified GREEN Realtor® with the Urban Living OKC group at Verbode. Gary’s business and heart are focused on the Downtown, Midtown, and Historic urban core residential markets in Oklahoma City. Gary earned BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma before practicing in the semiconductor and materials industries. Gary and his wife Kathryn made a conscious effort to move back to OKC in 2004, planting their lives in one of OKC’s historic districts with the hope of seeing and building a transformed urban core community. Gary & Kathryn have two children in OKC Public School’s Cleveland Elementary and are fierce advocates for a City that works and cares for all of its citizens.
Kendra Horn is passionate about supporting women, creating conscious leaders, and affecting change in her community. A 5th generation Oklahoman, Kendra believes in public service, sensible public policy, and the power of listening and speaking up when it matters most.
A senior consultant with the Mettise Group, Kendra previously served as the co-founder and Executive Director of Women Lead Oklahoma, where she worked to build a community of dynamic, engaged women leaders across the state. She also served as the Executive Director of Sally’s List, an organization devoted to recruiting and training progressive women to run for public office in Oklahoma. Through these organizations, she helped train and educate individuals about the structures that govern civic life, interpersonal communication, and workplace dynamics so they can effectively create change.
Kendra’s diverse career includes experience in government relations, leadership development, law, marketing, branding, public relations, and crisis communications across both the public and private sectors. Kendra has worked in the aerospace industry, on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., on a number of political campaigns, and as an attorney and mediator. She brings a deep understanding of how government should work and excels at creating connection and dialogue in diverse groups.
Kendra currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women and is a proud member of Leadership Oklahoma Class 30. She encourages the next generation of leaders by working with the NEW Leadership program, Girl’s State, Girl Scouts, and the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature among others.
Kendra earned a BA in Political Science from the University of Tulsa and a Juris Doctorate from SMU Dedman School of Law in Dallas, Texas.
Lindsey Miller is a veteran political fundraising consultant, and the founder of PoliticalHeadStart.com, an online training site for candidates. In 2011 she helped start The Div, Inc, a non-profit dedicated to teaching Oklahoma kids to code, and she still serves on the board of directors. She is a lifelong Oklahoman and cares deeply about the direction our state is heading. She lives in Oklahoma City with her husband and 2 unruly, but very sweet children.
Kandyce Mitchell is a partner in Mitchell & Associates, a public affairs and communication consulting company. She produces lifestyle audio and video projects and directs social media for the Mitchell Talks network, focusing on arts, culture, food, and wine reviews. She is noted for highlighting the unique culture and entrepreneurial spirit in weekly “Food Truck of the Week” tributes. Kandyce has lived in both Italy and France and previously served as a logistics director for JB Hunt; she is currently pursuing her sommelier certification. A native of Woodward, OK, Kandyce has been married to Scott for 17 years and is the mother of 3 children, and the family has utilized virtually every academic choice offered by Oklahoma’s education system
Martin Ramirez serves as the Communications Director for Stand for Children Oklahoma, an education advocacy organization. Martin is active in his church where he’s the young adult pastor. He serves on the boards of the Oklahoma City Community College Alumni Association and the South Oklahoma City Rotary and is a member of the South Oklahoma City Chamber. He lives in Oklahoma City with his wife, Rachel, and their two dogs.
Penny Seale is the owner of Presence PR, a small public relations and public affairs strategy group. She works with a wide variety of clients, from Fortune 500 companies to nonprofits and small businesses. Combined with her passion for public policy and strategy, she brings an intimate knowledge of Oklahoma’s largest industries to the table. Penny is a life-long Oklahoman and is a strong supporter of Oklahoma’s food and music scene.
Stephen Tyler is a Consulting Technologist and content creator based in Oklahoma City. He is a managing partner and technomancer at the newly revitalized Tower Theatre OKC and owner of Mostly Harmless Media, a new media content network and production company. He also serves as the Technical Coordinator for deadCenter Film Festival. Ever the innovative thinker, Stephen works to bridge the gap between creation and execution and graciously lends his brain to help many organizations in arts and education.
Trent Ratterree is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma where he lettered four years as a walk-on tight end for the Sooners. He graduated with a Multi-disciplinary Studies degree, which incorporated life sciences, African American studies, and Religious Studies. From there, Trent worked with youth in a Norman group home and then spent three years at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County, as both a Youth Development Professional and a Teen Program Coordinator. He is now working towards a Master degree in Public Administration at UCO. He is Chair of the Graduate Affairs Committee in the Student Senate, as well as Treasurer for Pi Alpha Alpha, the Public Administration Honor's Society, Treasurer for UCO's delegation to the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature, and Vice President and Co-Founder of One Campus Under Debt, a college debt awareness group for UCO students.