Nichole Moisant Gillett, President, is a partner in the law firm of Banks, Gilbert, 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. Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors for Sharing Tree, a local nonprofit organization that has been serving families in the Oklahoma City area for more than 30 years. 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 and their spoiled golden retriever.
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.
John Rorke, Treasurer, currently serves as Director of Mission Services at Goodwill Industries of Central Oklahoma. A US Army veteran, John worked in the public sector at the local, state, and federal level prior to moving to nonprofit management. John focused his graduate studies on policy, macro-level social work and organizational change. He resides in Oklahoma City with his wife.
Gary Caplinger 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.
Effie Craven is a nonprofit lobbyist and certified Oklahoma teacher. She began her career as an intern in the District Office of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, and has since worked in a variety of nonprofit advocacy roles. Effie's background in community organizing and public health guides her passion for civic engagement and good government. She graduated summa cum laude from Oklahoma State University, earned a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Arizona and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Oklahoma. She currently lives in Oklahoma City with her husband.
Kendra Horn is the owner of Amatra Consulting and Executive Director Women Lead Oklahoma. A practical idealist, Kendra believes that “can’t” is a dirty word, that limits are meant to be challenged, and conventional wisdom questioned. She is deeply committed to supporting women, creating conscious leaders, and working toward a reality where everyone’s voice matters. Kendra earned her BA in Political Science at the University of Tulsa, and Juris Doctor at SMU in Dallas. She currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women. She encourages the next generation of leaders by working with the NEW Leadership program, Girl’s State and the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature among others. She is also a lifelong Girl Scout and Gold Award recipient. A certified yoga teacher, Kendra keeps herself grounded by teaching and a regular practice.
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 serves as the Technical Coordinator for the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma and owns Mostly Harmless Media, a new media content network and production company comprised of multiple podcasts, photo and video services, and other media projects. Stephen volunteers his unique perspective on technology, education, and creativity as an active committee member for a variety of institutions such as Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, deadCENTER Film Institute, SixTwelve, and Bricktown. Stephen oversees all of this out of his base of operations the Tower Studio, located on the second floor of the historic Tower Theatre complex in Oklahoma City, where you will find him most days...nights...weekends...holidays...and leap seconds.
Trent Ratteree 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.