Board of Directors
Dr. Joseph (Joe) Siano, Chair. A resident of Norman, Siano served as superintendent of Norman Public Schools from 2000 until his retirement in 2017. He is currently employed as associate executive director of the Oklahoma State School Board Association. Joe received his Bachelor of Science Degree in 1976 from Oklahoma City University, his Master of Science in 1979 from the University of Central Oklahoma, and his Doctor of Philosophy in 1985 from the University of Oklahoma. In addition to his Superintendent certification, he is certified in guidance and counseling, elementary education, and elementary administration. Joe is a member of numerous civic organizations, including service as chair of the United Way of Norman for 2013-14.
Erika Lucas, Vice Chair. A resident of Oklahoma City, Lucas is the co-Founder of StitchCrew and VEST. Prior to launching StitchCrew, Erika worked at a private equity firm with investments in the U.S. and Europe. She also served as Global Director at the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. Born and raised in Mexico, Erica’s extensive community involvement includes service on the Boards for Arvest Bank, the Oklahoma City-County Health Department, Potts Family Foundation, Diversion Hub, and 36 Degrees North.
Charles (Chuck) Garrett, Treasurer. A resident of Tulsa, Garrett serves as the CEO of Cherokee Nations Businesses, the tribally owned holding company of the Cherokee Nation, designed to create economic opportunities and prosperity for the Cherokee Nation and all of northeast Oklahoma. Chuck’s professional experience includes senior management and board-level roles in the legal, investment banking, commercial real estate, and investment management industries with companies from coast to coast. He received a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School and his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma.
Jeff Berrong, Secretary. A resident of Weatherford, Berrong is a third generation owner in his family’s independent insurance agency, Ed Berrong Insurance Agency, Inc., which has been in business since 1948 and now has locations in Weatherford and Edmond. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Oklahoma in 2004. Before returning home to western Oklahoma in 2006, Jeff served as a field representative for former Oklahoma Congressman Dan Boren. He is very involved in his community where he has served on the board of directors of the Great Plains Family YMCA, the Weatherford Rotary Club, the Weatherford Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Weatherford Area Economic Development Foundation. Jeff has enjoyed a lifelong interest in public policy, government, and politics and was a candidate for the Oklahoma State Senate District 38 seat in 2018.
Kara Berst, a resident of Ada, is Executive Officer of Business Sustainability and Auxiliary Services for the Chickasaw Nation and is part of the Chickasaw Nation’s leadership team on water planning efforts. She has been employed with the Nation since 2003. She received her bachelor’s degree in Biology from East Central University and master’s degree in Business Administration from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Kara is a Registered Environmental Professional and a member of the East Central University Green Committee. She also serves on the Oklahoma Recycling Association board and is a 2017 participant in the Nature Conservancy Leadership Academy.
Susan Bynum is an attorney with Frederic Dowart, Lawyers PLCC where she focuses much of her practice on business and corporate law compliance, federal political law compliance, and employment law. Prior to her current role with Frederic Dowart, her work experience focused on government relations at the federal level. She consulted for clients in the aerospace, health care, and financial services industries. She graduated with honors from the University of Tulsa College of Law in 2017 and was a 2000 graduate of the University of Oklahoma where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism-Public Relations and many accolades including Top Ten Senior and the Bronze Letzseizer Award.
Beverly K. Carmichael is a former C-suite executive having served as the top HR executive at several organizations including Southwest Airlines, Ticketmaster, and Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. She is also an attorney and was the top labor lawyer at heavily unionized Southwest Airlines for many years. Beverly recently retired, moved home to Tulsa, and is doing board work full-time. She currently serves on the Board of Directors at Leaf Group (NYSE: LEAF) and has served on the boards of several non-profit professional organizations including the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Women’s Foodservice Forum (WFF). Beverly attended public school in Tulsa and earned Bachelor of Business Administration and Juris Doctorate degrees from the University of Oklahoma, where she has also served as an Adjunct Professor at the Price College of Business.
Ann-Clore Duncan, a resident of Edmond, is founder and college admissions advisor with Duncan College Consulting where she assists high school students on their individual journeys in preparing for college. As a community volunteer, Ann-Clore serves as education chair and trustee to the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum Foundation and is past president of Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma and the Junior League of Oklahoma City. She also serves on the board of the Oklahoma Center of Nonprofits. Ann-Clore received her Bachelor of Arts from DePauw University.
Dr. John Feaver, a resident of Chickasha, is President of the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (USAO). John joined the faculty of USAO in 1980 and served as chair of the Division of Business and Social Sciences, Assistant to the President, and Vice President for Academic Affairs before being named the college’s 12th president in 2000. He earned his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma, and performed military service in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Bronze Star.
Ken Fergeson, a resident of Altus, is chairman of NBC Oklahoma, a state chartered bank with nine locations across Oklahoma. A passionate supporter of the arts, Fergeson is the current chairman of the Mid-America Arts Alliance Board, past chairman of the national organization, Americans for the Arts, and serves on the boards of various arts associations. A past chairman of the American Bankers Association, he was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2009 and received the Oklahoma Governor’s Arts Awards in 2009 and 2014.
Caroline Guerra Wolf, a resident of Tulsa, is an Assistant Professor of Legal Writing at the University of Tulsa College of Law and a recent judicial law clerk for Chief Judge John E. Dowdell of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma. She is a 2014 alumna of OK Policy’s Oklahoma Summer Policy Institute, which she attended as a law student at the University of Tulsa. Before law school, she worked for the Tulsa City Council as a council aide and as a Spanish dual language immersion kindergarten teacher through Teach for America.
Ashley Harris Philippsen serves as ImpactTulsa’s Senior Director of Community Engagement and Advocacy where she partners with teams to drive policy, systems-change, and programs that create sustainable outcomes for students in the Greater Tulsa area. She is a systems, culture, and equity coach with more than a decade of experience in education, leadership development, civic engagement, and school and curriculum design. Her previous professional experience includes Executive Director at Met Cares, Managing Director of Teacher Leadership Development at Teach For America, Founding Dean of Students at YES Prep Public Schools, and Deputy Chief of Community Development and Policy at the City of Tulsa. She graduated with honors from the University of Oklahoma.
Dr. Holbrook Lawson is an independent art advisor and consultant based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She serves on the Board of numerous arts and civic organizations, including the Oklahoma Arts Council, Philbrook Museum, and Ruskin Art Club, and serves as the Art Commissioner for the City of Tulsa and State of Oklahoma. She earned a Ph.D. from the University of North Texas, a master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University.
Dr. John Schumann, a resident of Tulsa, is President of the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa. He has served in that position since 2015 following his earlier appointments with the university as an Associate Professor, Director of its Residency Program, and Vice Chair of Education for the Department of Internal Medicine. His scholarly work includes research and advocacy on the ethics of profit-driven commercial screening tests and analyses of patients that leave hospitals against medical advice. He frequently writes for lay audiences about demystifying medicine and bringing transparency to health care and policy. His essays have been frequently published by national publications and leading health and patient advocacy blogs.