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Kate Tillotson, Workforce Strategy Analyst

Prior to her current role with Workforce Tulsa, Kate served as a Policy Fellow and Veteran Advocate for Mayor G.T. Bynum, empowering Tulsa’s military-connected community through research, advocacy, and strategic partnerships. Shortly after graduating from Will Rogers High School in 2007, Kate enlisted in the United States Marine Corps as a Field Radio Operator. Deploying to Iraq in 2009, Kate was selected to be part of the Marine Corps Lioness Program. The Lioness Program was developed to counter insurgents using women to smuggle contraband and to act as suicide bombers. The Lioness Program success led to policy changes in the Marine Corps allowing women to serve in traditionally male-only combat roles.

Kate graduated from The University of Tulsa with a Bachelors of Science in Communication Science Disorders. While at TU, Kate worked closely with The Office of the President to help develop veteran programing. Her work to change the narrative of military connected students and creation of strategic partnerships on campus led to TU being able to acquire a $5,000,000 endowment for student veterans. In 2017, Kate was awarded national Student Veteran of the Year by Student Veterans of America for creating systematic and cultural changes on campus to be inclusive of veterans.

Kate serves as both a local and national advocate for veterans within economic opportunity. She currently serves as a Resource Board Member for the Community Service Council, is a member of Leadership Tulsa’s THRIVE II Class, as well as the Hispanic Leadership Institute Class II. Kate was also previously selected as a summer fellow for High Ground Veteran Advocacy in Washington, D.C., and the Oklahoma Policy Institute’s Summer Institute.

Contact: ktillotson@workforcetulsa.com or call (918) 595-8913

Cherie Stierwalt, Interim Executive Director

Cherie Stierwalt joined Workforce Tulsa after over twenty-five years in public administration working with Non-profits, Federal, State, County and Tribal governments and their stakeholders. Her background in Criminal Justice and Youth Programs gave her a wide range of experiences in developing policy and programs especially for youth development.  She has been Director for the Department of Defense's Youth Challenge Program in Oklahoma, Community Sentencing Executive Director/Chief Probation Officer, Warden for both adults and juveniles, Instructor, Volunteer Coordinator for Army Community Service, and Associate Editor for a national trade magazine.

Cherie has served and worked with several non-profit boards and volunteer agencies including the Victim's Impact Panel for Oklahoma and Comanche counties, Lawton's Boulevard of Lights, Oklahoma and Kansas's Law Enforcement Torch Run, and Thunderbird Youth Foundation.

In 1987, Cherie graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a BA in Political Science/Law Enforcement and is an avid volunteer for Special Olympics.  

Contact: cstierwalt@workforcetulsa.com or (918) 595-4661

Julie Sorrels, Manager of Operations

Julie Sorrels joined Workforce Tulsa on September 12, 2013. She was a participant in the Women in Recovery Program, an intensive and comprehensive outpatient treatment program designed as an alternative to female incarceration, from which she graduated in December, 2013.

Julie was also a participant in the Lindsey House program. The program provided her and her teenage daughter with a safe place to live as they transitioned from a history of situational homelessness to self-sufficiency. She has since become a homeowner and served on the Lindsey House Board of Directors.

The Tulsa Area United Way awarded Julie with the 2017 Live United Spirit Award in recognition of her passion, heart, advocacy, and volunteerism.

In 1997, Julie graduated East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Social Work Degree. She worked as a Child Welfare Specialist at the Tulsa County Department of Human Services for over ten years.  In the summer of 2013, she participated in a pilot program started by Women in Recovery in partnership with Tulsa Community College’s Second Chance Program. She subsequently obtained an Information Technology - Business Computer User Certificate of Achievement and was named on the President’s Honor Roll.  She is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the workforce Tulsa team, and looks forward to rebuilding a career founded in helping others.  

Contact: jsorrels@workforcetulsa.com or (918) 595-8921.