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Workforce Tulsa fuels economic development by creating relationships that benefit employers and job seekers by placing talent today while preparing individuals for the jobs of tomorrow. We are a private-industry-led board serving Osage, Creek, Pawnee & Tulsa counties.

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Workforce Centers

Job Seekers can access a variety of services at job centers  including job search assistance, resume assistance, interviewing skills, on-the-job training, GED assistance and post-secondary education for qualified applicants.

Tulsa American Job Center 
201 W. 5th Street,  Suite 200
Tulsa, OK 74103
Phone: (918) 796-1200

Directions to the Tulsa American Job Center
We’re on the NW corner of 5th & Cheyenne, across the street from the Mayo Hotel on the east and the Tulsa City-County Library on the west. We are one block south of the Denver Avenue Bus Station. Look for the Arby’s sign

Parking at the Tulsa American Job Center
Free visitor parking is available and entry is accessible off both 4th & 5th Streets between Denver & Cheyenne. Parking spaces are labeled ‘Job Center Visitor Parking.  If no visitor parking is available, fee-based street parking is available as is fee-based garage parking at the Tulsa City County Library or the Tulsa Courthouse parking structure on the west.

Sapulpa American Job Center
1700 S Main
Sapulpa, OK 70466
Phone: (918) 224-9430


Access Points

Access Points offer computers and limited assistance for job seekers and are open to the public.

Oklahoma Equality Center
621 E. 4th St.
Tulsa, OK 74120
Phone: (918) 796-1278
Please call for an appointment

Tulsa City-County Public Libraries
Please visit their website for list of locations.


Business Services

Contact our Business Services team to find the right employees for your organization.

Wesley Mitchell, Business Services Director
918-438-7932
wmitchell@workforcetulsa.com

Partner Services

Partnerships are a vital part of meeting our mission. If your organization is interested in partnering with Workforce Tulsa, please contact:

Wesley Mitchell, Business Services Director
918-438-7932
wmitchell@workforcetulsa.com

Board Staff

907 South Detroit Avenue, Suite 1325
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74120
Phone: (918) 595-8921
jsorrels@workforcetulsa.com

Accessibility

TDD/TTY Phone: 1 (800) 722-0353

Headshot of Rachel HutchingsRachel D. Hutchings, Executive Director

Rachel D. Hutchings is the Executive Director of Workforce Tulsa. Her background in workforce development includes various roles on the Workforce Tulsa board, the Governor’s Council for Workforce and Economic Development and involvement in local, state and national workforce development initiatives.

Most recently, Rachel was the Director of Development for the Tulsa Community College Foundation. Her focus was primarily on grant writing, donor reporting and student scholarship management. Prior to joining TCC, Rachel was the Corporate & Government Affairs Manager for American Airlines covering Oklahoma. She represented American during their various changes ranging from introducing new leadership, restructuring, and their merger with US Airways. Hutchings began her career at American Airlines in 1995 and worked in various capacities, including Supply Chain, Warranty and Maintenance and Production Scheduling.

She has a master’s in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Oklahoma, a bachelor’s in Business Management from University of Phoenix, and an associate degree in Business Management from Tulsa Community College.

Rachel is Chair of the Oklahoma Academy for State Goals and on the Leadership Oklahoma Board. This July, she completed a six year term as Chair of the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.

She and her husband, Dean, have six children. They make their home in Skiatook. She is also a proud member of the Cherokee Nation.

Contact: rhutchings@workforcetulsa.com or 918-438-7941


Headshot of Cherie StierwaltCherie Stierwalt, Deputy 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 918-438-7946 


Headshot of Julie SorrelsJulie 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 is also a graduate of 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 918-438-7947 


Headshot of Wesley MitchellWesley Mitchell, Business Services Director

Wesley Mitchell was responsible for service delivery from the data processing production facilities located in Tulsa, Oklahoma focused on Transportation Delivery. This large processing environment (59,000+ mainframe MIPS processing over 47,000 messages per second, 12,000+ midrange servers, and 100,000+ desktop devices in 400 global locations) supports global clients with mission-critical zero outage compute platforms. Wes oversaw growth from 2 to over 70 clients that filled the over 80,000 square foot Cherokee Data Center. He worked with local officials and Tax Authorities to create a Tax Incentive District to assist in the funding of the 80,000 square feet expansion. Wes represented ITO Delivery on the team that won the Hewlett Packard Enterprise 2015 Meg Whitman Presidents Quality Award recipient for their support of American Airlines Group.

He has broad leadership experience and a track record of success in the IT industry supporting Fortune Global 500 clients with mission-critical computing environments across all industries. Highlights of his previous leadership roles include many successful IT Mergers & Acquisitions, migrations, transitions, and transformations for multiple clients with mission-critical compute environments, including the move of Continental Airlines to the Charlotte SMC, and GM OnStar to the Plano SMC. He was also very instrumental in the due diligence, signing, migration, and transformation of the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) to Charlotte. Wes has also spent considerable time abroad consulting on HP Data Center consolidations, ISO9001, and ITIL process standardization.

As a graduate of Howard University, he left with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Marketing and a letter in football. Wes lives in Owasso, Oklahoma with his wife, Yolanda and two sons: Wesley, Jr. and Jordan Alexander, both Eagle Scouts. He enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, golfing and making a difference in the community. Wes is a member of Sigma Pi Phi fraternity. Wes’s Executive Board memberships include the Owasso Education Foundation (Past Chair), Junior Achievement of Oklahoma, Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce (Past Vice Chair Education and Workforce), and Bishops Committee of Episcopal Church of the Holy Cross (Sr. Warden). Wes was also nominated by Governor Fallin and confirmed by the Senate to serve on the Board of Regents for Tulsa Community College (Chairman). Wes was recently appointed to the Governor Stitt’s Minority Business Council. Wes also serves as Board Chairman for Teach for America of Greater Tulsa. Wes is also a Wood Badge trained Assistant Scout Master and member of the Executive Board of the Indian Nations Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Contact: wmitchell@workforcetulsa.com or 918-438-7932


Headshot of Alex WhitfieldAlex Whitfield, Business Data Analyst

Alex found his calling in 2018 when he accepted the role of Career Navigator with Dynamic Workforce Solutions. He was finally able to utilize his problem solving and technical abilities to their fullest potential while assisting the citizens of Tulsa in preparing for and ultimately achieving their career goals. In developing and documenting plans for his clients, Alex saw an opportunity to do more by conducting a continuous analysis of the data being collected by program participants, his hope being to identify portions of the population that could be served with greater efficacy.

As a result of his work, Alex became Dynamic Workforce Solutions’ first-ever dedicated Data Analyst. Alex joined Workforce Tulsa in July of 2020. Prior to his admittedly unexpected foray into the world of workforce development, he was working as a Senior Pharmacy Technician at a major retail pharmacy chain. Alex possesses a Liberal Arts degree from Rogers State University. Knowing firsthand the ripple effects of being unsatisfied and unfulfilled with one’s work and prospects, Alex has committed himself to help others achieve real gratification in their work life.

Contact: awhitfield@workforcetulsa.com or 918-796-1239 


Headshot of Amber CutshawAmber Cutshaw, Business Services Representative

Amber has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Minor in Multi-Media & Graphic Design from Pittsburg State University. Graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Minor in Multi-Media & Graphic Design does not come with a defined career path with a setlist of job titles to pursue. Amber realized right away that her passion was helping others navigate the highs and lows of building a career and finding success. She also has a passion for building relationships within the community and a strong desire to help fuel economic development. The realization of these passions led Amber to build a career in Workforce Development.

Amber relocated from Kansas and started her career as a Career Services Representative for a local trade school in 2013. During this time she was recognized for being the single most cross-trained employee within the company at that time, maintained a campus 90%placement rate, and started 2 major yearly events that still occur to this day related to scholarship fundraising and career development.

Next Amber moved into a business development role within the nonprofit sector that eventually led her to Workforce Tulsa. Amber has a strong track record building meaningful relationships with local companies and community partners so she can identify their needs and match them with skilled individuals to bridge the skills gap our community is facing today. Amber is pleased to be a part of the Business Services team and looks forward to helping our community by building a strong and capable workforce.

Contact: acutshaw@workforcetulsa.com or 918-796-1297


Headshot of DeAndre FahieDe’Andre Fahie, Business Services Representative

De’Andre Fahie is one of the Business Services Representatives for Workforce Tulsa. He works to cultivate relationships with business employers to help them strategically address their workforce challenges. Prior to this role, he worked for the Boy Scouts of America in recruitment and community development. Having the opportunity to connect with youth and families from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds provided him with a skill set that allows him to effectively connect the goals of the businesses in Tulsa with the needs of the community.

De’Andre received his Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of California, Riverside. He later went on to obtain his Master’s degree in Industrial & Organizational Psychology from Adler University. De’Andre has come to Tulsa to join extended family members after living in California for over 20 years. He is a volunteer with Reading Partners and enjoys regular physical fitness and reading in his spare time.

Contact: dfahie@workforcetulsa.com or 918-796-1230 


Headshot of Mautia HallMautia Hall, Quality Performance Trainer

Mautia has a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies with concentrations in Musical Theatre and Psychology from St. Gregory’s University. After moving to Chicago a few years after completing her degree she segued her knowledge of theatre into a job at Northwestern University helping to manage their theatre facilities. This is where she discovered her passion for Higher Education and helping remove barriers to learning for underserved populations. Tia moved back to Oklahoma in 2009 and continued her work in Higher Ed., going on to work for the University of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma Baptist University, and Tulsa Community College.

During her time at TCC Tia worked for the TCC Foundation as their Assistant Director of Development and helped put many new processes and guidelines in place to increase productivity and donor satisfaction.

Tia is excited to bring her passion for nonprofit work to her new role as the Quality Performance Trainer for Workforce Tulsa and looks forward to helping all Tulsans find quality training and employment.

Contact: mhall@workforcetulsa.com or 918-438-7934


Headshot of John CollinsJohn Collins, One Stop Operator

John Collins is a native of Seattle, Washington where he attended Seattle University. He spent 20 years as the International Representative for Service Employees International Union (SEIU). More recently, Mr. Collins spent the past 15 years of his career involved with prisoner reentry programs with organizations such as the State of Nevada Department of Corrections, Las Vegas Urban League and Workforce Connections. At the Las Vega Urban League, John started the Prisoner Re-entry program where he secured an appropriation from the state legislature to fund a re-entry initiative in the State of Nevada. He secured funds from the Department of Labor, Department of Justice, and from foundations and helped hundreds of formerly incarcerated people secure employment and transitional services. Eventually, John went to work for the Local Workforce Investment Board (LWIB), Workforce Connections, where he designed a re-entry program which is now known as the PRIDE program. The PRIDE program is a collaborative effort between the Nevada Department of Correction, the local WIB and several community partners.

John is founder and co-chair of the Statewide Prison Reentry Coalition (SPRC) and a member of the Christian Association for Prison Aftercare. He is a former board member of the Washington State Convention Authority and the A. Phillip Randolph Institute and served as Corporate Recruitment Chair for America’s Walk for Diabetes for American Diabetes Association’s Las Vegas chapter.

Contact: jcollins@workforcetulsa.com or (918) 796-1200

Headshot of Tom AlbaughTom Albaugh, Vice President of Labor Relations, Tulsa Area United Way

Tom Albaugh has been with the Tulsa Area United Way since 1990. The vice president of labor relations, Tom is a liaison between the Tulsa Area United Way and the Northeastern Oklahoma Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO.  He provides assistance to workers and their families and support for the annual United Way campaign. Another part of Tom’s job is to recruit volunteers for United Way and its partner agencies, as well as to conduct information and referral training classes annually.

Tom saw United Way as the organization where he felt he could make a direct impact with helping people in need. He enjoys his job because he gets to see, first hand, the lives United Way changes and the positive impact the nonprofit has on the community.


Headshot of Celia ArmstrongCelia Armstrong, Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Learning, TTCU Federal Credit Union

With over 30 years of human resource experience, Celia Armstrong has held positions in manufacturing, state government, staffing, education, finance/banking and the news industry.

She earned an associate’s degree in human resources from Tulsa Community College, summa cum laude, in 2009 and a bachelor’s degree from St. Gregory’s, summa cum laude, in August 2011.

She volunteers with local veterans and by reading to elementary school children. She also serves as the co-chair of the Education Division of the Tulsa Area United Way.  She is a mother, a grandmother, and wife to a Navy veteran.

As the Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Learning, at TTCU Federal Credit Union, she provides strategic human resource planning and organizational development, while also growing and fostering a thriving culture.  She also guides and oversees the creation of innovative learning and development initiatives to meet strategic Talent Excellence initiatives and member satisfaction goals.


Rhonda Archer, Program Manager I, Oklahoma Dept. of Human Services


Headshot of Kelley BeyerKelly Beyer, Branch Manager, Manpower

As a 19 year veteran of Manpower, Kelly Beyer has held several roles within the Manpower organization.  She has worked as a Recruiter, Business Development Representative and Onsite Account Manager.  In her current role as Branch Manager, she leads a team of experienced Recruiters towards innovative solutions that are unique to the Tulsa Metro area.  In addition, she works with prospective and established clients to identify recruiting and retention issues, fostering a partnership focused on individualized and effective workforce solutions.

Manpower, the world leader in innovative workforce solutions, creates and delivers high-impact solutions that enable our clients to achieve their business goals and enhance their competitiveness.  With over 60 years of experience, our $19 billion company creates unique time to value through a comprehensive suite of innovative solutions that help clients win in the Human Age.  These solutions cover an entire range of talent-driven needs from recruitment and assessment, training and development, and career management, to outsourcing and workforce consulting.  ManpowerGroup maintains the world’s largest and industry-leading network of nearly 3,900 offices in over 80 countries and territories, generating a dynamic mix of an unmatched global footprint with valuable insight and local expertise to meet the needs of its 400,000 clients per year, across all industry sectors, small and medium-sized enterprises, local, multinational and global companies.  The ManpowerGroup suite of solutions is offered through ManpowerGroup Solutions, Experis, Manpower, and Right Management.


Headshot of Pamela BridwellPamela Bridwell, Area Manager, Oklahoma Employment Security Commission

Pamela Bridwell is the Tulsa and Northeast Area Manager for the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, coordinating OESC Office operations and services provided through the Workforce System offices of Tulsa, Sapulpa, Pryor, Miami and Bartlesville.

Pamela has had over 30 years of continuous service with OESC.  A US Army veteran, Pamela was a Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialist and Local Veterans Employment Representative for 13 years in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Norman areas before moving into management in 2000.  She served as the Southern Workforce Area Manager in 2003 and moved to Northeast and Northwest areas and acquired Tulsa in 2016.

She is a member of the Disabled American Veterans and American Legion Post 1 in Tulsa.  Pamela graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science/Public Administration.


Headshot of Ken BusbyKen Busby, Executive Director, Route 66 Alliance

Ken Busby is the Cultural Czar of Northeast Oklahoma. He also serves as Executive Director & CEO of the Route 66 Alliance. Previously, he served as Executive Director & CEO of the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa for twelve years. Prior to that, Busby was the Director of Development for Tulsa Zoo Friends and was with Gilcrease Museum for eight years, serving as Membership Director and Director of Communication. A native of Tulsa, Busby holds a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in communication and French from the University of Tulsa. He has a Master of Arts degree in journalism from Indiana University at Bloomington. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Busby is also a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma Class XVII.

Busby is the past chairman of the Tulsa Performing Arts Center Trust. He is the founding chair of the Route 66 Commission in Tulsa. He also serves on the executive committee of the Tulsa Symphony and Workforce Tulsa, and serves on the Regional Tourism One Voice Legislative Committee for the Tulsa Regional Chamber. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Tulsa and serves as a consultant in the areas of fundraising, grant writing, strategic planning, and board development for nonprofits across the state. In 2008, Busby received the Governor’s Arts Award for Community Service and the Global Vision Award from Tulsa Global Alliance. In 2011, he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Holland Hall. In 2013, the Association of Fundraising Professionals named him its Outstanding Fundraising Executive, and in 2015, Busby was named the Leadership Oklahoma Distinguished Graduate.


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Dr. Eloy Chavez, Dean- College of Extended Learning, Northeastern State University

 

 

 

 


Ted Cundiff, President & CEO, AVB Bank


Headshot of Joe EpperleyJoe Epperley, Communications Director, Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance

Joe Epperley is Communications Director for the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance where he manages an integrated marketing program for one of the state’s largest economic development organizations. He shapes consistent messages to a mix of publics including clients, funding stakeholders, lawmakers, and affiliate organizations.

He earned a journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma and has more than 30 years of experience in the corporate and non-profit sectors. His background includes many years as a newspaper managing editor and marketing stints at social service agencies. He is an award-winning writer with expertise in strategic development and legislative affairs.

The Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance works to build strong communities through innovative and efficient manufacturing. Diversified services focus on improving the bottom line through concepts like Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing, while growing the entire company through new product development, strategic planning and expanded markets.


Headshot of Traci GowerTraci Gower, Manager Talent Acquisition, Williams

Traci Gower, an Accounting & Finance graduate of Oklahoma State University, currently serves as Manager Talent Acquisition for Willliams, headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Williams began as a construction company in 1908 and soon began building cross-country natural gas and petroleum pipelines. Williams has assembled a vast portfolio of interstate natural gas pipelines, become an innovator in telecom through the repurposing of decommissioned pipelines and continues into the 21st century as a premier developer and operator of energy infrastructure in the United States. Williams is one of the top gathering and processing companies in the country and a major interstate transporter of natural gas.

Traci is a tenacious leader and seasoned professional with broad experience and a 25-year record of leadership in accounting, operational excellence, career branding and marketing, project and process management, technical training and college recruiting and talent acquisition. Trusted to manage through change, she has a proven record of spearheading short and long-term strategies to improve executive teams, solidify frontline workforces, eliminate redundancies and improve the bottom line.  Over the last 15 years, Traci has implemented successful talent acquisition strategies and integrated systems, including: social media for sourcing, employer branding, talent communities, mobile access, technical and cultural assessments, video interviewing, pre-boarding and more across multiple HR systems. Her goal is to always implement an assortment of tools to find, interact, engage with, and hire top talent for Williams across gender, ethnicity and generations. Traci is a Leadership Tulsa Alumni, involved in the Tulsa Area United Way, and an active member in the Tulsa community. She has actively served on the board for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  Lastly, she values educating and inspiring the next generation by serving youth in church and has taught Junior Achievement.


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Susan Hartzler, Director, Union Adult Learning Center

 

 

 

 


Headshot of Amber HattenAmber Hatten, Director of Human Resources, Webco Industries

Amber Hatten is the Director of Human Resources for Webco Industries.  Webco Industries is a leading manufacturer of carbon and stainless steel specialty tubular products.  Amber started with Webco in 2002 and has worked in all areas of Human Resources at Webco and became the Director of Human Resources in 2008.  In her role, she leads a team of HR professionals that provide support for the manufacturing facilities located in Oklahoma, Texas and Pennsylvania.

Amber has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration with an emphasis on Human Resources Management from Oklahoma State University and holds the Senior Professional Human Resources certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute.   Amber has been a member of the Workforce Tulsa Board for three years and currently serves as the Board Chair for Workforce Tulsa and she also serves on the Jenks Public Schools Foundation Board.  Amber is a Jenks native and currently resides in Jenks with her husband, Duston and their two daughters Adelynn and Brinley.


Tony Heaberlin, Chief Communications and Economic Development Officer, Tulsa Tech


Rachel James, Tulsa Campus Director, Greenheck Group

Rachel James joined Greenheck Group in January 2019 to lead the global manufacturing company’s new Tulsa campus, which is projected to grow from zero to more than 600 employees in the next five years. Her focus at Greenheck includes community relations, strategic partnerships and employer-of-choice initiatives.

Previously, Rachel served for almost five years as VP of inclusion and account services for Schnake Turnbo Frank, a PR and management consulting firm serving small and large clients in all industries. In addition, she was VP of communications and marketing at the Tulsa Regional Chamber where she served programs, including economic development, small business and government affairs. Rachel also served as a freelance writer for TulsaPeople magazine for 10 years. Other prior roles include communications at Family & Children’s Services and managing editor for Oklahoma Magazine.

Rachel is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma and Leadership Tulsa. Currently, she serves on the boards of directors for DVIS, the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless and Tulsa Manufacturers’ Council. Rachel is a member of Mosaic Tulsa, the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance, the Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance advisory committee, the Tulsa Regional Chamber’s board of advisors, the Tulsa Press Club and the Public Relations Society of America.

Rachel graduated summa cum laude and “with honors” from Northeastern State University, where she earned both her bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s in communication.


Headshot of Falen LeBlancFalen LeBlanc, Assistant Program Director, OU OUTREACH National Resource Center for Youth Services

Falen is responsible for the management of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS) Successful Adulthood Program. She facilitates training and technical assistance to youth serving agencies nationwide in the areas of youth advisory boards, youth adult partnership, life skills assessment, and the implementation of the Chafee Foster Care Independence Program. She specializes in Independent Living, Permanency, Culteral Diversity, Youth Advocacy, and Transition Planning. Her previous experience includes serving in the state of Idaho for nearly 15 years in direct services with teens and young adults and most recently as the State of Idaho Independent Living Program Specialist. Falen earned her Master’s in Social Work from The Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho.


Headshot of Chelsea Levo FearyChelsea Levo Feary, Director of Economic Development, City of Owasso

Chelsea Levo Feary is the Economic Development Director for Owasso, OK.  She has had the pleasure to work for the City of Owasso for over ten years.   Chelsea focuses her economic development work in Owasso on business retention and expansion, small business development, workforce development, job creation, research, data mining, marketing and public affairs. Last year, Chelsea graduated from the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute (OU-EDI) and is pursuing her Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) certification.

Chelsea is an Oklahoma native, graduating from Miami High School in 1994.  She then attended Oklahoma State University, graduating in 1998 with a Bachelor’s of Science from the School of Journalism and Broadcasting with an emphasis in Public Relations.    Chelsea worked in the Chamber of Commerce world for nearly ten years.  She worked as the Membership Director for the Clarksville/Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce in Tennessee from year 2000 – 2001.  Following that position, she worked as Military Affairs Director for the Christian County Chamber of Commerce and Fort Campbell, KY from 2001 – 2004. In that role she had the opportunity to work with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), the 5th Special Forces Group, the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, and the 86th Combat Support Hospital.  Chelsea returned to Oklahoma in 2004, where she made Owasso, OK her home.  She worked for the Tulsa Regional Chamber as the Government Affairs Manager for over four years.   Chelsea left the Tulsa Regional Chamber in 2008 to become Economic Development Director for the City of Owasso.

Chelsea volunteers her time with St. Henry Catholic Church in Owasso as an Adult Faith Formation facilitator, and as a Lay Minister.  She volunteers with the Owasso Character Council, Catholic Charities and serves on the boards of Bailey Medical Center, the Owasso YMCA and Workforce Tulsa.  She enjoys spending time outdoors running, hiking, and gardening; and she unwinds with yoga, writing, reading, and cooking.  Chelsea’s favorite pastime is spending time with her husband, John Feary and her children, Ian (14) and Emma (12) and Meredith (23).


Headshot of David OliverDavid Oliver, President, Goodwill Industries of Tulsa, Inc.

David Oliver has served as the President of Goodwill Industries of Tulsa since 1992. Goodwill Industries of Tulsa is a nonprofit organization that provides work opportunities, job training and support services for people with disabilities or other employment barriers. Goodwill Industries of Tulsa was founded in 1927 and serves a territory that includes twenty-five counties in eastern Oklahoma and two counties in southwest Missouri.

 


Jennifer Overmeyer, Line Engineering Support Supervisor, AAON

Jennifer Overmeyer is the Line Engineering Support Supervisor at AAON, a world leader in creating comfortable and healthy indoor environments through the manufacture of premium HVAC equipment. Jennifer’s responsibilities include running a team of Line Engineers dedicated to problem solving, troubleshooting, and resolving issues in the production facility. Jennifer has a true passion and talent for supporting and bettering AAON’s manufacturing efficiency and capability. She has over 10 years of experience in the HVAC industry covering a wide variety of skills, including mechanical drafting, mechanical design, piping design, and production support.

Jennifer holds an Associate’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tulsa Community College, as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Illinois Institute of Art. She serves as a leader in the Tulsa community dedicating her time to many organizations, including Junior Achievement, AAON Community Council, and Tulsa Running Club.

Jennifer has one grown daughter who graduated from The University of Kansas with a Master’s in Social Work and now works at Children’s Mercy Hospital. Jennifer has a love for animals and currently owns three rescue dogs. She also enjoys adventure activities, such as running, biking, hiking, and rock climbing.


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Delaney Rea, Employee Services Analyst, Melton Trucking

 

 

 

 


Headshot of Pete SeldenPeter Selden, Vice President of Workforce Development, Tulsa Community College

Pete Selden serves as the Vice President for Workforce Development at Tulsa Community College where he works across the College’s 38 workforce degree programs and 37 certificate programs that prepare students to go directly into the workplace. He also works to assess workforce needs in the Tulsa area, collaborating with employers and workforce agencies to establish training programs that prepare TCC students for employment. Selden provides leadership to TCC’s 29 community advisory committees that help guide and review the College’s workforce development programs. He came to TCC from Arkansas State University Mid-South in West Memphis, Arkansas where he worked in workforce education for the past 12 years, most recently serving as associate vice chancellor for workforce programs. Selden is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Higher Education Leadership from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He has earned an MBA from Arkansas State University as well as a B.S. in Psychology and a B.S. in Communication from the University of Buffalo.


Jacob Shivers, Director Housekeeping/Laundry, Saint Francis Health System


Lesli Shoals, HR Business Partner, AEP/PSO


Amy Spencer, Talent Acquisition Manager, NORDAM


Danielle Storie, Manager, People Business Partner, American Airlines


Headshot of David WhiteDavid White, C.R.C., Programs Manager II, Oklahoma Dept. of Rehabilitation Services

David White is a Programs Manager II with the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services. He is located in the downtown Tulsa office which provides employment services to persons with disabilities in Tulsa and Creek County. David has been employed with DRS for 38 years.

David is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor.  He has a Masters in Human Relations with an emphasis in counseling from the University of Oklahoma.

 

 


Ted Jenkins, Training Director, Electrical Workers Apprentice Training Center (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Tulsa Local 584)


Karen Pennington, Executive Director, Tulsa Community WorkAdvance


Kuma Roberts, Executive Director of Talent Attraction, Retention & Mosaic, Tulsa Regional Chamber


Sarah Stisser, Human Resources Generalist, Ross Group


Landon Varnell, Training Coordinator, Plumbers & Pipefitters Apprentice Training Center


Headshot of Janet PirenJanet Pieren, Assistant Director, Administrative Operations, TEDC

As Assistant Director, Administrative Operations at Tulsa Economic Development Corporation (TEDC), Janet Pieren performs a combination of responsibilities related to administering the organization’s business and general operations. Her responsibilities include ensuring a steady work flow process that affect all activities in the organization, including accounting and loan operations, grants compliance, and loan servicing and office operations; as well as handling special projects.

In partnership with a variety of stakeholders, TEDC uses public and private resources to ensure that all businesses are given equal opportunity to secure financing. Special consideration is granted to those that (1) demonstrate potential to retain existing jobs; (2) have plans to create new jobs; (3) are owned by minority entrepreneurs who have traditionally faced barriers to economic opportunity; and (4) are either located in or agree to relocate to specific areas like historically underutilized business zones.

Janet joined TEDC in January 2015. Originally from Southern California, Janet relocated to Tulsa in November 2011. Janet was an entrepreneur for nearly 20 years of a woman owned small business. Janet earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management.

Community Service:

Graduate, Leadership Tulsa Class 58

Board Chair, Hospice of Green Country, 2020-2022


Headshot of Diane Eason ContrerasDiane Eason Contreras, YWCA Tulsa Director of Immigrant and Refugee Services

Diane Eason Contreras is the director of YWCA Tulsa’s Immigrant and Refugee Services, overseeing I&R programs, community partnerships, and outreach. Diane holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma and juris doctorate from California Western School of Law. After law school, Diane was a fellow at the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law in Los Angeles, California where she worked on impact litigation on behalf of immigrants. Subsequently, Diane spent two years on the U.S./Mexico border with ProBAR in Harlingen, Texas, a project of the American Bar Association (ABA), the State Bar of Texas, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). While at ProBAR, Diane managed the children’s team, provided direct services to unaccompanied children, and recruited and mentored volunteer attorneys. Prior to joining YWCA, Diane was a staff attorney with Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma in a Medical Legal Partnership.

Diane is licensed to practice law in Oklahoma and California (inactive) and a member of AILA and the Tulsa County Bar Association. Diane is bilingual (English/Spanish) and has experience with grant writing as well as client-centered research and program design from her time at CAP Tulsa. She is a member of the City’s New Tulsans Implementation Team, supporting the city’s efforts to create pathways for immigrant residents to be welcomed in Tulsa.

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