Kurt Gwartney started his professional media career at the age of 16 as a weekend disc jockey at KOLS-AM/KKMA-FM (now KMYZ) in his hometown of Pryor, Okla. He gradually began doing news work at the radio station, discovering his love for journalism and writing. Since that broadcasting beginning, he has worked on newspapers, in television production, on public radio, online media, and in public relations. Kurt currently serves as senior director of seminary relations at Phillips Theological Seminary, where he also teaches adjunct courses in digital media.
Secretary-Executive Team Member
Donna is a long-time Tulsan. She has a degree in Business Management and has served in a leadership capacity in Human Resources for over 27 years. She is a Senior Manager, overseeing Employee Relations and Retention at CAP Tulsa. Donna volunteers with an inner healing ministry and serves on the prayer team at Believers Church. She has been married for 31 years to Jay, and they have two daughters and two granddaughters. She is developing a community database that will connect ministries and resources to help people with social, emotional, and economic challenges. Donna is passionate about connecting talents and people to achieve more together through an organization she formed called Three to the Third.
Wilis (Steve) Thompson, CPA
Treasurer - Executive Team Member
Steve has professionally been in risk advisory services and is currently the Director of IT and Construction internal audit at Magellan Midstream LP. He has his CPA and is a certified information systems auditor. He has a wife of nearly 40 years, 3 children, and 2 grandchildren. His favorite activities besides spending time with his family are anything outdoors, hiking, biking, and kayaking.
Member at Large
Kuaybe Basturk is a mom who is trying to be "the change she wants to see in the world" for all the little human beings wherever they're around the world including her own three since this is not the world she wants to leave to them! She is a language instructor, taught at UCO (University of Central Oklahoma) and Dove Science Academy in Oklahoma and at a community college and several different schools in Austin, Texas.
She is a writer and editor who worked for kids magazines and publishing companies in Turkey. She has both published and unpublished work. She is a fixture at interfaith events and a frequent guest speaker on diversity, inclusion, and Islam. She served as the executive director of Dialogue Institute Oklahoma City for two years after serving as a board member for Dialogue Institute Austin, Texas for several years. She also served as a board member of "The Interfaith Alliance" of Oklahoma, ‘Sister Cities International of Oklahoma City’, ‘Community Alliance of Oklahoma’, and a member of the "Religions United Committee" in Oklahoma City.
She has represented Oklahoma at United Nations Commission of the Status of Women panel with her presentation ‘The Role of Women in Building Community Partnerships to Prevent Violent Extremism’ in March 2017. She has confirmed represent Oklahoma to at the same panel with ‘DiversiTea-A Community Bridge Building Model’ presentation in 2020.. She is currently volunteering at two different non-profits, Advocates of Silenced Turkey and Huddled Masses to raise international awareness about the very alarming human rights violations committed by the Turkish government and President Erdogan.
Whenever you run into her she would love to talk to you about books, different cultures, interfaith work and ‘creating peace island in a world drowning in hate’ for hours along with a cup of coffee, but preferably a Turkish one, which is her favorite!
Member at Large
My husband Alan and I have lived in Tulsa 19 years we have 4 children and 9 grandchildren.
I received a design degree 12 years ago and worked with some wonderful people redoing construction design in their homes. I volunteered at Make a Wish for four years, loved working with the children and making their dreams come true. I volunteered for Emergency Infant Services for twelve years. Interviewing parents & helping them with resources for their children. I’m very excited to help Family Promise and see families start over with a new life.
Member at Large
Eileen Bradshaw became the CEO of LIFE Senior Services in August of 2020. Prior to being at LIFE, she worked with Emergency Infant Services and the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. Throughout her non-profit career, she has experienced the importance of the compact between private philanthropy and federal programs to the provision of a humane, sustainable “safety net”. Eileen is a native Tulsan and graduated Bishop Kelley High School. She received her Bachelors of Arts from Knox College, where she majored in philosophy. She shares her now –empty nest with her husband Steve, two rescue puppies and am an irascible cat
Fund Development Chair
Lorri has been active in Tulsa and all of Oklahoma for the last 29 years working as an Executive Sales Representative, with Major Corporations who have been the top 10% of her company year after year and has a fantastic Networking group that supports Family Promise. Her biggest Joy is the “owned” Businesses here in Oklahoma that truly support this organization with monies, time, material and labor in the print industry. She is always sharing the cause for this organization with an urgency to help make sure that each event is covered with the beauty of print for the marketing part of the organization.
Lorri is happily married to her best friend Gregg Elpers and has 3 grown children and 6 fantastic
grandchildren who are the Joy of her life and lives in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. She hopes and prays by her continued work and support for this non-profit organization Family Promise, it will make this big, sometimes scary world a better place to live in.
Rabbi Daniel Kaiman
Member at Large
Rabbi Daniel Kaiman is the Associate Rabbi of Congregation B'nai Emunah. He was born and raised in Pensacola, Florida, and spent his formative years in Maplewood, New Jersey. After studying Political Science at Rutgers University, he earned a masters degree and rabbinic ordination from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, California.
Rabbi Kaiman's own journey to a life dedicated to Judaism and the Jewish people was shaped by his earliest experiences. Pensacola, a pioneering, immigrant Jewish community much like Tulsa, was a place where everyone mattered and typical divides melted away in favor of close-knit communal relationships.
A strong believer in social activism motivated by Jewish learning, Rabbi Kaiman strives to teach a Judaism of passionate engagement, self-critical reflection, and experimental creativity. Imaginative Jewish ritual sits at the core of his work and he is eager to build relevant community to serve a changing religious world. Jewish meditation and contemplative practice are important parts of Rabbi Kaiman's spiritual framework.
Dan shares his life with Rachel Gold, a talented non-profit professional with a background in social policy and community organizing
Member at Large
Wayne Larkin is the CEO and Co-Owner of Asset Employment Group. He is also a co-founder of Rivet; a digital banking app that empowers underbanked consumers. Wayne joined AEG following a two-decade plus career with publicly traded companies in the industrial staffing space. During this time Wayne held a variety of progressive leadership roles which included Board reporting responsibilities.
Throughout Wayne’s life he has been driven by a passion for people. Far beyond financial and business achievements, Wayne’s greatest source of accomplishment is making a positive impact. Helping people develop and succeed is a value that Wayne lives by and exudes in his daily leadership style. Whether preparing executives for their next career step, providing training and support for employees to better perform or volunteering as a youth coach, his approach is upbeat and consistent. He regularly asks leaders and athletes, “Did we get better today ? Did we make a difference ? Did we have fun ?”
Wayne holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Alfred University in Communications. He has attended several executive leadership/business courses and hold certifications from both Rice University and Harvard Business School.
He and his wife, Tracey met in college on the east coast and moved to Tulsa in the early 90s. In 2005 the family moved to the Seattle area returning to Tulsa in mid-2017. Wayne and Tracey have three wonderful children.
Pastor Jean Neal
Member at Large
Ms. Jean M. Neal is a Tulsa native, and Pastor of the New Faith Baptist Church. She holds the position of Program, Development, and Event Manager for the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation.
Ms. Neal has received numerous awards and commendations for her socially conscious programming involvement, and grass-roots community participation. Ms. Neal is the recipient of the 2015 Pinnacle Award issued by the Mayor’s Commission, on the Status of Women for the City of Tulsa. Ms. Neal founded In His Image International Ministries.