BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Meet the Board of Trustees who assists

in guiding the Family Promise of Tulsa County

toward a sustainable future.

Kurt Gwartney

President - Executive Team Member

Kurt Gwartney started his professional media career at the age of 16 as 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.

Cindy Beasley

Secretary - Executive Team Member

Cindy has deep roots in Tulsa with extended family in the local area.  She has a degree in Business Administration and over 15 years of experience in nonprofit work.  She has served on the LAM Foundation Board nationally, local boards in a variety of capacities, and has received certification from the Indiana School of Philanthropy. She has experience in strategic planning, best practice development for board establishment, and financial management.  Cindy is a member of St. Antony’s Orthodox Church in Tulsa

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. 

Muhammed Atay

Member at Large

Mohammed Atay received a B.A. in Chemistry from Malatya University, M.S in Chemistry, M.Ed. in Leadership and is currently doing his Master in Counseling. He works at Dove Schools as District STEAM coach. A strong advocate of hands-on, inquiry-based learning, he involves his teachers in a variety of ways such as problem-solving, and technology-infused strategies that provide them with opportunities to use their teaching skills to help others. His professional interests focus on partnership approaches for coaching the science teachers. His current projects include the organization of a self-reflection program and the development of a self-assessment procedures for all level teachers. In addition, he is a member of Oklahoma Math & Science Coaches Association.

Lorri Elpers

Fund Development Chair

Lorri has been activate in Tulsa and all of Oklahoma for the last 29 years working as an Executive Sales
Representative, with Major Corporations who has 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.

Rev. Bill Hemm

Congregational Recruitement Chair

Rev. Hemm is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He has served at Forest Park Christian Church in Tulsa as the Senior Pastor for the past 6 years.  

 

Rev. Hemm says that there is nothing more rewarding than participating in a ministry that so exemplifies the teachings of Jesus Christ.  He is so excited to be playing a part in helping people achieve sustainable living here in Tulsa.  

Craig Hoster

Member at Large

Craig is a lawyer with the Tulsa office Crowe & Dunlevy and has lived in Tulsa since 1972. Craig chaired the State of Oklahoma Public Employees Relations Board from 200–2009 and has served as director of the Tulsa County Bar Association and the Tulsa County Bar Foundation.

He has also served as Moderator of the Eastern Oklahoma Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). He has served and is serving on the boards of several nonprofit organization. Craig is an elder at First Presbyterian Church of Tulsa and is a member of the personnel committee and the Front Porch Team of the church.

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.

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.

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ONE FAMILY AT A TIME

Your contribution provides homeless children, and their families, 

the assistance needed to have a promising future.

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ABOUT US

Family Promise of Tulsa County is a nonprofit, multifaith organization affiliated with National Family Promise.  Family Promise of Tulsa County provides shelter, meals, & support to homeless children and their families.

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3916 E. 31st St.

Tulsa, OK  74135

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