Founders

Pat Potts

Pat Potts co-founded the Community Resource Development Foundation and its successor, the Potts Family Foundation (PFF).  She also founded the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits and served as president and CEO for over 20 years. Pat was also a founder of the Oklahoma Women’s Coalition. She previously served as President on the Oklahoma City School Board, Oklahoma City Beautiful, the Zoo Trust, and the Society of Fund Raising Executives. Pat was honored by the Journal Record as “Woman of the Year” in 2012. Among her awards were subsequent induction into the Oklahoma Women's Hall of Fame and with her husband, Ray Potts, into the OCU Business School Hall of Honor in 2017. In 2019 she received the Lifetime Achievement award from Leadership Oklahoma. She focuses on leveraging resources “to address root causes and build the human potential of the people of our state one child and one organization at a time.”

Ray Potts

Ray Potts, after achieving the rank of Lieutenant in the United States Air Force, returned to school to obtain a Masters in Geology and later a law degree. He co-founded PSEC, an independent energy company and served as its President and CEO for over 30 years until its sale to ONEOK. At that point the company became Potts Exploration. Ray has served as chairman of the Natural Gas Committee of the Independent Association of Petroleum Geologists of America.  Ray also was president of the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association. He served for eight years as member of the State Board of Education and later as the first President of the Oklahoma City Public School Foundation. He was recently inducted into the OCU Business School Hall of Honor in 2017 with his wife, Pat Potts. Ray supports investment in early childhood education because, “it produces the best return for the individual and for society.” 

Board Members

Beto Balderrama

Major Beto Balderrama grew up in the southside of Oklahoma City, graduating from U.S. Grant High School in 1995. He began his career with the Oklahoma City Police Department in 1999 and started as a patrol officer at the Will Rogers Division. Major Balderrama has held positions with the Gang Enforcement Unit, the Tactical Unit (SWAT), Bike Patrol, the Records Unit, Internal Affairs, and most currently Division Commander for the Springlake Division and Logistical Support. He is also the Bilingual Unit’s Commander and holds a bachelor’s degree in Emergency Responder Administration and a master’s in Organizational Leadership. Beto has been married to his wife Amber for over 20 years and they have two daughters, Hannah and Sarah.

Megan Benn

Megan Benn is a government affairs consultant specializing in public education, healthcare, and state tax and revenue legislation and policies.  She has almost 25 years of public policy experience at both the state and federal levels.  Megan’s work experience includes stints at the White House, the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology, the Oklahoma State Senate Staff, the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, the Oklahoma Policy Institute, and currently with her own consulting and lobbying business.  She has been the Legislative Consultant for CCOSA, the school administrators association and OROS, the Organization for Rural Oklahoma Schools for many years. Megan was raised on a farm in the Oklahoma Panhandle and received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX.  She and her husband, Jason now reside in Norman, Oklahoma with their two children. Megan serves on the Board for the Sooner Theatre in Norman and on the Foundation Board for the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in Chickasha. 

Teresa Burkett

Teresa Burkett is a partner in the healthcare practice group of Conner & Winters, LLP. A native of Okarche and a graduate of Norman High School, she worked through law school as a cardiac care nurse and now represents a wide variety of healthcare providers with a special emphasis on health information exchange and privacy issues. Teresa is a community volunteer with a focus on quality of life issues for Oklahomans, serving on the  board of City of Tulsa Parks, Gilcrease Museum, The Oklahoma Academy, Community Service Council of Greater Tulsa, Oklahoma Center for Healthcare Improvement, the Tulsa Community College Foundation and Tulsa's Animal Welfare Commission. A member of Leadership Oklahoma, Class XVIII, she was named the Top Healthcare Lawyer in Tulsa in 2015 by Best Lawyers in America. She and her husband Robert enjoy hiking in the Ozarks with their two dogs, California wine tasking trips, and paddling down the Buffalo River in their Wenonah canoe.

Tiffany Burton

Tiffany Burton is a graduate of Oklahoma State University - Oklahoma City with a degree in Public Service. She has worked in the non-profit sector for over six years. Tiffany is married to Daniel Burton, grandson to Ray & Pat Potts. They reside in Oklahoma City.

Ginny Bass Carl

Ginny Bass Carl, ​JD, CAP, Founder and CEO of Giving Well LLC, is ​a 5th generation Oklahoman and a licensed attorney.  She received her law and accounting degrees from OU. Combining her years of working for nonprofits, including Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation and Oklahoma Hall of Fame, nonprofit board service, training, and passion to change the world, she started her own business to scale philanthropy and ensure greater impact for nonprofits. In 2019, she achieved her Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP) designation. In response to the economic hardships and rising evictions triggered by the pandemic, Ginny was asked to lead a public-private partnership, Community Cares Partners, a program of Communities Foundation of Oklahoma. She stood up CCP with a current team of 130 to administer the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, helping families across the state with over $200M in rent and utilities assistance. Ginny currently serves on the boards of Leadership Oklahoma, Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness Foundation, Healthy Living OKC and Oklahoma Association of Charitable Gift Planners. She chairs LOK Class 34 and was co-chair of LOYAL classes IX and X. She is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma ​(Class 30) ​and Leadership Oklahoma City​ (Class 28)​. In 2012 and 2017, Ginny was one of the 50 Women Making a Difference in Oklahoma. She has two children, Collin and Rachael, and is married to Peter.

Jill Daugherty

Jill Daugherty served as the district director for Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cole for 10 years before serving as her current position as the director of governmental affairs for the Chickasaw nation Division of Commerce. As a mother and “political junkie,” Daugherty is passionate about family and her state.

Kevin Evans

Kevin Evans is has been the Executive Director of Western Plains Youth & Family Services since 1993. He helped reorganize the board of directors, raising money and revitalized relationships with funding partners to restart programs for children and families in Northwest Oklahoma. Kevin has received the 2018 Visions Award for the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits. He also received the “Distinguished Humanitarian Award” for lifetime achievements from Alva High School in 2019.

Raúl Font

Dr. Raúl Font began serving as the Latino Community Development Agency (LCDA) President in April 2015. Dr. Font has the responsibility for implementing policies, assuming full control of all agency operations , supervising all employees – classified and unclassified – as well as overseeing all community development programs. He welcomes the opportunity to enrich the mental and physical health and social well-being of the community served by the LCDA.  Prior to joining LCDA, Raúl served as the Assistant Superintendent with Santa Fe South Schools, Inc. (SFS) – a Charter School in South Oklahoma City serving a high concentration of Hispanic families. He has taught all grades from first grade to doctorial-level courses in multiple states and held every education position other than Superintendent. Raúl holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from the University of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico; a Master’s Degree in Bilingual Education/English as a Second Language from Central State University, Edmond, Oklahoma; and a Doctoral Degree in Education Administration, Curriculum and Supervision from The University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma. 

Jennifer Hays-Grudo

Jennifer Hays-Grudo, Ph.D. is a Regents professor of Human Development and Family Science and an adjunct professor of Pediatrics at Oklahoma State University, where she is the Principal Investigator and Project Director of the Center for Integrative Research on Childhood Adversity (CIRCA), an $11.3M, five-year NIH grant focused on the effects of trauma and poverty on children’s health and development. From 2008 to 2013, she was a George Kaiser Family Foundation Chair in Community Medicine at OU-Tulsa, where she led the Tulsa Children’s Project, a George Kaiser Family Foundation-funded collaboration Harvard’s Center for the Developing Child and Tulsa Educare to implement interventions to reduce the effects of intergenerational poverty and adversity on young children.  Before coming to Oklahoma, she was on the faculty of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, where she led the Office of Health Promotion, held numerous NIH grants on health behavior in high-risk populations, was the principal investigator of the Baylor’s clinical center for the Women’s Health Initiative.

Dr. Martina Jelley

Dr. Martina Jelley is a Professor of Internal Medicine and the Julian Rothbaum Chair for Community Health Research at the OU School of Community Medicine in Tulsa where she also serves as Assistant Dean for Clinical Research. Dr. Jelley’s interests include intimate partner violence and adverse childhood experiences, focusing on the adult health effects of these problems. Dr. Jelley is working with a multidisciplinary team, using simulation to help trainees in health programs improve skills in counseling adults with childhood trauma and practicing trauma-informed care. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Academy on Violence and Abuse and is a co-founder of the Trauma-Informed Healthcare Education and Research Collaborative. 

Bailey Perkins

Bailey Perkins, a native of Lawton, works tirelessly as a public policy advocate and an adjunct professor at a local community college. Currently, she represents both the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma as the State Advocacy and Public Policy Director where she informs policy makers at the local, state and federal levels on the prevalence of hunger in Oklahoma, its underlying causes and long-term consequences and heads advocacy efforts on policies that bring sustainable solutions for Oklahomans living with food insecurity. She also serves on Feeding America’s national policy advisory committee where she helps influence federal policy. She previously worked in a congressional office leading healthcare, education, nutrition, science, space, and technology policy initiatives in Washington, D.C. The OKC Friday ranked Bailey as the 16th most powerful young professional in Oklahoma City and top 100 most powerful women in OKC and the OKC Young Professionals selected her as a Most Influential Young Professional in 2020.  She graduated with a bachelors in political science and history from Oklahoma City University and subsequently earned a Master of Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma. Bailey is a Leadership Oklahoma Class XXXIIII participant and an Ion magazine Next Gen under 30 in Policy and Public Service. She contributes as a weekly co-host on the “Let’s Pod This” political podcast.

Ryan Posey

Ryan Posey currently serves as President at HSI Sensing, formerly Hermetic Switch, Inc. Ryan also serves as President at San Diego-based Genisco Filter Corporation. Posey earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering at the University of Oklahoma in 2004 and completed his masters from Auburn University in 2008. Ryan began his career at HSI focusing on electroplating processes then grew to address all manufacturing processes. During this time he worked to implement lean techniques plant wide. Ryan now oversees the activities of the entire organization and provides direction to management for both HSI and Genisco. Under his leadership, HSI has been recognized with the Governors Manufacturing Leadership Award, the Governors Award for Excellence in Exporting, as the Department of Commerce Export Champion, as the Small Business Administration Region VI Jeffrey Butland Family-owned Business of the Year, and the Journal Record Beacon Award for Philanthropy Impact. Posey has served as the Chairman of the Economic Development Council of Chickasha and City Councilman of Ward 3. He currently serves on the boards of State Chamber of Oklahoma. He received appointment by Governor Mary Fallin to the Oklahoma Partnership of School Readiness Board of Directors and serve as the Key Economic Network Champion for the South Central Region.

Katheryn Potts

Katheryn W. Potts is Vice President of REES Associates, Inc. and senior member of the REES Healthcare Group. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor of Arts, Fine Arts & History from Oklahoma State University. Kathy has been involved in the nonprofit arena since 1985. She sits on the Sustainable Implementation Committee for Evidence-Based Home Based Visitation Programs by OUHSC Child Abuse Prevention team, the board of Health Schools Oklahoma, and is a former board chair of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits. She is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City Class XXVIII and Leadership Oklahoma Class XXV. She has been recognized three times as one of the 50 Women Making a Difference in Oklahoma by the Journal Record and was inducted into the Circle of Excellence in 2012. In her words, “Family members were asked to sit on the board at its inception. As I have watched the foundation’s growth and its long term vision and impact, I am proud to be associated with the efforts and commit myself to honoring Ray and Pat’s vision for a better Oklahoma.”

Larry Potts

Larry Potts is a State Farm agent in Norman, Oklahoma. Larry is a proud alumnus of Oklahoma State University with a degree in Business Administration and Economics. He currently serves on the board of Bridges in Norman and is a recent board member of the Norman Public Schools Foundation. Larry is married to Susan who runs a successful retail store in Norman named Occasions. They have 3 grown children, Jessica who lives in Dallas, Wade, a PFF board member and recent graduate of the University of Oklahoma, and Paige who is a recent alumna of Oklahoma State University.

Mark Potts

Mark Potts is a managing partner of Potts Exploration, L.L.C., an oil & gas company, working with his father Ray and brother Steve. Mark has also served on the boards of Chance to Change and The Francis Tuttle Foundation.  Mark has a passion for those who struggle with addiction and recovery and those who try to help them.

Paige Potts-Beal

Paige Beal graduated from Oklahoma State University with her degree in Marketing and Management. She is now owner of Tulips Home and Gift on Campus Corner in Norman, OK. She focuses on finding great products and having excellent customer service at her store! Paige is currently on the Campus Corner Association board. Paige is excited for a big year with the Potts Family Foundation!

Paula Potts

Paula Potts is a part time worker for TRC Designs as a bookkeeper. Her love for travel assists her in furthering her passion for photography. Paula’s preference for photographing are centered on landscapes and wildlife. She showcases her artistic side hands on in her quilt making and enjoys the simple things in life.

Steve Potts

Steve Potts is a partner with his father and his brother Mark at Potts Exploration, L.L.C. He has a degree in business from Oklahoma State University and holds a Master of Business Administration from Oklahoma City University. He currently serves on the Potts Family Foundation’s Finance Committee. In addition, he also serves as Treasurer of the Oklahoma Youth Hunting & Shooting Program and Board Chair of Smart Start Central Oklahoma.  Steve is also a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma Class XXIV.

Dan Schiedel

Dan Schiedel currently the Executive Director and CEO of United Way of NW Oklahoma, where he works with the community as a collaborator, convener and helps raise funds for 15 partner agencies who provide human service needs in Enid and NW Oklahoma. Prior to coming to Enid and to the United Way, Dan was in Public Television for over 25 years where he managed stations and statewide networks and produced diverse media projects for PBS stations in South Dakota, Missouri, Wyoming and Oklahoma. He is a native of South Dakota, and a graduate of the University of South Dakota where he received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees in Journalism and Contemporary Media. Dan serves on numerous local and statewide boards, is a current member of the Enid Rotary club, and past president of the Riverton Wyoming Rotary Club, and the Reveille Rotary Club of Claremore, OK. Dan is married to Sharon and together they have four children and six grandchildren.

Sara Jane Smallwood-Cocke

Sara Jane is the Senior Government Affairs Strategist and Promise Zone Coordinator for the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Her Choctaw heritage and passion for public policy are intertwined. She comes from a long line of farmers and ranchers who make their living from the land and grew up near the Choctaw Capitol in Tvshka Homma. These experiences taught her the importance of the Choctaw Nation’s culture, natural resources, and leadership. She received her Master of Public Affairs from Indiana University, and a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Communications and American Indian Studies at Oklahoma State University and was named an Outstanding Senior. She also is a Morris K. Udall and the Stewart L. Udall Foundation Scholar and a Public Policy and International Affairs Fellow. Sara Jane serves as a board member for the Potts Family Foundation, a board member of the Oklahoma Academy for State Goals, Founder and Committee member of the National Coalition of Promise Zones, and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Eastern Oklahoma State College Foundation. In her free time, Sara Jane enjoys spending time at home in the Choctaw Nation with her husband Adam, daughter Jane, and their families.

Marnie Taylor

Taylor began her tenure as President and CEO in January 2011 after serving on the board of directors. One of Oklahoma’s leading governance experts, she has more than 40 years of leadership in volunteerism, board service, fundraising and community engagement. Currently, she serves on the boards of Potts Family Foundation, Sunbeam Family Services and the Friends of the Governor’s Mansion and as the chair for the National Council of Nonprofits.  A graduate. of Notre Dame, Marnie is also a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma Class XXIV, Leadership Oklahoma City Class XV, SALLT Class X, Founding Director of Youth Leadership Exchange (YLX) and member of numerous other nonprofit boards and organizations. Marnie has been honored as the Journal Record’s “Woman of the Year” in 2013, Journal Records “Most Admired CEO” in the nonprofit category and one of OKC Friday’s Most Powerful Women.  Other affiliations include: Oklahoma Academy for State Goals, Downtown Oklahoma City Rotary, Notre Dame Club of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Business Round Table, Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits’ Chairman’s Circle, Oklahoma Women’s Coalition, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church and Women for Oklahoma State University. She enjoys spending time with her husband Clayton, their son Clay, his wife Becky and their children Josie and Tripp of Oklahoma City, and her son Clark of Crested Butte.

Valerie Thompson

Since 1999, Dr. Valerie Thompson has served as only the second female president and CEO for the Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City. She provides strong leadership and ambition for the Urban League, working to further its mission to assist African Americans, other minorities and the poor achieve social and economic equality. Valeri is a passionate advocate for issues that affect the underserved by serving on local and national boards such as the Governor’s Workforce and Education Council, ½ billion dollars City of OKC MAPS Metropolitan Area Public Schools Trust, the City of OKC MAPS 3 Seniors Health and Wellness Committee and the Oklahoma City Public Schools Foundation Board. She was recognized as The Journal Record’s 2011 Oklahoma Most Admired CEO in the category of nonprofits under $10 million and the 2013 Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence (ONE) Award finalist. Valerie was presented with the National Association of Social Workers Oklahoma chapter 2015 Public Citizen of the Year award, 2015 National Urban League Woman of Power Award, was recognized by the Journal Record’s as one of “50 Making a Difference” and was also honored as the 2016 Oklahoma State University Black Alumni Association Trailblazer award. In addition to her numerous accolades, Dr. Thompson also serves as a member of Rotary International, the Association of Executives for the National Urban League and the Adventure District board of directors. Valerie received a doctorate in political science and a master’s of business administration from the University of Oklahoma. She is also an adjunct professor at Oklahoma City University’s School of Social Work. Her research and professional interests remain on nonprofit strategic planning and program evaluation.