Founders

Pat Potts
MBA
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. Pat previously served as President on the Oklahoma City School Board, Oklahoma City Beautiful, the Zoo Trust, and the Society of Fund Raising Executives. She currently serves on the board of Sunbeam Foundation. Pat was honored by the Journal Record as “Woman of the Year” in 2012. She was inducted into the Oklahoma Women's Hall of Fame and with her husband, Ray Potts, into the OCU Business School Hall of Honor in 2017. 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
MGeol, J.D.
Ray Potts, after achieving the rank of Lieutenant in the United States Air Force, he co-founded PSEC and served as its President and CEO for over 30 years until its sale to ONEOK. At that point it 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.” He also currently serves on the board of directors at Smart Start Oklahoma.

Board Members

Robert Block
M.D
Robert Block is an Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics and immediate past Daniel C. Plunket Chair, Department of Pediatrics, The University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine in Tulsa. He was elected by the membership of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) as President-Elect in October, 2010, and served as President from October, 2011 through October, 2012. In October, 2013 he was inducted into the Tulsa (OK) Hall of Fame.  He was appointed the first Chair of the newly formed sub-board on Child Abuse Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) from 2006-2009, and continued to serve on the sub-board through 2012.  He holds Certificate #1 from the ABP in Child Abuse Pediatrics. He is a former member and chair of the United States’ Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines.  Dr. Block is a past President and Board Chair of the Academy on Violence and Abuse (AVA), the national organization focused on increasing health care professionals’ education, and academic research, on the health effects of violence and abuse.  He will continue promoting his passion for helping young children live optimally as the Medical Director of the American Academy of Pediatrics new Center on Healthy, Resilient Children. Dr. Block serves on the Board of Directors of the Potts Family Foundation, and is a proud Oklahoma CEO, calling for improved early childhood education and the best possible family environments.  Dr. Block is married to Sharon Block, a retired Science teacher and R.N. They have two married daughters, Erika Mays, and Andrea Wooldridge, and three wonderful grandchildren.
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 in her law practice with a special emphasis on health information exchange and privacy issues. Ms. Burkett is a community volunteer with a focus on quality of life issues for Oklahomans, serving as Chairman in the City of Tulsa Park Board, the Board of Trustees for Gilcrease Museum, the Boards of The Oklahoma Academy, Community Service Council of Greater Tulsa, Oklahoma Center for Healthcare Improvement and the Tulsa Community College Foundation. A member of Leadership Oklahoma, Class XVIII, she was named the Top Healthcare Lawyer in Tulsa in 2015 by Best Lawyers in America and is regularly listed by Oklahoma Super Lawyers as one of the top 25 women attorneys in Oklahoma. She recently was honored with a Paragon Award by Leadership Tulsa for her years of volunteer advocacy work for Mental Health Association of Oklahoma. 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
Administrative Coordinator
Tiffany Burton is an Administrative Coordinator at Open Arms Clinic, a charitable clinic in Oklahoma City offering free medical care to those without medical insurance. She transitioned to Open Arms Clinic from their corporate office, Butterfield Memorial Foundation, after faithfully serving there for close to 2 years. Tiffany is currently studying Public Service at Oklahoma State University- Oklahoma City which will help further her career in Non-Profit work. With a passion to serve her community, she hopes to continue her education into Non Profit Management. Tiffany is married to Daniel Burton, grandson to Pat & Ray Potts. She and her husband are passionate about leading others to become debt free through Dave Ramsey’s: Financial Peace University. They reside in Oklahoma City where they are active members of Life Church at Broadway & Britton.
Ginny Bass Carl
Senior Director of Development and Planned Giving
Ginny Bass Carl a fifth generation Oklahoman, is Senior Director of the Development and Planned Giving at Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, a statewide independent nonprofit research institute seeking new insights into human disease. An attorney and staunch advocate for nonprofits, Ginny is the incoming board chair for ReMerge former board chair of Sunbeam Family Services and has served on numerous Non-profit boards, including Educare and Oklahoma Planned Giving Council. Between her volunteer efforts, professional career and time as a consultant and trainer for the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, Ginny is a strong proponent for relationships, education and governance. She is also a graduate of Class XXVIII of Leadership Oklahoma City, past co-chair of LOYAL and was one of the 50 Women Making a Difference in Oklahoma in 2012. Ginny received both her bachelor’s and law degree from the University of Oklahoma.
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.
Jennifer Hays-Grudo
Pd.D., Regents Professor of Human Development
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.
Phyllis Hudecki
Phyllis Hudecki a native of Morris, Oklahoma, has more than 30 years of experience in education. She currently directs the work of the Oklahoma Business and Education Coalition (OBEC), a large business-led coalition established in 2000. In 2006, Hudecki was named one of Fifty Women Making a Difference in Oklahoma and in spring 2007 was inducted into the Hall of Fame at Oklahoma State University’s College of Human Environmental Sciences.  In 2010, then Governor-elect Mary Fallin nominated Hudecki to serve as Oklahoma Secretary of Education. Prior to assuming her role with OBEC in June, 2000, Phyllis spent nine years at the University of California-Berkeley, where she was associate director of the National Center for Research in Vocational Education. During this time she also served as a co-chair of a teaching standards development committee and a field consultant to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Her career includes positions with the Iowa, Missouri and Massachusetts state departments of education and the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C. She started her career as a teacher in Norwich, Connecticut, and gained experience in school administration as an assistant principal at a technical high school in Kansas City, Missouri. She received her doctorate of education and baccalaureate in education from Oklahoma State University, an educational specialist degree in education administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and a master’s degree in education from the University of Connecticut.
Phil Lakin
Phil Lakin has led the Tulsa Community Foundation (TCF) since July 1999 and has been the only individual to serve as the chief executive of the foundation. He is passionate about his work with donors, community leaders and elected officials to improve the Tulsa area. Phil serves the City of Tulsa as the Council Representative for District 8 and is also president of the Rotary Club of Tulsa and a graduate of Leadership Tulsa XXVII. Phil is a native Tulsan and graduate of Jenks High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and finance, as well as his Master of Business Administration, from Baylor University. Before joining TCF, he worked for Baylor University’s Office of Development, managing development efforts for northeastern Texas and six additional states. He and his wife Adriane have three sons.
Erika Lucas
CEO
Erika Lucas is CEO of StitchCrew, a consulting and project management firm helping companies and organizations conceive, design and scale through innovative business modeling.  She has over 15 years of experience defining strategies and brokering deals for small and medium size companies as well as multinational corporations and economic development agencies. Prior to launching StitchCrew, Lucas was Vice President of Marketing of a private equity firm where she was responsible for the brand and marketing strategy of the firm and its portfolio companies. In addition, she helped manage the on-boarding of new acquisitions into the firm’s operating model and in collaboration with the Management team of each portfolio company, developed long-range planning, growth strategies and scalable models to ensure governance and growth trajectory was in line with defined investment goals. She was also involved in international deal sourcing, investor relations, fundraising and market feasibility evaluations. Prior to Acorn, Lucas served in the public sector as Global Director of the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, helping small and medium size companies do business in global markets. During her tenure, she helped establish a new unit focused on recruiting global investment to the state. Lucas began her career facilitating the establishment of international companies in Mexico, from site selection and incentive negotiation to running the administrative side of the in-country operation. This steered her towards defining and evaluating strategies for other organizations. She currently serves as board member of the Oklahoma City County Health Department, the Oklahoma City Port Authority, and on the Advisory Board of the Oklahoma City Energy FC. She represented the southern states as former board member of the State International Development Organization (SIDO). She has served the Governor’s Economic Development Team, the Governor’s International Team, the Governor’s Unmanned Aerial Council and was an active member of the Aerospace Industry Association, and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International.
Ryan Posey
President
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.
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.
Katheryn Potts
Vice President
Katheryn Potts is Vice President of REES Associates, Inc. and senior member of the REES Healthcare Group. REES is a nationally recognized architecture, planning, and design firm. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor of Arts, Fine Arts & History from Oklahoma State University and has over twenty years of experience with REES. Kathy has been involved in the nonprofit arena since 1985. She sits on the Sustainable Implementation Committee for Home Based Visitations chaired by the University of Oklahoma’s Child Abuse Prevention team 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 twice as one of the 50 Women Making a Difference in Oklahoma by the Journal Record.  In Kathy’s 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.”
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.
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.
Daniel Schiedel
Executive Director
Dan Schiedel became the Executive Director of United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma in March of 2017. Prior to his career at the United Way, he was a 28-year Public Broadcasting veteran who managed and produced for PBS stations in South Dakota, Missouri, Wyoming and Oklahoma. He has successfully led multiple operations, fundraising initiatives, partnership development projects, creation of programming strategies, and the production and promotion of numerous award winning programs. He is a native of South Dakota, and an alumnus of the University of South Dakota where he received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees in Contemporary Media and Journalism. Dan serves on the on the Potts Family Foundation, Cherokee Strip Community Foundation, Garfield County Child Advocacy Council, Human Service Alliance, Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum board and the Oklahoma Academy board. He is an Oklahoma Champion for Early Opportunities (OKCEO), a member of World Harvest Church in Enid, a current member of the Enid Rotary Club and past president of the Riverton Wyoming Rotary Club, and the Reveille Rotary Club in Claremore, OK. Dan is married to Sharon, has 4 children and 5 grandchildren.
Marnie Taylor
President & CEO
Marnie Taylor is President and CEO of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits (the Center). Prior to accepting the position, Taylor served several years as a board member, trainer and consultant for the Center. Taylor has over 30 years of leadership and nonprofit experience. She currently serves on the boards of the World Neighbors, Friends of the Governor’s Mansion, Potts Family Foundation, ReMerge Board and OU Breast Institute.  She is an adjunct professor at OSU/OKC where she teaches Nonprofit Management. She is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma Class XXIV, a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City Class XV, the founding director of Youth Leadership Exchange (YLX) and served for 10 years as a historic preservation commissioner for Oklahoma City. Taylor earned a marketing degree from the University of Notre Dame. Her service to the community has been honored and recognized by several organizations, including the 2013 Journal Record Woman of the Year, Junior League of Oklahoma City as the “Sustainer of the Year,” the National Association for Community Leadership as a “Distinguished Leader ”, the Oklahoma Hospitality Club Women through “Woman in the News”, the Notre Dame Club of OKC as a “Person of the Year”, Red Cross as a Board Member of the Year, CASA as a Board Member of the Year, Oklahoma Outreach Foundation “Dare to Believe” award, Journal Record 2012 Woman of the Year Making A Difference and the OCU Societies 2013 Dulaney-Browne Library Society Award and the Forever Orange Award. Taylor is also an Honorary CASA.
Quin Tran-Dykstra
Quin Tran-Dykstra has spent over 20 years in the communications industry. She began her commercial television news career as a writer at KFOR-TV, NBC affiliate in Oklahoma City.  She then served as a reporter/anchor at NBC affiliate in Waco, Texas. Quin returned to KFOR-TV – serving as an anchor/reporter for more than a decade. The birth of her daughter inspired her to expand her talents by exploring other areas of the communications industry. She has been a media spokesperson for an Oklahoma healthcare organization and a firm’s director of public relations.  Quin started Starfire Communications to maximize on her love of storytelling.  She helps produce documentaries, broadcast programming, and other creative projects. Quin is an award winning video storyteller.  She has earned a variety of honors, including an EMMY nomination for “American Dreams,” which chronicles her family’s journey from Vietnam to the United States – and ultimately to Oklahoma.