Pat Potts, MBA, President & CEO
Pat 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 Association. Pat has also served as President on the Oklahoma City School Board, Oklahoma City Beautiful, the Zoo Trust, the Society of Fund Raising Executives, and she currently serves on the boards the Oklahoma Women’s Coalition, Sunbeam Foundation, and the Educare Center. Pat was honored by the Journal Record as “Woman of the Year” in 2012. 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.”
Margie Marney-Patt, M.Ed., Program Director
Margie has served in education as a classroom teacher, reading and learning disability instructor and as a professor at Northern Oklahoma Community College, Northwestern Oklahoma State University and the former Phillips University. She has served as an administrator of federal programs and as an elementary school principal in Enid, OK and in Los Angeles, California. She has also worked with the Oklahoma State Department and The National Center for Urban School Transformation. She has served as a leader on a variety of educational organizations and program committees. She has served on local committees of CASA, Calm Waters and Smart Start (OPSR) including the Early Education Initiative Committee. She currently is involved in leading parenting classes of Love & Logic at Crossings Community Church.
Craig Knutson, Vice President Advocacy & Outreach
Craig Knutson has held professional/executive positions in Tulsa and Oklahoma City. He serves on a number of local and statewide boards of directors. Craig is an OKCEO and has a long history of supporting early childhood development through his professional and personal affiliations. “I agreed to serve on the PFF Board and later became Chair for several reasons. I am passionate about our mission and the topic. I have been a supporter of early childhood education since the late 80s. I am a huge fan of Ray and Pat Potts and what they have done for Oklahoma and for elevating this topic at a time when long-term solutions to societal and economic problems are too often dismissed. Finally, I have come to see, through their children and grandchildren, the importance of ‘giving back to the community.’ They have instilled in them a charitable philosophy that will carry on for generations to come.” Craig recently joined the staff of the PFF as VP of Advocacy and Outreach.
Linda Turner, SPHR, SHRM-SCP Human Resource Manager
Linda is an alumna of Southern Nazarene University with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Resource Management, is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), is Past-President of the Oklahoma Healthcare Human Resources Association and is Past-Vice President of the Tulsa Risk Management Association. Linda also holds the esteemed accreditation of Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). Linda’s vast career experience includes serving as an adjunct professor at OSU-OKC and serving in executive level positions at a variety of companies and corporations including QuikTrip, Tyson Foods, Inc., AmeriTruck, Inc, Variety Care, and many others. Along the way, Linda has always enjoyed her positions as instructor at OSU-OKC and at Seminole State College. She loves training and learning!
Alma Gloria Marquez,
Gloria is a student of the University of Central Oklahoma. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology – Pre Med and a Minor in Spanish. She hopes to go to medical school and become a doctor. She graduated from ASTEC Charter School and Metro Technology Center in 2014. She graduated with Honors including being named Superintendent’s Student of the Year her senior year. Gloria enjoys the piano and is also involved in teaching Sunday school for 7th grade, and singing in a choir among other things at Little Flower Church. She works part-time as the Administrative Assistant at PFF.
Speaking Events Coordinator – Intern
Ione is an Air Force Veteran who served during the Iraqi Operation Freedom as a Command Post controller. Being stationed at Ramstein AB she was able to assist with missions coming home from downrange or going back into the field.
Later to move to F.E. Warren AB to train for the Global War Exercises. She currently attends Oklahoma State University- OKC, pursuing a career in teaching overseas. She wishes to work with the Dodds, Department of Defense or as an ESL teacher, English as a Second Language in any country. Having a military background with family ties going back generations she’s been able to enjoy living with many cultures and wishes to go back out to experience more opportunities while giving help to children in receiving the best chance they have to learn and grow.