BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Director/ Owner of Lake Hills Montessori in South Tulsa
Dionne has a marketing degree from Oklahoma State University. Upon graduating Dionne worked for 7 years for the Sherwin Williams Company in both management and as a District Financial Manager. Dionne then stayed home for 9 years with her children before joining Lakehills Montessori in 2009. Dionne has been involved in P.E.O where she held the office of chaplain. For the past 15 years she has also enjoyed serving in her church at Southern Hills Baptist. From the nursery all the way to the youth where she currently leads the 11 & 12 grade students. Dionne has volunteered for the Laura Dester Shelter. Dionne has always had a passion for sports and children so when she heard Kendra Morgan’s testimony she knew that she had to be a part of such a dynamic ministry.
Kelly has been in preschool ministry for the last twenty-five years and recently retired from being the ABC Preschool and Kindergarten Director at Fellowship Bible Church after seventeen years of service. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Family Studies and Gerontology and is a Certified Biblical Counselor. She has been married to her wonderful husband, Darryl, for over thirty years and is the mother of three. She has served in her church in many different capacities from working in the nursery, serving as a mentor mom in a young moms group and helping organize a few youth activities each year.
Chris Jacobsen is President and CEO of Oak Ridge Natural Resources. He is responsible for business development and oversight of acquisitions, financial reporting, and exploitation and development of producing and undeveloped oil and gas assets. Prior to Oak Ridge Natural Resources, Mr. Jacobsen was President and CEO of Premier Natural Resources and has held other executive management roles at Vintage Petroleum, KCS Energy and Medallion Production in Tulsa for the past 20 years. Before relocating to Tulsa, he was Senior Vice President for 12 years at Netherland, Sewell & Associates, Inc., a Texas-based oil and gas consulting firm that provides a complete range of professional reservoir engineering, geophysical and geological services to the worldwide petroleum industry.
Mr. Jacobsen began his career in the oil and gas industry in 1977 with Exxon Company USA where he held various reservoir and facilities engineering and supervision positions. Mr. Jacobsen earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the Rose Human Institute of Technology in 1977 with a minor in economics. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the states of Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas.
In addition to his professional career, Chris has served in various capacities in the community including Mayor Pro Tem/City Councilman of Sachse, TX (Dallas County) and Member of the Dallas County Mobility Coalition for Thoroughfare Development in the Dallas Metroplex, as an adult leader and Executive Committee Member for the Tulsa Council of Boy Scouts of America, as Junior Achievement Counselor and the University of Tulsa’s Petroleum Engineering Industry Advisory Board.
Adriane is a group fitness instructor at the Saint Francis Health Zone but spends the majority of her time raising her and her husband’s three active, growing sons. Adriane graduated from Abilene Christian University with a Bachelor of Science in Corporate Wellness. Soon after graduation, she went back to school and received her Early Childhood and Elementary Education certificates and taught Pre-Kindergarten in Dallas, Texas. While her children were young, she was a full-time stay at home mother. Throughout the past 17 years in Tulsa, Adriane has served on many PTA Executive Boards in the Union and Jenks public school systems, chaired and volunteered in many school oriented committees, volunteered with Trojans for Christ. Adriane has been very active in her church, Southern Hills Baptist where she has taught Sunday school, worked Vacation Bible School, and served as interim Children’s Director. In the community, Adriane has volunteered at Women In Recovery, mentored at Margaret Hudson, has co-chaired non-profit fundraising events and currently is a board member for the Oklahoma Alzheimer’s Association. Adriane believes that no one child is the same or learns with the same techniques or theories. Children need to have the opportunity to freely express themselves and not always “color within the lines”; to be allowed to play, run and experiment in their educational experiences. Each child deserves someone, that can help him/her and their parents decipher what can help their child succeed socially and educationally.
Ryan has a heart to serve the Lord, and a strong passion for children to have success in learning. For several years he has coached youth soccer, youth basketball and volunteers many hours at his church teaching Kindergarteners. He volunteers during his lunch time tutoring young children in math and helping them learn. Ryan is a mechanical engineer for a company in the Tulsa area. He considers it a privilege to be part of the Building All Children Board.
Wendy Shirk, Ed.D.
Wendy taught in the Communication, Arts and Media and Graduate Business Departments of Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she eventually became the Dean of the College of Arts and Cultural Studies. Over 20 years ago, Wendy founded a consulting company that energized her teaching making it relevant for her as well as her students and faculty. Wendy holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership (Oral Roberts University), a Masters in Communication Consultancy (Oklahoma State University) and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Organizational/Interpersonal Communication (Oral Roberts University). Wendy left full-time educational work in 2013 in order to turn her attention to consulting. Her consulting focuses on a special brand of life coaching called Kaizen Life Coaching, which is characterized by quick course correction yielding in effective personal change. She also enjoys one-on-one Speech Coaching with clients who desire to improve their public speaking abilities in a private, non-threatening environment. She continues to offers professional facilitation, mediation, training and event coordination. Wendy is married to Steve and they reside in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. They enjoy being “empty-nesters” and are proud of their adult kids and the lives they are independently creating. Wendy enjoys many hobbies such as scrapbooking, target shooting, and singing in the Abiding Harvest Chorale.