About Us

Our Mission

The Foundation for Tulsa Schools, a 501(c)(3) community-based nonprofit, was formed in 2001 with a mission of building a better community through the support of Tulsa Public Schools.

who we are

An engaged community committed to providing excellent academic resources and financial support to ensure a first-class public education for all Tulsa Public School students.

what we do

Enlist community support and business assistance in providing education resources and opportunities for Tulsa Public Schools.

why we do it

Central to the success and future prosperity of Tulsa is a strong public education system.


The Foundation works closely with the Tulsa Public Schools leadership team to provide district-wide strategic funding support to advance the goals and vision of Tulsa Public Schools’ five-year strategic plan “Destination Excellence.”


  • There are 77 schools within Tulsa Public Schools.
  • Students come from 62 countries and speak 72 different languages and dialects.
  • 78% of students are economically disadvantaged
  • 21% of students are English language learners.

Special Programs

  • Tulsa Engineering Academy – Memorial High School
  • Agricultural Education – Webster High School
  • Digital Media & Broadcasting– Webster High School
  • AP Capstone Program– Edison Preparatory High School
  • Culinary, Hospitality, Health & Human Performance– Hale High School
  • International Baccalaureate Program– Booker T. Washington High School
  • Aerospace Academy– Tulsa Tech

Board of Directors

Larry Faulkner, Chair – WPX Energy

Molly Aspan –  Practus

Tiffani Bruton – Cox Communications 

Pete Burgess – Williams

Charles Chastain – TTCU Federal Credit Union 

Jeff Couch – Mariner Wealth Advisors 

Ryan Crawford 

Drew France – CAP Tulsa

Aaron Fulkerson – Schnake Turnbo Frank

Sarah Gould – KKT Architects 

Judie Hackerott – Public Service Company of Oklahoma 

Rick Kelly – Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma 

Karen Kirchman – Stanfield + O’Dell


Garrett Mills – Chandler Hospitality Group

Diane Murphy – FW Murphy Family Foundation 

Representative Monroe Nichols – Strive Together

Shannon O’Doherty – Commerce Bank 

Mark Plank – Hilti 

Daniel Regan – Price Family Properties 

Dwayne Rury – Bama Companies 

Lauren Sherry – QuikTrip 

Mary Spears – ONEOK 

Whitney Stauffer – Selser Schaefer Architects 

David Stratton – Bank of Oklahoma 

Annie Tomecek – T.D. Williamson

Brad White – United Income 

Joey Wignarajah – OK Medical Waste Disposal

Dr. Deborah A. Gist, ex officio – Tulsa Public Schools 



Anhna Vuong

President and CEO

Brena Meadows Thrash

Assistant Director of Operations
(918) 746-6605

Joey Oneal

Assistant Director of Development
(918) 746-6602

Financial Reports

The Foundation for Tulsa Schools is a public charity recognized by the IRS as a 501I(3) and required to file a Form 990 on an annual basis. Our Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN) is 73-1612027.