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 87 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

Tiffani Bruton – Chair; Cox Communications

Shannon O’Doherty – Incoming Chair; Commerce Bank

Matt Newman – Past Chair; ONEOK

Larry Faulkner – Treasurer; WPX Energy

Drew France – Program Evaluation & Development; CAP Tulsa

Rick Kelly – Partners in Education; Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma

Karen Kirchman – Secretary & HR; Stanfield O’Dell

Robert Babcock – ONE Gas

Pete Burgess – Williams

Charles Chastain – TTCU Federal Credit Union

Jeff Couch – Mariner Wealth Advisors

Ryan Crawford – Community Care

Joe Creider – J. Creider Consulting, LLC

Aaron Fulkerson – Schnake Turnbo Frank

Sarah Gould – KKT Architects

Judie Hackerott – Public Service Company of Oklahoma

Jim Hoffmeister – Rosenstein, Fist & Ringold

Diane Murphy – FW Murphy Family Foundation

Susan Neal – University of Tulsa

Representative Monroe Nichols – Strive Together

Daniel Regan – Price Family Properties

Dwayne Rury – Bama Companies

Lauren Sherry – QuikTrip

Whitney Stauffer – Selser Schaefer Architects

David Stratton – Bank of Oklahoma

Steve Soulé – Hall Estill

Joey Wignarajah – Argonaut Private Equity

Deborah A. Gist, ex officio – Tulsa Public Schools


Brian Paschal

(918) 746-6604

Hallie Green

Manager of Community Engagement & Grants
(918) 746-6605​

Sue Ann Blair

Designer Showcase Director
(918) 813-3477​

April Westemeir

Office Manager
(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.