About Us

Our Mission

our mission

To build a better community through the support of Tulsa Public Schools.

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.

TULSA PUBLIC SCHOOLS

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

Demographics/Facts

  • There are 78 learning communities within Tulsa Public Schools
    • 44 elementary schools, 10 middle schools, 9 high schools, 7 alternative schools, 6 district-authorized charter schools, 1 virtual school, and 1 partnership school
  • Students come from 62 countries and speak 72 different languages and dialects
  • 79% of students are economically disadvantaged
  • 38% of students are multilingual 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
  • Construction Program– Hale High School
  • International Baccalaureate Program– Booker T. Washington High School
  • Aerospace Academy– Tulsa Tech
  • Aerospace Mechanic Program– East Central

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Rick Kelly, Chair                                                                                          Divisional VP, Network Management, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma

Sarah Gould, Past Chair                                                                                            President & CEO, KKT Architects

Dwayne Rury, Secretary                                                                                Director of National Accounts, BAMA Company

Mary Spears, Treasurer                                                                                      Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer, ONEOK

Drew France  – Committee Chair                                                                          Sr. Director of Strategic Planning and Community Initiatives, CAP Tulsa

Lauren Sherry – Committee Chair                                                                  Manager, Community Relations, QuikTrip

Directors

Molly Aspan                                                                                                    Partner, Practus, LLP

Teil Blackshare
SVP Director Business Continuity, BOK Financial Corporation

Tiffani Bruton                                                                                                              Director of Public Affairs, Cox Communications

Pete Burgess                                                                                                        Vice President & Treasurer, Williams Companies

Charles Chastain                                                                                                  Chief Sales & Operations Officer, TTCU Federal Credit Union

Larry Faulkner                                                                                                        CFO, Lobeck Family Taylor Foundation

Aaron Fulkerson                                                                                                      Partner & Chief Development Officer, Schnake Turnbo Frank

 

Judie Hackerott                                                                                                          Director, Business Operations Support, Public Service Co. of Oklahoma

Karen Kirchman                                                                                                    Shareholder, Stanfield + O’Dell

Monroe Nichols                                                                                                      Director of Network Growth, Strive Together

Mark Plank                                                                                                            Director of Learning & Development, Hilti North America

Daniel Regan                                                                                                          EVP, Development, Construction & Special Projects, Price Family Properties

Shanese Slaton                                                                                        Community Relations Manager, OneGas

Whitney Stauffer                                                                                            Partner, Selser Schaefer Architects

Annie Tomecek                                                                                          Supervisor, Community Relations, TD Williamson

Brad White                                                                                                            Financial Advisor, United Income

Joey Wignarajah                                                                                                  CEO, OK Medical Waste Disposal

Maggie Hille Yar                                                                                          Executive Director, Co-Trustee, Hille Foundation

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

 

Staff

Moises Echeverria

                         President and CEO                           (918) 746-6604

Brena Meadows Thrash

Assistant Director of Operations
(918) 746-6605

Joey Oneal

Assistant Director of Development
(918) 746-6602

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