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 “Pathways to Opportunity.”


  • 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
  • International Baccalaureate Program– Booker T. Washington High School
  • Aerospace Academy– Tulsa Tech

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Sarah Gould, Chair                                                                                                  President & CEO, KKT Architects

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

Larry Faulkner, Past Chair                                                                                      CFO, Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation

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


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

Jeff Couch                                                                                                          Director & Senior Wealth Advisor, Mariner Wealth Advisors

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

Steve Mitchell                                                                                                      CEO & Managing Director, Argonaut Private Equity

Monroe Nichols                                                                                                      Director of Network Growth, Strive Together

Shannon O’Doherty                                                                                            CEO, Commerce Bank

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 



Moises Echeverria

                         President and CEO                           (918) 746-6600

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 501I(3) and required to file a Form 990 on an annual basis. Our Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN) is 73-1612027.