Tom Albaugh, Vice President of Labor Relations, Tulsa Area United Way
Tom Albaugh is embarking upon his 23rd campaign with the Tulsa Area United Way. The vice president of labor relations, Tom is a liaison between the Tulsa Area United Way and the Northeastern Oklahoma Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO. He provides assistance to workers and their families and support for the annual United Way campaign. Another part of Tom's job is to recruit volunteers for United Way and its partner agencies, as well as to conduct information and referral training classes annually.
Tom saw United Way as the organization where he felt he could make a direct impact with helping people in need. He enjoys his job because he gets to see, first hand, the lives United Way changes and the positive impact the nonprofit has on the community.
Lou Ann Amstutz, Co-Owner, Alpha Machining
Thaddaeus Babb, Business Services Coordinator, Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services
Thaddaeus Babb is the Business Services Field Coordinator for the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services. Thaddaeus has been with DRS since 2009. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources Psychology from Northeastern State University and his Master’s Degree in Industrial Organization Dynamics from Walden University. He's currently pursuing certification in Human Resources Management.
Thaddaeus has a professional background in Human Resources, particularly in the area of training and development. He is Chair of Workforce Tulsa Disability Employment Advisory Council and also serves on the Oklahoma Association for Career and Employment Professionals Board. His professional organization memberships include Society of Human Resources Management, Tulsa Area Human Resources Association, and the Tulsa Regional Chamber.
Kelly Beyer, Branch Manager, Manpower
As a 19 year veteran of Manpower, Kelly Beyer has held several roles within the Manpower organization. She has worked as a Recruiter, Business Development Representative and Onsite Account Manager. In her current role as Branch Manager she leads a team of experienced Recruiters towards innovative solutions that are unique to the Tulsa Metro area. In addition, she works with prospective and established clients to identify recruiting and retention issues, fostering a partnership focused on individualized and effective workforce solutions.
Manpower, the world leader in innovative workforce solutions, creates and delivers high-impact solutions that enable our clients to achieve their business goals and enhance their competitiveness. With over 60 years of experience, our $19 billion company creates unique time to value through a comprehensive suite of innovative solutions that help clients win in the Human Age. These solutions cover an entire range of talent-driven needs from recruitment and assessment, training and development, and career management, to outsourcing and workforce consulting. ManpowerGroup maintains the world’s largest and industry-leading network of nearly 3,900 offices in over 80 countries and territories, generating a dynamic mix of an unmatched global footprint with valuable insight and local expertise to meet the needs of its 400,000 clients per year, across all industry sectors, small and medium-sized enterprises, local, multinational and global companies. The ManpowerGroup suite of solutions is offered through ManpowerGroup Solutions, Experis, Manpower, and Right Management.
Paul Boyett, Director of Strategic Staffing, Williams Corporation
Paul Boyett is a Director of Talent Acquisition at Williams where he is responsible for consulting with leaders to assess the company's hiring needs and provides strategies for attracting and managing organizational talent across the U.S. and Canada. Paul has held senior talent management and acquisition leadership roles at companies such as Edison International, Bank of America, Duke Energy and EDS prior to joining Williams.
Paul graduated from Oklahoma Christian University with a Bachelor of Science degree in business and communications. In 1988, he completed the coursework for his Master of Arts degree in organizational communication from Pepperdine University.
Paul is an active member of several professional organizations: Human Resources Planning Society, Society for Human Resources Management, American Society of Training and Development, American Management Association, Academy of Management, OD Network, and the Human Capital Institute.
Dawn Bollinger, Human Resources Manager, Seminole Energy Services
Angie Buchanan, Vice President of HR & Safety, Melton Truck Lines
Ms. Angela Buchanan joined Melton Truck Lines in 1996. At Melton, she holds the VP of Safety and HR position, responsible for recruiting, staff and driver training, compliance, and other human resources and safety functions. She holds both a Bachelor of Business Management and MBA degree from Northeastern State University. She has been on the board for 6 years, and served on the executive board for a year, representing Business Services.
She likes long strolls in the park, full moons, and the Workforce Tulsa Board – especially all of the compliance monitoring and reporting. She is passionate about putting the right people in the right job with the right training.
Ken Busby, Executive Director, Route 66 Alliance
Ken Busby is the Executive Director the Route 66 Alliance. Previously, he was the Executive Director of the Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa. Prior to the he was the Director of Development for Tulsa Zoo Friends and was with Gilcrease Museum for eight years, serving as Membership Director and Director of Communication. A native of Tulsa, Busby holds a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in communication and French from the University of Tulsa. He has a Master of Arts degree in journalism from Indiana University at Bloomington. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Busby is also a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma Class XVII.
Busby serves as president of Tulsa International Mayfest and chairman of the Tulsa Symphony and Tulsa Performing Arts Center Trust. He is on the executive committee of the Tulsa Metro Chamber’s Visit Tulsa Committee. He was elected to the Arts Education Council of Americans for the Arts in 2010, and currently serves as chair of that committee. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Tulsa and serves as a consultant in the areas of fundraising, grant writing, strategic planning, and board development for nonprofits across the state. In 2008, Busby received the Governor’s Arts Award for Community Service and the Global Vision Award from Tulsa Global Alliance. In 2010, Busby received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Paseo Arts Association. And in 2011, he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Holland Hall.
Susan Carper, Director of Human Resources, American Foundry Group
Mike Davidson, Coordinator, Tulsa Pipe Trades Apprentice Center
Rusty Edmiston, COO, Ross Group Construction
Joe Epperley, Communications Director, Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance
Joe Epperley is Communications Director for the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance where he manages an integrated marketing program for one of the state’s largest economic development organizations. He shapes consistent messages to a mix of publics including clients, funding stakeholders, lawmakers, and affiliate organizations.
He earned a journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma and has more than 30 years of experience in the corporate and non-profit sectors. His background includes many years as a newspaper managing editor and marketing stints at social service agencies. He is an award-winning writing with expertise in strategic development and legislative affairs.
The Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance works to build strong communities through innovative and efficient manufacturing. Diversified services focus on improving the bottom line through concepts like Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing, while growing the entire company through new product development, strategic planning and expanded markets.
Justin Evans, President, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 627
Vanessa Finley, CEO, YWCA of Tulsa
Vanessa Finley has been the CEO of YWCA Tulsa since July 2014. As the CEO she is responsible for the planning and day-to-day operations of the agency, including oversight of strategic planning, program development and management, resource development, human resources, marketing and public relations, fiscal affairs, and coordinating the Board of Directors and committees. YWCA Tulsa is a 100-year-old nonprofit whose mission is to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. Through inclusion and empowerment, YWCA supports 400,000 individuals through its four hallmark programs: health & wellness, immigrant & refugee services, racial justice, and women’s empowerment. YWCA Tulsa has three locations, 85 staff members, and an annual budget of $3.2 million.
Prior to returning to her hometown of Tulsa to join the YWCA team, Vanessa spent 20+ years in nonprofit management and leadership in the Kansas City area, where she served as the Assistant Director at Youth Opportunities Unlimited, a youth-serving organization; Executive Director at First Step Fund, a microenterprise development organization, CEO of Gilda’s Club Kansas City, a cancer-support organization, and Director of Development at Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri. She also served in membership-elected volunteer leadership roles as the Chairperson of the Missouri Asset Development Coalition and as a national board member of the Association for Enterprise Opportunity.
Vanessa received Bachelor’s degrees in Applied Behavioral Science and in Criminology from the University of Kansas and her Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Missouri—Kansas City. She and her husband have been married 27 years and they have two amazing daughters, ages 16 and 12.
Angela Smith-Flax, Talent Acquisition, B&T Group
Amber Hatten, Director of Human Resources, Webco Industries
Dr. Joyce McClellan, Economic Development Officer, Tulsa Technology Center
Dr. Joyce McClellan is currently the Chief Development Officer for Tulsa Tech. Joyce has been with Tulsa Tech for 10 years and is currently developing a new Outreach, Advancement, and Diversity departments at Tulsa Tech. She is passionate about education & training and loves to see our youth successfully prepare themselves for career and college.
Joyce has been on the Workforce Board for almost 2 years and has recently been named Chair of the Youth Council.
Joyce is a new National Board Member on Advancing Bridges (Ruby Payne, Aha Process).
She is a member of the Tulsa Economic Development Corp. (TEDC) and a member of the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women. She serves on the Broken Arrow Chamber Board. And she is also a member of the North Tulsa Economic Development Initiative (NTEDi), where she serves on the Education and Workforce Committees.
Joyce is a graduate from Booker T. Washington High School. She received her B.S. degree from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri. Joyce received her Master’s degree in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma and a Doctoral degree from Oklahoma State University in 2006. Joyce has one son, Quan who just recently graduated from Bacone College and is also a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School.
David Oliver, President, Goodwill Industries of Tulsa, Inc.
David Polen, Director of Human Resources, Avis Budget Group
Pamela Bridwell, Oklahoma Employment Security Commission
Patrick Green, Interim VP of Workforce Development, Tulsa Community College
Lee Simpson, CEO, Post Acute Medical Specialty Hospital of Tulsa
Lee Simpson is Chair of the Tulsa Area Workforce Investment Board.
Lee became CEO of Post Acute Medical Specialty Hospital of Tulsa in 2009. Kindred Hospital Tulsa is a long-term acute care hospital, unique in its ability to care for difficult to treat, chronically critically ill patients who require specialized aggressive acute medical treatment over an extended recovery period, typically following a traditional hospital stay. His previous experience includes executive leadership positions in a variety of healthcare settings including psychiatric, physical rehabilitation and acute care hospital settings.
Lee obtained his Bachelors in Business Administration and Masters in Healthcare Administration from Texas State University. He has been a board member since 2010 and is also active in the Rotary Club of Tulsa and the Board of Directors of Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice.
Dr. Eloy Chavez, Northeastern State University
Melvin Taylor, Director, Bristow Housing Authority
Ted Cundiff, AVB Bank
Kinnee Tilly, Senior Vice President of Economic Development, Broken Arrow Economic Development Corp.
Kinnee Tilly has served as the Senior Vice President for Economic Development for the Broken Arrow Economic Development Corporation since 2012. A native to Oklahoma, Ms. Tilly has an extensive background in community development and non-profit leadership. Serving in Broken Arrow as the head of the EDC, Ms. Tilly was most recently Vice President for Business Retention, Expansion and Small Business for the Tulsa Metro Chamber. Previous to that position, she served as the Director for Small and Minority Business for the Chamber. Prior to coming to the Tulsa Chamber, she was the Executive Director for the Jenks Public Schools Foundation for a decade, growing their programs and commitment to the district during that time. Serving as a member of the Governor’s Economic Development and Marketing Team, as well as the Foreign Direct Investment team for the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, Ms. Tilly remains focused on the goal of creating jobs and wealth in her community. In addition, Kinnee is also a member of the International Economic Development Council, and the Oklahoma Economic Development Council.
Ms. Tilly also serves as a board member to Workforce Tulsa, as well as the American Theater Company of Tulsa. A member of Trinity Episcopal Church, she has also served as a member of the board of the Vestry. A graduate of Lindenwood University, and the University of Oklahoma, she holds both a BA and an MA. Ms. Tilly is married, and has two grown children and two step-children.