Tom Albaugh, Vice President of Labor Relations, Tulsa Area United Way
Tom Albaugh has been with the Tulsa Area United Way since 1990. 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.
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.
Ken Busby, Executive Director, Route 66 Alliance
Ken Busby is the Cultural Czar of Northeast Oklahoma. He also serves as Executive Director & CEO of the Route 66 Alliance. Previously, he served as Executive Director & CEO of the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa for twelve years. Prior to that, Busby 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 is the past chairman of the Tulsa Performing Arts Center Trust. He is the founding chair of the Route 66 Commission in Tulsa. He also serves on the executive committee of the Tulsa Symphony and Workforce Tulsa, and serves on the Regional Tourism One Voice Legislative Committee for the Tulsa Regional Chamber. 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 2011, he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Holland Hall. In 2013, the Association of Fundraising Professionals named him its Outstanding Fundraising Executive, and in 2015, Busby was named the Leadership Oklahoma Distinguished Graduate.
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.
Susan Hartzler, Director, Union Adult Learning Center
Amber Hatten, Director of Human Resources, Webco Industries
Amber Hatten is the Director of Human Resources for Webco Industries. Webco Industries is a leading manufacturer of carbon and stainless steel specialty tubular products. Amber started with Webco in 2002 and has worked in all areas of Human Resources at Webco and became the Director of Human Resources in 2008. In her role, she leads a team of HR professionals that provide support for the manufacturing facilities located in Oklahoma, Texas and Pennsylvania.
Amber has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration with an emphasis on Human Resources Management from Oklahoma State University and holds the Senior Professional Human Resources certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute. Amber has been a member of the Workforce Tulsa Board for three years and currently serves as the Board Chair for Workforce Tulsa and she also serves on the Jenks Public Schools Foundation Board. Amber is a Jenks native and currently resides in Jenks with her husband, Duston and their two daughters Adelynn and Brinley.
Falen LeBlanc, Assistant Program Director, OU OUTREACH National Resource Center for Youth Services
Falen is responsible for the management of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS) Successful Adulthood Program. She facilitates training and technical assistance to youth serving agencies nationwide in the areas of youth advisory boards, youth adult partnership, life skills assessment, and the implementation of the Chafee Foster Care Independence Program. She specializes in Independent Living, Permanency, Culteral Diversity, Youth Advocacy, and Transition Planning. Her previous experience includes serving in the state of Idaho for nearly 15 years in direct services with teens and young adults and most recently as the State of Idaho Independent Living Program Specialist. Falen earned her Master's in Social Work from The Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho.
Kuma Roberts, Executive Director of Talent Attraction, Retention and MOSAIC, Tulsa Regional Chamber
Kuma Roberts currently serves as the Executive Director of Talent Attraction, Retention and MOSAIC for the Tulsa Regional Chamber. She is a native Tulsan who graduated from BTW high school and went on to study English and Theatre at the University of Tulsa. Prior to joining the Chamber Kuma worked at Volunteers of America where she developed her desire to continue her work in the realm of social justice and business development.
Peter Selden, Vice President of Workforce Development, Tulsa Community College
Pete Selden serves as the Vice President for Workforce Development at Tulsa Community College where he works across the College’s 38 workforce degree programs and 37 certificate programs that prepare students to go directly into the workplace. He also works to assess workforce needs in the Tulsa area, collaborating with employers and workforce agencies to establish training programs that prepare TCC students for employment. Selden provides leadership to TCC’s 29 community advisory committees that help guide and review the College’s workforce development programs. He came to TCC from Arkansas State University Mid-South in West Memphis, Arkansas where he worked in workforce education for the past 12 years, most recently serving as associate vice chancellor for workforce programs. Selden is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Higher Education Leadership from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He has earned an MBA from Arkansas State University as well as a B.S. in Psychology and a B.S. in Communication from the University of Buffalo.
Chelsea Levo Feary, Director of Economic Development, City of Owasso
Chelsea Levo Feary is the Economic Development Director for Owasso, OK. She has had the pleasure to work for the City of Owasso for over ten years. Chelsea focuses her economic development work in Owasso on business retention and expansion, small business development, workforce development, job creation, research, data mining, marketing and public affairs. Last year, Chelsea graduated from the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute (OU-EDI) and is pursuing her Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) certification.
Chelsea is an Oklahoma native, graduating from Miami High School in 1994. She then attended Oklahoma State University, graduating in 1998 with a Bachelor’s of Science from the School of Journalism and Broadcasting with an emphasis in Public Relations. Chelsea worked in the Chamber of Commerce world for nearly ten years. She worked as the Membership Director for the Clarksville/Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce in Tennessee from year 2000 – 2001. Following that position, she worked as Military Affairs Director for the Christian County Chamber of Commerce and Fort Campbell, KY from 2001 – 2004. In that role she had the opportunity to work with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), the 5th Special Forces Group, the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, and the 86th Combat Support Hospital. Chelsea returned to Oklahoma in 2004, where she made Owasso, OK her home. She worked for the Tulsa Regional Chamber as the Government Affairs Manager for over four years. Chelsea left the Tulsa Regional Chamber in 2008 to become Economic Development Director for the City of Owasso.
Chelsea volunteers her time with St. Henry Catholic Church in Owasso as an Adult Faith Formation facilitator, and as a Lay Minister. She volunteers with the Owasso Character Council, Catholic Charities and serves on the boards of Bailey Medical Center, the Owasso YMCA and Workforce Tulsa. She enjoys spending time outdoors running, hiking, and gardening; and she unwinds with yoga, writing, reading, and cooking. Chelsea’s favorite pastime is spending time with her husband, John Feary and her children, Ian (14) and Emma (12) and Meredith (23).
Rhonda Archer, Program Manager I, Oklahoma Dept. of Human Services
David Oliver, President, Goodwill Industries of Tulsa, Inc.
David Oliver has served as the President of Goodwill Industries of Tulsa since 1992. Goodwill Industries of Tulsa is a nonprofit organization that provides work opportunities, job training and support services for people with disabilities or other employment barriers. Goodwill Industries of Tulsa was founded in 1927 and serves a territory that includes twenty-five counties in eastern Oklahoma and two counties in southwest Missouri.
Rachel James, Tulsa Campus Director, Greenheck Group
Rachel James joined Greenheck Group in January 2019 to lead the global manufacturing company’s new Tulsa campus, which is projected to grow from zero to more than 600 employees in the next five years. Her focus at Greenheck includes community relations, strategic partnerships and employer-of-choice initiatives.
Previously, Rachel served for almost five years as VP of inclusion and account services for Schnake Turnbo Frank, a PR and management consulting firm serving small and large clients in all industries. In addition, she was VP of communications and marketing at the Tulsa Regional Chamber where she served programs, including economic development, small business and government affairs. Rachel also served as a freelance writer for TulsaPeople magazine for 10 years. Other prior roles include communications at Family & Children’s Services and managing editor for Oklahoma Magazine.
Rachel is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma and Leadership Tulsa. Currently, she serves on the boards of directors for DVIS, the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless and Tulsa Manufacturers’ Council. Rachel is a member of Mosaic Tulsa, the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance, the Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance advisory committee, the Tulsa Regional Chamber’s board of advisors, the Tulsa Press Club and the Public Relations Society of America.
Rachel graduated summa cum laude and “with honors” from Northeastern State University, where she earned both her bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s in communication.
Jennifer Overmeyer, Line Engineering Support Supervisor, AAON
Jennifer Overmeyer is the Line Engineering Support Supervisor at AAON, a world leader in creating comfortable and healthy indoor environments through the manufacture of premium HVAC equipment. Jennifer’s responsibilities include running a team of Line Engineers dedicated to problem solving, troubleshooting, and resolving issues in the production facility. Jennifer has a true passion and talent for supporting and bettering AAON’s manufacturing efficiency and capability. She has over 10 years of experience in the HVAC industry covering a wide variety of skills, including mechanical drafting, mechanical design, piping design, and production support.
Jennifer holds an Associate’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tulsa Community College, as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Illinois Institute of Art. She serves as a leader in the Tulsa community dedicating her time to many organizations, including Junior Achievement, AAON Community Council, and Tulsa Running Club.
Jennifer has one grown daughter who graduated from The University of Kansas with a Master’s in Social Work and now works at Children’s Mercy Hospital. Jennifer has a love for animals and currently owns three rescue dogs. She also enjoys adventure activities, such as running, biking, hiking, and rock climbing.
Lesli Shoals, HR Business Partner, AEP/PSO
Traci Gower, Manager Talent Acquisition, Williams
Traci Gower, an Accounting & Finance graduate of Oklahoma State University, currently serves as Manager Talent Acquisition for Willliams, headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Williams began as a construction company in 1908 and soon began building cross-country natural gas and petroleum pipelines. Williams has assembled a vast portfolio of interstate natural gas pipelines, become an innovator in telecom through the repurposing of decommissioned pipelines and continues into the 21st century as a premier developer and operator of energy infrastructure in the United States. Williams is one of the top gathering and processing companies in the country and a major interstate transporter of natural gas.
Traci is a tenacious leader and seasoned professional with broad experience and a 25-year record of leadership in accounting, operational excellence, career branding and marketing, project and process management, technical training and college recruiting and talent acquisition. Trusted to manage through change, she has a proven record of spearheading short and long-term strategies to improve executive teams, solidify frontline workforces, eliminate redundancies and improve the bottom line. Over the last 15 years, Traci has implemented successful talent acquisition strategies and integrated systems, including: social media for sourcing, employer branding, talent communities, mobile access, technical and cultural assessments, video interviewing, pre-boarding and more across multiple HR systems. Her goal is to always implement an assortment of tools to find, interact, engage with, and hire top talent for Williams across gender, ethnicity and generations. Traci is a Leadership Tulsa Alumni, involved in the Tulsa Area United Way, and an active member in the Tulsa community. She has actively served on the board for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Lastly, she values educating and inspiring the next generation by serving youth in church and has taught Junior Achievement.
Landon Varnell, Training Coordinator, Plumbers & Pipefitters Apprentice Training Center
Ted Jenkins, Training Director, Electrical Workers Apprentice Training Center
Tony Heaberlin, Chief Communications and Economic Development Officer, Tulsa Technology Center
David White, C.R.C., Programs Manager II, Oklahoma Dept. of Rehabilitation Services
David White is a Programs Manager II with the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services. He is located in the downtown Tulsa office which provides employment services to persons with disabilities in Tulsa and Creek County. David has been employed with DRS for 38 years.
David is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. He has a Masters in Human Relations with an emphasis in counseling from the University of Oklahoma.
Celia Armstonrg, Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Learning, TTCU Federal Credit Union
With over 30 years of human resource experience, Celia Armstrong has held positions in manufacturing, state government, staffing, education, finance/banking and the news industry.
She earned an associate’s degree in human resources from Tulsa Community College, summa cum laude, in 2009 and a bachelor’s degree from St. Gregory’s, summa cum laude, in August 2011.
She volunteers with local veterans and by reading to elementary school children. She also serves as the co-chair of the Education Division of the Tulsa Area United Way. She is a mother, a grandmother, and wife to a Navy veteran.
As the Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Learning, at TTCU Federal Credit Union, she provides strategic human resource planning and organizational development, while also growing and fostering a thriving culture. She also guides and oversees the creation of innovative learning and development initiatives to meet strategic Talent Excellence initiatives and member satisfaction goals.
Pamela Bridwell, Area Manager, Oklahoma Employment Security Commission
Pamela Bridwell is the Tulsa and Northeast Area Manager for the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, coordinating OESC Office operations and services provided through the Workforce System offices of Tulsa, Sapulpa, Pryor, Miami and Bartlesville.
Pamela has had over 30 years of continuous service with OESC. A US Army veteran, Pamela was a Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialist and Local Veterans Employment Representative for 13 years in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Norman areas before moving into management in 2000. She served as the Southern Workforce Area Manager in 2003 and moved to Northeast and Northwest areas and acquired Tulsa in 2016.
She is an member of the Disabled American Veterans and American Legion Post 1 in Tulsa. Pamela graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science/Public Administration.
Amy Spencer, Talent Acquisition Manager, NORDAM
Karen Pennington, Executive Director, Tulsa Community WorkAdvance
Sarah Stisser, Human Resources Generalist, Ross Group
Jacob Shivers, Director Housekeeping/Laundry, Saint Francis Health System
Rose Washington, CEO/ED Tulsa Economic Development Corporation (1)
Dr. Eloy Chavez, Dean- College of Extended Learning, Northeastern State University
Danielle Storie, Manager, People Business Partner, American Airlines
Delaney Rea, Driver Services Manager, Melton Truck Lines
Melton Truck Lines is one of the largest and most experienced international flatbed carriers in North America. Delaney serves as Melton’s Driver Services Manager which encompasses the support, engagement, and retention of Melton’s driving employees. In addition, Delaney leads the company’s veteran recruiting and retention strategies. In her 5 years at Melton, she has served in several Human Resources roles including Recruiting, Training and Development and Analytics. Delaney is a member of the Tulsa Chamber, Mosaic (a diversity and inclusion group through the Tulsa Chamber), and the Oklahoma Veteran Alliance in addition to serving on this board. Delaney is a proud Northeastern State University alumna and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a dual focus in Finance and Human Resource Management. She is passionate about creating space for everyone’s voices to be heard, mentoring others to rise to their desired potential, and identifying how, through our workforce, we can build more successful companies and communities.
Ted Cundiff, President & CEO, AVB Bank
Martha Webb-Jones, Director of Human Resources - OK Operations, Spirit Aerosystems
Martha joined the Oklahoma Operations leadership team in April 2013 as the director of Human Resources for the Tulsa and McAlester sites. She and her team are responsible for all aspects of the site’s Human Resources work statement, including talent management, workforce planning and development, and labor relations. In addition, Martha has site-level accountability for Environmental, Health, and Safety services, Security, and Communications.
Martha relocated from Spirit’s corporate headquarters, where she had been a member of the Spirit Human Resources team since divestiture from the Boeing Company in 2005. She had held previous leadership roles in the areas of Workforce Planning and Employment, Global Mobility, and HR Services and Payroll. Immediately prior to joining the Oklahoma Operations team, she served as the leader of Spirit’s Corporate Security, Governance, Risk, and Compliance organization.
Martha has a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, and worked as a mental health provider before joining Spirit. She is active in various volunteer organizations, serves on the Board of Directors for Workforce Tulsa, and had the opportunity last year to chair the Workforce and Labor Task Force for the Tulsa Regional Chamber’s OneVoice Regional Legislative Agenda.
Martha and her husband reside in Tulsa and have three children.