Youth Council


Stephanie Cameron, Community Affairs Director, APSCO Manufacturing & State Director, OK2Grow & Dream It Do It Oklahoma

Stephanie Cameron serves as Community Affairs Director for APSCO Manufacturing and State Director for Dream It Do It Oklahoma and the OK2Grow Foundation. Prior to this role, Cameron held a position as a Corporate Market Director for the American Heart Association and worked as a recruiter in the staffing industry.

She received a degree in International Affairs from the University of Georgia and is a Big Sister for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Stephanie’s hometown is Canton, GA. Cameron serves on various nonprofit boards in the community including the Union Schools Foundation, Tulsa’s Young Professionals, The bArt Center for Music, the Tulsa Global Alliance, the Rotary Club of Tulsa, SkillsUSA National Education Team Judge, the TCC Signature Symphony, The Manufacturing Institute, the Hispanic American Foundation, Oklahoma Women in Stem and the Tulsa Regional Stem Alliance.

Cameron was named as a 2015 National Women in Manufacturing STEP Ahead Award Winner, 2015 Woman of Distinction, Tulsa Business Journal’s 2014 “40 under 40,” has received awards for Outstanding Achievement in Fundraising and is a member of Leadership Oklahoma Class XXIX and Leadership Tulsa Class 50.

Jennifer Ferre, Executive Assistant, All Souls Unitarian Church

Jennifer Ferré currently serves as the Executive Assistant at All Souls Unitarian Church. She is a former New Yorker and New York University graduate. Prior to moving to Tulsa, Jennifer worked for more than 12 years providing social services to NYC families. Her expertise is in the area of HIV/AIDS and Cancer. 

During her time in Tulsa she has worked at the Metropolitan Tulsa Urban League and with her commitment to social justice, she is actively involved in The United League for Social Action and Voting Is Power.

Susan Hartzler, Associate Director of Adult Education, Union Public Schools

Susan Hartzler has spent her entire educational career (28 years) at Union.  After completing her bachelor’s degree in both Early Childhood and Elementary education from Evangel University in Springfield, Mo., her career at Union began in 1986 teaching seventh grade math.  She continued to teach seventh and eighth grade math for 10 years as she earned her master’s degree in school counseling from Northeastern State University.

When Union’s Alternative School grew to include a school counselor, Susan took that leap into counseling.  She served as the Union Alternative School counselor for three years before moving to the 6th/7th Grade Center as a counselor for eight years.  During this time Susan went back to the classroom to secure her school administration degree from Oklahoma State University. 

In 2007, Hartzler followed the path into administration as an assistant principal at the Union Intermediate High School and later at our Union High School.  Hartzler was named the Associate Director of Adult Education in 2014.  Hartzler continues her quest for learning as a doctoral student at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa.  

Melinda Lucas, Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist IV, Department of Rehabilitation Services

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.

Dr. Richard F. Palazzo, Director of Alternative Education and Dropout Recovery, Tulsa Technology Center

Dr. Richard F. Palazzo has recently become the first Director of Alternative Education and Dropout Recovery for Tulsa Technology Center.  For eleven years he was the Director of Alternative Education, Counseling and Social Services for Tulsa Public Schools.  Prior to joining TPS, Dr. Palazzo served as the Executive Director of the Tulsa Street School for ten years.

Dr. Palazzo worked as a special consultant to the State Superintendent of Education for Alternative Education and School-based Social Services from 1984 to 1987 when he wrote the State Plan for Alternative Education.  He co-founded the Oklahoma Alternative Education Association and served as President twice.  He holds both a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology (1977) and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology (1974) from Oklahoma State University.  As a state certified School Psychologist since 1977, Palazzo has worked in both rural and urban communities as a Family Therapist and Psychological Examiner for the State Public Health Department. He recently earned his doctorate degree in Educational Leadership and Higher Education from Oklahoma State University.

Kuma Roberts, Program Manager - Education & Workforce, Tulsa Regional Chamber

Kuma Browne currently serves as the Program Manager for Education at the Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce. 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.

In her role as program manager she oversees the involvement of the Tulsa business community in the engagement of the local schools districts.  She has served on several local boards including the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice, Dress for Success and has served as secretary for the Rotary Club of North Tulsa. She is a proud member of Leadership Tulsa Class 51 in addition to being featured as a “Success Spotlight” in the Tulsa Business & Legal News. Kuma is passionate about education equity, social justice, and her community.

Theressa Radford, Employment Specialist, Youth Services of Tulsa

Rue Ramsey, College & Career Readiness Program Specialist, Tulsa Public Schools

Maryann Simpson, Business & Community Liaison, Tulsa Job Corps Center

Maryann Simpson has twenty five years of marketing/business development and PR experience with both non-profit and for profit entities. She also has four years of experience teaching at the elementary level.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Langston Univeristy.

Maryann is currently the Business Community Liaison for the Tulsa Job Corps Center.  She was employed at the Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce for over 15 years, as Business Development Manager and Membership Recruiter.  She was awarded Top Membership Sales Person for Chambers of Commerce for over 1 million dollars in membership sales.  She also participated in chamber conferences throughout the United States and Canada and was a member of ACCE for 15 years through the Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Maryann has been involved in the Tulsa community for over 22 years, serving various organizations such as the RSVP, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Youth Services of Tulsa, and the Special Olympics of Tulsa.

Maryann lived Internationally from 1985 to 1990 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  She has traveled extensively for 28 years through North America, Asia, Europe and Africa, visiting 24 countries and 4 continents.

Geoffrey Wilbur, Principal, Tulsa Learning Academy & Continuation High School

Geoffrey Wilbur is a graduate of Penn State University (B.S.) and the University of Oklahoma (M.A.).  He is working on his dissertation for his Doctorate through the University of Oklahoma. 

Geoffrey has served as both an active duty and reserve Field Artillery Officer with the United States Army serving in Germany, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania.  He has taught Junior and Senior High School in Pennsylvania and Oklahoma in the areas of Industrial Arts, Tech Theater, and Speech.  He has also worked as an assistant principal in several urban high schools and has been a principal at three urban alternative schools.  He is currently the principal of both the Tulsa Learning Academy and the Margaret Hudson Program in Tulsa.