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Greg Shinn, Vice Chair

Greg Shinn, Chair

Greg Shinn received his MSW from New York University in 1993 and for 8 years he was the Director of a homeless shelter for people with mental illness on Wall Street. In 2001, Greg relocated to Oklahoma. As Associate Director and Chief Housing Officer for the Mental Housing Association, he oversees planning and development of an affordable and supportive housing portfolio that encompasses 1,500 units in Tulsa and Oklahoma City. He also provides technical assistance to communities and units of government through his firm Creative Housing Solutions. Greg is the current Chair for the Oklahoma Governor’s Interagency Council on Homelessness and President of the Oklahoma Coalition for Affordable Housing.

Suzanne Williams, Co-Chair, Employment, Education & Training Committee

Suzanne Williams, Vice Chair

Born and raised in rural northwest Oklahoma, Suzanne L Williams graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in 1994 and then went on to receive her Masters in Criminal Justice from New Mexico State University in 1996.  She began her career in corrections in New Mexico serving as a director of a community corrections center for two years before moving to Arizona where she served as a director for a day treatment facility for juvenile offenders and for an inner-city youth program before taking a year off  to develop educational curriculum.  In 2001, she and her family moved back to Oklahoma where she began her career working with homeless populations serving as Housing Director for Red Rock Behavioral Health Services managing and developing services and programming for ten housing facilities providing permanent supportive housing, transitional supportive housing and emergency shelter for homeless veterans, criminal offenders, and other individuals living with severe mental illness and HIV/AIDS.  She left in 2007 to be a self-employed consultant to local governments, faith-based organizations, school districts and non-profit organizations providing grant and proposal writing, staff training, and program and policy development and implementation.  In 2016 she joined  the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services where she is providing leadership in developing homeless, housing and employment initiatives for the State.  She currently serves on the Governor’s Interagency Council on Homelessness where she co-chairs the employment, education, and training subcommittee; the Oklahoma Rehabilitation Council and  the Oklahoma City Housing Authority Family Self-Sufficiency Program Coordinated Committee. 

Ed Long, Chair

Ed Long, Immediate Past Chair

Ed Long, founder and principal of Cross Sector Innovations, holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Oklahoma with specializations in public policy and public management, and completed all coursework for a Ph.D. in political science, with a focus on public administration, public policy and American politics and government. He has co-authored journal articles related to strategic planning and the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993. His experience includes strategic planning, evaluation, public policy, public/nonprofit management, program development, communications, community & consumer engagement, facilitation/mediation and government relations. His current work is focused on social innovation, impact investing and public-private partnerships.

Dan Straughan, Immediate Past President

Janelle Bretten, Secretary

Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs

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Jerod Shadid, Secretary

Jerod Shadid, Parliamentarian 

City of Oklahoma City, Planning Department

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Rebekah Zahn-Pittser, Oklahoma Department of Commerce Liaison

Rebekah Zahn-Pittser, Oklahoma Department of Commerce Liaison

Rebekah Zahn-Pittser has been with the Oklahoma Department of Commerce since 2004. Starting as a Project Manager and ROMA (Results Oriented Management and Accountability) Database Administrator, in 2007 she moved to her current position as the Program Planner for the Emergency Solutions Grant and later the Homelessness Prevention & Rapid Re-Housing Grant as well as State Liaison to the Continuum of Care Networks. Rebekah’s previous experience includes three years as the Executive Director for a community-based non-profit named Neighborhood Alliance where she provided organizing and strategic planning assistance and training for over 300 neighborhood organizations. For eleven years, Rebekah held a variety of positions with the City of Edmond, Oklahoma, working with community and economic development issues and initiatives; including the development of a Citizens Government Academy. Rebekah’s educational background includes a Bachelors degree in Political Science and a Masters in Organizational Management.

Susan Agel

Susan Agel

Susan (Griffith) Agel has worked to advance the mission of nonprofit organizations nearly all her professional life. She is currently the president of Positive Tomorrows, one of the nation’s few private schools solely for homeless children.

Susan was named the 2016 Woman of the Year by the Journal Record newspaper and has also been named a “Most Admired CEO” for three years (2016, 2014 and 2013). She is a member of the Governor’s Interagency Council on Homelessness and is co-chair of the Homeless Children & Youth Subcommittee of the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth. In 2011, Susan was recognized by the FBI with its Director’s Community Leadership Award for Oklahoma.

She serves on the national board of administration for the Free Methodist Church USA and was a member of Leadership OKC Class XXIV. Susan was a member of the collaborative which created the ReMerge prison diversion program and is currently serving on the Count Me In 4 Kids collaborative, working to improve conditions for children at-risk of entering foster care.

Greg Beben, Parliamentarian

Greg Beben 

Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma

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Stacy Bruce

Stacy Bruce

Stacy Bruce grew up the daughter of a football coach which means she moved towns about every 4 years.  However, it was Norman that she chose to call her home town.  Stacy graduated from Norman High School in 1993.  She then attended and graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Arts.    

After college, Stacy began a career with the YMCA.  She worked in Dallas, Tulsa, OKC, and also Norman.  She held positions from health and wellness director to branch director to most recently Vice President of Operations at the Cleveland County Family YMCA in Norman.  

In November of 2016, Stacy left a career of almost twenty years with the YMCA to become the Executive Director at Bridges of Norman.  The mission: “empowering high school students in family crisis to pursue education without obstacles” was what really sold Stacy on the career move.  Working with young people, addressing critical issues in the community, and helping youth succeed are all passions of Stacy’s.  Bridges’ mission and Stacy’s aspirations are synonymous and reflective of her commitment, focus, and passion to helping people.

In addition to serving on the Board of Directors at the Norman Chamber of Commerce, Stacy recently Co-Chaired the Norman Chamber of Commerce’s Tomorrow’s Leaders program.  Again, working with high school students is something that Stacy feels is a strength of hers.  Stacy has recently accepted the role of the Norman Chamber of Commerce’s Women’s Leadership Committee Chairperson, as well as Whittier Middle School’s Booster Club President.  She is a member of the Sooner Rotary Club in Norman and a member of Life Church.  

Stacy celebrated 19 years of marriage this year to husband, Shannon Bruce.  They have two amazing children: Madison Bruce, sophomore at Norman North High School and Landon Bruce, 7th grader at Whittier Middle School. 

 

James Carter

James Carter is a Licensed Professional Counselor; he has worked the in-patient Unit at Children’s Medical center and residential programs at Job Corps Center he is currently the Executive Director of Northern Oklahoma Youth Services. During his tenure with Youth Services he has served in multiple roles from clinical therapy, supervision, program development, writing policy as well as executive dutiesfor agency programs including the youth emergency homeless shelter. James has served on a number of local and statewide committees and taskforces including Advisory Boards for the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Child Abuse prevention Task Force, Regional Planning Boards, Workforce Investment Act Planning Board, Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth sub-committee on homeless youth and Continuum of Care regional and State Boards.

Clint Castleberry

Clint Castleberry 

Clint received his college degrees from Southwestern University in Weatherford, Oklahoma, graduating with a Master’s of Science in Applied Psychology in May 1999.  

He began his career in corrections in 1999 as a Psychological Clinician at the Lexington Assessment and Reception Center. During his career with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, he has served as the Drug Interdiction Coordinator, Clinical Services Coordinator, and Administrator of Programs.  In July 2015, Clint was appointed the Division Manager for Health Services for the agency.  

In addition to the Governor’s Interagency Council on Homelessness, Clint serves on OSU OKC’s Crime Victim Advisory Board, and the Center for Employment Opportunities state advisory committee.   

Tywanda Cox

Tywanda Cox

Tywanda Cox is Chief of Federal & State Policy for the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA), the Oklahoma single state Medicaid agency, where she and her team of 40+ employees are responsible for all federal and state authorities that govern and operate the Medicaid program. She holds a Master’s of Science (M.S.) degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Langston University. She has over 25 years in public service of which 19 of those years with OHCA. She is the agency liaison to the Center’s for Medicare and Medicaid Services related to the Oklahoma State Plan and Operational Waivers, Governor’s Office related to the Oklahoma Administrative Code and other Oklahoma sister agencies. Additionally, she represents the agency on national forums, committees and workgroups related to Medicaid eligibility, enrollment and retention. Ms. Cox was named Corporate Women of the Year for the 2016 Women of Color Expo.


Kay Floyd

Kay Floyd

Kay C. Floyd has been director of the Head Start State Collaboration Office since June 12, 2000.  The office is located in the Oklahoma Association of Community Action Agencies (OKACAA) which administers the federal grant funds through a contract with the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.  OKACAA provides additional support and staff to the Head Start State Collaboration Office. As State Director of Head Start Collaboration, Kay works to enhance the capacity of Head Start and other early childhood programs to improve outcomes and opportunities for young children and their families, with a focus on families with low incomes.  This responsibility requires serving on a dozen state commissions, boards, councils, task forces, and committees as a partner working in 10 priority areas of early childhood and family services, and building systems across sectors.  

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Tom Jones

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Linda Love

Linda Love

Linda Love is the Director of Planning and Development for the Kibois Community Action Agency in Stigler, Oklahoma, where she has worked since 1991. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a major in Computer Science and minor in Botany, and is a Certified Community Action Professional.  Linda has served as secretary for the Governor’s Interagency Council on Homelessness on more than one occasion. She is married with an 18 year-old son and a dog.

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Robert Mann

U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs

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Marisa New

Oklahoma State Department of Health

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David Odle

Oklahoma Department of Human Services

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Nicole Poindexter

Nicole Poindexter

Nicole Poindexter grew up in California's Central Valley and is an Oklahoma transplant, moving here in 2008. Her longest career is mom to her four children Lukas, Logan, Ella and Wyatt. She currently serves as the Fundraising Director of the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy. Her previous role was Operations Manager of Women Lead Oklahoma. Nicole brings her varied experience and passion for women and children to all her roles. When not working, she spends her time crafting and attending concerts. 

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Paul Stephens

Paul is a native Gary Indiana who was transplanted to Oklahoma City in 1990 by the United States Air Force.  

Paul retired from the Air Force in 1992 after spending 20 years as an Air Traffic Controller.  He transitioned into the private sector after retirement as a Multi-Unit Manager for Taco Bell.  He was quickly promoted to a Territory Operations Manager for Taco Bell covering 65 units in Oklahoma, northern Texas and southern Missouri.  Paul was asked to oversee the new Taco Bell Overseas Project and in 1996 Paul became the Manager of International Operations for Taco Bell.  He installed and managed 6 Taco Bell Units in Europe, and 8 Taco Bell Units in the Pacific.  

Paul returned to Indiana in 2000 to take care of his parents; he worked for Papa John’s as their Director of Operations until 2004 when he returned to Oklahoma to marry Master Sgt. Lorie Burney, a member of the Oklahoma Air National Guard.  Back in Oklahoma, Paul went on board with Hollywood Video as their District Manager covering Oklahoma and Kansas until the company folded in 2010.  

In 2011 Paul came on board with Oklahoma Employment Security Commission in the Veterans Services Division as the Intensive Services Coordinator and now manages OESC’S Veterans Services Division as the Chief of Veterans Services.

Dan Straughan, Immediate Past President

Dan Straughan  

A lifelong resident of central Oklahoma, Dan was born and raised here in Oklahoma City and currently lives in Norman.  He attended Putnam City Schools and got both his degrees from the University of Oklahoma.  

Dan spent ten years as a manager at the Federal Reserve Bank of Oklahoma City before joining United Way in 1997 as Vice President for Agency Relations, Allocations and Community Investment.  While at United Way, Dan also served as Director of Success by Six:  A Central Oklahoma Partnership for Children, was chair of Oklahoma Kids CareNet (a diverse group of government and non-profit service providers working with the families of severely emotionally disturbed youngsters), and was Executive Director of Central Oklahoma Turning Point.  Dan also managed public sector campaigns at United Way, the allocations and community investment process, and the research and convening function.

Dan became the founding Executive Director of the Homeless Alliance in 2004 to build the community’s capacity to better care for the homeless.  The Alliance has developed and implemented a networked computer database that allows agencies serving the homeless to share data on shared clients, developed and implemented community standards for homeless shelters, and developed the WestTown Homeless Resources Campus, a “one-stop shop” covering a city block with a day shelter serving 300 homeless people daily, a resource center filled with comprehensive services available for the homeless, and an apartment complex for chronically homeless and homeless veterans.  In January, 2013, Dan and his partners in the Journey Home-OKC began working to end chronic and veteran homelessness in Oklahoma City by December 31, 2016.

Dan is the immediate past president of the Governor’s Interagency Council on Homelessness, the immediate past president of the United Way Agency Directors’ Association, and a member of the Federal Reserve’s Community Development Roundtable.

Keith Tiller

Keith Tiller

Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services

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Marshall Vogts

Marshall Vogts 

Marshall Vogts is the Deputy Director for Community Development at the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. He has worked in various aspects of community, workforce, and family development since 2004. In addition to his appointment to the Governor’s Interagency Council on Homelessness, he serves on boards and committees related to transportation, Head Start, and agriculture. Marshall also enjoys being an adjunct instructor of sociology at several colleges in the Oklahoma City area, including the University of Central Oklahoma.

Contact Us

Rebekah Zahn-Pittser  
Phone: (405) 815-5373
Email: rebekah.zahn@okcommerce.gov