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Council Members

Suzanne Williams

Chair
Suzanne Williams

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. 

Janelle Bretten

Vice Chair
Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs
Janelle Bretten

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Greg Shinn

Past Chair
Greg Shinn

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.

Jerod Shadid

Parliamentarian
City of Oklahoma City, Planning Department
Jerod Shadid

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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

Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma
Greg Beben

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James Carter

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.

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.

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. 

Dan Straughan

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.

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.