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OPSR Foundation

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The OPSR Foundation was created to solicit and receive public and philanthropic funds.

In conjunction with the establishment of the Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness, the OPSR Foundation was created to solicit and receive public and philanthropic funds. The foundation supports OPSR’s vision and mission by expanding the breadth in which our organization can financially support early childhood research, programs and initiatives. 

In this capacity, the OPSR Foundation operates as a 501(c)3 organization. Currently, the foundation is made up of passionate, dedicated early childhood advocates, some of who worked to improve school readiness even before the formation of OPSR. Our foundation is proud of OPSR’s hard work over the past 15 years but knows there is much more to be gained if we continue to invest in our children from birth to the time they enter school.

We’d like to thank our current donors for their continued support of OPSR:

  • Alliance for Early Success
  • Arnall Family Foundation
  • Chesapeake Engergy Corporation
  • George Kaiser Family Foundation
  • Inasmuch Foundation
  • Oklahoma Child Care Association
  • Potts Family Foundation
  • TSET
  • W.K. Kellogg Foundation


 

 

Board Members

Annie Koppel Van Hanken

President

In addition to her work with the OPSR Foundation, Annie oversees George Kaiser Family Foundation’s (GKFF) early childhood education and common education initiatives. Before joining the GKFF in 2002, Annie worked in inner-city Los Angeles at a community-based youth development center. She serves as board president for Tulsa Educare and a board member for Tulsa Legacy Charter School. Annie is also a gubernatorial appointee on the Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness Board. She has a master’s degree in education, with an emphasis on learning disabilities, from the University of Texas at Austin and a dual bachelor’s degree in English and history, with a minor in classics, from Tulane University.

Ginny Bass Carl, J.D.,CAP

Vice President & Governance Chair

Ginny, founder and CEO of Giving Well LLC, is a fifth generation Oklahoman and a licensed attorney in Oklahoma, Texas and Hawaii. She received her law and accounting degrees from the University of Oklahoma. Combining her years of work for nonprofits, including Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation and Oklahoma Hall of Fame, nonprofit board service, training, and passion to change the world, she started her own business to scale philanthropy. Her quest is to help donors have greater impact by ensuring nonprofits balance mission with business, especially planned giving, fundraising and governance. In 2019, she achieved her Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP) designation.

In addition to her work with the OPSR Foundation, Ginny currently serves on the boards of Leadership Oklahoma, Potts Family Foundation, Oklahoma Association of Charitable Gift Planners and Trust Company Oklahoma. She will chair the next class of Leadership Oklahoma (LOK) and was co-chair of LOYAL classes IX and X. She is a graduate of LOK (Class 30) and Leadership Oklahoma City (Class 28). In 2012 and 2017, Ginny was one of “50 Women Making a Difference in Oklahoma.” She has two children, Collin and Rachael, and is married to Peter, owner of The Well of OKC Wine and Spirits.

Marsha Schmidt

Treasurer

Marsha, a certified public accountant, is a business manager for the McIntosh Group, an architecture firm specializing in accessibility issues, as well as Site Solutions, a construction company. In addition, she has experience successfully securing and implementing EHS CCP grants as CFO of Tulsa Educare as well as expanding membership opportunities over ten years as CEO of Red Crown Credit Union in Tulsa.

She is passionate about early childhood because in her own words, "positive experiences build the confidence needed to succeed — and the opportunity to create that confidence comes very early in a child's life."  

An involved member of her community, Marsha has previously served as a big sister and board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters in Bartlesville, Okla., president of Kiwanis Clubs in Bartlesville and Tulsa, Okla. and a member of Leadership Tulsa Class 33. She also currently serves a board member of the Tulsa Chapter of the Oklahoma Society of CPAs.

Marsha and her husband, Loren, reside in Tulsa, Okla., and enjoy spending their free time gardening and traveling.

Suzanne Thompson

Secretary

Child advocacy has been Suzanne’s passion since majoring in sociology and social sciences as an undergraduate and then earning a master of education degree from the University of Central Oklahoma. Becoming a social worker reinforced her belief in the importance of early childhood education and programs that promote the health and well being of children from birth throughout their school experience.

Suzanne has supported education in her community by being a driving force of the El Reno Public School Foundation as well as introducing a mentoring program to the school district. She served on the first task force that studied the feasibility of allowing charter schools in our state and is passionate about supporting educational financial initiatives.

As well as being a director of the Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness Foundation, Suzanne serves as a trustee with the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence and as a member of the Citizens Advisory Board of Canadian County (CART HOUSE) Child Abuse Response Team.

She resides with her husband Tommy and pets, Baby (cat) and Tatty (a bossy Maltese). They are members of the Wesley United Methodist Church in El Reno.

Caren Calhoun

Director

Caren was the founding executive director of Tulsa Educare until she recently retired and now serves as senior advisor to Tulsa Educare helping to enhance the quality and efficiency of licensed child centers/homes in the local community. Before joining Tulsa Educare, Caren was a Head Start Fellow from 2008-2009, during which time she worked in the Budget and Policy Division of the Office of Head Start in Washington, D.C. 

She has a master’s degree in early childhood education and over 35 years’ experience in early childhood administration with 22 of those years working in multi-site management. She has a specialty in program design and management, as well as in infant and toddler environments and partnerships. She was selected in June of 2012 as a “Head Start Champion of Change,” representing the children, staff, and families of Head Start on a panel with ten other honorees at the White House. 

In her down time, Caren keeps busy with her husband, five children and twelve grandchildren.

Pam Gutel Campbell

Director

Pam Gutel Campbell, APR, Fellow PRSA, is the director of public affairs for the Oklahoma City branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, where she leads communications and public outreach in Oklahoma. Committed to the community, she served as the 2018-2019 president of the Junior League of Oklahoma City, and is a past president of the Oklahoma Jump$tart Coalition, Public Relations Society of America's Oklahoma City Chapter and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Oklahoma City Chapter. She currently serves on the boards of John Rex Charter School PTA, Oklahoma City Town Hall and Oklahoma Jump$tart Coalition. She is a member of Leadership Oklahoma Class 33 and Leadership Oklahoma City Class XXIV.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from the University of Oklahoma, and a master’s degree with a public relations emphasis, also from the Gaylord College at OU.

She lives in Oklahoma City with her husband, Daniel, and daughters, Grace (7) and Olivia (5), with “the puppy,” Spike. 

AJ Griffin

Director

AJ, the director of government and community affairs for Paycom, received her bachelors degree in hospitality tourism management from Oklahoma State University before going on to receive her master's degree in education from the University of Central Oklahoma. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in education from Baylor University. AJ served two terms in the Oklahoma senate where she was recognized for her work around children and families and was honored to serve as executive director of the Logan Community Services, a full-service organization caring for hundreds of displaced children and supporting countless families. 

AJ believes early learning and health starts children down a path that can set the course for the remainder of their lives. 

AJ and her husband, Trey, have two daughters, Alexandra and Reagan. 

Lucie Doll

Director

Lucie Doll is a program officer at the Arnall Family Foundation, where she oversees the execution of the foundation’s child welfare strategy. She is responsible for supporting community partners that serve children, youth, and families involved in, or at risk of involvement in, the child welfare and juvenile justice systems in Oklahoma. Through this role, she works closely with organizations across the state to identify transformative opportunities to help families thrive.

Prior to joining the Arnall Family Foundation, Lucie worked as a consultant at Deloitte’s Government and Public Services Practice in Washington, D.C. and then at Asemio, an Oklahoma-based technology consulting firm focused on social impact. In these roles, she assisted nonprofit and government clients with strategy, process improvement, and data and technology engagements. She is passionate about utilizing her experiences in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors to apply strategic solutions that improve the lives of Oklahoma children and families.

Lucie holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in public policy from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She lives in Oklahoma City with her husband, Nathan, and their two dogs.