Megan Winkler joined the Down Syndrome Association of Central Oklahoma as executive director in January 2012. Megan assists the organization with a number of tasks including event planning, fund raising, publicity/awareness, advocacy and general office management.
Megan received her bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications with an emphasis in public relations and a minor in sociology from the University of Oklahoma in 2003. She graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2009 with a master’s degree in business administration. Megan most recently served as the manager of business development and client services for the state's third largest law firm. She has previous non-profit experience as a communications/marketing specialist with KISS Institute for Practical Robotics in Norman, Okla.
Dana Poulter, president, is an active advocate for persons with disabilities. She is the mother of 4- year-old Nathaniel and has served on a number of committees including the Lending Library, Buddy Walk and Reaching Across the Plains Conference. Dana is the owner of Heartland Business Solutions. She and her husband, Ivan, live in Edmond.
Robert Powell, treasurer, was raised in and lives in Edmond with his wife, Marne, and their two children, Luka and Lil’ Rob. Robert has been a member of DSACO since the birth of his youngest child, Lil’ Rob, who was born with Down syndrome in September of 2010. Robert holds a BA from the University of Central Oklahoma and a MBA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He has held multiple financial positions in the private sector and has owned and operated a small business in the Oklahoma City area for the past six years.
Kerri Brooks, secretary, has been involved with DSACO since her son’s (Jacob) birth in 2001. She has served on several committees including the Easter Eggstravaganza, Buddy Walk and Governmental Affairs Committee. Kerri most recently assisted with planning the 2012 Reaching Across the Plains Conference. She is the co-coordinator for the Norman Sibshops and is a 2011 Partners in Policy Making graduate. She resides in Norman with her husband, Kris, and their two sons.
Randy Compton, CPA, is founding member of the consulting group Core Business Advisors, which provides management consulting services such as outsourcing of the chief financial officer function for various size companies in the oil and gas, real estate and financial services industries. He has a B.S.B.A. in accounting from Oklahoma State University.
Randy is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Oklahoma State Board of Accountancy, Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants and Oklahoma State University School of Accounting Advisory Board. His civic involvement includes the Down Syndrome Association of Central Oklahoma, Lyric Theatre, Council on Finance and Administration United Methodist Conference of Oklahoma and Variety Care Foundation. He is the former vice-chairman of the Oklahoma State University Medical Authority and is a former trustee of the Oklahoma College Savings Plan and Oklahoma School of Sciences and Mathematics.
Lupe Cerbu is active with DSACO’s Hispanic P2P group. She resides in El Reno with her husband, Steve, and son, Georgie.
Angela Hornsby is the proud mother of three and grandmother of one. Angela moved to Oklahoma 10 years ago, and at age 38 became pregnant with her son Malachi, who she says has changed her life in the best ways. Angela will graduate this July with a degree in Human services and plans to return to school to become a special needs educator. Angela said she has enjoyed working with and being a member of DSACO over the past year and can’t wait to see what the future holds.
Heather Hancock, self-advocate, serves on the board of directors for the Down Syndrome Association of Central Oklahoma and the National Down Syndrome Congress. She is a 2005 graduate of Westmoore High School. After graduation, she was given a scholarship to Moore Norman Technology Center where she studied business technology. She has just begun her fourth year of employment at the Oklahoma State Department of Education as an administrative assistant in the Special Education Department. She also speaks at the state teacher conventions to new educators delivering the message of “Ability”, that people with special needs are able and capable of extraordinary things.
Heather has competed in Special Olympics since she was 8-years-old, competing in swimming, bowling, basketball, bocce and golf along with other unified sports. She has also been a Global Messagner for the Oklahoma Special Olympics since she was 15 years old. Recently she was selected as the “Oklahoma Special Olympic Athlete of the Year” and was given an award by former University of Oklahoma football Coach Barry Switzer at the summer games opening ceremonies in Stillwater, Okla. The State summer games are held at Oklahoma State University. Heather is engaged to Craig Blackburn. It is Heather’s hope that in the near future the Able Act will be passed, and she and Craig will be able to fulfill their dream of being married without give up any programs that are offered to people with disabilities.
Greg Little is a lifelong OKC resident and has three wonderful children. His first child, Ayden, was born in 2004 and has Down syndrome. He also has 2 daughters Isabella, born in 2006 and Megan, born in 2010. Greg and his wife, Malorie, are active participants in DSACO’s Parent to Parent South sharing and support group. They are also active members of Capitol Hill Assembly of God church in Oklahoma City where Greg has been a member for 37 years. Greg has worked for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security since 2002 and is currently a Behavior Detection Officer for the Transportation Security Administration.
Joe McFarlane grew up in Ada, Okla. and attended the University of Oklahoma. He graduated with a B.S. in physical therapy in 1994. During his 18 years as a clinician and manager, he has worked in Birmingham, Ala., Dallas, Tex. and Oklahoma City. His background is in orthopedic and sports physical therapy with specialization in extremity and spine rehabilitation. In Birmingham, he rehabilitated professional athletes to return to play in the NFL, NBA, Olympics, PGA, etc. He has taken this experience to the industrial arena to develop relationships with Kimberly Clarke, Quik Trip, Wal-Mart, American Airlines, Oklahoma Department of Transportation and other entities to address their worker's compensation needs. Joe has presented around the country to case managers, adjusters, employers, physicians, and students. Over the past five years, Joe has served as federal liaison for the Oklahoma Physical Therapy Association lobbying at our nation’s capital. He currently serves as the regional director for Select Physical Therapy for the states of Oklahoma and Arkansas, managing 20 locations. Joe was introduced to DSACO when his daughter was born with Down syndrome in 2002. He cherishes the opportunity to give back to the organization as a member of the board.
Matt Newberry, Self Advocate
Stewart Meyer is a retired law enforcement officer. He served at the Clinton Police Department for seven years and with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol for 29 years. He has been a Special Olympics volunteer since 1984 and has participated in an annual walk from Chickasha to Stillwater to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics. Each year he and his family host the "Craig Meyer Memorial Walk for Special Olympics.” Stewart is also a member of the executive committee for "Law Enforcement Torch Run" for Special Olympics and was the director from 2005-2009.