BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Bobby Kern, president, is the proud husband of Lisa and father to Lydia and Josiah. Bobby has been a member of DSACO since the birth of Josiah in 2013. Bobby holds a BS and MA from Oklahoma Christian University and a PhD in Human Development and Family Science from Oklahoma State, and is a Certified Family Life Educator. Currently, he serves as Assistant Professor of Psychology and Family Studies at Oklahoma Christian. He also serves as a representative on the National Affiliates Board for the National Council on Family Relations, and on the board of the Oklahoma affiliate
Eilene Franks, vice president, has been married to her husband, Jason, for over 7 years. They have two super-handsome and mischievous boys- Hudson and Bryson as well as one beautiful little girl named Hadley. The Down Syndrome Association has been an incredible source of support for them over the last four years, as they immediately got involved in all available programs. Eilene has served as Co-Chair and Chair of the Festival & 5k and participated in new parent outreach.
Laura Tontz, treasurer, graduated from OU with a Journalism degree in Public Relations. She serves as the director of the Oklahoma Memorial Union, overseeing all events, activities and programing for the facility. She also manages 45 employees, of those 4 are special needs. She was a member of the inaugural class 2017 of the OU Leadership Council and has served as a member of the Sexual Assault Response Team. She is also a member of the Big 12 Union Directors Association American College Unions International. Laura is a graduate of Leadership Norman class of 2000 and has served on the OU United Way Committee for several years and as Co-Chair for the OU United Way Campaign in the fall of 2011, raising over $214,000. In 2009, she was initiated as an honorary member of PE-ET, an OU honor society recognizing the top 10 students. Laura was honored as a Namesake for Camp Crimson, a program which welcomes incoming freshman, in 2007 and 2018 and received the OU Student Government Association Outstanding Staff Award in 2000. Laura lives in Goldsby with her husband Greg and children; Ellis, Jeremiah and Scarlett and pets, Amos and Olive. She enjoys, gardening, travelling, scrapbooking and reading.
Leslee Boswell, secretary, resides in Norman with her husband of 17 years, Kye, and daughters Darby (15 1/2) and Drew (almost 12 with Mosaic Down Syndrome). Leslee was a former middle school French teacher before making the decision to not work outside the home once her first child was born. She has devoted most of her free time to volunteerism with Junior League, Assistance League, PTA, and Food and Shelter for Friends. After Drew’s birth, she started the Shining Starz Special Needs Cheer team in 2008 and continues to volunteer weekly with the cheer team as director of the program. She has been a member of DSACO since 2004 and has served on numerous committees and chaired the Festival (formerly Buddy Walk) for 3 years before taking on the addition of the 5K in 2013.
Brooke Blackwood is a Corporate Communications Associate for the Oklahoma City Thunder. She is also a freelance photographer/videographer. Brooke graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Media Production. She also have an associate’s degree in Music Business from the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma. Brooke has been volunteering with DSACO since February 2017 and became an official board member in September 2018. Brooke enjoys photography, traveling, reading, watching movies, and spending quality time with loved ones.
Lupe Cerbu is the parent of a child with Down syndrome. She has helped with the Down Syndrome Festival & 5K in the past, serves DSACO’s Hispanic Parent to Parent group, and volunteers consistently in Kylee’s Kitchen.
Cindy Gould works at the Jumpstart Developmental Assessment Clinic, and is the parent of a child with Down syndrome. She has volunteered or represented DSACO in various capacities over the years, and currently gives presentations on behalf of DSACO at college campuses around the metro.
Joshua Harlow joined Jones Public Relations in 2009 as an Account Executive and has risen to the role of Senior Vice President. During his time at the firm he has crafted and implemented strategic communications plans with a variety of organizations ranging from political action committees to Fortune 500 companies. Most importantly, Joshua is a husband to Jenna and father to Walker. You can find him any weekend combining his passion for spending time with Jenna and Walker along with running across the state at a 5k, 10k or 15k! He graduated from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri where he was Student Body President and continues to serve on the College Alumni Council. While an undergraduate, he served as a temporary-hire and honor intern at the White House, Federal Communications Commission, and Department of Labor. Joshua serves as Senior Vice President at Jones PR and has been instrumental in guiding Jones PR projects for the nation’s largest wireless company, Oklahoma’s largest natural gas distributor, the state’s only free market think-tank, the state’s largest grassroots activists association and many others. Joshua also leads the media, presentation and crisis communications training for Jones PR. He has worked with free-market non-profits and advocacy organizations at both the state and local level, and has a background which includes campaign management, grassroots/ events management, strategic communications, media relations and training, direct-mail production and fundraising.
Heather Hancock is a Self-Advocate and a Motivational Speaker. She previously served as a DSACO board member from 2006-2012. She is currently a Board member of Oklahoma Special Olympics. She is very involved as a Special Olympic Athlete where she is a Global Messenger and promotes Special Olympics throughout the State. She participates in swimming, basketball, bocce, and bowling events year-round. Heather graduated from Westmoore High School in 2005, where she was selected as Miss Westmoore High School at her senior prom. Heather received a scholarship at the end of her senior year to the Moore Norman Technology Center where she studied business technology. She has been working as an administrative assistant at the Oklahoma State Department of Education’s Special Education Section since 2008. She married the love of her life, Craig Blackburn, in June of 2016.
Lisa Hancock is one of the founding members of the Down Syndrome Association of Central Oklahoma. She has been a Registered Nurse for 38 years working in many areas of the nursing field. She is currently an Employee Health Specialist at Norman Regional Health System. She has worked in the Maternal Child field of nursing most of her career and has counseled many new mothers delivering babies who were diagnosed with Down Syndrome. Lisa has been married for 36 years, and is the mother of Heather (Self-Advocate who also serves on the DSACO board) and Jennifer.
Jeanne Lowrey was born & raised in Woodward; undergrad at Oklahoma State, Masters at OUHSC. She lived in Arizona from 1987-2012 (with 1989-93 in Germany), and moved to OKC in late 2012. Jeanne taught Special Education for total of 17 years (all students had hearing impairment, but many had other needs including Down syndrome). She has been a financial advisor with Northwestern Mutual for more than 13 years. She has been involved with many community organizations throughout the years including AZ Blind & Deaf Children’s Foundation, alumni groups, chamber of commerce, church elder & deacon, among other interests. Jeanne earned her Chartered Special Needs Consultant (ChSNC) certification in 2015. Jeanne has given several community education events regarding planning families need when they have a loved one with special needs.
Joe Mallory lives in Yukon with his wife Keely, their son Rhett (DS), and their dog Daisy. He graduated from East Central University with a BS in Business Administration and has worked in the oil and gas industry as a petroleum landman for the better part of 10 years. Joe and Keely have both been involved with DSACO since Rhett’s birth in 2016. He serves on the new building and golf tournament committees and Keely is active with first connections. Joe enjoys raising cattle with his dad and brother at the family farm in Noble as well as hunting, fishing, and playing golf. He hopes that Rhett will find the same enjoyment when he gets older and can take part. Until then, they enjoy playing blocks, rolling the ball, pat a cake, and making lots of noise together!
Ashley Proctor resides with her husband, 1SG Proctor in Noble, OK. Mrs. Proctor is a National Board-Certified Teacher with ten years of experience, teaching students with exceptional needs. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Special Education with an emphasis in secondary transition at the University of Oklahoma, with the goal of educating new and upcoming special education teachers. Prior to beginning her Ph.D., Ashley was an extended school year principal in Edmond.
Breanna Robison is a self-advocate and recent graduate of Westmoore High School and is currently exploring all kinds of possibilities for her future. She is the youngest daughter of Mark and Marji Robison, sister to Logan and bro-in-law, Tod, and Alex and she is a super-aunt to Bryce and Raegan. Breanna loves music of all kinds and enjoys writing down lyrics to her favorite songs. She spends lots of time drawing, coloring, and working word-search puzzles. She is part of a competitive cheer squad and enjoys working out at her neighborhood gym. She also participates in Special Olympics in many sports. Breanna and her family have been part of DSACO since its very beginning and have participated in the Bountiful Blessings Calendar, the Festival & 5K, New Parent Visits, Kylee’s Kitchen, and a lot of the fun activities the Self Advocates Group offers. Bre looks forward to learning a lot while on the DSACO board and hopes she can contribute some great ideas as well!
Tylicia Rollins is a mother of three children, and her youngest child Tremayne has Down Syndrome. She has worked for a major insurance company as a licensed Property & Casualty Insurance Agent for more than 10 years, and has a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Oklahoma. She is an active member of her church, serves as a parent volunteer at her daughters’ schools and has been an active member of DSACO for the past five years. She has served on the Education Outreach & New Parent Welcome committees; as well as participated in various annual events and workshops.
Catie Ross is an Oklahoma native coming from a sports loving family. Catie has a passion for helping others which shows by the number of charity organizations she has been a part of over the years. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Relay for Life-Henderson, Nevada Chapter, launched the first successful Amazon Cares Charity Organization in the Las Vegas area and sat on the Board of Executive Directors for Breast Cancer Assistance Program known as BACP in the greater Tulsa area. She is involved with the Make-a-Wish Foundation and the MS Foundation. Catie has also been active in the business and leadership communities over the years. She served on several committees for Executive Women International and remains an active member today on a local and national level. In 2007 she won a national title for her Start Up Business Marketing Plan as a member and President of National Business Professionals of America and is currently a member of the Alumni Team. In addition to Catie’s charity and leadership work she has over 10 years of Marketing, Accounting and Management experience in a variety of industries including Education, Oil & Gas and Online companies. Catie enjoys spending time with Zach and their puppy Tybolt, attending family gatherings, watching sports and spoiling her beautiful nieces Jolie Lynn and Myla Rae.
Jamie Smith is a “retired” teacher of 12 years, stylist for Stella and Dot, and mother of 3 boys (Kaedyn, Paxton, and Emerson). For the past three years, she has actively raised funds and awareness for the DSACO Festival & 5k. Additionally, she serves on the Calendar and Outreach Committees. She is passionate about sharing the joy that children with Down syndrome bring to the world, and raising awareness of all that they’re capable of achieving.
Jennifer Young is a group event and ticket sales coordinator for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Jennifer’s first experience with the Down syndrome association was as a basketball court escort on a DSACO-Thunder game night. She quickly began volunteering for the organization after realizing how much she enjoyed interacting with people with Down syndrome.
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