Business and People Notes

The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc., (AJLI) recognizes Tulsa member Amy Brown, deputy mayor and chief administrative officer to the City of Tulsa, who has been chosen as the 2021 Rising Star Award recipient by AJLI. To be honored with this award one must demonstrate significant promise consistent with the vision and values of The Junior League Mission as well as being an inspiring community leader. In her honor, AJLI will be making a $15,000 donation to JLT.
Brown has made a difference by her contributions to JLT and impacted the local community for the better on their behalf. Since 2016, Brown has been an active member of JLT. She has held a variety of roles from being the Chair of a large fundraiser to serving on the Finance Committee, and beyond.
No matter how big or small her role, she has always been dependable, went the extra mile, and been supportive. Additionally, she has impacted her community as the and among other involvement opportunities.
She recently facilitated the introduction of JLT’s 100th Anniversary Committee Chair with the City of Tulsa’s Chief Resilience Officer to explore community project opportunities for JLT that align with the City’s Resilient Tulsa Strategy, which endeavors to build a more resilient Tulsa. Connecting the trained volunteers of JLT with crucial data and the community leaders working to eradicate inequity in the community is one of the many ways Brown leads Tulsa, according to the Junior League.
The Junior League of Tulsa is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. The Junior League of Tulsa’s focus is ‘women and children in transition.’ To learn more about the Junior League of Tulsa, contact Ashley Pettingell at 918-663-6100.
Tulsa Zoo Management, Inc. announced Carissa Hon joined the company as director of marketing, public relations and design services. Hon has more than 10 years of experience in communications and public relations. She most recently served as the chief communications officer for Domestic Violence Intervention Services. Hon is accredited in public relations and received her MBA, as well as a B.A. in Public Relations and Advertising from Oral Roberts University.
The Tulsa Zoo is owned by the City of Tulsa and managed by Tulsa Zoo Management, Inc. TZMI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, governed by a volunteer board of directors.
The Tulsa Zoo celebrates more than 90 years of providing family friendly recreation, natural sciences education and conservation of wildlife. John Stava is chairman of Tulsa Zoo Management and Lindsay Hutchison is president and CEO.
Palmer Continuum of Care has announced that its Chief Executive Officer and Board Chair Tiffany Hatcher has accepted a lead position in the local banking industry. She will now serve as the market president of CrossFirst Bank in Tulsa.
As a longtime volunteer and passionate advocate for local women and children, Hatcher has served on Palmer’s board of directors since 2014 and will continue leading the nonprofit organization. 
“We are extremely proud to congratulate Tiffany on such a well-deserved accomplishment,” said Liz Neas, executive director for Palmer. “Tiffany’s example of leadership is a tremendous asset to Palmer and CrossFirst Bank. Her dedication to both her work and the local community is truly inspiring.” 
In her new role, Hatcher will lead a team of highly experienced and respected banking professionals who specialize in business, real estate, private client, and relationship banking. 
The newly named market president has served in the nonprofit community for more than 15 years and is a member of the Center for Nonprofits and Tulsa Regional Chamber. She continues to bring her vital leadership skills such as fundraising and donor support, as well as financial and personnel management, board governance and much more to her long standing role at Palmer.
“It is an honor to continue leading Palmer and to help offer our community such an invaluable resource for women and children,” said Hatcher. “I’m proud to serve alongside such an outstanding team of experienced bankers at CrossFirst Bank who provide extraordinary service to our clients and volunteer diligently to support our local community.” 
Palmer is dedicated to helping adolescents and women with their children, who struggle with substance abuse and chemical dependency. Through its Tulsa Women and Children’s Center and Outpatient Treatment Programs, Palmer offers an array of treatment services specifically designed to address each client’s needs through trauma-informed, gender sensitive, age appropriate and culturally competent substance abuse treatment.
The Broken Arrow Economic Development Corporation welcomes Vincent Snelling to the organization as Economic Development Manager responsible for marketing, research, and small business development, as well as economic development projects.
Senior Vice President of Economic Development for the BAEDC, Darla Heller, said, “Vince is a great addition to our team.  He has so many connections in the community and is very passionate about seeing the community move forward.”
Snelling has a background in the hospitality industry with his education being focused on entrepreneurship and economics. He said, “The BAEDC is an amazing team that plays a pivotal role in Broken Arrow’s development. It is an exciting time to come on board and be a part of our community’s continued growth.”
He will replace Michelle Ondak as she moves on to another role in the state of Oklahoma, helping businesses and expand. “Michelle has done great work for our community and has set her successor up for success in the position,” said BAEDC President & CEO, Jennifer Conway.
Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) has named Jennifer Leber as the company’s new vice president of distribution operations.
Leber will be based in PSO’s Tulsa office and will be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the electric distribution system for approximately 562,000 customers throughout Oklahoma.
Previously, Leber served as PSO’s director of reliability and grid modernization, where she led PSO’s Forestry team and Reliability Engineering team.   She joined PSO in 1998 as a Distribution Design Engineer and has held various leadership roles within PSO over the course of her career.
Leber earned her Bachelor of in Electrical Engineering from the University of Arkansas in 1995 and completed the AEP Leadership program at Ohio State University in 2008.

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