Chief Financial Officer, BlueStone Natural Resources
CB is a Certified Public Accountant who has spent the last 14 years of his 26 year career in the upstream energy space. His is currently the CFO and partner of BlueStone Natural Resources II, LLC, a third-generation energy company, where he is responsible for all financial matters for the company. CB is also partner in Quad Two Capital Partners, LLC, a private equity company specializing in backing entrepreneurs in their quest to achieve life-changing success. This venture has supported a dozen small companies to date. CB began his career at Arthur Andersen, before progressing to Tax Manager at Silverado Foods and then to XOR/Fireant at various positions.
CB is a life-long Tulsan, including earning his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Tulsa. He has two amazing daughters, Madelana and Ireland. CB served on various boards at the TPS schools that his daughters attended.
Education: Bachelors of Science in Business Administration (University of Tulsa)
Executive Director, Reading Partners
Justin has dedicated his career to educational equity and entrepreneurship. He started his journey with Teach For America-Oklahoma when it opened in Tulsa in 2009, and quickly rose through the organization as it expanded across the state. In his various roles, Justin raised more than $7.5 million for Teach For America and managed a regional annual budget of over $5 million. Justin also managed the operations for the Teach For America Oklahoma City Institute, which trained more than 260 teachers, staffed over 100 people, and provided free summer school to more than 2,000 students. He was a member of the founding board for Collegiate Hall College Prep Charter School in Tulsa and currently serves as the board chair.
In his most recent position with the Character Formation Project, Justin ensured smooth implementation and managed digital content for over 40 partner schools and organizations across the country. Justin now serves as the Executive Director for Reading Partners, which operates 24 reading centers across Tulsa; together, Reading Partner’s forty staff members and 1,400 volunteers serve more than 1,300 students, 89% of whom mastered key foundational skills needed to read at grade level.
Justin earned his Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Business Administration from the University of Tulsa. He and his wife Megan have two young children, Landon and Payton, and own two Pure Barre fitness studios in Tulsa.
Education: Master of Business Administration (University of Tulsa), Bachelors of Science in Business Management, Bachelor of Arts in Arts Management, and Bachelor of Arts in Music (University of Tulsa)
Managing Partner, Pinnacle Investments
David is a Registered Investment Advisor and Managing Partner. His primary responsibilities include assisting with investment policy and execution, supporting the marketing effort, developing new investment strategies and products, client reporting, and administration of the firm’s business affairs. He was a co‐founder of Pinnacle in 1996.
David has 29 years of experience in the investment industry including twelve years in fixed income trading and 17 years in investment portfolio management. David managed the taxable securities trading efforts for Liberty Bancorp prior to joining Pinnacle. In addition to his work, David has served on the board of the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless since 1995, filling the roles of Vice President, President and treasurer, successively.
Education: Master in Business Administration (Oklahoma City University), Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics (University of Oklahoma)
CEO, Resolute PR
As the CEO of Resolute PR, Nicole leads the firm with more than 10 years of public relations and marketing experience having advised a wide range of industries including social services, healthcare, transportation, retail, technology and finance. She brings a unique, integrated perspective to her work in marketing and throughout the community, and Nicole’s work and community involvement have been recognized with several awards such as the Tulsa 40 from the Tulsa Business & Legal News, Young Professional of the Year from the Public Relations Society of the America Tulsa chapter and numerous Silver Link and Bronze Quill awards. In addition to her work with Collegiate Hall, Nicole currently serves as vice president of strategic planning for Tulsa Ballet, sits on the advisory board for the Forge and actively volunteers at Heritage United Methodist Church and is a previous president of PRSA Tulsa.
Education: Journalism and Broadcasting, Public Relations (Oklahoma State University)
Senior Engineer – Leak Detection, Williams Companies
Carlo began his career as a project engineer at Energy Solutions International in Houston, Texas, where he was engaged in advance modeling applications of liquid pipelines, including real time modeling, leak detection, and location systems, and was responsible for implementing specific project designs utilizing Energy Solutions’ proprietary pipeline modeling software. Carlo then moved to Enterprise Products, where he was responsible for all assigned leak detection program design, including leak detection application configuration, analysis, and tuning of alarm parameter.
Carlo joined the Williams Companies in 2012 as a Senior Engineer for Leak Detection. In his current role of Staff Engineer he is responsible for developing Operational Strategy and Leak Detection Strategy for Pipeline Control and responsible for training/mentoring leak detection personnel, as well as, managing the group’s current work load, complete due diligence/cost estimates for new/future projects.
Education: Master of Science in Engineering Management (Missouri University of Science and Technology), Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (St. Mary’s University)
Executive Vice President, ARVEST Bank
Rick Huck serves as Executive Vice President of Arvest Bank, managing the Tulsa-area Commercial Banking division. Responsibilities include, lending, treasury, and international products and services. Rick is a Certified Public Accountant and a graduate of SMU Graduate School of Banking as well as various ABA and OBA Banking Schools. Rick joined Arvest in 1990 and has 40 years of experience in banking which include areas of Operations, Investments and Lending. A native of Arkansas, and a graduate of the University of Arkansas, he has devoted his entire career to banking, and has called Oklahoma home for more than twenty-five years.
Rick presently serves on the Leadership of Oklahoma Finance Committee; Co-Chaired 2013 Leadership Gala, Family & Children’s Services Board of Directors, Hillcrest Medical Center Advisory Board, Alzheimer’s Association Memory Gala Committee. Rick has previously served on the Board of Directors for Friends of the Fairgrounds, Salvation Army and Oklahoma Center for Non-profits, and Tulsa Area United Way Campaign Cabinet.
Education: Bachelor of Science if Business (University of Arkansas)
Chief Executive Officer, Gillett Consulting
Ms. Gillett is a shareholder in the Tulsa office of Hall Estill and has nearly 20 years of experience in all phases of commercial litigation, including alternative dispute resolution. She developed and currently heads the firm’s electronic discovery practice group. In that role, she regularly counsels clients on the development of records retention policies; litigation readiness strategies; the preservation, collection, and production of electronic evidence; and obtaining electronic evidence from opposing parties. She also attends and speaks at conferences on a range of electronic discovery issues. She is a member of Sedona Conference Working Group 1 on Electronic Document Retention and Production, the American Bar Association’s Electronic Discovery and Digital Evidence Committee, and the Civil Procedure Committee of the Oklahoma Bar Association. Ms. Gillett is active in her community, currently serving as a director for the Tulsa Ballet. Past involvement includes service either as a director or fundraiser for the American Lung Association, the Association of Junior Leagues International, Junior League of Tulsa, Child Abuse Network, and Y-Me of Northeastern Oklahoma. She is married to Matt and has two daughters, Natalie and Sophia.
Education: Juris Doctor (Boston College), Bachelor of Arts (Wellesley)
Dean and Professor of Law, University Of Tulsa College Of Law
Lyn began her career as a teacher of early childhood education in low-income communities after graduating from the University of Wisconsin. She attended Tulane University School of Law, where she served as the notes and comments editor for the Tulane Law Review. She currently serves as the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and is an award winning professor at the University Of Tulsa College Of Law; Lyn has been named the next Dean of the College of Law, and will assume the post in July 2015. She was recognized as University of Tulsa’s Outstanding Professor in 2004-05 and was named an outstanding professor at the College of Law for eight of the last nine years. Her scholarship is primarily focused on capital punishment, constitutional law, and criminal law; she is the co-author of Capital Punishment and the Judicial Process, for which she won the University Of Tulsa College Of Law Outstanding Book Award in 2007. Lyn previously worked as a Law Clerk to United States magistrate Judge Bana Roberts and as a Senior Law Clerk to Judge Charles Chapel.
Education: Juris Doctor (Tulane University School of Law), Bachelor of Arts in History & American Institutions (University of Wisconsin)
Executive Director, Curriculum and Instruction at Cleveland Public Schools
After graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Joanna was selected as a 2007 Teach For America (TFA) Corps Member and was placed in the Glendale Elementary School District in Arizona. While in the corps, Joanna taught fifth and sixth grade and concurrently earned a Masters of Education at Arizona State University.
After spending an additional year in the classroom as a seventh and eighth grade science teacher Joanna joined the Teach For America staff; on TFA staff she served as a Program Director, supporting and coaching thirty first and second year teachers. While serving as a Program Director, Joanna also took on additional responsibilities as a School Director for Teach For America’s summer institute and as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Missouri at St. Louis. Joanna subsequently rose to become a Manager of Instructional Leadership and, ultimately, Director of Instructional Support. In this role, Joanna specifically supported teachers at five schools and developed a coaching model that included an emphasis on teacher practice that was implemented across 25 coaches.
In 2015 Joanna joined Cleveland Public Schools as the Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction. She is currently responsible for creating a comprehensive vision for student learning in the district, supporting principals in developing instructional leadership skills through classroom observations, feedback, and professional development, and managing the implementation of a 5-year strategic plan for a 1,700 student district in rural Oklahoma.
Education: Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Administration (University of Oklahoma, projected fall 2017), Masters of Education in Elementary Education and Teaching (Arizona State University), Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Speech Communication (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)