About Tulsa Children’s Coalition

Organization

Tulsa Children’s Coalition, Inc. is organized exclusively for charitable, scientific, and education purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.

General Purpose

The general purpose of the Coalition is to develop, implement, support, enhance, and encourage, individually and in conjunction with other public and private entities, for the care, development and education of children in the general public to prepare children to receive and obtain maximum benefit from the school systems and other educational programs and opportunities, whether now existing or hereafter established.

Meetings

Dates and times of our upcoming meetings are on our meetings page.

Financial Information

2020 990
2020 Audited Financials
2021 Audited Financials

Whistleblower Policy

Download our Whistleblower Policy and Protection here.

Board of Directors

The affairs of the Corporation shall be managed by its Board of Directors. The annual meeting of the Board of Directors is held in January of each year, with regular scheduled meetings occurring four times a year.

In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Dick Jackson

Current Tulsa Children’s Coalition, Inc. Board of Directors

Brent Johnson

Brent Johnson
President

Brent is a Certified Public Accountant having graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. He has over 30 years of audit experience with clients in the manufacturing, construction, service, and distribution industries, as well as ERISA and not-for-profit related entities. In addition to being an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Tulsa Chapter of the OSCPA, and the Institute of Management Accountants, Brent has been very involved in the Tulsa community.

Manfred Uekermann-Secretary/Treasurer

Manfred has served on the board of Tulsa Children’s Coalition, Inc., Project Get Together, The Tulsa Urban League, and the Tulsa Area United Way. He is a parishioner of Christ the King Parish and is active in their Men’s Club.

He’s married to his college sweetheart and is blessed with two wonderful daughters. Manfred enjoys music, playing soccer and golf, traveling, hiking, the beach, the mountains, working in the outdoors, and reading history and economics.

Bob Harbison

Bob was the founding Executive Director of the Tulsa Children’s Coalition, Inc. in 1991.  The Coalition resulted from a Chamber of Commerce initiative and was a collaborative partnership of several community organizations including Tulsa’s United Way.  The Coalition primarily provided quality child-care for low-income families.

Bob also served as a volunteer consultant to Governor Keating’s Task Force on Early Childhood, which eventually resulted in legislation under Governor Henry creating the Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness. He was appointed by Governor Henry to serve on that board, and subsequently agreed to be Interim Executive Director.

Michelle Bergwall

Michelle is an innovative change agent and community leader. She brings more than 25 years of construction experience to GH2 Architects as executive director of facility planning. Having been responsible for the inception, management and allocation of public bond dollars, her expertise in budgeting and project management provides GH2 clients unmatched in-depth public facilities knowledge. Through the years, Michelle has founded multiple peer groups for district operations leaders statewide to collaborate on construction topics. Her passion for inclusiveness and collaboration offers design-specific insights through every project phase.

Brenda Royal

Ms. Royal is the Manager of the Plant Operation Department for Tulsa Public Schools. She has been with Tulsa Public Schools / Sodexo School Services for over 30 years.

Brenda is responsible for
maintaining the cleanliness of more than 90 locations. Brenda has been recognized nationally by Sodexo for developing her team and her work around diversity and inclusion. Brenda has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from St. Gregory’s University, she holds a 3rd Class Engineer License, a Pool & Spa Operator’s License, and has completed the 30 Hour OSHA training.

Derek Martin

Derek Martin joined BOK Financial in 1994 and has held a variety of roles across the consumer bank. He is currently the Executive Vice President of consumer banking services, overseeing all consumer, small business and mortgage banking functions. Mr. Martin is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Tulsa Children’s Coalition, after serving several years as their President. He is a trustee for the Tulsa River Parks Authority and is active with other non-profit organizations throughout the Tulsa area. He has also worked closely with Community Action Project of Tulsa County, Inc. for several years, developing products and programs to promote asset accumulation and savings for low-income families.


James C. Orbison

Mr. Orbison was born in Enid, Oklahoma, and is a 1961 graduate of Enid High School. He attended Oklahoma State University and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Tulsa in 1966, where he majored in Political Science and History. He graduated University of Tulsa College of Law in 1968 and was admitted to the Oklahoma Bar that year.

He is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Tulsa County Public Facilities Authority (the Tulsa State Fair Board) (vice chairman 1990-2013), a founding member of the Oklahoma Education Lottery Commission (chairman 2005-2007), a former director and president of the Tulsa Historical Society and a trustee of the Oklahoma State University Lew Wentz Foundation.

Bud Sartain

With more than 35 years of experience, Bud Sartain serves as Hogan Taylor’s foremost authority on tax strategy consulting for partnerships with closely-held businesses in the oil and gas and manufacturing/distribution sectors, which represent some of the more complex entities in the realm of partnership tax management.

Bud also specializes in consulting with clients in setting up family trusts to appropriately maximize taxation and distribution options, helping them to determine what structure is best suited for their individual circumstances.