About Tulsa Children’s Coalition

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 Corporation 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.

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

Financial Information
2019 990
2019 Audited Financials

Whistleblower Policy
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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.

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

Brent Johnson

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 enjoy music, playing soccer and golf, traveling, hiking, the beach, the mountains, working in the outdoors, and reading history and economics.

Michelle Bergwall

Ms. Bergwall has been the Chief Operating Officer for Broken Arrow Public Schools since 2010. Since joining Broken Arrow she has worked to re-vote the 2009 bond; responsible for $295 million worth of construction and capital improvement projects. In 2015 another bond election was held with $370 million worth of new construction and capital improvements. Currently, Mrs. Bergwall is the head of the Operations Division which includes Construction, Maintenance, Plant Operations and Custodial Services, Warehouse, Facilities, and Transportation. Her departments collectively have an operating budget of over $3 million.

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.

Richard Jackson
Vice President

Richard (Dick) Jackson graduated from UCLA with a degree in Anthropology in June of 1956. After service in department management positions and as CAD/CAM Project Manager heading a multi-discipline team that in 1978 brought in the first computer-aided engineering and manufacturing system, he retired from what had become Rockwell International in 1988.

In 1991 he retired from paid employment into what became an exciting 25+ year volunteer career at Community Action Project of Tulsa County. Service at CAP Tulsa has included a leading role in starting what became a nationally-known free income tax preparation model, and Presidency of the Tulsa Children’s Coalition, Inc. Board from 2000-2011.

Derek Martin

Derek has served on the Tulsa Children’s Coalition, Inc. board for a number of years and currently has the role of President. He also works actively with the Community Action Project (CAP) to help low-income families develop asset-building programs. He is active with other non-profit organizations, including the United Way, Habitat for Humanity and his church.

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.