Julie Serven

Executive Director

Julie has been actively involved in promoting literacy at various levels for years. She heartily believes that for Oklahoma City to thrive, ALL her people need to thrive and that literacy is a gateway skill for them to do so. She has taught adult reading comprehension classes and adult ESL classes and has tutored elementary students and adults. Julie has an MEd in Learning, Teaching, and Curriculum, with a focus in Literacy, as well as a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. julie@okcliteracycoalition.org

Kathleen Lienke

Board Chair

Kathleen recently retired as Director of Library Media Services for Oklahoma City Public Schools. She also has served in various capacities for Oklahoma Library AssociationOklahoma School Librarians, and Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. She is a past member of both the Children’s and Intermediate Sequoyah Award Committee. Kathleen holds a BA from City University of New York, Queens College; a MEd from Oklahoma City University; and a MLIS from the University of Oklahoma.

Erin Carlstrom

Board Vice-Chair

Erin serves as Director of Education Programs at Feed The Children, which delivers food, medicine, clothing, and other necessities to individuals, children, and families who lack life’s essentials. Erin was instrumental in developing five regional Teacher Stores at Feed The Children. The stores provide free books and educational resources for high-poverty schools, benefiting more than 500 school districts.

Bevan Stockdell

Board Secretary

Bevan is an Okie from Muskogee who works as a staff attorney for a judge on the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals and serves on the board of directors for ReMerge of Oklahoma County. She was a founding board member for the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Oklahoma City and is the former leader of the OKC Chapter of the KU Alumni Association. Bevan earned a BA from the University of Kansas; JD from the University of Oklahoma College of Law; and graduate certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from Oklahoma City University.

Lauren Nowakowski

Board Treasurer

Lauren is a Senior Associate at KPMG. She works in the firm’s Development and Exempt Organizations practice, where she provides tax compliance and consulting services to nonprofit organizations within Oklahoma and across the US. Lauren has a BBA as well as a Master of Accountancy from the University of Oklahoma. Lauren has previously served as Treasurer of her local chapter of PEO International and is also a member of the Oklahoma Society of CPA’s Young Accounting Professionals Committee.

Adrian Anderson

Board Member

Adrian is an Early Warning System Coordinator at Bank of Oklahoma, supporting the Business Banking and Retail Banking groups in building positive relationships with internal and external clients. Adrian is active in his community and volunteers frequently in his hometown of Spencer, with the Oklahoma City Public School district, and other organizations. His goal is to help enhance the overall quality of life in the community.

Scott Butcher

Board Member

Scott is a native Oklahoman and works as an attorney for Crowe & Dunlevy, with a focus on natural resources, energy, and the environment. His support for OKCMLC and the work of its member organizations is founded on a personal belief that literacy is indispensable to self-determination. Scott earned his JD from the NYU School of Law.

Kathryn Zynda Fox

Board Member

Kathryn works as an attorney for Chesapeake Energy Corporation and prior to that worked as a law clerk for the US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma. She has found volunteering as a tutor for an adult who has taken the brave step of asking for help with reading, and working with her to achieve that life-changing goal, to be very fulfilling. Kathryn has a BA in Letters and a JD from the University of Oklahoma.


Maria Gonzalez

Maria is a shareholder at McAfee & Taft with a focus on aviation contract review, negotiation, and compliance. She earned a BS from Austin College and JD from the University of Oklahoma School of Law. She has served on the boards for Latino Community Development Agency, Leadership Oklahoma City Alumni Association, and YWCA. Maria speaks English, French, Italian, and Spanish.

Natalie Karousatos

Board Member

Natalie is the Assistant Manager at Barnes & Noble College Booksellers at the University of Central Oklahoma and a licensed Realtor with Keller Williams Central Oklahoma in Edmond. A voracious reader, she understands the importance of literacy and its interplay with success in the workplace. She holds a BS in Mass Communications from Middle Tennessee State University. Natalie has served as President of Community Literacy Centers, Inc., Vice-President of Leaders Achieving Excellence, and on the Ambassador Committee of the Nashville Area Junior Chamber of Commerce. She is a member of the Edmond, OK, Board of Realtors, and the National Association of Realtors.

Monica Linville

Board Member

Monica works as the Marketing Director at Red Carpet Car Wash. She was the Program Director for Latin America for Feed the Children. Originally from Ecuador, Monica is passionate about education and the opportunities it creates for people. Monica holds a degree in International Business from Universidad Laica ‘Vicente Rocafuerte de Guayaquil and a master’s degree in Maritime Transportation Management from the International Maritime Academy in Rotterdam, Holland.


Betsy Mantor

Board Member

Betsy is a Founding Charter Member of OKCMLC and served as Board Chair for seven years. Betsy also is a past President of the Junior League of Oklahoma City and has been been a volunteer for the past 25 years in the Oklahoma City and Edmond communities. She currently shares her time with the Junior League of Oklahoma City, Youth Services of Oklahoma CountySmart Start Central OklahomaEdmond Historical SocietyBoy Scouts of America and St. John the Baptist Catholic Parish.

Meera Reddy

Board Member

Meera serves as community volunteer, with a special emphasis on tutoring and teaching children. In addition to tutoring several elementary students in reading, she has taught Sunday School to children at Hindu Temple of Oklahoma for more than ten years. Meera also has been working to design an ESL curriculum for children in India at a school her father started. She earned a Master’s in Early Childhood Education from the University of Central Oklahoma.

Joshua Stephens

Board Member

Joshua serves as District Manager at Half Price Books in Oklahoma City. Half Price Books strives to help provide people of all ages with the tools and skills necessary to become readers. And through the Half Pint Library program, thousands of books are collected and donated to nonprofit organizations each year.

Mary Surbeck

Board Member

Mary is a Founding Charter Member of OKCMLC and served as Board Chair for two years. She taught at Casady School for 29 years and later worked at Oklahoma City Community Foundation as the literacy grant coordinator. Her dream is to see literacy become a community focus and to call Oklahoma City “a city that reads.” Mary earned a BA in English from Oklahoma State University and studied for a MALS at Dartmouth College. She received a Certificate in French Studies at the University of Montpellier.

Anika Wilson

Board Member

Anika is a native of Oklahoma City and serves as School Programming Administrator for Oklahoma City Public Schools. She also teaches as an adjunct professor at two area universities and serves on the board of directors of Black Professionals Under 40. Anika earned a BS from Dillard University in Public Health & Biology and worked for awhile in that field before completing two master’s degrees in Business Administration and Management Sciences at Southern Nazarene University.