Julie Serven serves as Executive Director and 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. Julie has an M.Ed. in Learning, Teaching, and Curriculum, with a focus in Literacy, as well as a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She has taught adult reading comprehension classes and adult ESL classes and has tutored elementary students and adults. She is regularly amazed by the adaptability and perseverance of her students.
Bevan is an Okie from Muskogee who earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas and her juris doctor from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. Bevan is currently working as a staff attorney for a judge on the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals and received a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from Oklahoma City University in 2013. Bevan also 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.
Mr. Curtis Calvin currently serves as Deputy Director of Education and Outreach for the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority (OETA). In that capacity, he is responsible for providing support at the state level for early childhood education, common education and adult education. Prior to working with OETA, Mr. Calvin served in various capacities within the public health and public education industries. Mr. Calvin is driven by his personal passion “…to provide all Oklahomans with the tools necessary to gain access to life’s best options.”
Kathleen Lienke is Director of Library Media Services for Oklahoma City Public Schools (OKCPS). Development of long-range library media and library technology plans for building-level and district library media services is central to her work. She holds a B.A. degree from City University of New York, Queens College; a M. Ed. degree from Oklahoma City University; and a M.L.I.S. degree from the University of Oklahoma. Kathleen has served in various capacities for Oklahoma Library Association (OLA), Oklahoma School Librarians (OKSL), and Delta Kappa Gamma Society International (DKG). She is a past member of both the Children’s and Intermediate Sequoyah Award Committee.
Kathleen has many favorite books! One she reads over and over again is The Holy Man by Susan Trott. It is a delightful series of stories that will soothe your soul and make you smile.
A native Oklahoman, Scott was born in Tulsa, grew up in Shawnee, and went to college in Norman. He now lives in Oklahoma City with his wife, child, and dog and works for Crowe & Dunlevy. He started reading at an early age after learning the alphabet using those multi-colored refrigerator-magnets. A graduate of NYU School of Law, Scott’s law practice is focused 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.
Mary Surbeck has 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. From those beginnings, Mary taught French, Choral Music and directed theater productions at Casady School for 29 years. She ended her working career at Oklahoma City Community Foundation as the literacy grant coordinator.
Mary is a Founding Charter Member of our organization. She served as Board President for 2 years and currently volunteers as community network liaison and Literacy Referral Service coordinator. As part of the literacy work at OCCF, she developed a passion for adult literacy and worked in coordination with wonderful folks to create a literacy network for Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma City Metro Literacy Coalition. Her dream is to see literacy become a community focus and to call Oklahoma City “a City that reads.”
Betsy Mantor is a Founding Charter Member of our organization. She served as Board President for 7 years. Betsy is also 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 County, Smart Start Central Oklahoma, Edmond Historical Society, Boy Scouts of America and St. John the Baptist Catholic Parish. She recently retired after nine years as a Teacher’s Assistant to the 2nd Grade at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School.
Alexandra is a lifelong resident of Oklahoma. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2009, with accompanying minors in French and Public Administration. She earned her Juris Doctor from Oklahoma City University School of Law in 2012, where she graduated cum laude. She currently works as an Associate Attorney at Johnson Hanan & Vosler in Northwest Oklahoma City and teaches U.S. Government as an adjunct professor at Redlands Community College in El Reno, Oklahoma.
Anika Wilson is a native of and resides in Oklahoma City. Her love for medicine started at an early age. She attended Millwood High School and later attended college at Dillard University majoring in Public Health & Biology. Her educational background segued her into the field of Epidemiology and Research. She completed two master degrees in Business Administration and Management Sciences at Southern Nazarene University in 2000. Anika also serves on the board of directors of Black Professionals Under 40 and is a member of St. John Missionary Baptist Church. Currently, she is employed at Oklahoma City Public Schools as School Programming Administrator and an Adjunct Professor at two area universities.
Erin Carlstrom has worked at Feed The Children since 2002. She currently serves as Director of Education Programs. Founded in 1979 and consistently ranked as one of the largest international charities in the United States, Feed The Children 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 over 500 school districts. The stores had over 14,000 teacher visits in 2015.
Kathryn has a BA in Letters and a JD from the University of Oklahoma. She has worked as an attorney for Chesapeake Energy Corporation and as a law clerk for the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma. Most recently, she has found her true passion in volunteering as an adult literacy tutor for the Opportunities Industrialization Center of Oklahoma County. Sitting shoulder to shoulder with an adult who has taken the brave first step of asking for help in learning to read, and working with them to achieve that life changing goal, is beyond fulfilling.
A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole