Tulsa MAY 2017
bixby , broken arrow & jenks
Women of Influence
Entrepreneurs, Philanthropists & Risk Takers
WOMEN TO WATCH YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS WENDY DRUMMOND, LEADERSHIP PIONEER
Here's to Strong Women
BIXBY, BROKEN ARROW & JENKS
ashington Irving, the 19th-century American author known for stories such as Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow once wrote: “A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.” It’s a fitting echo as we welcome a month that—since recognized as a national holiday by Woodrow Wilson in 1914—celebrates mothers across the country and the maternal backbone of society on its second Sunday. Here at Lifestyle Publications, we’re in the business of inspiring people—and this May, not only are we inspired by mothers, but by all the strong, influential women who call Tulsa home. People so important deserve to be recognized, and that’s why we’ve dedicated this issue of Tulsa Lifestyle to all the moms, daughters, sisters, grandmothers, cousins and nieces who dissipate our clouds of darkness—and to some activities that can help them relax after they’re done being Superwoman. We’ll show you a day in the life of a few impressive female entrepreneurs who have found time for success in the midst of an ever-busy schedule and a peek at some beautiful stores that may have the perfect Mother’s Day Gift. Plan a girls night out or a cooking night as mentioned in Parting Thoughts with a special friend and enjoy a delicious meal with a bottle of wine. So, women of Tulsa, this one’s for you. May you find respite from your busy schedules in these pages and be as inspired as we were by the leading ladies all around you.
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LIFE Senior ServicesÂ 21st annual Puttin' on the Dog was held February 23rd
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Experience a rich cultural tapestry, and the beauty and grandeur of
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MAYFEST Tulsa’s downtown celebration of the visual and performing arts.
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Mayfest occurs annually on the 3rd weekend in May and kicks off what is considered “Festival Season” in Tulsa. Mayfest showcases the artwork of approximately 120 juried fine artists along Main Street offering
Since Dr. Reis was a young child, she has wanted to be a veteri-
art in a variety of mediums, from ceramic, photography, painting and
narian. Dr. Reis earned her DVM from Washington State University,
jewelry to toys, folk art, and leather goods. Also included are three
and she loves that she continues to learn every day while at work.
indoor art galleries featuring local artists, over 75 performances from
She has four pets: a Pomeranian mix named Penny, two cats named
local, regional and national entertainers on three stages and KidZone,
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a family-oriented section of the festival featuring hands-on art activities
is quite the Harry Potter fan. In her free time, Dr. Reis loves hiking,
and family-friendly entertainment. The festival opens at 11 a.m. and
photography, reading, horseback riding, and exploring new and excit-
closes at 11 p., except Sunday, when the festival closes at 6p.m. The art
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exhibits and Kidzone close around sundown. TulsaMayfest.org
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local art and artists. You’ll find original works filling the streets of 2nd
and choreographed by Tony® Award winner Casey Nicholaw (THE
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This hilarious new musical comedy tells the story of brothers
chalk circle, Art Cars (Saturday), face painting, and kids crafts. This is
Nick and Nigel Bottom, two playwrights stuck in the shadow of that
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ment, you’re sure to be impressed. May 19th-21st at the Blue Dome
the same time, the Bottom brothers set out to write the world's very
District at 2nd and Elgin. BlueDomeArts.org
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TULSA TOWN HALL ANNOUNCES 83RD SEASON This event has been sold out the last 2 years so you may want to purchase your tickets now. Tulsa Town Hall feature speakers will have stories to tell that will open minds and stir curiosities. Highly decorated astronaut Mark Kelly will kick off the season on September 15, 2017. Dr. Bennet Omalu shares his research about the lifelong impact of sports-related concussions on October 27. In 2018, award-winning actress Laura Linney highlights the importance of the arts on February 2. Listen to Rudy Maxa on March 23 for travel stories and tips from an expert. Piper Kerman’s life experiences lead her to write a book that became a television hit. Of local importance, her presentation shines a light
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Ungerman reteams with P. Casey Morgan to create her second autobiographical show “Oy, Gestalt” is a rollicking look at the life and career of influential Tulsa entertainer, Rebecca Ungerman. Picking up where they left off twelve years ago with Ungerman’s first one woman show, “Indulge Me,” authors Ungerman and P. Casey Morgan deliver a delightful pastiche of songs, stories and a few secrets. “Rebecca and I never stopped laughing during the writing of ‘Oy, Gestalt!’” Morgan
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said. “I have no doubt that audiences will be thoroughly entertained.” Part of the Tulsa PAC Trust’s Summer Stage Festival, “Oy, Gestalt!” a Spinning Plates Production, will be presented in the Norman Theatre on June 24th and 25th. Tickets will be available starting May 8 from the PAC box office or at MyTicketOffice.com. Ungerman and a cast of Tulsa’s finest talent will share the story of Jews and Blacks in American popular music with “Cats of Any Color ” on June 17th and 18th.
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IN THE MARKET EMMA SITTON
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lot of little girls like playing princess, tea parties with stuffed animals and dress-
ing up. Emma Sitton liked to dress rooms. Emma, now General Manager of The Market at Walnut Creek at 81st and Harvard, has used her passion over the past year to bring designers, decorators and entrepreneurs together. The Market is home to over 100 locally-owned showrooms and boutiques that feature unique furnishings, home décor, accessories, clothing, gift items, art work and much more. Emma’s eye for design started at a young age. When she was 3, her mom would ask what she wanted to do that day and Emma would tell her she wanted to look at houses and see the beautiful things inside each room. What 3 year old is excited to wear shoe protectors and walk around show houses? Emma. She has vivid memories of the houses and specific rooms that inspired her passion for design. Her first chance at a public design project came when she was 13. Emma’s mother gave her free rein to design a bedroom for Tulsa Street of Dreams and since then she’s had the freedom to form her own taste and let her creativity flow. Emma attended the University of Arkansas where she studied interior design. After college, she went on to work for Double Eagle Design in Tulsa while beginning to showcase her work. She has also put together rooms for five years as a free standing designer at the Designer Showcase. Design is her passion. Emma Sitton, General Manager of The Market at Walnut Creek
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HOW DID SHE FIND THE MARKET? Emma’s mom, Cheri Sitton, was influential when it came to Emma’s discovery of The Market at Walnut Creek. Cheri became a retailer at The Market in 2002. Emma’s eye for design and business savvy came from spending countless hours at her mother’s side. As a teenager, Emma would walk the aisles at The Market for design inspiration. This is where she met Lori and Rob Phillips, owners of the store. Rob continues to invest in Tulsa and the surrounding areas with his commercial real-estate company. The concept of The Market took hold and has grown into three successful locations. Tulsa and Oklahoma City are home to The Market in Oklahoma and there is a location in Branson, Missouri. When you visit The Market at Walnut Creek, you’ll find smiling faces and a great atmosphere in which to shop. There is also a café, Nibbles, nestled inside which is always a bonus when shopping with friends. If you seek trend tips, the “colors from a storm give you an amazing palette to work with and the greenery found in nature is also a strong influence,” says Emma Sitton. Whether you are a designer or a person who loves home décor and unique finds, you’ll enjoy The Market. Find more information as well as availability of vignette space at TheMarketTulsa.com or call 918-492-3500. May 2017 | Tulsa Lifestyle
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TRAIL BLAZER WENDY DRUMMOND GALLOPS THROUGH
BUSINESS BARRIERS TO BLUE SKIES AHEAD
Drummond enjoys time riding her horse Luv, a gift from her husband.
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"Work on the ranch is much different than the court room or board room. It's more physical and welcomed after a long week in the city," she says.
She says, "The American dream is based
is a woman on a
on small businesses and those are our cus-
mission. Her single
tomers. Because we are a locally-owned
obstacle? There are
bank, we can come up with some pretty
only 24 hours in a day.
crazy and creative solutions. For instance, we
Drummond has a
are in the process of approving a loan to an
diverse and busy professional life and wears
entrepreneur who is buying a castle in Italy."
several hats in many different businesses. As
But that's not her sole focus. She is
a principal owner of Blue Sky Bank, she has a
President of Drummond Communications,
heart for entrepreneurs, which led to a branch
the largest US Cellular agent in the country
location at the Boxyard in downtown Tulsa.
with 42 stores in 7 states. She estimates she
"It was a challenge," she says. "It's essentially two box cars welded together, but it
With husband Gentner Drummond at Kemohah Homeplace. Built in 1912, it is the home her husband, his father, and grandfather grew up in on the ranch near Hominy.
spends 50+ hours a week managing, traveling, and motivating her 250 employees.
has everything a normal branch would have
By trade, she is an attorney, with a practice
including an ATM and a vault. It's fun and
in Pawhuska. It's a smaller role these days as
modern and actually doesn't feel that small.
she spends most of her time with Drummond
In fact, we use the wall space as an exhibit
Communications, but she is still in court at
area for local artists."
least two days a month. She also owns HR360,
Blue Sky Bank has been around for more
a company which provides full-service HR
than 100 years. Recently, the bank changed
recruiting and placement services. And if that's
its name from Citizens Bank of Oklahoma to
not enough, she oversees POSTOAK Lodge &
Blue Sky Bank. It better suits Drummond's
Retreat nestled in the scenic Osage Hills.
passion to provide commercial lending solu-
In her downtime, she serves on several
tions to small and midsized business owners.
charity boards, is a volunteer Big Sister
The sky really is the limit. Blue Sky Bank
with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America,
may have its roots in traditional banking but
and is chairing the 2018 Philbrook Wine
Drummond wants to serve everyone, especially
Experience along with husband, Gentner
those with big inspirations. Her least favorite
Drummond. The couple has six children and
phrase is "We've always done it this way."
three young granddaughters.
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TRAIL BLAZER (CON TI N U ED)
With her horse, True.
PEOPLE ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF BUSINESS. AND THAT'S BEEN OUR FOCUS...
entrepreneurial side rather than the corporate ladder-climbing side, Drummond's perspective is somewhat limited. However, she is still asked if she works outside the home. So how does this power player manage all these businesses, community activities, and still have a free moment for herself and family?
"It can be frustrating," she says. The archaic perceptions are still alive and
She says, "Being amazingly organized and not getting a lot of sleep. And I hate to say it,
well. For example, when she opened her law
by multi-tasking quite a lot. And for the most part, all our kids are out of the nest. We have
office in Pawhuska, she had a reception and
a freshman at OU, a junior at OSU, and a senior in Winnipeg, Canada. The older three are
invited local leaders. A woman walked up to
married with families of their own."
her and said, "Wendy, I can't believe you're
The Drummonds don't slow down from 6 am to 10 pm. But no matter what, they leave on Friday night and head to their cattle ranch to decompress for the weekend. It's only 45 minutes away and is peaceful and quiet. Their kids tend to migrate there and it's where they spend their downtime.
going to drive in all the way from Tulsa every day to answer the phones!" Drummond says it happens all the time. She recalls bidding on a live auction item at
"We also like to travel, but it's tough being business owners. One of our travel rules is we
a non-profit event when the auctioneer came
take an hour in the morning and an hour in the evening to return emails and make phone calls.
over and said, "Ma'am, I'm going to have to
Other than that, we completely disconnect," she says.
make sure this is OK with your husband."
The Drummonds are able to do so because they surround themselves with good people. She says, "People are the most important part of business. And that's been our focus, developing great leaders. It's pretty simple— great leaders make great leaders." Drummond is trying to multi-task less and focus more on what's in front of her, even if
She says, "So, are the barriers still there? Absolutely. Do I have a small chip on my shoulder? Yes, because it happens once or twice a week."
it's for shorter periods of time. Especially with her team at US Cellular, to inspire others to
Even so, Drummond believes the future
lead takes putting down the phone and looking people in the eye, engaging in meaningful
is bright. Worldwide, more than 50% of law
conversations, and most importantly, listening.
school graduates are women, and more
She says, "It's something I'm working on right now and it's paying off amazingly well. You get a lot further having a conversation with someone in person than you do in an email." She believes her most important attribute in business is her intuition. It's something her husband has struggled with because it's very different for men and women. That little voice, your gut instinct, can be a powerful business tool if you choose to take advantage of it.
women. It's just going to take some time before things even out. She says, "My National Director of Sales at the cell phone company is a woman and
"If I don't listen, I always regret it. I think a lot of people have it, but my advice is to trust it," she says.
many of our top leaders are women. We joke
It sounds like Drummond has busted through the glass ceiling and plowed through any mis-
that women are taking over the world. We
conceptions about women in business. But that's not quite true. Granted, because she is on the
than 50% of medical school graduates are
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have some great men, too."
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Women STRONG “A
BUILDING A BETTER COMMUNITY
woman with a voice is, by definition, a strong woman.” This
statement by philanthropist Melinda Gates aptly describes the
following six individuals who are making a difference in the fabric of Tulsa. These strong women hold positions ranging from business owner to educator, community organizer to book author - and the impact of their work is staggering.
ARTICLE LOUANN BUHLINGER | PHOTOGRAPHY CHRIS HUMPHREY
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STRONG WOMEN (CON TI N U ED)
Meg Myers Morgan MEG MYERS MORGAN “3M”
Deana McCloud Meg grew up in Vinita, Oklahoma, attended Drury University for
Meg Myers Morgan, better known by her students as Dr. Meg, is an
her undergraduate degree and OU for her Master’s and PhD in Public
assistant professor and director of the Master of Public Administration
Administration. Looking back, her very first job in Tulsa was as the
program at the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa. “My graduate students
marketing coordinator and agency ‘mascot’ for the Tulsa Area United
are up and coming leaders in the community working for nonprofits or
Way. “I LOVED it! That experience is absolutely why I am where I am
public agencies. They are the greatest group of people you’ll ever hope
today. It is there that I got a feel for our philanthropic community.”
to meet.” Just last year, Meg earned an Outstanding Community Faculty
Meg also gives back to the community by serving as the fund devel-
Award by OU and was appointed as a Faculty Fellow for Community
opment chair on the board of YWCA-Tulsa. For the same organization,
Engagement and Impact in the College of Arts and Sciences.
she emceed the recent Pinnacle Awards – Women of the Year event.
Meg is also known for her book, Harebrained, a collection of humor-
Meg also serves on the grants committee for the TYPROS Foundation.
ous essays about being a mother and wife. Published in 2015, her
“We determine which projects to fund which is exhilarating,” said Meg.
book ranked in the Top 10 Humorous Books category on Amazon.com,
As a loyal wearer of colorful Converse sneakers, Meg’s five-year-
received first place from the Independent Publishers Book Awards and
old daughter surprised her this year when she dressed herself in a
was named “Book of the Year” by Forward Reviews. Her favorite book
combination of prints with layers of skirts over leggings along with
is Bossypants by Tina Fey. “There's just something so comforting and
crazy socks and shoes. Meg told her daughter that her friends will
empowering about her journey and her perspective. As a writer myself,
“love that outfit” and the daughter replied, “I don’t wear these clothes
I hope to comfort and empower anyone who reads my book.”
so my friends will like it. I wear these clothes because I like it.”
Tulsa Lifestyle | May 2017
booked and produced the concerts for the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival for its first 17 years. After moving to Tulsa, Deana found that the arts scene is as big as in a larger city but that Tulsa offers a small-town vibe. “I love the music scene,” said Deana. “The support that new musicians are getting within the community means that they’re staying in town instead of moving to Nashville or Austin. That’s marvelous!” In addition to her work at the Woody Guthrie Center, Deana also serves as a board member and secretary for Folk Alliance International which exists to nurture, engage and empower the international folk music community through education, advocacy and performance. She also serves on the advisory board for Visit Tulsa – Tulsa Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival and the Woody Guthrie Journal. And, who calls Deana “Nana?” Her adorable five-year-old grandson, William. KUMA ROBERTS “KUMA BEAR”
Kuma Roberts is well-known for her work in education as the program manager for the Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce where she managed education initiatives for the city with a special focus on the Partners-in-Education program. “The development of champions for our public schools provides an array of resources for those schools and students including volunteers, donations and funding. The ultimate goal is to strengthen our workforce pipeline in Tulsa,” said Kuma. Recently, Kuma took the helm as executive director of workforce and the Mosaic diversity business council for the Chamber. She also serves on several boards within the community including Leadership Tulsa, Tulsa Urban Debate League and the Work Force Tulsa Youth Council. Kuma is the co-chair of
education for the Tulsa Area United Way Women’s Leadership Council and serves on the LEAD North committee. Kuma grew up in Tulsa with a distinct accent learned from her Liberian father. After focusing on speech and debate at Booker T. Washington High School, she went on to study Theatre and English at Tulsa University. She is now working towards earning a degree in organizational management from Drury University. “I see the value of
DEANA MCCLOUD “NANA”
a high-quality education and want more students and certainly, more
Deana McCloud is the executive director and chief curator at
students of color, to take advantage of educational opportunities
the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa where she manages operations,
while they are young,” said Kuma.
programs and educational initiatives. “As the executive director, I
Kuma’s style is bright and colorful, something learned from her
am the face of the organization. As the chief curator, I ensure that all
mother’s bright yellow and lime green choices for her as a child. “My
exhibits have an educational basis and that there are opportunities
skin tone is dark and one of my greatest assets. So, like to select
for teachers to align those exhibits to curriculum standards,” said
clothing and accessories that compliment it.” Looking toward the
Deana. Deana’s primary career focus is to use music to engage stu-
future, Kuma believes that even more Tulsans will join to advocate
dents to think creatively. “Woody’s message was expressed through
for education, mental health, healthcare and human rights. Kuma
music. It was a way for him to speak for the disenfranchised in society
said, “We’ve been on a journey toward collective impact and it will
and my goal is to continue inspiring a new generation to use their
culminate in our community aligning to ensure those things remain
voices to make the world a better place.”
available to each one of us.”
Deana grew up in Pryor attending Northeastern State University in Tahlequah for her undergraduate degree and NSU-Broken Arrow for
Why the nickname “Kuma Bear?” Well, Kuma means bear in Japanese and as a child it just stuck through to adulthood!
her graduate work in Library Media and Informational Technology. She taught at Pryor Public Schools and loved teaching using experiential
learning techniques. Prior to joining the Woody Guthrie Center, Deana May 2017 | Tulsa Lifestyle
STRONG WOMEN (CON TI N U ED)
loves the philanthropic nature of the community. “We have some of
Tina is the owner of Parkhill’s Liquors & Wine South in Tulsa. As an
the most generous people, supporting so many deserving causes.”
impassioned community advocate, Tina is also heavily involved in a
Because she attends so many charitable events, Tina’s style is that of
number of non-profits with a focus on the arts, family and children,
classic timelessness. As an owner of a family-owned business, she
abuse and recovery, and mental health. Most recently, Tina earned a
chooses to shop mostly at locally owned boutiques and stores.
2016 Woman of Distinction award given by the Tulsa Business Journal.
In regard to exciting prospects for Tulsa’s future, Tina is looking for-
Tina serves as board vice president of resource development for Family
ward to the completion of A Gathering Place for Tulsa, later this year.
& Children’s Services, president-elect of Leadership Tulsa, and serves as
“The new park will provide a common venue to bring together and
a board member for both the OSU National Alumni Association and the
entertain families, kids, and outdoor enthusiasts from across the city
bArt Center for Music. She was recently selected as chair-elect for Youth
and surrounding areas,” said Tina. “It will be a bright spot to showcase
Services 2018 Blank Canvas, served on the executive leadership team
our city’s commitment to protect our river properties and encourage
for the 2017 American Heart Association’s Heart Ball, and the Honorary
economic and social growth for Tulsa.”
Event Chair for New Hope Oklahoma’s Mardi Gras fundraising event. Born and raised in Clayton, New Mexico, Tina moved to Tulsa after
TIFFANY EGDORF “REDHEAD”
graduating from OSU in Stillwater. “My first job out of college was
Tiffany is the president and chief executive officer of the Lindsey
as a field sales representative with Ernest & Julio Gallo,” said Tina.
House, an organization which helps women with children move
“I really enjoyed the experience because of the formal training and
from homelessness to self-sufficiency. “We provide long-term hous-
development program which provided accelerated management
ing with a unique and intense curriculum that focuses on life skills
opportunities.” When asked what she likes about Tulsa, Tina said she
and financial literacy,” said Tiffany. “I have a passion for women and
Tulsa Lifestyle | May 2017
Channel’s famous quote which says, “Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.” Her beautiful red hair earned her the nickname “Redhead” as a child and family still refers to her that way. For entertainment, Tiffany enjoys Summer’s Fifth Night at Utica Square and any musical or symphony performance. “I also enjoy watching NFL games with friends.” When asked about her opinion about the future of Tulsa, she said “The ongoing growth in our city will continue to make Tulsa a destination that people of all ages and situations continue to come to for fun, business and relocation. Our public, private and philanthropic leaders and citizens are creating a community different than anything I have ever experienced in my time living in Tulsa. That is very exciting!” JANIA WESTER
Jania is the managing director for Communities in Schools of MidAmerica. There she manages the operations of the Tulsa affiliate for this national federation that works to address the dropout epidemic. “We make sure the students are ready to have an excellent experience in the classroom by providing tiered support specific to the school and the student. Prior to joining Communities in Schools, Jania was the principal, or better known as “La Directora” of Henry Zarrow International School in the Tulsa Public School district. Zarrow is one of TPS’ language immersion schools with a singular focus on Spanish. During her time at Zarrow, Jania was honored with the Oklahoma Administrator of the Year Award by the Oklahoma School Librarians Association for promoting the library as the hub of the school. Jania also serves as a commissioner for the Greater Tulsa Area Hispanic Affairs Commission which serves to encourage cooperation
Jania Wester children, especially as it relates to teaching them skills needed to
between Hispanic people of Tulsa and local, state, and federal government; and to aid in the preservation of Hispanic culture. In her spare time, Jania volunteers as a Reading Partner at Kendall-Whittier Elementary, as a homework tutor with Growing Together’s neighborhood school support group, and with Diplomas Now during Report Card Conferences where she counsels mid-high and high school students regarding educational choices and areas for improvement.
be successful and self-sustained.” Tiffany was recently honored by
Jania, pronounced “Ha-nee-ah,” grew up in Puerto Rico and moved
being selected to serve as a governor for the National Association of
to the US at the age of 16. Her first job was as an elementary teacher
Non-Profit Organizations and Executives.
at Tulsa Public Schools. “I loved being able to develop deep relation-
Tiffany grew up in Tulsa and attended Edison High School before
ships with my students and their families, and to see students grow
earning her management degree from Oklahoma City University. She
in their acquisition of language.” After living on a small island with a
then went on to earn a master’s degree in ministry and culture from
large population, Jania loves that it doesn’t take long to drive from one
Phillips Theological Seminary. Tiffany has an interesting work history
side of Tulsa to the other. “The traffic is not as crazy as in Puerto Rico,”
that includes being a classical ballet dancer and a police officer with
said Jania. “And, if I drive for four hours here, I end up in a different
the Tulsa Police Department. Her most memorable work experience was
state instead of having to fly to get someplace different!” Looking to
her job with the local minor league baseball team. “I worked with the
the future, Jania believes that the most significant thing to happen in
Tulsa Drillers for 13 seasons and absolutely loved it! I learned so many job
Tulsa in the next year is a strong movement towards a racial reconcili-
and life skills and am still friends with the many folks that met there.” In
ation mindset and a common understanding of the education system.
addition to her work life, Tiffany is a member of the Rotary Club of Tulsa where she serves on several committees including The Above & Beyond
Article by Louann Buhlinger, owner of Lion's Roar Consulting. Many
Awards honoring police officers and firemen, Leadership Tulsa where
thanks to Philbrook Museum of Arts for providing a beautiful setting
she is on the programs committee, and Boston Avenue United Methodist
for our photography. For more information, visit Philbrook.org.
Church where she serves as the Children’s Council Chair. Tiffany’s personal style is simple and classic. She follows Coco May 2017 | Tulsa Lifestyle
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ARTICLE LOUANN BUHLINGER | PHOTOGRAPHY CHRIS HUMPHREY Lacy Richards and Abby Emmert, owners of Urbane Couture.
rban Couture is the kind of clothing store that you’ll want to visit again and again. It has a cool vibe that showcases the latest fun
and casual clothing trends for women. The shop is managed by Abby Emmert and located in The Vineyard at 106th and Memorial. “My family and I located Urban Couture in South Tulsa because it’s an area that is growing rapidly with a high average income in the homes surrounding our store. If we could not have this location, we wouldn't have opened a store,” said Abby. Each year, Abby and her sister Lacy Richards travel to Market in Dallas, Atlanta, Las Vegas and California to select the hottest clothing for the shop. “We carefully choose the latest styles for women of all ages and sizes,” said Abby. “This year, teen clothing includes bright colors, unique patterns and off-the-should tops. For women 21 and older, kimonos, pattered clothing including floral and soft colors are what’s popular.” The shop features brands including Umgee, BuddyLove, PPLA, Vintage Havana, Liverpool and Nygard. Now that we know what’s trending in women’s clothing, it’s important to know what’s going out of style which includes animal prints and heathered grays. However, ladies, store them away for a few years because you know the trend for leopard prints will come around again! Urban Couture supports several non-profits including Dress for
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NICHTECH ROOFING STONE-COATED STEEL ROOFS ARE BUILT TO LAST ARTICLE ROBERT EVATT
through the same ritual — weather
a strong storm, inspect the roof of their house for damage and get on a waiting list for roof repair. Unfortunately, there’s nothing that can be done about Oklahoma’s sometimes-nasty weather. But Charles Nichols, owner of Nichtech Roofing & General Contracting, says there’s a way to keep your roof standing against just about anything Mother Nature will throw at it.
Tulsa Lifestyle | May 2017
Though the use of stone suggests a heavier-than-normal roof, “the product is so light weight that it can actually be installed over asphalt or wood shake shingles and in some cases over existing metal panels,” Nichols said. “It’s less weight per square foot than the lightest asphalt shingles on the market.” Although it’s somewhat complicated, Nichols and his skilled team can secure the roof in typically 1 to 3 days depending on the size of the home and slope of the roof. It’s installed over a framing system that is attached directly to the structure. The key benefit of stone-coated steel roofs is durability. Nichols said the roofs are warranted and capable of standing up to 2.5 inch hail and winds exceeding 120mph. And due to the composition they simply won’t burn. The design brings additional benefits. It creates an air space between the shingle itself and the roof deck creating an energy-effiNichols is one of the few Tulsa roofing companies that install Gerard’s Stone-Coated Metal Roof Systems and he installs more than any other Tulsa roofing company. He’s worked with the product since 2005 and made the Gerard System a featured product of his business since its inception in 2009.
cient barrier. Nichols estimated these roofs could lower heating and cooling costs by as much as 20 to 40%. “This metal roof system is considered an Impact Resistant Roof so it qualifies for discounts from many insurance carriers,” he said. “The Gerard Stone-Coated Metal Roof System is literally the best
“I haven’t seen any of them damaged to the point that they need
roof system I can put on your home,” Nichols said. “Along with the
to be replaced or even repaired,” Nichols said. “Even though the
durability, energy efficiency and added insurance discounts, the roof
stone-coated metal roof isn’t yet a common sight in every Oklahoma
system literally pays for itself.”
neighborhood, the basic idea has been around since World War II.” “When we stormed the beaches in Europe and wanted to hide ammunition, we dug holes, covered them with tin, and put oil over the tin followed by sand. The oil caused the sand to stick to the tin so
Though Nichols hasn’t seen major damage to the roofs in the decade he’s been installing them, he’s seen one trend — the metal roofing system is becoming more popular and less expensive. “Steel is more affordable than it’s ever been,” he said.
it wouldn’t blow off and expose the ammunition storage — it looked
Given the growing number of Nichols’ customers that are request-
like the beach,” he said. That simple solution led to the development
ing metal roof systems, the Gerard Stone-Coated Metal Roof System
of this type of metal roofing system.
is set to become commonplace throughout Oklahoma.
The Gerard System is a 26-gauge steel panel with a ceramic coated crushed granite surface. The stone surface is applied over an
acrylic epoxy and baked onto the steel panel. The textured shingles
can mimic several kinds of traditional shingles including traditional
asphalt shingles, wood shake shingles and even Spanish tile.
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MAY 6TH, 11 A.M.-6 P.M. JENKS AMERICA FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL DOWNTOWN JENKS Explore downtown Jenks while enjoying great food and music. There will be a wide variety of food trucks as well as some of the top musicians and artists from the Tulsa area.
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Every Saturday, 8 A.M.–11:30 A.M
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The Farm Shopping Center has their own
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from 8–11:30 local farmers and artisans will
gather to bring fresh produce, honey, eggs,
RIVER WEST FESTIVAL PARK
jelly, wine, non-GMO beef, pork and chicken,
River Parks Authority and the YWCA of Tul-
salsa, baked goods, natural soaps and much,
Returning for its 86th year in Broken Arrow,
sa will partner to bring a First-of-Its-Kind mu-
much more! The Farm Shopping Center has
Rooster Days will be packed with adventure
sic festival to Tulsa. MisFEST, short for Music
always been “The Only Country in Town!”
and fun! There is something for everyone in-
Is She, provides a platform to empower wom-
cluding: Live Entertainment, Rooster Days
en to succeed in the music industry. MisFEST
Parade, Carnival Food, Wine Garden, Carnival
will highlight some of Oklahoma’s diversity in
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MAY 30TH THROUGH JUNE & JULY SUMMER CAMP AT CASCIA HALL CASCIA HALL Cascia Hall is offering camps in Athletics ,
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Blue WHAT? KIDS ARE THE BEST PRESENTS
ARTICLE AND PHOTOGRAPHY KATHY SLEMP
I received a box the next week from Blue Apron with 3 meals. Everything was fresh and straight from the farm, but nooo …. I had to
celebrated my birthday and it’s great having adult kids. You
cook it! Well there was a beautiful recipe card, easy to follow direc-
receive the best presents. First I received a pretty envelope and
tions, everything was labeled, every item was included (except olive
in the birthday card, wrapped up in tissue paper was a beauti-
oil) and I made a delicious meal!
ful bracelet. On the card it says “Oscar made this in Mexico. It
I learned how to caramelize onions, make classic French vinai-
reminded me of you.” I loved the bracelet and yes, it was me. I tex-
grette and that olive oil can go on everything. I had enough food to
ted a thank you, asked who Oscar is and when was she in Mexico?
last all week. Hubby only eats mashed potatoes but he did try one of
Next I received an email telling me to click the blue link that
the meals and liked it. Seriously, this is the perfect gift. It’s great for
took me to a Blue Apron website where I could click 6 dinners for
empty nesters, an older parent who lives alone, for teenagers to learn
the next 2 weeks. Ha, this was so much easier than PayPal, snap-
to cook, and for adult kids if you know where they are so it can be
chat, and Instagram. It took about two minutes. Then came the
delivered. It’s a great gift for Mother’s Day - if someone else does the
birthday call explaining that since she (another daughter) moved
cooking. It even tells you which wine complements the meal. I think
to NJ she feels bad that she hasn’t cooked me dinner. She’s a great
there are similar companies and this is one of those pet rock stories
cook and makes the healthiest dinners taste amazing! I still laugh
… why didn’t I think of that? Great concept.
when I remember my husband eating the whole bowl of seasoned
So I’m off to cook my next meal while wearing my pretty bracelet,
mashed cauliflower because he thought it was mashed potatoes.
dreaming about the blue waters of Mexico and of skiing a steep pow-
I even got a call from my long lost son who doesn’t answer his
dery mountain. Still trying to comprehend the mathematical engi-
phone when I call because I ask too many questions. What are moms
neering idea that is going to make millions and who is Oscar? … ah,
for? Yes, he’s spring skiing and he and some friends are designing
a guy in Mexico who makes jewelry. And yes, I’ll make real mashed
something and if it takes off … Sounds exciting-enjoy the slopes!
potatoes for Father’s Day.
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Everything you need for Mom is at The Vineyard on Memorial. Unique Gifts at the Shops and Boutiques and Don’t Forget her Rustic Cuff ! Book a Wine Dinner at the Wine Loft. Treat her to Nothing Bundt Cakes for Dessert. And have a wonderful Mother ’s Day!
L o ca te d a t 10 6th a nd Me m o ria l In f ro n t o f L i f e t i m e F i tn e s s TheVin e yar dTu ls a.c o m / Th eVi ne yard onMe morial