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Dr. Pickens follows his calling back to his hometown.

Few people wind up in the profession they chose as a child, but Dr. Michael Pickens did. “When I was nine, I told my parents I was going to take care of sick kids here in Oklahoma,” he said. A board-certified pediatric gastroenterologist who has trained in several major children’s hospitals around the country, Dr. Pickens has returned home to Tulsa to care for patients at The Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis. He specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of pediatric conditions related to the digestive system, liver and nutrition concerns. “Saint Francis Health System is a great medical organization that provides exceptional care,” he said. “To be back here, doing what I’ve always wanted to do—I think I’m the luckiest guy in the world.” For more information or to find a Warren Clinic primary care physician, specialist or urgent care location, please visit or call 918-488-6688.



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A vintage sewing adventure commences

Local company creates upcycled, wearable art

Spring’s bounty at the Tulsa Farmers’ Market

11 CITY DESK An elementary-aged recycling star. Celebrating female newsmakers. Four recent fundraisers. 80-plus things to do this month.

32 LEGENDS: EMILY WOOD Educator, writer and passionate political supporter BY GAIL BANZET-ELLIS


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34 DREAM JOB After 40-plus years as a criminal defense attorney, Jack Gordon Jr. lends his expertise to the Tulsa County Public Defender’s Office. BY ANNE BROCKMAN

36 SEEING TANGIBLE CHANGE Crossover Community Impact’s innovative network of outreach, education and development is revolutionizing one north Tulsa neighborhood. BY JULIE WENGER WATSON

Still fresh from the farm



A shopping guide with sustainability in mind. BY ANNE BROCKMAN

Tulsa’s craft ciderery. A trip down memory lane. French patisserie meets small-town Oklahoma. DoubleShot opens its new coffeehouse and roastery.



Entering its 21st season, the Tulsa Farmers’ Market has blossomed from a gathering of 15 vendors into a year-round operation that has sown the seed for a multitude of other area farmers’ markets. BY JUDY LANGDON AND NATALIE MIKLES

Conserving water around the home. Basic composting tips. A new storefront opens near Studio Row. Connie Cronley reflects on a cold, somber morning.

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Logically, I’ve always admired trees for their shade on hot days. Every child loves a good treehouse. But now I look back on the trees of my childhood and think of them less as convenient props, and more as memory-holders in the landscape of life.

Of course, like people and dogs, trees don’t live forever. For some, the conditions aren’t right. Others become diseased or infested, like the silver maple we lost last fall to borers. I’m touched by MOKU’s creative use of fallen trees in Hawaii and Oklahoma (p. 20) and

Summer nights with my grandmother, drink-

intrigued by the second life DoubleShot Coffee

ing glasses of cold sun tea under the dogwood near

Co. gave to the wood from an old Indiana barn at

her back deck.

the coffee shop’s new location (p. 11). These trees

The row of trees — elms, perhaps? — planted

and former trees have stories yet to tell.

long ago as a windbreak in front of the western

Our yard’s four surviving trees were all given

Oklahoma farmhouse kept in my father’s family.

to our family: two as housewarming gifts; one, a

The branches of one formed a perfect seat for

transplant from a neighbor’s yard; and the other,


my favorite, a little redbud given to me by my

Helping plant the maple in my parents’ back-

grandfather. Yes, trees have a lot more meaning to me today.

Now both of my daughters play under it and swing

Now I look at them and think, aren’t they all gifts?

from it. This tree will have triple the memories.

That’s what my family plans to do this spring to memorialize our dog, Daisy, who died in February.

can read about the depth of this priority on p. 26.)


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Place, several that are at least a century old, I am

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yard when I was the age of my oldest daughter.

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rian Franklin cares about quality — so much so, he travels across the globe getting to know the farmers who grow the coffee he roasts and serves at DoubleShot Coffee Co. His new, two-story coffee shop at 1633 S. Boulder Ave. echoes that focus, along with another passion: sustainability. The new location — which replaced the original DoubleShot two blocks east that Franklin founded 15 years ago — was constructed with materials from at least four former structures, including an old Indiana barn he had disassembled, moved to Tulsa and reconstructed.

Solar panels keep the lights on and coffee grinders whirring, and there are plans for two Tesla chargers in the parking lot. “My goal has always been to push the coffee experience forward, and I’m not willing to compromise,” Franklin says. TP

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Cynthia Simmons Trio opens 3 The Jazz Appreciation Month at Tulsa

Performing Arts Center Trust’s free lunchtime Brown Bag It series in Kathleen Westby Pavilion.

Tulsa presents 5-14 Theatre the musical comedy about a down-on-his-luck singer and the whimsical waitress he meets in “The Wedding Singer” at the Tulsa PAC.

opening day for the Tulsa 6 It’sFarmers’ Market at East 15th Street and South Peoria Avenue; it’s open consecutive Saturdays through October. For more on the Tulsa Farmers’ Market, see p. 43.

the kids to Dance and Sing 8 Take Along at the Discovery Lab.

Egyptologist and satellite imagery pioneer Sarah Parcak at Cascia Hall Preparatory School’s Performing Arts Center.

to ONEOK Field for Tulsa 4 Head Drillers’ 2019 season opener with the Arkansas Travelers, featuring an opening day parade celebrating the 2018 Texas League Champions.

Grammy winner Gladys Knight brings her big hits “Midnight Train to Georgia” and “Best Thing that Ever Happened to Me” to The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

will be fun, fun, fun, when The 11-14 5 ItBeach Boys return with their “Now and Then” tour at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

Tulsa LitFest presents four days of free author events, workshops, screenings and parties in the Tulsa Arts District.

13 Made” author Meridith 18 “Selfie Rojas presents a workshop

and book signing in Union School’s Multipurpose Activity Center, through Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma’s Juliette Low Leadership Society. The Tulsa Master Gardeners will sell annual and perennial bedding plants, vegetables, herbs, natives and pollinator plants at Expo Square’s Exchange Center.

Legendary band The Doobie Kick up your heels and learn the Symphony presents 19 12 Brothers, whose classics include Lindy at Guthrie Green’s “Lindy in 5-6 Signature “The Bernstein/Robbins “What a Fool Believes” and “China the Park.” Centennial,” with guest artists Kelli Rabke and Scott Coulter, and crowns “Tulsa’s Best Singer” in the “Tulsa Sings!” championship at the VanTrease Performing Arts Center for Education.

Easter Bunny hops to 13 The LaFortune Park for a free Easter Egg Hunt, just for kids ages 3-8.

Oklahoma Performing Arts Inc. presents one performance only of Gilbert and Sullivan’s one-act operetta “Trial by Jury” with a modern twist and lots of tap dancing at the Tulsa PAC.


Grove,” hits Paradise Cove at River Spirit Casino Resort.


Find everything you need for your springtime garden at Herb Day in Brookside at East 36th Street and South Peoria Avenue.

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sixth anniversary celebration with free music and downtown events.

South Asian Performing 27 The Arts Foundation’s ballet

“Meghadootam: The Cloud Messenger,” based on the Sanskrit poem “Meghaduta,” comes to the Tulsa PAC. Magician Michael Carbonaro visits Paradise Cove at River Spirit Casino Resort. Downtown Jenks comes alive with Jenks Garden Club’s free 23rd annual Herb ’n Plant Festival. Music 28 Chamber Tulsa welcomes the

Carpe Diem String Quartet of Columbus, Ohio, to the Tulsa PAC.

Take the family to Guthrie Green to celebrate Earth Day with activities, environmental booths and speakers. Ok, So … Tulsa’s StorySlam features 10 previous monthly storyteller winners in its “Tulsa’s Best Storyteller Finals” at the Tulsa PAC.


Woody Guthrie 22-28 The Center presents its



Town Hall After Dark 11 Tulsa features space archeologist,

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Embers: Lighting the Way for a Brighter Future Benefits Palmer Continuum of Care Inc. PALMER-TULSA.ORG Juliette Low Leadership Society Luncheon Benefits Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma. GSEOK .ORG Legacy Award Dinner Benefits Greenwood Cultural Center. GREENWOODCULTURALCENTER.COM 19 Spokeasy Benefits Tulsa Hub. TULSAHUB.ORG 20 Dream House Benefits Domestic Violence Intervention Services. DVIS.ORG

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Superhero Soiree Benefits Child Abuse Network. CHILDABUSENETWORK.ORG / SUPERHERO-SOIREE 28 Botanical: The Tasting Benefits Tulsa Botanical Garden. BOTANICALTULSA.ORG Superhero Challenge Benefits Child Abuse Network. CHILDABUSENETWORK .ORG / SUPERHERO-CHALLENGE Tulsa Parkinson Rally Walk and 5K Benefits Parkinson Foundation of Oklahoma. PARKINSONOKLAHOMA.COM 29 Designer Showcase Premiere Party Benefits Foundation for Tulsa Schools. FOUNDATIONFORTULSASCHOOLS.ORG That ’70s Golf Tournament Benefits Arts Alliance Tulsa. ARTSTULSA.ORG 30 Are you Smarter than a KIPPster? Benefits KIPP Tulsa Public Charter Schools. KIPPTULSA.ORG




A Singer sewing machine from the Vintage Sewing Center and Museum, 5528 S. Peoria Ave., co-presenter of the Vintage Sewing Adventure from April 6-7

COMBINE ART AND CULTURE Go from art lover to art creator with these three opportunities for Tulsans to receive expert instruction in a new skill with deep roots.

Vintage Sewing Adventure Indulge your inner historian with the Vintage Sewing Adventure, an event celebrating sewing innovation in the century following the 1846 invention of the sewing machine. “This will be different from other sewing retreats due to the wide variety of classes that will be held,” says on-site coordinator Lisa Neel. Presented by Twins N Needles in coordination with the Vintage Sewing Center and Museum, the conference will offer sessions to fit all skill levels, with topics ranging from “Help! I Inherited a Sewing Machine” to techniques for dressing the Victorian lady to Cherokee beading skills and many more. Attendees can bring a sewing machine if they have one, but machines are not required for most sessions. Machines also will be available to rent. APRIL 6-7 MOST SESSIONS TAKE PLACE AT THE MAYO HOTEL, 115 W. FIFTH ST. | TWINSNNEEDLES.COM 14

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Agitsi Stained Glass Brandi Hines learned stained glass from her mother, who inspired her to start Agitsi, which means “mother” in Cherokee. Now she loves sharing the art of stained glass with others, including teaching new skills and adding artistic touches through multimedia. “First-time attendees to my workshops get a hands-on experience and opportunity to use all the tools I use to make large pieces. The classes allow everyone to work at their own pace,” Hines says. She offers classes in stained glass jewelry, mini feathers and more, and will teach a stained glass Easter egg class on April 14. EASTER EGG CLASS: 2-5 P.M., APRIL 14 STONE CHURCH ART STUDIO, 4225 W. FIFTH ST. AGITSI.COM

‘The Art of Visual Storytelling’ Sponsored by the Oklahoma Center for Humanities at the University of Tulsa, this workshop will explore the topic of memory through storytelling. Participants will hear from four presenters, then choose their paths to explore further. Topics include land and ephemerality, the written word, storytelling through movement and smartphone filmmaking. Osage artist Lydia Cheshewalla will facilitate “The Art of Visual Storytelling.” She says, “I was inspired to create the workshop because I think allowing people to step into their own authority to be storytellers and speak their truth is an important way to not only create happier individuals, but also to cultivate a culture of narrative inclusivity and ultimately, understanding.” TP 3-6 P.M., APRIL 27 AHHA TULSA, 101 E. ARCHER ST.



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Braden Milford with his research project, a patentpending water treatment system


CASCIA SENIOR NAMED A TOP YOUNG SCIENTIST Braden Milford, a senior at Cascia Hall Preparatory School, was selected as one of 40 finalists from around the country in the Regeneron Science Talent Search, the oldest and most prestigious science competition for high-school seniors. “This is the ultimate dream for any science research student,” says Milford, who was awarded $25,000 as a finalist. Students are selected based upon their scientific research and also on their overall potential as future leaders of the scientific community. Milford says an estimated 70 percent of the world’s water is polluted with toxins. His research involves developing sodium algaenate beads that are comprised of bacteria and algae and can be used to filter water, improving its quality. As a finalist, Milford traveled to Washington, D.C., in March to compete for up to $250,000, as well as meet his Congressional representatives, tour the top labs in the nation and meet distinguished scientists. Milford, who plans to study environmental engineering in college, also was recently selected as a semifinalist for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. He also won the Eastern Oklahoma Regional Science and Engineering Fair and qualified to compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

Voices of Oklahoma “I didn’t take on a crusade or anything, but I began to find interests and ways in which I could help in conservation. Ultimately, it ended up with me being very much involved with organizations like the Audubon Society, Ducks Unlimited, the Nature Conservancy and many other organizations that wanted to ameliorate the damage that was being done. It wasn’t a crusade, but it was a deep belief and desire to do my share; to not let it happen any greater.” — Oilman and conservationist Joseph H. Williams. He retired as chairman and CEO of the Williams Cos. in 1994. To recognize Williams’ work to preserve the nation’s largest tallgrass prairie, it was renamed the Joseph H. Williams Tallgrass Prairie Preserve in 2015. “Voices of Oklahoma” is an oral history project founded by John Erling in 2009. Visit 16

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SIERRA CLUB DIRECTOR One of the world’s leading environmentalists will help Tulsa celebrate Earth Day 2019. Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, will speak at this month’s Tulsa Earth Day Celebration, presented April 20 by the Tulsa Earth Coalition. Brune is the author of “Coming Clean: Breaking America’s Addiction to Oil and Coal.” “This will be Michael Brune’s first trip to Tulsa, and he is excited to bring his message to us at a time when our community and our nation need to engage directly to prevent climate change,” says Barbara VanHanken, chairwoman of the Green Country Sierra Club, one of the environmental and social justice organizations that comprise the Tulsa Earth Coalition. “He will be speaking about the Green New Deal, which is a new way to refocus our economy at the same time we improve the quality of our environment.” In addition to hearing from Brune and other notable environmental speakers, guests to the Tulsa Earth Day Celebration will find educational booths and demos — including electric vehicles to ride in and drive — musical artists, family activities and local cuisine. APRIL 20 Tulsa Earth Day Celebration 2-9:30 p.m. Guthrie Green, 111 E. M. B. Brady St. Free.


The USS Tulsa, a Navy littoral combat ship, was commissioned Feb. 16 in San Francisco. U.S. Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma delivered the commissioning ceremony’s principal address. Former Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor is the ship’s sponsor. “This ship is named in honor of Tulsa, Oklahoma, but represents more than one city,” says Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. “USS Tulsa represents an investment in readiness and lethality, and is a testament to the increased capabilities made possible by a true partnership between the Department of the Navy and our industrial base.” USS Tulsa is the second naval vessel to honor the city. The first USS Tulsa was an Asheville-class gunboat designated as PG-22 that served from 1923-1944 before being renamed Tacloban. She earned two battle stars for World War II service. A cruiser to be named USS Tulsa also was authorized for construction during World War II, but the contract was canceled before it was built.

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Jeremy Burton at the Voice of the Martyrs headquarters in Bartlesville. The Martyrs Memorial at the facility includes the names of Christians killed for living out their faith, from the Apostles in the first years of the church until today.

FAITH AND WORK Professional returns to northeastern Oklahoma to serve with a global ministry. BY MORGAN PHILLIPS


or public relations executive Jeremy Burton, faith and work seem to frequently intersect. But that hasn’t been his career plan. “It’s nothing I sought out,” Burton says. “It’s just been the path God put in front of me, plain and simple.” After a brief role with the Tulsa Philharmonic, Burton launched his communications career at Saint Francis Health System as an account executive. But many Tulsans know him for his longtime role as Oral Roberts University’s executive director for university relations and communications. During his 12 years with ORU, Burton helped the university navigate many changes. For that, he was named 2009 PR Professional of the Year by the Tulsa Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. Burton left ORU in 2015 for what he calls “the opportunity of a lifetime”: becoming director of communications for the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. The museum’s November 2017 opening was covered by major U.S. and


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international news outlets and hundreds of social media influencers. “It’s not a Christian museum,” explains Burton, who led the PR and social media effort surrounding the opening from his Oklahoma City office. “Its mission is to invite all people to engage with the Bible. Our social media strategy was to talk about the Bible, not ourselves.” Today Burton is the chief of connection for the Voice of the Martyrs, a global Christian ministry headquartered in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. “My main responsibility is to connect American Christians with their persecuted brothers and sisters in hostile and restrictive nations,” he says. That strategy involves sharing stories and encouraging people to subscribe to the Voice of the Martyrs’ free flagship magazine. Looking back Burton says, “There are so many people in the Tulsa area who have formed my career, and I’ll always be grateful for that. To get to continue to serve at a world-class Christian nonprofit and come home is a huge blessing.” TP

When most 5-year-olds are learning to ride a bike, Brenden Stahle dreamed of running a business. He initially started gathering recyclables in his neighborhood and had a goal of collecting 10 pounds of plastic, paper and aluminum. “He hit that goal within about a week,” says his mother, Lacey. At school he noticed people putting trash in the recycling bins, and he became frustrated. Hoping to implement the same program he started in his Broken Arrow neighborhood, Stahle marched into the principal’s office to express his concerns. “That afternoon I received my first principal phone call,” Lacey says. “Luckily it was a good phone call.” Now in fourth grade at Oakcrest Elementary, Stahle estimates he and his family have collected over 21 tons of recyclables. Last year, he needed funds to secure classroom recycling bins, so his mom encouraged him to seek out a corporate sponsorship. Bama Pie donated $500 to expand his program. “We were so excited, we wanted to do cartwheels in the parking lot,” Stahle says. They used the donation to supply all the classroom bins and a large, on-site collection bin for weekly pick-up. This year, they are developing a green team at the school so Stahle’s vision can carry on long after he graduates. “I’m passionate about how recycling helps the earth,” he says. — JAMIE RICHERT JONES



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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT Rick Miller runs the live auction for the 2018 Kaleidoscope Ball, a fundraiser for Emergency Infant Services. Jake Purdum and Jimmy Gramblin are the craftsmen behind MOKU, a Sand Springs-based company that makes accessories from fallen trees and locally sourced wood.


Reuse of downed Hawaiian trees launches accessory company. BY TIM LANDES


immy Gramblin got really into Hawaiian history while living in Maui for a year. Ask him about the native eucalyptus trees, and he’ll tell you a story about how they were around when Captain James Makee, an 1800s whalerturned-sugar-farmer, was hanging out with the king of Hawaii (David Kalakaua). So when a 2014 tropical storm downed thousands of the ancient trees, Gramblin found a unique way to give them new life. “The idea of them sitting on the forest floor and rotting just made me sick,” says Gramblin, who was inspired to launch MOKU, a fashion accessory company that utilizes the wood to create various forms of laser-cut jewelry and accessories. MOKU means “island” in Hawaiian. Gramblin and his wife, Alicia, a native Tulsan, moved to Sand Springs later that year and brought their company and the wood with them. Now they also use locally sourced wood like bodark, walnut, cedar and oak. “Our mission is to create products from forestry that has been knocked down,” says Gramblin, who co-designs the wearables with Jake Purdum. “Our packaging is all chipboard, so our products and packaging are all bio-degradable. We want to make less of an imprint on the Earth and more on people.” Gramblin says the wood earrings are MOKU’s most popular product, and the wood wallet is his 20

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personal favorite. Necklaces are the most requested item that have yet to be made, but Gramblin says they are working on it. He and Purdum are inspired by geometric Native designs globally: Polynesian, Native American, Mayan. “Our designs are inspired at the core by this underlying design pattern that can be found in all tribal cultures,” Gramblin says. “We take that inspiration and reduce it down to its simplest form with the goal of creating something that is truly timeless.” Items can be purchased at and locally at Cabin Boys Brewery and Made. They also are for sale at locations in Norman, Oklahoma City and Maui. TP

HOW IS FUND YOUR ORG DIFFERENT FROM OTHER AUCTIONEER COMPANIES? Most auction companies simply supply an auctioneer or auction team, and while they may be good, they aren’t professional nonprofit fundraisers. We dive deep into the nonprofit’s story and community impact, so we can share their mission effectively. Second, we reverseengineer the financial aspects of the organization’s event. This gives the nonprofit a roadmap to success. Third, we provide fundraising  consulting throughout the event-planning process. Fourth, we match the nonprofit with the most unique experiences and auction opportunities that we sell at their events, which yield huge returns. Lastly, we have world-class auction teams that deliver exceptional results the night of the event.  WHAT ARE YOUR FIVE-YEAR GOALS FOR THE COMPANY? To work with 1,000 nonprofits annually. Our goal over the next 10 years is to raise $1 billion for nonprofits throughout the U.S. We will do that by showing them there is a more efficient and effective way to conduct fundraising events. — TIM LANDES



KNOWN FOR: Founding Fund Your Org, a company that helps nonprofits maximize their fundraising opportunities and events, in 2014. In 2018, Miller and his staff worked more than 100 events at which they helped area nonprofits raise more than $15 million.

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TULSA GIRLS ART SCHOOL student Jerica Clapp, a junior at Booker T. Washington High School, took inspiration from a photo she saw online to design this bright, untitled piece. Along with more work from Clapp and other students, it will be on display at the school’s spring art show at 5:30 p.m., April 11, at TGAS, 2202 E. Admiral Blvd. The piece is unnamed because everyone she has shown it to has had a different vision of what it means and its backstory. “I’ve grown to like different people’s views of it,” Clapp says. “People can take what they want from the piece.” She used a new technique for the painting: gesso mixed with salt to create a textured, cartoon-like result. “I usually do more realistic art,” she says. “I’m trying to do more expression with color.” — SARA PLUMMER


Trail of Tears Art Show View categories that historically have included basketry, pottery, graphics, sculpture and miniatures. An awards reception is 6-8 p.m., April 5, at the CHC to recognize honorees in each category. The reception is open to the public and free to attend. APRIL 6-MAY 5 CHEROKEE HERITAGE CENTER, 21192 S. KEELER DRIVE, PARK HILL


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Kendall Whittier Arts Festival Explore art booths, listen to live music and pick up a few delicious treats from some of Tulsa’s most popular food trucks. Craftsmen and artists will have their works for sale, and children will enjoy the interactive kids’ zone where they can explore their creative side. APRIL 11-13 | KENDALL WHITTIER AREA, EAST ADMIRAL BOULEVARD AND SOUTH LEWIS AVENUE

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Staying invested through volatile times Financial markets can offer a great opportunity to grow wealth, but volatility can make investors uneasy, ushering in feelings of fear. Reacting to market movements may sometimes seem like the right thing to do for the short term—but research suggests that this approach actually diminishes returns. Overreaction can cause investors to fall into a losing strategy: buying high and selling low. It is hard to predict and time the markets, but having a defined intent for your wealth can act as a guidepost to navigating markets or other life events.

More powerful market drivers Last year felt particularly volatile, and these market swings are likely to continue around every headline that mentions tariffs and Fed policy. However, we are focusing on what we believe are more powerful market drivers: 1. Tight labor markets, rising wages, and still easy financial conditions should convince the Fed to continue raising short-term interest rates. 2. Economic data is likely to moderate as the boost from U.S. fiscal stimulus declines. 3. Trade uncertainty is likely to continue weighing on sentiment absent major progress by both Chinese and American negotiators.

As we help our clients navigate today’s markets, we believe it is important for investors to use possible upward swings as opportunities to continue to de-risk portfolios by moving up in quality, extending duration, and moving to less cyclical sectors. An economic cycle typically moves through four phases: from contraction to recovery, expansion and, finally, slowdown. We believe we’re late in the cycle—but not at its end. As always, stay invested, but work with a financial advisor to consider some changes that could help reduce your portfolio’s future volatility and increase returns.

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Ginger S. Kollmann Executive Director Market Team Lead J.P. Morgan Private Bank 110 W. 7th Street, Floor 17 Tulsa, OK 74119 +1.918.586.5198 Ginger S. Kollmann is an Executive Director and Market Team Lead at J.P. Morgan Private Bank in Oklahoma. She is responsible for leading the Private Bank team that works with high-net-worth clients in Tulsa and Oklahoma City. She and her team help clients grow and sustain wealth over multiple generations. They draw on the global resources of JPMorgan Chase to develop wealth management plans tailored to each client’s individual needs. Previously, she spent 12 years at Bank of Oklahoma in the commercial and wealth management divisions as a Private Banker, a Treasury Sales Officer, and the Manager of the Accelerated Career Track program. Ms. Kollmann earned a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems and Management from Oklahoma State University. She is a current board member and past president of the Parent Child Center of Tulsa, a graduate of Leadership Tulsa, and is highly active in her children’s schools and extracurricular activities.


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LEADING LADIES Newsmakers honors women in leadership. BY BRANDON SCHMITZ

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training options for professionals, she founded ince its inception, the Newsmakers event Community Care College in 1995. Following — presented by the Tulsa Chapter of the that, she established Clary Sage College and Association for Women in CommuniOklahoma Technical College. In 2015, Knox cations — has honored influential Tulsa-area converted the colleges from for-profit corpowomen, including CEOs, mayors, nonprofit rations to a public charity called Community champions and business leaders. This year’s honorees — Teresa Knox, HigherEd. At 96 years old, Metevelis is Tulsa ComMarina Metevelis and Mimi Tarrasch — will munity College’s longest-serving employee. mark 150 women who have been recognized Dubbed Tulsa’s own Rosie the Riveter, she built across the luncheon’s 46 years. warplanes during World War II. And as an avid “If I could pick one theme among our 2019 honorees, it would be education, whether it’s trastoryteller and historian, Metevelis is a former ditional education or learning how to survive,” tour guide of the downtown tunnels. Tarrasch, meanwhile, is the chief officer says AWC Tulsa President Nicole Burgin. “The for Family and Children’s Services’ Women in role education played not only in their lives, but Recovery, a program that also in their careers and in offers an alternative to giving back to this comMAY 1 munity, is remarkable.” incarceration for women Newsmakers: Celebrating Excellence facing long-term prison As an entrepreneur, in Oklahoma Women sentences. With more than Knox has supported Tulsa’s 11:30 a.m. Southern Hills Country 35 years of nonprofit exmusic and tourism scenes Club, 2636 E. 61st St. $55, AWC perience, Tarrasch works through the revitalization members; $65, guests. $250-$5,000, alongside judges, district of the historic Church sponsorships. Proceeds support Studio. While working as attorneys and social agenscholarships and AWC Tulsa outreach. cies to provide rehabilitaa dental assistant and tion for women. TP ticing a need for additional


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COVERS REVISITED TulsaPeople featured Sustainable Tulsa Inc. Executive Director Corey Williams on its special multi-cover March 2007 green issue as one of four “green” Tulsans. The others were thenteen Afeez Ologolo, Amanda Ruyle and Micky Payne. Back then, Williams was puttering around town in a 1993 50-miles-a-gallon Geo Metro; pushing a reel lawnmower; cooking out of one pot; and even sending postcards cut from cereal boxes. Fast-forward 12 years, and Williams has added three “Ps”: people, profit, planet. “Sustainable Tulsa has been gradually growing since 2003,” she says, providing education, tools and resources. Tulsans are still catching on to recycling. “We are doing better than six years ago when we added curbside recycling; however, we still have a long way to go,” she says. “I would give us a positive three out of 10. “Simple steps are the key to making lasting changes,” says Williams, who recommends composting. Although more people cycle to work and Tulsa has adopted e-scooters, she says more could be done to promote safer, more environmentally friendly commuting. “There are many communities around the nation and world that have successfully incorporated this mode of transportation.” — JUDY LANGDON


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TREE LOVE Meet Gathering Place’s ‘tree sheriff.’ BY MADISON SCHULZ


n 2012, landscaper Bill Preaus received a call about coming out to the B.B. Blair Mansion. The well-known Tulsa home, which could be seen from Riverside Drive, had been sold to make way for a new park project. The co-owner of Preaus Landscape was hired that day to assess and inspect the trees that dotted the 33-acre Blair Mansion property. After being awarded the park contract, Preaus spent three or four days identifying at-risk trees, as well as “champion” trees that were 150-200 years old. But his role in the area that would become Gathering Place grew much larger in the six years that followed. He became a sort of “tree sheriff,” protecting the trees as construction surrounded them. Other duties included pruning preserved trees; harvesting, debarking and storing all logs slated for reuse; mulching all tree preservation


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areas with wood chips generated from tree pruning and removal; and the milling of logs used for planks, step bridges, picnic tables and benches. According to Preaus, preserving the trees was an order that came straight from the top. “I met Mr. (George) Kaiser one time,” Preaus says. “I introduced myself, and he looked up at me and said, ‘I know who you are. I’m counting on you to keep these trees alive.’” A lot of Preaus’ work is invisible, below the surface. The entire construction team took precautions to protect the trees’ delicate root systems. Ventilation tubes were installed under portions of elevated sidewalks and patios to allow oxygen to get to the roots, as well as provide a way for toxic gases to escape from the soil. It’s all there to ensure Tulsans can enjoy Gathering Place’s trees for years to come. TP

Child Abuse Network is celebrating its 30th year of championing hope and healing for Tulsa’s children and families affected by abuse. To honor three decades of commitment and service, CAN will host the inaugural Superhero Soiree on April 27 to recognize the everyday heroes, both past and present, who have contributed to the organization’s success. Maura Guten, CAN’s president and CEO since December 2018, is one of the everyday superheroes being honored at the fundraising gala. She has been involved with the child protection system in a variety of roles for nearly 20 years, most recently serving as executive director for Tulsa CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), which provides advocacy to abused and neglected children in the juvenile court. “We’re triaging the most traumatic event in a child’s life,” Guten says of her work at CAN. “Being able to lead an organization that has that kind of influence, and can really make a difference, and provide hope for a child is just a lifetime achievement.” When selecting honorees, the event organizers had a large pool to consider. “It was the brainchild of so many people and organizations, so to recognize just one person that embodies CAN would be difficult,” Guten says. “So many community partners and leaders in our city took part in building this. It truly took a village.”— JAMIE RICHERT JONES

APRIL 27 CAN Superhero Soiree 6 p.m., cocktails; 7 p.m., dinner and dancing. Tulsa Club Hotel, 115 E. Fifth St. Sponsorships available. Benefits Child Abuse Network.



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1. Guests took “selfies” with the photographer. 2. Meredith, Anderson, Madeline and Drew Smith shared their family’s story at the gala. Seven-year-old Anderson was born with a heart defect. 3. Salad and table setting at the Heart Ball 4. Guests Brenda, Mattea, Parrish and Wilson Pipestem 5. Guests Mickie Bingham and Tina and Jerry Hopkins






The American Heart Association’s 48th annual Heart Ball gathered more than 600 guests Feb. 9 at the Cox Business Center. Patrons enjoyed a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, dinner, live music by FuZed and the presentation of the 2019 Sweethearts and Mavericks, area high-school sophomores who participate in educational, leadership and social activities for the AHA. The Heart of Tulsa Award was presented to Webco Industries, honoring its investment into the health of its employees. Approximately $830,000 was raised through the campaign.




1. GLOW committee members Cori Powell, Sarah Darby and Shea Eby 2. Guests participated in a gardenthemed wine pull. 3. A pop-up shop highlighted student art. 4. Guests Jason McMahon, Trey and Kelly Karlovich and Sara McMahon

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GLOW, held Feb. 8 at Spain Ranch in Jenks, was a light-filled evening of food, wine and entertainment with 200 guests in attendance. The evening raised $185,150 for the nonprofit Global Gardens, which uses gardens to empower 2,800 low-income students and their families through science and peace education. GLOW featured an exclusive culinary experience by Matthew McClure, executive chef of The Hive, a restaurant in the 21c Museum Hotel in Bentonville, Arkansas. Tulsa band Nightingale provided entertainment.





Mentorship Luncheon


Four scholarships, totaling $10,000, were awarded at Junior League of Tulsa’s seventh annual Mentorship Awards Luncheon on Feb. 8 at Southern Hills Country Club. For the past 15 years, Junior League has awarded scholarships to two area highschool women showing exceptional commitment to scholastics and volunteerism, and two non-graduating women just beginning or returning to their studies after an extended absence, with a commitment to complete their degrees. The luncheon honors the impact of mentorship and scholarship in developing exceptional women leaders. Alison Anthony, president and CEO of the Tulsa Area United Way, delivered the 2019 keynote address to 175 guests.

Monarch Ball


“Hope, Trust and Pixie Dust” was the theme of the 2019 Monarch Ball, which benefitted Domestic Violence Intervention Services. The gala was Jan. 25 at Southern Hills Country Club, and was attended by 270 guests. Southern Hills chef Alex Pearce prepared the food for the occasion, and Professor D provided live entertainment. Approximately $340,000 was raised at the event to support DVIS services that address the full scope of family violence.

1. Junior League members Zelda Rowlett, Dana Richardson, Deneisha Johnson, Dr. Brenda Lloyd-Jones and Tangie Jones Ballard 2. Keynote speaker Alison Anthony 3. Back row: scholarship recipients Bella Koster and Katrina Campbell, Event Chairwoman Stephanie Madsen, and scholarship recipients Vivian Shinagawa Arrington and Emily Turner. Front row: JLT President Mary Beth Nesser, Scholarship Chairwoman Whitney Mathews and speaker Alison Anthony

1. Southern Hills was transformed into a magical venue for Monarch Ball. 2. Guests Tara Sutherland and Damon Roberts 3. Monarch Ball Chairs Ted and Shiela Haynes and DVIS CEO Tracey Lyall. The Haynes received a blown glass tree to thank them for their work as 2019 event chairs. 4. Mteesa Shouse with other guests on the dance floor









Junior Achievement Junior Achievement of Oklahoma will honor four at its fourth edition of Tulsa Tycoons: A Night of Monopoly fundraiser on May 2 at the Cox Business Center, 100 Civic Center. The 2019 honorees are: Clarence Oliver, Ph.D., JA Centennial honoree; Lynn Flinn, Rowland Group, Work Readiness honoree; Pat Piper, Bank of Oklahoma, Financial Literacy honoree; and Dana Weber, Webco Industries, Entrepreneurship honoree. This year, JA of Oklahoma’s largest fundraiser is a chance to honor local business leaders and celebrate a significant milestone. JA was founded in 1919, so this year’s Tulsa Tycoons will commemorate the organization’s centennial. “Very few organizations make it to 100 years, much less continue to grow and thrive like Junior Achievement has,” says JA of Oklahoma President Shannan Beeler. “We are taking this opportunity to celebrate and honor what’s come before, but also look toward the future as we work to inspire and prepare our young people to succeed in our ever-changing world.” Funds raised from the event and auction support Junior Achievement programs, which will bring lessons on financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness to more than 58,000 K-12 students this academic year. Sponsorships and tickets are now available. For more information, contact Martha Rongey at, call 918-663-2132 or visit

Greenwood Legacy Award honors three Cherokee Nation Chief Bill John Baker, Marilyn Vann and David Cornsilk will be recognized at the Greenwood Cultural Center Legacy Award Dinner on April 18. GCC’s single fundraising event, the dinner celebrates the legacy of Tulsa’s historic Greenwood District and salutes community champions. Proceeds from the Legacy Award Dinner provide the financial support needed to continue the GCC’s historical, cultural and educational work in Tulsa. A reception begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7, at the Greenwood Cultural Center, 322 N. Greenwood Ave. For more information, visit

ahha recognizes Tulsans with Harwelden Awards In March, ahha Tulsa honored individuals and organizations that have been exemplary advocates of the arts and humanities in the Tulsa community with the Harwelden Awards. Members of the Tulsa community submitted nominations for the 2019 honorees. A panel including past ahha board presidents made final selections. This year’s honorees are: Katie Westby Lifetime Achievement Award: Marcello Angelini, Tulsa Ballet artistic director Bart Betow Memorial Music Education Award: Rhonda Wyble, Kendall Whittier Elemenatary School music teacher Liddy K. Doenges Individual Award: M. Teresa Valero, applied professor of art, graphic design at the University of Tulsa Benedict I. Lubell Corporate Award: McGraw Realtors John L. Everitt Nonprofit Award: Chamber Music Tulsa Five Tulsa-area high-school students were recognized with Mayfest Young Artist Awards. Winners receive cash awards courtesy of Tulsa International Mayfest to further their artistic goals and pursuits. Ahha’s mission is to cultivate a more creative Tulsa through advocacy, education, and innovative partnerships, which contribute to the quality of life and economic vitality of the greater community. For more information, visit 30

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The Salvation Army The 26th annual William Booth Society Gala will be April 25 at the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel and Convention Center. This year’s guest speaker is Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger of Miracle on the Hudson fame. Pictured here, from left to right, are Maj. Mark Harwell and Maj. Jan Harwell, the Salvation Army Tulsa metro area commanders; Hannah and Joe Robson, William Booth Society Gala honorary chairs; and Chris Amburgy, Salvation Army Advisory Board vice-chairman. Event sponsorships begin at $5,000, and all donors giving $5,000 or more annually to the Salvation Army receive tickets to the gala and other events. The William Booth Society recognizes friends and supporters who impact the lives of children, seniors and the homeless in Green Country every day through their financial and volunteer donations. For more information, go to




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For her tireless dedication to education, Emily Wood was recognized with the Oklahoma Medal for Excellence in 1990. Here she is holding a photo from the last exchange she went on with Eisenhower Elementary. Her grandson was a student on the trip.



ot many educators can say they’ve retired from teaching twice, but after 50 years in the classroom, Tulsa transplant Emily Wood is not your average teacher. Her career began in New York, but when her husband’s job with Cities Service Corp. led the family to Oklahoma, it didn’t take long for Wood to become engrained in Tulsa’s education system. Although she claims she fell into the teaching profession, Wood, who turns 94 this month, was destined to serve children across the city. Wood was named Tulsa Teacher of the Year in 1988 and received the Oklahoma Medal for Excellence in Teaching and Administration, Elementary Teaching in 1990. In 1999, she was honored as the National Social Studies Teacher of the Year while teaching at Tulsa’s Mizel Jewish Community Day School.


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Some of her favorite sites to teach in the Tulsa Public School system were Whitman and Gilcrease Elementary Schools. At Whitman, Wood says principal Dorothy DeWitty taught her the most. “She was a dynamo as far as integrating Tulsa and she later became a city councilor,” Wood says. Wood and her husband, Phil, had four children, nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. When he died in 2013, Wood remained active on Tulsa’s education scene and as a political advocate for the local Democratic Party. Much of her energy goes into her work on the board of Chamber Music Tulsa and she is an avid supporter of Tulsa Global Alliance. The Woods frequently traveled abroad as chaperones for student exchange trips. She reminisces, “In those days, you had great freedom to develop the curriculum to connect with children. I still hear from all their parents and from many of the students.”

WHERE DID YOU GO TO SCHOOL/UNIVERSITY? WHY? I received a B.A. in government and international relations from Smith College in 1946. Later, I went back to school and received a master’s degree from Manhattanville College when we lived in New York. My teaching career began in New York. When we moved to Oklahoma, I was about 50. I went to the University of Tulsa and took 30 hours to become certified in learning disabilities and gifted education. When Oklahoma H.B. 1017, the Education Reform Act of 1990, went into effect, I was working at an elementary school, but I didn’t have the elementary certificate. My certificate from New York had been in social studies. I went back to school and took classes at Langston University to receive certification in elementary education even though I was the Tulsa Teacher of the Year at that time and also a state semifinalist. I taught at TPS for 18 years and retired when I was 72. I rejoined TPS for another seven years and retired again in 1989. Later, I also taught at the Mizel Jewish Community Day School (then called Heritage Academy) for eight years (between her stints at TPS). DID YOU EVER DREAM LIFE WOULD LEAD YOU TO OKLAHOMA? I saw the musical “Oklahoma” when I was 17 and thought it was very amusing, but it did not cross my mind, no. I had trepidations about moving here because I didn’t know about Oklahoma, but it has been the most wonderful thing that could’ve ever happened to me. WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT TEACHING? The rush of having someone catch on and learn (when teaching students with learning disabilities). But then I taught gifted education and was able to do projects that I got very excited about. I was the

lead teacher at Eisenhower International School and founded the exchanges there, continuing the Culture Box Program that I’d initiated. I enjoyed facilitating interactive projects and hands-on activities for the children. When Phil later became the Tulsa city auditor, my schoolchildren were allowed to go down in city hall’s councilor seats and have mock council meetings. The gifted ones wrote many mock trials. Accompanying students on international travel was also very exciting. SINCE YOU’RE NOT A LIFELONG OKLAHOMA RESIDENT, WHAT WAS YOUR CHILDHOOD LIKE IN NEW JERSEY? I recently wrote a book about my father for our family reunion, which reminded me of what a peaceful childhood I had — both rural and urban. We lived on land that had been in my mother’s family for seven generations. My father commuted to New York. I went to the same school for 12 years. I was very blessed. My brother and sister are still alive. We don’t see each other very often but when we do, we giggle. I’m the oldest at 94. My mother lived to be two days short of 103. WHAT WAS ONE OF YOUR MOST DEFINING MOMENTS IN LIFE? When I met my husband. That was absolutely it. We went to different high schools, but we were from the same area. YOUR HUSBAND, PHIL, WAS A WORLD WAR II VETERAN AND A LONGTIME TULSA CITY AUDITOR. TELL ME MORE ABOUT THE SPECIAL MARRIAGE YOU TWO SHARED. When I talk about myself, I couldn’t have done any of this without my husband. We were married for 67 years, and we brought out the best in each other and helped each other. He went to all of these social studies education events I held. I went to his work functions. I think it was a partnership. Phil was involved in the Tulsa Global Alliance with me. It was all very synergistic. WHAT AGE DO YOU FEEL RIGHT NOW AND WHY? Talking to you, I feel very young. I feel younger than 94. HOW WOULD YOUR FRIENDS DESCRIBE YOU? I’m more task-oriented and family-oriented than friendoriented, but I have lots of wonderful lifelong friends, too. Right now, I’m trying to focus on my family. I have a friend back east who I talk to, and we laugh. Our husbands got along very well, we got along very well as couples, and I kept all of those friends after Phil’s death. WHAT WOULD PEOPLE BE SURPRISED TO KNOW ABOUT YOU? That I wrote this book (“It Was Magic,” available on Amazon). The book was strictly to make myself feel better after Phil died. It was my therapy. Writing is good therapy. I may still do some more. Writing is a way to deal when you get to some bad points in your life. The book I wrote for my family reunion has led me into a lot of discoveries. You start finding hundreds of connections

when you write. Doing research for my family book has personalized my historical reading. IF YOU COULD WITNESS ANY EVENT OF THE PAST, PRESENT OR FUTURE, WHAT WOULD IT BE? Winning the Oklahoma Medal for Excellence award in 1990 was a special ceremony and gave me great confidence. I got to meet Sen. David Boren. That enhanced my teaching. I also wouldn’t mind revisiting Utsunomiya, Japan, one of Tulsa’s sister cities. (I and my youngest son) made that trip in 1983 or 84. HOW HAS YOUR PHILOSOPHY ON LIFE CHANGED OVER TIME? I’m becoming more spiritual. Since Phil died, I certainly want to see him again. I’m more of a believer than I was before. WHAT CONCERNS YOU TODAY? The lack of civility and polarization of the political parties. People used to disagree, but now there’s such polarization not just by the president, but also by the people that believe him. HOW DO YOU MEASURE SUCCESS? You look at your whole life to answer that kind of question. If you can manage to be grateful, kind and positive, that’s what makes you successful. I work on that every day. Those are my goals. WHAT IS A FAVORITE TULSA MEMORY? We lived in midtown, and I remember all of the family dinners we had and the kids swimming in our pool. Phil and I loved spending time together whether it was having a drink at a happy hour in town, cycling to Sand Springs or holding hands at concerts. DESCRIBE A PERFECT WEEKEND IN TULSA OR ELSEWHERE. My Phil always brought me coffee in the morning. We’d walk to a restaurant nearby named Phill’s Diner and then we’d walk home, and we’d enjoy reading the newspaper. WHAT PLACE IN TULSA DO YOU MISS THE MOST? We used to take Warren, our youngest, to the Forum at Williams Center. There was an ice skating rink there. WHAT HAVE BEEN THE MOST SIGNIFICANT CHANGES YOU HAVE EXPERIENCED IN TULSA? Gathering Place is definitely a good change. The bad change is what’s happened with Tulsa Public Schools. They are not what they used to be. When we moved to Tulsa, our other children were grown up, but Warren was still in school. We would never have moved to Tulsa if the Tulsa Public Schools hadn’t been good. He got a wonderful education at Eliot, Carver and Booker T. Washington. I believe in a hands-on teaching approach, where teachers are allowed freedom with the curriculum. That’s why I worked for the Democratic Party this past election to elect teacher-friendly people. TP


Longtime practicing attorney Jack Gordon Jr. started at the Tulsa County Public Defender’s Office on Oct.1. His part-time role at the office is to assist on assigned cases and provide support where needed. For multiple years, Gordon has been recognized among “The Best Lawyers in America” in the criminal defense category.



ver Jack Gordon Jr.’s four decades in law, he has had numerous successes. But last year, at age 74, he knew a full-time criminal caseload might be too much. Still healthy — he’s a spin class enthusiast and fly fisherman — he knew that if he got into the middle of a two-week trial and all of a sudden “dropped a stitch,” he would feel miserable. But he also knew he wasn’t ready to hang it up. In 2018, while assisting the Tulsa County Public Defender’s Office on a murder case, a recess in the courthouse provided Gordon the opportunity to ask the newly minted Chief Public Defender Corbin Brewster if he would ever hire the veteran attorney as a Tulsa County Public Defender. The answer was a resounding yes. “I met Jack Gordon last year, but knew of him by reputation for years,” Brewster says. “Jack has had a legendary career in criminal defense that spans decades. When we met, we had an instant connection. Jack told me, ‘I want to help you make this office the best public defender’s office in the


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country … and we can do it.’ That’s an offer that cannot be refused.” Gordon retired from private practice and went to work for Brewster on Oct. 1. Gordon’s vision for this office is bold, but earnest, Brewster says. Although Gordon is the first to say he has had a fulfilling career, his respect for his new position is evident in how he speaks of the office. “I’ve never been as proud as when I came to work here,” Gordon says. “I’ve done lots of things, but intellectually, professionally, I’m ending my career as a public defender doing God’s work. ”

Finding his way

Growing up in Claremore, Gordon never really thought about being a lawyer, even though his dad, Jack Gordon Sr., had an established practice in Rogers County. He attended the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, where he first considered a career as a college professor. However, he applied

and was accepted to the University of Arkansas School of Law, the same matriculation path as his father. Gordon spent two and a half years on active duty with the U.S. Army, stationed in Hawaii and serving as a briefing officer in the Pacific. Encouraged by a colonel, Gordon did not extend his service and returned to Claremore to practice law at his father’s firm. The two founded Gordon and Gordon in 1976. The younger Gordon was spending time as a general practice attorney — examining real estate titles, drawing wills, mediating divorces — when in 1975 he was appointed to represent Zoella Mae Dorland, a woman accused of second-degree murder. It was his first murder case, and it ended in a verdict of manslaughter with a suspended sentence. “I was real bad,” he admits. “I did not know what the hell I was doing.” He decided to attend the American Trial Lawyers Association’s trial advocacy school. Even though he really didn’t have the money to attend, he scraped and borrowed because he “had

to do this” to better equip himself for criminal defense. It was there he learned how to do direct and cross-examination; how to conduct voir dire and pick a jury; how to present an opening statement. His tutelage was under some of the best lawyers in the U.S.

The catalyst

A few years later, in 1984, a string of murders would forever change Gordon’s life. Within a span of six weeks, an individual — who would later be discovered to be Gary Allen Walker — killed five people, one of those in Rogers County. Gordon reached out to fellow attorney Mike Zacharias, and the pair agreed to represent Walker. This was the real catalyst to Gordon’s career in criminal defense. “I knew exactly what I was getting into,” Gordon says. “Scared the hell out of me.” Walker, a paranoid schizophrenic, had confessed to the killings. Gordon’s defense was “not guilty by reason of insanity.” A lengthy case and deliberation resulted in the death penalty for Walker. Gordon says the trial was an uphill battle from the start. The “devastating” result still chokes him up today. Through appeals, the case was retried, and Gordon had the opportunity to defend the case again in 1992. He tried it again using an insanity plea, and he says he was able to find a better expert, a neuropharmacologist who could speak to Walker’s medication at a federal mental institution. The Walker cases spanned nearly 10 years. “Turns out, he and I got to be real good friends,” Gordon says. Ultimately, Walker received multiple life terms and the death penalty. He was executed in 2000. It’s that ability to form a trusted relationship that Gordon credits to much of his success. He says he has never felt threatened or nervous while counseling accused criminals. Jackie Roberson, a convicted murderer and armed robber, was being held in Sapulpa when Gordon was appointed to represent him in a kidnapping case. “He was scary,” Gordon says. Since their initial meetings, Gordon had not been able to visit Roberson in about six weeks. “I ran up to the jail and said, ‘Jackie, I’m sorry I haven’t been up here. I’ve been busy.’” Gordon recalls. “He said, ‘You’ve done more for me than any lawyer I ever had. You don’t need to worry about coming up here,’ which was nice.” Most recently, Gordon defended Darren Price, accused of the 2011 murders of Carissa Horton and Ethan Nichols in Hicks Park. “Nobody thought we’d save that guy’s life,” Gordon says. “In the courthouse, everybody thought he’d get the death penalty.” In 2014, Price was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Before joining the bench, District Judge Bill Musseman prosecuted cases against Gordon, whose ethical, respectful and fair presence in the courtoom left an impression. “Jack has a heart to serve,” says Musseman, who was delighted to hear that Gordon had joined the public defend-

Jack Gordon Jr. left his Claremore practice to work for Tulsa County Chief Public Defender Corbin Brewster, right. Gordon has “strengthened and invigorated” the office, which Brewster has led since 2017.

er’s office. In his role as judge, Musseman asked Gordon to mentor two attorneys, Mark Cagle and Steven Lee, in death-penalty cases. “I tried to talk them out of it,” Gordon says. “It changes your life and gives you an entirely different perspective on life if you do death-penalty work.” That mentorship agreement strengthened the desire to teach other attorneys and sparked a friendship among the lawyers. Cagle and Lee recently took over Gordon’s practice in Claremore.

Teaching others

Gordon has tried nine death-penalty cases in his career. That kind of experience is invaluable to the fellow 43 attorneys who make up the Tulsa County Public Defender’s Office today. “Our office is relatively young,” Brewster says. “Last year, we hired five TU law graduates who took the bar exam, then began working as assistant public defenders. Jack’s experience and wisdom help balance our office. He is professional, compassionate, enthusiastic, hard-working and funny. Also, he has a real passion for teaching. These characteristics make him a great advocate and mentor.” Gordon works on assigned cases and teaches training classes on practical matters such as presentation and the importance of preparation before trial. His recent lectures on the psychology of trial and voir dire were helpful to a young public defender who incorporated some of what Gordon had talked about just days before his first jury trial — and he won. “He hadn’t been practicing law but for four months,” Gordon says smiling like a proud parent. “I get to teach him. He doesn’t have any bad habits now, and if I can teach him the correct way to do things, he’ll never have any bad habits.” Much of what Gordon does at the office now is provide support, with small roles to play in future jury trials, including a murder case in which he is

currently involved. “It’s hard to look the devil in the eye for so long, which is what you do whenever you defend one of these cases,” Gordon says. “He’s there staring you down every time, and you get tired of it. “It’s a lot of pressure. A lot of pressure, especially if you represent somebody who’s innocent — hardest case in the world is to represent somebody who’s innocent. There’s more pressure on you than in any other case.” Gordon is teaching young attorneys some of what he considers the most important lessons of their career. He stresses the desire to do the right thing and having the passion to work at what you’re doing. But there’s one quality he considers the most important for his particular profession: compassion. “I’m the only one in that courthouse that loves my client,” he says. “Nobody else likes them except me. If you don’t love your client, you’re sunk.” Brewster affirms that indigent criminal defense is hard, often thankless work. Caseloads are big. Budgets are tight. Public defender cases frequently involve tragic facts and circumstances. “The work can be discouraging for many reasons,” he says. “However, being a public defender is rewarding unlike any other area of law. Public defenders serve the community in an essential way. Without public defenders holding the line for the most unfortunate and unpopular members of our community, justice would not exist for anyone. “When Jack joined us, he strengthened and invigorated the office,” Brewster says. “He increased our stock. I couldn’t be more proud to work with him.” All in all, Gordon is happy in “retirement.” “Allegedly this is a part-time job,” he says. “It’s not going to be. I’m too excited about it. “Law has been very good to my dad and me — very good — and this is my payback. I get to make it good for a lot of other people.” TP


Caleb Laird is a student at Crossover Preparatory Academy, a branch of Crossover Community Impact.

SEEI NG TA NGI BLE CH A NGE Crossover Community Impact’s innovative network of outreach, education and development is revolutionizing one north Tulsa neighborhood. BY JULIE WENGER WATSON 36

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hile playing college football, Philip Abode saw a lot of gifted athletes who excelled on the field but were completely unprepared for the classroom. “It was almost like they shot themselves in the foot,” says Philip’s wife, Rondalyn. The Abodes met as students at the University of Tulsa. Even then, Philip knew education was the key to a better future for those young men. “That’s when the seed was planted,” Philip says. “Education needs to be a part of the solution” to breaking the cycle of generational poverty and seeing communities like north Tulsa become economically stable. Seventeen years later, that seed has grown into Crossover Community Impact (CCI), a large tree with many branches in north Tulsa. CCI is the nonprofit affiliate of Crossover Bible Church, where Philip, now head pastor, leads a 200-member congregation. CCI is dedicated to restoring the community around East 36th Street North and North Peoria Avenue through a multi-faceted approach that includes Impact Kids, an after-school tutoring and mentoring program at neighboring Hawthorne Elementary; Crossover Health Services medical clinic; Crossover Sports Association, a robust youth athletic program;

Crossover Development Co., an economic and housing development company; and Crossover Preparatory Academy, a tuition-free school for boys, currently serving 58 seventh and eighthgrade students. “We’re taking a comprehensive approach to a narrow geographic area,” Philip explains. It’s a philosophy influenced by the teachings of John M. Perkins, minister, civil rights activist and author of “Restoring At-Risk Communities.” Perkins is the co-founder of Christian Community Development Association, which advocates a holistic approach to ministry in underserved urban communities. That approach includes living in and being a part of the community itself. The Abodes, CCI Executive Director Justin Pickard, along with his wife and four children, as well as Crossover Prep’s principal, John Lepine Sr., his wife and two children, all live within blocks of each other, the church and the clinic, as do many other staff members and employees. “We want to see north Tulsa getting tangibly better,” Philip says. “If you take this approach, you can see tangible change. We feel like we need to be ground zero in this one neighborhood on all these efforts.”


In addition to his role as head pastor of Crossover Bible Church, Philip serves as executive director of Crossover Prep. The school currently operates out of John 3:16 Mission’s Family and Youth Center, near East Virgin Street and North Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Philip’s second floor office has a bird’s-eye view of the basketball courts. The sound of squeaky tennis shoes and friendly competition punctuates the conversation as the Abodes talk about how they got here and their plans for the future. Philip, who is originally from Stillwater, graduated from TU in 2002 with a degree in applied mathematics. Rondalyn, a native of Kansas City, holds an accounting degree from Langston University, along with her degree in management with a specialization in law and a minor in marketing from TU. Although Philip never planned to go into ministry, his life changed during college. “That’s when I had a crossover into faith,” he explains. “I became a serious believer, and that’s when God really gave me a heart for ministry.” After graduating from TU, both Philip and Rondalyn attended Dallas Theological Seminary with a plan to return to north Tulsa to start a church. “We knew we wanted to be a church that made a difference in the community,” Philip says. “We didn’t know exactly what that looked like, but we knew that’s where our hearts were.” Crossover Bible Church started in 2006, and Philip became the lead pastor three years later. Well aware of the role sports had played in his own life, Philip began coaching a third-grade football team for the North Mabee Boys and Girls Club in 2008 as another avenue to reach out to the community. As a boy, Philip’s grandmother leveraged his love of

Philip and Rondalyn Abode started Crossover Community Impact, which is dedicated to restoring the community around East 36th Street North and North Peoria Avenue through a multi-faceted approach.

WHAT’S NEXT FOR Crossover Community Impact? CCI has plans to build a community center on the same property as its health facility. It will house the school during the day and the after-school program, youth sports and adult recreational activities outside of school hours. Rondalyn Abode, who serves as CCI’s director of development, notes they’re halfway to their capital campaign goal, with $6.95 million raised to date. The majority of the funding for CCI operations has been from private and corporate donations, but foundation support and grant opportunities are becoming a larger part of the financial picture. CCI also holds an annual “Restoring Our Community” banquet. This year’s event is scheduled for Sept. 20. It’s a chance to bring in guest speakers and raise awareness about CCI’s work in north Tulsa. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON CCI, VISIT CROSSOVERIMPACT.ORG.

Lois “Faye” Finley, Justin Pickard, executive director of Crossover Community Impact, and Rondalyn Abode chat during a recent session of Impact Kids, an initiative of CCI, at Hawthorne Elementary School.


Crossover Preparatory Academy Principal John Lepine Sr. works with students J’Ron Mason and Caleb Laird. The school currently instructs seventh- and eighth-grade boys, with a goal to add a new grade each year. Future plans include starting a parallel girls’ school.

BRIGHT FUTURE Seventh-grader Caleb Laird and eighth-grader J’Ron Mason are enthusiastic about Crossover Prep. Caleb likes math, English and history. Basically, he loves school. “It’s my first year at the school. I like it! It’s fun,” he says. “I’m doing a lot of work in class. I used to do as much work, but now it’s in a better environment. Everybody knows each other, and people are nice to each other. They’re making sure you do your work. That’s what I like about it.” J’Ron lives around the corner from school. He’s a big fan of the sports program, but he likes the academics, too. “What makes this school different is that they’re actually trying to help,” he explains. “Some people don’t get that. They ask me, ‘This is an all-boys school. Why do you want to go here?’ And I tell them because I want to focus on my future. It’s not a race. It’s a marathon. Life comes at you fast, so I want people in my circle so I have help.” Caleb thinks he might want to go to Penn State and pursue a career as an international real estate broker. J’Ron thinks he’d like to be a crime investigator. “I’d like to leave and go explore other places, but I’d like to come back,” J’Ron says. “One of our staff members did that. He left, but he said that God was trying to get him to come back and help people here.” If J’Ron and Caleb are indicators, the future of north Tulsa — and the rest of our city — is in good hands. “We’re just crazy enough to try this,” Philip Abode says of CCI. “We’ve got to just trust God and do what we say we’re doing,” Rondalyn Abode agrees. Philip smiles. “Just having a good team has been encouraging,” he says. “We have folks who are committed, folks who really trust in God to work through them. We are going to figure this stuff out.” 38

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sports with staying on track academically, and his coaches became some of the most influential men in his life. “I learned how to properly shake someone’s hand from one of my coaches. I learned about how to make it in life from a different coach,” Philip says. “Sports also taught me the value of hard work, pushing yourself and finishing things. The combination of being a good athlete and having good grades gave me a lot of opportunities that I wouldn’t have had otherwise.” The relationships that Philip developed were huge. “He would always say he had conversations as ‘Coach Philip’ that he never would have had as ‘Pastor Philip’,” Rondalyn says, adding that he saw a lot of third-grade kids that were already statistics, such as academic failure, attitude issues and a lack of a father in their life. “That was a big part of why he wanted to start the school.” Youth sports became a cornerstone of everything that followed, as coaching led quickly to after-school mentoring and tutoring. Philip had dreams of starting a nonprofit to address the issues he saw in the community, but he was busy keeping his fledgling church up and running. In 2010, a mutual friend introduced Philip to Justin Pickard, who had been living with his family in north Tulsa. Justin and Philip soon discovered they shared a similar vision for restoring their community. “Our lists were almost identical,” Philip recalls.

“That’s when we knew we needed to partner up.” In 2011, Crossover Community Impact was born, and Justin began a two-year graduate program in urban development at Harvard University, assuming the role of CCI’s executive director, along with his studies. “We were on the phone every week, working on stuff while I was there,” Justin says. It was a rough start. Not only was the executive director of their new nonprofit living 1,500 miles away, but that following summer, Philip, who had been diagnosed with cancer, went through seven weeks of radiation and chemotherapy. CCI had already begun a sports program, which he oversaw. “It was crazy,” Rondalyn says. “Philip lost 22 pounds in four weeks. He wasn’t supposed to be in the sun, because they had irradiated the inside of his throat, so he’s out there coaching youth football, holding an umbrella.” Philip nods in agreement. “We almost didn’t start, but we’d already gotten to the point where we needed to. I had a good prognosis, but after seven weeks of radiation, I was miserable. We got the team going, though,” he adds. “And we won the championship that year.” Faith was, and continues to be, central to the Abodes’ life and vision. “God does the heavy lifting because we don’t get to where we are just based on our ingenuity and know-how,” Philip says. “It’s connections and things coming about that are impossible to plan.” Like the medical clinic, for example.


Although for families with Medicare and Medicaid there are good options for free health care in north Tulsa, finding a general practitioner for those not on Medicare or Medicaid in north Tulsa often meant traveling across town, Rondalyn notes. When a retiring physician with an existing medical facility on property adjacent to Hawthorne Park, 940 E. 33rd St. N., offered to sell his land to CCI, Justin and the Abodes saw the opportunity to create a clinic near their existing after-school sports and tutoring programs in the heart of the neighborhood they were seeking to transform. With generous donations from CCI supporters and a fortuitous land swap with George Kaiser Family Foundation, CCI was able to close the deal. Dr. Kent Farish, a physician on the CCI board not only loaned CCI the additional money needed to get the clinic up and running, he closed his own south Tulsa practice of 30 years and moved to north Tulsa, where he still works about 10 hours a week at the facility. According to Rondalyn, the clinic, which also has two full-time providers, serves 4,400 patients per year while offering general, pediatric and prenatal care.


While Crossover Bible Church is the birthplace of this vision for north Tulsa, Crossover Prep is the heart of CCI. In its second year, the school educates boys in seventh and eighth grades, with a goal of adding a new grade level each year. There are plans to create a parallel girls’ school, too. The majority of students come from north Tulsa and the associated zip codes. Students apply and complete a family interview where they sign a covenant with the school. “We started with this age group because we saw that you could start with seventh graders and still have the type of outcomes that we hoped to see,” Rondalyn says. Also, the initial class of students were some of the members of the first Crossover Lions football team Philip started in 2012, allowing the opportunity to continue to influence the young men to be “Crossover Men.” “One of the goals in our mission statement is to restore our community by developing godly young men who love north Tulsa,” Philip says. “Communities like this get this way because everybody who can leave does. “If we can get them to where they are ready to go to college and actually finish and be godly men, responsible and loving fathers and husbands, but then also move their families back to the community, then north Tulsa will never be the same. We want to create the school as a pipeline of leadership development for our community.” Crossover Prep Principal John Lepine Sr. also is a TU graduate and has taught in north Tulsa since his start with Teach for America. “I was teaching at McLain High School and working on my graduate degree at OU-Tulsa,” Lepine says. “Some friends of mine at Crossover

Takia Jones, now a college intern, has been involved with Impact Kids for several years, previously as a Street Leader. Here she works with Shawn Hatcher at a recent Impact Kids session.

Bible Church told me they were going to try to start a school. I knew Crossover did great things in the community, but I had no interest in starting a school.” After attending a planning meeting and talking to Philip, Lepine changed his mind. “I met Philip, and I really respected him. I saw the vision he had for the school, and I was attracted to that,” Lepine says. “We started meeting, and eventually, he offered me the position to come on as principal. I finished my Ph.D. as quickly as I could and graduated in time for the school to open up in 2017.” John is pleased with the growth he has seen in the two years the school has been in operation. “I didn’t expect it as quickly as it has happened,”

he admits. “The first year was really tough, whether it was with behavioral problems or students just not buying into the vision or the culture. “Things have changed in this second year. We have kids who have grown two or three grade levels in reading since we started our reading program in October. We have had one kid who is set to finish two years worth of math in the space of one year. “It’s not just that we as adults are trying to keep the kids in line; kids are trying to keep each other in line. The student leaders will come borrow my phone during convocation if one of their classmates is missing. They’ll call him or his mom and say, ‘Hey, where are you? School is getting ready to start,’ and that is a powerful thing to see.” TP


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FARM Entering its 21st season, the Tulsa Farmers’ Market has blossomed from a gathering of 15 vendors into a year-round operation that has sown the seed for a multitude of other area farmers’ markets. BY JUDY LANGDON


If your Saturday morning routine includes a trip to Cherry Street, you are among the thousands of fans of the

The weekly four-hour outdoor shopping experience stretches from East 15th Street and South Peoria to South Rockford Avenue. Originally called the Cherry Street Farmers’ Market, it has grown from 15 vendors to 80. Bright, fresh-picked produce are the stars of the show, as well as meat, dairy, honey, nuts and artisan crafts. Local musicians give the area a laidback vibe. From April through October, rain or shine, each market day begins long before the crack of dawn, with street closures at 3:45 a.m., and vendors arriving an hour later. The Market opens at 7 a.m. sharp and closes up at 11 a.m. on the dot, when, after clean-up, Cherry Street goes back to being a normal, busy — but much quieter — midtown street.  Tulsans Marilyn Ihloff and Susan Simmons attended a 1997 yoga retreat in neighboring Fayetteville, Arkansas. They stumbled upon its town square farmers’ market, which planted the seed for Tulsa. “We talked on the way home about how Tulsa should have something like that,” says Ihloff, owner of Ihloff Salon and Day Spa. After she and Simmons returned home, they began plans for a Tulsa market the next spring. Through the help of visionaries Susan Gray, Jim East and Richard Groenendyke, the Cherry Street Farmers’ Market opened in April 1998 in the Jason’s Deli parking lot with just five vendors. It quickly grew to 15 vendors the first season. “There were several hundred customers supporting the market early on,” hence its rapid growth, says Market Financial Director Penni Shelton. That spurred the creation of a volunteer board of directors. 44

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Ihloff continues to be an advisor and market supporter. As its founder, “she has been a big part of our history,” Shelton says. The Market accepts cash and debit cards as payment, and former board members Mike Appel and Emily Oakley, owners of Three Springs Farm, a certified organic farm in Oaks, Oklahoma, helped the market become the first in the state to accept SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). The Market also created the Double Up Food Bucks program, where SNAP recipients can enjoy a 1-to-1 match for dollars spent at the market, up to $20 per visit. Partner organizations include All Souls Unitarian Church and Morton Health Services, which transport Tulsans in underserved communities to the market each week. In 2009, the market officially became the largest in the state based on data from the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry. Putting together a weekly farmers’ market, especially one of Tulsa’s capacity, is a two-fold challenge, Shelton says. “Not having a permanent location means we have to literally create a space every single market day,” she says. “The amount of work and orchestration to make that happen is stunning.  “The second part is in funding our multi-faceted infrastructure and community outreach,” she continues. The nonprofit is “in a perpetual state of fundraising, to bring Tulsa-area shoppers and underserved members of our community the best and freshest foods that Green Country has to offer.” In 2015, the Market’s name changed to Tulsa Farmers’ Market to better represent the mission, Shelton

says. The much smaller Brookside Market, which began in 2004, is a mid-week market under Tulsa Farmers’ Market’s umbrella. It runs from mid-May through September at East 36th Street and South Peoria Avenue. This past November, TFM launched its first indoor facility, the Farm Stand, open year-round inside the Mother Road Market, 1124 S. Lewis Ave. While the Farm Stand does not replace its traditional markets, “it is a curated collection of our top-selling items in a 320-squarefoot space,” she says. More markets have sprung up in the area due to TFM’s success, although they are separate from the Tulsa Farmers’ Market brand. And organizers are encouraged by the creation of new farms, ranches, food trucks, caterers and artisan crafters, Shelton says. “As they see the potential for their passion projects turning into viable businesses for themselves and their families, we believe that our market continues to have a very real impact on our local economy.” Ihloff continues to shop and appreciate the markets. “I love others have gone on to raise the bar and make this such a very special market.” Shelton attributes the TFM’s growth to passion and desire “from farmers and ranchers, and local customers.” But it’s connection and outreach that keep customers returning each week, she believes. “There is certainly a special vibe about meeting and getting to know the person that actually grew or raised the food you buy and take home,” Shelton says. “Food is where we can come together and connect. Our outreach into the community makes me so proud of what our market has become.”


21-year-old Tulsa Farmers’ Market.


SHOPPERS BY NATALIE MIKLES THE TULSA FARMERS’ MARKET MIGHT just be the happiest place in town. Walking down East 15th Street, you’ll find any number of little scenes to make you smile. A toddler carrying a bunch of sunflowers as big as she is. A couple with their fingers laced, sharing a chocolate croissant with their free hands. And farmers in denim proudly showing off the strawberries and asparagus they picked the day before. Among the crowds of people are the regulars. Some of them never miss a Saturday. Tina Peña is one of them. She only walks a few steps before one of the farmers recognizes her. “Hey, Tina, how are you? How’s your dad?” Peña buys the produce she will need for the week at the market each Saturday. She also picks up meat, eggs and sometimes extras like granola or bread. We shopped with Peña last month when the farmers’ market was stationed at Mother Road Market before the spring season. “We need some bacon,” she says. And she knows just where to go to get it. Greenwood Farms carries bacon, bratwurst, sausage and eggs. Gary Greenwood had something new that day. Jalapeño bacon, which he says takes a BLT to the next level. “Let’s do jalapeño then,” Peña says. Peña comes to the market with a running list of a few staples she knows she’ll need, but she leaves herself open to trying new things, like the jalapeño bacon or a new seasonal vegetable. The bulk of her shopping is buying produce, especially from the Hmong farmers she has gotten to know. “How’s your father?” Neng Thao says. Everyone seems to know Peña’s father, who at the time we were shopping, was visiting family in Peru. Peña juices for herself and her 92-year-old dad every day, so she stocks up on kale, carrots and ginger. Another of her spring favorites is Swiss chard that she stir-fries with peppers and ginger — all from the market.

As corporate chef for the Justin Thompson Restaurant Group, Neil Trumler shops the farmers’ market with two points of view. Most Saturdays he’s eyeing what looks good for dinner for himself and his wife. But he’s also wearing his chef’s hat, noticing what’s in season and what would be a good addition to the menus at Juniper or PRHYME. When we shopped with him last month, his eye was on the purple potatoes. He knew they would be perfect to add a pop of color on a plate at Juniper. During market season, the Farmers’ Market Salad is a favorite on Juniper’s menu, and it changes week to week depending on what’s in season. “I talk to the vendors to find out what’s fresh,” Trumler says. “Sometimes they’ll set something aside for me.” Most Saturday mornings, Trumler is at the market by 7:30. It’s early for a chef who works late nights, but he says it’s worth it to find the best things from the vendors. On this particular Saturday, he and his wife decided to make one of their favorites, a sweet potato pad Thai with ingredients bought almost entirely at the market: sweet potatoes, cilantro, green onion, chicken breast and eggs. In the summer, Trumler sources many things from the market for Juniper. He’ll buy many pounds of tomatoes, using them in salads and other recipes for the season. But Trumler also thinks ahead, pickling and canning some of those tomatoes and other vegetables to use in the winter. Built on a relationship made at the farmers’ market, Trumler sources whole chickens, pork loins and bellies from nearby Prairie Creek Farms to use on the menu at PRHYME. “It’s important to shop at the farmers’ market to support local farmers who care about their products and to stimulate your local economy,” Trumler says. “Also, it’s just a bunch of really great people who care about Tulsa and love what they do.”

Neil Trumler frequently shops at the farmers’ market for himself and as corporate chef of the Justin Thompson Restaurant Group, where he oversees menus and menu development for Juniper, PRHYME, Tavolo, 624 Catering and MixCo.

No cash? With a credit card, shoppers can buy tokens good at all market vendors.

Tina Peña is a farmers’ market fixture who buys produce and other grocery staples from the many local vendors.




Poached Eggs Over Roasted Asparagus and Parmesan Cheese Serves 4

2 bunches asparagus Olive oil Sea salt and fresh ground pepper ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar 4 eggs 4 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Trim asparagus by snapping off the bottom tough ends of each stalk. Place asparagus on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. Cook for 12-15 minutes or until tender and lightly browned. Pour 3 inches of water into a large saute pan. Let water come to a boil, then reduce to simmer. Add vinegar. Carefully crack and place each egg into the water. Cook eggs in simmering water, 4-5 minutes. Remove eggs with a slotted spoon. To serve, divide asparagus between four plates. Place a poached egg on top of each. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Pea and Pesto Flatbread

Serves 6 Homemade or store-bought pizza dough 1 cup fresh or frozen sweet peas, thawed 1 cup fresh basil leaves ½ cup flat-leaf parsley leaves ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 2 garlic cloves 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 cup ricotta cheese ½ cup Parmesan cheese 1 heaping cup baby arugula 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Press pizza dough into a 15-by-11-inch rectangle on a baking sheet. Bake on the low rack of the oven until lightly browned and crisp, about 10-12 minutes. Set aside. In a food processor, combine peas, basil, parsley, oil, lemon juice, garlic and salt, pulsing until smooth. In a small bowl, combine ricotta cheese and Parmesan cheese. Spread ricotta mixture over flatbread. Carefully spread pesto mixture over ricotta. Bake at 425 degrees for 3-5 minutes. Remove from oven, and top with arugula and balsamic vinegar.


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More area farmers’ markets TULSA BROOKSIDE FARMERS’ MARKET

East 36th Street and South Peoria Avenue (Brookside Church) 7:30-11 a.m., Wednesdays, May 1-Sept. 25 Local and organic produce, plants, herbs, baked goods, meats, eggs, cheese, garden crafts; live music.


East parking lot of Langston University, 914 N. Greenwood Ave. 9 a.m.-noon, Saturdays, April 27-Sept. 28. Fresh produce, honey, condiments, bath products


The Farm Shopping Center, 5321 S. Sheridan Road 8-11:30 a.m., Saturdays, May 4-Sept. 28 Fresh produce, honey, eggs, dairy, salsa, meat, baked goods, cooking demonstrations; live music

Strawberry Shortcake Serves 8

3 pints fresh strawberries ½ cup sugar 2¼ cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder ¼ cup sugar ¼ teaspoon salt ⅓ cup butter, softened 1 egg, lightly beaten 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ⅔ cup milk 2 cups whipped heavy cream

Slice strawberries and, in a bowl, toss them with ½ cup of sugar. Set aside. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Butter and flour one 8- or 9-inch round cake pan. In a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, ¼ cup sugar and salt. With a pastry blender, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Make a well in the center and add the beaten egg, vanilla and milk. Stir until just combined. Spread the batter into the pan. Bake at 425 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool partially in pan on wire rack. Slice partially cooled cake in half, making two layers. Place half of the strawberries on one layer and top with the other layer. Top with remaining strawberries and cover with the whipped cream. TP

BIXBY FARMERS’ MARKET 50 W. Dawes Ave., Charley Young Park 8-11 a.m., 1st and 3rd Saturdays, May and June; 3rd Saturdays, July-September Fresh produce, honey, herbs, meat, cheese, eggs, crafts and decor


418 S. Main St., Broken Arrow 8 a.m.-noon, Saturdays, April 6-Oct. 26; Fresh produce, plants, herbs, meat, dairy, cut flowers, condiments, baked items, crafts, live music


200 S. Lynn Riggs Blvd., Claremore 7-11 a.m. or sellout, Saturdays, May 4-Oct. 26 Fresh produce, herbs, meat, eggs, baked goods, honey, crafts, jewelry


222 E. Dewey Ave., Sapulpa 7:30-11 a.m., Saturdays, May 4-Sept. 28 Fresh produce, plants, herbs, meat, honey, grains and educational demonstrations



W H AT’S COOK ING? The buzz on Tulsa’s tastiest products, restaurants and events BY NATALIE MIKLES

In-cider FERMENTATION Hunter Stone Gambill, owner and distiller for OK Distilling Co., has added cider and meads to his repertoire with the opening of Local Cider and Angry Bear Mead. Gambill opened Local Cider, the state’s first cidery, in early 2019. Hard apple cider is traditionally made from apples and pears and ranges from 5-8 percent alcohol depending on the sugar content of the apples. “We do avant garde ciders, so all our ciders have a unique twist to them,” Gambill says. “We have a Mint Julep cider, which is infused with a wood essence that gives the cider a bourbon taste.” Local Cider only uses fresh-pressed apple juice from apples grown in a Virginia orchard. Gambill travels to the orchard each season to select the apples to use, but also sources some fruit from Porter, Oklahoma. Mead, an ancient beverage created from fermenting honey, will soon be available and will include Rose Petal Lavender, a dry sparkling variety. Local Cider’s selections can be found at restaurants and bars in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, and at the cidery’s tasting room at 1724 E. Seventh St., from 5-9 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday; 4-11 p.m., Friday; and 2-11 p.m., Saturday. — ANGELA EVANS


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pring! You’re here at last. Finally, we can dig in the dirt, open the windows and have dinner on the patio. Taking advantage of the warmer weather and moving our meals outdoors is one of the great pleasures of the season. This simple change of scenery makes everything a little lighter and a bit more fun. Don’t let your vision of al fresco perfection stop you from enjoying outdoor meals. You don’t have to have a perfectly manicured lawn and twinkling lights hung from the tree branches to enjoy the fresh air. Do it even if you don’t have patio furniture. Do it even if it’s as simple as sitting on the front porch step with a bottle of wine and a plate of cheese and bread. Some foods lend themselves to outdoor dining much better than others. Eating spaghetti and meatballs in an Adirondack chair? I’ll pass. Instead, think about grilled foods, fresh dishes and plates that are as good at room temperature as piping hot. Marinated and grilled salmon, baconwrapped and grilled scallops, spinach salad, turkey burger sliders — these all get a thumbs-up for outdoor dining. Skewers are great for eating outdoors. The fewer utensils, the better.

GRILLED SHRIMP SKEWERS WITH MANGO SAUCE Serves 6 2 pounds large shrimp 2 teaspoons chili powder ½ teaspoon kosher salt 1 tablespoon olive oil

Peel and devein shrimp. In a bowl, toss shrimp with chili powder, salt and olive oil. Place shrimp on skewers. Grill shrimp over high heat for about five minutes, turning once. Serve warm with mango sauce.

MANGO SAUCE 1 2 1 2 1 1

ripe mango tablespoons olive oil tablespoon lime juice cloves garlic, minced tablespoon brown sugar tablespoon fish sauce

Chop mango. Place mango and remaining ingredients in food processor. Mix until smooth. Add kosher salt if needed.

CUCUMBER AND FETA SALAD Serves 4 1 cucumber, roughly chopped 2 cups cherry tomatoes 1 bell pepper, chopped Salt and fresh ground pepper 4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled Dressing: 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar 1 teaspoon honey 8 basil leaves 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

In a large shallow bowl, combine salad ingredients. In a bowl, whisk together dressing ingredients. Pour over salad, tossing to combine. TP

Street Cred brings an underused area of town to life for a day. This year, TYPROS is teaming up with Tulsa Art Alley to turn a forgetten part of downtown into a creative oasis.



How do you describe a commercial cleaning company that has been in business for 34 years in 1 word?

Blessed. Here’s to the next 34 years!


BAKED FRESH When I heard about a little bakery in a strip center


Jamie Bissonnette

Tulsa Botanic Garden will transport guests to Spain and Portugal for three flavorful food-centric events featuring James Beard awardwinning chef Jamie Bissonnette. All events benefit the Tulsa Botanic Garden, 3900 Tulsa Botanic Drive. On April 26, the Passport Dinner gala will immerse guests in the cuisine of Spain and Portugal with a six-course dinner. Tickets are $1,500 per person. On April 27, Viva la Vida! will recreate a nightlife scene in the cities of Spain and Portugal with guests perusing the many smallplate and libation experiences throughout the garden setting. Tickets are $250 and are limited. From 1-4 p.m., April 28, The Tasting will explore the history, culture and cuisine of the Iberian Peninsula with discussions on sherries and wines, artisanal cheeses, oils and vinegars, cured meats, markets and how to think like a chef. Executive Director Todd Lasseigne also will share stories and tips for planting vegetables and herbs native to the area. Tickets are $65 for members; $75 for non-members. Tickets are required for all three events and can be purchased at — ANNE BROCKMAN

DOUBLE THE YUM DoubleShot Coffee Co. already had a reputation for great coffee and homemade pastries. Owner and roastmaster BRIAN FRANKLIN says its new location at 1633 S. Boulder Ave. will allow the shop to double its food and drink production. He says customers can expect some rich dessert items, pretzels, more scones and items inspired by food he has eaten in his travels to coffee origins. In addition to meeting areas and patio seating, the two-story location has a large open kitchen and a roastery with picture windows, allowing customers to see the magic for themselves. “Environment has a big impact on taste,” Franklin says, referring to the new shop. “I think the coffee will taste even better.” — MORGAN PHILLIPS

Lost restaurants of Tulsa

Restaurants might come and go in Tulsa, but many have made their mark on our city’s history for their food, service, owners and atmosphere. Here’s one serving of Tulsa’s gastronomic history from “Lost Restaurants of Tulsa.”

Molly Murphy’s House of Fine Repute 3900 S. SHERIDAN ROAD 50

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When Bob Tayar opened Molly Murphy’s at 3900 S. Sheridan Road in 1978, it was already a huge success in Oklahoma City. Because of that success, the Tulsa location was very similar: a hodgepodge of architectural styles on the outside and a vast collection of random memorabilia on the inside. Tulsans were immediately taken with the unique atmosphere, which was further enhanced by the costumed wait staff. When you entered Molly Murphy’s, you might be seated by Raggedy Ann. Captain Hook could take your order and Groucho Marx was likely to be wandering the restaurant. Everyone dressed as a different figure from pop culture — and they all acted the part. In fact, the job application process included an in-character audition. Of course, the food was also great. Notable was the Bacchus Feast designed to serve an entire table in an extravagant fashion. Molly Murphy’s closed in 1986 so Tayar could focus on his Oklahoma City restaurants. — RHYS MARTIN


Hope Alexander

in Jenks, I assumed it was a doughnut shop. After all, a doughnut shop near downtown Jenks makes sense. But a boutique bakery with pear en croute, scones and puff pastry — well, I didn’t expect that. Everything about Esperance Bakery in Jenks is unexpected. On any given day, you will find something new or something hard to find. For a small-town Oklahoma bakery to have both savory and sweet croissants, berry galettes and cardamom rolls is a culinary miracle. The loyal customers of this unicorn of a bake shop have known for more than two years what I just discovered a few weeks ago. Part of the fun of popping into Esperance is not knowing what will be in the bakery case that day. The monthly menu features weekly specials and daily additions. But once customers find something they can’t live without — like the chocolate chip-pecan cookies — special orders can be made with a heads-up to owner Hope Alexander. Esperance is a neat, cozy spot for a coffee and pastry meet-up or lunch. 610 W. MAIN ST., JENKS | 918-528-6544



2019 “LAWYER OF THE YEAR” IN TULSA Award Recipients

MARK W. CURNUTTE Logan & Lowry Trusts & Estates

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ADMINISTRATIVE / REGULATORY LAW Curtis M. Long Conner & Winters Thomas P. Schroedter Hall Estill, et al. ANTITRUST LAW Terry D. Ragsdale GableGotwals Joel L. Wohlgemuth Norman Wohlgemuth, et al.

Neal Tomlins Tomlins & Peters

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ulsa native Whitney Eslicker is responsible for providing holiday cheer throughout the year. Her shop, Adorn, is decked with items for each season. Eslicker opened the shop at 317 S. Trenton Ave. in fall 2018 after she created a holiday interior design business three years ago with her mother, Debbie Miller. “I started decorating homes for the holidays,” Eslicker says. “There was such a demand for it, plus a lot of hard work, long days and not enough of us to go around, and I didn’t like turning people away.” Eslicker and Miller mulled the idea of opening a pop-up shop spanning Halloween through Christmas. “People began asking us, ‘Well, are you doing anything for Valentine’s Day? What about Easter?’ and I thought, maybe it needs to be a permanent store.” The shop — full of purple, glitter and fun — was set up in four days by Eslicker’s family and


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friends and was even inspired by locally owned stores from Tulsa’s past. “When I was a kid, my mom would take me to Et Cetera House,” Eslicker says. “We would go down the stairs, and it was just this magical experience with all of the Christmas and holiday decorations.” That is the same feeling she is working to recreate at Adorn, to make it a place where families with kids of all ages can shop and feel excited about the upcoming season. “We know and love our products and will tell you more history than you want to know,” Eslicker says. “I want people to feel special and know they bought something artisan and supported crafters and artists. I want people to walk in, smile and leave with glitter.” TP

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water conservation myth is floating around that there is never a shortage of water. Corey Williams, executive director of Sustainable Tulsa, says most people think the water we use will eventually be recycled back into usable water. “While this is mostly true, it can take hundreds or thousands of years to refill the aquifers now being drilled to make up surface water shortfalls,” Williams says. “Aquifers will not replenish quickly enough at some point.” Water conservation can start by reducing water waste. Williams offers five tips.


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RUN YOUR DISHWASHER OR WASHING MACHINE ONLY WITH FULL LOADS, WHICH ALSO SAVES MONEY ON WATER AND ELECTRICITY BILLS. If you need to replace appliances, Williams recommends using WaterSense products, which are certified to be more water efficient.


PLANT AND GARDEN DIFFERENTLY. Williams recommends planting plants that use less water, as well as mulching. Try organic mulch, such as mulched leaves from your yard. “It will save you money and time while building healthier soils that will hold water for your plants and reduce water waste,” Williams says. Build swales, a shallow channel, to irrigate your garden. Swales “capture water that will continue to water the plant after it rains or when you have watered,” Williams says. 


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o matter your gardening prowess, composting should be an integral part of a home lawn and garden care program.

• It can save up to one-third of the space in local landfills. • It enriches the soil, slowly releasing nutrients as plants need them. • It adds enzymes and microorganisms, improving plant health and suppressing plant diseases and pests. • It improves water and nutrient retention. • It encourages proper drainage. • It attracts worms, whose tunnels provide passages for oxygen, water and plant roots. And the worm work reduces the need for chemical fertilizers.

to hold adequate temperature. Piles larger than 5-feet by 5-feet cannot be aerated properly. 5. SURFACE AREA Smaller particle size increases the surface area for microorganisms to work. Chopping and/or shredding reduces the overall particle size. 6. CARBON/NITROGEN RATIO Scientists have determined that approximately 25-30 parts carbon to one-part nitrogen is a healthy ratio. A highcarbon-content pile will be very slow to decompose; a high-nitrogen content pile will release excess smelly ammonia gas. Leaves and straw are good carbon makers; grass clippings and kitchen scraps are good nitrogen makers. A NO-NO: Never add fats, oils, protein scraps, dairy products, animal or human manure, colored newspaper, plastic materials, coal or charcoal ashes, or diseased plants to the pile. A good rule of thumb: “When in doubt, throw it out.”

GROWING LITTLE GARDENERS Kids love to dig in the dirt. The Tulsa Garden Center’s Little Green Thumbs program, which meets in June and July at the Linneaus Teaching Garden, does just that — it gives 25 children ages 6-12 a hands-on, in-depth introduction to gardening. Four sessions are from 10 a.m.-noon. The sessions focus on environmental education, health and wellness, says Laura Chalus, executive director at the Tulsa Garden Center. “It’s a very intensive experience, so we keep the numbers small to give all the children an important role.” Projects vary each year depending on trends and topics of interest in gardening and environmental education, Chalus says. Past summer projects related to the Monarch Waystation program and pollinatorfriendly gardens. Planning for each year’s sessions begins a year in advance. One of this summer’s activities is for each child to make a journal for drawing and recording details from each class, complete with photos that the kids take. This past year, the group planted tomatoes and sunflowers, and produced enough green beans for each child to pick and take home one or two bean plants. “The children were so proud,” Chalus says. — JUDY LANGDON 2019 LITTLE GREEN THUMBS June 11: Preparing our Soil and Planting our Seeds June 25: Tending our Garden July 9: Monsters Inc. July 23: Harvest and Garden Party

1. MICROORGANISMS Bacteria naturally found in the soil and compost contain the primary microorganisms that break down the organic matter. Bacteria found in compost starter kits also can help. 2. MOISTURE Proper moisture is important to keep those microorganisms alive. Keep the pile moist (like a wrung-out sponge) but not wet, as this excludes oxygen. 3. AERATION Microorganisms need oxygen to break down the organic debris. Regular turning of the compost pile is not mandatory, but it does provide for proper aeration and speeds up the decomposition process. 4. VOLUME A 3-foot by 3-foot pile is the minimum amount of volume necessary to create heat and 72

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Proper layering is helpful in aiding the overall decomposition process. The first layer should be of larger stalk-like materials (corn stalks, small twigs, etc.) to produce proper aeration at the bottom. The next layer should be 3-6 inches thick of dried organic matter or leaves (carbon matter). The third layer should be a thinner layer of kitchen vegetable scraps, grass clippings and/or garden plant materials (nitrogen matter). The fourth and final layer should be about 1 inch of soil to add microbes. Once this is in place, give the pile a good sprinkle of water to get the process going. TP

Thank you to Tulsa County Master Gardeners for their expertise in this subject matter. Allen Robinson has been a Master Gardener since 2010.

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or most of us, the idea of saving money for the future and having a nest egg ready for retirement sounds unrealistic, but the truth is, it’s not as difficult as it sounds. By focusing on the right areas, there are several different ways that Tulsans can save and invest their money in order to grow their wealth and improve their chances of being able to retire at some point. This might be difficult for people who are maximizing every cent they earn and are living paycheck to paycheck, but for most Tulsans, there are some steps that can be taken. “My first advice to anyone who’s saving is to have an emergency fund accumulated within a savings account,” says Matt Farris, senior vice president, market executive of Commerce Trust Co. in Tulsa. “If something happens — for example, you lose your job, you get hurt, you can’t work for a while — you have some savings to fall back on, maybe three to six months of expenses saved up in an emergency savings account.” Make the commitment to save. Make it a priority, like paying rent or a mortgage. “No matter how much a person is making, all they really control is their own resources,” says Harvie Roe, president of AmeriTrust Corp., Tulsa. Next, prepare a budget and be realistic about your options, he says. One opportunity available to just about anyone is your workplace’s deferred compensation plan, usually a 401K account, which can end up playing a big role in retirement. “Most 401K plans have a matching program, and no investment plan out there can beat that,” Roe says. “You’re getting a dollar or 50 cents for every dollar you put in. Whatever the match is, it’s still more than you’re going to get on an invested dollar, so take advantage of those programs.” If you can afford it, contribute at least as much your company will match and up to the maximum annual deferral amount, Farris adds. “You’ll


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get an income tax deduction for contributions, and obviously, that money will grow over time,” he says. Just about everyone in the business agrees that the younger you start contributing to a retirement plan and take advantage of the power of reinvested earning over time, whether it’s a 401K or something else, the better off you’ll be. Once you’ve got your emergency savings account and are contributing to your 401K plan or a similar deferred compensation plan, Farris recommends a Roth IRA account (subject to IRS income guidelines) for long-term saving. Roth IRAs are funded with after-tax money. When money is eventually withdrawn — after age 59 1/2 — its earnings are withdrawn tax free, Farris says. He suggests that after paying the monthly bills, put excess funds into the Roth IRA account (in 2019, individuals can contribute $6,000 to a Roth IRA).

The general strategy is that the younger you are, the more aggressive you can be in your investment strategy. Other options, such as the stock market, come into play if you have the money to fund them. However, stocks can be riskier. “If you’re saving for retirement and you’re 30 and you want to retire at 62, then I would be much more aggressive with investment,” Roe says. Although the stock market has highs and lows, over the long term, particularly with a broad index such as the S&P 500, it has been up, “even through the worst times in our history,” he says. Getting closer to retirement, “you’ve got to be a little more conservative when you are more dependent on passive investments,” he notes. If you have additional money that you want to invest beyond a savings account, your 401K and/ or possibly a Roth IRA, hiring a financial advisor can help sort through all of the options and weigh all of the risks. Farris’ advice on how to find the right fit in an advisor hinges on the client asking the right questions. Interview the advisor, Farris says. Questions to ask? • What are your scope of services, and what can you offer me? • How are you compensated? Is it a flat fee on the amount of the account, a percentage of the assets in the account, or a fee on transactions? Some broker/dealer investment relationships are dependent on trades and transactions that cost the client every time. • Are you required to act as a fiduciary and put your interests above mine? Ultimately, you want to be comfortable with the person you’re entrusting your money to and confident you are receiving value for the fees you are paying. “You should have a relationship with your advisor and understand how they’re acting in your best interests,” Farris says. TP

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rimary care doctors are trained to evaluate virtually any kind of problem, says Jay Geary, M.D., a board-certified family physician who works at Premier Family Care. This can include physical ailments, emotional problems, an infectious situation or an injury-related ailment for the young and old, male and female. “The vast majority of patients’ concerns can be addressed this way: through discussion, examination and a course of action prescribed by a primary care doctor,” Geary says. Specialists, on the other hand, are trained to have a deep knowledge of a particular body system or topic, such as the cardiovascular system, the lungs, the kidneys, arthritis, cancer or complicated sports injuries. Specialists, Geary says, are skilled in medical procedures necessary to diagnose and treat problems related to those conditions.   Seeing a primary-care doctor initially is something you should almost always do, says Rebecca Thrun, D.O., a Warren Clinic internal medicine physician. “You would almost always visit your PCP for an initial evaluation of a new complaint,” Thrun says. “Based on their evaluation, you may need prelim-

inary testing and possibly referral to a specialist.” She notes that many times insurance companies require a referral from a family physician before seeing a specialist. Geary says that some health insurers allow patients to make specialty visits without a referral, most notably some Medicare plans. “However, a specialist also might not know if they are the best  one to  manage your condition, so the specialist themselves often prefer or require a referral from the primary care physician,” he says. The primary care physician should make the initial evaluation since they know your medical history and health status, says Lance King, M.D., medical director at Warren Clinic and a Warren Clinic family medicine physician. “Then, if there are uncertainties, the PCP will offer a specialty referral and explain the rationale and talk through any questions with their patient,” he says. Questions for patients to consider asking their PCP include: • Do you have confidence in the specialist I will see? • What further testing might be done before the visit?

Why specialists? Specialty clinics have grown in numbers in recent years. Lance King, M.D., medical director at Warren Clinic and a Warren Clinic family medicine physician, says that as the population ages, they have a greater need for medical care. Many times in older patients, complexity of care increases and the need for procedures and specialty consultations increases. Geary says he believes many doctors pursue a specialty because they find it rewarding to delve deeply into specific health topics. They also might enjoy performing surgeries or procedures related to a specific body system, or they like to stay ahead of the latest research pertaining to a certain field. “I also think rapid advances in medical technology and the sheer volume of knowledge specific to the different aspects of human health allow a division of labor and different roles in order to ‘find our niche’ as physicians and ultimately help as many people as possible,” he says.


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• What should I expect from the specialist visit? • What options might you prefer? There are some differences when it comes to seeing particular specialists. Testing might be required before an appointment can be made available and it might take longer to make an appointment with a specialist versus a family care doctor. To help make the process smoother, the best place to start is with the primary care physician. The patient can explain their symptoms and gather input from the PCP. “Often that is all that is needed,” he says. “When tests such as MRI or other scans are necessary for a certain condition, the PCP guides that process. We try to remain ‘evidence-based’ in recommending a timeline for screening tests such as colonoscopy, performed by the gastroenterology specialist, and other preventative services.” It’s also important to consider insurance when visiting a specialist. There might be differences when it comes to what tests or consultations are covered and the requirements for coverage and what copays to expect. It’s best not to be surprised, King says. Go ahead and ask questions.


Specialty dentistry works much the same way as regular health care. Patients see a specialty dentist when there is a need for additional expertise in diagnosing and treating certain conditions, says Matt McShane, D.D.S., of Eastern Oklahoma Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. “There also are instances in which a fairly routine procedure or surgery can be made more complex by a patient’s health status, and these cases are sometimes referred to specialists to allow for a team approach to the patient’s overall care,” he adds. Generally, a referral is often necessary and helpful to a dental specialist. There are often several treatment options, and a referral clarifies what the general dentist has in mind for the patient’s overall care. However, pediatric dentists usually do not require referrals, and accept new pediatric patients for dental screening, diagnosis, treatment, maintenance and management. “There are also occasions in which oral and maxillofacial surgeons see patients who present with a severe dental infection, tumor or facial injury and require prompt care despite not having a referral,” McShane says. “Once a condition is treated and the patient is stable, I encourage these patients to seek routine dental care.” One of the biggest roadblocks when it comes to specialty dentistry is that the specialist might not be in network, he says. “It is always helpful to discuss this topic over the phone before your consultation to avoid any surprises,” he says. “In addition, some specialists limit their practice to certain conditions and treatments. For example, some oral surgeons may not treat malignant (cancerous) pathologies or perform cosmetic facial surgery despite having training in such areas.” TP

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12 & 12, Inc. offers life-saving recovery tools to adults suffering from the brain disease of addiction — or co-existing mental health and substance use disorders — to support their ability to achieve individualized recoveries. The clinic’s complete continuum of care provides multiple levels of treatment — including detoxification, intensive residential treatment, outpatient and intensive outpatient treatment, counseling and transitional living. 12 & 12’s multi-disciplinary approach integrates medical oversight, psychiatry, nursing, counseling and case management. It operates a unit that allows commercial insurance clients to receive all their services — bedrooms, recreation, dining, laundry and group and individual counseling — within the self-contained unit. “We recognize that clients come to us with varying degrees of understanding, motivation and commitment necessary for building long-term recovery,”

says CEO Bryan Day. “That’s why we customize treatment planning to meet each client’s needs. Simultaneously treating co-existing mental health and substance use disorders dramatically increases our clients’ likelihood of recovery.” A Tulsa Area United Way partner agency since 1989, 12 & 12 is the only accredited 12 & 12, Inc. Comprehensive Community Addiction Recovery 6333 E. Skelly Drive Center (CCARC) in the state that provides a full 918-664-4224 continuum of services, onsite.

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Reproductive endocrinologists provide infertility treatments With a caring staff, compassionate doctors and a state-of-the art facility, Tulsa Fertility Center specializes in making baby dreams come true. As the only clinic in northeast Oklahoma with a full-service IVF lab, Tulsa Fertility Center is well equipped to handle a variety of fertility needs, all from the comfortable and convenient location near downtown Tulsa. For many Tulsans with barriers to becoming parents, “hope starts here,” with treatments ranging from intrauterine (a.k.a. “artificial”) insemination, surgery for underlying fertility problems, in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and much more. TFC also offers an egg donor program and post-vasectomy fertility treatment. Since 1980, Dr. Stanley Prough and Dr. Shauna McKinney and their dedicated staff have been passionate about building families. “Our greatest accomplishment is the Tulsa Fertility Center growing number of families that 115 E. 15th St. have achieved pregnancy,” says 918-359-2229 McKinney. “They were finally able to put infertility behind them.”


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IT WAS SUCH A COLD DAY I almost didn’t go to the funeral. It was such a cold day — barely 26 degrees at noon — and snow was beginning to come down. Not much snow, flakes not larger than midges, but nothing I wanted to be outside in. Plus, I had pulled a muscle in my back and was lying on a heating pad covered with quilts and my cat Isabelle sleeping on my chest for extra warmth. How pleasant it would be to lie there through the afternoon, dozing and reading a book. But I willed myself out of bed, took another Extra Strength Tylenol and shuffled through my closet for the warmest sweater, then for thick tights. Which pair of boots would be best for slippery streets? I turned up the heater in my car as I drove to the service. Maybe I’d stop for lunch at a restaurant later. All of these indulgent details came back to me when I remembered that the memorial service was for Zaki Holder, a 39-year-old homeless veteran who froze to death on a downtown street outside a towering hotel. I knew him from the years I worked at Iron Gate, a downtown soup kitchen. Such a crowd was gathering, I had to park a block away. People were walking from every direction toward The Merchant, a street-front religious organization. What stopped me short and brought tears in my eyes was the line of honor guards on the sidewalk. They were holding American flags 86

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and wearing jackets, vests and ball caps thick with military patches. They had been standing there so long, their heads and shoulders were white with the fine snow. These, I found out, were members of the Patriotic Guard Riders, veterans mostly, and uniformed representatives from the American Legion. I recognized the uniform of one Navy veteran. Maybe a VFW chapter was there, also. I don’t know for sure because there were so many, I couldn’t get a clear look. Then, too, it was so cold I was hurrying inside. Every chair was full, people were standing in the main room, in the foyer and spilling outside onto the sidewalk. It was the most diverse group of people I’ve seen in a long time, all come to remember Ish, Isaac and Zaki — the names and nicknames he was known by. His first name was different on his birth certificate, we were told; he chose the name Isaac for himself because it is a Biblical name that means “he will laugh.” And laugh he did. Almost everybody mentioned his sense of humor and joy. His only stronger characteristic was his love for his late wife and his daughter. Homeless people spoke. Social workers spoke. Family and lifelong friends spoke. Some people spoke through heavy sobs. Others had remembrances that made us laugh. They said how funny

he was, kind, genuine and stubborn. They said how much they loved him and how deeply they will miss him. An American flag was unfurled, saluted as taps was played, then refolded ceremonially and presented to his daughter. She was thanked by a grateful nation for her father’s military service. Scripture was read. Prayers were said. A man in a red fleece jacket played the guitar and sang a religious song. This service was in the midst of the federal government shutdown, when politicians and citizens were spitting at one another in such rancor the air was sour. That was outside. Inside, a great mix of people came together to make a memorial service for a homeless veteran. I thought there was a stronger sense of American community inside that plain little church than most anywhere else across the country. His memorial service was held, ironically, the day after the nationwide Point in Time count, which enumerates the nation’s homeless. Last year, Tulsa’s one-night count was 851, but for the whole year it’s about 5,800, according to the Community Service Council. Now we have one fewer homeless man to count. Throughout the long service, I could hear a dog barking somewhere. Barking outside in the cold. I wished someone would let it in. TP




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FOREST HILLS 1840 E 27th Street - An exquisite home in Forest Hills built in 1992. Features include formal living and dining rooms, kitchen combined with family room, game room, and study. Master bedroom w/ en-suite luxury bathroom on first floor, 3 bedrooms upstairs with 2 bathrooms. 4,904 square feet.$1,399,000 5 ACRE ESTATE 6845 E 181st Street S, Bixby Newer gated estate with exquiste details thru-out. Located on 5 acres with outdoor living. Fireplace, pool, spa, waterfall, sport court, pond & shop. Chef’s Kitchen, fab master, study, mud room, Safe room, 1st floor Theater. 2 bed down/3 up with game room & study niche. Additional land available. $1,000,000 GRAND LAKE Gran Tara, this is it! How about 100 feet of shoreline, incredible views from large great room with floor to ceiling windows, 3,150 sf of living space that includes 5 bdrms, 3 baths, 1,100 sf of decks, detached 1-car garage with office space, 1-slip covered dock and new tram, 2 new heat and air units, hardwoods and tile throughout, stainless and granite. $565,000 LEGENDS 9322 E 110th Street, Bixby Beautiful 5 bedroom home in Legends. Formal dining, spiral staircase wrought iron, large kitchen opens to family room. Covered patio, walk in closets, breakfast nook, 80 bottle wine storage, study. 2 bds down. 3 car garage. $499,000

ONE ACRE MIDTOWN 4303 S Lewis Ave - One Level Contemporary on one acre in Mid-town! Study, Formal Dining, Game/Media Room, Mud-room and Prep-kitchen. Great room opens to chef’s kitchen & nook. Master with spa bath. 3 additional En-suite bedrooms. Hardwoods. Oversized 3 Car. Fabulous modern finishes throughout. $1,350,000 BIG HOLLOW ON GRAND LAKE Custom Country French home built by Tim Langley, 6 BR, 4.5 BA. 2.25 stories, 4,366 s.f. , granite throughout, tons of views from almost every room, 2 offices, game room with wet bar, incredible outdoor living space with hot tub, firepit, electric awnings on the lakeside, 260’ of shoreline, generator, large and perfect 46’x46’ 3-slip covered dock. $925,000 PARRAMORE 1567 E 35th Street, Tulsa Brookside newer construction with Master down and granite/stainless kitchen. Covered outdoor patio looks to beautifully landscaped yard with mature trees. 2 bedrooms up with gameroom. Safe room in garage. $515,000

BALMORAL RESUB MUZINGO HILL 2527 E 66th Place, Tulsa Relax on the covered patio facing Southern Hills golf course. Open floor plan w/ master + 2nd bedroom on the first floor & a guest suite w/ kitchenette on 2nd level. Walk out attic. $475,000


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3112 E 88th St, gated Wellington South neighborhood. Stately home with 6 large bedrooms. Master wing with study & large closets. Spacious living areas, media room, game room, office. Half acre, circle drive, incredible pool. $1,150,000





11619 S Hudson Place | $435,000 Gated area in South Tulsa is a beautiful listing that was custom built by the current owner. Open formals having hardwood floors and vaulted ceilings. Butlers pantry with storage and sink. Kitchen has been updated with new appliances and granite. Master suite located on 1st floor. Office with French doors and hardwoods. 2 additional bedrooms. Sun room. Beautiful grounds. 92

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1426 E 37th Place, Clean & move in ready! Brookside, newer construction. Jay Rambo Cabinets. Granite. 2 beds up, 2 beds down. Master Bath retreat! Outdoor Fireplace. Transitional to Modern Flair. $649,000


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Stunning one level home with 3 bedrooms plus study. 2 or 3 living rooms. Very open floor plan. In ground diving pool. Vaulted ceiling. Gorgeous landscaping. Beautiful large master suite. 2 car rear entry garage. Large living room with vaulted ceiling. Sprinkler system. Pool.

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YOUR OWN PRIVATED RESORT TUCKED IN THE HEART OF SOUTH TULSA IN A GATED COMMUNITY! 3141 E. 86th St 4 Bedrooms, 4 full baths (one for each bedroom), 2-1/2 baths, 2 Living Areas plus Game Room/Media Room and office. Oversized Formal Dining Room, Remodeled Kitchen opens to Pergola that serves as fourth eating area. Covered Outdoor Living with Bar overlooks Pool, Spa, Fireplace and Outdoor Kitchen. Jenks Schools $875,000.00 Call Judy 918-671-4914 94

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8503 S. 68th East Ave Wonderfully updated home with open flexible floor plan. Large granite kitchen with built in desk and eat in area. New roof 12/2018. Designer colors. Master down with en suite bath. Spacious dining room. Office c/b 2nd living. New scored concrete deck. Darnaby School. Attic expansion area above garage. $269,000

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Looking north near 599 W. Fairview St., the Springer Mansion is visible between the pillars. One of these pillars still stands on Fairview Street.


ust beyond the northwest corner of the Inner Dispersal Loop lies Osage County. For years prior to statehood, Tulsa city limits ended here. In 1906, Congress passed the Osage Allotment Act assigning the Osage Nation title and mineral rights to its land. Early Tulsan Dr. Sam Kennedy and his wife, Agnes Lombard, who was Osage, utilized the tribal allotments and obtained hundreds of acres right outside downtown Tulsa, a total of 10 square miles. The Tulsa Country Club leased a 96

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portion of land from Kennedy, and by 1908 opened a nine-hole course despite already having an 80-acre course at East 13th Street and South Utica Avenue. In 1913, Kennedy partnered with William Springer to drill the fi rst oil well in Osage County. Both men soon built lavish mansions blocks away from the original Country Club clubhouse in the neighborhood, then named the Country Club District. Pillars along Fairview Avenue were erected to proclaim the entrance into the neighborhood. TP



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