BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Brent Wheelbarger

Trifecta Communications

   Brent Wheelbarger
   President
   Trifecta Communications

Larry Hopper

Community Volunteer

   Larry Hopper
   Vice-President
   Community Volunteer

Davonna Milam

Great Plains Bank

   Davonna Milam
   Secretary
   Great Plains Bank

Brent Colgan

Armstrong Bank

   Brent Colgan
   Treasurer
   Armstrong Bank

Lucy Fritts

President Emeritus, Community Volunteer

I have been involved in Possibilities since Spring of 2006. The former president of my company, American Fidelity Assurance, was a founding board member and it was requested that I assist with the very first luncheon in his place. This was simply Karma—I fell in love with the Staff and the mission for their work. I was invited into the Board with open arms and open minds—I did have to adjust to Byron’s wardrobe(!) and the complete transparency of communication that was being observed from day one. It was so, so different than any of my previous Boards. Very early I had the opportunity to be Secretary, then Treasurer and lastly President of the Board. It has never been an easy road or even less than somewhat complex given my tenure of 14 years being during both financial crises, the several recent oil industry downturns and a change in directors. Throughout each crisis, Possibilities was true to its mission and the relationship and respect values they observe without fail. I have always felt I was more of a partner to the Director and Staff and never “the Board”. We worked very hard together. I am so very proud of where this organization has come and more importantly what they have overcome during the pandemic. It is nothing short of miraculous, but it was a labor of love and no one gave up. As I moved into my current President Emeritus role recently it is a very good feeling to look back and feel every moment with this organization had meaning in my life and every effort was worth it. Rarely do we get the chance to look back and feel this way, but I am extremely grateful that I can.

   Lucy Fritts
   President Emeritus

Rose Lane

OKC Friday

Lane began her tenure at OKC FRIDAY, 13 years ago, when she joined the staff as News Editor. She was promoted to General Manager when Gordorn Walker purchased Night Owl Publications and left the position. In 2015 she was promoted to Editor and has served in that role ever since. Prior to that, she had a 15-year career with Lake Media, based in Camdenton, Mo., where she served in many positions, including Associate Editor of a daily newspaper, Editor of two different weekly newspapers and Sales Executive. Lane’s husband then took a job in Oklahoma.
The Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame selected Lane as an inductee in April of 2015. Lane has covered city governments, the schools, non-profits and the social scene, since coming to work at OKC FRIDAY. Lane is married to Bob Lane. They have two children. Bobby is married and lives in Lacey, Wash. Her daughter Carrie is a graduate of John Brown University.

  Rose Lane
  OKC Friday

Maria Martinez

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma

A native of South America, Maria Martinez shares her talents and vast knowledge of Latino culture serving as a Latino Outreach Specialist for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma. Maria represents the brand making meaningful connections and business opportunities in Oklahoma City. She is involved in many volunteer projects with different non-profit organizations like the Health Alliance for the Uninsured, Possibilities Inc., La Luz and LCDA. Maria also serves as Ambassador for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and is excited to continue to learn more about serving others.

   Maria Martinez
   BCBS of Oklahoma

Steve Mason

Bluebird Consulting

Steve Mason was the principal owner and president of Cardinal Engineering, Inc. from 1989 to 2014 until Cardinal was sold. Cardinal provided civil engineering, environmental engineering, and surveying services and employed 92 people. His professional highlights at Cardinal included the OKC MAP’s projects, Project 180, the Myriad Gardens, midstream air pollution control, hundreds of miles of highway and pipeline surveys, and 40 landfill projects. He permitted and constructed the 3200 acre rail served ECDC landfill in East Carbon, Utah from 1989 to 1996. Mr. Mason received a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering from Vanderbilt University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Oklahoma. He has served as a member of the ODEQ Environmental Quality Board since 2000 and as Chairman from 2004 to 2007.

He currently serves on the board of directors for the OKC downtown Improvement District, Last Frontier Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma, Automobile Alley, Scissortail Park Foundation, and Allied Arts. He is Chairman of Allied Arts. He served on the board of directors for Greater Oklahoma City Chamber from 2005 to 2015. He served on the board of the Oklahoma Community Foundation from 2000 to 2013 and was president from 2009 to 2012. He served as President of the Last Frontier Council of the Boy Scouts of America from 2007 to 2010. He has also served on the board of directors for the Oklahoma City Arts Council. Since 2010, Steve has served on the $135 OKC MAPS 3 Transit/Modern Streetcar Subcommittee which opened December, 2018. Steve has co-chaired 7 inaugurations of Oklahoma Statewide Elected Officials since 1994. He was appointed Chairman of the Oklahoma State Capitol Repair Oversight Committee which is responsible for the $245M renovation of the Oklahoma State Capitol in 2014. He chaired the site selection, design, and construction of a $12.7M girl scout camp at the okc zoo from 2016 to 2020. He is Chairman of Allied Arts. Steve is the owner of Mason Realty Investors, LLC which has restored, remodeled and manages 38 historic buildings in Oklahoma City in Automobile Alley, Capitol Hill, and the Plaza District with 60 retail, restaurant, and office tenants. Steve is the father of Travis, George and Marie who earned their Eagle and Gold Scout Awards.

 Steve Mason
 Bluebird Consulting

Marty Postic

Postic & Bates, A Professional Corporation

Martin Postic, Jr., graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in May 1980 and entered private practice in Moore, Oklahoma in October 1980. In January 1982, Marty incorporated his practice as Martin Postic, Jr., A Professional Corporation, continuing a general practice of law in Moore focusing on estate planning, real estate, and probate law. Due to the need for more office space, Marty broke ground on the Shadowlake Law Center in south Oklahoma City in September 1982.

After construction was completed, the current law office was officially opened on June 1, 1983. In order to make better use of the office space, major remodeling was performed in 1985, which resulted in a new reception area, more attorney/client privacy, and a larger work room to accommodate computer equipment and additional filing space. In April 1987, Julie E. Bates, Marty’s wife, joined the practice and the firm name was changed to Postic & Bates, A Professional Corporation. Marty and Julie’s son David Postic joined the practice in September 2016.

 Marty Postic
 Postic & Bates

Traci Tabyanan

American Fidelity Assurance Company

   Traci Tabyanan
   American Fidelity

Trever Welsh

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions

 Trever Welsh
 Kratos Defense

ADVISORY BOARD

 Carol Blackwood
 Community Volunteer

   Annette Ellis
   Oklahoma Natural Gas

  Janis Hodges
  BancFirst

  Linda Lambert
  Enertree

Ed Pulido
Folds of Honor Foundation

 Pat Schonwald
 Community Volunteer

Ted Streuli
Oklahoma Watch

STAFF

Byron Jackson

Executive Director

Over the past 30 years, Byron Jackson has created an impressive track record of community training on many subjects, including cultural diversity and team building. These experiences have led him to develop a “special sauce” of experiential learning, humor, music, and fun that creates a safe environment where people can deal with their differences and share who they truly are. His skills in working within diverse groups, along with his extensive community contacts, his humor, and his odd assortment of clothing, have touched the lives of many around the world.

Byron holds a degree in social work from the University of Oklahoma. After graduation, Byron worked as a family and adolescent counselor at the Norman Alcohol Information Center and also served as youth director at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Norman. He has trained in group process with Virginia Satir (People Making), Don Lowery (True Colors), and many other innovators of group work. He joined Possibilities, Inc., twenty years ago as a Training and Facilitation Specialist, and was named Executive Director in April 2019.

Byron’s goal for the mission work of Possibilities is always the same - to create safe environments where people can find their own voices. Byron believes humans are social beings, meaning we work best in interaction with one another. His mission with Possibilities is to help humans connect and work toward common goals. A recent focus has become helping people talk about issues of race and injustice in safe spaces to help them move from oppression and anger to healing, harmony, and creating new paths for the future.

    Byron Jackson
    Executive
    Director

Kelly Johnson

Associate Director

Kelly started her relationship with Possibilities landing fresh from New York City as their next door neighbor in Mesta Park. After a few years getting to know the group and discovering how much the organization's mission and values aligned with her own, she joined the team. As a Community Development Specialist, she is able to draw from her background in marketing from her past life in New York working in the non-profit theater arena. Though she's from Houston originally, we don't hold it against her - she's an Okie, through and through. When she's not working with participants and helping make OKC a better place to be, she enjoys the antics of her two sweet kids and humorous husband.

   Kelly Johnson
   Associate Director

Regina Randall

Executive Assistant

   Regina Randall
   Executive
    Assistant

Sue Rodgers

Bookkeeper

   Sue Rodgers
   Bookkeeper

Derrick Sier

Program Coordinator

   Derrick Sier
   Program
Coordinator