Our Board of Directors


Michael Leake 


 Attorney, Wiggins Sewell & Ogletree

  Michael T. Leake Jr. was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Tim & Mary Leake. He attended Putnam City Public Schools where he proudly graduated from Putnam City North High School in May of 2009. MORE



AC Ashley Cooper


 Tax Manager, HoganTaylor, LLP  

 Ashley Cooper, a native of Oklahoma City, is currently serving as a Tax Manager at HoganTaylor, LLPs Oklahoma City office. As Tax Manager, she has served as the tax lead on several nonprofits including educational institutions, community foundations, museums and other charitable organizations. MORE



 Shawna Templeton

Past President

VP of Treasury Services, BancFirst

Shawna considers herself a native Oklahoman, living here from early childhood, which has instilled in her a desire to help fellow Oklahomans improve their lives through literacy. MORE




 Ashlea Briggs

Senior VP and Sales Manager for Treasury Services, BancFirst 

Ashlea has been in banking and finance for the last 13 years, with 10 years being at BancFirst. MORE 





KH Kirsten Hurley

Industrial Coordinator and Campus Director, Francis Tuttle Tech Center

Raised in Tulsa, OK, Kirsten moved to Oklahoma City in 1990 to take a job with Candid Color Systems after graduating from Oklahoma State University. MORE





 Deena Teehee

 V.P., Dir., WG Operations, American Fidelity Assurance 

A native Oklahoman, raised in Broken Arrow, Deena is a graduate of Bixby High School. She and her husband, Jessie have been married for 23 years. MORE




Advisory Board 

Donna Blakley, Attorney at Law

James Crawley, Crawley Petroleum Corporation

Charles de Coune, Oklahoma Water Resources Board

Jack Fesler, Retired, Sara Lee Corporation

Kathy Lippert, Greystone Environmental

Patti Mellow, Mellow Memories

Robert Nelon, Attorney at Law/Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable

Natalie Karousatos, Keller-Williams

Becky Painter-Robinson, Astra Zeneca Pharmaceuticals


Leah Roper

 Vice President

 Attorney, Hammons, Gowens, Hurst & Associates

 Leah Roper is a resident of Oklahoma City and an attorney at Hammons, Gowens, Hurst & Associates, where she primarily practices employment law, representing employees who have been discriminated against, harassed, or otherwise wronged by their employers. MORE



Javier NunuzJavier Nunez


Director of Sales and Logistics, The Oklahoma Media Group

Javier Nunez was born in Killeen, Texas and raised in Southern California. He has lived in Oklahoma for the past eight years. Javier finds great joy in actively giving back to the community. MORE



LHLaura Holmes

 Attorney, Center for Education Law, PC

 Ms. Holmes is currently a shareholder with The Center for Education Law, P.C., a private law firm, which limits its practice to the representation of schools in Oklahoma. Ms. Holmes was admitted to the Oklahoma Bar in 1991 and has practiced education law since 1992.   MORE



DLDallas Logan

 Insurance Advisor, Frates Insurance

 Dallas Logan, was raised in Kechi, Kansas and moved to Oklahoma City in the fall of 2013. She is an Insurance Advisor at Frates Insurance & Risk Management, where she works with clients locally and nationally to find insurance to fit their individual needs. MORE 




BevBev Wood

VP Talent Management, American Fidelity

Bev Wood joined American Fidelity in 1996 holding various positions with in corporate training and talent management. She currently serves as the Vice President of Talent Management. MORE 




Our Staff

Program/Administrative Staff

Riz White, Executive Director

Laura Taylor, Education and LEAP Coordinator 

Melissa Meyers, Workplace Learning Coordinator

Michayla Cory, Communications & Development Coordinator

Cheryl MacDonald, Office Manager



Hanin Abuzakok, ESL

Juliet Bates, ESL

Rhiannon Corley, ESL

Courtney Gougler, Basic and ESL

Barbara Griggs, Basic

Tina Jennings, ESL

Shelley Lightfoot, Tutor Trainer

Channing McAdams, ESL

Heidi McReynolds, Basic

Alicia Mumba, ESL

Ashley Rhone, ESL

Bryanna Ross, Basic

Iriana Sanchez, ESL

Robin Teske, Basic and ESL

CLC teachers stay current on adult teaching methods through ongoing involvement in professional development seminars and workshops.

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