April 2021

Bring Your
In This Issue
  1. President's Letter
  2. April 8 Monthly Meeting
  3. March Meeting Highlights
  4. Meeting Feedback
  5. Announcements
  6. Calendar of Events
  7. April Birthdays and Firm Anniversaries
  8. Reading Rally!
  9. EWI Professional Development Webinar
  10. Pandemic Cookbook Highlight
  11. Post Pandemic Life
  12. Members' Corner 
  13. Teach Me One Good Thing About
  14. Board Members/Contact Information
Greetings Tulsa Chapter!

Can you believe it has been one year since we have met in person for an EWI monthly meeting? I am sad to miss seeing your lovely faces in person, but amazed at how we have adapted to these challenging times. The Tulsa Chapter Board has had a great approach to every obstacle we have faced with a positive attitude and a “Smile.”  I am so proud of this Board!

Thank you to those that were able to see me off on March 5th at the Mayo Hotel, it was much fun and a blessing to be surrounded by so many sweet people!  This is my third week working remotely; I think I am starting to get the hang of it!

March’s meeting was fantastic! We heard from Ellen Stackable, Executive Director of Poetic Justice, on Unlocking the Voices of Incarcerated Women. It was informative to not only hear about the struggles of these three women, but also their Voice, Hope and Power to change through this restorative writing and creative arts program. A big thank you to Ellen for what she and her volunteers accomplish by providing this program.

EWI's Leadership Conference and Annual Meeting (LCAM) is an annual professional development conference where members from our Chapters gather to connect, network and grow professionally through keynote speakers, workshops, seminars, group discussions and more. Registration is now open for this event on September 16 – 18 in Albuquerque, NM.  See “Announcements” in this newsletter for more details!

Our next Chapter meeting is April 8th and is a Firm Night with the Alzheimer’s Association. Dr. Laura Garrett will be our guest speaker for this meeting. She is an expert on healthy aging and a professor at TCC. We look forward to hearing from her. The Corporate Board is invited to join us on the Zoom Meeting as well!  For May, we have scheduled Billie Callahan with T.D. Williamson to speak on “Respect in the Workplace” for Professional Development. Stay tuned for Muddy Paws in June and the BCDP Banquet in July!

As always, I hope you all are staying connected!

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April Monthly Meeting

Thursday, April 8, 2021
5:55 pm - Join Meeting
6:00 pm - Meeting Begins

Business Casual

No charge

Please RSVP by Friday, April 2.  You can RSVP by clicking the button below or by emailing here.

If you are unable to attend, please let us know why. 


Location (Via Zoom)

PLEASE NOTE: We are using a new Zoom link

Connect remotely on Zoom via this link: EWI of Tulsa Zoom Meeting Link.

Join by Telephone (Audio Only)

        888 475 4499 US Toll-free -or- 877 853 5257 US Toll-free

Meeting ID: 201 831 0093; Password: 796343 

Connection information also included below.


April 8th is a Firm Night hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association

The Alzheimer's Association leads the way to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia — by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's and all other dementia. 

Dr. Laura Garrett is one of the Alzheimer’s Association volunteers. She is an expert on healthy aging and an Assistant Professor at Tulsa Community College. 


Dr. Laura Garrett has a Doctorate of Education in Family Studies and Child Development from Oklahoma State University with a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology. She holds a Master's of Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor's in Consumer Affairs with a Secondary Major in Gerontology from Kansas State University. She is a certified Dementia Practitioner, a certified Eden Associate and a Certified Family Life Educator. She serves as an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Tulsa Community College.  

MEETING ID NUMBER and Connection Information if you are new to Zoom

Please click this link and you will be taken directly into the Zoom meeting without entering a meeting ID or password:  EWI of Tulsa Zoom Meeting Link.

How to connect on a laptop:  Go to  https://zoom.us/join and type in the Personal Meeting ID 201 831 0093 and the password is 796343.  Follow the prompts to either download the Zoom laptop application or join through your browser.  A prompt should pop up to connect you to audio.

How to connect on an iPhone:  Download the Zoom App, open the app, click join meeting and type in the Personal Meeting ID 201 831 0093 and the password is 796343. A prompt should pop up to connect you to audio.

How to connect on an Android/Samsung Phone: Download the Zoom App, open the app, click join meeting and type in the Personal Meeting ID 201 831 0093 and the password is 796343. A prompt should pop up to connect you to audio.

RSVP to our April Meeting!

March Meeting Highlights

Ellen Stackable - Poetic Justice
I spy a red beret!

Thank you Tamara and Lisa for conducting our invocations each month. It's a nice reminder that we have much to be thankful for including our friendships.

Meeting Feedback

Ellen Stackable, Poetic Justice
  • It’s a very compassionate program.
  • Excellent - so insightful.
  • I enjoyed hearing about this program. It was refreshing to hear of the good things going on in the prison system.
  • Much needed program for incarcerated women.
  • Very informative and enjoyable. Truly a passionate person.
  • Ellen Stackable was incredible!
  • I appreciated learning more about poeticjustice.org, and thought that Ms. Stackable did a wonderful job of portraying the value of several women who are currently in the program.
  • Ellen did an amazing job and exhibited her passion for Poetic Justice.
  • Outstanding! Such a humbling experience to hear those stories.
  • Love the programs!
  • Programs are RIGHT ON!
  • VERY interesting speaker for March! Loved it!


Registration is now open, this event is September 16 – 18 in Albuquerque, NM
We encourage all EWI Members to register as soon as possible for our conference and annual meeting. This year, members can register for themselves and Chapters should contact the EWI Corporate Office to register for Leadership Caucus training. 

Conference Rates: 
  • Early Bird Conference Registration - $650. - ends June 30, 2021.
  • Regular Conference Registration - $750. - begins July 1 through September 10, 2021.
Leadership Caucus Registration Rates:
  • One Registration - $200.
  • Two Registrations - $150 each.
  • Three or More Registrations - $125 each.
All Chapter Members are welcome and encouraged to attend Leadership Caucus training.

In addition, we will be offering a special purchase opportunity for a commemorative LCAM 2021 T-shirt, which will be available during registration at the conference for pick up by those that purchase one. You may add this item to your registration as you complete the form. 

Be sure to check it out here:  https://ewiconnect.com/page/lcam2021 and visit with your executive about attending.

The Tulsa Chapter is proud to participate in a $500.00 LCAM sponsorship! We love supporting our organization!

Remember that time when we voted in the USA Today Poll to nominate The Gathering Place as the Best City Park?


The Rev. Jeffrey Jaynes,
an EWI of Tulsa EWISP winner, was recently featured in the Tulsa World for helping with Tulsa’s new rental assistance program. Jeff was also recognized by the Tulsa World in December 2020 as an outstanding Tulsan for his work with Restore Hope Ministries. Jeff was a 1st place EWISP winner in 1995 and a 2nd place winner at the Corporate level. Just another example of our amazing EWISP winners!
Please contact Lori Heerlyn at lori.heerlyn@tdwilliamson.com if you would like to donate door prizes for our upcoming meetings!
Please send any announcements you would like to share in the Connect to Elizabeth Bugay by emailing her at elizabethbugay@gmail.com.


  • April 1 - April Fool's Day
  • April 2 - Good Friday
  • April 4 - Easter
  • April 6 - EWI Professional Development Webinar, Stepping into Servant Leadership — A Panel Discussion with EWI Leaders
  • April 8 - EWI of Tulsa Monthly Chapter Meeting
  • April 11 - National Pet Day
  • April 16 - EWI of Tulsa Recruitment & Retention Committee Meeting
  • April 21 - EWI of Tulsa Programs Committee Meeting
  • April 21 - National Administrative Professionals Day
  • April 23 - EWI Corporate Chapter Leadership Call
  • April 28 - EWI of Tulsa Monthly Board Meeting
St. Patrick Day's Board Meeting- Wearing O' the Green
April EWI Birthdays

April 15 - Jamie Harris, Helmerich & Payne, Inc.
April 15 - Sharon Keasler, Sustaining Member
April 20 - Tonya Solomon, Arc Document Solutions
April 20 - Teri Edmondson, Sustaining Member
April 22 - Elizabeth Bugay, Meals on Wheels
April 27 - Marilyn Cinocca, Sustaining Member
April 29 - Reta Hallam-Jay, LD Kerns Contractors

April 28 - Tom McCoy, Cimarex Energy Co.

April Firm Anniversaries

Firm Anniversaries
Moore Funeral Home, Inc.....1998


Lynne Moore, Representative
Moore's was first opened in Tulsa in 1932 by James Herbert Moore and J. Foreman Moore, grandfather and uncle respectively, of my husband. The original location, Moore's Memory Chapel, was located at 14th and Peoria which at that time was in the center of town. As Tulsa grew eastward, Moore's Eastlawn Chapel opened at 19th and Memorial in 1966. Then as Tulsa grew southward, Moore's Southlawn chapel, bordering memorial Park Cemetery on 51st street near Mingo, opened in 1984. In 1997, Moore's opened Rosewood Chapel which also serves as our corporate headquarters and site of our crematory, on 25th and Harvard. Moore's purchased Fitzgerald Funeral Service, with locations at 14th and Boulder and 91st and Harvard, in 2011. 

During its nearly 90 years of existence, Moore's has grown with Tulsa in the scope of services provided as well as the number of locations. Just last year, Moore's added a second family center, at the Southlawn location, where families can have a reception and share a meal as they continue to share memories following a memorial service. From the notification of a death until final interment or inurnment, every aspect of care is provided by a Moore's staff member, most of whom have been employed at Moore's for more than ten years and have extensive experience dealing with all faiths. Moore/Fitzgerald is Oklahoma's largest funeral provider having served over 1300 families last year. 

Our EWI of Tulsa representative for many years was Cheryl Benoit. I became representative prior to Cheryl's passing in 2017. I am a registered nurse and worked at several hospitals prior to my marriage to Dr. Joe Moore, a physician, in 1983 after which I became a stay-at-home mom. When my husband inherited Moore/Fitzgerald in 2011, I went back to college to earn a mortuary science degree and became a licensed funeral director. Moore/Fitzgerald is very happy to be affiliated with EWI.  Lynne Moore 


The staff at Lewis and Clark Elementary is very excited to have EWI of Tulsa sponsoring a Reading Rally in the fall to provide each of the nearly 500 students with a book of their very own.  All who would like to be involved, even in a small way, are welcome and may email marnie@admiralexpress.com to volunteer.

Stepping into Servant Leadership
A Panel Discussion with EWI Leaders

April 6, 2021 at 1:00-2:00pm (CST)
No registration required
Zoom Link: https://ewiconnect.zoom.us/j/96970121021

Pandemic Cookbook Highlights

Have you tried any of the recipes from our Pandemic Cookbook?  EWI Tulsa Pandemic Cookbook. Trish Richey, representing Helmerich & Payne, EWI of Tulsa 2019-2020 President, shared a few memories regarding the recipes she contributed. 

Over the years, I have collected both recipes and cookbooks. Submitting recipes for the 2020 Pandemic Cookbook, provided an opportunity to reflect on fond memories. In my early twenties as I was starting my life as a newlywed and cook, family friends gave me a notebook comprised of their family’s favorite recipes. One of the recipes from this cookbook titled “Bubbling Ham & Swiss Sandwiches” was simple and good. I turn to this recipe when I have leftover ham and want more than just a ham sandwich!

I thought I was an accomplished cook after preparing "Curried Chicken" as I had only seen this on restaurant menus! I often collect recipes after attending potlucks and I discovered the “Cornbread Salad” recipe while attending a summer potluck. I like to add cucumber to this recipe. It is best to make this a day or two ahead to allow the ingredients to meld together.

Post Pandemic Life

We know it's coming, a post-pandemic life! If we have learned anything from this past year, we know taking care of ourselves is a priority. Remember the old airline adage, put your mask on first, and then assist others and consider the tips provided by BelievePerform.


EWI of Tulsa Firms in the News

If you missed this news, a number of EWI Member Firms were part of an inaugural group of leading Tulsa employers who have taken Mayor GT Bynum's Pay Equity Pledge to ensure their organization is a workplace with equality of opportunity. If you want to learn more about this pledge or how your firm can join the pledge, Mayor's Pay Equity Pledge.

We are proud of our affiliation with these firms. Thank you for being Pay Equity Leaders!
  • Arvest Bank
  • Hilti
  • Schnake Turnbo Frank
  • TTCU

Happy Birthday, Peggy Helmerich!

The Tulsa World recently celebrated the 93th birthday of Peggy Helmerich in an article with wonderful photographs of Peggy Helmerich documenting her life and legacy - Happy Birthday 

If you live in Tulsa, you may know the name Peggy Helmerich (who turns 93 on Thursday).

Perhaps you’ve made a visit to the Peggy V. Helmerich Women’s Health Center at one of Hillcrest’s hospitals.

Maybe you’ve read about the Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author’s Award through the Tulsa Library Trust. Or visited the Peggy V. Helmerich Library on 91st Street.

She has become that much a part of the fabric of Tulsa, which has benefited greatly from her philanthropy of more than 60 years.

She and her late husband, Walter Helmerich III, the longtime chairman of Helmerich & Payne who died in 2012, made a point of donating money to Tulsa institutions — and she’s raised much more through her work with many nonprofits in the city."  Tulsa World, March 18, 2021 

Helmerich & Payne representative and 1996 EWI of Tulsa President, Roberta Montgomery, has supported Peggy Helmerich for many years and played a big part in the Helmerich's legacy. Thank you, Roberta!
The Rowland Group Rebrands as System One Oklahoma
After 26 years as The Rowland Group, System One, who acquired The Rowland Group in 2019, announced the rebranding of The Rowland Group to System One Oklahoma. Although the name is changing, the Rowland Group’s clients, consultants and candidates can expect to continue working with the same people and processes that they have enjoyed over the years.  

“The Rowland Group is eager to introduce the System One brand to Tulsa and strengthen its presence in the Houston market. This is a great opportunity for our clients and candidates to access our fifty plus offices across the country, “said Lynn Flinn, SVP, The Rowland Group.

If you have questions regarding this rebrand or would like more information about System One Oklahoma, please contact me at joni.whitehead@systemone.com.
Joni Whitehead

Teach Me One Good Thing About...

2020-2021 Officers & Directors

Reta Hallam, LDKerns Contractors

Vice President/President-Elect
Lori Heerlyn, T.D. Williamson

Kelli Gernandt, Arvest Bank

Tamara Conner, ONEOK, Inc.

Joni Whitehead, System One Oklahoma
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Samantha Schultz, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Membership (Recruitment)
Tinesa Siebert, Montereau 

Membership (Retention)
Gloria McQuade, Burnett Home Improvement

Susan Miller, Warren Professional Building Corp

Elizabeth Bugay, Meals on Wheels

Trish Richey, Helmerich & Payne, Inc.

Dana Nichols, Cimarex Energy

Judy Russell, ONEOK, Inc.

Felicia Senter, Tulsa Tech
Our Vision
To enhance professional growth and development within a diverse group of women while empowering them to make a difference as they inspire others.

Our Mission
EWI brings together key individuals from diverse businesses for the purpose of:
  • Promoting member firms;
  • Enhancing personal and professional development, and,
  • Encouraging community involvement
Our Values
Integrity | Excellence | Respect | Collaboration
2020-2021 Board Members + Advisors
Samantha Schultz, JP Morgan Chase & Co., B/C/DP, Trish Richey, Helmerich & Payne, Inc., Advisor, Felicia Senter, Tulsa Tech, Advisor, Dana Nichols, Cimarex Energy Co., Advisor, Joni Whitehead, System One Oklahoma, Sergeant-at-Arms, Kelli Gernandt, Arvest Bank, Secretary

Reta Hallam, LDKerns Contractors, President, Tinesa Siebert, Montereau, Membership Recruitment, Lori Heerlyn, T.D. Williamson, Vice President/President-Elect, Susan Miller, Warren Professional Building Corp, Programs, Elizabeth Bugay, Meals on Wheels of Metro Tulsa, Communications, Gloria McQuade Burnett Home Improvement, Membership Retention, and Judy Russell, ONEOK, Inc., Advisor

Not Pictured:
Tamara Conner, ONEOK, Inc., Treasurer
2020-2021 Board Members
Front row:
Elizabeth Bugay, Meals on Wheels of Metro Tulsa, Communications, Gloria McQuade, Burnett Home Improvement, Membership Retention, Reta Hallam, LDKerns Contractors, President, Susan Miller, Warren Professional Building Corp., Programs, and Tinesa Siebert, Montereau, Membership Recruitment

Back Row:
Trish Richey, Helmerich & Payne, Inc., Advisor, Kelli Gernandt, Arvest Bank, Secretary, Joni Whitehead, System One Oklahoma, Sergeant-at-Arms, Lori Heerlyn, T.D. Williamson, Vice President/President-Elect, and Tamara Conner, ONEOK, Inc., Treasurer

Not pictured:
Samantha Schultz, B/C/DP, JP Morgan Chase & Co.

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