2019 Women of Influence

Breea Clark

Occupation: Norman City Councilwoman

Bio: Breea represents Ward 6 on the Norman City Council and on July 2 will become the first Millennial Mayor in the history of the city of Norman. She also works with OU students as director of the JCPenney Leadership Program in the Price College of Business. She is a proud mom of two boys enrolled in Norman Public Schools and married to her high school sweetheart, Kevin. Breea helped to create the Reagan Voice PTA when Reagan Elementary opened in 2012 and was instrumental in reviving the Norman PTA Council in 2013. She has served on several city boards and various task forces with Norman Public Schools. She helped to create the Eastside Business Association in 2016 and is looking forward to becoming a board member on the newly created Community Engagement Committee for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Moore Food and Resource Center.

“I have always been driven to improve the world around me, and my community leadership in Norman has evolved over time. From PTA Council to City Council, I hope that I have made a difference in our city. I look forward to not only giving back, but in modeling, and hopefully inspiring, service to others.”

Ashley Adair-Garner

Occupation: Real Estate Developer and Broker, Adair & Associates Real Estate

Bio: Ashley has lived in Norman all her life. She is the fourth generation in a family business that was started in 1940. She is married to Jared Garner, owner of Garner Insurance. They have been married almost 13 years and have two children, Hayden, 9, and Hadley, 7. She is a founder and executive director of the Downtown Norman Fall Festival. Out of the festival, a second program was born: the Costume Contest. Through this program, free Halloween costumes are provided to children enrolled in Center for Children and Families programs. She also serves on the Downtowners Board of Directors. For the past five years, she has served as vice president of programs for the Norman Chamber of Commerce Executive Board. And, she just finished a term on the Norman Arts Council Board of Directors.

“Giving back to our communities is everything. Contributing something, in some way, is so important. When we all give back, we make our communities stronger. Giving back feels good and it is just the right thing to do.  I am thankful to have a family who has set that example for me and I hope that my children will follow suit.”

Aisha Ali

Occupation: Owner, King Kopy Printing Solutions

Bio: Aisha is a second-generation South-Asian American and owner of King Kopy Printing Solutions, built by her family 30 years ago. Coming from four generations of business owners and three generations of educators; this #bizmom has learned to utilize her 35 years of passion for business with 16 years in education. She brings this unique perspective to Norman’s Census 2020 Complete Count Committee, the Chamber Business and Education Committee and the Small Business Council. Previously, she served as city commissioner on the Social and Voluntary Services Commission, president/board member of Campus Corner Association, officer/board member of Norman PTA Council, and board member of Center and Children and Families.  

“Every day, I work with my team to be the first to believe in community members’ dreams—a new business concept, student/educator projects, community nonprofit vision, or a singular community member with a goal. Giving back through nurturing and supporting the diverse dreams builds a stronger, well-connected and diversely balanced community. The successful business/person ONLY prospers from the gains of those around them, not from their losses.” 

Erin Barnhart

Occupation: Executive Director, Norman Regional Health Foundation

Bio: Erin is executive director for the Norman Regional Health Foundation. She works with its board to award grants for medical equipment and materials; provide scholarships for Norman Regional Health System employees; and provide funding for school nurses in Norman Public Schools, as well as other community support. She joined Junior League of Norman in 2003 upon moving here, chairing the Reading is Fundamental program, which involved Saturday morning story time with children living at Food & Shelter for Friends. She also volunteered with the Center for Children and Families’ Holiday Wishes program for many years, and later served as their Mission Advancement director. She currently is active in the Norman Rotary Club.

“Whether serving pancakes to students, organizing a black-tie gala or awarding a Guardian Angel to a Norman Regional Health System employee, I believe what makes a thriving community is citizens giving of their time and resources to make our little piece of the world a better place. I hope my service has lifted someone up and some day they are able to pay it forward.”

Breea Clark

Occupation: Norman City Councilwoman

Bio: Breea currently represents Ward 6 on the Norman City Council and on July 2 will become the first Millennial Mayor in the history of the city of Norman. During the day, she works with OU students as director of the JCPenney Leadership Program in the Michael F. Price College of Business. She is a proud mom of two boys enrolled in Norman Public Schools and is married to her high school sweetheart, Kevin Clark. Breea helped to create the Reagan Voice PTA when Reagan Elementary opened in 2012 and was instrumental in reviving the Norman PTA Council in 2013. She serves on several city boards and various task forces with Norman Public Schools. She helped to create the Eastside Business Association in 2016 and is looking forward to becoming a board member on the newly created Community Engagement Committee for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Moore Food and Resource Center.

“I have always been driven to improve the world around me, and my community leadership in Norman has evolved over time. From PTA Council to City Council, I hope that I have made a difference in our city. I look forward to not only giving back, but in modeling, and hopefully inspiring, service to others.”

Anna Clough

Occupation: Assistant Director, Tribal Youth Programs Resource Center, Tribal Law and Policy Institute.

Bio: Anna provides training and support for tribal youth prevention, intervention and court-based programs with the Tribal Law and Policy Institute, which is based out of Southern California and has numerous programs that engage with tribal communities across the nation. She also provides support and training to tribal court-based prevention programs in the state and assists with the development of national training opportunities. Her work allows her the opportunity to engage with tribal community leaders and professionals working toward various initiatives to support tribal youth.

“I feel it’s important to utilize my skills and education to the benefit of others. …The best part of my job is connecting with community leaders and individuals who are seeking to better their communities and increase opportunities and quality of life for others.”

Teresa Collado

Occupation: Executive Director, The Virtue Center

Bio: Teresa has been with The Virtue Center, a nonprofit outpatient treatment center for substance abuse, problem gambling and related mental health issues, for more than 20 years and in the field for almost 30 years. She is a graduate of Leadership Norman Class of 2019, is Norman Rotary Club board member/president-elect for 2020-21, and was a member of the campaign council for United Way of Norman this past year. Her love of fitness and people led Teresa to be a fitness instructor for the last 24 years at the Cleveland County Family YMCA.

“I believe we are only on this earth to help one another and to grow spiritually as human beings. There are no other reasons to be here other than to love, nurture, accept and encourage one another. Miracles happen when I get out of my own way and focus on being of service.”

Karla Marshall

Occupation:  Executive Director, Quality Services, Moore Norman Technology Center

Bio: Karla has worked for the Moore Norman Technology Center for the past 28 years. As executive director for quality, she provides administrative leadership for the district in continuous improvement and accreditation. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Oklahoma Quality Foundation and the South Oklahoma City Chamber, and she is chair of the Integris Southwest Medical board of trustees. She also is a volunteer trainer for the staff of the Regional Food Bank and serves in a teaching role within her church.

“We are called to use our time and talents to service others, not for our own benefit, but out of love for those whom we have the privilege to serve. John 4:10 tells us, ‘Each of you should use whatever gifts you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.’”

Barbara Ohsfeldt

Occupation: Founder and Principal, Community Christian School

Bio: Barbara has been an educator for approximately 45 years, She was one of the founders of Community Christian School in 1986 and has served as the administrator of CCS for 33 years. She is a supporter of No Boundaries International, a faith-based organization supporting victims of human trafficking. In 2018, she helped host a CCS Town Hall meeting at which all the gubernatorial candidates were invited to inform the community about important issues. She also has prepared Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets for families in need.

“I believe it is of utmost importance to provide an atmosphere conducive to academic excellence, spiritual growth and personal discipline so that young men and women are prepared to step into the community and become productive citizens.”

Amy Reeves

Occupation: Co-owner, Landmark Fine Homes

Bio: Amy is a lifelong resident of Cleveland County. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Dan Reeves; they have three children, Kaitlin, Matt and Mackenzie. She was a teacher, her husband an Oklahoma City police officer; in 2000, they took a leap of faith and left their careers to start their home-building company, Landmark Fine Homes. Amy is the school board vice president for Moore Public Schools, a lifetime member of the Moore Public Schools Foundation and a team captain for the Cleveland County Relay for Life for the past 10-plus years. She served on the Salvation Army of Cleveland County’s Advisory Board. The Reeves, through their company, give back to the community as well. They built the Food and Shelter for Friends’ dining hall and the Judy McKown Children’s Center for the Salvation Army. 

“Community service and volunteerism is a part of my DNA. I truly love being an active part of my community and helping others. Giving back to the community is something I hope to instill in my children and grandchildren, so they can feel the same love for their community that I do.”

Karen Rieger

Occupation: Director and Shareholder, Crowe & Dunlevy

Bio: Karen has been an attorney with Crowe & Dunlevy for more than three decades, where she is a shareholder and director and heads the Healthcare Practice Group. As a mother of three, Karen’s community activities have focused on children’s issues, including service on the boards of the J.D. McCarty Center for Children with Disabilities and the Center for Children and Families Inc. Karen has donated her services to help many charitable Norman organizations obtain their tax-exempt status. A few years ago, she and her husband, Andy, were selected, due to their service to Norman for several decades, as grand marshals for the Main Street Christmas Parade.

“Although I am a transplant to Norman and Oklahoma, I have grown to love this community and its many dedicated leaders and advocates. They have inspired me to do my part to help assure our community continues to thrive and serve all of its citizens, particularly the most vulnerable.”

Kristy Stewart

Occupation: Executive Director, Women’s Resource Center

Kristy has dedicated her life to providing services to and advocating for justice for victims of domestic violence, sexual violence and stalking. She began as a volunteer at the Women’s Resource Center in 1984 at the shelter and has been with the Women’s Resource Center since that time. In years past, she was a volunteer with Juvenile Services Inc., now the Center for Children and Families. She currently serves on the board of the Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and has been a member of the coalition’s Legislative Committee for the past 10 years. 

“Change occurs when there is involvement individually, locally, regionally and at the state level.  My dream is that children will grow up in a society that is nonviolent and treats everyone with respect.  I believe the work that we are all doing now will lay the foundation for that future to be built upon.”

Mirelsie Velasquez

Occupation: Assistant Professor of Educational Studies, University of Oklahoma

As a faculty member, Mirelsie says she is most interested in re-inserting the lives and stories of marginalized communities into our understanding of history. She is a regularly invited speaker on issues of race and education, Latina/o communities, and offers K-12 district-wide professional development workshops for teachers. But more importantly, Mirelsie says, she is most proud of the mentoring relationships she develops with students, in particular Latina/o/x students. She serves as a McNair mentor at OU, and locally works closely with K-12 educators in creating equitable spaces for Latina/o students.

“When my students of color are struggling being in predominantly white institutions, I remind them that they come from a genealogy of love and resistance. Love is a tool that you can use to resist, so use it.”