OUR BOARD

WAYNE PYLE, PRESIDENT

Bio to come

JIM BEASLEY

Mr. Beasley retired from Willbros, an international pipeline engineering and construction contractor, in 2012 after 39 years of service.  He was president of the company’s engineering subsidiary for 20 years, and from 2006 until he retired, he was senior vice president of the parent company acting as executive sponsor for major projects for which Willbros was responsible for the engineering, procurement of materials and construction.

 

Throughout his career and his retirement, Mr. Beasley has been active in community service.  He has been on the Board of Directors of Goodwill Industries of Tulsa since 1991 and was the Chairman of the Board from 1997-1999. Over the last 5 years, Mr. Beasley has been a Reading Buddy with Partners in Education (Tulsa Public Schools) at Gilcrease Elementary and McLain Seventh Grade Academy.  He is an inaugural Board member of Connected Kids.

 

Mr. Beasley graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1966 with a BS & MS in Civil Engineering. Following graduation, Mr. Beasley served four years in the U.S. Navy as an officer in the Civil Engineer Corps. He has received numerous honors and awards including, among others, induction in the University of Missouri Academy of Distinguished Alumni of Civil Engineering (1998); Pipeliner of the Year by the Pipeliner’s Club of Tulsa (1996); Columbia, Missouri Public School Foundation, Outstanding Alumnus (2006); and Citation of Merit, from the College of Engineering, University of Missouri (2007).

PAM CROOKEDACRE

"Those who dare to teach, must never cease to learn." John Cotton Dana -1912. 

 

These words have served as a guide to the many years of dedication in the ever-evolving world of education. A career that began in the early 1970s as a kindergarten teacher grew to include: classrooms from pre-K to third grade, a Title One teacher/district coordinator position, a summer program coordinator position, becoming a Reading Recovery trained teacher and twelve years as an Elementary School Principal.

 

In 2010, Pam retired from the Michigan Public School system to move home to Tulsa to take care of aging parents. She currently works as a senior training specialist for the Community Action Project in Tulsa, Oklahoma. As the senior trainer, she brings her many years of experience, her passion for classroom practice, and her ability to motivate and inspire teachers to pre-K classrooms in nine schools supporting them in their service to a high needs Tulsa population.

JAN MILLER

Jan Miller is a family relations/parenting consultant. With more than 30 years of experience in community and faith-based programs, her goals have remained the same: to help parents and caregivers understand and respond appropriately to the complexities of children and their development.

 

Jan has a long record of successfully guiding and growing programs by building relationships with co-workers and clients. Her insight and skills have gained her national recognition as a speaker, trainer and mentor.

 

When not hard at work helping other families, Jan can be found spending time with her own: her husband, Mike, her son and daughter and four precious grandchildren. Jan likes the beach, Santa Fe, likes to work out and is a wannabe vegetarian.

JENNIFER KERN

Jennifer attended the University of Tulsa, College of Law, graduating with her Juris Doctor in December 2002. She is a frequent presenter on adoption- and guardianship-related topics at various legal, general public, and church venues. She is also a mediator.

 

Super Lawyers identified Jennifer = as one of Oklahoma’s top up-and-coming attorneys by her selection to its "Rising Stars" list. She has been an Adoption Fellow of the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys since 2008, twice serving on its Nominating Committee. Jennifer is a member of the Tulsa County Bar Association (serving on the Children and the Law, Fee Arbitration and LRE/Speakers Committees, and participating in the ADR/Mediation, Family Law and Adoption Sections), the Rogers County Bar Association (having moved The Kern Law Firm PLLC to its current Claremore office in April 2018), and the Oklahoma Bar Association (participating in the Adoption, Estate Planning, Probate & Trust, Juvenile Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Litigation, and Family Law Sections).

 

In addition, she has volunteered with the Tulsa Lawyers for Children and the OBA’s HEROES (veterans’) programs; has served on the Board of Directors for Compassion Women’s Center, Inc., based in Rogers County; has served as a member of the Oklahoma Adoption Coalition, including as Chairperson of its Public Affairs Committee; and was appointed to, and served on, the Oklahoma Legislature's Adoption Review Task Force in 2008-09.

 Jennifer loves God and people (including her three grandchildren), and she has a heart to

serve her community (including its children).

NATHAN KELTNER

Mr. Keltner is the CTO and Cofounder of a cybersecurity consulting firm. Since starting the company in 2013 with two other security industry peers, he has seen it grow to 35 employees across 14 states and two provinces in Canada. His company serves many of the United States’ most well-known technology organizations and has been honored for the last two years to join the Inc. 5,000 list of fastest growing private companies in the United States.

 

Throughout his career, Mr. Keltner has also been active in community service. After many years of serving as a member of a local church body, in 2013 he moved into a leadership position and joined the non-profit’s board of directors. Since 2017, he has served on various committees for a regional religious organization, and since 2018 has served on the board of Connected Kids. Although not employed in a trauma- or education-related field, he enjoys supporting those best able to serve those in need.

 

Nathan holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Oklahoma. He volunteers for several local industry organizations and has held various leadership roles within them over the years, and frequently presents at national and international security industry conferences.

ABOUT US

Connected Kids is dedicated to helping educators and advocates understand and nurture children in crisis. Through innovative training programs we provide education with hands-on application on child development and trauma. 

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