Ken Levit, Executive Director

Ken Levit is executive director of GKFF. Prior to taking on the leadership role at GKFF, Mr. Levit served as president of the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa from 2001 to 2006. From early 1998 through 2000, Mr. Levit was special counsel to George Tenet, director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Mr. Levit practiced corporate law at the firm of Crowe & Dunlevy in Tulsa from 1995 to 1998.

Mr. Levit is involved in several civic activities. He currently serves as chair of Teach for America-Oklahoma, as a member of the Teach for America National Council, and as chair of the Tulsa Regional Chamber Tulsa’s Future Commission. Mr. Levit also leads the board of the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Mr. Levit earned his law degree from Yale Law School in 1994 and received his undergraduate degree from Brown University in 1987.

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Onikah Asamoa-Caesar is the Director of Strategic Advisement for the Birth through Eight Strategy for Tulsa at GKFF. She spent her early years working in child welfare in southern California with a focus on improving policies and practices within the foster care system. Onikah moved to Tulsa in 2013 as a Teach for America Corps member. After her service, she worked on various state-level criminal justice policy initiatives under the office of Senator Mike Johnston in Denver, Colorado. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history from California State University at Fullerton and a master’s degree in education from Johns Hopkins University.
Birth through Eight Strategy for Tulsa (BEST)

Onikah Asamoa-Caesar

Director of Strategic Advisement
Onikah Asamoa-Caesar is the Director of Strategic Advisement for the Birth through Eight Strategy for Tulsa at GKFF. She spent her early years working in child welfare in southern California with a focus on improving policies and practices within the foster care system. Onikah moved to Tulsa in 2013 as a Teach for America Corps member. After her service, she worked on various state-level criminal justice policy initiatives under the office of Senator Mike Johnston in Denver, Colorado. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history from California State University at Fullerton and a master’s degree in education from Johns Hopkins University.
Monica Basu works on community health and higher education initiatives. She joined GKFF after several years in the private sector where she held various management positions in the financial services and telecommunications industries. Ms. Basu holds a Master of Business Administration from Duke University and a Master of Science in health care delivery from Dartmouth College. She is a native of India, grew up in four countries, and speaks seven languages.

Monica Basu

Senior Program Officer
Monica Basu works on community health and higher education initiatives. She joined GKFF after several years in the private sector where she held various management positions in the financial services and telecommunications industries. Ms. Basu holds a Master of Business Administration from Duke University and a Master of Science in health care delivery from Dartmouth College. She is a native of India, grew up in four countries, and speaks seven languages.
Catrice Brantley is the Director of ConnectFirst, with the Birth through Eight Strategy for Tulsa.  Prior to joining GKFF, she held various nurse leadership roles with the most recent at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Ms. Brantley holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Oral Roberts University and a Master of Science in Nurse Midwifery from the University of Kansas.
Birth through Eight Strategy for Tulsa (BEST)

Catrice Brantley

Director of ConnectFirst
Catrice Brantley is the Director of ConnectFirst, with the Birth through Eight Strategy for Tulsa.  Prior to joining GKFF, she held various nurse leadership roles with the most recent at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Ms. Brantley holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Oral Roberts University and a Master of Science in Nurse Midwifery from the University of Kansas.
Alex Bromley serves as the administrative coordinator for GKFF's Civic Enhancement team. Prior to joining GKFF, Ms. Bromley was an Administrative Specialist with Tulsa Community Foundation and has worked in development and administrative roles for multiple Tulsa-area non-profits.
Civic Enhancement

Alex Bromley

Administrative Coordinator
Alex Bromley serves as the administrative coordinator for GKFF's Civic Enhancement team. Prior to joining GKFF, Ms. Bromley was an Administrative Specialist with Tulsa Community Foundation and has worked in development and administrative roles for multiple Tulsa-area non-profits.
Kimberly Butler’s work at GKFF focuses on maternal child health initiatives. Prior to joining GKFF, Ms. Butler was a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala working with women and children on issues of health and nutrition. Following the Peace Corps, she worked with women and children at Rosie's Place in Boston. Ms. Butler graduated from Wellesley College in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts and completed her master’s degree in public health at the University of Oklahoma in 2009.

Kimberly Butler

Senior Program Officer
Kimberly Butler’s work at GKFF focuses on maternal child health initiatives. Prior to joining GKFF, Ms. Butler was a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala working with women and children on issues of health and nutrition. Following the Peace Corps, she worked with women and children at Rosie's Place in Boston. Ms. Butler graduated from Wellesley College in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts and completed her master’s degree in public health at the University of Oklahoma in 2009.
Stanton Doyle joined GKFF in November 2008 and oversees its annual grant program in civic enhancement, economic development and the arts. He also leads GKFF’s development projects in downtown Tulsa. Before joining GKFF, Mr. Doyle was chief information officer for CountryWatch in Houston, Texas and held a variety of positions in several community media organizations. Mr. Doyle holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arkansas and a master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Indiana where he studied cultural heritage management and the arts and culture nonprofit sector.
Civic Enhancement

Stanton Doyle

Senior Program Officer
Stanton Doyle joined GKFF in November 2008 and oversees its annual grant program in civic enhancement, economic development and the arts. He also leads GKFF’s development projects in downtown Tulsa. Before joining GKFF, Mr. Doyle was chief information officer for CountryWatch in Houston, Texas and held a variety of positions in several community media organizations. Mr. Doyle holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arkansas and a master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Indiana where he studied cultural heritage management and the arts and culture nonprofit sector.
Eddie is the Director of Business Analytics for GKFF, helping assess agency effectiveness, analyzing cost/benefit analysis of GKFF initiatives and implementing business intelligence strategy. Eddie has 20+ years of subject matter expertise in financial model development, financial reporting and data analytics. Immediately prior to joining GKFF in 2018, he worked at Family & Children’s Services for 10+ years, where he was the Financial Analysis and Budget Director, responsible for developing budgets and forecasts for 70+ programs, acting as the primary financial analyst to the CEO and CFO and helping implement an advanced business intelligence infrastructure. Before that, Eddie had a multi-faceted career at Avis Rent-a-Car and Cendant Corporation, progressing from reservations agent to VP of Avis North American call center operations and later, leading Cendant’s contact center operational efficiency and outsourcing efforts. Eddie is a 1987 graduate of University of Tulsa with a bachelor’s degree in Finance.

Eddie Hassell

Director of Business Analytics
Eddie is the Director of Business Analytics for GKFF, helping assess agency effectiveness, analyzing cost/benefit analysis of GKFF initiatives and implementing business intelligence strategy. Eddie has 20+ years of subject matter expertise in financial model development, financial reporting and data analytics. Immediately prior to joining GKFF in 2018, he worked at Family & Children’s Services for 10+ years, where he was the Financial Analysis and Budget Director, responsible for developing budgets and forecasts for 70+ programs, acting as the primary financial analyst to the CEO and CFO and helping implement an advanced business intelligence infrastructure. Before that, Eddie had a multi-faceted career at Avis Rent-a-Car and Cendant Corporation, progressing from reservations agent to VP of Avis North American call center operations and later, leading Cendant’s contact center operational efficiency and outsourcing efforts. Eddie is a 1987 graduate of University of Tulsa with a bachelor’s degree in Finance.
Annie Koppel Van Hanken oversees GKFF’s early childhood education and common education initiatives. Before joining the Foundation in 2002, Ms. Van Hanken worked in inner-city Los Angeles at a community-based youth development center. She serves as board president for Tulsa Educare and Tulsa Legacy Charter School. Ms. Van Hanken also serves on the board of Sunbeam Family Services of Oklahoma City and is a gubernatorial appointee on Oklahoma’s Early Childhood Advisory Council. She has a master’s degree in education, with an emphasis on learning disabilities, from the University of Texas at Austin and a dual bachelor’s degree in English and history, with a minor in classics, from Tulane University.

Annie Koppel Van Hanken

Senior Program Officer
Annie Koppel Van Hanken oversees GKFF’s early childhood education and common education initiatives. Before joining the Foundation in 2002, Ms. Van Hanken worked in inner-city Los Angeles at a community-based youth development center. She serves as board president for Tulsa Educare and Tulsa Legacy Charter School. Ms. Van Hanken also serves on the board of Sunbeam Family Services of Oklahoma City and is a gubernatorial appointee on Oklahoma’s Early Childhood Advisory Council. She has a master’s degree in education, with an emphasis on learning disabilities, from the University of Texas at Austin and a dual bachelor’s degree in English and history, with a minor in classics, from Tulane University.
Stefanie Menting serves as the Program Coordinator for ConnectFirst with the Birth through Eight Strategy for Tulsa. Prior to joining GKFF, Ms. Menting worked at the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa as the residency program coordinator in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. She graduated from Northern Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and from the University of Oklahoma with a master’s degree in Human Relations.
Birth through Eight Strategy for Tulsa (BEST)

Stefanie Menting

Program Coordinator
Stefanie Menting serves as the Program Coordinator for ConnectFirst with the Birth through Eight Strategy for Tulsa. Prior to joining GKFF, Ms. Menting worked at the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa as the residency program coordinator in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. She graduated from Northern Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and from the University of Oklahoma with a master’s degree in Human Relations.
Josh Miller works on neighborhood revitalization, civic enhancement and beautification. Prior to joining GKFF, Mr. Miller was a director of compliance in the University of Oklahoma (OU) athletic department and then vice president of the Folds of Honor Foundation. He graduated from OU in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism, and in 2007 with a Juris Doctor and master’s degree in education.
Civic Enhancement

Josh Miller

Program Officer
Josh Miller works on neighborhood revitalization, civic enhancement and beautification. Prior to joining GKFF, Mr. Miller was a director of compliance in the University of Oklahoma (OU) athletic department and then vice president of the Folds of Honor Foundation. He graduated from OU in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism, and in 2007 with a Juris Doctor and master’s degree in education.
Annie Mitchell joined GKFF in 2006. She manages GKFF’s grant activities and processes, its grants database, reporting, and due diligence requirements and also works closely on the Foundation’s annual social services giving program. She has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and a Master of Social Work from the University of Oklahoma.

Annie Mitchell

Grants Manager
Annie Mitchell joined GKFF in 2006. She manages GKFF’s grant activities and processes, its grants database, reporting, and due diligence requirements and also works closely on the Foundation’s annual social services giving program. She has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and a Master of Social Work from the University of Oklahoma.
Brandon Oldham serves as a Program Associate on the Vibrant and Inclusive Tulsa team. The north Tulsa native has worked in recruiting, human resources, and development. Prior to joining the foundation, Brandon served the University of Oklahoma as Assistant Director of Student Life and, more recently, the City of Tulsa as the Mayoral Aide to Mayor G.T. Bynum. He is a first generation college graduate, earning a bachelor’s degree in public relations and a master’s in education from the University of Oklahoma.
Civic Enhancement

Brandon Oldham

Program Associate
Brandon Oldham serves as a Program Associate on the Vibrant and Inclusive Tulsa team. The north Tulsa native has worked in recruiting, human resources, and development. Prior to joining the foundation, Brandon served the University of Oklahoma as Assistant Director of Student Life and, more recently, the City of Tulsa as the Mayoral Aide to Mayor G.T. Bynum. He is a first generation college graduate, earning a bachelor’s degree in public relations and a master’s in education from the University of Oklahoma.
Sophia Pappas joined GKFF in 2017. She's responsible for the implementation of the Birth through Eight Strategy for Tulsa (BEST). Before joining GKFF, Ms. Pappas authored Good Morning, Children (Gryphon House, '09), spearheaded Teach For America’s national Early Childhood Education Initiative and served as Chief of Staff for the NYC Dept. of Education for the Division of Talent, Labor and Innovation. She ran the NYC Dept. of Education’s Early Childhood Education Division where she oversaw teams responsible for ensuring Pre-K for all programs across the city, serving approximately 70,000 children annually offering high-quality classroom instruction and family engagement. She managed public and private partnerships supporting these efforts. She attended Georgetown University and Harvard Kennedy School earning a Master of Public Policy.
Birth through Eight Strategy for Tulsa (BEST)

Sophia Pappas

Managing Director
Sophia Pappas joined GKFF in 2017. She's responsible for the implementation of the Birth through Eight Strategy for Tulsa (BEST). Before joining GKFF, Ms. Pappas authored Good Morning, Children (Gryphon House, '09), spearheaded Teach For America’s national Early Childhood Education Initiative and served as Chief of Staff for the NYC Dept. of Education for the Division of Talent, Labor and Innovation. She ran the NYC Dept. of Education’s Early Childhood Education Division where she oversaw teams responsible for ensuring Pre-K for all programs across the city, serving approximately 70,000 children annually offering high-quality classroom instruction and family engagement. She managed public and private partnerships supporting these efforts. She attended Georgetown University and Harvard Kennedy School earning a Master of Public Policy.
Sara Ross serves as the administrative coordinator for the Equal Opportunity Team at GKFF. Prior to joining GKFF, Sara worked at the University of Oklahoma (OU) as an administrative assistant in the College of Professional and Continuing Studies. She graduated from OU in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Relations and in 2017 with a master’s degree in Human Relations/Human Resource Diversity and Development.

Sara Ross

Administrative Coordinator
Sara Ross serves as the administrative coordinator for the Equal Opportunity Team at GKFF. Prior to joining GKFF, Sara worked at the University of Oklahoma (OU) as an administrative assistant in the College of Professional and Continuing Studies. She graduated from OU in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Relations and in 2017 with a master’s degree in Human Relations/Human Resource Diversity and Development.
Amy Santee joined GKFF in 2006. She is responsible for the Foundation’s investments in the area of female incarceration and manages the social services annual giving program. Prior to joining GKFF, Ms. Santee practiced law at Conner & Winters and served as in-house counsel at WilTel Communications. She attended the University of Oklahoma where she received a bachelor’s degree in letters in 1995 and a law degree in 2001.

Amy Santee

Senior Program Officer
Amy Santee joined GKFF in 2006. She is responsible for the Foundation’s investments in the area of female incarceration and manages the social services annual giving program. Prior to joining GKFF, Ms. Santee practiced law at Conner & Winters and served as in-house counsel at WilTel Communications. She attended the University of Oklahoma where she received a bachelor’s degree in letters in 1995 and a law degree in 2001.
Suzanne Schreiber works on special projects for GKFF, including Tulsa’s Gathering Place LLC and various policy initiatives. Originally from New Mexico, Ms. Schreiber practiced law for several years and clerked for both the Northern District Court of Oklahoma and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. She graduated from the University of Tulsa College of Law and the University of Tulsa with a Bachelor of Science in political science and law and society.
Civic Enhancement

Suzanne Schreiber

Program Officer (TCF)
Suzanne Schreiber works on special projects for GKFF, including Tulsa’s Gathering Place LLC and various policy initiatives. Originally from New Mexico, Ms. Schreiber practiced law for several years and clerked for both the Northern District Court of Oklahoma and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. She graduated from the University of Tulsa College of Law and the University of Tulsa with a Bachelor of Science in political science and law and society.
Jeff Stava supports GKFF’s work in overall civic enhancement, placemaking, and beautification. Mr. Stava currently serves as chief operating officer for Tulsa Community Foundation and executive director of Tulsa’s Gathering Place LLC. He has spent most of his career in business and most recently as president/CEO of Outdoor Innovations. Mr. Stava is a 1991 graduate of Baylor University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in operations management.
Civic Enhancement

Jeff Stava

Chief Operating Officer (TCF)
Jeff Stava supports GKFF’s work in overall civic enhancement, placemaking, and beautification. Mr. Stava currently serves as chief operating officer for Tulsa Community Foundation and executive director of Tulsa’s Gathering Place LLC. He has spent most of his career in business and most recently as president/CEO of Outdoor Innovations. Mr. Stava is a 1991 graduate of Baylor University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in operations management.
Dan Sterba is the Director of Data Systems and Technology for the Birth through Eight Strategy for Tulsa for GKFF. He joins the team from the healthcare consulting industry, where he worked on process optimization and software design for large non-profit hospital systems. Mr. Sterba graduated from Brown University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in both Economics and Russian.
Birth through Eight Strategy for Tulsa (BEST)

Dan Sterba

Director of Data Systems and Technology
Dan Sterba is the Director of Data Systems and Technology for the Birth through Eight Strategy for Tulsa for GKFF. He joins the team from the healthcare consulting industry, where he worked on process optimization and software design for large non-profit hospital systems. Mr. Sterba graduated from Brown University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in both Economics and Russian.
Becca Sterling manages the GKFF office and serves as an executive assistant. Ms. Sterling previously worked at the University of Oklahoma (OU) as an event coordinator in the College of Continuing Education. She graduated from OU in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in social sciences and a minor in public administration.

Becca Sterling

Senior Administrative Coordinator
Becca Sterling manages the GKFF office and serves as an executive assistant. Ms. Sterling previously worked at the University of Oklahoma (OU) as an event coordinator in the College of Continuing Education. She graduated from OU in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in social sciences and a minor in public administration.
Ben Stewart works on PreK-12 education initiatives at GKFF. Prior to joining GKFF in 2010, Mr. Stewart worked in venture capital for the Oklahoma Life Sciences Fund, lived abroad in Argentina, and worked with social entrepreneurship groups Ashoka and Endeavor. A Tulsa native, he is a 2007 graduate from the Honors College at the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor's degree in international business, entrepreneurship and Spanish.

Ben Stewart

Senior Program Officer
Ben Stewart works on PreK-12 education initiatives at GKFF. Prior to joining GKFF in 2010, Mr. Stewart worked in venture capital for the Oklahoma Life Sciences Fund, lived abroad in Argentina, and worked with social entrepreneurship groups Ashoka and Endeavor. A Tulsa native, he is a 2007 graduate from the Honors College at the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor's degree in international business, entrepreneurship and Spanish.
Amy joined GKFF in 2018 as the Director of Research Partnerships for the Birth through Eight Strategy for Tulsa (BEST). She comes to GKFF from Oklahoma State University, where as a Clinical Associate Professor she held leadership roles in early childhood workforce development, including serving as the Early Childhood Education Program Coordinator and Oklahoma Co-Coordinator for the National Family Development Credential. She is a graduate of Tulsa Edison High School and holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Human Development & Family Studies from the University of Missouri-Columbia, a Master of Education degree in Sport & Exercise Psychology from the University of Virginia, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Human & Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University.
Birth through Eight Strategy for Tulsa (BEST)

Amy Tate

Director of Research Partnerships
Amy joined GKFF in 2018 as the Director of Research Partnerships for the Birth through Eight Strategy for Tulsa (BEST). She comes to GKFF from Oklahoma State University, where as a Clinical Associate Professor she held leadership roles in early childhood workforce development, including serving as the Early Childhood Education Program Coordinator and Oklahoma Co-Coordinator for the National Family Development Credential. She is a graduate of Tulsa Edison High School and holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Human Development & Family Studies from the University of Missouri-Columbia, a Master of Education degree in Sport & Exercise Psychology from the University of Virginia, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Human & Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University.

INVESTMENT TEAM

Robert Thomas, Chief Investment Officer

Robert Thomas is responsible for the financial administration and management of the George Kaiser Family Foundation’s investment portfolio. Before joining the Foundation, he was a portfolio manager for the Bill Gates investment office. The Gates office invests the personal assets of Mr. Gates as well as the assets of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Mr. Thomas is currently the board chair for both City Year Tulsa and Undercroft Montessori School. Originally from Washington state, Mr. Thomas earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Claremont McKenna College magna cum laude and is a chartered financial analyst (CFA) charterholder.

Tyson Banbury helps manage GKFF’s investment portfolio. Prior to joining the Foundation, Mr. Banbury managed a debt portfolio of public and middle market companies at the Northern Trust Company in Chicago. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering and from the University of Illinois with a master’s degree in finance. He has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

Tyson Banbury

Investment Officer
Tyson Banbury helps manage GKFF’s investment portfolio. Prior to joining the Foundation, Mr. Banbury managed a debt portfolio of public and middle market companies at the Northern Trust Company in Chicago. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering and from the University of Illinois with a master’s degree in finance. He has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
Miranda Goolsbay manages the back office and accounting needs of the GKFF investment team.  Before joining the Foundation, Ms. Goolsbay worked as a tax manager for Ernst & Young, LLP with nine years of public accounting experience.  She is a graduate of the University of Tulsa with a Master of Science in Taxation and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Accounting).  Ms. Goolsbay is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the state of Oklahoma and was selected as a 2019 Trailblazer, an honor awarded by the Oklahoma Society of CPAs to emerging leaders in the accounting community.

Miranda Goolsbay

Investment Operations Manager
Miranda Goolsbay manages the back office and accounting needs of the GKFF investment team.  Before joining the Foundation, Ms. Goolsbay worked as a tax manager for Ernst & Young, LLP with nine years of public accounting experience.  She is a graduate of the University of Tulsa with a Master of Science in Taxation and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Accounting).  Ms. Goolsbay is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the state of Oklahoma and was selected as a 2019 Trailblazer, an honor awarded by the Oklahoma Society of CPAs to emerging leaders in the accounting community.
Reid Spears helps manage GKFF’s investment portfolio and assists the philanthropic team in various areas. Before joining the Foundation, Mr. Spears spent a year volunteering at an orphanage in South Africa, where he became interested in promoting early childhood education and strong family initiatives. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Arts in economics and the program of liberal studies. He has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

Reid Spears

Investment Officer
Reid Spears helps manage GKFF’s investment portfolio and assists the philanthropic team in various areas. Before joining the Foundation, Mr. Spears spent a year volunteering at an orphanage in South Africa, where he became interested in promoting early childhood education and strong family initiatives. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Arts in economics and the program of liberal studies. He has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
Brian Zorb is part of the team that manages GKFF's investment portfolio. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2012, Mr. Zorb worked at DUMAC (Duke University’s endowment). He graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Science in economics and has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

Brian Zorb

Investment Officer
Brian Zorb is part of the team that manages GKFF's investment portfolio. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2012, Mr. Zorb worked at DUMAC (Duke University’s endowment). He graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Science in economics and has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

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