Meet the Incredible Speakers of IgniteOKC XI

Ally Glavas is an experienced public affairs practitioner, campaign manager, and political and nonprofit fundraiser. After several years working in electoral politics, she has shifted her focus to issue advocacy and coalition building. She is accustomed to crafting grassroots strategies for clients that influence state and federal legislative/regulatory decisions, including developing and executing tactical earned media campaigns for public initiatives. Ally oversees daily management of all Candor accounts.

Ally’s community involvement includes serving on the board of Calm Waters, the Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma’s Cookies & Cocktails Committee and as a champion of N.E.W. Leadership.

Ally was a member of the United Way’s Board Serve Class III, won an Oklahoma NextGen Under 30 award in 2016 and is a member of LOYAL Class XIII.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science, summa cum laude, from the University of Oklahoma.

In her free time, Ally enjoys group exercise, reading, exploring Oklahoma City’s local dining scene, and spending time with friends and family.

Merideth is the co-founder of True U Girls, a national nonprofit that has brought yoga + mindfulness to underserved populations through the United Nations, National Girl Summits, and Girls Inc. She is owner of 405 YOGA, power flow yoga studios located in downtown Oklahoma City and Washington DC.

Merideth has served as part-time faculty at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health and consults with national government agencies as well as nano business models in the nation’s Capitol.

Merideth holds a Masters of Science degree in human development from Oklahoma State University and a Bachelors of Science in human environmental science. Merideth’s work focuses on resiliency, growth, and people-focused models that build leadership and scalability. Merideth is a trained power flow instructor and advanced Rocket (power) yoga instructor. Merideth is the national Brand Ambassador for Athleta Washington DC.

Steph Simkins is a left-handed, right-brained human who loves people, hates small talk and just wants you get the hell out of your own way.

Clint Williams is a co-founder of Clover Partners and lives with his wife and two children in the urban core of Oklahoma City.

Clint holds a degree in Organizational Leadership from Southern Nazarene University and serves on committees at the Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools and Oklahoma Contemporary. As a business owner, his focus on developing relationships (both personally and professionally) have led to an ever-growing passion for Oklahoma City.

Those passions include his children, arts and education, reading, coffee, and the occasional non-plumbing related project at his 89 year-old home. He reads once-a-month for the Littles Storytime at Commonplace Books, and takes classes at OKC Improv as a way to expand his horizons and gain additional perspective.

Madison Schultz, an Oklahoma native, is a mechanical engineer at Guernsey. She is responsible for the design of HVAC and plumbing systems in buildings as well as serving in marketing and leadership roles in the company. She has been in the consulting engineering industry for over a decade and is a Licensed Professional Engineer in Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah. A graduate of Yukon High School, she went on to earn her AS in pre-engineering from Oklahoma City Community College and BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma, graduating with special distinction. She serves as a Board Member and incoming President Elect for the local chapter of ASHRAE. She also serves on a Regional and Society level of ASHRAE helping young engineers worldwide excel into the industry. She spends much of her time volunteering and generating excitement in pursuing engineering as a career. She also served as a volunteer with Girl Tech to focus on promoting STEM careers two girls. She is passionate about energy efficient design, design sustainability, and the future of engineering. She was inducted into the OCCC Hall of Fame in November 2015. An avid crochet, knitter, and quilter, Madison enjoys crafting in her spare time. She and her husband Bryan, an electrical engineer who works in hybrid vehicle battery research and development, have one dog who keeps them perpetually entertained.

Amy Johnson graduated from Iowa State University with a BFA in Graphic Design and an MFA in Studio Arts from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Amy is a Professor at University of Central Oklahoma in the College of Fine Arts and Design where she serves as the Department Chairperson for Design and the Graphic Design Program Director. She specializes in teaching package design, professional practice and design for good. Amy is also an AIGA Fellow and a 99u Fellow.

Kelly Williams is a lifelong resident of Warr Acres, Oklahoma. For the past five years she has served as the Director for Institutional Research at her alma mater, Oklahoma City University, where she manages their strategic plan and university accreditation. Kelly is also an adjunct professor, teaching Psychology and Statistics, at Oklahoma City University and the University of Oklahoma. Kelly graduated magna cum laude with her BS in Psychology from Oklahoma City University, then went on to earn both an MS and PhD in Quantitative Psychology from the University of Oklahoma.
Kelly is a past candidate for the Oklahoma House of Representatives and spends a great deal of her free time volunteering for campaigns. She currently serves on the Board of Directors at Family Builders, a local nonprofit committed to stopping the cycle of abuse and family violence, where she is Chair of the Sustainable Fundraising Committee. Kelly also serves on the Advisory Board of the Putnam City Schools Foundation and is a new member of the United Way of Central Oklahoma’s Research and Community Initiatives Committee. She is a recent graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City’s LOYAL program.
Kelly has two young sons, Fitzgerald and Atticus, and a sweet old lab named Lola. Together they enjoy having dance parties in their jammies, making up nonsense songs, and trips to the park. Kelly loves to bake, especially with her kids, and together they make the best chocolate chip cookies in the world.

Douglas Sorocco, a native of northern Indiana/Chicago, followed a girl (Kristen—now, his wife) to Oklahoma in 1996 and the rest is, as they say, history.  Doug is an an owner of the creative rights law firm Dunlap Codding and helps creators, makers, artists & innovators protect and defend their art, inventions, and ideas. He loves ideas—the more outlandish and audacious, the better—and believes that supporting the development of new ideas from all corners of our society is the recipe for community advancement.

Doug is a member of the bar in Oklahoma and Illinois and is licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Doug’s peers and clients have ranked him in Band 1 (the top band) for intellectual property law by the highly regarded U.K.-based Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business . Doug is incredibly honored to have been named one of 15 Minority Rainmakers of the Year by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association and Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” in 2006. With a gift of the gab, Doug is often quoted by regional, national, and international business, technical, and legal publications. He is a trusted advisor to clients small and large—from local one person startups to multinational companies such as Nestlè, Johnson & Johnson, and Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics.

Doug loves to teach and is an adjunct faculty member at the Oklahoma City University School of Law and has held an appointed in the Physiology Department at the University of Oklahoma’s Health Sciences Center. Doug was honored to have served as a member of the Board of Directors of the publicly traded Canadian company Abattis Bioceuticals—a pharmaceutical company researching the extraction and use of cannabinoid compounds found in marijuana.

Doug served as the national Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Spina Bifida Association of America (2004-07). He also served on the Board of Directors for both the International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (a United Nations supported NGO based in Brussels) as well as Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma City. Locally, Doug currently serves on the Board of Directors for Oklahoma City’s Film Row District, Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition (OVAC), Canterbury Voices, and as the current Chairman of Creative Oklahoma and the Oklahoma City Girls Art School. Doug is a passionate advocate for “community inclsuiveness” and has been the driving force behind the firm’s free community and event space “DC on Film Row”.

Doug also attempts to keep up with is son Karl (12) and daughter Sophia (5).  He wears the dark rings under his eyes with immense pride.

Riley Evan Ross is the host of the Y’all OK Podcast, the podcast about Oklahoma and the people connected to it. Riley grew up in South Oklahoma City and has lived all over this great state. He is a certified Project Manager and Change Management Professional in the Federal Government. Through www.RileyEvanRoss.com, he writes and speaks on the topics of Moderation, Moderate Leadership, Change Management, and managing virtual teams.

Apollo Woods spent the last 12 years providing client partners with technology and consulting solutions to improve productivity and bottom-line profits.  Embracing the core values of integrity, innovation, and growth, Apollo consistently ranks among the top sales performers in North America.  In 2016, he was awarded the prestigious President’s Award for Excellence in Selling by exceeding his revenue targets by 233%.

Born in Duncan, Oklahoma, Apollo learned the value of service with his local church, an Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America and various community organizations.  Over the years, he became the recipient of numerous recognitions, Texas Southern University’s 40 under 40, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Man of the Year finalist and nominated for the Journal Record 40 under 40.

Apollo holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Houston, as well as an executive MBA in Energy and Finance from Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas.

Currently, Apollo is a board member with the Urban League of Greater OKC, Mental Health Association of Oklahoma, Leadership Signature Class 35 and longtime member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Kathy Harms is Founder and Executive Director of Teen emPower! Incorporated (TEI). TEI is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to empowering teens to make healthy choices through life-skills education. As a former teen mother, Kathy searched for ways to provide youth information she did not receive before becoming sexually active. She discovered that sexual health education was still very limited in Oklahoma and set out to create an organization that could provide those much needed services.  Founded in 2004, TEI’s mission is to prevent adolescents from engaging in high risk behaviors through youth development strategies that promote a healthy and successful transition into adulthood.

Kathy teaches sexual health education, unapologetically without judgment, shame, blame or guilt primarily to middle and high school students.

Kathy trains high school students to become peer educators who teach their younger peers life skills such as understanding peer and social pressures, decision-making, communication, and the benefits of being assertive. She believes peer education is the key to successful sexual health education program outcomes.

Often adults say, “I wish I knew then what I know now.” When it comes to sexual health education, it’s critical that we teach young people while they are still living then.

Jonathan Hinkle is an IT professional with more than 17 years of experience in the technology field. Jonathan received his MBA from the University of Oklahoma and holds certifications in Lean, ITIL, InfoSec, KCS, and Agile. He is passionate about technology and The Golden Rule, and how those two concepts can be combined to create a winning organization. He is currently the VP, Director of Information Technology at First Fidelity Bank where he is using the principles of Lean and Agile to improve technology through service management and operational excellence.

Atari aficionado, grown boy scout, sleep deprived.