Coffee Bunker Board of Directors
Mr. Clifford Fisch, Board President
Cliff Fisch became involved with the Coffee Bunker in 2015 through the TYPROS (Tulsa Young Professionals) board internship program and has continued to be involved with the Coffee Bunker ever since. He received his B.S. from the University of Tulsa in 2010 and currently holds a position with Gardner Denver Manufacturing. Cliff has lived in Tulsa since high school. He enjoys working on vintage cars and spending time at the lake with family and friends.
Col. Ray Knapp, USAF (Ret.), Board Vice President
Colonel Raymond F. Knapp last served as the Air Force Reserve Defense Integrated Military Human Resources System (DIMHRS) program manager, Office of Air Force Reserve, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, The Pentagon. He retired in June 2010.
Colonel Knapp first enlisted in the Air Force Reserve in 1975 and was commissioned as a Distinguished Graduate of the Reserve Officer Training Corps in 1980. For over 34 years, he served in a variety of active duty, Active Guard and Reserve (AGR), reserve unit and Individual Mobilization Augmentee (IMA) positions. In addition, he has performed special duty as a staff analyst in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Reserve Forces Policy Board (RFPB) and as the deputy team chief of the Headquarters European Command Military Liaison Team (MLT) for the Czech Ministry of Defense in Prague, Czech Republic, and as an analyst on the Headquarters Joint Cross Service Group for the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission. His assignments included aircraft maintenance, missile operations, information management, personnel, finance and international relations at all levels from Wing to Major Command, Air Staff, Secretariat and Joint duty. Prior to returning to active duty in 1999, his civilian position was as an Advanced Business Analyst in the Human Resources Division of the Financial Industry Group at the corporate headquarters of Electronic Data Systems in Plano, Texas.
Now residing in Tulsa, OK, Colonel Knapp is an ordained Deacon serving as the Assistant to the Bishop of the Ecumenical Catholic Diocese of Mid-America and at the Parish Church of St. Jerome in Brady Heights.
Ms. Stephanie Jones (USA), Board Secretary
Stephanie is a native of Oklahoma. While serving in the military she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a Management concentration at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN. Upon completion of her Bachelor’s degree, she received her MBA from Murray State University in Murray, KY. Stephanie returned to Oklahoma with her family in August of 2002. She completed a Master’s of Science in Human Resource Administration at East Central University in Ada, OK. Currently, she is working on her Doctorate in Business Administration at Liberty University in Project Management while working as a full-time instructor at Rogers State University.
Stephanie has four children and a stepson and currently resides with her spouse in Tulsa, OK. When she is not doing school work, she loves to watch her kids participate in a variety of school activities.
Ms. Elizabeth Rabe, Treasurer
Dr. Michael Horton (USAF), Executive Director
Dr. Michael Horton (USAF) is the Executive Director of the Coffee Bunker. He was previously a partner with Blue Brook Consulting, specializing in training interventions and performance coaching. He teaches organizational and educational psychology and guides doctoral dissertation research.
Dr. Horton is a member of the Association for Talent Development, Toastmasters International, The Society for Teaching Psychology, and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. He serves as a Watch D.O.G. for Northwood Elementary in Piedmont, OK, as a mentor for the Tulsa Veterans Treatment Court. He works through a group with Tulsa Community Services Council studying researching the issue of moral/soul injury and how to help veterans and their families address the injury.
Dr. Horton lives in Tulsa with his wife Laurie, where he enjoys ballroom dancing, attending grandchildren’s activities, and a sometimes pressing writing schedule. See his books at www.gettothepointbooks.com
Mrs. Nancy Goodman, Faith Outreach
Nancy Goodman is the mother of a USMC veteran and the daughter of a WWII veteran. She was raised in Tulsa and currently lives in Jenks with her husband Paul. Her grown children live in Jenks and Tahlequah. She’s trying to learn to fly fish and enjoys time with family and friends.
She received a B.S. from Oklahoma State University and an M.S. from the University of Oregon both in Speech-Language Pathology. Her primary interest was in the rehabilitation of strokes and head injuries. She has been a community volunteer focusing on activities with Jenks Public Schools, church, teen pregnancy, and veterans. She attends the monthly Warrior Partnership of Eastern Oklahoma meetings and the committee studying moral/soul injury.
She enjoys volunteering at the annual Standdown and she looks forward to helping veterans at the Coffee Bunker.
Mr. Jim Lyall (USA), MPA, CIRS
Jim Lyall has been with the Community Service Council since 1980. As Associate Director he oversees the 2-1-1 Helpline as well as community planning initiatives for the integration of services for military veterans, homelessness, mental health care and responses to community emergencies. Jim is known throughout Oklahoma and nationally for his leadership in the development of 2-1-1.
Jim is responsible for program development and operations, grants and financing, staff support for coalitions, community planning, and the advancement of a wide range of agency collaborations and partnerships. Jim began his tenure with the Community Service Council in 1980 as Helpline Program Director, and became Associate Director in 1991. Creating Oklahoma’s first 2-1-1 call center, which became the first in Oklahoma to achieve national accreditation, and helping 2-1-1 to become a statewide service can be counted among Jim’s most significant accomplishments.
At CSC, his leadership in the creation of Tulsa’s Heat Emergency Action Plan and Tulsa Weather Coalition air conditioner loan program has contributed significantly to the health and well being of many Tulsans. Jim has also worked diligently to improve service systems for the homeless, survivors of disasters, and the mentally disabled. Since 2009, he has helped to significantly advance the availability and quality of services for veterans and their families. He is certified as an information and referral specialist by the Alliance of Information & Referral Systems. He has received awards from the Tulsa Area United Way, Tulsa Partners, Inc. and other organizations.
Jim has a bachelors degree in Social Work from the University of Cincinnati, and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Oklahoma.
Mrs. Vera Pell, Technology
The military has always been a part of Vera Pell’s life with her father being career Air Force and her husband a retired Vietnam veteran. Born in Vermont, raised in Seattle and replanted in Oklahoma by marriage, Vera continues to be involved in various military organizations such as the Board of Directors of the Tulsa Air National Guard Retiree Association since inception in 1999.
Vera uses her 35 years in marketing working with Fortune 500 brands in her company – Dakotah Media Group, an international marketing agency. She has owned 5 businesses, is a Disney Institute alumnus, and has the honor of being a LinkedIn Top 4% Power Connector with over 7,000 connections and ranking in the top 12% of the LinkedIn Marketing Industry. She now partners with international brands on their marketing strategies.
Vera is married to her wonderful husband Bill, and lives in Broken Arrow. She has two sons, one stepson and three grandchildren. When not working she enjoys traveling and being a voracious reader.