The Oklahoma City Community Foundation Trustees are pleased to announce that Michael Carolina, executive director at OCAST, Vicki Howard, community volunteer, and Ronnie K. Irani, president and CEO of RKI Energy Resources, have joined the board for three-year terms that began July 1, 2019.
|Carolina held management and executive positions with the Western Electric Company, AT&T and Lucent Technologies before joining the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST)—the state’s agency for technology development, technology transfer and technology commercialization. Carolina serves on the board of many local nonprofits and volunteers his time and expertise to several Oklahoma universities.||Michael Carolina|
|Vicki Howard||A trained teacher, Howard made a career as senior vice president in marketing and operations at Will Rogers Bank before retiring to raise her two sons. She has since contributed her time in volunteer roles for the Oklahoma City Zoo, YWCA and Payne Education Center. Howard has served as a longtime committee member for the Oklahoma City Community Foundation’s Margaret Annis Boys Trust and Parks and Public Space Initiative and is a founding director of the Greater Oklahoma City Parks and Trails Foundation.|
|Prior to forming RKI Energy Resources, Irani was president and CEO of RKI Exploration & Production, which he sold in 2015. Throughout his 40-year career in the energy sector, Irani has served on the Board of Visitors of the Mewbourne College of Earth & Energy at the University of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board, the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association, Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation. He also serves on the Oklahoma City Community Foundation’s investment committee.||Ronnie K. Irani|
“As we reflect on our 50-year history, the Community Foundation values and recognizes its distinguished list of Trustees, past and present,” said Steven C. Agee, chairman of the board. “We recently bid farewell to three long-serving Trustees who have contributed greatly to the Foundation’s success. We also welcome the addition of these three community leaders to the board, who no doubt will leave their mark as we move forward into the next 50 years.”
Carolina, Howard and Irani replace Vicki Miles-La Grange, Bond Payne and Oscar Jackson, who completed their respective terms June 30, 2019. Payne will continue to serve on the Community Foundation’s investment committee and Jackson will continue to chair the scholarship committee.
Other Trustees are chairman Steven C. Agee, dean of Oklahoma City University Meinders School of Business; T. Scott Spradling, attorney at Spradling, Kennedy and McPhail LLP; Leigh Ann Albers, community volunteer; Mike Collison, vice president and chief financial officer at The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Talita DeNegri, Mount St. Mary Catholic High School principal; Mark W. Funke, President, Southwest Division, Simmons Bank ; David Feroli, retired partner at KPMG; Ann Johnstone, community volunteer; Jenny Love Meyer, vice president of communications for Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores; P.B. Odom III, owner of P.B. Odom III Land Development Companies; Edward Krei, bank consultant; Christin Mugg, attorney at Mugg Scott & Winston; Steven C. Davis, ex officio, Hartzog Conger Cason & Neville, and Christian K. Keesee, ex officio, Kirkpatrick Bank.
The Oklahoma City Community Foundation’s 15-member Board of Trustees is comprised of local civic and business leaders who volunteer their time to govern the organization, which administers more than 1,500 charitable endowments and is ranked as one of the nation’s largest community foundations.