Lisa Bain is the founder of Joy In The Cause. Joy In The Cause provides care, compassion, and joy to those with life altering illness and special needs. The inspiration for Joy in the Cause began when Lisa’s mom was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and Lisa received her own grim diagnosis of 2 autoimmune diseases, and was told to “throw away her running shoes and call it a day.” Lisa and her mother chose to find treasure in the darkest journey of their lives. They believed that Giving = Joy, Joy = Hope, Hope = Healing. What they found was instrumental in the birth of Joy In The Cause.
Lisa spreads joy in cancer treatment centers, hospital rooms, hospice centers, nursing facilities, and throughout the community often accompanied by her therapy bulldog Mavis Pearl, (the ambassador of Joy In The Cause) who is always dressed for the occasion — most always in a big bow and tutu. This hilarious sight opens doors for sharing, love, hope, and joy with hurting people and encouraging them to find the miracles waiting for them by living outside of the box of their diagnosis or difficult situation. Joy in The Cause has grown in the last 3 years to now having over 300 volunteers, and over 4 projects reaching the elderly, military, children in crisis, and those facing life altering illness and special needs. Over 30,000 care packages have been delivered in those 3 years.
Lisa also loves dog training and all three of her dogs are registered therapy dogs and are involved in the journey of helping others. Lisa is a member of Therapy Dogs Inc., Karing K9s, The R.E.A.D. Program, and has participated with Mavis Pearl in the Champs Program. She is also involved with the OSU Pete’s Pet Posse Therapy dogs where Mavis is an honorary therapy dog with the program. Lisa, a social work/counseling graduate from Oral Roberts University, is the author of two books: Joy in the Journey — Finding Laughter and Joy in Very Dark Places, and Life Outside of the Box. Lisa and her husband Skipper have four children and live in Tulsa, OK.
Nancy Phelps began her career as an educator for 10 years followed by a path that led her to serving others for more than twenty years in the field of nonprofit work. As Chief Operating Officer and Chief Development Officer for several organizations throughout northeast Oklahoma she has been blessed to serve thousands of deserving individuals while obtaining millions of dollars for these organizations and communities. Her enthusiasm and genuinely friendly attitude radiates the passion that resonates with the Joy in the Cause methodology. Her passion is to create long-term relationships through collaborative partnerships, trust, rapport and connecting people together who share the same passion to serve others. She is thrilled to be a part of the Joy in the Cause family. Nancy and her husband, Ron have been happily married for 35 years. They are blessed with a gorgeous family. Their daughters Shelbi and Nichole, her husband Brian and their children Mekentzi, Eli and their Angel, Braden. She is incredibly proud of her children and grandchildren. As a family, they strive to serve others and bring joy, compassion and lots of smiles.
Judi Myers comes to Joy in the Cause with an impressive career of experience given to programs and organizations which help people with intellectual disabilities (ID). Judi received her undergraduate degree at Oklahoma State University with a major in Family Relations Child Development and minors in Psychology and Interior Design. She also earned a master’s degree in Applied Behavioral Science with certification in sexuality issues and a major focus on individuals with ID. Throughout her years of service Judi has worked for several state governments, consulting organizations and nonprofit agencies, including the Department of Justice and the Center of Medicaid Medicare Services. Judi’s work has helped people of all ages. In Colorado, she ran one of the first programs for preschoolers with ID. In Florida, she worked for a non-profit residential and adult day program which served individuals with severe ID and physical disabilities. Most recently, Judi served as the CEO of the Gatesway Foundation in Broken Arrow. Judi’s excitement shows when she speaks about her new role at Joy in the Cause. “I’m excited to be a volunteer for Joy in the Cause,” she exclaimed. “This nonprofit is going to grow into Tulsa’s greatest, most well-known and admired nonprofit!” Although she has loved her career, Judi says the “joy of her life” is being the mother to 3 adult children and grandmother of 7.
Skipper Bain is the behind-the-scenes super hero for Joy in the Cause. Whether he’s on or off duty in his work as Tulsa special events coordinator, Skipper is all about helping events to run smoothly and safely. One of Skipper’s main desires is to see his family and superiors succeed. This unselfish attitude can be seen in the work he does for Joy in the Cause. At any given event, you can find him serving wherever there’s a need whether it’s directing traffic, taking photos, or driving a pink golf cart. Skipper’s willingness to help adds a welcomed stability to the crazy pace of life that his wife Lisa often runs in overseeing a non-profit. The 1979 Tulsa Police Academy graduate has earned many awards for his public service in areas ranging from marksmanship to service beyond the call of duty. Skipper’s hobbies include going to the movies, exercising, and activities at home with his wife Lisa and their 4 children.
Christine began her journey with JITC as a volunteer in February 2014. Christine is originally from Chicago, but has been a public servant for the great people of Oklahoma for the past 25 years in her career as a social worker. Christine’s passion for baking led her to have her own business and was then able to give even more to others by ‘baking to make people happy’. This passion for helping others was the perfect match to begin volunteering with JITC. Christine also has a heart for animals and currently has one crazy Whippet she adores. Like many others; Christine’s life has been affected by cancer and other illness through personal experiences and those of family and loved ones. She feels strongly that no one should feel alone in such times of difficulty. Christine believes giving to others is not just something a person does, but it is a way of life – because Everyone’s Cause Matters!
Paula Harker works for Magellan Midstream Partners as Supervisor of Product Measurement Accounting. After long hours behind a desk working with numbers, she’s ready to spread joy however she can through Joy in the Cause. This organization inspires and lifts her spirits. Paula first met Lisa Bain at a meeting to find out how a service dog could benefit her son. Her son has been immeasurably blessed to get Freddy, a chocolate lab that will melt your heart. Freddy has brought smiles to her son, and she wants to share that happiness with others. Paula is a graduate from Oklahoma State University with a BS is accounting and a minor in MIS (Management Information Systems). She and her husband have two boys and live in Broken Arrow, OK.
Cindy Merrell works for Airgas USA, LLC as Manager of Accounts Receivable for the Central Division where she leads the Dispute Resolution Team. In 2015 she was selected as Manager of the Year for the Central Division Business Service Center. Cindy has a BBA in Accounting from Southern Arkansas University and an MBA from Webster University. Cindy began fund raising for JITC during 2016 and over the past 30 years has served a number of organizations in various capacities. Cindy lives in Owasso with her husband, Tom, and fur-baby, Roxy, a miniature dachshund. She has 2 sons who are both grown and married and together Tom and Cindy have 9 grandchildren.
Dyane Lewis has a rich 30 year history of working in sales and marketing in the Tulsa area. The OSU grad holds a BS in Food Nutrition and Institutional Administration. She has worked in the medical field as a pharmaceutical representative for companies such as Bristol-Myers, Warner Chilcott and Organon. Dyane’s first year with Organon, she was awarded the Rising Star Award for 2001. She has also worked in the home health area and served as volunteer coordinator for Tulsa Garden Center. In her spare time Dyane enjoys country time riding horses and spending time with her two daughters and family.
Lisa Landburg, a proud wife, mother and grandmother, is also the co-owner and CFO of Pool Creations, Inc., a family owned and run business founded in 1998. Lisa cares about making a difference in the community and volunteers in a variety of capacities such as being on the Catoosa Chamber of Commerce Board where she was awarded Catoosa Ambassador of the year in 2015. She is also active with the school, community and her church. In 2007 Lisa’s sister, Linda, passed away from breast cancer after a 15 year courageous battle. During Linda’s struggles with cancer, she was the spokesperson for MD Anderson and the American Cancer Society and her focus was always on others. Lisa remembers her sister’s last words being “Did I do all I could do for Jesus because He needs us all to be somebody’s somebody”. This left Lisa feeling like she needed to do more and to find a cause she felt driven to where “she was supposed to be”. Lisa’s quest to make a difference lead her to a meeting with Nancy Phelps and Lisa Bain where she fell in love with everything “ Joy in the Cause” stood for and knew instantly this is where she could make a difference. A previvor after being diagnosed with BRCA 1 and 2 , Lisa feels she has found the perfect place to be able to be that “Somebody”. Thus began Lisa’s next commitment to volunteering and immediately became a member of the Joy In The Cause Journey Team and recently a member of the board of directors.
Micah Briner knows firsthand how to rise above a difficult situation. As chief pilot for Samson Resources, he is comfortable taking off into the sky, but as a cancer survivor he knows the importance of soaring above painful circumstances to find moments of joy. That experience is part of what drew Micah to become the newest board member of Joy in the Cause. These days when Micah flies his plane, he has a stuffed Mavis Pearl as a regular passenger. Micah, an EagleScout, has also volunteered as a troop committee member and scoutmaster for Boy Scouts of America. Micah and his wife Jodi have been married for 24 years and live in Claremore with their two sons and dog, Bo. On warm days, Micah likes to fly his open cockpit plane.
Lorri has been active in Tulsa and all of Oklahoma for the last 28 years working as an Executive Sales Representative with major corporations. She has been the top 10% of her company year after year and has a fantastic networking group that supports Joy in the Cause. Her biggest Joy is the “owned” Businesses here in Oklahoma that truly support this organization with monies, time, material and labor in the print industry. She is always sharing the cause for this organization with an urgency to help make sure that each event is covered with the beauty of print for the marketing part of the organization. Lorri has 3 grown children and 6 fantastic grandchildren who are the Joy of her life and lives in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. She hopes and prays by her continued work and support for this non-profit organization Joy in the Cause, it will make this big, sometimes scary world a better place to live in.
Jennifer Harper is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with her Bachelor’s degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration. She continued her education at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, to further her passion for cooking. She lived in Chicago, Illinois, and worked for a large catering company for many years before returning to Tulsa to be near her family. Jennifer’s inspiration for volunteering for Joy in the Cause began when she saw the love and support given by both, Lisa Bain and Mavis Pearl, while her best friend was receiving chemotherapy for the first time. It was then and there she saw the mission of Joy in the Cause and whole-heartedly had to be a part of it. Jennifer and her husband Philip have three children and two chocolate Labs and reside in Bixby.
Robert J. Bartz is a senior shareholder of Barber & Bartz and oversees the litigation division of the law firm. His primary legal practice focuses on complex commercial litigation. He has tried cases in state and federal courts from California to Connecticut. In recent years, he has been involved in a lawsuit believed to be the largest of its kind in U.S. history. Mr. Bartz has a Martindale-Hubbell AV preeminent rating and has been recognized as an klahoma Super Lawyer in commercial litigation. He is also listed in Oklahoma’s Top Rated Lawyers. Mr. Bartz is a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America, a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one half of one percent of American lawyers. Fellows are selected upon effectiveness and accomplishment in litigation and superior ethical reputation. He is also a NAFLA 2015& 2016 Nationally Ranked “Top 10 Attorney.” He is married to Cindy who is the Regional Representative for Tulsa Woven, which is affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries. They have two married daughters and four grandchildren.
Meredith Fuller is a firsthand witness of the love and compassion that Joy in the Cause delivers. She first encountered Lisa and Mavis Pearl visiting patients at her workplace and she’s been hooked ever since. She is a faithful volunteer for JITC wherever she’s needed — whether it’s dressing up stuffed Mavis dogs or chairing a fundraising committee. Meredith also serves as the community liaison for a local hospice, enjoys teaching 4th grade Sunday school, and helps on the media ministry team of her church. She spends as much time as she can with her wonderful husband Justin, her son Drevin, and their super spoiled pup Lola.
Lisa Van Campen
Lisa Van Campen is the Art Director for Ideaship Studios, an award winning video production, photography, and design firm where she works with her brother-in-law, Brian Smith, who is the Founder and Creative Director. Prior to joining Ideaship Studios, Lisa’s professional background included work in graphic design and advertising as well as positions in human resources for Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group and ONEOK, Inc. in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Lisa is a graduate from the University of Tulsa with a B.A. in Business Administration with a major in Marketing and minors in Psychology and Graphic Design. She enjoys using her gifts to help others and being a board member for Joy In The Cause is the perfect fit. She loves being a part of this organization, which spreads hope and God’s love to so many in need. Lisa enjoys spending time with family and friends, but one of her favorite joys in life is caring for her rescue schnauzers, Lola and Teddy, and spoiling them every chance she gets.
Scott Berkshire is the co-owner of Tulsa Cash Register. He and his business partner have been working together for over 30 years and strive to keep Christ the center of their company. Scott has served on the security council for a national retailer’s association for 10 years and served on their board of directors for 6 years. He has also served as Chairman of the board for his business park for 5 years. Scott’s passions include his wife (Missy), kids (sons Scotty and Devin, and daughter Lacy), grandsons (Dalton and Gabriel), his porch-mutt Scooter, traveling, riding his motorcycles and food. Scott and Missy were introduced to Joy In The Cause though a dear friend a couple years ago. Since then, they’ve jumped in with both feet to volunteer and support JITC whenever possible.
Hope Visit Coordinator
Jodi Letteer is originally from Hershey, Pa. She moved to Tulsa, OK in 1993 to further her nursing career. Jodi is an Oncology Certified RN at Tulsa Cancer Institute where she first met Lisa Bain & Mavis Pearl on one of their visits in 2013. Jodi saw how much these visits meant to the patients and knew she needed to be part of Joy in the Cause. Jodi started out making tutus for the stuffed Mavis dogs that are given to patients and quickly became more involved. She is always ready and willing to help out, whether it’s making tutus, cooking meals or delivering care packages. Jodi is very passionate about God and loves ushering at Life Church on Saturday nights and Sunday mornings. Jodi has a daughter and a son. She also has a very spoiled Great Dane/Pit Bull, Russell