Board of Directors

Mendi Parker

President

Mendi Parker is the Manager of Store Marketing / PR & Events for QuikTrip Corporation in Tulsa, OK. She started with QT in 1998, working various roles in the company, but the longest tenure in Marketing. Currently, her job is very involved with the marketing at all QuikTrip Stores, PR-Media, Events and Community Relations. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Child Abuse Network, Joy in the Cause and EduCare. She is also involved with the Folds of Honor Foundation. Through her participation in various organizations, she is excited to serve and help in the community.

Robert Bartz

Vice President

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 Oklahoma 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.

Lindsey Beeghley

Treasurer

Lindsey Beeghly has been an accountant for Cynthia Pogue Baker, CPA PC for the past fifteen years. Lindsey has a charitable heart and loves helping others. Through another volunteer from Joy in the Cause, Lindsey discovered this wonderful organization and couldn’t wait to be a part. Lindsey also serves on the board of directors with the Tulsa Boys’ Home and has been volunteering with them for 6 years. Additionally, Lindsey serves on the House Corporation Board for the Tri-Deltas at TU. Lindsey has kept her roots in Tulsa her entire life; attending Monte Cassino, Bishop Kelly High School and ultimately obtaining a Business Management Degree from the University of Tulsa. While attending the University of Tulsa, Lindsey joined the Tri Delta Sorority and has continued her involvement, currently serving on the House Corporate Board. Lindsey loves blessing others in any way she can and spoiling her fur kids.

Anita Carwile

Anita Carwile currently serves as the Associate Dean of Engineering, Aviation and Public Service/GKFF Endowed Chair at Tulsa Community College.

In this role, her primary function is to administer an academic division and its programs and to coordinate department curricula and programs college wide. In particular, she focuses her efforts on all Child Development and Education initiatives to include the Child Development Center, Child Development Scholarship Programs and the BEST (Birth through Eight Strategies for Tulsa).

Anita most recently served as the Program Manager of Leading Educators (a partnership with Tulsa Public Schools), where she worked to help advance teacher leadership skills and to promote equity in the classroom for all children.Prior to Leading Educators, she was the Director of Community Engagement for 2 years at the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits. Additionally, Anita has dedicated 25 years of her life serving as an advocate for children and their families while she was employed at YWCA Tulsa, Head Start of Greater Dallas and Sunbeam Family Services. In these positions, she worked effortlessly to cultivate high quality learning experiences for children regardless of their backgrounds or Socioeconomic status. Anita earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Central Oklahoma and her Masters of Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma.

She is the proud mother of two sons and one adorable grandson with whom she likes to travel, watch sports with and bake for.

Skipper Bain

Skipper Bain served as a Tulsa Police Officer for 32 years. He worked in patrol at all
three divisions for 6 years as well as being a motorcycle officer for 11 years. Skipper
was the Special Events Unit Sergeant and Tulsa Police Reserve Coordinator for 15
years before retiring in 2010. The 1978 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 is a graduate of Northeastern State University with a BS in Environmental
Management. As a civilian, presently he has been working as the Special Events
Coordinator for the city of Tulsa since 2010.

One of Skippers main desires is to see his family and superiors succeed. He is
passionate about the mission of Joy in the Cause. Skipper’s willingness to help adds a
welcomed stability to the crazy pace of life that his wife Lisa Bain, Founder of Joy in the
Cause often runs into with a nonprofit. Skipper and Lisa are the proud parents of two
sons, two daughters and the delighted grandparents of one grandson.

Sharon Zigmont

After graduating from Oklahoma State University with a degree in broadcast journalism, Sharon began her career as a field producer in 2004 for the local CBS affiliate during the trial of Oklahoma City bomber, Terry Nichols. Six months later she was recruited by the local ABC affiliate to launch and produce its lifestyle show, Good Day Tulsa. She worked there as a producer and reporter for several years and then decided to stretch her wings and get into print media. Sharon spent two years as an assistant editor and later interim editor for Oklahoma Magazine. After serving her time in the print world, Sharon was eager to get back in the fast-paced world of news. She was hired by FOX23 News in January of 2008 as the morning show reporter where she spent two years covering breaking news for the four hour Emmy award-winning morning newscast. She later said goodbye to a 2am wake-up call and moved to the 5 and 9 p.m. newscasts where she’s covered everything from education, courts and crime. When she’s not reporting Sharon loves spending time with her husband, a Bixby police officer, and their daughter. Being a mother is a life-long dream come true for her. Sharon also passionately supports Joy In The Cause, and has been involved for several years now. Sharon is honored to sit on the board of directors and loves what this organization is doing to change lives and spread joy to the community.

Pat Harker

Pat Harker is an Administration Sergeant with the Tulsa Police Department and has worked for as an officer for over 24 years. Pat has worked in patrol at all three division as well as been a member of the SWAT Team for over 15 years. He was exposed to Joy In The Cause from the beginning when he met Lisa Bain at a local dog training facility. He also knew Skipper as he had worked with him before he retired. Pat joined Joy In The Cause because of the tremendous outreach which affects the community. When an officer had an idea to take the outreach to another level, he was onboard and helped to coordinate the backpack outreach for Joy In The Cause – Project Kids in Crisis for the Uniform Division within the department. This program has been a game-changer and has helped officers break through the barriers when dealing with kids and adults in crisis. Pat is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a BS in Journalism. Pat and Paula have two sons who also volunteer their time with Joy In The Cause. They live in Broken Arrow.

Staff

Lisa Bain

Founder & Spokesperson

Lisa Bain is an author, speaker, and the Founder of Joy In The Cause.

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 a debilitating autoimmune disease, and was told to “throw away her running shoes and call it a day.”

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 joyful 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.

Lisa graduated with a counseling/social work degree from Oral Roberts University. She loves animals and puts those two together to help others in need. All of her dogs are registered therapy dogs and involved in the journey of helping others. Lisa is a member of the Alliance of Therapy Dogs, Karing K9’s, The READ program, and has participated in the CHAMPS program with Mavis Pearl, the bulldog ambassador for Joy in The Cause.

She 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 one grandson, and live in Tulsa, OK

Stephanie Haddock

Executive Director

Stephanie Haddock serves as Executive Director for Joy in the Cause. She is originally from Texas but moved to Oklahoma in 2006 after her marriage. Stephanie is a graduate of NSU and started her career in marketing at a for profit corporation but later followed her passion and found purpose in the nonprofit sector.

Stephanie has partnered with Joy in the Cause for the past 5 years and has an admiration and respect for the mission of JITC. She is thrilled to join the team and serve others.

When she is not at JITC, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her husband, 2 sons, and 2 dogs at their home in Jenks.

Shelly Crynes

Director of Development

Shelly Crynes serves as Development Coordinator for Joy in the Cause. She has worked in non-profit development for twenty years and has experience with all types of fundraising. Shelly grew up in Stillwater and graduated from OSU with a BS and a MA in Political Science. While previously living in Tulsa she spent eight years working for The Little Light House. She now lives on her family’s farm in Yale, OK. She enjoys spending her time in the country with her family and two very spoiled dogs. She especially loves when her three grandsons come to visit. In her spare time, she enjoys learning about sustainable agriculture and working in her organic garden, traveling and reading. Shelly’s desire to love and serve hurting people is what brought her to JITC.

Bethany Gower

Projects Coordinator

Bethany is from Owasso, OK and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Sciences from Oklahoma State University. She is a major crime junkie, enjoys reading, napping, and also spending time with her family, boyfriend and fur babies. Previously, Bethany spent time working at The Tristesse Grief Center where she learned that her calling was to help others find joy during hard times which is what lead her to Joy in the Cause. Bethany loves all things people, and hopes to create relationships and build community here at Joy in that Cause.

Lori Mackey

Office and Finance Manager

Lori is a Tulsa native but grew up living in Texas, Kansas, and Arkansas. She has a BS in Accounting from the University of Phoenix and has over 12 years of nonprofit accounting experience. Lori currently resides in Sapulpa, OK with her husband, daughter, and 3 fur babies. In her spare time, she loves spending time with family, reading, cross stitching and watching scary movies.

Nancy Spradling

Sowing Room Coordinator

Nancy Spradling has been with Joy in the Cause for over 3 years now. She and her husband Richard reside in Broken Arrow and own their own business called Sportside Entertainment. Nancy spends her days at Joy in the Cause running the embroidery machines. She is an important part of the day to day activities in the Sowing Room at JITC. She was born in Oklahoma but grew up in New Mexico. She has lived in Broken Arrow since 1973 when she transferred with Amoco from Kansas City. She has one daughter, Sydney and a grandson named Alex.