Board of Directors
Lisa Bain is an author, speaker, and the Founder and Executive Director 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. Joy in The Cause has grown in the last 4 years to now having over 600 volunteers and 3 projects: Purpose Project, Joy To The Rescue Project Kids in Crisis, and Joy In The Adventure. Over 38,000 care packages have been delivered in the last 4 years.
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 three 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 live in Tulsa, OK
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 JOY 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.
Dyane Chegwidden 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.
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.
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.
Anita Carwile serves as the Program Manager of Leading Educators’ partnership with Tulsa Public Schools. She works to build and sustain positive, productive professional relationships with teacher leaders by ensuring frequent communication from program staff and providing logistical support to all program events to enhance their overall experience. Anita joined Leading Educators from the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits where she served as the Director of Community Engagement. In addition, 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.
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.
Mike Yates is the Vice President of Finance for Cancer Treatment Centers of America. Mike has worked in accounting and finance since 1993 and has focused on healthcare for the last ten years. He has been an Oklahoman for seven years after living most of his life in West Virginia and Memphis, Tennessee. Mike and his wife Kimberly live in Jenks and are the proud parents of four beautiful daughters and two great boxers! Mike is dedicated to Joy in the Cause and a true believer in the purpose from the inside out – he sees the impact Lisa and the volunteers make on the cancer patients at OCSRI, the senior residents at the Diakonos Group centers his wife runs, the amazing people he meets every year at the Gala and so many other outreach programs – all with Mavis in site (stuffed or otherwise)! Mike is proud to join JITC and is excited to add his energy and efforts to the amazing mission Lisa brings to so many!
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
Teryl Rose is vice president of environment, safety and health at ONE Gas. He is responsible for strengthening the company’s capabilities related to protecting the environment, safety and health of all employees, contractors, customers and communities where the company operates. Previously, he served as vice president, resource management. Prior to ONE Gas becoming a standalone publicly traded company separated from ONEOK, Inc., he served in a similar role there. Before that, he was vice president of Kansas Gas Service’s Western Region, responsible for transmission and distribution operations. Rose began his career in the energy industry in 1989 as a transmission worker for Western Resources. After ONEOK acquired Kansas Gas Service from Western Resources in 1997, Rose held positions of increasing responsibility and moved into area and regional management. He has served as a member of the United Way of the Plains campaign cabinet, the Tulsa Area United Way campain cabinet and as a board member of the Urban League of Kansas. Teryl is a native of Kinsley, Kansas. He attended Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas, and is a graduate of the executive training program of Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
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.
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 sons Drevin and Dalton, and their super spoiled pup Lola.
CEO, Power of Three Investments Franchise Owner, Pinot’s Palette Tulsa Area Studios
Bixby Native, Lisa Riley is a proud business owner, mother, and wife. She started out in the oil and gas industry at QuikTrip Corporation. She opened her first Pinot’s Palette location on Cherry Street in 2012, her second location on the Riverwalk Crossing in Jenks in 2013, and her third location in the Rose District of Broken Arrow in 2014. Lisa is an active member on the Pinot’s Palette Franchise Council, Small Business Connection, Tulsa Executive Exchange, and Executive Women’s International. Professionally, Lisa feels a strong connection to the community that has embraced her mission and philosophy for Pinot’s Palette with open arms. She regularly partners with local non-profits, advocates for small business owners at all levels of government, and pays it forward She was recently named 2016 Business Person of the Year for the City of Broken Arrow and 2016 Women in Business Champion by the Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her family, cheer on the Pokes, and be the life of the party. She strives to create, find, and downright ooze joy every day of her life.
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.
Kathy LaFortune is a licensed attorney and psychologist in Oklahoma. She currently works at the Tulsa County Juvenile Bureau as a forensic psychologist. She has published articles in peer-review journals on issues of competency to stand trial, juvenile competence, and she currently is a writer for the Judicial Notebook column for the American psychologist Association Monitor. She previously worked at Eastern State Hospital, Rader Treatment Center for Juveniles, The Oklahoma Indigent Defense System and Congressman Bridenstine. She graduated form Duke University and received her law and psychology degrees from University of Tulsa. She is married to district Judge William LaFortune.
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.
Vicki May Thorne
Vicki May Thorne is a professional grant writer and nonprofit development coach; she is entering her 3rd year of business as an independent consultant, and her 10th year in the nonprofit community. Vicki is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University, and the University of Tulsa (MA- Literature and Language), and has several defunct blogs. She is mother to a 3 year old boy and a 10 year old Boston Terrier, and married for 10 years. Vicki is proud to support our community’s finest organizations as they grow and progress, and inspired by the wonderful work of Joy In the Cause.
Debbie began her career in optometry and ophthalmology. She worked as a surgeons assistant, tech, and in management positions. She continued for 20 years until recently accepting a position at Tulsa Technology Center in recruitment and outreach. She has a passion for working with people and has a gift for serving and organization. It has been a dream to be able to join the JITC team and she is thrilled to take on a leadership role with the volunteers. Debbie loves to spend time with her family and her nine grandchildren. She believes that serving and loving others is what we are called to do.
Shelly came to Joy In The Cause as a volunteer in 2015 after receiving a care package for her sick Dad. She has never felt more fulfilled as being a volunteer for Joy In The Cause. Shelly has worked for 24 years in the health care field and has a heart for serving others and helping in the community. Her organizational skills are a blessing as she helps with the day to day schedule and office duties in the JITC office. She is also involved on the volunteer team where she helps with the organization of over 600 volunteers! Shelly has lived in Tulsa or surrounding areas her entire life and is the mother of a wonderful 17 year old son.
Shannon Starr brings a background in education, small business, and nonprofits to her position as General Manager at Joy in the Cause. She ran a part-time small business and served as an administrative assistant, while raising her two sons. She then returned to teaching at Lincoln Christian School where she taught High School Art and served as the department head for the Arts Department. Shannon has also served for several years on the Board of Plumbline Ministries, a Christian counseling ministry. Shannon lives in Tulsa with her husband, Jon, a local attorney, and has two boys, one studying to go into the ministry and one studying to be a doctor. She enjoys hiking, kayaking, traveling and spending time with her husband and sons. She has been an active member of Church on the Move for 20 years, serving in areas that span from children’s ministry to leadership positions over small groups. Shannon began to search for a nonprofit that spoke to areas where she and her family had significant life experiences, and her search lead her to Joy in the Cause. Shannon now brings her gifts, skills, life experiences, and passion for helping others to Joy in the Cause and its numerous outreaches.
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
Care Package Coordinator
Edana began volunteering with Joy In The Cause in early 2016. She has a heart for mission work, and has served on various short-term mission projects with Park Plaza Church of Christ, both internationally and nationally. As God placed it on her heart to serve more in the Tulsa community, it was Joy In The Cause that He kept bringing to her attention. It wasn’t long after she began volunteering that her daughter, Madison, became part of JITC, too. Together, they have filled backpacks for Joy To The Rescue; loved on senior heroes at various assisted living facilities in Tulsa – coloring, dancing, and playing games; made tutus for the stuffed Mavis Pearl dogs that go in the JTTR backpacks, in care packages, and out to people in the community needing some JOY; and worked at special events sponsored by Joy In The Cause. Her most treasured area to serve, however, is filling Care Packages. She considers it an honor to pray over what goes lovingly inside each and every box – and to pray for whom it’s going. She also enjoys serving with the Rustic Cuff Run Committee, Fundraising Committee, and Grant Committee — and anywhere else she’s needed. When not at JITC, Edana enjoys spending time with her husband, Kent, two daughters, and their two Westie pups; volunteering on various committees at church; running; yoga; traveling; and attending sporting events at her beloved alma mater, Oklahoma State University.
Joy To The Rescue Coordinator
Angela Johnson has been a resident of Glenpool Ok. for 29 years. She has grown up around Firefighters, EMT, Police Officers, and First Responders all of her life. Being the daughter of a District Chief for the Tulsa Fire Dept. allowed her to spend many occasions & holidays with many firefighters inside of & outside of the station. She also has 2 brothers that are firefighters. Angela herself worked as an EMT for several years. This is why she has such a passion for our backpack program, and giving first responders a tool to work with breaking down the barriers that they may face in every day situations. Angela is married to Matt Johnson. They have 3 grown children and 5 grandkids. Two of the most important things in her life are her relationship with God and her family.
Dempsey and Heather Yates
Joy In The Adventure Coordinators
Dempsey is a full time homeschooling dad who works part time in contract work and is also a member of the Knights of Columbus. Heather works as an RN Case Manager for Saint Francis. The Yates met Mavis Pearl back in 2013 while working as a nurse at Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis. Their family of 5 children, 4 plus a childhood cancer angel, started volunteering with Joy in the Cause when their 17 year old son, Trevor, was diagnosed with Glioblastoma, a terminal brain cancer, in January of 2015. Trevor’s treatments kept their family busy for almost two years, completing treatments in Tulsa and traveling to OKC for surgery and a new trial. Trevor eventually came home on hospice in August 2016 after his cancer returned a third time. Trevor, along with his brothers and sister, loved making Mavis outfits or helping pack care packages. Their family discovered first hand the love of strangers and “one personal act of kindness at a time” through the generous hearts of the Joy in the Cause family. The Yates family, including their 4 children, helped start a new project for Joy in the Cause in January 2017 for families who had lost children, after losing Trevor in October 2016 to his 21 month battle with cancer. Their family has found much hope and healing while volunteering in honor of Trevor and children everywhere who have battled childhood cancer.
Janet Varnell and Ronda Perkins
The Purpose Project Coordinators
Janet grew up in Broken Arrow, Ok. She works in the real estate closing/mortgage lending business. She has been there for 26 years. She first became aware of Joy In The Cause when her company became a sponsor. She was so touched by what JITC did she wanted to become more involved. Janet chose the Purpose Project because she felt that so often senior citizens are forgotten and have so much to offer. She never was able to really know any of her own grandparents but now through the Purpose Project she has grandparents and new friends all over the city! Janet has 2 children and 2 grandsons. She and her husband Roy have been married 17 years and love being part of the JOY being spread through JITC and the Purpose Project!