Board of Directors

Lisa Bain

Lisa Bain

Founder/Director of Public Relations

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.


Skipper BainSkipper Bain

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 Laudati

Christine Laudati

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

Paula Harker

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.



Dyane Lewis_2Dyane Lewis

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.



Robert Bartz

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 FullerMeredith Fuller

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.



Lisa Van CampenLisa Van Campen

Lisa Van Campen is the Art Director and co-owner of Ideaship Studios, an award winning creative design firm specializing in video production, graphic and web design 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

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

As the Director of Community Engagement for the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, Anita Carwile is passionate about service to the community and making the world a better place. She joined The Center in April 2016 because it allowed her to continue engaging her head and her heart by providing quality professional development, advocacy and networking opportunities to nonprofits in Northeast Oklahoma. Prior to joining The Center, Anita dedicated the past 23 years of her life as an advocate for children and their families while she was employed at YWCA Tulsa, Head Start of Greater Dallas and Sunbeam Family Services.  She worked effortlessly to cultivate high quality learning experiences for children regardless of their backgrounds. She also utilized her enthusiastic and inclusive leadership skills to develop and prepare staff committed to excellence. Anita is also passionate about the empowerment of girls and young women and the issues which are important to them. She shares her passion by serving as a mentor, being a motivational speaker and social agent of change in order to further the cause. Anita is a Tulsa native and a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma and the University of Oklahoma. She is also the proud mother of two amazing sons with whom she likes to travel, watch sports with and bake for.


Mendi Parker2Mendi Parker

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

Mike Yates is the Chief Financial Officer of Oklahoma Cancer Specialists and Research Institute, LLC – a proud partner and recipient of the good works of Joy in the Cause.  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!


Sharon Phillips

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.


Advisory Board

Micah BrinerMicah Briner

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.




Lisa RileyLisa Riley

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.


563ce90ebd9f8.imageKathy LaFortune

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.


Committee Leaders

Jodi LetteerJodi Letteer

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



laveta1 2LaVeta Owens

The Sowing Room Coordinator

LaVeta Owens has volunteered for Joy In The Cause since 2016 and shares her gift of helping others through coordinating projects in The Sowing Room. The Sowing Room is a fun place where volunteers come together to make the items that dress the plush Mavis Pearl dogs as well as blankets and other craft gifts. As a former Manager of a loan company and volunteer for multiple organizations, LaVeta has a heart of gold and is a talented and creative addition to Joy In The Cause. She lives in Muskogee, Oklahoma with her husband Keith and previously coordinated events for his Oklahoma Army National Guard unit. When she’s not spending time helping in The Sowing Room, LaVeta enjoys camping, boating, sewing, crocheting, crafts, traveling, and spending quality time with her 3 children and 7 grandchildren.



edanaEdana Brook

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.


dempsy heatherDempsey 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 and erica 2Janet Varnell and Erica Campbell

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!




angelaAngela Johnson

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.