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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Advisory and Staff
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. Kathy is married to district Judge William LaFortune and was recently named to the state Board of Corrections by Gov. Kevin Stitt.
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.
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.
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 two 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.
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.
Sheryl was born in Montana, raised in California, but has been an Okie for over 40 years. Sheryl worked in the office at a private Christian school for 15 years, then worked for an oil related company as Administrative Assistant for 20 years. It was through a fellow employee of that company that she became acquainted with Joy in the Cause. From that introductory meeting with Lisa and hearing the story of JITC, she was hooked! She had to be a part of this amazing group, first through fundraisers and tutu making with the employees of the company, to eventually becoming part of the JITC New Volunteer Team. Serving is her joy. She has been involved in nursing home
ministries with her husband for many years, so being part of the Purpose Project is a perfect fit. She and her husband have two wonderful children and four awesome grandsons.
Bethany is from Owasso, OK and is currently finishing up a degree in Human Development and Family Sciences with an option in Child and Family Services at Oklahoma State University. Outside of school and work, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, traveling and any other fun adventures that come her way. Bethany loves all thing people and looks forward to creating relationships and building community here at Joy in the Cause.
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.
Carol Power was born and raised in Yuma, Arizona. She has been a resident of Bixby, OK. She is currently the general manager of “From The Heart Wholesale” where she has been employed for 13 years. She has 3 boys, 2 girls and 8 grandchildren. Carol serves on the Hope committee, she has volunteered at many events, and is loving coordinating with Joy To The Rescue. Her son was a recipient of a care package when he was ill, and she attended the very first fundraiser held by JITC and fell in love with the organization. Carol enjoys serving others, gardening, hiking, bike riding and hockey. She loves to travel and loves the ocean. She has been a member and served at her church New Beginnings in Bixby for 24 years.
Dempsey is a full time homeschooling dad who works part time in contract work and is also a member of the Knights of Columbus. 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.
Heather Yates 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 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!