Due to limiting of attendance, this event will be livestreamed on this page starting at 6:00 p.m. on December 1, 2020. We hope you will join us in celebrating our honorees virtually,

December 1, 2020, 6:00 p.m. Livestream
National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City

Presented, In Part, By Richard and Glenna Tanenbaum

The Visions Awards honors those who act as agents of change in the community, providing leadership to enrich and enliven those whom they serve. These men and women are thoughtful, passionate, tenacious, and creative in seeking out solutions to problems that affect change. They inspire others with their conviction and drive, give a voice to those without, and act with the highest integrity to provide Oklahomans with resources otherwise not available. Visions recognizes these great men and women as passionate champions of service to Oklahoma.

2020 Visions Committee

AJ Griffin(Chair), Natalie Carns, Ginny Bass Carl, Sunny Cearley, Kelly Gray, Carlos Johnson, Robin Krieger, Lindsay Laird, Kathy Potts, Sarah Roberts, Bob Spinks, Usha Turner, Kathy L. Williams

COVID-19 Precautions:

OKCNP strives to host events that properly celebrate the tremendous accomplishments of our honorees. As such, all of our events are being carefully planned with the current unstable and ever-evolving environment front of mind. Visions 2020 is currently planned to be in person with appropriate safety procedures in place for the protection of all attendees and participants (including social distancing, reduced event capacity, and mask requirements). Furthermore, a contingency plan is in place should the event be forced to move to a virtual setting that will give our sponsors and honorees as much recognition as possible.

2020 Visions Honorees

Category Descriptions

New Category: The Shirley Shanker Visionary Volunteer Award

Volunteers are the life-blood of nonprofits, rolling up their sleeves day after day to provide that important set of helping hands. Named after an Oklahoma legend of volunteering, the late Shirley Shanker, this award honors the ongoing work of a champion volunteer in the nonprofit sector.

The Pat Potts Visionary Award

Named in honor of the founder of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, this award will go to an individual executive leader who through focus, tenacity and leadership has inspired the success of a singular organization in carrying out its charitable mission.

Past honorees include Pam Newby, Miki Farris, Albert Gray, Rodney Bivens, Lauren Branch, Danny Cavett, Kevin Evans, Joanna Trimble Smith and Jean Winfrey.

The Rodney Bivens Innovation Award

This award will go to a visionary leader(s) or volunteer(s) in the charitable sector who has burst on the scene with a new, dynamic and innovative idea that inspired groundbreaking changes bringing newfound success to the mission of an organization or pioneering, exciting program that changes lives.

The honoree will receive a $10,000 award thanks to a generous contribution from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation in honor of Rodney Bivens’ lifetime achievements with the Regional Food Bank.

Past honorees include Christy Counts, Bob Ross, Tim McLaughlin, Jennifer Abney, Desiree Doherty and Christie Luther.

The Inasmuch Special Recognition Award

This award will go to a nonprofit employee that has exhibited excellence throughout the past year. It could be any nonprofit practitioner (e.g., executive director, program director, support staff, etc.) who has worked tirelessly to make a difference in the everyday work of a charitable organization. This employee has demonstrated a dedication to mission above and beyond his or her call to duty, changed lives of those they serve and shown leadership to peers. Sometimes working with limited resources in difficult circumstances, the recipient of the Special Recognition Award is a selfless and tireless employee that exemplifies service to community and constituents. Wherever possible, this is a person that isn’t regularly recognized for their service, so that we may honor those everyday heroes that make Oklahoma and our citizens thrive.

Past honorees include Pat McKinstry, A. Jaye Johnson, Nina Daylor, Sharon Gallagher, Shannon Luper, Anne Roberts and Paula Gates.

The Lifetime Achievement Award

This award will go to an individual (s) who dedicated a lifetime of philanthropy and volunteer leadership to charitable causes and has been instrumental in the success of one or more charitable organizations.

Past honorees include Ron Norick, Lew Ward, Ken Fergeson, Wanda Swisher/Rita Moore, Larry Pulliam, H.E. “Gene” Rainbolt, Dr. Kay Goebel, Jim Tolbert, and David and Jean McLaughlin.

The President’s Award

This award will go to an individual (s) as a special recognition of the President and CEO.

Past honorees include Dr. Robert L. Spinks, Beth Shortt and Bill Citty.

Visions Blogs

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Thank you to our sponsors, who make this event possible:

2018 Visions Photo Album

2018 Visions Honoree Videos

Thank you to the generous sponsors of the 2018 Visions Event!

Visionary Sponsor 

Potts Family Foundation

Patron Sponsor 

Express Employment Professionals
The Journal Record
David and Jean McLaughlin

Table Sponsor 

American Fidelity Foundation
Arnall Family Foundation
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma
Chesapeake Energy
The Chickasaw Nation
Cox Communications
E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation
The Kerr Foundation
Oklahoma City University Nonprofit Leadership Graduate Program
OKC Good
Woodward Community and Friends of Kevin Evans

Host Sponsor 

Arvest Bank
Commerce Bank/Kelly and Andy Sachs
Nancy P. Ellis
Kirsten and David Griffin
HoganTaylor, LLP
LOKC- Leadership Oklahoma City
The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation
Oklahoma Watch
The Skirvin Hilton
SONIC, America’s Drive-In
Marnie and Clayton Taylor
Beth and Jim Tolbert

Friend Sponsor

Acorn Growth Companies
Daniel Billingsley
Lori and Jeff Blumenthal
Coca Cola Southwest Beverages
Dean McGee Eye Institute
Carl and Susan Edwards
Tracy Evans/Woodward Wellness Center
Ken and Mary Ann Fergeson
First National Bank of Oklahoma
Deena Fisher and Tom Lucas
Foundation Management/Communities Foundation of Oklahoma
Dave and Alice Hager
David and Lezlie Hudiburg
Leslie and Clifford Hudson
Inasmuch Foundation
Given anonymously in honor of James R. Tolbert
Cathy and Frank Keating
Keep Oklahoma Beautiful
Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores
Mark and Patti Mellow
Polly and Larry Nichols
Oklahoma City Thunder
Bill and Lynne Schonacher
Smith and Pickel
TAPStone Energy
Jon Trudgeon, Sr.
Williams, Box, Forshee & Bullard, P.C.



Joanna Trimble Smith
Pat Potts Visionary Award

Jean Winfrey
Pat Potts Visionary Award

Christie Luther
The Rodney Bivens Innovation Award

Paula Gates
Inasmuch Special Recognition Award

David & Jean McLaughlin
Lifetime Achievement Award

Bill Citty
President’s Award

Watch 2019 honorees videos here.


Kevin Evans
Pat Potts Visionary Award

Stacy McDaniel
The Rodney Bivens Innovation Award

Anne Roberts
The Lou C. Kerr Special Recognition Award

Dr. Kay Goebel
Lifetime Achievement Award

James R. “Jim” Tolbert
Lifetime Achievement Award

Beth Shortt
President’s Award

Watch 2018 honorees videos here.


Danny Cavett
Pat Potts Visionary Award

Toby Jenkins
The Rodney Bivens Innovation Award

Shannon Luper
Special Recognition Award

H.E. “Gene” Rainbolt
Lifetime Achievement Award

Bob Spinks
President’s Award

Watch 2017 honorees videos here.


Lauren Branch
Pat Potts Visionary Award

Desiree Doherty
The Rodney Bivens Innovation Award winner

Mary Frates and Dan Straughan
The Rodney Bivens Innovation Award finalists

Sharon Gallagher
Special Recognition Award

Larry Pulliam
Lifetime Achievement Award

Watch 2016 honoree videos here!


Rodney Bivens
Pat Potts Visionary Award

Jennifer Abney
The Rodney Bivens Innovation Award

Nina Daylor
Special Recognition Award

Wanda Swisher/Rita Moore
Lifetime Achievement Award

Watch 2015 honoree videos here!


Albert Gray
Pat Potts Visionary Award

Tim McLaughlin
Visionary Impact Award

A. Jaye Johnson
Special Recognition Award

Ken Fergeson
Lifetime Achievement Award

Watch 2014 honoree videos here!


Miki Farris
Pat Potts Visionary Award

Bob Ross
Visionary Impact Award

Pat McKinstry
Special Recognition Award

Lew Ward
Lifetime Achievement Award


Pam Newby
Pat Potts Visionary Award

Christy Counts
Visionary Impact Award

Ron Norick
Lifetime Achievement Award


The inaugural event honored our founders, Pat and Ray Potts, and celebrated OKCNP’s 30-year history.

Thank you…

Congratulations to all of the Visions honorees throughout the years. Thank you to the generous supporters of OKCNP and of the Visions Celebration. For more questions regarding the Visions Celebration, contact us.

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