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Anne is a seasoned executive with proven leadership ability in non-profit management and organizational growth, legislative advocacy and state-level policy development, having served as the Executive Director for the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy from 1989-2009. She is an experienced administrator whose skills encompass fundraising, media relations, program development and a demonstrated commitment to the personal and professional growth of the organizational team.
She received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Oklahoma, and has worked in the non-profit sector for over twenty-five years. She serves as an adjunct professor at Oklahoma City University, teaching “Advocacy for Social Change” to graduate students. She is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma, and a member of the Downtown Rotary Club in Oklahoma City.
Anne has been a gubernatorial and legislative appointee to a variety of statewide advisory councils dealing with health and children’s issues, having served on the Boards of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services and the Oklahoma Health Care Authority. Nationally, she has served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Child Advocates, and the Kids Count Advisory Committee for the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
She has received numerous honors and awards, not least of which was being named the 2000 National Child Advocate of the Year by Voices for America’s Children. In 2008, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority honored her with the Defender of Health Award. In 2010, Leadership Oklahoma presented her with their Distinguished Graduate Award, and she was named one of Oklahoma’s Most Admired CEOs by the Journal Record. In 2018, Anne was awarded the Lou C. Kerr Special Recognition Award at the Visions Awards, presented by the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits. Most recently, she was selected as one of 50 Making a Difference in the Journal Record annual Woman of the Year program.
Anne is also an accomplished singer, yoga instructor and avid hiker. She resides in Norman.