Exceptional Talent from an Exceptional Team
Becky J. Frank
Becky Frank is one of Oklahoma’s leaders – both in business circles and in civic affairs. She combines a strong business network and leadership consulting with public relations savvy. She joined the firm as partner and chief operating officer, was named president in 2000 and has served as chairman and chief executive officer since 2006.
She built her reputation by building community partnerships – first with Tulsa Area United Way and then with BOK Financial Corp., where she managed PR and community relations for a multi-state, multi-billion-dollar banking enterprise.
Today, Becky works closely with CEOs and executives, providing confidential executive coaching and counsel on everything from career and life planning, pre-retirement career planning, goal-setting, interpersonal skills and individual reputation management.
Community outreach remains one of Becky’s favorite PR disciplines. She has created and executed wide-sweeping plans for a variety of clients nationally including corporations, universities, nonprofits and faith-based organizations.
Education: John Brown University
Community Involvement: Tulsa Community Foundation Trustee; Tulsa Foundation Board Member; Oklahoma Arts Council Executive Committee and Council Member (Gubernatorial appointment); Executive Women International Tulsa Chapter Advisory Council Member; Tulsa Area United Way, past board and campaign chair; Tulsa Regional Chamber, past chair; Tulsa Area United Way Women United, past chair and advisory committee member; The Salvation Army, emeritus member and past chair; Tulsa River Parks Authority, past chair; Leadership Oklahoma, past chair; Summit Club, past chair; Tulsa Press Club, past chair
Accolades: Tulsa Area United Way, 2016 Women United Clydella Hentschel Award; 2015 The University of Tulsa Collins College of Business, Business Hall of Fame inductee; 2014 TulsaPeople Tulsan of the Year; 2014 Executive Women International Executive of the Year; Tulsa World, 12 to Watch in 2012; The Association for Women in Communications, 2012 Newsmaker; Greater Tulsa Reporter, 2012 Ten to Watch Recognition; Tulsa Business Journal, 2011 Women in Distinction; Journal Record, 50 Women of the Year, Finalist, 2002, 2003, 2004; Tulsa Commission on the Status of Women, Pinnacle Award Recipient, 2004; Tulsa Advertising Federation, Silver Addy Recipient, 2001
Passions: family, friends, traveling in my Airstream Interstate Lounge, downtown living, anything Italian, working and community service
Russ Florence is a partner, president, chief operating and inclusion officer at Schnake Turnbo Frank, leading the firm’s Oklahoma City office.
Russ brings a broad range of communication and management experience to the firm. With experience in journalism, corporate leadership and consulting, he brings a multi-faceted, balanced perspective to his clients. His expertise includes strategic planning, executive coaching, reputation management, crisis communications, media relations and integrated communications.
Russ joined Schnake Turnbo Frank in 2001, and became a partner in 2007. He maintains a key role in leading the company’s strategic growth and external affairs.
Before joining the firm, Russ managed corporate communications for the BOK Financial Corporation. He relies on every facet of his experience – journalism, nonprofit, corporate and entrepreneurism – in his work today. Russ is a frequent speaker to universities, professional associations and business groups.
Education: bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications from Oklahoma State University; Duke Executive Leadership Program, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
Community Involvement: Oklahoma City National Memorial, board of trustees; Woody Guthrie Center, board of trustees; Oklahoma Caring Foundation, board member; Oklahomans for the Arts, board member; Oklahoma Single Parent Scholarship Program, board member; Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, board of advisors; Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice, past chairman
Accolades: Downtown OKC Rotary Club, Rotarian of the Year, 2015-2016; Oklahoma State University School of Agricultural Communications, Graduate of Distinction, 2007; International Association of Business Communicators, Tulsa chapter, John Hartman Communicator of the Year, 2001
Passions: music, baseball, reading, running and Mexican food
Aaron Fulkerson joined the company in the spring of 2010, and became a partner in February 2012. Aaron leads the firm’s rapidly growing management consulting division, STF’s practice focusing on leadership and strategy. Aaron brings more than 15 years of experience, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses and government organizations.
As an Oklahoma native, Aaron is the former chief operations officer of the Florida/Caribbean region of Right Management Consultants. More recently, he was president and chief operations officer of Gabbard and Co. With his ability to provide solutions for his clients, Aaron is helping the firm expand its expertise and offer more ways to meet clients’ needs.
Outside of work, Aaron enjoys a deep passion for music. Aaron has more than 20 years of experience in the music industry as a composer, producer, songwriter and arranger.
Education: bachelor’s degree in film scoring from Berklee College of Music in Boston and master’s degree in business administration in progress
Community Involvement: Foundation for Tulsa Public Schools, board of directors; Ronald McDonald House of Tulsa, board of directors; State Chamber of Oklahoma, board of directors; Allied Arts, board of directors; Lyric Theatre, board of directors
Passions: family, movies, reading, food and a wide variety of music
David Wagner brings expertise in public relations, community relations, development and education to Schnake Turnbo Frank. He has served more than 30 years in various leadership roles.
David joined the firm in 2010 and serves as the chief financial officer. In 2016 he joined
Becky Frank, Russ Florence and Aaron Fulkerson as a partner of the firm. David is
responsible for the overall financial operations of the firm in addition to his work with
client services, business development and community involvement. He also leads the
faith-based initiative, helping organizations of all faiths with public relations,
organizational development and overall performance.
Prior to STF, David worked at Oral Roberts University for 12 years where he held
several positions and most recently served as vice president of university relations and
development. In that role, he managed six departments and was closely involved in the
school’s public relations and community relations efforts. Earlier in his career, David
lived in Wisconsin where he worked many years in the education field.
David’s recent civic involvements include:
- Tulsa Board of Directors, Junior Achievement of Oklahoma, Inc.
- Leadership Oklahoma, Class XXV
- 2018-2019 Board Member, Leadership Oklahoma
- 2018-2019 Advisory Board Member, Signature Symphony at Tulsa Community
- Board of Directors, International Christian Accrediting Association
- Member, Public Relations Society of America
- Member, Association for Talent Development
- Member, Rotary Club of Tulsa
Past civic involvements include:
- Chair, Marketing Committee, Tulsa Area United Way
- 2018 Campaign Cabinet, Tulsa Area United Way
Education: bachelor’s degree in music education from Oral Roberts University; master’s degree in education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Community Involvement: Leadership Oklahoma, Class XXV; Junior Achievement of Oklahoma, Inc., board of directors; Rotary Club of Tulsa; Association for Talent Development; Public Relations Society of America
Passions: Faith, family, cruises, reading, finding unique eating spots, Green Bay Packers, Oral Roberts University Golden Eagles, University of Wisconsin Badgers, traveling the back
roads of Oklahoma with his wife in their red ’95 Corvette
With more than 40 years in the business, Steve Turnbo’s name is synonymous with public relations.
Name a project, a company, a good cause, or most any PR scenario and Steve has personal experience at handling it, and with success. From economic development activities and intelligence gathering for investors, to coaching clients on addressing a roomful of reporters and pitching story angles to media outlets, Steve’s done it all.
Steve was a partner in the firm for more than 25 years before being named chairman emeritus. Fortunately – for the firm and its clients – he’s still engaged, devoting his time to client work, business development and community endeavors.
Education: bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Tulsa
Community Involvement: Oklahoma Academy, past chairman; Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce, past chairman; Tulsa Regional Chamber, past chairman; Will Rogers Memorial Foundation, past chairman
Accolades: Oklahoma Academy, Key Contributor Award, 2010; North Tulsa Heritage Foundation, Image of the Community Award, 2004; Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice, Humanitarian Honoree, 2003; Public Relations Society of America, College of Fellows, 2002; University of Tulsa Distinguished Alumni Award, 2001
Passions: University of Tulsa, sports
Before joining Schnake Turnbo Frank, Erika worked in marketing and communications for a law firm, a professional musical theatre nonprofit, an orthodontic group and a construction company. While her path to the firm was uncommon, it ignited a passion for learning about an assortment of industries and how to most effectively communicate with a variety of audiences.
She has more than eight years of experience in strategic communications and her experience covers many industries including agriculture, entertainment, education and the nonprofit sector. She specializes in community relations, message development and event promotion, but no matter what hat she’s wearing, Erika is dedicated to organization, detail and efficiency.
After joining the firm as an account executive in 2011, Erika was promoted to senior account executive in 2014 and later to vice president in 2017. She oversees the Oklahoma City team.
Education: bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma
Community Involvement: Boys & Girls Club of Oklahoma County, board of directors; Public Relations Society of America – Oklahoma City Chapter
Passions: excessive use of the dash in email correspondence, dance parties in the living room with a toddler and a preschooler, slipping movie quotes into professional conversations, and angst-filled music from the ’90s
Hannah Jackson joined the firm in the fall of 2013 as an account executive and moved up to senior account executive and vice president of Tulsa. Hannah has experience working with a wide range of industries and brings a background in marketing communication and strategic planning to STF.
Prior to joining STF, Hannah was the communications manager at the Tulsa Regional Chamber. Her tenure at the Chamber afforded significant experience with earned media, events and social media. She maintained day-to-day communication and project management for the Chamber’s education and workforce department, which included Tulsa’s Young Professionals and Mosaic, a diversity business council.
Hannah’s work at STF has included a wide range of traditional media, strategic planning, resource development and management consulting projects. Hannah also has a keen interest and background in both digital engagement and marketing research, enabling clients to increase customer engagement by utilizing data and web tools.
An accent-free transplant from the UK, Hannah’s heritage is incognito unless around her family as she has officially spent more than half her life in the states.
Education: Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Central Oklahoma; Master of Science in integrated marketing communications from Oklahoma State University.
Community involvement: Association for Women in Communications, Autism Center of Tulsa, Tulsa’s Young Professionals, Global Gardens, Oklahoma Sustainability Network
Passions: spending time with my sisters, cooking (and eating!), working out and trying to play soccer again, volunteering, traveling, and decorating
Tahira started as an account coordinator with Schnake Turnbo Frank in January 2016 after interning with the firm during the previous spring semester, and was promoted to Account Executive in 2017. She added inclusion specialist to her title in 2018 and leads many of our inclusion efforts. Tahira graduated as the Outstanding Senior from the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Oklahoma in May 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in public relations.
Tahira interned with the Oklahoma Blood Institute, The Oklahoma Group, Schnake Turnbo Frank and the Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth while she was in school, assisting these organizations with community relations and marketing efforts. After graduating from OU, she worked as an account coordinator at Freestyle Marketing + Films, an agency focused on digital marketing and film production.
After spending most of her life in Oklahoma, Tahira is excited to continue her career in Tulsa and utilize her skills at Schnake Turnbo Frank.
Education: Bachelor of Arts in public relations from the University of Oklahoma; currently studying to receive her Master of Business Administration with a certification in Human Resources from Oklahoma State University
Certifications: Unconscious Bias and Cultural IQ certifications by the global Cultural Intelligence Center
Community Involvement: Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice Advisory Council; Public Relations Society of America – Tulsa chapter; Street School mentor; Reading Partners reading tutor; A New Leaf – Garden Party Planning committee; Mental Health Association Oklahoma – chair of communications committee and inclusion & diversity committee; Surayya Anne Foundation – board member; Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits – I&D programs committee; Public Relations Society of America – Oklahoma City New Pros, co-chair (2015-2017); Gaylord College of Journalism JayMac Alumni Association, chair (2015-2017)
Passions: reading, writing, meeting new people, local coffee shops and bakeries, yoga, spending time with family and friends, and volunteering
A Tulsa native, Toni has led communications campaigns for brands nationwide. She joined STF in June 2018 and, as an account executive, helps with a multitude of varied tasks. She most enjoys content marketing and creative planning—helping clients craft content that attracts their target markets, connects with the community and establishes credibility.
Through an integrated approach, Toni uses both traditional and digital marketing strategies to tell a client’s story. Along with her media relations experience, she combines these strategies with a larger strategic direction in mind.
Prior to joining STF, Toni led marketing and public relations efforts at Allied Arts, an arts and cultural nonprofit serving central Oklahoma. She also managed traditional and digital marketing for Crowe & Dunlevy, the leading law firm in the state, where projects included social strategy, content creation, website management and graphic design. Additionally, Toni served on the firm’s diversity and charitable giving committees.
Education: bachelor’s degree in communications from The University of Tulsa
Community Involvement: Public Relations Society of America – OKC chapter; Association for Women in Communications – OKC chapter; People’s Church PC Kids Leader; Edmond Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Member
Accolades: NextGen Under 30 (2017) – recognizing the next generation of innovative, creative and inspiring individuals who push the boundaries
Passions: family, volunteering, reading, writing, storytelling, following digital media trends, using an em dash
Prior to joining Schnake Turnbo Frank, Emalia worked in marketing and communications in San Francisco at Edelman where she specialized in corporate communications for financial, technology and nonprofit organizations from Fortune 500 companies to Silicon Valley startups. With experience in international media relations and executive counseling, she also supported the firm’s Bay Area business development and event marketing initiatives.
Although a California native, Emalia first moved to Oklahoma to attend The University of Tulsa where she was a member of the NCAA Division I Women’s Rowing team. During her time in Oklahoma, Emalia interned with WPX Energy, Tulsa’s Channel 8 and Saxum Strategic Communications.
Education: Bachelor of Arts in communications with a minor in sociology from The University of Tulsa.
Community Involvement: Public Relations Society of America – Tulsa chapter
Passions: spending time with family, animal rescue, running, hiking, traveling
Tracey Sealy joined the Schnake Turnbo Frank team in January 2019 as an account coordinator. Tracey brings experience from multiple industries including education, health care and the nonprofit sector.
Prior to working at STF, Tracey was the marketing manager at KIPP Tulsa Public Charter Schools where she oversaw all marketing communications and branding efforts for the region. Before her time at KIPP Tulsa, Tracey served as a social media specialist for Ardent Health Services where she was responsible for the digital marketing strategies and communications for four health care systems, including Hillcrest HealthCare System.
Tracey is an Oklahoma native but lived in Kansas for many years.
Education: bachelor’s degree in public relations and a minor in leadership studies from Kansas State University
Passions: faith, people, spending time with family and friends, traveling, storytelling and coffee
Angie Walters joined the firm in 2013 to serve as an executive assistant to STF’s management team. In her role, her can-do spirit is apparent as she assists with phone calls, scheduling, troubleshooting and double-checking.
Prior to working at STF, Angie spent six years as an executive assistant at the Tulsa Regional Chamber. Before her time at the Chamber, she spent many years working in the law and private investigator fields, working as a legal clerk, court appointed special advocate and licensed private investigator.
An Oklahoma native, Angie attended Sapulpa and Broken Arrow schools and graduated from Langston University, where she graduated with a degree in criminal justice.
In addition to her work at STF, Angie is the Founder and CEO of Breast Cancer Assistance Program, a charity she founded after surviving breast cancer in 2005.
Education: bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Langston University
Community involvement: Breast Cancer Assistance Program, chairman of the board; Executive Women’s International, vice president; Tulsa Regional Chamber campaign volunteer
Accolades: 2012 Williams Women of Inspiration, Top 30 nominee; 2010 Tulsa Shock Women of Inspiration, Top 5 nominee; member of Mensa
Passions: family, motorcycle and ATV riding, boating on the lake, family vacations in Mexico, skeet shooting and football
Tiffany is our rock.
In our fast-paced environment with ever-evolving client needs, she helps us turn our ideas into actions. With extensive experience in project management and administration, Tiffany provides structure in our creative and flexible atmosphere. A born organizer, Tiffany supports our Oklahoma City staff, meets client needs, and coordinates logistics for countless projects.
Tiffany’s undeniable talent and perpetual kindness make her one of our firm’s greatest assets. She is an Oklahoma native and joined the firm in April of 2012.
Education: Oklahoma State University
Community Involvement: Executive Women International, Dress for Success Oklahoma City
Passions: Traveling solo, exploring national parks, walking on the beach with her family
Dianne Smith joined the STF team in September 2014 as an executive assistant to STF’s management team. Dianne has a bright and smiling face to welcome you as you first enter the firm.
Dianne brings more than 30 years’ experience to the firm with work in the communications and architecture industries. Before her time at STF, Dianne worked for eight years as an executive assistant at Crafton, Tull and Associates. Previous to Crafton, Tull and Associates, she worked as a sales and marketing assistant, analyst and event coordinator at WilTel Communications/Level 3 Communications.
Dianne is a Mississippi native, but now calls Oklahoma home. As a breast cancer survivor, Dianne currently serves on the Breast Cancer Assistance Program board of directors in Tulsa.
Education: bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Mississippi
Community Involvement: Breast Cancer Assistance Program, board of directors and patient committee
Passions: helping patients and their families going through breast cancer, spending time with family on the lake or by the pool, and Ole Miss Football
Paola Almanza joined the Schnake Turnbo Frank team as the spring 2019 intern in the Tulsa office. She is excited to get hands-on experience in public relations and leadership development projects.
Paola plans to apply her strategic communication knowledge and graphic design skills while working with clients at STF. She hopes this opportunity will be a great start into the world of public relations after she graduates in May. When she is not at the office learning, she is growing her graphic design portfolio and interning at the City Council of Tulsa.
Education: Currently studying to receive her Bachelor of Arts in corporate communications with a minor in graphic design from Rogers State University
Community Involvement: Diversity Community at RSU; Public Relations Student Society of America – Tulsa chapter
Passions: Surrounding herself with family, coffee, podcasts, art and the occasional Netflix binge
Jack is a video storyteller with two decades of experience in television and communications. He produces, writes and narrates everything from short web videos to hour-long TV documentaries. His expertise is in videography, screenwriting, editing and communications. Jack’s skills help our clients tell stories that stand out in today’s cluttered media world.
Prior to joining STF, Jack created and produced the award-winning Tulsa History Series, which aired locally and statewide across Oklahoma. He helped uncover long forgotten film clips from the state’s past and used those film fragments to create compelling TV segments and shows. He produced more than a dozen TV documentaries including Tulsa Deco, Tulsa A to Z and The Glenn Pool Story.
In addition to his associate role at STF, he also has his own video firm, Jack Frank Productions, and has produced projects for international clients as well as local nonprofit agencies. Jack was also an assignments manager at KJRH-Tulsa and station manager for OETA (PBS)-Tulsa. With a vast news background, Jack is a key part of STF’s media training and crisis communications programs.
Education: bachelor’s degree in telecommunications and minor in advertising/public relations from the University of Tulsa
Community Involvement: Tulsa Historical Society, board of directors; Salvation Army of Tulsa, board of directors; Tulsa Foundation for Architecture, board of directors; Oklahoma Mental Health Association, “Carnivale” co-chair
Passions: traveling, running, exploring Tulsa history