Exceptional Talent from an Exceptional Team
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, served as chair and chief executive officer from 2006-2021, and currently serves as partner and chair.
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 partner, president, and chief executive officer at Schnake Turnbo Frank, based in 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: Woody Guthrie Center, board chairman; Oklahoma City National Memorial, board of trustees; Oklahoma Caring Foundation, board member; Oklahoma City Dodgers Foundation, board member; Oklahomans for the Arts, 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
David Wagner brings expertise in public relations, community relations, development and education to Schnake Turnbo Frank. David is a Birkman Certified Professional and has more than 30 years experience serving 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:
- Rotary Club of Tulsa, Immediate Past President
- Junior Achievement of Oklahoma, Inc., Tulsa Board of Directors
- Leadership Oklahoma, Class XXV
- Leadership Oklahoma, Board Member
- Signature Symphony at Tulsa Community College, Advisory Board Member
- International Christian Accrediting Association, Board of Directors
- Public Relations Society of America, Member
- Association for Talent Development, Member
Past civic involvements include:
- Tulsa Area United Way, Chair, Marketing Committee
- Tulsa Area United Way, 2018 Campaign Cabinet
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
Aaron Fulkerson joined the company in the spring of 2010, and became a partner in February 2012. Aaron leads the firm’s leadership consulting operations, STF’s practice focusing on leadership and strategy. Aaron is a Predictive Index Certified Partner, Myers-Briggs Certified Practitioner, a Birkman Certified Professional, and holds a coaching certificate from the Association for Talent Development. He brings more than 26 years of experience consulting with Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, higher education, tribal entities, and government organizations.
An Oklahoma native, Aaron is the former chief operations officer of the Florida/Caribbean region of Right Management Consultants. Additionally, he was president and chief operations officer of Gabbard and Company. With his ability to provide solutions for his clients, Aaron is utilizing his expertise to offer more ways to meet clients’ strategy-focused needs and goals.
Outside of work, Aaron enjoys a deep passion for music. Aaron has more than 30 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
Community Involvement: Foundation for Tulsa Public Schools, board of directors; Arts Alliance Tulsa, board of directors; Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice, board of directors; State Chamber of Oklahoma, board of advisors; Ronald McDonald House of Tulsa, past board chairman and advisory board member; Allied Arts, past board of directors member; Lyric Theatre, past board of directors member
Passions: Family, movies, reading, food, and a wide variety of music
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
Hannah Jackson joined the firm in 2013 as an account executive; she has experience working with a wide range of industries on diverse projects including coaching, management consulting, traditional media, strategic planning, and resource development.
Hannah’s work at STF has included a wide range of management consulting, coaching, traditional media, strategic planning, and resource development 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.
Prior to joining STF, Hannah was the communications manager at the Tulsa Regional Chamber. 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. Her tenure at the Chamber afforded significant experience with earned media, events and social media.
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. A coaching certificate from ATD and a certificate in Unconscious Bias from the Cultural Intelligence Center.
Community involvement: Co-chair of Tulsa’s LGBT Women’s Network, Member of the Mosaic Membership Committee, 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
Anne Mannell is the Vice President of Development at Schnake Turnbo Frank (STF)’s Tulsa office.
Anne’s background is primarily in the fields of non-profit fundraising and management. She brings extensive experience in capital and annual fundraising, strategic decision-making and planning, marketing, public relations, leadership, and project and operations management to the firm. Anne is a focused and driven strategist with an expertise in non-profit fundraising and business development.
Before her time at STF, she was a founding board member and the Director of Organizational Development at Tulsa Children’s Museum where she played a critical role in the planning, construction, and the projection and scaling of operations of Discovery Lab in the Gathering Place Park – along with developing the strategy and executing the campaign to raise $55 million for the project. She relies on every aspect of her professional experience – capital growth, business and resource development, community relations, strategic planning – in her work here at STF.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in political science and international relations from Creighton University; Completion of business certificate from Creighton School of Business
Community Involvement: Anne has served the Tulsa community through Tulsa Public Schools Bond Development Committee, Tulsa Regional Chamber One Voice Member, Leadership Tulsa, and Tulsa Children’s Museum Founding Board Member
Passions: spending time with family, playing tennis, and traveling
Catherine Divis is an account supervisor at Schnake Turnbo Frank (STF)’s Oklahoma City office.
Before joining STF, Catherine worked in public relations in the health insurer industry and marketing communications in the financial and higher education sectors. She has a vast knowledge and experience in internal and external corporate communications, strategic planning, crisis communications, community relations and event planning.
Education: bachelor’s degree Business Administration and Marketing from Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, IA.
Accreditation in Public Relations – Public Relations Society of America
Community Involvement: Calm Waters – Board of Directors – Vice President and Development Committee, Public Relations Society of America – Oklahoma City Chapter – Board Member and Membership Committee, City Care, LOYAL Class X member.
Passions: Volunteerism, building authentic relationships, traveling – experiences & adventures, and spending time with her husband and puppy.
Rachely Hernandez-Salazar is an account executive in STF’s Oklahoma City office.
Rachely Hernandez-Salazar first joined the STF team as an intern for their summer program in 2018 and rejoined the firm as an account executive beginning February 2022. Throughout her internship with STF, Rachely developed practical skills in media relations, strategic planning, event coordinating, and copywriting, and in the years following her internship, she refined those same skills through her work within various industries including hospitality, sales, and nonprofit.
Prior to rejoining the firm, Rachely worked for the nonprofit organization Scissortail Community Development Corporation, where she leveraged her passions for writing and communications to share the narratives of Oklahoma families who have experienced inequitable access to quality education.
Originally from El Paso, Texas, and although unwilling to relinquish her Texas driver’s license to this day, Rachely now fondly calls South OKC her home where she enjoys being involved in community-led development initiatives and Hispanic cultural festivals.
Education: Oral Roberts University (2018), Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations, Advertising and Communication
Passions: Home renovation projects, writing plans for all the nonprofits I want to start in the future, all things nature, visiting my many, many nephews and nieces (12 and counting!), and most important of all, spending quality time with my partner, spoiled dog, and very sassy cat.
Kate started with STF as an intern in spring 2020, was hired immediately after graduation as an account coordinator, and now serves as an account executive. Throughout her time at STF, she has had hands-on project management experience in strategic communications, media relations, executive search, donor development, and inclusion and diversity counseling for a wide-range of industries including education, oil and gas, agriculture, and nonprofits.
Prior to joining STF, she interned for Griffin Communications (News on 6), Bolt Public Relations and University of Oklahoma Media Relations.
A Tulsa native, Kate recently graduated from the University of Oklahoma in spring 2020. She was involved with Lindsey + Asp, a student led advertising and public relations agency, where she was on the research and account teams. She was also a reporter for the OU Daily as well as a President Community Scholar.
Education: University of Oklahoma (2020), bachelor’s degree in public relations, minor in general business
Community Involvement: Central Oklahoma Camp and Conference Center Board of Directors
Passions: Podcasts, pasta, pop culture, Harry Potter, hiking in Colorado, traveling, and spending time with her two sisters.
Katelyn recently joined STF as an account coordinator in December 2021. Her background is in brand development, crisis management, social media, copywriting, and communications strategies. She has worked in an array of industries including nonprofit, accounting, and academia.
Prior to working to joining the firm, Katelyn worked for 36 Degrees North as their communications coordinator, where she managed communication processes for all internal and external communication. As well as a trained photographer, she managed all social media platforms and graphic design for needed visuals and promotion. Additionally, she served on the ORU’s Public Relations team, and worked as an executive assistant at CCK Strategies.
Additionally, she was a social media specialist at Zealot Branding Co.
A Tulsa native, Katelyn enjoys helping with the growth and development of local businesses in her community.
Education: Oklahoma State University (Tulsa), Master’s Degree in Mass Communication, Brand Communication focus. Oral Roberts University (2018), Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and Writing (double major), minor in Spanish.
Community Involvement: Junior Achievement, Volunteer at Cornerstone Church,
Passions: Playing sports, wedding planning, cycling, traveling, family time, eating carbs, trying new breweries and restaurants, two-stepping, and most importantly being a dog mom.
Angie Walters joined the firm in 2013 to serve as an executive assistant to STF’s management team.
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, past president; Tulsa Regional Chamber campaign volunteer; Susan G. Komen Leadership Council
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
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.
Education: bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Mississippi
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
Tina Fincher is an associate at STF and has more than 15 years of design experience. Tina specializes in logo development, print collateral, event promotion, packaging and web design. She is committed to helping clients across all industries – ranging from nonprofits to international corporations – achieve effective results. She creates extraordinary, effective designs that always exceed expectations, and her work has won numerous local, regional and national awards.
Specializing in branding and print design, some of her current clients include Cox Business, Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa Performing Arts Center, and OSU Medical Center.
Education: Bachelor of Arts in communications from Northeastern State University
Passions: Tina is passionate about typography, and teaches upper level design courses at The University of Tulsa.
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
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 currently serves as an associate on key projects in Oklahoma City.
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
Christine Eddington, is a marketing and communications professional with more than nearly 35 years of experience in media and public relations, professional writing, marketing and advertising. Her career has taken her on a tour of prominent corporations, nonprofits and educational institutions. She has planned projects, parades, press conferences and parties and can write about (literally) anything.
Howard joined Schnake Turnbo Frank as an associate in 2021 after a successful 45-year career. Starting out practicing law Howard went into the business world and became CEO of the publishing and information company T/Communications Corporation.
After working for a private equity company in New York, Howard served as Secretary of Commerce and then Chief of Staff for Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating. Following his time in public service, Howard and colleagues from T/SF formed a small investing and consulting firm, where they managed several successful turnarounds netting significant returns for their investors.
As a final career move, Howard served as president of Oklahoma State University – Tulsa, a full-service branch campus of one of Oklahoma’s most prestigious universities.
Having engaged in venture capital and skilled in acquiring and growing small businesses, Howard coaches and counsels CEOs and business leaders at Schnake Turnbo Frank. He has a special interest in counseling nonprofit CEOs in areas such as board governance and fundraising, and he draws on his experience as board chairman for local nonprofits and graduate professor for nonprofit fundraising.
Current community involvement: Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice, Chairman; The Oklahoma Academy for State Goals, Chairman; Tulsa Leadership Vision, Past Chairman; Philbrook Museum of Art, Past Chairman; Leadership Oklahoma, Past Chairman; i2E, Inc. Past Chairman; and Tulsa Regional Chamber, Past Chairman.
Past community involvement: Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits; National Council of Nonprofits; Hillcrest Hospital; Youth Services of Tulsa; Center for Legislative Excellence; Philharmonic Society; Oklahoma City National Memorial; and Oklahoma Hall of Fame. Former member of Task Force 2000 and the Governor’s Science and Technology Council. Howard and his wife, Billie, have chaired fundraising campaigns, capital and operating, which have raised over $50 million.
Passions: Travel (Howard has been to all seven continents!), history, reading and watching his grandchildren grow up.
Glenda Love, associate, is a native north Tulsan who has spent most of her adult life in social service and non-profit organizations. She is a stickler for efficient reporting systems and strong fiduciary responsibility.
After 23 years as president/CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tulsa, she retired, only to be even more involved in community efforts. Under her leadership, the Ronald McDonald House completed a $2 million capital campaign that doubled the square footage of the original structure. She also established the OSU Medical Center Family Room, a daytime oasis inside the OSU Medical Hospital that provides respite for pediatric family members to take a break without leaving campus.
Glenda has received many awards and honors in her career and served on numerous boards and commissions. Her expertise has benefitted organizations such as MetCares Foundation, Inc. where she was instrumental in completing the feasibility study and research, board recruitment, development and fundraising. She is chairman of the Zarrow Families Commemoration advisory board and served as the capital campaign co-chair for the 1921 Race Massacre Centennial Commission. As co-chair for the Commission, she recruited members, provided guidance for establishing the mission, project clarity and timelines. Additionally, she led the group in achieving its $30 million fundraising goal.
In addition to serving as an advisory board member for Meals on Wheels of Metro Tulsa, she serves as a member of the organization’s capital campaign committee. She worked with the organization as it implemented its North Tulsa Initiative, which created a presence in the North Tulsa quadrant to create a “wellness hub” for families needing assistance with food and medical disparities. She is also a member of Leadership OK-XIX and a trustee at Metropolitan Baptist Church.
Education: bachelor’s degree in English education from HBCU, Bishop College
Community Involvement: Meals on Wheels of Metro Tulsa, board member; Leadership OK-XIX, member; Metropolitan Baptist Church, trustee
Kelli Bruer joined the firm as an associate after a long career specializing in marketing and public relations in the private and public sectors. She has a wide range of experience across diverse industries ranging from tribal relations, entertainment and hospitality, manufacturing to healthcare. Her experience includes strategic planning, crisis communication, internal and external communications, media relations, media buying and special events.
Kelli’s diverse expertise also includes consumer research, business-to-business marketing, leading and developing teams, project management and government relations.
Prior to joining Schnake Turnbo Frank, Kelli was the vice president of marketing and communications for the Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA). She was responsible for all communications and public education for the authority covering 16 communities in the Tulsa and Oklahoma City metro areas. Kelli also worked for the Cherokee Nation, where she is an enrolled citizen, overseeing all public relations for the tribe’s casinos. Her significant experience in marketing and consumer research comes from years of experience as the marketing manager for the Bama Companies, where she served as a member of the sales and product development teams.
Kelli is a proud Tulsan and Native American. If you talk to her, she’ll most likely be singing Tulsa’s praises, asking if you’re registered to vote or discussing the latest shows on Netflix.
Education: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in marketing from The University of Tulsa.
Passions: championing mental health, substance abuse treatment and criminal justice reform; reading, 70s music and late-night talk shows.
Kerry Malone joined the firm in 2020 as an associate after a career in public-company corporate communications spanning the energy and technology industries.
She is an experienced communications partner for C-suite executives and other senior leaders; she is adept at developing and executing integrated strategies and messaging across external and internal platforms. She has supported executives in engagements with high-profile print and broadcast media; conference keynote and investment-analyst speeches; testimony to governing bodies; employee town halls; and local media and community organizations.
Kerry is experienced at leading successful efforts to engage community support for development projects across the nation in rural and metropolitan locales.
Her experience in integrated communications for publicly traded companies includes tens of billions of dollars in acquisitions, divestitures, initial public offerings, spinoffs, splits and exchanges, as well as numerous engagements with shareholder activists and unsolicited takeover offers.
She has extensive experience in integrated crisis-communications strategy development and execution.
Also, she has led internal communications in support of numerous organizational and process change-management initiatives. Kerry directed brand strategy, development and stewardship efforts at a Fortune 200 company.
Prior to joining STF, she served as the director of communications for Williams, a Tulsa-based, publicly traded company whose operations over the course of Kerry’s tenure included energy pipelines, processing and refining facilities, exploration and production, energy marketing and trading, and telecommunications network and broadcast services. Her earlier career experience included: Contributing editor for Hart’s Oil & Gas Investor magazine; managing editor of Hart’s Midcontinent energy magazine; contributor to Natural Gas Intelligence; and editor and reporting positions at the Tulsa World newspaper. She is a recipient of the American Petroleum Institute’s Robert J. Enright Award for Excellence in Petroleum Journalism.
Education: Bachelor of Science in mass media news from The University of Tulsa. Graduate of the Corporate Executive Board’s Finance Leadership Academy.
Community Involvement: Board of directors, Oklahoma Methodist Manor. Prior involvement includes board chair or membership for Street School; KIPP Tulsa College Preparatory Academy; and Child Care Resource Center.
Passions: Hearing and supporting live music; spending face-to-face time with friends; wrangling my gang of three terrier mixes; pushing my limits in strength training and conditioning; enjoying fresh flowers and wine; and traveling with friends old and new.
A seasoned strategic communications, publicity and media relations professional, Gretchen Wagner has 20 years’ experience, including 10 years with New York City’s top public relations firms. Her work spans corporate, entertainment, nonprofit and red carpet events to marketing technology, big pharma and consumer products.
Gretchen’s work at STF has included writing contributed articles, op-eds and letters to the editor for clients in the corporate, education, legal and non-profit sectors, as well as developing media relations strategy.
As an independent consultant, Gretchen also serves as head of PR for Academy Award and Emmy Award-winning, New York City entertainment company, Believe Entertainment Group. Her responsibilities have included driving the company’s original narrative and elevating its brand in the press; spearheading national media relations around original content for digital and TV distribution in partnership with LeBron James, Tiësto, Ayesha Curry and Jennifer Lopez; and managing external-facing messaging, events, thought leadership and speaker bureau.
Previously, Gretchen was Vice President at Rubenstein Communications in New York City implementing high-profile, results-oriented public relations campaigns for Live Nation, AEG, XM Radio, Amazon, Tribeca Film Festival, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, HBO’s U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, New York TV Festival, Lionsgate, Dr. Phil Show and the Nelson Mandela Foundation among others.
Education: Bachelor of Science in International Business from Oral Roberts University
Community involvement: Volunteering at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Tulsa and Joe’s Farm in Bixby
Passions: music, hiking, organic gardening, family time and connecting with my five nieces and nephews
Chris Schein joined Schnake Turnbo Frank as an associate at in 2021 and has about 30 years’ experience. His experience includes almost 20 years at Oncor, the transmission and distribution company serving North and West Texas, and its predecessor companies. While there, he led the communications efforts to pass legislation for electric utility deregulation and, later, the multi-year transition to competition that included rebranding and launching three brands and companies, while emphasizing the holding company’s positioning for investors. Schein and his team led the company’s crisis and issue management communication efforts, responding successfully to a financial crisis, multiple lawsuits including a multi-billion-dollar class action filing, and multiple M&A activities.
While serving in his role at Oncor and its predecessor companies, Schein was interviewed by every major media outlet in the nation, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and CNBC. Additionally, Schein coached the executive team and key leaders for national and international media interviews.
Schein previously served as Manager for Southwest Region Media Relations for AT&T, where he coordinated the public and media relations efforts for the company in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, and Texas, including all legislative and marketing positioning. He has also served in various public affairs, government relations and journalism roles within several organizations including WorldCom, Inc., The American Red Cross and the Tulsa World newspaper.
Schein’s skillset and experience is focused in strategic counseling, organizational and departmental restructuring, social media analytics and integration, crisis management, legislative and regulatory communications, and talent development.
Northeastern State University, bachelor’s degree in English, minor in business administration
Traveling, especially with family, is at the top of the list. There’s nothing better than exploring – whether it’s dog sledding in Alaska, zip lining in Hawaii, snow mobiling through Yellowstone, or shark fishing in Florida – to create new memories. A close second is snow skiing in Colorado, Utah, or Wyoming’s Grand Targhee (a true hidden gem).
Annie Bender is an intern for Schnake Turnbo Frank for the summer of 2022.
Annie is currently a junior at the University of Oklahoma pursing a bachelor’s degree in public relations and minor in digital marketing. She is highly involved in Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication and serves as one of their student ambassadors and is a part of the OU PRSSA community. Annie is also involved in a Panhellenic sorority and has served as event planner for three semesters.
Community Involvement: Annie has served multiple summers at Camp Barnabas as a missionary, The Big Event at University of Oklahoma, and enjoys giving back to the Tulsa community through A New Leaf and the Jenks Community Food Bank.
Passions: Fashion, music and going to concerts, working out (cycling and barre classes). Quality time with family and friends, cooking, long walks, and traveling.
Catarina Cardenuto Di Rienzo is a PR intern at STF’s Oklahoma City office.
Catarina joined the STF team as an intern for the summer program in 2022. She is a Journalism major at Mackenzie Presbyterian University in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and currently on her exchange year at university, studying communications at Pittsburg State University, Kansas.
During her high school sophomore year, she moved to Washington State an exchange student. There, she improved her English writing with English classes, and started her journey in the Journalism world, with broadcast journalism classes.
Originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Catarina is a cancer sun with leo rising, she loves getting to know different cultures and does not hesitate in moving around and getting to learn more about different people. Her favorite hobby is reading and playing the piano. She also loves animals, especially her dogs.
Education: Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie (2019-2022), Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism; Pittsburg State University (2022), Bachelor’s Degree in Communication with emphasis in Journalism.
Passions: adventurous books, fashion, great Italian meals, spending time with my family and dogs, traveling and getting to know this big and pretty world, playing the piano, developing plans for my future, and always looking after something amusing to do.