Kathy Taylor is a proven leader, business executive, public servant and corporate attorney. She currently serves as Chair of Leadership Council for ImpactTulsa, as well as Chair for the Regional Board of Reading Partners. Known for her strong leadership in recruiting new jobs, expanding education opportunities and developing entrepreneurship programs after two decades of practicing corporate law, Kathy served as Oklahoma's Secretary of Commerce and Tourism, Mayor of the City of Tulsa, Oklahoma's Chief of Education Strategy and a resident Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics. Currently, Kathy serves as a member of the Board of SONIC, America's Drive-In. Additionally, Kathy is an inductee in the Oklahoma Women's Hall of Fame, the Tulsa Historical Society Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma City Public Schools Hall of Fame and the University of Tulsa College of Law Hall of Fame. She has been honored as a Headliner by the Oklahoma Press Association and recognized by the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice.
Steve Gerkin D.D.S.
Steve Gerkin, a Tulsa-based freelance writer, has authored three books and has over two dozen essays published in This Land Press, Edible Tulsa, The Frontier, La Semana and the Battle Lake Review. Gerkin is a retired general dentist who spent seven years in the Navy Reserves, and served his active duty as a dentist at White Sands Missile Range, NM. His father was a medic Petty Officer in WWII and made three beach landings in the Pacific region with the Marines, including the Philippines and Okinawa.
Jerry P. Parkhurst is a lifelong Tulsan and currently works as President of Parkhurst Investments, LLC, which owns and manages real estate holdings. Parkhurst served the US Navy from 1967-1971 on the USS Point Defiance LSD-31, Petty Officer, Gunnery Division. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal with three bronze stars; the Vietnam Service Medal with three bronze stars; the Vietnam Gallantry Cross and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. He enlisted for six years serving four years active duty and two inactive. He had three tours of duty in Vietnam with two years of combat in coastal Vietnam, the Mekong Delta Rivers.