Board of Advocates
The Women's and Gender Studies Program Board of Advocates is a select group of friends who support the Women's and Gender Studies Program and its mission. The purpose of the Board of Advocates is to support to the program and to facilitate a connection between the program and the Oklahoma community.
An annual fundraiser to support the programs of the Women's and Gender Studies department. Inlcudes dinner and a silent auction. Click here for more details.
Members of the Board of Advocates
Kaylee Davis-Maddy is an Oklahoma native with deep roots in OU’s community, due to her father’s career and commitment to OU (and OU Medicine), making her very proud to give back to OU through her involvement with WGS. Kaylee received her law degree from Washington University School of Law and her undergraduate degree from OU in Letters. She currently practices in Oklahoma City in the health, environmental, water, and business sectors. She is active in civic and philanthropic endeavors around the OK metro, including Planned Parenthood and OKC Midtown Rotary. For fun, Kaylee writes books that her talented artist husband illustrates.
Jackie Farley is a native Oklahoman with a bachelor and master's degree from OU. She is the Founder and C.E.O. of Wise Women Concierge in Norman, is a certified Motivational Speaker with the National Speakers Association, and an instructor for the OU WGS Progam. Jackie worked in the Recreational Services Department at OU for over 27 years and taught as an adjunct in Health and Exercise Sciences and University College. She retired as the Director of Recreational Services in 2005 after directing the renovation and expansion of the Huston Huffman Center.
Melvin C. Hall
Melvin C. Hall was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He attended Langston University, where he received his B.A. in Education in 1978. Melvin has focused his practice on the civil litigation of employment law and civil rights cases. Melvin has tried cases before administrative tribunals, in state district courts and in each of the three U.S. District Courts of Oklahoma. He has also argued several cases before the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, Colorado.In addition to his law practice, Melvin is a nationally sought after speaker and lecturer on employment law and civil rights issues. He is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Oklahoma teaching classes regarding employment law and the civil rights movement. Melvin has served on numerous boards and commissions such as a seven year term as a regent on the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents from April 22, 1992 through March 31, 1999. During Melvin's tenure as a University of Oklahoma Regent, he was elected Chairman of the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents in March 1998, becoming the Board's first African-American chairman. Currently, Melvin serves on the Arvest Bank Board of Directors, the Executive Committee of the Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies and the Board of Visitors of the University of Oklahoma College of Law.
Gary Heerwald of Oklahoma City was born and reared in Clinton, Oklahoma. He received his B.A. in Psychology and B.A. in Journalism (Public Relations) from OU in 1973, with elective interests in history and art. He has 30 years of information/marketing and administrative experience with the State of Oklahoma. He currently volunteers as a docent at the Devon Energy Center. He has yet to write or paint anything that would make him famous or rich.
Sara Potts concentrates the majority of her practice on commercial and corporate business litigation, asbestos exposure defense, insurance defense, tribal sovereignty issues, and construction law. In addition to litigation, she also assists business clients on a variety of commercial matters, providing counsel on various business issues and disputes, including corporate formation and governance, director and officer liability, employer liability, disassociations/expulsions, and shareholder disputes.
While attending the Oklahoma City University School of Law, Sara was a Merit Scholar and served as the Executive Editor for the Oklahoma City University Law Review. She was also a Student Member of the William J. Holloway, Jr. American Inn of Court and a member of the Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society. Prior to graduating magna cum laude in 2014, Sara received four (4) CALI Excellence for the Future Awards and was also awarded the Dean’s Legal Ethics Award for Excellence.
Lisa Pryor, M.Ed., directs Program Development and Innovation for the Office of the University of Oklahoma (OU) Outreach Vice President and manages programming for EDUTAS at OU. She also supports technical assistance work of the South Central Comprehensive Center (SC3) at OU.
Pryor is a former middle school social studies teacher and former Assistant State Superintendent for Support, Innovation and Alternative Education at the Oklahoma State Department of Education.
She has deep experience in instructional design, civic engagement, school redesign and collaborative leadership. She served as Managing Director of the National Center on Time & Learning in Boston where she supported national efforts to expand learning time for students and collaboration time for educators.
Linda Scoggins graduated for the OU College of Law in 1981 and has been in the private practice of law in Oklahoma City since that time. Her practice is focused primarily in the areas of health law and business litigation. Linda had returned to law school nine (9) years after receiving a B.A. in Economics from OU. Between undergraduate and law school, she worked as a marketing research analyst for two Oklahoma City newspapers while having two sons and taking a few courses in OU’s MBA program. Throughout her career, Linda has been active in community, philanthropic, and school activities in Oklahoma City and Norman. She has served on the Boards of Variety Health Clinics, Variety Health Foundation, and Planned Parenthood of Central Oklahoma. Her volunteer work for Planned Parenthood has spanned 30 years, including 18 years on the Board and 4 years as Board President.
Mickie Smith is a tree-time Emmy Award winner and the Director of Fundraising Content and Promotions for the OETA Foundation. With twenty-five years’ experience in every aspect of television production, she has a thorough understanding of media and marketing.
Mickie has boundless love for her family and state, which is why she has dedicated her life to producing video content that makes an impact on her community. Mickie volunteers for several organizations dedicated to serving the needs of women, children, and families.
She made her home in Oklahoma City where she married her high-school sweetheart, Michael. They have two children; Sean, their son, a sophomore at the University of Oklahoma and Sophia, their daughter, a junior in high school in Oklahoma City.
Brenda Wheelock of Norman serves as the director of communications and development for the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, a statewide nonprofit founded by David Boren to recognize and encourage academic excellence in public schools. A 1988 University of Oklahoma journalism graduate, Brenda served more than 10 years on the news and publications staff of OU Public Affairs and was editor of OU’s alumni and staff publications. She has also been a reporter for United Press International and the Daily Oklahoman. Brenda is an active volunteer leader for the Cleveland County CROP Walk to Stop Hunger and Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma. A former board member and mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Norman, she has received the Norman United Way Volunteer of the Year Award for Service to Youth and Education. Brenda and her husband David are the proud parents of two daughters, Robyn, a recent graduate of Trinity University in San Antonio, and Amanda, a sophomore at Mills College in Oakland, Calif.
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