Board of Directors

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Friends for Folks is a non-profit 501(c)(3) public charity. Each member on the Board generously donates their time and efforts to cultivate the growth and development of the Friends for Folks organization. It’s because of their passion and devotion that the Friends for Folks charity exists.

Eric Franklin

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President

Eric Franklin is the Retired Deputy Medical Director of Department of Corrections.

Dr. Harry Wright, PhD

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Vice President

Dr. Harry Wright, PhD, is a Professor of Psychology at University of Oklahoma.

Dr. Rosemarie Strong, DVM

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Secretary

Dr. Rosemarie Strong, DVM is a Veterinarian at Memorial Road Pet Hospital. She is an external volunteer veterinarian for the Friends for Folks program at Mabel Bassett Correctional Center.

Marilyn Durbin, MA, CPCC

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Treasurer

Marilyn Durbin, MA, CPCC is an external volunteer facilitator for the Life Anew program in Oklahoma Prisons.

Marva Perry, RN

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Marva Perry, RN is a traveling nurse and advocate for children of the incarcerated..

Joe C. Kernke, Jr.

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Former President

Joe C. Kernke, Jr. is businessman and owner of Smith&Kernke Funeral Homes.

Bo Cox

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Bo Cox is a published author and the Recreational Manager for Griffin State Hospital. He and his service dog Hope, volunteer their time visiting people hospitalized at Griffin State Hospital.

Dr. Lee Denney, DVM

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Dr. Lee Denney, DVM is the Speaker Pro Tempore, Representative of the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

H.E. “Gene” Rainbolt

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H.E. “Gene” Rainbolt is a businessman and Chairman of BancFirst Corporation.

Kris Steele

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Kris Steele is the Executive Director of TEEM and Former Speaker of the House in the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

Cheryl Engelaer

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Cheryl Engelaer is businesswoman and owner of Results Count Marketing and Belle Kitchen.

Dr Susan Sharp, PhD

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Dr Susan Sharp, PhD, is a professor of Sociology at University of Oklahoma.

Sharon Heatly

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Sharon Heatly is the Director of Guidance and Counseling at Norman Public Schools.

Ron Pandos

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Ron Pandos is a U.S. Veteran and the Director of the Battle Buddies program for Veterans.

Advisory to the Board

Dr. John Otto (Ex-Officio)

Former Governor Brad Henry

Lee Fairchild

Dr. Susan Savage

Greg Mellott

Ruth Steinberger

Clare McClernon

Friends for Folks is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that depends entirely on donations received by people like you to keep these programs going.

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