2018 Board of Directors
President- Shannon Morgan
Shannon Morgan graduated from Tahlequah High School in 1986 and then earned a bachelor’s degree graduating with honors from Central Bible College in 1991 with majors in theology and counseling.
Shannon served 20 years in ministry as lead pastor of several churches in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma. While in between ministry assignments, Shannon worked at Help-In-Crisis from 1999-2002 serving first as prevention educator and then as multidisciplinary team coordinator under the agency’s then executive director Deana Franke.
After returning to Tahlequah late in 2010 Shannon served as a hospice chaplain for five years and currently works in business development as Account Executive for Angels Care Home Health in the Tulsa/Broken Arrow market.
Shannon joined the Help-In-Crisis board of directors in early 2017 and was nominated by the board to chair the hiring committee that produced the agency’s current Executive Director Laura Kuester. Shannon was soon after elected by the board to serve as board president and is currently serving his 2nd term in that role.
Shannon and his wife of 30 years, Kristi, have raised two daughters and one son and currently reside on Lake Ft. Gibson near Wagoner, OK.
Vice President- Carolyn Cox
Carolyn Cox is a lifelong citizen of Tahlequah, Oklahoma. She graduated from Northeastern State University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Social Work. The following year, she earned a master’s from the University of Oklahoma School of Social Work. She worked in the mental health field for several years, becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. In 2006, she returned to the NSU Social Work Program to serve as the field director and to teach future social workers. For over a decade, Carolyn volunteered at Help-In-Crisis working with survivors of sexual assault. In 2017, she became a HIC Board Member. Carolyn is a doctoral candidate at Oklahoma State University in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Program, and is currently writing her dissertation titled: Understanding the College Completion Agenda on a Community College Campus: The Lived Experience of Faculty and Administrators. Carolyn is married to Shawn Cox and has one daughter, Chace Brose.
Secretary- Sara Combs
Dr. Katherine Garlough
Currently, Dr. Garlough is the Managing Partner at The Garlough Group, LLC, a third-party provider of of curriculum and instructors to universities, NGOs, and corporate clients. She also serves as contributing faculty at Walden University where she chairs doctoral committees. Dr. Garlough also consults with instiutions of education on English as a Second Language, assessment, accreditation, and grants. Previously Dr. Garlough was the Director of the Language and Cultural Center at Northeastern State University. Working in Iraq for a year, she served as an Advisor to the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research for the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). Prior to that appointment, she spent several years as Director of Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness at Northwestern Oklahoma State University and as an administrator of a USAID/University of Oklahoma grant to assess, support, and revitalize higher education in Iraq. Her area of study includes assessment practices in the Middle East and her papers have been presented at international higher education conferences. Traveling to Erbil, Iraq in August 2009, Dr. Garlough presented televised workshops on assessment to local universities and presented educational recommendations at a conference for human rights for women.
Dirk Van Veen
Corbin has lived in the area for the majority of his life and is proud to call Tahlequah home. He graduated from Tahlequah public schools in 1986, then attended college at both Northeastern State University and Oklahoma State University. He has been in the insurance industry for the past 26 years dealing with, primarily property and casualty lines for local businesses, contractors, and public entities. He has been employed with BancFirst Insurance Services for the last eleven years as Vice President of Marketing, for the Muskogee/Tahlequah area. Corbin has been married to Candy Jarvis for 26 years, together they have raised two wonderful daughters Lindsay, and Darby. They also enjoy traveling the world, but love to come home to their small ranch in Cherokee County.
Jyme Lowe is the Community Preventionist for Tahlequah Best Coalition /Tahlequah Public Schools. Jyme is a graduate of Haskell Indian Nation’s University where she received a Bachelor’s of Science in Education. Ms. Lowe has a broad social services portfolio that includes: Peer Counseling, Drug and Alcohol Prevention, Indian Child Welfare, and Career Counseling. Jyme is a past employee of Help-In- Crisis serving as the agencies Prevention Coordinator for over 7 years. During that time, Jyme was instrumental in the development of the Violence Prevention Program now utilized in Tahlequah Public Schools. As an advocate for victim’s services, Ms. Lowe pioneered the first Walk-A-Mile-In-Her Shoes (WAM) fundraiser and awareness event for Help-In-Crisis. WAM, now an annual event, continues to be the most successful event of its kind in the state and the biggest fund raiser for the agency. Ms. Lowe has a passion for domestic violence and sexual assault prevention, and has shared her knowledge through educational forums and public events concerning this issue at the local, state, and federal level. For her efforts in the field of Prevention, Jyme was a recipient of the Deana M. Franke – “Moving Up Stream Award” presented by the Office of the Oklahoma Attorney General honoring excellence in DV/SA Prevention.
My name is Jimmie Ross. I am 57 years old and I am a 20-year Domestic Violence Survivor. I reside in Tahlequah, Oklahoma with my two daughters. I am currently employed by Jack Brown as a Resident Advisor and I am on the Board with Help In Crisis. I continue to share my story as a guest speaker in hopes of helping others who are going through the same situations. Currently, I own my own home and I am truly happy with how my life has turned out.
In 1998, Help-In-Crisis took me into shelter, nursed me back to health and helped me get back on my feet and started me on the path to making a better life for myself and my children. “It is a long hard road but getting out of an abusive relationship is well worth it.” I share my story with anyone who asks me about it. I know that my life was spared on the day that I should have died so that I could be a voice for survivors and to help someone else.
I am not a victim, I am a survivor.
Mrs. Lovell has been a registered nurse since 1994 and is currently the Director of Education at Northeastern Health System. She is originally from Arkansas but has lived in California and Nevada during her husband’s service with the US Air Force. When her husband transferred to US Public Health Service in 2010 they moved to Tahlequah, where he currently serves with Cherokee Nation at WW Hastings. She has been married for 17 years to Charles Lovell and they have three children Jackson 14, Grace 11, and Benjamin 9. Suzanne’s activities and hobbies include spending time with family (on and off the soccer fields), hiking, snow skiing and traveling. She is also involved in Advisory council for Practical Nursing program at ITCT and RN program at Connors State College, advisory council for Tahlequah Public Schools Gifted and Talented Program, and a Tahlequah Public Schools Fo9undation board member since 2015. Suzanne and her family attend Cornerstone Fellowship Church.
Anita Lightcap began her educational career in western Kansas as a teacher of English to foreign exchange students learning English in order to enter a college or university. She has also taught middle and high school Spanish, 3 rd grade and an intervention reading program, Reading Recovery, to first grade students with reading difficulties. Anita returned to her home town of Tahlequah in 2002 as Special Programs Coordinator and currently serves as Executive Director of Elementary Education and Special Programs.
Anita received a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Mary of the Plains College, graduating Magna Cum Laude and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University. Ms. Lightcap has received several local and state honors for her work in education. In 2003 OABE, Oklahoma Association for Bilingual Education awarded her with the Headliners Award in recognized her outstanding contribution to English learners in the state of Oklahoma. Again in 2006 OABE recognized Ms. Lightcap with the Leadership and Service Award for her outstanding contribution to bilingual education in the state of Oklahoma.In the Spring of 2015 Ms. Lightcap was awarded Administrator of the Year by Tahlequah Public School and in 2016-17 the Distinguished Service Award. In 2016 she was selected, by her peers as District 11 Central Office Administrator of the Year by the Oklahoma Association of School Administrators.