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Steering Committee

OPEL operates under a fiscal sponsorship in partnership with the Oklahoma Public School Resource Center (OPSRC). The governance mechanism set in place to support the relationship is the Steering Committee. It serves as the guiding group that decides on the priorities of the network and manages the general course of its operations. We are incredibly grateful for each member's engagement, service, and amazing work in our field.  Interested in joining our Steering Committee? Click here!

Dr. April Grace

Dr. April Grace

Executive Director

Dr. April Grace’s role at OPSRC draws upon her vast experience in Oklahoma education,

Emily Collins

Emily Collins

Community School Coordinator

Emily Collins serves as the Community School Coordinator at Jenks East Elementary

Lauren Sivak

Lauren Sivak

Executive Director

An experienced nonprofit leader whose impact has resonated across diverse initiatives,

Melissa Klink

Melissa Klink

Chief Executive Officer

Melissa has been a proud member of the Norman community since 2010.

Stacy McDaniel

Stacy McDaniel

Executive Director

Stacy McDaniel is the Executive Director and co-founder of Cleats for Kids,

Courtney Yunt

Courtney Yunt

Executive Director

Courtney Yunt serves as Executive Director of the Oklahoma Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs.

Dr. Emily Mortimer

Dr. Emily Mortimer

Vice President of STEM Ecosystems

Dr. Mortimer serves as Vice President of STEM Ecosystems

Liz Taylor

Liz Taylor

County Extension Director | 4-H Educator

Liz Taylor's personal mission is to help youth reach their full potential, and

Morgan Jones

Morgan Jones

Founder/Executive Director

Morgan Jones, a registered architect, knows first-hand about the importance of supportive role models

Steve Beck

Steve Beck

Assistant Director & State Program Leader | 4-H Youth Development

Steve Beck joined Oklahoma State University as the State 4-H Program Leader in

Dr. Darius Prier

Dr. Darius Prier

Associate Dean for Inclusive Excellence and Community Engagement

Dr. Prier serves as Associate Dean for Inclusive Excellence and Community Engagement

Jackie DuPont

Jackie DuPont

Executive Director

Jackie DuPont is the Executive Director of the Coretz Family Foundation in Tulsa, OK

Marla Mayberry

Marla Mayberry

Executive Director of Family, Community & Youth Empowerment

Executive Director of Family, Community, and Youth Empowerment at Tulsa Public Schools.

Paula Wackenheim

Paula Wackenheim

Director of Public Policy & Initiatives

Paula Wackenheim serves as the Regional Cohort Director of Public Policy

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Working Committees

Science and Technology Class

Each of our working committees consists of at least one representative from the Steering Committee and engaged network partner members. Interested in joining one or more of our working committees? Click here to join!

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Executive Committee

Takes active leadership role serving as Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, or Committee Chairs. Members provide organizational direction and oversight. Members act on behalf of the full steering committee.

In the Classroom

Policy & Advocacy Committee

Pursues a shared policy agenda to increase the quality and availability of afterschool programs. Assesses local, state, and federal legislative and other policy opportunities. Develops strategies and materials to raise public awareness. Provides outreach to relevant policymakers.

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Quality Committee

Promotes the adoption of a common system of quality standards statewide and the development of capacity-building, assessment, and evaluation tools linked to standards. Addresses a wide variety of data collection and usage issues and promotes the use of best practices statewide. Facilitates information sharing and resource coordination to identify and meet the needs of the afterschool field for professional development across the entire workforce continuum.

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Sustainability Committee

Fosters and maintain relationships with potential funders and identify funding sources/opportunities. Members focus on the creation of a fundraising plan tied to the strategic focus and are responsible for creating a steering committee succession plan.

Kids robot

STEM Committee

Facilitates information sharing and resource coordination to identify and meet the needs of the afterschool field for STEM professional development. Helps to develop resources and materials related to high-quality STEM programming and collect data on STEM programs in the state.

Our Team

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Jahaziel Hiriart

Network Director

jhiriart@opelok.org

918-949-7755

Hear My Name

Jahaziel (ha-see-elle) Hiriart (hee-ree-art) serves as the director of our network. She is responsible for creating a sustainable afterschool statewide network, strengthening its structure, fostering regional and local partnerships, and supporting systems and resources for afterschool in our state. She oversees the network’s initiatives and operations, including policy development and field projects.

 

Jahaziel has more than a decade of experience in the nonprofit field – as a field practitioner and program provider, designer, board member, director, founder, and advisor. She holds degrees in political science, international business, and soon, educational psychology. 

 

Jahaziel is passionate about afterschool because she benefited greatly from it growing up. She participated in a dance program where her instructor was the caring adult she needed through hard times. This experience impacted her so much that she founded Latin Dance 918, a nonprofit that provides access to Afro-Caribbean/Latin dance opportunities.

Jahaziel feels in harmony with her purpose when uplifting others and serving her community. She enjoys Salsa dancing, jogging, rollerblading, listening to audiobooks/podcasts, eating (and Yelping about!) delicious food, and traveling with the love of her life, John.

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