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Leadership & Board

  • Karen Tilkin

    Executive Director

    Karen Tilkin (formerly Kiely) joined CAP Tulsa in 2008 and was named chief operating officer in 2009, assuming responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the agency, as well as strategic planning. In October 2019, Karen Tilkin became Executive Director. Under Tilkin’s leadership, CAP Tulsa was named “Best Non-Profit to Work For” by the Non-Profit Times for seven consecutive years, earning the top spot in 2021. CAP Tulsa continues to receive an annual MOSAIC Award for Top Inclusive Workplace Culture from the Tulsa Regional Chamber.

    Prior to joining CAP, Tilkin spent seventeen years at The Bama Companies, Inc., in a variety of leadership roles in both the U.S. and Beijing, China. Before joining Bama, Tilkin spent five years in international banking with Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company in New York, Taipei, and Hong Kong. Tilkin holds an MBA from Oklahoma State University and a B.S. in economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Organizational and Community Leadership from the University of Oklahoma. 

  • Michelle Boatright

    Chief Program Officer

    Michelle Boatright joined CAP Tulsa in 2003 and currently manages the departments at CAP Tulsa that offer direct services to families. Additionally, Boatright oversees support departments and a statewide program operated by the agency and serves as CAP Tulsa’s Head Start director. During her tenure at CAP Tulsa, Boatright has served in a range of roles spanning fundraising, strategic planning, family recruitment and intake, home visiting, asset building and work readiness initiatives, public benefit screening, and two-generation program design.

    In 2006, when CAP Tulsa was first selected to implement a new statewide program aimed at improving the quality and quantity of services available to at-risk children ages birth through three, Boatright helped lead the effort to launch what became the highly lauded Oklahoma Early Childhood Program.

    Prior to joining CAP Tulsa, Boatright was the executive director for a domestic violence services center in central Oklahoma and also served as a child advocate for the organization. She has worked in the non-profit sector for the majority of her career and is an Oklahoma State University graduate.

  • Michael Madsen

    Chief Financial Officer

    Prior to joining CAP Tulsa in April 2023, as Chief Financial Officer, Michael spent the majority of the past 15 years with FORVIS, LLP where he was most recently a Director in the firm's audit practice. He has also worked as a Controller for Cypress Energy Partners, LLP. Michael is a Certified Public Accountant and graduated from Oklahoma State University with a bachelor’s in business administration-accounting with minors in economics and political science. Having mainly worked with governmental and tribal clients, including other Head Start grantees in Oklahoma, along with some community non-profits, Michael brings great experience to this role.

    Michael has been a very active volunteer in the Tulsa community, enabling him to bring great perspective to his new role. He just completed a six-year term on the Board of the Mental Health Association Oklahoma. He currently serves on the OSU School of Accounting Advisory Board, the Tulsa Area United Way Emerging Leaders Society, Council Oak Elementary Foundation Board, and is an active member of both First Presbyterian Church Tulsa and the Philbrook Museum of Art Ambassadors Circle.

  • Catheryn Ackenhausen

    Chief Talent Officer

    Catheryn Ackenhausen joined CAP Tulsa in 2003 and currently provides strategic guidance and leadership in the areas of Human Resources, Organizational Development, and Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion. During her tenure at CAP Tulsa, Ackenhausen has served in a variety of roles including Director of Fund Development and Communications, Learning & Performance Director, and Human Resources & Organizational Development Director. She has been responsible for designing and shepherding CAP Tulsa’s leadership succession planning process, leadership development and aspiring leader programs, training and talent development initiatives, and was integrally involved in the creation and subsequent integration of CAP Tulsa Core Values across the organization.

    Prior to joining CAP Tulsa, Ackenhausen worked in various industries including a private philanthropic foundation, software development, national healthcare quality assurance and risk mitigation, and academia. She holds both a BA and MA from the University of Virginia, from which she graduated magna cum laude and was awarded membership in the Phi Beta Kappa honors society. Ackenhausen is a Leadership Tulsa graduate, has served on various Boards of non-profit organizations and professional associations, and is a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR).

  • Amy Amatucci

    Director of Fund Development

  • Crystal Carter

    Director of Organizational Culture

  • Clay Darnell

    Director of Finance & Accounting

  • Felicia Deatherage

    Director of Quality Assurance & Special Services

  • Drew France

    Senior Director of Strategic Planning, IT, & Community Initiatives

  • Jeff Gilstrap

    Director of Information Technology

  • Brandy Holleyman

    Director of Family Advancement

  • Lori Kerns

    Director of Human Resources & Organizational Development

  • Meshel Richmond

    Director of Health, Collaborative Services, & Facilities

  • Stacey South-Corner

    Director of Admissions & Recruitment

  • Denise Stevens

    Director of Education, Child Outcomes, & OECP

  • Rainey Talbot

    Director of Marketing, Public Relations, & Volunteer Outreach

  • Jennifer Zuyus

    Director of Legal & In-House Counsel

Leadership at CAP Tulsa

We center all that we do around providing an equitable environment that maximizes learning for children and support for their families. Likewise, we strive to make all decisions about our organization’s policies, procedures, and practices through an equity lens.
Karen Tilkin, Executive Director/CEO

Board of Directors

  • Paula Settoon – President

  • Carlos Bejarano – Vice President

  • Jonathan Joiner – Treasurer

  • Joyce McClellan – Secretary

  • Ryan Alden

  • Sherry Been

  • George Charlton, Jr.

  • Brad Cunningham

  • Anita Ede

  • Mica Harding

  • Kirt Hartzler

  • Valerie Jarvis

  • Christy Ptak

  • Hitesh Pushpraj

Board Meetings

Unless otherwise noted, all meetings will be held at Legacy Plaza:
Legacy Plaza East Tower
5330 E. 31st Street
Tulsa, OK 7413
For questions, please call Carla Carter, Sr. Executive Assistant, 918-382-3292.

The purpose of the Board of Directors meetings is to conduct the business of CAP Tulsa. The purpose of committee meetings is to review and make recommendations to the Board of Directors. These are open, public meetings held in accordance with the Open Meeting Act of the State of Oklahoma.