Board of Directors


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FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Clotiel Howard, served 12 years at CASA of Oklahoma County. She served one years as a CASA Supervisor, dedicating her last 11 years serving as the Training Manager, training volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children. 

Mrs. Howard has an Associate Degree in Paralegal and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice.  She worked as a Paralegal for several law firms specializing in criminal and family law.  She is a Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) Practitioner and is trained to teach the core principle of the TRBI model for working with traumatized children.

Mrs. Howard is a member of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, one of America’s leading state associations dedicated to the work of the charitable sector.  Mrs. Howard have completed the Standards of Excellence course by the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits.  Her certification is valid from 2018-2023.

Mrs. Howard is a member of the Supervised Visitation Network and has attended a Formal 24-hour Certificate Training assuring that children can have a safe, conflict-free access to parents with whom they do not reside.

Mrs. Howard was recognized for her work in June 2018 with the Payit4Ward Award sponsored by First Fidelity Bank and News Channel 4.  She is a member of the Fairview Baptist Church.

 
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PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD

Sylvia Barkley, is a creative executive that has garnered a creative edge by specializing in service.  With a degree in Non-Profit Management, she has worked for several companies, obtaining a wide variety of development, non-profit training, and writing experience. Whether working for major hospitals and volunteer agencies, Sylvia believes that community children should be empowered.

High-performing, strategic-thinking professional with six years of experience in child welfare services in the non-profit and for-profit sectors. Highly skilled at building strong partnerships with clients, volunteers and other agencies; exceptional writing, presenting, and interpersonal communication skills. Adept at assessing needs, generating options, and implementing solution in collaboration with clients and stakeholders. Well-versed in all phases of recruitment, training, and retention of clients and volunteers. Experienced at managing projects from the requirements gathering/needs identification phase through to completion. 

 
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VICE PRESIDENT 

Elsie Chocho, is currently a Child Welfare Supervisor with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS). She has been employed with OKDHS since November 2014 and currently coaches, trains and mentors Child Welfare Specialists in the interpretation of federal and state statutes, policies, best practices and procedures through their case management. With a certification in Child Welfare mentoring as well as experience, Ms. Chocho advocates for children and families through Permanency Planning. She ensures that through daily engagement of different governmental, private and non-governmental agencies and organizations, all stakeholders work towards ensuring the success of the vulnerable families involved in the Oklahoma child welfare system. She has previous work experience in the private corporate sector- previously employed at AT&T as well as a regionally recognized bank in Kenya- and in the academic sector as a Graduate Research Assistant at the OU Graduate College.

She holds a degree in Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Aspects of Communications and a Master of Arts in Rural Sociology and Community Development both from The University of Nairobi-Kenya, as well as a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Public Policy, from the University of Oklahoma; and is currently in the process of beginning her pursuit for a degree in Doctor of Public Administration. She is a member of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), having been a guest panelist during the 2018 Oklahoma Chapter, and was a Community Champion of the Kenya Commercial Bank CSR Program, Kenya, during her employment at the bank."

 
 
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SECRETARY 

Erin Robinson, is a media and art director.  Her current professional experience includes a position with VI Marketing & Branding as Associate Creative Director since November 2012.  In this role she is responsible for creating strategy-driven work on everything from branding to illustration to print to digital, video production and more.  She oversees art direction on a road range of media for numerous clients.  Previous she worked as Art Director for CJRW, The Promotions Network Inc., (TPN).  Some of her clients included Bank of America, Gatorade, Hershey’s & MVW.  While working in Arkansas, she worked with the Bill Clinton Presidential Library, Arkansas Department of Health, Centennial Bank, & Rocktown Distillery to name a few.  She is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a B.A. in Graphic Design & a Minor in Art History.

 
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TREASURER  

Mario Long, is the father of 2 and happily married for over 22 years.  Mr. Long is the CEO of his own construction management firm, HD Designs.  He has secured federal and state construction projects across the state of Oklahoma and Kansas. He volunteers at his church and works to empower young people.  He prides himself most on being a role model for his 2 children and strives to develop them into global citizens.

 
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Sharon Walters is a retired educator/teacher.  While working as an educator, Ms. Walters was a Special Education Teach for many years atCoronado Heights Elementary School in Oklahoma City.  She worked with students in mild to moderate self-contained classrooms.  She specialized in working with students with emotional and behavioral issues and learning disabilities.  She was responsible for writing and implementing individualized educational plans for students and building relationships with students and parents.  Ms. Walters graduated from Furman University, Greenville, SC with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Studies.  She served as Chairman of the Furman University Social Board planning and staffing on campus events such as concerts, dances and movies for supplement student life on campus.  She is an active volunteer in her community serving the local PTA at school and on the district level, involved in strategic planning, fundraising, and financial management.  She also serviced as a coach for Special Olympics and works with youth from her local church hosting middle school and high schoolers in her home teaching and encouraging service to others