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EDUCATION FOCUS: Tulsans Union High School Psychometrist Kim Brock Downing, Deanne Dutton Hughes, and Laurie Tilley have all been named to the Board of Trustees for the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence. Pictured with some of the new trustees is Chairman David Boren, back row, second from left. Hughes is pictured in the back row, right. Downing and Tilley are not pictured.



Three Tulsans, including Kim Brock Downing, with Union Public Schools, have been chosen as new members of the Board of Trustees with the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence (OFE), a statewide charitable organization that recognizes and encourages academic excellence in Oklahoma’s public schools.

Downing is the Union High School psychometrist. She holds her Bachelor of Science degree from Oklahoma State University and a Master of Arts from University of Tulsa. She is an active board member for the Tulsa Figure Skating Club and is a figure skating judge.

Deanne Dutton Hughes is the owner of Third Branch Engineering and new source product manager for McElroy Manufacturing Inc. She was honored by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence in 1988 as an Academic All-Stater. She is a registered professional engineer in both Oklahoma and Texas. An executive committee member for the University of Tulsa (TU) Alumni Association Board, Hughes serves on TU’s Mechanical Engineering Advisory Board. She is also a founding member of the Juliette Low Leadership Society for Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma, an Oklahoma Trustee for Nature Conservancy, a ScoreCard coach and a business member for Sustainable Tulsa.

Laurie Tilley is the executive vice president of brand strategy for Littlefield Agency, a brand development company. She is the immediate past chair of Leadership Oklahoma; a member of the Big Brothers Big Sisters State Board of Directors; executive board member of YMCA of Greater Tulsa; and co-founder and board member of Project Elf, a charitable organization that provides basic necessities to students in nearly 100 Tulsa-area schools.

They have all been appointed to three-year terms.

One of the keys to the foundation’s success is the leadership of its 180 trustees. They are leaders in business, education and public service, who represent every region of the state and help promote the foundation’s mission and its programs, said Chairman David L. Boren, who founded Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence 32 years ago to strengthen support for public education in Oklahoma.

Through its Academic Awards Program, the foundation has presented more than $4.6 million in cash awards to honor outstanding public school students and educators. Through its Local Education Foundation Outreach Program, the foundation provides technical support, training and networking opportunities to 220 local education foundations across the state.

Among its other initiatives, the Foundation for Excellence coordinates a summer fellowship program to send Oklahoma teachers to the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute. Through its David and Molly Boren Mentoring Initiative, the foundation promotes quality youth mentoring as a positive step toward academic success.

The foundation also administers Professional Development Grants for teachers to attend national conferences and institutes, and it partners with the national Fund for Teacher and the Tulsa Community Foundation to provide grants for self-designed summer professional development opportunities for teachers.

Updated 01-29-2018

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