Mark & Dedra Phillips: Tulsa?s Young Professional Parents


This month’s article is in celebration and recognition of those who are both ros members and parents. Mark and Dedra Phillips are two of a number of Tulsa’s Young Professionals who are also mothers and fathers. Mark and his wife Dedra stay busy attending as many ros events as possible, while balancing their family-life and work-life. Mark is the co-crew leader of the Special Events Crew and Dedra is an active member of the crew also.

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Area Residents Accepted into the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants

With more than 6,600 members in public practice, industry, government and education, the OSCPA is Oklahoma’s only statewide professional association of CPAs. Since 1918, the organization has continued to provide professional education, conduct quality reviews and promote and maintain high standards of integrity and competence within the accounting profession.

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National Award Presented to Officer Jack Hester

On March 10, 2009 Officer Jack Hester of the Tulsa Police Department was recognized by Chief Ron Palmer for his actions on June 26, 2008. This award was presented on behalf of StopTech which involved a high-speed pursuit with Brandon

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Commerce Bank Makes a Donation to Crime Commission

(TULSA)-The Crime Commission in Tulsa announced that the Commerce Bank has made a donation in support of the Crime Stoppers hotline, which led to the swift arrest in the Feb. 9 robbery of the Commerce Bank branch at Utica Square.

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The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma Provides a Safe Place for Kids

The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma and Kendall Whittier, Inc. are celebrated the grand opening of the region’s third Kids Cafe. The celebration took place at the Kendall Whittier, Inc. after-school program on Thursday, March 26, 2009 at 3:30 p.m. The program is located at College Hill Presbyterian Church, 712 S. Columbia, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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TCC Trains Air Control Tower Personnel

Every day more than 50,000 aircrafts are guided safely through the national airspace system. The Federal Aviation Administration () has selected Tulsa Community College to train future control tower personnel with a new air traffic control degree program. is only the second institution in Oklahoma to offer the training.

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<i>Tulsa: A City Hall Without The Walls</i>


There was a time not so long ago that people had limited access and little input to their city government. There seemed to be virtual walls separating information and the people who needed it. Those times have changed!

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Commissioner Karen Keith Keeping Busy in District 2


Tulsa County Commission District 2 is one of the most diverse districts in terms of populations, economic diversity, and development. From Sand Springs to Expo Square and downtown Tulsa to Glenpool, District 2 represents over 187,000 Tulsa County residents with over 16,000 residing in the unincorporated areas of Tulsa County.

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Accomplished Artist Adds Tulsa Mayfest to Impressive Resume

Mayfest poster artist William Franklin is a self-taught artist, inheriting his talents through three generations of artists on both sides of his family. Now having painted murals for over a decade, William has become accomplished in many styles and techniques, yet still relishes the challenge of improving and growing with each new project.

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<i>Jazz Hall of Fame Hopping with Great Musical Events </i>

The Spring season has been very busy at the Jazz Depot in downtown Tulsa. Special events have been numerous and the Spring Jazz Concert Series has seen the likes of Grammy-award nominated jazz pianist phenom, Eldar Djangirov and his NYC trio in performance to a standing room only audience. Local pianist, vocalist, arranger and musical director Rick Fortner brought his musical extravaganza to the Jazz Depot and wowed the packed house with his special musical guests, including the fantastic Tavis Minner.

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B.A. Bash Has Trash on the Run

On Saturday, April 18, Broken Arrow held its third annual spring Broken Arrow Trash Bash sponsored by the Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce and Broken Arrow’s Beautification Committee.

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TYPros Presents Centennial Green Sculpture

PAST-ON: Artist Shane Fernandez presented his sculpture to the City of Tulsa on behalf of TYPros today. Elements of the sculpture represent the history that has made Tulsa the great city it is today and the forward direction the city is progressing. Photographed here, from left are Don Walker, President and CEO of Arvest and Chair of the Land Legacy; Eric Gomez, District 4 City Councilor; Karisha Arnett, 2009 TYPros Chair; and Shane Fernandez, Artist and Corporate Director of Architecture for Crafton Tull Sparks.


(TULSA) — Tulsa’s Young Professionals, in partnership with the City of Tulsa and Land Legacy and with the support of Arvest Bank, presented a sculpture Monday, May 11 to the City of Tulsa in honor of the Oklahoma Centennial. TYPros’ gift was unveiled at a ceremony at the new Chapman Centennial Green at Sixth and Boston in downtown.

The 12-foot sculpture, created by Shane Fernandez, past chair of TYPros and corporate director of architecture at Crafton Tull Sparks, and constructed by Flintco, was chosen during an open-call art competition in 2007. The piece serves as a gift to the city referencing Tulsa’s history of the oil and gas industry while also focusing on the future of Tulsa and its next generation of leaders.

“Tulsa’s Young Professionals was very involved in many of the Oklahoma Centennial projects, and this gift was one of the projects we worked hardest to make happen,” said Karisha Arnett, 2009 TYPros chair. “This beautiful piece of art is our legacy to Tulsa, and we are immensely proud that it will reside in downtown.”

TYPros members raised money to fund the project at a Centennial Party in 2006. Originally designed on a much smaller scale, the project took nearly two years and additional funding from Arvest Bank to complete for installation in the fountain at Chapman Centennial Green.

“It was an honor to have been selected to design this gift for the city,” Fernandez said. “This was certainly a labor of love as I have a great love for this city and for Tulsa’s Young Professionals. I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish for Tulsa.”

Gomez, Tulsa city councilor, accepted the gift on behalf of Mayor Kathy Taylor. Speakers at the unveiling included Gomez; Don Walker, president and CEO of Arvest and chair of Land Legacy; Arnett; and Fernandez.

About Tulsa’s Young Professionals
Tulsa’s Young Professionals is a dynamic, diverse group of emerging young professionals with a passion for affecting change in the Tulsa community. TYPros seeks to attract and retain young professionals in Tulsa and provide an opportunity to participate in the decision-making processes involving the development of Tulsa. TYPros provides its members with opportunities to get in front of and build relationships with local community and business leaders, as well as other young professionals. Funded by the Tulsa Metro Chamber, membership in TYPros is free. For more information about TYPros, visit or visit the mobile site at

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Courthouse Greening

Gardening got underway at the Tulsa County Courthouse this month. It was the first of several major efforts to beautify the Courthouse Plaza area between the front of the Courthouse and the front of the Library.

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Tulsa Explorers Bring Back Texas Gold

Four Tulsa Police Explorer teams competed in the 20th annual Texas Law Enforcement Explorer Association competition and brought back the gold. Competing against 79 teams from Texas, Florida and Oklahoma, Tulsa Explorers brought back four 1st place and two 3rd place trophies.

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Airport Taxiway Ramp Earns Excellence Award

A recently constructed taxiway ramp at Tulsa International Airport has received recognition from the Oklahoma/Arkansas Chapter of the American Concrete Pavement Association as a silver winner in the Commercial Airports category for Excellent Concrete Pavement.

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