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Meet the big dreamers! Our team is made up of the parents, teachers, businessmen and women, volunteer base, and so many more who choose to invest in the leaders of the next generation. Here are the members of the Loveworks Governing Board, members of which serve to strategically support and work towards the sustainability of the organization.
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Evan Fay
Senior Consultant | Economic Development Advisory Services | Ernst and Young LLP
Evan is a graduate of The University of Oklahoma with a Bachelors in Economics. He is passionate about the community and is involved in NormanNEXT, The Salvation Army, Kennedy Elementary Mentor program, Leadership Norman. Evan loves the outdoors, discovering new places to eat, golf, reading or trying to keep up with his wife, Katie, on a training run. 
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Rusty Loeffler
Co-Founder and owner of Interurban Restaurants, Packards New American Kitchen, HunnyBunny Biscuit Co.

Rusty co-opened Interurban Restaurants in 1976 in Norman and has been long involved in the community. He is dedicated to positively impacting our city and those around him. Rusty loves spending his free time with his family, playing with his grandchildren, and fishing.Rusty has been volunteering with Loveworks since 2011. Once a tutor, he helped bring the culinary program alive at Loveworks and continues to cook a homestyle meal every Thursday evening for our students while also training up the next great group of cooks and servers. 

Karena Crawford
Owner of Norman Nerds

Karena grew up in Norman and graduated from Norman High School before attending the University of Oklahoma where she earned her BBA.  She & her husband, Eric own and operate Norman Nerds Computer Repair. They love being involved in the community and helping people! 

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Susan Bergen
Bergen Enterprises

Susan Bergen is the Chief Executive Officer of Bergen Enterprises. Her vision for the company is that Bergen Enterprises will be recognized as an organization with innovative and successful business lines including restaurants, agriculture, energy, land management, investments, and sustainable resource development. Susan developed the mission statement of Bergen Enterprises to represent her philosophy of life and work. “To work as if no one else is coming while developing and improving our people and our communities, our planet and our profit.”

Monica Paris
AVP Client Relationship Manager at Valliance Bank

Monica is a graduate of Randall University and works at Valliance Bank as a Client Relationship Manager, where she has worked for the past 5 years. Monica resides in her home town of Norman with her dog Nike. She is actively involved in the community along with having a passion for nutrition and fitness.Monica serves on the Loveworks board because she wants to give back to the community what the community has given to her- “Every kid deserves the opportunity to develop into the young adult they desire to be; with the tools and people at Loveworks we are making their dreams become reality.” 

Jamie Guthrie
Manager/Partner at Crimson Energy Management, LLC

Jamie received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Oklahoma in Interpersonal Communication. He has over 15 years experience in oil and gas exploration. He believes that following your passions and convictions can be fuel that inspires change in any organization.

 
Meet our Development Board

Kate Adams has always had a passion for business and leadership and is extremely excited to help students pursue their entrepreneurial passions and develop skills they can use in all walks of life. Kate graduated from Oklahoma City University with Bachelor’s degrees in Business Management, Marketing, and Public Relations. After college she became a Store Manager and HR Executive for Target. She currently runs a financial consulting firm where she helps individuals and businesses create financial plans to help reach their goals. In addition to her career in Financial Consulting, she has several entrepreneurial endeavors including a real estate business and online retail store. In her spare time, she loves traveling and spending time with her family and friends. Since childhood, she has enjoyed leading and serving in ministry and has served on several worship teams throughout the years.  Kate also serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for Children to help kids in the DHS and Foster Care system.

Chase Grant has a history of ‘chasing’ his dreams and helping those around him grow and develop the skills that will help them succeed in the path they choose. Chase grew up in the Midwest City area and was introduced to ice hockey by a neighbor that happened to be a member of the Canadian Air Force in town to train at Tinker AFB. In order to pursue his dreams of playing Division 1 hockey, Chase moved away from home just two days shy of his 15th birthday and lived with host families in Allen, Texas and Fargo, North Dakota for 6 years before he received a scholarship to play at Minnesota State. As a Senior captain of Minnesota State, Chase helped lead the Mavericks to their first league Regular Season and Playoff championships as well as the number 1 overall seed in the 2015 NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament. After graduating from Minnesota State in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Chase returned home to pursue a law degree. He graduated from OCU School of Law in May 2020 and was admitted to the Oklahoma Bar in September 2020. Today, as a professional, Chase serves the OKC metro as an Estate Planning attorney and licensed Financial Advisor. In his spare time, Chase enjoys coaching and playing sports, exploring the outdoors with his trusty companion Sam (a 3 y/o Bichon Frise), and learning new skills and recipes in the kitchen. 

Matt Haben is passionate about meeting new people and helping others reach their potential and finding joy in life! He is a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones where he has the opportunity to serve families and business owners in the local community. Matt is blessed by his beautiful wife Alexis and their wild boys Beckham (3) and Cooper (1). They love doing anything and everything outdoors and being involved in their church. They are also passionate about travelling and experiencing other cultures. In his spare time you can find Matt playing basketball or watching OU football!

Chef Gabriel Lewis began cooking at the age of 11, inspired by his mother,and has not slowed down since. After completing high school, Gabriel went on to compete in the Gordon Ramsay Hit cooking show MasterChef. Gabriel managed to snag a spot in the top seven home cooks and was awarded a culinary scholarship to Johnson and Wales University by Gordon Ramsay himself along with a job offer from James Beard Award-Winning chef Aaron Sanchez in New Orleans. Gabriel has since started his own Private chef company in Oklahoma City, Chef Gabe LLC. He has crafted pop-up events across the state and taught cooking classes in the Oklahoma city and Norman areas and become the Brand Ambassador for MasterBuilt smokers and Lucio Verso, an apron company for chefs and home cooks alike. He recently won Best Chef 2019 in So6ix Magazine and continues to work with several culinary brands.  

After growing up in Tyler Texas and graduating high school I and attended Tyler Jr. College and Texas A&M University majoring in Accounting.  After which I moved home to Tyler and met my husband Van, he grew up in Purcell OK and we moved to Norman in the fall of 1989.  In my spare time I am the Irving Mobile Food Pantry coordinator, enjoy dinner with friends and family and great vacations.  We also have a 17 year old daughter, Abbi, who is a Senior at Norman High School.

With over two decades of experience in the communications and payments industry, Jerry Pierce offers a unique, best-in-class blend of leadership, vision, and knowledge. Throughout his career, Jerry has served as an inventive SVP of multiple companies and is now a managing partner of Alt-Pay, a payment processing and point of sale company, based out of Norman Oklahoma.  Alt-Pay has changed the landscape for merchants in novel ways by providing the latest technology in Point-of-Sale systems. The company is helping merchants increase revenue and customer growth by establishing and maintaining long-term business relationships. Jerry embraces a people-focused mindset; he is passionate that the key to a successful business lies in the authentic relationships that are built every day, which in turn grow a thriving referral network. In his free time, Jerry enjoys spending time with friends and family and playing golf.Jerry and his wife of 13 years, VeLisa Pierce, reside in Norman along with their daughter Mahkinlee.

Monica Suyo moved from Lima, Peru to Norman, OK in 2001. Her dream was to study abroad and explore other cultures. Prior to studying at The University of Oklahoma (OU), Monica was an exchange student in Sevilla, Spain. She graduated in 2004 from OU with a Bachelor’s in Psychology. She also holds a Master’s degree in Human Relations. She has been in education for over 15 years. She has professional experience in educational settings from Pre-K until post-secondary. She is the Assistant Director of TRIO, Upward Bound Program at Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC). Before OCCC, Monica was the Dean of Academic Programs at Le Monde International, a language immersion school in Norman, OK. Apart from her professional experiences, she has been a volunteer and board member of numerous non-profits. Monica currently resides in Norman, OK. Monica has a husband, Ryan, whom she met at OU when they both were undergraduates. They have been married for 19 years and have a son, Samuel (Sam). Sam is the owner of Heavenly Nectar and actively participates in other programs and activities from Loveworks Leadership. Monica enjoys traveling and has been to numerous places and historical sites in her home country of Peru. She has also traveled to numerous places in the United States including Orlando, Washington D.C., St. Louis, and her personal favorite Eureka Springs in Arkansas.

I began my Real Estate career in June 1990 soon after we purchased our first home.  The next 13 years I worked passionately on building my business and reputation to a height that would allow me to become a broker of my own entity. The more my business grew the more I realized I needed to bring in some experienced reinforcements, so in January of 2002 I launched Vawter Real Estate.  I currently have 8 additional licensed agents.  I am beginning my 32nd year of real estate.  I pride myself on making sure that I put my best foot forward and always give 110% when representing my clients. I believe in practicing good morals and having a strong work ethic. I will always advocate for my clients with honesty and integrity and work hard to do what is best for my clients and educate them as we go through the process of buying or selling.  I believe my accounting background has been instrumental in helping clients understand the financial aspect and benefit of owning their own home.  I also worked for several years at Don Cies during which time I purchased a residential lot in Brookhaven and sub contracted my own home.  The knowledge I gained during that process will be with me for the rest of my life.  I built great relationships with the contractors, and I continue to help clients with remodel and construction projects to this day.  I love helping people accomplish one of the biggest decisions of their life when they buy or sell a home.  I really enjoy the relationships and friendships that I have built through the years and the satisfaction of knowing someone trusts you.  It is one of my favorite compliments that I receive when my clients appreciate and value the knowledge and experience, I can give to them.  I can not imagine myself doing anything different and look forward to continuing for many years to come.

I grew up in Moore and graduated from Purcell High School, after graduating high school I went to OSU Institute of Technology and completed an associates degree in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration.  My first job out of college re located me to Tyler Texas where I met my wife, Sallie.  We have an 18-year-old daughter (Abbi) that will graduate from Norman High in 2022. I currently work at Johnson Controls where I am the IT Manager, responsible for Engineering Sales tools.  I have spent all my career in different engineering and technical related fields.  Growing up, my dad owned a gas station and mechanic shop.  I always enjoyed hanging out at his work and helping either pumping gas, working on cars or fixing flat tires it was always fun.  I feel this enhanced my technical side and helped me decide to work in the engineering and technical field.   I have held positions as an engineer at Johnson Controls, networking engineer for the postal training center, Electrical Engineer for oil field company and my current position as IT Manager. I would love to see more young adults pursue careers as tradesmen or engineers.  There is a huge shortage of skilled workers, and it is getting harder each year to fill positions in these areas. It might not be as cool as coding but many of these jobs pay very well.  Loveworks is a great organization to help young kids try to find their passion and possible future career paths even before they go to high school.  Outside of work I enjoy most sports and going to concerts.  I have been an OU football season ticket holder for many years and enjoy following the Sooners and of course the Dallas Cowboys.  The Vawter family actively volunteers with the mobile food pantry at McFarlin United Methodist where we are also members.

Brian Werkman was raised in Pryor, OK and has lived in the OKC area since 2003, attending and graduating from the University of Oklahoma. He worked in the hotel industry for 10 years spending the last 6 as the General Manager for multiple hotels in the Moore and Bricktown, OKC areas. After his time in hospitality, Brian moved into the payments and fintech industry with Heartland, and then started working at Clearent in late 2019. He has served over 100 local and regional companies as a Clearent account executive, and also spent 18 months helping lead the Oklahoma market growth for his company eventually serving a team of 8 reps. Brian is married to his wonderful and talented wife Carrie, and has two children – Beckett, 4 and Malakai, 6. One of the unique parts of the Werkman story is that they have grown their family through foster and adoption care and are very passionate about that cause. As an avid Shark Tank fan, and a huge advocate of the Loveworks programs, Brian is excited to serve and impact the organization in whatever ways possible.

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