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Julie Bisbee is the Executive Director for TSET. Bisbee is the former Director of Public Information and Outreach for the agency, and was responsible for communicating with law makers, policy makers and stakeholders about TSET’s impact on the health of Oklahoma communities while serving in that role. Prior to her time at TSET, Bisbee served as the policy director for the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy and worked as a newspaper reporter for more than a decade. Bisbee worked in The Oklahoman’s Capitol Bureau, the Associated Press in Oklahoma City and The Monitor in McAllen, Texas. Bisbee has a degree in journalism from Ball State University, has completed the Governor’s Executive Development Program for State Officials and completed the legal assistant program at the University of Oklahoma College of Law.
Assistant to the Director/Board Secretary
Kathie Darr is the Assistant to the Director/Board Secretary for TSET. Before coming to TSET, Darr worked as a legislative staffer in both the Oklahoma House of Representatives and in the Oklahoma State Senate. While working at the Capitol, Darr assisted lawmakers from various parts of the state in managing constituent concerns and relationships. During Darr’s time at the Capitol, she worked for two committee chairman and assisted with legislative initiatives and committee hearings. Darr attended the University of Oklahoma and has been an active leader in staff wellness initiatives.
Director of Programs
Jonás Osio Mata is the Director of Programs. Mata received his master's degree from the Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois. Mata was TSET's first Director of Grants and Programs. Mata has also served as the Director of Operations for the Latino Community Development Agency in Oklahoma City, as a top-level manager for the Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs and as a Project Manager for Community Research Associates in Champaign, Illinois. He is an avid Chicago Cubs baseball fan, loves active living, the outdoors and enjoys authentic Mexican food. He’s an active trail runner, baseball and softball player, mountain biker and zip line enthusiast.
Director of Health Communication
Sjonna Paulson, APR, is the Director of Health Communication and Marketing and a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. She is an accredited public relations counselor with more than 30 years of experience in public relations and marketing with a diverse array of for-profit, nonprofit and governmental organizations receiving local, national and international professional awards. Paulson has been published in scientific journals, presented at national conferences and developed statewide health communication campaigns and trainings focused on tobacco and obesity, as well as developed national Pre-K – 8th grade sexual, physical and emotional abuse presentations. Paulson serves as Co-chair to the Funders Alliance, is an advisory board member of the CDC Media Campaign Resource Center and is a contributor to the CDC’s Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Program 2014 and CDC Best Practices User Guides – Health Communications in Tobacco Prevention and Control 2018 guides.
Program Manager, TSET Healthy Incentive Grants - Communities
Connie Befort is the Program Manager for TSET Healthy Incentive Program - Communities. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in marketing from Oklahoma State University and the University of Central Oklahoma. Befort has over 35 years of experience in various leadership positions in for profit and nonprofit organizations in Oklahoma City. At the Hertz Corporation she held positions in executive administration, training and communications and various customer service department. At the American Lung Association, she served as the Director of Advocacy for Oklahoma and as Chairman of the Oklahoma Alliance on Health and Tobacco and Smoke Free Oklahoma. She has volunteered in numerous organizations in Oklahoma and has held leadership positions in several nonprofits.
Jessica Davis is a Program Officer at TSET. She has significant consulting experience and knowledge about tobacco control programs and policy efforts at the local level. She previously served as a Communities of Excellence Program Consultant with the Oklahoma State Department of Health. She also worked at the the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) for nearly five years, first as a Prevention Services Specialist providing technical assistance and consulting services to Area Prevention Resource Centers and Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities, then as a Prevention Program Field Representative working with Regional Prevention Coordinators to implement evidence-based prevention strategies related to alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Community Health from the University of Central Oklahoma.
Public Information and Outreach Specialist
Whitney Dinger is the Public Information and Outreach Specialist for TSET. She graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration. At the University of Central Oklahoma, she served as Vice President of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society, and concentrated on healthcare policy. She has experience in grants management and 6 years of experience in banking and finance. Whitney will begin teaching as an adjunct professor of political science in the spring of 2017.
Program Manager, TSET Healthy Incentive Grants - Schools
Sharon Howard is the Program Manager for the TSET Healthy Incentive Program for Districts and Schools. Sharon has over 35 years of experience in hospital, outpatient and education settings. Sharon was the health services coordinator for Norman Public Schools, the senior nurse at Moore Public Schools, and clinic manager for pediatric gastroenterology at Children’s Hospital. Sharon is a past-president of the School Nurse Organization of Oklahoma, and was named Oklahoma School Nurse Administrator of the Year in 2011. Sharon holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Oklahoma and a Masters of Health Occupation Education from the University of Central Oklahoma.
Sara Low is a Program Officer at TSET. She has experience working on community health improvement efforts at local and state levels. Prior to joining the TSET, she served as a policy reviewer and as the Policy and Practice Tool Coordinator at the Oklahoma State Department of Health as well as the Sponsored Programs Coordinator for the Gynecologic Cancers Program at Stephenson Cancer Center. She has served as a workgroup chair with the Oklahoma Comprehensive Cancer Network, and was recognized as an OU Medicine Healthcare Champion by OU Medicine and the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2018. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma Hudson College of Public Health with a Master of Public Health, and is Certified in Public Health by the National Board of Public Health Examiners.
Jamie McDaniel is a Program officer at TSET. She received her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of North Texas, and later completed her Masters of Science degree in Family & Child Studies from the University of Central Oklahoma. As the Grants Manager with the Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP), Jamie collaborated with various Tribes and Tribal organizations implementing public health programs focused on diabetes, hypertension control, obesity prevention, and school wellness. She also worked with the American College of Rheumatology to help build sustainable lupus awareness, knowledge, skills, and partnerships for American Indian/Alaska Native providers. As an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) alumna, Jamie strongly believes that service to others creates sustainable change.
Sr. Program Officer
Sharon Neal is a Senior Program Officer at TSET. Sharon was hired in 2006 and has played a vital role in TSET’s growth and evolution as a grant making state agency. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University. In 2017, she earned a Certificate of Effective Management and Leadership from the Center for Executive and Professional Development at the Spears School of Business--Oklahoma State University. Prior to joining TSET, she worked in both the private and public sector in various IT-related positions. Sharon enjoys walking, sewing, snow skiing, traveling, OSU football and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Director of Grants Management
Tessa North is the Director of Grants Management. She holds a bachelor’s degree in criminology and master’s in sociology, both from the University of Oklahoma. She has over ten years’ experience in state grant making, grants management, and database development and implementation, having begun her public service career at the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology. Tessa’s community involvement includes serving as an impassioned volunteer and Congressional ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Association – Oklahoma City chapter and being active in her children’s school. In her free time she enjoys following Sooner football and exercising.
Kelly Parker is the Grants Manager for TSET. She started her career working in the medical field before graduating from the University of Central Oklahoma with a bachelor’s degree in Community Health and from the University of Oklahoma with a Masters in Public Health. Previously, she worked as a TSET grant supervisor at the Oklahoma Health Care Authority focusing on reducing smoking and obesity rates among Oklahoma Medicaid members.
J. Lance Thomas
Sr. Health Communication Consultant
J. Lance Thomas is the Senior Health Communication Consultant for TSET. He has previously served in state government for the Department of Rehabilitation Services, Oklahoma Insurance Department and at the University of Oklahoma's Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication. Thomas has worked in public relations for the past 20 years, serving clients and organizations in healthcare, consumer products, financial services, insurance and education. He has been responsible for writing/editing, media relations, events, strategic planning, plan implementation and evaluation. Thomas has a bachelor's degree in journalism with an emphasis in public relations from the University of Oklahoma.
Director of Operations
Jennifer Treadwell is the Director of Operations at TSET. Treadwell is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Treadwell has diverse experience in state government. She began her career with the State of Oklahoma as a Revenue/Budget Account with the Department of Transportation in 2004. In 2010, she was promoted to Business Enterprise Program accountant with the Department of Rehabilitation Services, earning the Department's Visual Services Employee of the Year Award.
Health Communication Consultant
James Tyree is a Health Communications Consultant at TSET. Tyree worked as a news and sports reporter for nearly 20 years before joining TSET in November 2011. He covered a variety of beats for newspapers in his native Wisconsin, Oregon, Illinois, Kansas City and locally at The Oklahoman, Norman Transcript and Edmond Sun. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.A.-Journalism degree and is a former president of JayMac, the alumni association of OU’s Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication. Tyree is an avid rocker and is a big OU and Thunder fan.
LeaAnn Williams is a Program Officer at TSET. Williams has worked as a grant manager, programs officer, financial coordinator and grant writer at the University of Oklahoma. She has managed state, federal and foundation grants from receipt of proposals to implementation of the grant program to closure. In her role as a programs officer, she has collaborated with a large number of university departments in involving research grants. Prior to that, she was the executive director of a nonprofit United Way agency for several years, and as a community partner assisted in the completion of the first Communities of Excellence in Tobacco Control, Comprehensive Community Programs application for Jackson County. Williams received her Bachelor of Science from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and a Masters of Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma.