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Ann joined the Variety Care Foundation board at the time of its creation in 2009 and has served as treasurer from 2011 to 2013. She says she joined the Foundation Board because she believes in the mission of making quality health care affordable and accessible.
During her time on the Foundation Board, she has chaired the planning committee for the Variety Show, the annual spring fundraising event, for three years.
She was later elected to chair the Board of Directors.
Leigh Ann Albers is a community volunteer.
Leigh Ann has been a board member on the Variety Care Foundation since it was formed and has served on the Variety Show Committee for four years. She has also been a member of the Capital Campaign Leadership Team. Having worked as a Registered Nurse and also with at-risk youth, involvement in Variety Care is a great combination of her passions that she finds very rewarding.
“Variety Care serves a need for patients that deserve care but have not received it because they are uninsured or underinsured. I became involved with the foundation because I feel like I can make a difference, especially with my background in nursing. The reward of seeing what is accomplished through our efforts is astounding.”
Donna Brogan is a registered dental hygienist and a dental hygiene educator at OUHSC.
Donna joined the foundation board in June 2011 and currently serves as co-chair of The Variety Show Planning Team. She hopes to expand the dentistry services at Variety Care to give Oklahomans, with and without dental care insurance, more access to high-quality, cost-efficient dental care.
“When taking a tour of one of the Variety Care facilities, it struck me how committed the community health centers are to prevention. Dental issues are 100 percent preventable. There’s a crisis in this country with us only treating what is wrong with people, but it’s less invasive and more cost-effective to prevent disease rather than waiting to treat it. The preventative services are what make Variety Care unique.”
Donna currently serves on the planning committee for the Variety Show.
"My first contact with Variety Care was through the annual Variety Show fundraiser. I have just been so inspired by the ability to help children and adults who otherwise have limited access to care. Variety Care just gets the most out of every single dime we have."
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Louis has been in Oklahoma City since the early 1970s and has seen the Hispanic population grow and develop, a population that has long accessed health services through Variety Care.
“I have simply reached a stage in my life where I want to give back to the community, and I became aware of Variety Care through some friends and associates. It provides such a vitally important need in the community. It's important to me that the needs are met of the Hispanic demographic, just like it's important to me for all demographics to have access to health care.”
Louis's main board service interests include fundraising and ensuring proper stewardship of funds.
Gloria joined the Variety Care Foundation when it was developed in 2009 after serving on the Variety Health Center board since 2000. As a foundation board member, she has chaired the governance committee, helped set up the foundation bylaws, assisted in boosting membership and recently served as board chair . She says she can’t think of a more worthwhile organization to give her time, efforts and money to, and encourages others to get involved.
"One of the most important things we do as board members is recruit more cheerleaders for our purpose. The more our board members and advocates spread the word, the more people will know about us and the exceptional work we do. Larger numbers of community advocates will help Variety Care positively change the state of health care in Oklahoma."
Amy has been on the board since April 2006 and also currently serves on the Variety Care Foundation board. She previously served on the committee that merged the Variety Health Center and Oklahoma Community Health Services into what Variety Care is today. She says she looks forward to expanding Variety Care’s reach in the community and serving more patients in the future.
"Many people who are the backbone of the Oklahoma economy don’t have access to quality health care. It’s important we provide everyone in the state with affordable health care services to improve the well-being of each Oklahoman and the state as a whole."
As board treasurer, Amy currently chairs the Finance Committee and serves on the Executive, Business Development and FIP Oversight committees.
Mark has been a member of the foundation board since its inception in 2009. In addition to acting as chair for the Investment Committee and recently serving as board vice chair, he has been involved in policy formation and has actively participated in the Variety Show, the foundation’s annual spring fund raiser. He says he believes that Variety Care is an integral part in overcoming Oklahoma’s health care challenges and making the necessary improvements to better serve the state.
"I really believe this organization is a big part of the solution to the health care crisis across the state. Effective nonprofit community health centers like Variety Care can pick up the slack that the government seems unable to contend with on its own."
Dr. Harroz is a 2007 graduate of the OU College of Dentistry. An Oklahoma City native, he became interested in Variety Care owing to the community health center's commitment to quality dental care, as well as comprehensive primary care as a whole.
"The quality of care that I have seen is the number one reason I support this organization. Variety Care is there for the patient and to serve the patient in a first-class facility. Overall, only about 50 percent of our community sees a dentist even annually, which is sometimes due to a lack funds or insurance or education. What Variety Care does is encourage people to be healthy by making dental care a priority. Most dental issues can be prevented with proper education and taking the time to go."
An Oklahoma City native, Jacquelyn served on the 2013 Variety Show planning committee and will be the co-chairwoman of the 2014 Variety Show annual fundraiser. In 2011-2012, she was president of the American Marketing Association's Oklahoma City chapter. Jacquelyn says she was drawn to Variety Care because the community health center gives people a chance to control their own health care decisions.
"Access to health care should not be taken for granted. The fact that Variety Care provides that access to so many that wouldn’t have it otherwise makes me proud to be an active member of the foundation board and motivates me to do the best job that I can. Not only are we directly changing the lives of Oklahomans, we are also reducing the burden of all taxpayers."
Jacquelyn says pediatric diabetes prevention is important to her because she has seen the effects of diabetes in her family. "Giving people the education to eat healthier and make little changes in their lifestyles is key to improving their quality of life."
John was a founding member of the foundation board, established in 2009, and also currently serves on the Variety Care board of directors. As a pediatrician, John has experienced the need for an organization like Variety Care first-hand. He says his professional experience increases his commitment to Variety Care’s goals and provides him with a testimony to explain how vital the health center is to the community.
"Being a physician at OU Children’s Hospital has allowed me to help the board further appreciate the medical responsibilities of Variety Care as a community health center, specifically in regard to serving children. Variety Care allows children throughout the state of Oklahoma to receive the care they need, which is something I am truly passionate about."
John currently serves on the Finance Committee, Audit Committee and Governance Committee.
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