Meet Our Board


Steve has worked extensively with school athletic programs and staff throughout NE Oklahoma.  He grew up in North Newton, Kansas attending Bethel College Mennonite Church. Life growing up was focused on church and school.  After graduating from Newton High School in 1978, Steve earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Art from Bethel College in 1982.

Steve and his wife Gera live on Lake Oologah where they enjoy spending time with grandchildren and family as well as gardening and other activities.

Steve was drawn to Light of Hope after the death of his son Zachary in 2015. By sharing the experience of a parent dealing with a child’s addiction, Steve hopes to bring healing to others dealing with similar issues while bringing healing to his own life.

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Cindy Griffith is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and served her entire 33-year career in the Cooperation Extension Service as a county Extension Educator for Family and Consumer Sciences.  She loves teaching and working in the community.

Cindy is active in the United Methodist Church in Claremore where she is involved in United Methodist Women and the music programs at the church.  She serves as District President for United Methodist Women, is treasurer of the Board of Directors for the Cookson Hills Mission in Cookson, Oklahoma, and serves on the Boards of the Wesley Centers at NEO and NSU.

Cindy enjoys quilting and creating beautiful things from fabrics.  She loves to cook for others.  She sees community service as a responsibility and a ministry which enables her to share the talents and abilities that God has given her.

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Alisha Smith currently holds the position of Treasury Management Officer Vice President for the five BancFirst locations throughout Claremore, Verdigris and Inola Oklahoma. She graduated from Indianola High School and attended Eastern Oklahoma State College for two years while pursuing a career in the banking industry.

Smith began her banking career as a teller in 2006 in McAlester, Oklahoma. In 2013 she moved to Coweta, Oklahoma and transferred to BancFirst’ s Claremore region where she began working at their location in Verdigris.​ In May of 2017, with over twelve years of banking experience, she was promoted to Vice President and accepted the position of Treasury Management Officer. She currently over sees sales and marketing for the five locations in the Claremore area market.

Smith is married of 5 years and has a 15-year-old daughter. She loves her job at BancFirst, volunteering in the community and spends her free time at home, or at Lake Eufaula with her family.


Sheila Urbonas is a compassionate wife, mother, and friend.  She enjoys spending time with her husband, Bill, and their four adult children. They enjoy attending sporting events, enjoying family meals together, and playing board games. 

She has been an educator for the past 29 years, and is currently an elementary assistant principal.  Sheila is a strong advocate for children and has experience as a foster and adoptive parent.  Currently, she serves on the Mayes County Pre Adjudication Board to help children who are living in foster care. Sheila adopted an Australian Shepherd, Remy, who has completed training as a therapy dog and helps Sheila at school every day. 


Sheila uses her skills as an educator, counselor, and school leader to help whenever she can with Light of Hope. She has been on the Light of Hope Board since it's beginning. Sheila has an understanding for those who have lost special people in their lives.  Her son, Jonathan, committed suicide when he was in his late twenties. She is able to use her grief experiences to show empathy toward others who are grieving. 


Judge Stan Harrell is a native of Rogers County. After graduating from Inola High School he enlisted in the United States Air Force where he was trained in law enforcement and was an Honor Graduate.


He continued his education and received a B.S. from Northeastern State University and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Tulsa. He is married to Jennifer and they have two lovely daughters, Alyssa and Rebekah and a special dog, Bandit. 

Having been a Judge for the City of Claremore for 15 years and served on the Rogers County Drug Court Team for over 10 years, Judge Harrell has a heart for individuals suffering with substance abuse. He knows that Light of Hope makes a positive difference in the lives of many every day and is proud to be associated with such a caring, Christ centered organization.


Mindie Baab is a wife, mother, friend, and advocate.  She believes that volunteering enriches our society and brings us together as a community.  

Mindie has been a Court Reporter for the 12th Judicial District of the State of Oklahoma for nearly 30 years. In May of 2014, the Oklahoma Legislature enacted a new statute allowing therapy dogs in a courtroom to protect child victims/witnesses from any unnecessary emotional discomfort and anguish.  Having witnessed the emotional impact on children testifying in a courtroom, Mindie felt strongly about implementing a therapy dog program in Rogers County.  Soon thereafter she added the title of Court Dog Handler to her job description and the 12th Judicial District Court Dog Program was born.  An Aussiedoodle named Jerzy Girl became the first full-time facility dog.

Mindie and her husband Drew live in Jenks.  They have four adult children Ashley, Alex, Joshua, & Jordan.  Mindie & Drew are members of Church On The Move. 


Randall Freeman is a husband, father, friend, and business owner of Asset Industrial, Inc. Randall has been a small business owner since 2000. Randall and his wife, Layla, have been married since 2004 and have two daughters, Tessa and Savannah, and one daughter, Ashley, in Heaven.

Randall has a passion to help others.  He is a dedicated follower of Jesus Christ. Randall is hardworking and dedicated to his family, church, and business. He has a compassionate heart and is willing to reach out to people who are struggling. He is well known for his kindness and humor.

Randall has a passion for restoring antique cars; and enjoys treasuring the history and value of past memorabilia. His years of experience in business, finance, and management give him a wisdom well earned.


Meggie Froman-Knight currently serves as the Executive Director for Claremore Industrial and Economic Development Authority. She has worked alongside many community and business partners to develop a holistic workforce development approach for Claremore and Rogers County.

A sixth-generation resident of Claremore, Meggie received her Bachelors of Arts in Corporate Communication from Northeastern State University, and Masters in Business Administration from Rogers State University. Prior to CIEDA, she worked in the nonprofit and higher education sectors.

Her passion for serving those facing obstacles to employment, or other life difficulties, called her to join the Light of Hope Board in June 2020. 

In her free time, you will likely find Meggie enjoying time with friends and family, taking care of cattle or fishing with husband, Garrett, all the while frequently chasing their toddler, Jasper.


Kendrick Oakley, along with his wife Elizabeth are the founders and Lead Pastors of Real Life Church in Claremore, OK. Real Life Church is the first multi-ethnic church in Claremore history. Kendrick has a passion for training and equipping others to make an impact in their world and raising up our next generation of leaders. 

Along with Real Life Church, Kendrick and Elizabeth own Embassy Collaborative Consulting LLC which is a network of business owners growing together through consulting, coaching and collaboration. They desire to train and release new business owners and grow businesses by growing leaders. Elizabeth is also the director of Safe Haven Child Development Center in Claremore, OK. 


Both Kendrick and Elizabeth are graduates of Oral Roberts University. They live in Claremore and share the joy of raising 4 sons together. 


Brian Treat, along with his wife Jane, owns and operates Chick-fil-A Claremore.   The restaurant opened in 2017 and employs nearly 80 people, with a mission to be faithful stewards and to have a positive impact on every one of their team members and guests.  The Chick-fil-A Claremore team has raised thousands of dollars to support Claremore area schools, reduce hunger and improve our community.


Prior to opening the restaurant, Brian served as Chief of Staff to the United States Senator Tom A. Coburn, M.D., managing a staff of approximately forty located in three offices in Oklahoma and Washington, DC and an annual budget of more than $3 million.  Brian also co-founded a non-profit foundation focused on educating and inspiring younger Americans.


Brian is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, where he earned an undergraduate degree in political science and Master of Public Administration (MPA).   He and his wife, Jane, and their three daughters reside in the Claremore area and are active in several faith and community-focused organizations.


Mike has been a part of the Church on the Move family for over 26 years, serving as a lay leader in everything from kid’s ministry to adult discipleship. In 2018, Mike felt the call to full-ministry and left the corporate world to join the COTM staff. Mike currently serves as the Outreach Pastor for the Tulsa Campus, overseeing volunteer teams and the community engagement strategy for the church. Mike also leads the God Behind Bars prison ministries at Dr. Eddie Warrior and Dick Conner Correctional Facilities. 

Mike and Priscilla have been married for 23 years and have two amazing kids, Brayden & Brooklyn. Mike and Priscilla have the privilege of serving in ministry together at COTM and are avid LCS Bulldog and Pittsburg Steelers fans.  

Outside the family, Mike enjoys leading his men’s group known as Survivormen4Christ, where he guides and mentors men in their discipleship journey.       

Herb Smith

December 14, 1938 - March 20, 2020

In Memory of our precious friend. You are forever in our hearts. You will never be forgotten. 

Your spirit lives on through Light of Hope. We are grateful for your many years of tireless and compassionate dedication to Light of Hope.