Meet Our Board
STEVE REGIER: PRESIDENT
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.
CINDY GRIFFITH: VICE-PRESIDENT
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.
MICHELLE BISH: SECRETARY
Michelle Bish is the Executive Director for the Northeast Workforce Development Board (NEWDB). The NEWDB is a federally funded nonprofit and part of a nationwide workforce development initiative aimed at empowering at risk populations to gain skills and credentials to enter the workforce. Michelle has served in that capacity since 2015. Michelle has over 13 years of diverse workforce development experience including a progressive career with six years as a service provider serving as National Emergency Grant Coordinator, local Project Director and Corporate Project Director. Michelle began her career in long term care health administration and is a licensed Assisted Living Director. Michelle is a graduate of the Northeast Oklahoma Regional Alliance Leadership Academy.
Michelle has also been active in church leadership and ministry, serving as a worship and small group leader for over 30 years. Michelle has a heart to walk with broken women who are recovering from deep wounds and has led women’s ministry through 1-1 and group settings.
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.