Meet the L.E.A.D. Education Team
After graduating from Jenks High School, Cathy attended OU and ORU where she received a BA in Music Ed with extra hours from NWOSU in Elementary Ed. She married a pastor, Ray, and has two children, Ross and Kelly Jo. When the children started school, Cathy started teaching music in elementary school. She taught for 24 years before retiring early to help with grandchildren. Cathy has loved her time teaching the Light of Hope Drug Education classes while helping get the program off the ground. She sees how it is making a difference and is excited to help the program continue to grow throughout the state of Oklahoma as Light of Hope’s Education Coordinator.
Lilli Higgins is a graduate from Oklahoma State University and a licensed Mental Health Professional. She specializes in pediatric care and has advanced experience with children and adolescents who have behavioral issues, mental illness diagnosis, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Lilli has experience working in many different settings including Residential Behavioral Health Treatment, Acute Behavioral Health Treatment, and Community Based Treatment. Lilli has been personally touched by the devastating effects of addiction. She uses her experiences to fuel her passion in advocating for mental health and educating our community. For her efforts in advocating for mental health, she was recognized by the Oklahoma Recreational Therapy Association as the 2019 Young Professional of the Year.
Jolynn has lived in Claremore for 20+ years. She and her husband, John have three beautiful children and have been blessed with three grand-babies. Along with faith and friends, spending time with her family ranks as her favorite. After spending 15 years as a classroom teacher, God opened new doors for a different career. Since 2012, Jolynn has been a full-time realtor serving clients around the northeastern area of Oklahoma. Having a passion for helping others, she is still able to teach, as well as guide, direct, and help others fulfill goals and dreams. Volunteering is also important to Jolynn. She has spent many years on the board as a Trustee with the Claremore Public Schools Foundation, Secretary with JOM, and is a youth leader at her church.
After losing a close family-friend as a result of addiction, Jolynn decided that joining our team with Light of Hope would give her an opportunity to make a difference. Going back into the classroom has been a joy and she hopes and prays she is able to prevent further tragedy from drug misuse by educating children about addiction.
Lynn has lived in Claremore for 21 years. She is married to Brent Youngs and has two children. Ashley is a nurse in Oklahoma City and Nicole is a Physical Therapist in Pennsylvania. She is a graduate from Oklahoma State University. Lynn has 17 years of experience working with children. She worked in the public school system for 13 years teaching Pre-K, Kindergarten, 2nd, 3rd and 5th grades. She is currently the Director of Children’s Ministries at First United Methodist Church in Claremore. Lynn loves and has a heart for teaching young children. As an Educator for Light of Hope, it gives her the opportunity to get back in the classroom. She sees it as a chance to educate children about the dangers of misusing medicine and drugs. She hopes to help them be better prepared so they can make good healthy choices.
Ginger Meyer has been a teacher for approximately 40 years in the public schools, private instruction, and most recently at Roger's State University. She has taught in Arizona, Colorado, Vermont, California, and recently retired from Skiatook Public Schools and Roger's State University. She was the recipient of the District teacher of the Year in 2013/2014. Now she is excited to continue teaching Drug Education through LOH in the area schools.
After growing up in the Rogers County area, Julie went to OSU. Upon receiving her degree in Elementary Education, she started her career at First Baptist Christian School in Claremore. She then went to work for Tulsa Public for 9 years. While raising a family, Julie left teaching but continued to volunteer in area schools. She has worked the last two years in Financial Education as well as helping to implement Active Shooter Response Trainings in area schools. Julie is married to Matt Tucker and has two daughters, Katie and Anna. She serves in the music department of First United Methodist Church. Julie is so happy to join Light of Hope as an Educator and has jumped in with both feet!
Tammy Thomas has always had a heart for the underdog. After years of volunteering her time to women in domestic violence, and encouraging women in the health and fitness realm, she discovered the ultimate underdog lived in her home in the form of addiction.
As a wife of a recovering addict, a mother of two amazing teens, and a non-addict in recovery herself, she’s found a home at Light of Hope as an addiction educator. She uses her time, education and experience as a platform to break the stigma of this growing and misunderstood disease.
Tammy is a Communications graduate from the University of Central Oklahoma, a certified group fitness instructor, and a certified behavioral change coach. She resides in Owasso, where she also graduated from. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time outside, traveling and being at the beach. She’s a soccer/volleyball mom, drumline mom, and a mom to Harley her golden retriever.