Our Staff

Executive Director – Mary Lane Porter

The Executive Director of Cities In Schools, Inc. (CIS) is in charge of managing a team of three to five administrative staff members; creating a funding and sustainability plan; budgeting; grant writing; community outreach; overseeing programmatic content, activities, and counselors; reporting to the Board of Directors; being the Staff and Board Liaison; crisis management; addressing organizational issues; and performing other management duties.

 

Program Director – Jennifer Doby

The Program Director of Cities In Schools, Inc. (CIS) is in charge of managing both the After School Program and Summer Day Camp that work with low-income students in pre-K through 5th grade. This includes working with the Literacy Coordinator on developing and overseeing age-appropriate curricula; managing AmeriCorps requirements and attending sponsored meetings; keeping track of other granting requirements for the programs; counselor, teacher, member, and volunteer recruitment and management; managing AmeriCorps members by overseeing program lessons, AmeriCorps activities, and their personal and professional development; managing programmatic content and activities; crisis management; and performing other program duties as assigned.

Office Manager – Haley Louthen

The Office Manager of Cities In Schools, Inc. (CIS) is a team member in all areas of office and general administrative duties including data entry and database management. The Office Manager must be dependable, demonstrate strong management and organizational abilities and communication skills. The Office Manager must possess personal initiative, have a strong working knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel, and be able to take direction and work independently with minimal supervision.

 

Culinary Manager/Administrative Assistant – Shelby Louthen

The Kitchen and Culinary Manager of Cities In Schools, Inc. (CIS) is required to plan and prepare meals according to Kids Cafe’s guidelines during the After School Program and Summer Day Camp. He/she is also in charge of working with the Program Director and local food/health organizations to develop nutrition classes and lessons for the program participants (who are underperforming pre-K through 5th grade students). Lastly, the Kitchen and Culinary Manager will perform additional food responsibilities if assigned. The Administrative Assistant of Cities In Schools is a team member in all areas of office and general administrative duties including data entry and database management. The Administrative Assistant must be dependable, demonstrate strong communication skills, and be able to take direction and work independently with minimal supervision.

Literacy Coordinator – Lisa Conway

The Literacy Coordinator of Cities In Schools, Inc. (CIS) is a certified teacher who helps develop, manage, and implement the curricula for both the After School Program and Summer Day Camp to help our students in academic engagement and literacy. The Literacy Coordinator also manages the pre, quarterly, and post reading fluency tests for each of our K through 5th grade students, and she supervises the classrooms during both programs.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

President: Cindy Faustner, Ardmore City Schools, Behavioral Management Specialist
Vice President: Tom Howell, Michelin N.A., Environment/Asset Protection Man.
Interim Secretary: Brett Stidham, NACA Inspired Schools Network, Fellow
Treasurer: Julie Pino, Lemco Enterprises, President

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Mike Whitson: Financial Management, Inc., Investment Advisor Representative
Carol Synder: Chickasaw Nation, Representative
Cathy Alexander: American Nation Bank, Vice President
Donnell Cox: C/Sara Foundation
Samantha Ephgrave: The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Program Officer
Myiesha Antwine: SOTC, Career Counselor
Randi Stanley: Valero – Ardmore Refinery, Safety Analyst
Daryl Steele: MTC Federal Credit Union, Regional Manager