KATIE ELLER MURRAY, FOUNDER AND CHAIR.
Katie Eller Murray is a public relations professional with experience in corporate and technology communications. She also has extensive experience developing philanthropic campaigns for youth and teens.
Katie is the founder and principal of ROAM Communications, a California based boutique public relations consulting firm, focused on working with technology companies of all sizes on their communications strategy and execution to meet their ongoing business objectives. Prior to founding ROAM in 2013, Katie worked as a manager of global communications and public affairs at Google in Mountain View, California and as a senior account executive at Fleishman-Hillard International Communications in San Francisco.
Born and raised as a die-hard Sooner in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Katie actually began her career at a very young age. At age 11, she launched Lemon-Aid, an annual city-wide Labor Day weekend venture, where kids across Tulsa donated their time to sell lemonade and all money raised went directly to benefit the children and families at the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless. Over a seven-year period, with the help of more than 10,000 youth volunteers, Lemon-Aid raised more than $350,000.
As a result of this philanthropic work, she received the National Caring Institute Award and the inaugural Prudential Spirit of Community Award. Katie graduated summa cum laude from Emory University, where she became a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity and rowed on the varsity crew team. She previously served on the board of directors for America's Charities and the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless (youngest ever member) and continues to be an ambassador for the Heart of America Foundation. In early 2016, she became the first recipient of the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless' Heart of Henry Youth Philanthropy Award, which will now be known as the Katie Eller Youth Philanthropy Award.
PATTI JO WOLFSON.
Patti Jo Wolfson is an active and long-standing member of her community in Los Angeles, California, particular with organizations that support the community’s youth.
She has served as an educator at Congregation Or Ami in Calabasas for the last 20 years, supporting multiple grade levels and special needs students. Since 2001, she has also served on the Board of Directors for New Directions for Youth, a comprehensive youth development agency located in North Hollywood that provides direct services and programs to more than 3,000 at-risk youth annually, where she has held many roles including Chair, Vice Chair and currently Co-Chair. With New Directions, Patti Jo has supported various fundraising and networking activities that have raised more than $1 million to date for the organization.
Patti Jo is currently an active member of the Woodland Hills Rotary Club, the Wolfson Family Foundation and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).
Patti Jo has been honored with several awards for her service including Best Board of Directors by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal when she was Chair and the Justice Armand Arabian Leader in Public Service Award by the Encino Chamber of Commerce.
Caren Kelleher is a serial creative entrepreneur, whose favorite hobbies as a kid were creating artwork and trading stocks with her allowance money. Her first creative business idea came in junior high with a Beatles-themed restaurant called The Octopus' Garden. It was such a good idea that the Fab Four threatened to sue her!
She most recently founded Gold Rush Vinyl, a new high-quality, fast-turnaround record pressing plant based in Austin, TX that helps musicians take advantage of timely marketing moments and the growing demand for vinyl records. Prior to founding Gold Rush Vinyl in April 2017, she co-founded a band management company called Sister Management, ran a marketing consultancy called C/MK, led music partnerships for Google Play, ran business development at Songkick and was hired as the first dedicated marketing employee of Paste Magazine.
Caren graduated from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University with a bachelor's degree in marketing and communications before earning her MBA at Harvard Business School.
MEET OUR ADVISORS.
We are grateful to have a wide variety of official and more casual advisors to help support our initiatives on local, regional and national levels. Here are just a few of these experts.
JULIA HOBBS KIVISTIK.
Julia Hobbs Kivistik is a founding partner of Human Truth Marketing and has a diverse background in nonprofit leadership, strategy, fundraising, cause branding, shopping marketing and consumer behavior and insights.
Julia's career, which includes leading strategic corporate partnerships and employee engagement at St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, cause branding at Cone Communications, strategy, account service and shopper insight at Saatchi & Saatchi, and pioneering cause marketing at Give Kids the World, has been a 25 year journey to develop mutually beneficial long-term partnerships with retailers, consumer brands and nonprofit organizations.
Julia has served on the Board of Directors of several nonprofits, including Give Kids the World, the Executive Board of America's Charities and the Harvard Women's Leadership Board.
Justin Thompson is the Proprietor Chef of the Justin Thompson Restaurant Group, Co-Owner of Farrell Family Bakery, and Author of Trial & Error: Recipes and Lessons Learned by a Chef & Restauranteur.
Before founding the Justin Thompson Restaurant Group, Justin opened and operated several local restaurant favorites in Tulsa, including Osage Restaurant at Gilcrease Museum, The Brasserie Restaurant & Bar, and Sonoma Bistro & Wine Bar.
Throughout his career, Justin has been named best chef in Tulsa by Oklahoma Magazine, Tulsa Voice, Tulsa People Magazine and Urban Tulsa Magazine. He has received awards and recognition from the Chaine des Rotisseurs, has been featured in Saveur Magazine and served as guest chef at the James Beard House in New York City.
Justin is also involved in numerous charities in Tulsa, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Child Abuse Network, and a Co-Chair of their Donor Relations Committee. Justin and his restaurant group have contributed to over 100 different charities in Tulsa since 2011.
Angie Halamandaris is a leadership and life coach who draws on more than 30 years of leadership and management experience working internally in the nonprofit and healthcare fields. Her experience in working with Fortune 500 companies in supporting their community and philanthropic strategies have made a difference in the lives of thousands throughout the country.
She is the founder of Juniper Group, a leadership and life coaching practice. She previously co-founded and served as president of The Heart of America Foundation and was instrumental in helping develop Give Kids the World Village, a 75-acre resort for terminally ill children, helping raise more than $10 million for that effort.
She has also served as an advisor to The Caring Institute, The Frederick Douglass Museum, The Hall of Fame for Caring Americans, the National Capital Area Foundation of the March of Dimes, the DCPC Library Task Force, and the Weinberg Foundation Library Project.