Rev. Christy Moore
Founder & CEO
Christy is the Founder of StoneSoup Community Venture, the 501(c)(3) identity under which Opportunity Tulsa exists. Since founding StoneSoup in 2011, Christy has consistently advocated for and worked on food justice issues throughout the community. Creating pathways for diverse populations to have access to fresh, healthy food through venues that would level the economic playing field was central to this work. Tulsa’s Table emerged in 2014 as a program of StoneSoup, to offer pay-what-you-can dining in Tulsa. This model provided a dignified approach to public dining for food insecure individuals through anonymous payment methods. Including young people as paid interns in the Tulsa’s Table kitchen operations offered multiple opportunities to increase their food security, job skills and economic situation. With an understanding that good paying jobs are essential to seeing youth thrive, but open doors to those jobs are not always evident or available, Opportunity Tulsa, StoneSoup’s newest program, is now positioned to provide valuable job skill training coupled with employer connections.
Christy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Family Studies and Gerontology and a Master of Divinity from Phillips Theological Seminary. She has worked across the lifespan and among diverse populations through Big Brothers & Sisters, Parents as Teachers, Life Senior Services, and Tulsa Community College. As the Founding Director, Christy applies and utilizes her many years of experience in the social service and nonprofit sector that spanned these diverse ages and populations. Her theological training serves as a lens through which she understands the dynamics of the human condition and the necessity for social justice.
Christy is committed to community-based approaches, asset driven principles, trauma informed systems and the work of ending systemic poverty. She is trained with Search Institute on their 40 Developmental Assets and Developmental Relationships model and has attended training on Youth Program Quality evaluation through the Weikart Center. She has earned the Nonprofit Management Certificate from The Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits as well as attended their Standards for Excellence training. Christy is an ordained minister in good standing with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Oklahoma and attends recuring training in Ethics and Anti-Racist/Pro-Reconciliation practices. She participates in regular organizational and leadership training as a member of Catalyst Kitchens. In order to stay abreast of current trauma and resiliency research, Christy connects to up-to-date information through Raising Resilient Oklahomans, ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Connection groups and attends a wide array of in person and virtual conferences on the topic. And, because the larger picture is important, she participates in learning about youth investment work through workshop conversations facilitated by the Readiness Project, supported by The Forum for Youth Investment, the National Urban League, and the American Institutes for Research. Christy serves on the board of the Human Community Network, an Oklahoma nonprofit dedicated to seeking systemic and institutional transformation. She is also a member of the Tulsa Food Security Council, having served on the Faith and Leadership Team level.
Christy lives in Tulsa with her husband Mike, her two dogs, Seymour and Poppy and a cat named Callie. Her extended family consists of two sons and their families, including 4 grandchildren that consistently reveal the wonder of life and provide insight on the ever-changing world in which we live. Christy enjoys back yard gardening, sourdough bread baking, reading, knitting, bicycling and long walks along a trail or at the shore. Her passion for this work springs from her own lived experience with challenging circumstances and barriers as a teen and a desire to reduce or remove them for youth today.
Dr. Nancy Grayson
Nancy Grayson is a progressive thinker that has served the Tulsa community as a consummate professional and champion of organizations that are committed to innovation, changemaking, and providing collaborative solutions. Dr. Grayson has over 23 years of experience leading diverse organizations focused on addressing social determinants of health to build strong and vibrant communities. She is well-known and respected by her peers for her keen understanding of the role of research and policy and the impact it has on systemic and structural changes.
Grayson has worked for many years as a senior director for a global non-profit where she has influenced the health and lives of people across communities of the southwest. Nancy possesses extensive knowledge in program management and design. With her strong grassroots mobilization, Dr. Grayson has built sustainable, high-performing health programs targeted toward populations at high risk for cardiovascular diseases.
Dr. Grayson is a board member and principal adviser to the Founder and CEO of Black Ladies in Public Health, a non-profit organization that envisions a world where all Black Women are equitably engaged, valued, and empowered in Public Health. She is a social impact entrepreneur and member of the Fairtrade Federation (FTF). Her company, Rafiki Village has a deep commitment to the principles of the FTF – creating positive change socially, economically, and environmentally and works directly with marginalized art producers in Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, and Uganda. She is a native of Kenya and a firm believer that opportunities create work and work brings dignity and self-sufficiency.
She holds a PhD in Occupational and Technical Education from Oklahoma State, a Master of Science degree in Human Resource Development, a Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics, from University of South Florida – Morsani Medical School, a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography – with an interest in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Computer Cartography, a Bachelor of Education degree, an Advanced High School Diploma, and numerous course certifications in social epidemiology from John Hopkins University. She spends her time volunteering for various causes that help amplify BIOPIC voices and promoting initiatives that create healthier communities.
Charlene Franklin, MS, RD/LD
Student Services Director
Charlene Franklin is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics from Northeastern State College and later completed an AP4 Dietetic Program and earned a Master of Science degree in Nutrition from Oklahoma State University. Professional experience includes working in hospital foodservice and catering, Consultant Dietitian, Dietary Manager’s Course Instructor, Head Start Nutritionist, WIC (Women, Infant and Children) Director and conducting healthy cooking classes. Presently she works at Muscogee Creek Nation Department of Health in the Diabetes Department . She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Oklahoma’s Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Aside from work, Charlene enjoys volunteering for numerous professional organizations and church activities.