Pastor James Dorn
ChairRev. Dr. James A. Dorn Jr., is the Senior Pastor of the Mt. Triumph Baptist Church. Under his servant leadership as Senior Pastor, Mt. Triumph Baptist Church has moved forward with updating all phases of church technology and infrastructure. Pastor Dorn has created multiple community/faith-based partnerships. He has been impacting the community with major efforts in meeting the needs of families and leading souls to Christ.
Dr. Dorn is a graduate of Chickasha High School, Chickasha Ok. He has received formal education from Cloud County Community College and Kansas State University. He has received an Honorary Doctor of Divinity from Fellowship Bible Institute and a Doctor of Christian Education from Sacramento Theological Seminary and Bible College.
Dr. Dorn is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Family Life Learning Centers, Inc. a 501 c3 non-profit organization. Prior to moving to Family Life learning Centers fulltime, Dr. Dorn worked for 22 years for INTEGRIS Health as a Business Analyst in the Information Technology department. Dr. Dorn specialized in information technology in the medical industry.
He serves the educational community as Chair for the Moon Community Advisory Board and Secretary for the Culbertson East Highland Neighborhood association. Dr. Dorn also serves on several community committees and currently serves as the Chair for the Oklahoma Infant Mortality Alliance. On a state level Dr. Dorn has served as the past President of the Progressive Oklahoma Baptist State Convention.
Dr. Dorn has just recently launched the “Raising the Grade” initiative in NE Oklahoma City. The initiative is designed to support, encourage and motivate high academic performance and outcomes in public and private education.
Community and Faith Engagement ChairKaren D. Jacobs, a 40-year employee of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, became the Administrator of the Office of Community and Faith Engagement in 2013. Prior to her appointment, she served as Coordinator of the DHS Office of Volunteerism for thirteen years and held several positions throughout her career path at DHS.
Ms. Jacobs currently oversees statewide volunteer activities in the DHS county offices; faith based initiatives as well as domestic violence efforts. Karen chairs the OKDHS Community Engagement Professional Team, OKDHS Volunteer Council, the Infant Mortality Community & Faith Engagement Workgroup and oversees the DHS Domestic Violence Task Force. She coordinates the OKDHS Volunteer & Community Partner Recognition, OKDHS State Charitable Campaign, Thanksgiving and statewide Christmas efforts.
She serves on the Infant Mortality Advisory Council, African American Health Disparities Workgroup and the Domestic Violence African American Women’s Subcommittee. Karen is a member of the Ralph Ellison Foundation Board, the Regional Food Bank of Central Oklahoma Board, Central Oklahoma Volunteer Administrators (COVA) and the Star Spencer High School FCCLA Advisory Board.
She has completed many DHS leadership trainings, the Lean Six/Sigma White Belt Certification and received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Central Oklahoma.
In May 2008, OKDHS established the Karen D. Jacobs Volunteer Award, which is given to an individual or organization that exemplifies the character of volunteerism that was established under her leadership. She has received several DHS recognitions and community service awards. For over 28 years, Ms. Jacobs continues to volunteer and support the Spencer schools and the Spencer Community.
Community and Faith Engagement Co-ChairBarbara Colbert is the Maternal Child Health Outreach Specialist at the Oklahoma City-County Health Department where she provides education and awareness on Infant Mortality in these five counties Canadian, Cleveland, Logan Oklahoma and Pottawatomie.
Barbara’s maternal and child health career began when she took a position at Green Country Mental Health-Head Start/Early Head Start as a Site Supervisor after receiving her BS from Northeastern State University in Criminal Justice. She worked there for three years and then moved to Oklahoma City where she then started working for Northcare Mental Health as a Comprehensive Case Manager (CHBS). It was not long before she received her Case Management II License and then became a CHBS Supervisor where she supervised six to seven CHBS case managers and later became the CHBS Supervisor for Drug court. Throughout her 9 ½ years at Northcare she advocated for many children in the Juvenile System. After leaving her position at Northcare she began working on maternal and child health issues through the Fetal and Infant Mortality Review Project at the Oklahoma City County Health Department. During this time she has completed OU Interdisciplinary Training Program (ITP). Barbara serves as the Oklahoma Public Health Association Maternal and Child Health (OPHA) Treasurer. She also serves as Co-Chair of the IMA Community & Faith.
Health Care ChairReceiving a Master’s in Business Administration, Healthcare from Southern Nazarene University in 2012, a Bachelor’s degree in Community Health from University of Central Oklahoma in 2010, and over thirteen years of experience as a Licensed Practical Nurse, Kamisha D. Busby has a passion for public health. Kamisha currently works as the Program Director at Community Health Centers of Oklahoma’s Central Oklahoma Healthy Start Initiative. This initiative focuses on reduction of infant mortality and premature births which empowering the family unit which she holds dear to her heart. Before her new role at Healthy Start, Kamisha has served in Public Health primarily focused on Women’s Health and Maternal/Child Health for over seven years. Her professional interests are access to healthcare for early entry to maternity care and improving birth outcomes specifically within the urban communities. She has received the 2014 Area GPRA Provider Award through Indian Health Services for her efforts in improving women’s health by organizing the first Annual Women’s Health Fair for the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic and helping the organization reach its GPRA goals for Pap smear examinations. She currently serves on the Quality Improvement committee through her organization and is active on other community-based committees that focus on Maternal/Child Health including Chair of the Infant Mortality Alliance Health Care Workgroup.
Kamisha D. Busby is a native of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma who continues to serve her community in several capacities including being a current and active board member of March of Dimes, Family Builders, Greater Mount Olive Baptist Church, and Stork’s Nest of Oklahoma City.
Health Inequities ChairTwyler Earl, MHRD/OD, native of Baton Rouge, La, but currently resides in Oklahoma City, OK. With over 20+ years of experience in social services, K-16 enrichment, recruiting, and educational equity, Twyler has remained passionate about strength-based development, healthy habits, and empowerment of women.
Currently, serving as a Director at Rose State College, Twyler is constantly seeking creative ways to foster a dynamic learning environment, build solid supportive networks, and promote lifelong learning. Locally, Twyler is serves on various committees centered on research & analysis centered on institutional biases and barriers to quality maternal and child health within the black community. On the national level, she serves as an executive committee member for CTEEC and NAPE. She is also a part of the Administrative Division at ACTE – Association of Career and Technical Education. She is an alumni of Missouri State, Oklahoma State, Wichita State, and Friends University.
IMA SupportKelli McNeal is the Fetal and Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) and Maternal and Child Health Outreach Project Supervisor at the Oklahoma City-County Health Department.
Kelli’s maternal and child health career began when she took a position at the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) after receiving a BA in Psychology from the University of Central Oklahoma. Throughout her 11 years at OICA she directed a multi-year national foundation grant program, Covering Kids & Families, providing Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program to pregnant women and children. Later, she became the Communication and Marketing Director for the agency. During this time Kelli also served on multiple boards including the Oklahoma Health Care Authority’s Medical Advisory Council, the Oklahoma Lead Poisoning Prevention Advisory Board, and Chair of the Oklahoma Turning Point Council. After leaving her position at OICA, Kelli went into the for-profit world and finally returned to her passion of working on maternal and child health issues through the Fetal and Infant Mortality Review Project at the Oklahoma City County Health Department.