Jeri Cooper, President
Jeri Cooper is currently a rehabilitation teacher for the DeafBlind in Oklahoma. Jeri is very active in her church at First Baptist in downtown Tulsa as well as organizations such as the Green Country DeafBlind Support Group, American Association of the DeafBlind, and the Tulsa Chapter of the Oklahoma Council of the Blind. She loves baseball and football, enjoys visiting with friends and always jumps at the opportunity to meet new people and to learn new things. She gives thanks to her Savior Jesus Christ and believes that if you have faith in God and in yourself, you can change your stumbling blocks into stepping stones.
Cassandra Oakes, Vice President
Cassandra Oakes was born in 1959 with a profound hearing loss. At age 19, she was diagnosed with an eye disease known as Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) and caused blindness to begin during the second decade of her life. She has accomplished numerous goals, both personal and professional, and is the founder and president of a non-profit organization called Sight-Hearing Encouragement Program. (SHEP). Her belief is: “You’re born with a ‘can’ gift in you to overcome the ‘can’t’ that came with you.”
Daniel Meek, Treasurer
Daniel Meek is a compliance officer for a small investment firm in Bethany, Oklahoma. He has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and is currently pursuing CPA certification. Daniel was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa at age fifteen, which is an eye condition that leads to blindness. In his late thirties, his diagnosis was modified to Usher Syndrome Type III, which leads to deafness as well. He is an active member in the Heartland Council for the blind and volunteers for the Sight-Hearing Encouragement Program. Daniel currently resides in Mustang, Oklahoma with his wife and two daughters.
Colleen Shorrock, Secretary
Colleen and her husband, Steve, moved to Oklahoma in October of 2015 leaving five children and five grand children in Texas. Recently retired, she decided to finish college and entered the interpreting program at Tulsa Community College. Colleen is currently enrolled in the University of Arkansas cohort program majoring in Educational Interpreting. Her volunteer efforts and community involvement as an interpreter and support service provider include the Broken Arrow Deaf Church and the Green County DeafBlind Club.
Sandy Evans, Board Member at Large
Sandy is the Public Information Director for the Oklahoma Council of the Blind, a statewide organization that provides resources for people with vision loss. She is also a volunteer for several organizations in the community. She graduated from the Oklahoma School for the blind and received her bachelors degree from Northeastern State University. Her professional work experiences include public relations, marketing, advertising, special events and fundraiser coordination. Sandy lives in Muskogee, OK and enjoys traveling, photography and singing in her church choir.
Roger Smith, Board Member at Large
A Tulsa resident, Roger began a metal fabricating career in 1970 after leaving the military. Over the years, he has had the opportunity to build a variety of things from an acrobatic airplane frame, to beautiful spiral staircases and custom street rods. Today Roger currently lives in Tulsa with his beautiful wife Beverly, “who is glad to have her garage back”. He is and has been involved in the Deaf community for over 20 years, and sits on the board of TSHA, and recently became a board member of Jeri’s House, another non-profit company located in Tulsa.
Joe Fallin, Board Member at Large
Joe Fallin retired after more than forty years as a practicing attorney and has served in a leadership role in national state and local disability and professional organizations and boards. He serves as a legislative strategist on the government relations committee of the Oklahoma Council of the blind, and the Tri-county Council on aging. He has twice served as president of the Oklahoma Council of the Blind, and Tulsa Council of the Blind. Blind since birth, he has had significant hearing loss for thirty years. As with many older blind people, his hearing loss has grown more significant with age. For personal reasons, therefore, Joe has become more aware of issues facing deaf-blind people, including mobility and orientation, hearing aids and social limitation issues such as noise, and mis-heard words. He has prepared policy on issues such as health care, transportation, rehabilitation for disability consumer organizations and has advocated policy issues on a state and federal level. He and his wife Allison, have a strong commitment to Jeri’s House, and believes it will play a vital role in independence for people who are deaf blind throughout the state.