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.”
Kirby Hodges, Secretary
Kirby Hodges graduated from Emporia State (KS) in 1980 with a master’s in rehab counseling. He was a rehab counselor for the deaf for the State of Oklahoma from 1985 until 2007. He has been a volunteer and professional Support Service Provider for the deaf-blind since then.
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.
Sandy Evans, Board Member at Large
Sandy is the president of the Azalea Council of the Blind in Muskogee, a local club that provides resources for people with vision loss and has activities for more than 20 members each month. 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.
Molly Sinanan, Board Member at Large
Molly Sinanan has been part of the Helen Keller National Center family since 2004, working in a variety of roles including case management supervisor; Region 2 representative; and her current position, Region 6 representative.
Molly is an alumna of the University of Tennessee, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Educational Interpreting and a master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling for the deaf. She currently resides with her husband and son in Austin, Texas, where the Region 6 office is located.