DR. ROSEMARIE ALLEN has served as an educational leader for over 30 years. Her life's work is centered on ensuring ALL children have access to high quality early childhood programs that are developmentally and culturally appropriate. Dr. Rosemarie Allen is an American academic specialized in diversity, equity, and inclusion. She is an associate professor of early childhood development at the Metropolitan State University of Denver and president and chief executive officer for the institute for Racial Equity and Excellence.
JULIE DAVIS, Chief Executive Officer of the Tulsa YWCA, is passionate about serving her community and providing support for people to live their best lives. She has served as Chief Executive Officer for YWCA Tulsa since 2017, joining the team after having worked in the non-profit field for nearly 10 years in development and as the Associate Director for Up With Trees. Prior to Up With Trees, she worked at the American Cancer Society where she managed events across the state to raise funds in the fight against cancer. She was a member of Leadership Tulsa Class 54, as well as the Tulsa Area United Way NexTulsa Class 4. She currently serves on the Board for the Oklahoma Women's Coalition, and as a member of the Advisory Board for the Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Before entering the non-profit world, Julie received her Bachelor's degree from Drury University, and her Master's Degree from the University of Tulsa. Her husband, Paul Davis, is the Executive Director of CityYear, and together they work to serve Tulsa and make a positive impact in the community. She is also a mother of two young girls, and she is passionate about making the world a place where young girls will be empowered to live out their dreams. When she is not running her daughters around or working on strategic plans for the YWCA, you can find her reading a book or heading to spend time with her family in Missouri.
JULI SKINNER, is a Board Member and Senior Director, of Cherokee Nation Behavioral Health. Juli has worked with Native children and families for the past 21 years with the Cherokee Nation. She is a member of the Ponca Tribe and was raised in her Native culture and has extensive knowledge working within a Native population. Juli designed and developed strategic plans around interventions regarding activities that promote and protect young child wellness for Native American children and families. She served as the project director for two multiyear cooperative agreements with SAMHSA around young child wellness activities and systems of care strategies, Project LAUNCH and Systems of Care. In 2012, Juli helped develop and launch a Children's Behavioral Health department for Cherokee Nation. The first of its kind for Cherokee Nation, the HERO Project stands for helping everyone reach out and strives to deliver services on the micro, mezzo- and macro- levels. The program works with children and parents on an individual level, delivering direct clinical evidenced-based interventions that reach two generations. On the mezzo level, Juli developed community strategies using community organizing and mobilizing approaches to integrate parents and caregivers to bring forth changes to their community to promote young child wellness activities. On the macro level, the HERO project partners with Tribes, Universities, and State and Federal agencies to develop and enhance interventions to meet the needs of Native families. Juli currently directs all activities in Behavioral Health for the Cherokee Nation and has helped create a Cabinet for Children for all child and family serving programs. Juli received her Master's in Social Work from Oklahoma University in 2012. Her emphasis focused on Administrative and Community Practice Social Work. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker and is currently serving as the Senior Director of Cherokee Nation Behavioral Health.