Meet Our Executive Staff

Tom Albaugh Jr. 
Vice President of Labor Relations

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Tom Albaugh is embarking upon his 28th campaign with the Tulsa Area United Way. The vice president of labor relations, Tom is a liaison between the Tulsa Area United Way and the Northeastern Oklahoma Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO.  He provides assistance to workers and their families and support for the annual United Way campaign. Another part of Tom's job is to recruit volunteers for United Way and its partner agencies, as well as to conduct information and referral training classes annually.

Tom saw United Way as the organization where he felt he could make a direct impact with helping people in need. He enjoys his job because he gets to see, first hand, the lives United Way changes and the positive impact the nonprofit has on the community.

Jessica L. Knobbe, CPA
Vice President/CFO

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Jessica Knobbe came to TAUW in May 2011 after serving as CFO for over six years at a TAUW partner agency. She is responsible for the finance department and also oversees human resources in her current position as Vice President/CFO.

After roles in corporate financial reporting and public accounting, Jessica felt drawn to public service, led by the examples of her brothers in law enforcement and the military. Jessica considers her accounting skill set a unique bridge that joins the hands of those who want to help with those who need the help.

Jessica saw the opportunity at the Tulsa Area United Way as a chance to help more people across many more agencies in Tulsa.

Brent Ortolani
Vice President of Marketing

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Brent Ortolani joined the staff of the Tulsa Area United Way in August 2011 after a 20-year career in higher education.

As Vice President, Marketing, he is responsible for the direction of strategic marketing and public relations planning, branding and image, market segmentation, product positioning, external communications, advertising, special event planning, media relations and publications production. He manages the marketing staff, including the Senior Graphic Designer and Marketing Specialist.

Previously, he served as Director of Public Relations and Marketing at Rogers State University, from 1999 to 2011. At RSU, he played a key role in the transition of RSU from a community college to a four-year university, including a 75 percent increase in enrollment, major achievements that placed RSU among the most notable success stories in the annals of Oklahoma higher education.

In addition, he was Director of University Relations at the University of Tulsa, where he also served as editor of the award-winning TU alumni magazine from 1990 to 1999.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Kansas, completed APR certification from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and is a former member of the Board of Directors of PRSA-Tulsa.

 
Cynthia Qualls
Vice President,
Resource Development

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Cynthia Quallshas worked at the Tulsa Area United Way since 1998 and currently serves as the Vice President of Resource Development. In this role, she manages the annual United Way campaign, responsible for working with the staff and volunteers that raise more than $25,000,000 each year for the community.

Qualls is an expert in research, data management and campaign strategy. She has been with the United Way system for more than 20 years, beginning her career at the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. She has served in both the Community Investments and Campaign departments of United Way.

She received a bachelor in business administration from Northeastern State University. She is a graduate of Leadership Tulsa Class 55 and the Schnake Turnbo Frank Reputation Academy.

Brent Sadler
Vice President of Community Investments

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Brent Sadler has led a 20-year career in business planning, executive coaching and human resources, most recently at NORDAM in Tulsa.

He is a longtime volunteer at the Tulsa Area United Way, having served on its community investments panel for 10 years.

Sadler worked at State Farm Insurance Companies from 1995 to 2014, serving in a number of roles, including process management, planning and analysis and leadership development. He began his career at State Farm as a claim representative.

He earned a master of arts in organizational dynamics and psychology from the University of Oklahoma – Tulsa, master of science in criminal justice and criminology from Sam Houston State University and a bachelor of arts in criminal justice from the University of Central Oklahoma.

His community involvement includes a mayoral appointment on the City of Tulsa's Housing and Urban Development Allocation Committee, Dean's Advisory Board at the Northeastern Oklahoma State University College of Business, and State Farm Board Representative for the Oklahoma Business Education Coalition.

Gary G. Szabo
Vice President of Information Technology and Infrastructure

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Gary Szabo has been employed in the Information Technology field since the mid-1980s. Gary worked his way from being a Project Manager for a management consultancy up to several senior positions in higher education and the private sector. Gary's prior Director-level positions have been with Centralia College and the University of Washington. Management positions have been with Capital Systems Group, the University of Tulsa and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma.

Prior to joining the Tulsa Area United Way, he ran Mindful Technologies, a management consulting firm that specialized in network engineering and strategic information technology services for small and medium-sized firms, many of which are TAUW partner agencies and supporting foundations.

Gary likes to say he grew up with computer technology. He learned programming via punch-cards on TU's Honeywell-Bull CP6 mainframe and on a DEC PDP-11/70. Gary is passionate about helping folks make the best use of information resources.

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