Tom Albaugh Jr.
Vice President of Labor Relations
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.
Vice President of Marketing and Communication
Krista Hemme joined TAUW in December 2019.
She is an award winning communicator who most recently served as the Director of Communications for the City of Broken Arrow. In that role, she and her staff spearheaded campaigns for Tulsa's largest suburb through news stories, video production, digital media and public relations. Their work not only informed the public of important information that impacted their lives, but also helped pass critical capital improvement projects that brought millions of dollars in development to the community. You may also recognize her as a former reporter for a local television station, telling memorable stories ranging from natural disasters, like the Picher tornado, to milestones in Tulsa history, such as the construction and grand opening of the BOK Center and ONEOK Field.
Krista grew up in Seoul, South Korea and was adopted when she was 6 years old by a family in Minnesota. Her younger brother was also adopted by the same family, who had just a few years earlier adopted another child from Seoul. It was a big adjustment, going from living in poverty with a single mother in a large Asian city to a rural pig farm in the Midwest. A support network of family and educational resources helped her successfully integrate into the community, and the experience has influenced her understanding of what it means to connect people to the resources they need to reach their full potential.
Krista is a graduate of Oral Roberts University and received a B.S. in Mass Media Communications. She lives in Tulsa with her family and enjoys volunteering and exploring the great outdoors.
Carla Meyer is a Certified Public Accountant and began her career in public accounting where she worked for ten years specializing in audits of non-profit organizations and employee benefit plans.
She received her bachelors degree in Accounting from Bacone College in Muskogee, Oklahoma and her Masters of Business Administration from University of Phoenix. She is a graduate of Leadership Tulsa Class 51.
From the beginning of her career, Carla has had a passion for giving back to the community and helping others. She currently serves as Treasurer for Clarehouse and Chair of the Professional Ethics Committee for the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants. Carla enjoys any opportunity to become involved with the community. She started the first Non-Profit Board Training Program through the Tulsa Chapter of the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants, teaching accountants how to become valuable members of a non-profit board. Most recently, Carla became a Certified QPR (suicide prevention) Trainer who teaches members in the community how to recognize the warning signs of suicide, offer hope, and obtain help.
Cynthia Qualls has 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.
Vice President of Community Investments
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.
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