OkFLA Board of Directors

Barbara A. Sears, President

Barbara is the past Executive Director of Tulsa Lawyers for Children, Inc., a position she held for nine years.  She received her J.D. from Oklahoma City University, School of Law in 1982, after which she focused her legal practice on family and children’s law and public interest law.  She is currently a TLC volunteer attorney providing pro bono representation of children in deprived actions in Tulsa County Juvenile Court. Her past experience includes being the Executive Director of the Tulsa CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) program and serving two terms on the Board of Directors of the National CASA Association.  She is the Children’s Attorney Appointee to the Governor’s Task Force on Child Abuse & Neglect in Oklahoma and was a 2006 recipient of the Mona Salyer Lambird Spotlight Award from the Women in Law Committee of the Oklahoma Bar Association.

John Matheson, Vice President

John is the COO and General Counsel of the Rupe Helmer Group, a real estate development and construction firm in Tulsa, OK. John has served as CEO of several public and private companies in the international energy, manufacturing and construction markets, as well as several other roles including Chief Operating Officer, General Counsel and corporate development. In Tulsa, John was with The Williams Companies and was a partner with Conner & Winters as well as a Certified Public Accountant with Price Waterhouse. John has been an advocate of children for over 20 years by either providing direct legal counsel or serving on boards dedicated to helping at-risk youth. John is a graduate of Harvard Business School, Georgetown University Law Center and holds a degree with Highest Honors from the University of Oklahoma Price School of Business. In 2009, he was named the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year and inducted into Ernst and Young’s Hall of Fame for his executive leadership.

Stan White, Treasurer 

Stan is the CFO of Rupe Helmer Group, a real estate development and construction firm in Tulsa. Stan has held the position of CFO, Controller and Treasurer of various companies and has served on numerous boards for the last 20+ years. He is an Accounting graduate of Oral Roberts University and received his MBA from Oklahoma City University. Stan is currently a member of the Oklahoma Society of CPA’s and the American Institute of CPA’s. He came to Tulsa from Seoul, South Korea through adoptive parents in 1963 and has two adopted children from Korea.

Steve Lewis

Steve is former Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives and former United States Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma. He currently practices law in Tulsa. He graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University then received his J.D. from the University of Oklahoma. He returned to Shawnee after serving in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps and was an Assistant District Attorney and District Attorney in Pottawatomie and Lincoln Counties.  Steve was elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in the fall of 1980. Mr. Lewis’ legislative career is probably best noted for HB 1017, the education reform and revenue act which he authored and helped push through the legislative process in 1989 and 1990. He served as Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 1989 and 1990.  In 1993 Steve was appointed United States Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma by President Bill Clinton. He is currently a member of the American, Oklahoma and Tulsa County Bar Associations and was president of the Oklahoma District Attorneys Association and chair of the Oklahoma District Attorneys Council.  Steve is an ordained deacon in the Episcopal Church currently assigned to St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church.

Jocelyn Lee Payne 

Jocelyn is a native Tulsan who attended racially segregated K-12 schools in Tulsa and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School before it was a magnet school. She has earned degrees from Brandeis University, Northeastern State University, and Oklahoma State University. Her career in higher education included administrative responsibilities at Creighton University, University of Houston, Philadelphia University and Bryn Mawr College. After returning to Oklahoma, Jocelyn was an administrator at Northeastern State University, rising to the rank of Vice President for Administration and later rose to the rank of Associate Professor. Most recently, she served as the first-ever Executive Director of the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation in Tulsa. Concerns about diversity,  educational excellence and civic engagement were hallmarks of Jocelyn’s professional work. Today,  she actively supports social justice, the arts, and education as a community volunteer.