Board of Directors

Melinda Lauffenburger

Melinda Lauffenburger

Founder and Executive Director, Autism Oklahoma

Melinda is the founder of AutismOklahoma and formed the first parent support group in May 2002.  AutismOklahoma organized as a 501c3 in 2007.  Melinda is a cancer survivor and dedicated herself to AutismOklahoma in 2010.  Prior to that, she owned and operated Trinity Management Group, LLC, providing consulting for leadership development,process design, project management and technology planning for businesses.

Melinda and her husband, Dean, have 2 children–Joy and Sarah.  Her daughter, Joy, has high functioning autism and is a student at UCO and a public speaker!

John Cooper

Chairman of the Board, Autism Oklahoma

CEO, Consumer Credit Counseling of Central Oklahoma

John Cooper is President and CEO of Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Central Oklahoma, Inc.

CCCS provides consumers with financial counseling, housing counseling, debt repayment plans to individuals experiencing financial stress. CCCS also provides financial literacy education to individuals and students throughout central Oklahoma.

John Chay

John Chay

Vice President, Autism Oklahoma

Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Business Development and Legal Affairs for TTH Holdings
John serves as associate general counsel for the company’s numerous subsidiaries.  Responsible for handling a variety of complex legal projects focusing on real estate transactions, asset purchase and sale agreements, and employment law compliance.  Provide legal counsel and advise on a broad range of business and legal topics including the creation of policies and procedures for the subsidiaries to ensure better controls and compliance with state and federal regulation.

Angi Bruss Gavin

Angi Bruss Gavin

Board Member, Autism Oklahoma

Public Relations Consultant

Angi Bruss is a Telly award-winning Broadcaster. She is also a Public Relations Consultant and Freelance Writer in Oklahoma City. She has 10 years of Broadcast experience. Before becoming a Freelance Video Professional, Angi was a Video Host for NewsOK.com for 6 years. During her time there she won a Telly Award for a video project she hosted and edited. She’s also been part of several other projects that won national and local awards. 

For a year and a half, Angi hosted a t-v show called “Hot On Homes” in Oklahoma City and in Orlando, Florida. Angi also worked as a news reporter for almost 3 years. In the summer of 2002, Angi interned in Los Angeles at “Entertainment Tonight” and worked as an assistant editor for the music network, VH-1. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Broadcasting and Communications from the University of Central Oklahoma in December 2002. 

Angi and her husband, Joel, have two beautiful young daughters, Elizabeth and Violet, who keep Angi busier than she’s ever been. And she loves it!

 

Phil & Coop

Phil Inzinga

Board Member, Autism Oklahoma

Phil Inzinga is Executive Producer and co-host of The Morning Animals and has been a top tier talent in Oklahoma City since 2002. Phil is also a co-host of The Inzinga & Spinozi Afternoon Show on 96.9 FUN FM, weekdays from 3p-7p.

Prior to his stint in OKC, Phil worked in several markets including Chicago, Charleston, and Miami. Phil is active in the Autism community in Oklahoma and is a huge supporter of Autism Oklahoma. Phil married way out of his league over 23 years ago to Sharon and they have two children: Maggie & Max.

Beth & Lily

Dr. Beth DeGrace

Secretary, Autism Oklahoma

Dr. Beth DeGrace is an Associate Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Science at the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She has worked as an occupational therapist, specializing in pediatrics, for 27 years. Originally from Pittsburgh, Beth has lived in Oklahoma since 2001. Beth earned her BS in occupational therapy from Elizabethtown College; MS degree in occupational therapy from State University of New York at Buffalo and PhD in occupational therapy from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale. Since moving to Oklahoma City, Beth has worked as a consultant to SoonerStart, Oklahoma’s early intervention program, served on the state wide autism task force, held an appointed position on the ICC Low Incidence Disability Subcommittee which examined early intervention practices in Oklahoma and currently provides services at the Stephenson Cancer Center. Beth’s teaching responsibilities include entry level and post professional OT and PT education in the areas of neurological rehabilitation, autism, culture of disability, community participation and family. She has presented nationally and internationally on family life and autism. As an occupational therapist, Beth values and believes that how individuals and families spend their time gives meaning to life and is an important determinant of health/wellbeing. Beth is married to Derek DeGrace, they have 3 children and live in Edmond.

Dusty & Burchfield

Dusty Burchfield

Board Member, Autism Oklahoma

Dusty Burchfield is the Founder and Managing Broker of Burchfield Commercial Real Estate. He received his Bachelor’s of Science in Agribusiness from Oklahoma State University all the while operating Burchfield Productions that he founded in 2000 while still in high school at Fairview High School. In 2008 Dusty founded Burchfield Commercial Real Estate and became Managing Broker and has been ever since.

Burchfield Commercial Realty specializes in representing tenants and buyers of commercial real estate. The company prides itself on representing the business owner that needs 1,000 – 100,00 SF of office space as well as the organizations that require 5,000 to 500,000 SF of industrial real estate.

Additionally, Dusty is a founding partner of RACK59 Data Center (www.RACK59.com) which specializes in providing organizations with a first-class environment to house their IT infrastructure.

Dusty is a graduate of Leaderships Oklahoma City’s LOYAL Class VII. His interests include triathlons, cycling and golf and continues to participate in them whenever possible. He currently resides in Edmond with his wife Ande and daughters Dagny and Jane.

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