Conference Sessions Preview

The 2017 I AM Program Conference was help held October 28 & 29, 2017. Below is a snapshot of conference speakers.  Stay tuned for information on the 2018 program!

Pastor Judy PetersonPastor Judy Peterson

Keynote Speaker

Judy Peterson is the campus pastor for North Park University.

Judy is passionate about communicating good news in everyday language and travels across the United States speaking to audiences about how to put feet to their faith. Her passion for walking it out took the form of walking across the U.S. for her internship toward her Master of Divinity degree at North Park Theological Seminary. While Judy’s walk across the country is how she first received the name “walking pastor,” it is her day-to-day desire to walk into the lives of others that continues to make the title well deserved.

Judy is happily married to Jeff Peterson.

Leticia Darlina Tanguma

Artist in Residence

Leticia “Darlina” Tanguma is an artist of conscience, creating art that
reflects social justice issues faced by marginalized people and by creating art that benefits organizations with messages of compassion and unity.

For over twenty years, Darlina has created art with crisis centers, schools, faith centers and organizations, such as the Veterans of Hope Project, Padres y Jovenes Unidos and Iliff School of Theology’s Faith Trek program. Darlina paints with communities concerned with overcoming issues such as immigration, racism and domestic violence. She works with the community to see, through art, the light of their own dignity, strength and hope.

“To me, art is in a person’s glance, laughter, grito or cry. Art is the interaction between this candor and the universe. My challenge is to reflect truth, whether a truth within beauty or darkness or whether in the echoes of generations, present tensions, or in hope for a future of peace and justice. As I hold the paintbrush, I am guided by the Creator. I am guided by love.”

Karissa Denae Johnson

Worship Director

Karissa Denae Johnson strives to simply live as she is called. After being gripped by a devastating stroke at the age of 21, she participated in the healing process and regained her ability to speak, write, and walk. God’s direction later led her to explore seven continents before the age of 30. An educator by profession, Karissa taught at two universities in Saudi Arabia. While teaching in China, she booked modeling jobs, wrote for a local magazine, and led worship/Bible study in her home to over a dozen nationalities. The newbie author and blogger of sevenby30.com has attracted readers from over 60 countries. She’s lifted her voice to lead worship over the waters in Saudi Arabia and China. At home in Nebraska, she plays the drums on one side of town before scurrying over to her dad’s church to lead worship. Karissa’s story has been featured on Yahoo Finance, the Omaha World-Herald, and several publications worldwide. Her hope is placed in the Chief Author and Lover of her soul.

Lexi AllenLexi Allen

Breakout Session: Flamenco Demonstration & Lesson

Lexi Allen has grown up with flamenco music and began her formal dance training at age 5. At the age of 7, she began performing flamenco with her father, guitarist Johnny Beard. Lexi was chosen by internationally acclaimed flamenco dancer Maria Benitez to be a soloist at many of her annual flamenco presentations.  In addition to flamenco, her dance studies include ballet, Spanish classical and modern.

Lexi has served as guest choreographer and professor of dance at Oral Roberts University and currently teaches flamenco dance with FlamencoTULSA at the South Tulsa Dance Co. and the Liggett Studio. She loves teaching and performing with Reflejos Flamencos, the group she co-founded with her father, Johnny Beard, and now includes her husband, Dylan Allen.

Along with her passion for sharing the Spanish culture and flamenco with others through classes and performances, Lexi is also proud to serve as a member of the Tulsa Global Alliance, an organization dedicated to increasing global awareness, understanding and opportunities in Northeastern Oklahoma.

Alexis Carter 1Rev. Alexis Carter

Breakout Session: Practicing Contemplative Prayer

Alexis Carter is a contemplative activist and disciple-maker who spends much of her time teaching others about abundant life. She teaches others to wrestle with the complexities of societal norms and personal allegiances that hinder their understanding and acceptance of true identity. Alexis encourages students to engage with the disturbing and difficult aspects of faith and society through readings, acts of service and reflection.

As an undergraduate, Alexis studied at Oral Roberts University and received her Master of Divinity from the Divinity School at Duke University. She is an ordained minister and currently serves as the Pastor of Discipleship at the Metropolitan Baptist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she is also a member of Tulsa First United Methodist Church. Alexis loves writing non-fiction, reading quality literature, and having soul-stirring conversations over coffee or a good meal. She has spent time traveling and teaching abroad; but more importantly, she has spent time traveling as a learner, which has greatly shaped the way she views and lives within the world. After spending time in South Africa, Alexis discerned a call and passion to serve communities that are both politically and spiritually impoverished. Alexis’s hope is that her presence and gifts will be used to bear witness to the glory of God. Furthermore, in all of her endeavors, she is striving to do good better.

Janetta Cravens

Breakout Session: Made in Oklahoma, by God

Described by many of her clients as “thought provoking” and “challenging,” Janetta Cravens has been helping nonprofit leaders and executives communicate the big-picture about themselves and their organizations for more than 20 years.  Janetta is an executive coach, organizational developer, ordained minister, and community organizer who built her career working at the intersection of social justice and community change. As the Vice President of Programs for the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, she oversees the consulting, professional development, and membership programs the Center offers to the 18,000 nonprofits throughout the state. She is a frequent consultant, speaker, and instructor for nonprofit professionals and boards of directors on topics of leadership and organizational development, fundraising and grant writing, nonprofit ethics and board governance, diversity and inclusion, performance management, and strategic and action planning. These wide-ranging efforts reflect Janetta’s commitment to strengthening community, spirited leadership, and generous heart.

Morgan Melissa Kennedy

Breakout Session: Embracing Individuality

Morgan is an award-winning Architectural Designer who graduated from the Oklahoma State University School of Architecture in 2014. Throughout college, she helped lead The Wells Project at OSU as Head of Event Planning and Design for three years and supported the membership transition from 5 to 100. She also designed two First Place OSU Homecoming Decorations and served Stillwater as a Freelance Graphic Designer for a multitude of non-profit and fundraising events.

After graduation, Morgan and her husband spent time in Europe while she completed her Caudill Architectural Fellowship with a focus on vernacular architecture, public space and the urban landscape. She then moved to Seattle, WA, exploring the PNW for two years while she was working as a designer for the international retail design firm CallisonRTKL. Morgan recently moved back to Oklahoma after yearnings to be closer to “home,” where the two eventually purchased a historic home in the Oklahoma City Plaza District and remodeled an Airbnb cottage in the backyard. While working remotely for her team in Seattle, Morgan continues to discern her “purpose” in moving back to Oklahoma and is exploring a call to teaching.

As a designer and leader, Morgan’s passions lean toward the individual’s view and perspective within a communal space. She aims to design architecture and systems that bring very different people together while still creating individual moments for personal impression. Learning about people closely impacts her work where she sees psychology as central to architecture and architecture central to psychology. She hopes to continue studying vernacular and organic city organization patterns, especially those built before cars which were centered around the human scale and walkable context.

Julie Lambert

Breakout Session: Yoga as Contemplation

Chair of the I AM Program’s Advisory Council, Julie currently works in two capacities and sincerely enjoys both.

Julie is Marketing Director of Lambert Construction Company in Stillwater, OK. “My title at LCC is Marketing Directory,” she says. In addition, Julie is a certified yoga instructor. She teaches at the OSU Colvin and Red Earth Yoga Center.

Prior to moving to Stillwater, Julie was a 4th grade teacher and an Operations Officer for a large independent bank in Dallas.

Regarding her vocational journal, Julie states:

“Learning for me is much like putting the pieces of my life puzzle together — the more I learn, the clearer my picture becomes.”