Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Jennifer Airey
University of Tulsa
Jennifer Airey is Associate Professor of English at the University of Tulsa, and a member of TU’s Women’s and Gender Studies Governing Board. She is the author of The Politics of Rape: Sexual Atrocity, Propaganda Wars, and the Restoration Stage (Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2012), and is currently at work on her second book, tentatively entitled Religion Around Mary Shelley. At TU, she teaches courses on subjects ranging from eighteenth-century British literature to women’s studies and popular culture. Jennifer believes deeply in the Blue House’s mission, and is honored to serve on the LBH Board of Directors.

Danielle Macdonald
University of Tulsa

Danielle Macdonald is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Tulsa. As an anthropological-archaeologist, she studies the transition from hunting-gathering lifeways to the origins of agriculture and directs archaeological excavations in the Middle East. As a recent Canadian transplant and an avid traveler, she is passionate about teaching students cultural diversity in the past and present. Danielle is strongly committed to social justice issues and is enthusiastic to be able to give back to the TU community as a member of the LBH board.

Allison Edwards

Diane Britton
Immediate Past President
University of Tulsa
Diane Britton Jessup is an ardent advocate for gender equality, which led to her return to university studies to earn her Master’s of Art in Women’s and Gender Studies. Diane currently works at TU in the Office of Student Affairs. Somehow, in the midst of all this, she was privileged to raise three kids, each a strong advocate for social justice.


Sara N. Beam
University of Tulsa
Sara was raised in western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma and, in the 1990s, was a competitive gymnast and then a gymnastics coach at Flame Gymnastics, in Fort Smith, AR. She graduated from Hendrix College in 2002 with a B.A. in English. After that, she moved to Tulsa and completed the TU English Master’s and Doctoral Degree programs in 2010. She is Applied Assistant Professor of English and Writing Program Director at TU. Her academic interests include teaching, written composition, women’s and gender studies, visual rhetoric, and childhood studies. Her scholarly work includes co-editing and writing sections of the 2015 book Children’s and YA Books in the College Classroom: Essays on Instructional Methods. In the Tulsa community, Sara is involved with the St. John’s Center for Spiritual Reformation and is a supporter of the Oklahoma Equality Center and Youth Services of Tulsa.

Amanda Chastang
University of Tulsa

Whitney Cipolla

Morgan Holmes
University of Tulsa
Originally from Northern Ontario, Morgan Holmes is a communications specialist at The University of Tulsa. Outside of work, Morgan makes a racket with the Tulsa Metro Pipe Band and, in quieter moments, writes short fiction.

Michael Mills
University of Tulsa
For the past twenty-five years Michael Mills has held a variety of administrative management positions at The University of Tulsa, encompassing the areas of academic support services, student services administration and community and civic engagement. In his current position as Associate Dean for Community Relations, he coordinates a variety of neighborhood partnerships and initiatives focused on connecting the TU campus with the Tulsa community. He represents the University as a member of several community organizations and committees, including, the Kendall-Whittier Neighborhood Task Force, Kendall Whittier Inc., and the Kendall-Whittier School Partner’s In Education team. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Kendall Whittier Main Street and Tulsa CARES and is on the advisory boards of Tulsa Area Community Schools Initiative and Assistance League of Tulsa.

Bruce Niemi

Jay Newman
Student Representative

Kirsten Robertson
University of Tulsa

Alex Wade
Oklahomans for Equality