Board Members

Rosie Lynch

Interim Executive Director

A native of upstate NY and Pennsylvania, Rosie Lynch moved to Oklahoma in her early 20s after serving on the mission field in West Africa off and on for three years.
She received theological training at Rhema, Victory Bible Institute (VBI II), and EFM, Education for Ministry in the Episcopal Diocese. Education for social justice/sociology came from observing personal homelessness as a child to working with street kids as a young adult to adulthood serving women released from prison to integrate them into society. Her lifelong devotion has been to serve others and bring hope to those down and out.
Rosie has received formal educational training through Tulsa Community College for two Associate of Arts in Psychology and English Literature, and the University of Tulsa for a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. She currently works on her Master of Science in Mental Health at Northeastern State University.
Her numerous awards and leadership roles include the Gov. George Nigh Scholarship, The Kontagianas Leadership Award from TCC, TCC Student Government President, TCC Founders Honors Scholar, Chair of the OK Student Advisory Board to the OK State Board of Regents for Higher Education, the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship/award, and is one of the TCC Top 50 Alumni.  She has been a proud member of Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society, PEO an educators society, and was the Vice Chair of the Okmulgee County Election Board. Her current associations are as a member of the Okmulgee Rotary Club, Member of the Okmulgee NAACP,  and Chair of the Okmulgee County Democratic Party.
She is passionate about community and civic involvement and volunteers at First United Methodist Church's Food Pantry, and this past January organized the Okmulgee County Emergency Warming Center for those in need during the county's frigid weather.
For fun, Rose loves gardening, and traveling, so far visiting 18 countries worldwide, and 44 states. She never meets a stranger and loves hearing people's stories of who they are, what they believe, and why. She resides in Okmulgee County with her partner of fifteen years, and her outspoken cat, Miss Kitty, and is the grandmother to six beautiful and kind grandchildren.

Leslie Powell

Board President, Governance Committee Chair

Leslie Powell graduated from Okmulgee High School Class of ‘82. She has been married thirty two years. They have three grown daughters and one adult son, as well as grandchildren and a great grandson.

Leslie has 2 associates’ degrees, one from OSUIT in Business Administration and one from the College of the Muscogee Nation in Tribal Services. She also holds a bachelor’s degree from East Central University as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, and a master’s degree from East Central University in Human Resources with an option in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling.

She has been employed with the State of Oklahoma Department of Vocational Service (DRS) for five years as a Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist II. As a VRS (Vocational Specialist II), she works with people with disabilities, mental or physical, to help them obtain employment. Leslie has served on the board with OCHS for five years and truly loves what she can do for others.  The meaning for her in helping is "Tender Loving Care" for others.

Juanita Morgan

Board Treasurer

Juanita Morgan was born and raised in Seattle, WA. She has been married 35 years to Lorenzo and they have three natural born sons, numerous (5) additional non birth sons, five grandchildren.

Juanita has an AAS Accounting degree from Seattle Central Community College, AAS Business Administration & Elementary Education from OSUIT, B.S. Mild & Moderate Disabilities from NSU, and M.Ed Educational Leadership from Southeastern State University, and is currently enrolled and working toward a doctorate degree at ORU. She worked 25 plus years as a legal assistant, 10 years in human resources and is currently a teacher at Okmulgee Public Schools as well as Cheerleading Coach.

She is an active member of Jubilee Christian Church. She enjoys helping people realize their potential, and believes everyone has a positive side.  Her oldest son always says "Mom, you cannot save everyone"! My goal of as educator corresponds with my goal being part of the Homeless Shelter - helping people become active, productive citizens, and utilize their talents to reach their goals.

Katina Holland

Board Secretary, PR Committee Chair

Katina Holland is an Okmulgee native, graduating from OHS with the Class of ‘96.

She is the general manager of Okmulgee Times and writes a weekly cooking column. Katina has a passion for baking and is often sharing baked goods with downtown businesses.

A widow since 2011, Katina uses her experiences with grief to help others going through the same thing, often doing speaking engagements and reaching out to connect with those who have recently lost loved ones to help where she can.

Deb Marshall

Board Member, Strategic Committee Chair

Deb is a native of the Kansas City, Missouri area but has also lived and worked in Texas and Oklahoma as well as Tanzania, East Africa.  While she has enjoyed rather diverse career paths through the years, (including medical field, natural gas transmission, software development, manufacturing and small business ownership) the majority of the past 25 years has been in community and economic development. She currently is employed by Okmulgee Area Development Corp (OADC) which is the economic development office.

No matter where she has lived, she has had a heart for and an interest in homelessness and has volunteered for related organizations in various capacities.  In the fall of 2021, she had a spark of an idea to mentor one of the women from the shelter, which led to a conversation with Executive Director Brenda Brewer.  That conversation ultimately led to her joining the OCHS Board of Directors in December 2021.  She has been co-developing the future Mentor Program that will hopefully be launched in 2023.

Krystal Bohannon

Board Member, Thrift Store Committee Chair

Krystal Bohannon is an Okmulgee graduate, Class of ‘98. She has been employed at First National Bank &
Trust since 2003 and is currently a Vice President in the Operations area, overseeing the teller group for
their 5 locations.

She joined the Okmulgee County Homeless Shelter board in 2015 with a heart to help.
She is active in her church Apostolic Life where she participates in fundraising and is the ladies auxiliary
leader. She is the proud mother of two daughters.

Katie Henley

Board Member, Fundraising Committee Chair

Luwana Cowell

Board Member

Curt Allen

Board Member