Board

Ruth Johnson, Vice Chair

Acting Chair

Ruth Johnson is an Ardmore, Oklahoma transplant of six years. She brings with her a career dedicated to ensuring children have access to high quality public education that supports their full academic, social, and emotional development. As a former teacher, school-based social worker, and elementary counselor, Ruth’s experience in site-based education reform enables systems to identify and remove barriers impeding student achievement.

Locally, Ruth has served on the Grace Center of Southern Oklahoma’s Board. She has also served as a Board Member and Board Secretary for CASA of Southern Oklahoma. She

currently volunteers as a Carter County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) to foster youth victimized by abuse. Additionally, she is a member of the St. Phillips Episcopal Church Sunday school team.

Ruth holds an Oklahoma School Counselor Certificate. She is also an Oklahoma Licensed Clinical Social Worker. For the past three years, Ruth used these authorizations as an elementary counselor at Plainview Intermediate Elementary School. There, Ruth led the school’s student intervention team, provided crisis intervention and stabilization, and coordinated the state testing and English Learner programs.

Ruth lives in the Ardmore City Schools District with her college sweetheart and Madill- native husband, their five- year-old daughter, and golden retriever.

Leslie Kutz, Finance Chair

Executive Director, Ardmore Family Literacy

Leslie Kutz is the Executive Director of Ardmore Family Literacy, a primarily adult basic education program that includes life skill and career planning component. A native of Southern Oklahoma and a Chickasaw, Leslie is passionate about arming citizens both young and old with the gift of literacy.

Leslie currently serves on a variety of literacy supporting organizations such as Partners in Education (a community driven movement), the Ardmore Literacy Leadership (ALL) Coalition, President of the Boys & Girls Club of Carter County, and has served as the Education Chair for the Ardmore Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for the past 3 years. In addition, she is a founding board member of ALL.

A graduate of Leadership Oklahoma Class XXIV, Leslie has been honored as an Ardmore Young Professionals "Rising Star" and as one of The Journal Record’s "Achievers Under 40".

She also serves as a state trustee for the Oklahoma Nature Conservancy where she is the Chairperson of Conservation.

She and her husband, Dr. Rick Kutz reside on their ranch on the edge of Ardmore, OK.

Stephanie Coleman

Community Relations Coordinator, OG+E

Stephanie Coleman was born and raised in Oklahoma City.  She is the proud mother of one daughter, who is a senior Chemical Engineering major with a minor in Math at Prairie View University in Texas. Stephanie is a graduate of Mid-America Christian University in Oklahoma City, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Administrative Ethics.

Stephanie’s passion for young people, especially disadvantaged/troubled youth.  She believes that every child has the potential to be great and need encouragement to achieve it.  To fulfill this vision, Coleman believes that community involvement changes lives and empowers people, which in turn elevates the community as a whole.  She sees the potential in Ardmore for growth, and she wants to be a part of that growth.

Stephanie currently serves as Community Relations Coordinator for OGE Energy Corp.  She joined OGE Energy as a Customer Service Representative in January 2008. Coleman has always been an active member of her community, working with and for those who are less privileged. In August 2017, she was selected as part of the 2017-2018 Leadership Greater Ardmore Class. Coleman currently serves as a board member with the following organizations:  Restoring Lives, Early Childhood Advisory Council, Simply Divine Dance Company, Ardmore Beautification Council, United Way Allocations Committee, Bryan County Garden Committee, Tishomingo Development Team, Hilltop Equine Therapy, Concerned Citizens Group, and Ardmore Community Academy.  Stephanie believes with every inch of her being that she was born to serve. And, as long as there are people in need, she plans to place herself in a position to assist in any and every way possible.

Carolyn Franks

Retired Ardmore Public Library Director

Carolyn Franks served the Ardmore community for many years as a member of the library staff. She later served as Director of the Ardmore Public Library, where she oversaw the development and construction of the library as it currently stands today. Her connection to literacy runs deep, not just in former profession life, but in her personal life, as well. Carolyn has remained active in various community book clubs to ensure that she is able to remain connected to others through a good book and the experiences one goes through while reading as a reader of said good book.

In her service to the Ardmore Community Academy Carolyn sees an opportunity to bring literacy to the forefront of the educational experience to imbue a passion for reading to learn, while also emphasizes learning to read on grade-level.