Sherri L. Wise, CPA – President/CEO
Sherri Wise has served as President and CEO of the Osteopathic Founders Foundation since 1996. She is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma and holds certification in Oklahoma as a Certified Public Accountant.
Ms. Wise serves in a variety of volunteer activities both locally and nationally. She was appointed to the Oklahoma Science and Technology Research and Development Board by Governor Brad Henry and reappointed by Governor Mary Fallin to her third term of service. She chairs the Oklahoma Seed Capital Investment Fund for the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology.
Ms. Wise is President of the National Association of Osteopathic Foundations and represents that group as an appointee to the American Osteopathic Association’s Council of Women’s, Men’s, LGBTQ Health Issues and the AOA Bureau of State Government Affairs. She serves ex-officio to the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association Bureau on Legislation. Ms. Wise served as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Osteopathic Foundation and continues to serve the AOF as a member of the Council on Grants and Awards. She was awarded the Horizon Award by the American Osteopathic Foundation in 2005. Ms. Wise is former Chairman of the Oklahoma Educational Foundation for Osteopathic Medicine.
Locally, Ms. Wise is a long-time volunteer for Special Olympics having served on the Board of Directors for Special Olympics Oklahoma and as a member of the President’s Advisory Council for Special Olympics International. Currently, she coordinates health services for Special Olympics state competitions.
Ms. Wise is a member of the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Oklahoma Planned Giving Council. She is an alumna of Leadership Tulsa.
Steffin graduated from Oklahoma State University with a BS in Strategic Communications. Steffin has worked in healthcare for the past 4 years and has a true passion for medical education, strategic communications, technology, and program development. Prior to joining the Osteopathic Founders Foundation, Steffin worked for the Office of Medical Education at the University of Oklahoma’s College of Medicine and the Oklahoma Dental Association.
Steffin and her husband, Lyle, recently moved to Tulsa in 2016 for Lyle to complete his medical residency in Internal Medicine. For fun, Steffin loves to travel, spend time with family, and take her dog, Atlas, on walks.
Michele has a B.A. from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma and an M.A. from Louisiana Tech University. With a background as a stage manager for musical theater and opera, she has worked for companies in Ohio, North Carolina, Florida and Oklahoma. After leaving the performing arts, she worked with the Oklahoma United Methodist Circle of Care for 16 years before joining the Osteopathic Founders Foundation in December 2015.
Susan Smith TAYLOR, PA – Education Specialist / AHA Programs
The Osteopathic Founders Foundation employs Susan Smith as its AHA Education Program Specialist. With her background as a physician’s assistant she has more than ten years experience with the American Heart Association as an instructor/trainer, training center faculty, and regional faculty in Emergency Cardiovascular Care Training. A 1977 graduate of Alderson-Broaddus College, Ms. Smith was one of the first Physician Assistant trainers to return to the program to serve as an assistant clinical instructor. Her experience in the hospital setting included service in both surgery and anesthesia. After moving to Tulsa in 1994 she became a multi-program educator for Saint Francis Hospital transferring to the Hillcrest HealthCare system in 1998.
Mandi has been a registered nurse since 1999. Her background is in the hospital setting including surgical services, intensive care, and clinical education. She has been an American Heart Association instructor since 2009 with experience as both an instructor and training center faculty.