Regina J Banks
Regina J BanksBoard Chair
Regina oversees the IgniteOKC Organization, leads monthly Board meetings, and provides support and guidance to all IgniteOKC Committee Chairs. Regina joined the IgniteOKC Leadership Crew in 2015 and served as the Board Chair-Elect in 2016.

Regina Banks was born and raised in Tulsa, OK but has made Oklahoma City her home since 1998. In 2009, she founded Arjaybi’s Concepts, a marketing and communications agency that serves small and medium sized businesses. As its President and Creative Director, she oversees operations and guides projects.

She has a BFA in Musical Theatre and a Masters in Administrative Leadership from the University of Oklahoma.

Regina is very active in the Oklahoma City community. She serves as Board Chair for IgniteOKC, on the OCCC DMD Advisory Board and is a member of AIGA. She volunteers wherever needed at Heritage Hall and People’s Church. When free, she trains dance groups through her organization “Praise in Dance.” Most recently, she has served on the steering committee for the WE Inspire Conference.

Most recently, she enjoys inspiring young girls to explore careers and interests in the area of STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) Fields. By teaching young people the new and hottest language of coding, she is cultivating more job opportunities for young ladies as they enter working age.

The most excitement comes from being mother to three girls and wife to Lorenzo Banks. She enjoys running with her pit Bella at her side. You can find Regina winding down in front of a television or performing at a local theatre.

Alyssa Novak
Alyssa NovakBoard Chair-Elect
Alyssa supports the Chair and manages board change-over and formation at the end of board term. Alyssa joined the IgniteOKC Leadership Crew in 2015 and served as Secretary in 2016.

Alyssa is an intellectual property attorney at Dunlap Codding, a founding partner of IgniteOKC. She focuses her practice on patent drafting and prosecution, licensing, prior art searches, and patentability analysis; as well licensing and other IP-related transactions.

Alyssa was born and raised in the southwest Chicago suburbs. Alyssa attended college at Northwestern University and the University of Illinois, where she studied Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. Upon graduating and finding herself wanting to be closer to her parents (who had since moved out of Illinois) and farther from harsh winters, Alyssa made her way to Oklahoma City as a law student at Oklahoma City University School of Law. Alyssa graduated in the top 10% of her class and was involved in various school organizations, including serving as a Student Instructor and a member of Law Review.

Apart from IgniteOKC, Alyssa enjoys staying active in the Oklahoma City community through volunteering and participating in athletic leagues. Growing up in a family of college athletes, athletics have always been a huge part of Alyssa’s life. In her spare time, you can find Alyssa working on her golf game with her fiancé, Keegan, or hiking with her two dogs, Claude and Carl.

Debbie Dell
Debbie DellBoard of Directors; Treasurer
Debbie (O’Dell) Willis serves as Board Treasurer for Ignite OKC. She manages the finances for IgniteOKC and ensures all financial decisions support the IgniteOKC vision. Debbie prides herself in being organized and helping others reach organizational success. She is always looking ahead at the end goal and visualizing the process to meet a deadline within budget.

Debbie earned her Bachelors of Arts in English with a Minor in Sociology from The University of Central Oklahoma. She has worked in business capacities for varying sectors in her career, but is currently a licensed Realtor with Verbode, Owner of Kismet Living, and a Barre3 Instructor.

Debbie has been a long time supporter of IgniteOKC and is excited to be a part of a community driven organization. She is a hardcore introvert, but if you want to grab a hot latte (with almond milk) and talk about flow charts, excel sheets, budgets, and organizational process, then Deb is your partner in coffee shop talk. Debbie lives in OKC with her husband and 3 dogs and they love to spend their time at local businesses to support the growing OKC community and the entrepreneurial spirit.

Steven Charles
Steven CharlesSecretary
Steven is the IgniteOKC secretary. Steven has been very involved with IgniteOKC, first as a speaker, then the Event Chair for IgniteOKC 9. As a former IgniteOKC speaker, he believes that sharing ideas with one another is the backbone of innovation.

As a community activist and organizer he keeps busy both with his job as Executive Director of Rocktown Youth Mentoring and by participating in civic conversation. His current volunteer roles are the OKCPS Wellness
Committee, the Bike/Ped Advisory Committee for OKC, Maps4Neighborhoods and the Camp Kesem Advisory Board. As a lifetime resident of the OKC area, Steven loves this community and is excited for our city’s growth. In 2013
Steven was honored as one of OKC’s Top 40 Under 40 for his service to the community.

He spends as many weekends as possible hiking, climbing, and riding his bike with his 7-year-old daughter, Davie, who is a student at Wilson Elementary. Lately, they spend their nights playing chess, and she’s getting close to beating him.

Eden Badgett
Eden BadgettEvent Chair
Eden Badgett found her way to Oklahoma City by way of East Tennessee, North Carolina, and Colorado. While she misses the mountains, she has found her life in Oklahoma to be better than she ever expected. To pay the bills she works as a Girl Friday for a small accounting firm in Edmond (it’s actually a lot more hilarious than it sounds), and to feed her creative side she works as part time director of music for a church in El Reno. When not working, she can be found reading anything she can get her hands on (books, magazines, cereal boxes…), testing biscuit and jam recipes (any excuse to eat butter, right?), and playing music in her home studio so she can pretend she’s an Indie rock star. Her latest instrument to tackle is the ukulele, much to her boyfriend’s chagrin. Her two dogs keep her somewhat sane, and her unparalleled podcast obsession has veered recently into the true crime arena. She is, in fact, a Murderino.

Eden serves as the Event Chair for 2017, and cannot wait to hear all the mind-blowing talks that Ignite OKC X will bring.

Matthew Goodwin
Matthew GoodwinSpeakers Committee Chair
Matt is the IgniteOKC speakers committee chair and enjoys the opportunity to foster continued connection and collaboration with past IgniteOKC speakers. After giving an IgniteOKC talk in 2014, Matt was immediately taken by the incredible people and conversations that were being sparked by this community and joined the leadership crew in early 2015.

Matt is the Executive Director of Free To Live animal sanctuary, a non-profit no kill sanctuary for formerly abused and abandoned dogs and cats. Established in 1984, and with nearly 300 animals, Free To Live is one of the oldest and most respected animal welfare organizations in Oklahoma. Matt’s responsibilities alongside of fundraising and day to day operations include: board relations, community outreach, as well as much enjoyed time with the animals.

Matt studied Theology at Southern Nazarene University before serving as pastor and community organizer for 10 years in Topeka Kansas. During that time he led a team that created the “A Meal and a Toy” initiative, which provided a meal and a toy during Christmas to over 2,000 of the most economically disadvantaged youth in Topeka, as well as much needed financial resources to partner schools. The 100% volunteer led program relied heavily on social media and video, and won a gold ADDY award as a result of their efforts. Matt was honored as one of the Top 20 Under 40 for his community efforts, but his greatest privilege was serving as pastor of a local parish that had a simple mission: Love God and Serve your Neighbor.

Matt currently volunteers as a buddy for the HALO project (a 10 week intensive intervention designed to meet the unique and diverse needs of children in foster-care, children that have been adopted or children that exhibit difficulty in the area of attachment) and as a leader for Celebrate Recovery, a Christ centered 12 step program for those walking through hurts and hang-ups in life.

He has been known to enjoy good conversation along with milk and cookies, but his greatest joy in life comes from playing guitar and singing with his wife Bonni, and spending time with his two girls: Zoey (6) and Ellie (4). They currently beat him at UNO, but they are united together in perfecting their routine for the dance off at next years daddy/daughter ball.

Tim Hast
Tim HastMember-at-Large
Tim provides organizational training, development, and coaching services in leadership, listening, communication, conflict management, mediation, and team building. His work is based on training and facilitating trust-based relationships. He is an authorized partner with Wiley and Sons for both, Everything DiSC personality assessments, and The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team.

Tim discovered from running his own business for many years that a manager can make or break an employee. Tim observed that as in most relationships, both personal and professional, relational problems are rooted in poor communication that often leads to conflict. And great listening is the key to correcting poor communication patterns. He now uses the skills he first learned as a business owner and counselor to coach and train people in the workplace.

Tim is the author of, “Powerful Listening. Powerful Influence. Work Better. Live Better. Love Better.”

Tim lives in Edmond, Oklahoma with his wife, where they enjoy weekly conversations over the dinner table with their two sons and their wives, and their grandson.

Sunil Isaac
Sunil IsaacSponsorship Chair
Sunil has been involved with IgniteOKC for a few years and in 2015, began serving as the organization’s Sponsorship Chair. Sunil has a strong passion for community work. He also believes in intelligent communication and the sharing of ideas. Getting involved with IgniteOKC was an opportunity for him to merge those passions.

Growing up in the Midwest, Sunil has always been involved in his community and local church. Before moving to Oklahoma City, Sunil spent his free time volunteering for the Homeland Security Department in his hometown. As a volunteer, he assisted the Fire Department as a reserve EMT. He also trained fire and police officers in various IT areas.  As a local church board member of St. Mary’s Church and a founding member of FOCUS Chicago, he worked closely with young adults looking to effectuate changes in their spiritual lives. Currently, Sunil serves his Oklahoma City community church as a Sunday School teacher for the 8th grade.

Professionally, Sunil is on the IT Business Partner team at Devon Energy. He holds a law degree from Oklahoma City University School of Law and undergraduate degrees from the University of Illinois in Finance and Management. In addition to Oil & Gas, Sunil has spent his career in various areas including IT Consulting and Banking. In his free time, Sunil enjoys traveling to new cities when he’s not sitting around binge watching sci-fi shows on Netflix.

Lindsey Workman
Lindsey WorkmanProgramming Chair
Lindsey is a native Californian and moved to Oklahoma City for law school where she first learned about IgniteOKC and has been a supporter ever since. Lindsey, along with the Programming Committee are responsible for planning the IgniteOKC events leading up to the main event.

Currently, Lindsey is a Policy and Research Analyst for the University of Oklahoma and works with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, Child Support Services on developing their administrative rules.

Lindsey has a Juris Doctor from Oklahoma City University School of Law, a Masters in Public Policy and Administration from California Lutheran University, and a Bachelors in Political Science from California State University Chico.

When Lindsey is not working or volunteering, you will find her hanging out with her two dogs, Thurgood and Sanchez or in the kitchen testing out new recipes.

Jason Trout
Jason TroutMember-At-Large; Programming Committee
Jason is a Digital Marketing Strategist at Love’s, where he leads marketing software implementations and manages the company’s mobile app and overall mobile strategy. Previously, Jason served as the Head of Marketing for a tech startup based in San Francisco.

In his spare time, Jason loves to be involved in organizations that promote innovation, creative ideas and personal growth. He also serves as the co-organizer of Startup Weekend OKC, an event where participants pitch ideas for new startup companies, form teams around those ideas, and work to develop a working prototype all in one weekend.

Jason holds an MBA in e-Commerce from Oklahoma Christian University and a BBA in Marketing from the University of Oklahoma.

Helen Palmer
Helen PalmerMember-At-Large; Programming Committee
Helen was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She moved to Oklahoma City after graduating from Booker T. Washington high school in 2011 where she was a varsity cheerleader for four years. Helen attended the University of Central Oklahoma and graduated in May of 2015 with a bachelors in Public Relations and a minor in Strategic Communications and Journalism.
At UCO, Helen was involved with the Public Relations Student Society of America all four years, serving on the board for 3 out of those 4 years. Also, while in school Helen was the office agent for a local insurance agency and a sales associate at New York and company all of which she accomplished while balancing a full-time student course load.
After graduation, Helen received an internship at Box Talent Agency and also worked for the Oklahoma City Dodgers as a part of their Blue Crue. In September of 2015, Helen accepted a position to work for the Science Museum Oklahoma as their Guest Relations Manager. She will also continue to work for the Oklahoma City Dodgers in their 2016 season. In Helen’s free time she enjoys going to concerts, traveling, and going on different adventures with her friends.
This is Helen’s first year being involved with IgniteOKC. She loves having a hands-on position in an organization that is dedicated to connecting brilliant minds and throwing fantastic functions that unite people from all different walks of life.
Ann Zachariah
Ann Zachariah Member-at-Large
Sajani “Ann” Zachariah currently is an Associate Attorney with Mazaheri Law practicing in Family and Immigration Law. She obtained her Juris Doctor from Oklahoma City University School of Law and her Bachelor’s in Operations Management and Analysis from the University of Central Oklahoma.