Board of Directors



Cindy Pipkin

Founder/Executive Director

Cindy PipkinCindy Pipkin founded Life Change Academy in 2006.  With an incredible team of instructors and volunteers, she has grown Life Change Academy to include before school, in-school and after school ballroom programs, a scholarship program and a summer program.  Her focus has been changing the paradigm of at-risk youth.  She moves toward that goal by volunteering her time with both Life Change Academy and another tutoring program in the inner city neighborhood.  In addition, she works as a consultant for Arbonne International where she serves at the top level of field management as an Executive National Vice President, Independent Consultant. 



Mary Huddleston 


Mary is a local  business owner.  She and her husband Doug, currently own and operate the Red Wing Shoe Store in Oklahoma City.  Mary is the former President of Junior Achievement of Greater Oklahoma City and was a classroom teacher for many years in the Dallas Metroplex.  She has an extensive background in board development, fund raising and teacher preparation.  She currently serves on the Governor's Youth Council and is passionate about ensuring that all students receive an education that will prepare them to lead productive lives when they enter the work force.




Tina Lewis


A community volunteer devoted much of her last 20 years to child-centered ventures.  Tina has a business degree along with an advanced degree in physical therapy.  Her career focus was in pediatrics following a rotation with the SoonerStart Early Intervention Program.  After several years as a physical therapist, she served as a Program Officer for the Sarkeys Foundation.  Tina also served as Executive Director for a foster care community, helped start an afterschool network non-profit organization as well as volunteering for many, many agencies.




Jennine Bortmess

Board Member

JennineJennine found early success in the corporate world, then graduated from the prestigious American School of Protocol out of Atlanta, Georgia and is now the owner/operator of the Oklahoma School of Protocol and the Native American School of Protocol. She is certified as a Children’s Etiquette Consultant and Business Etiquette Consultant, teaching classes, seminars and workshops for all age groups ranging from head start students to adults. Jennine has presented seminars for the Association of American Indian Physicians on Empowerment and Pride: Building Self-Esteem, Dress for Success seminars, and Building Self-Esteem seminars for the Five Civilized Tribes of Oklahoma as well as Corporate Etiquette business seminars to additional Tribes of Oklahoma.



Kris Taylor Hopper

Board Member

As the Director of External Affairs for a state-wide nonprofit, Kris has learned that by connecting people and sharing information, we all benefit, not to mention the enjoyment of seeing other groups and organizations grow and thrive.  Additionally, her previous years of employment at the OKC Chamber of Commerce, and currently as the lobbyist for Hearts for Hearing, Kris has developed city and state relationships that provide her with a well-rounded background regarding nonprofit policy and state government regulations. Serving on boards for the arts, education, nonprofit sector, and the Oklahoma state board for speech-language pathology and audiology (OBESPA) have been rewarding. For Kris, these experiences have created a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities for organizations that we passionately serve. 




Jennifer Eve

Board Member

Jennifer1 Eve

Graduating with honors from the University of Oklahoma, Jennifer began her career as an Associate Producer, working her way up to the youngest prime-time News Anchor in the OKC market.  She is the current Director of Marketing for Check-6, Inc., and the president of Jennifer Eve Media, Inc. She has served as a Senior Account Executive at the Gooden Group Public Relations and has taught for several years as an Adjunct Professor of Journalism at UCO. Jennifer served proudly on several boards in our community, including the Project Woman Coalition; the Edmond Family Counseling Board, the OU College of Arts & Sciences Board of Advisors; and is extremely involved in Parent Teacher Organizations in her community.  She also serves on the John W. Keys Speech & Hearing Center United Way Board of Advisors in Oklahoma City.


Margaret "Peggy" Brinson


Peggy Brinson BOD

Born and raised in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Peggy earned a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from the University of Wyoming.  She taught school in Wyoming and Colorado before moving to Oklahoma in 1979.  Peggy attained a Master's Degree in Gifted and Talented Education from OCU in 1985.  She coordinated the Gifted/Talented program (PEAK) for high schools students at Putnam City North High School. She served as the Lower School Director at Westminster Private School for three years and helped set up an alternative education program for students in Western Heights School District. She served as principal at Western Village (Stanley Hupfeld Academy at Western Village) for 12 years.  Peggy is currently with the SMART START program serving all 54 OKC elementary schools.

Board of Advisors

  Gary & Deana Basey             Mike & Lisa Curtis                 Jim & Jennine Bortmess

  Jose Bracamontes                D’Ann Waterman                  Tami Bramel

  Sunshine Dukes                   Ciarra Kelley                       Tracey Pipkin

  Ben Pipkin                         Mike Hays                           Ryan Fisher

  Shirley Coleman                 Tre’ Clark