Presenter Introductory Information

Carol Carter, Public Relations and Community Affairs, LIFE Senior Services

When Carol Carter first joined LIFE Senior Services, she planned to only stay a couple of years. But she quickly fell in love with the organization, its mission and its clients and has now been with LIFE for 15 years. She manages LIFE’s public relations and community affairs.

Carol is a firm believer in LIFE’s mission of promoting independence and quality of life for older adults and caregivers.  She and her husband are actively involved in long-distance caregiving for her mother in-law who has Alzheimer’s disease, so she personally understands many of the concerns and frustrations that caregivers face.  She is a strong advocate of home and community-based services and the important role they play in helping families care for their older loved ones, and helping seniors stay in their homes for as long as possible.

Carol is a graduate of The University of Tulsa and has lived in the Tulsa area for 40 years.

Michael Sabo, Associate Pastor to Adults – Evergreen Church

Michael came on staff at Evergreen Church in June of 2017.  As a part of his responsibilities he oversees the LINC ministry to 12 different retirement communities here in the Tulsa area.  He has served on staff at several churches in the areas of Education, Music, Family Ministries and Administration since completing his MRE degree at SWBTS in 1981.  Throughout his ministry, he has enjoyed his involvement with senior adults and has a heart for meeting their needs regarding the challenges and transitions that they face.  He and his wife, Brenda, have raised a son with special needs (Williams Syndrome) and they have been caregivers for Brenda’s mother (who had dementia) for 13 years.  They understand some of what it means to be a caregiver to someone that you love.

Cathy Sullins, Education & TrialMatch Coordinator – Alzheimer’s Association Oklahoma Chapter Tulsa Office

Cathy Sullins is the Education and TrialMatch Coordinator for the Tulsa Office of the Oklahoma Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. 

Cathy has worked for the Alzheimer’s Association for twelve years and has served in various capacities within the Oklahoma chapter working primarily with caregivers. 

Currently, Cathy is the lead educator out of the Tulsa Office and also leads the Oklahoma Chapter’s recruitment efforts for TrialMatch, a clinical studies matching service.

Cathy was a caregiver for two family members with dementia diseases. She has served as a volunteer Ombudsman, advocating for the rights of residents in long term care facilities, and has been a Hospice volunteer as well.

Ashlie Casey, Director of Social Services for Hospice of Green Country.

Ashlie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with specialized expertise in end-of-life care.  For the past 20 years, Ashlie has served and supported thousands of patients and their families as they face end of life, grief and bereavement.  Ashlie earned her Bachelor of Social Work degree with Phi Alpha honor distinction from Northeastern State University and her Master of Social Work from the University of Oklahoma.  Ashlie’s social work career began at St. John Medical Center where she was a founding committee member in the development of the hospital’s Palliative Care team.  Her experience and ability to facilitate hard conversations and to engage audiences in difficult topics has afforded her the opportunity to speak nationally, including at the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine annual conference in Boston. 

Ashlie Casey, LCSW has twenty years of experience in hospice and palliative care in Oklahoma. She is skilled at comforting patients and families at the bedside and engaging audiences in the discussion about end-of-life care and planning.  Ashlie is passionate about helping to lift the veil of mystery and misconceptions surrounding “hospice” and enjoys the opportunity to broaden end-of-life discussions in the community.

Kathy Lee Hatchett, Director of Estate Planning – The Baptist Foundation of Oklahoma. 

Kathy Lee is a Certified Financial Planner™ and has completed paralegal coursework through Oklahoma City University.  Kathy and her husband David are members of Henderson Hills Baptist Church in Edmond. The session she is leading will cover the basics about last wills and testaments, revocable trusts, probate, and other avenues for the distribution of the estate. 

Chaplain Chris Finley, Director of Chaplain Services – Baptist Village Communities

Chaplain Chris Finley Director of Chaplain Services 1999-Present.  BA in Religion Oklahoma Baptist University-1982.  MA in Religious Education Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary-1986. Chaplaincy Training John Peter Smith Hospital Fort Worth TX-1985-86.  Clinical Pastoral Education (Chaplaincy Residency) Baptist Medical Center OKC 1986-87.

Chris Pastored Oklahoma SBC Churches from 1987-1999.

Chaplain Finley has served as Director of Chaplain Services for Baptist Village Communities for over 18 years.  He served as Director of Chaplain Services for Vista Hospice in Claremore OK 1996-1999.

 He served as interim pastor in Oklahoma churches 1993-2012.

Certified Grief Counselor.  Cooperate Chaplain of the Year 2006.  Speaker at senior adult events.

Certified in Alzheimer’s/Dementia Training and facilitator of support groups.

Finley oversees the Chaplaincy Ministry for over 2500 senior adults.  He oversees 20 volunteer chaplains.  He is Director of the LINC Ministry that equips churches to start a ministry to adults living in senior living centers. 

He conducts seminars on “Caring for your aging loved ones” Educating on steps to take in meeting the needs of the aging across Oklahoma. 

Provides consultation and counseling for families dealing with aging issues.

Chris and his wife Shari (RN) lead senior adult retreats.

Curtis J. Shacklett | Attorney | BARBER & BARTZ

I was born in Jackson, Mississippi and grew up in Tulsa. I attended public schools and thereafter attended and graduated from the University of Tulsa, where I met my wife, Marion.  We were married in 1967 and have two adult sons, Jonathan and James.  Our oldest, Jonathan, has a rare genetic disorder known as Prader-Willi Syndrome.

Prior to entering law practice in 1979, I served for two years with Campus Crusade for Christ seeking to minister to college students at Vanderbilt University and other state colleges in Tennessee.  Thereafter, for four years I was a school teacher in Fort Lauderdale, Florida teaching and coaching children with various learning disabilities.

My personal interests include reading, skeet and pistol shooting, and bird hunting.  My wife and I enjoy leading marriage enrichment courses associated with our church and are involved with the Oklahoma Marriage Initiative, a state authorized program to promote the welfare of marriage and families in Oklahoma.  My wife and I also enjoy providing biblically based pre-marriage coaching to engaged and courting couples and enjoy mentoring newly married couples.

I find great satisfaction helping families plan for and deal with life transitions, including helping elderly parents or their concerned adult children cope with issues related to health care planning, planning for the life care of their disabled family members, guardianship matters and passing their accumulated wealth in a wise manner for the benefit of their loved ones. 

Randy C. Cowell, LUTCF, CFP®, CRPC®

Randy is President and Senior Strategist of ACT Financial Services, Inc.  He is a Certified Financial Planner®, Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor®, Investment Advisor Representative of HTK, Inc. and recognized as a Fellow by the Underwriters Training Council (LUTCF).  His expertise combined with a unique “Biblically-based” philosophy, has served his clients well for over three decades.

Randy is the author of God Good—Debt, Bad, is a featured columnist for Community Spirit Magazine, and speaks nationally on various financial planning topics.  In his free time, Randy enjoys competitive tennis, cycling and photography.  He and his wife, Marcelle, have two children and four grandchildren.

Kent C. Thiessen, CLU®, ChFC®

Kent serves as Vice President of Operations at ACT Financial Services, Inc.  He acts as our Senior Portfolio Strategist and assists Randy in overall plan design.  For 20 years he has personally used the LEAP© planning process and has seen firsthand the effectiveness and success of a structured plan.  Kent received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Texas in 1994.  He completed his advanced financial designations of Chartered Life Underwriter® and Chartered Financial Consultant® from The American College of Financial Services® in 2015.

Kent has been happily married for 20 years and is the father of three beautiful girls.  When not working side by side with Randy, Kent enjoys skiing, music, playing golf, church activities and coaching his girls’ soccer teams.

Justin C. Cowell

Justin joined the ACT Financial Services team at the beginning of 2015.  Prior to that, he had the privilege of serving as a Worship Pastor for Life.Church.  What Justin enjoys most about his career is that he can make an impact in people’s lives that will affect many more generations to come.  When he is not helping his clients with their financial decisions, he still manages to be involved in leading and playing worship music at various churches.

Justin and his wife, Breanne, live in Broken Arrow and together have two beautiful girls, Lylah and Penelope.