The staff team at the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy have been recognized by their peers and partner organizations as leaders and experts in the fields of advocacy, policy, research, and issues related to children and youth.
As CEO of the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy, Joe Dorman brings extensive experience as a 12-year member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, as well as active involvement in numerous civic, leadership, and youth-development organizations, including Leadership Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Academy. His awards have included the Journal Records “Achievers Under 40” and the Legislative Excellence Award from the Rural Health Association. Joe’s life-long commitment to public service and improving the lives of Oklahomans is well-suited for his role as the leader of the statewide, nonprofit child advocacy organization. As CEO of the Institute Joe has said,“It is an honor to be part of an organization that plays such a critical leadership role in promoting policies, programs, and partnerships that improve the lives of our state’s most vulnerable residents – its children and youth.” Full bio here.
Brenda Lene is the Operations Director for the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy. Prior to her work with OICA, Brenda worked for 15 years as a court reporter. Inspired by the success of her Facebook group, Oklahoma Education Needs/Donations, for which she won last year’s OICA Anne Robert People’s Choice award, she decided to pursue an opportunity to work for a nonprofit. Brenda received her degree in English from OSU, and did graduate work at OU with an emphasis in Composition, Rhetoric, and Literacy. She is originally from Ft. Gibson, and now lives in Edmond with her husband, Darryn, an OKC firefighter, and their two sons, Caleb and Cash.
Nicole Poindexter brings experience in various fields to her role as Director of Fundraising, her most recent role was Operations Manager of Women Lead Oklahoma. For several years she stayed at home raising her four children; eleven year old identical twins Luke and Logan, nine year old Ella, and eight year old Wyatt. Before becoming a mom, she worked as an EMT in Fresno, California. Nicole currently serves on the Governor’s Interagency Council on Homelessness and is a tireless advocate for women and children.
Miranda is a lifelong Oklahoman with a clear passion for the well-being of Oklahoma’s children. After spending seven years as a stay at home mother, she joined the OICA team in the Fall of 2017. She has vast experience as a volunteer in the community which includes chairing committees, boards, and events. As our program director she strives for the highest of integrity in all of our projects. She not only oversees that they are successful but also impactful for Oklahoma’s most at risk children.