The team at the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy has 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.


Joe Dorman – Chief Executive Officer, ext. 4,

Joe Dorman serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy.  OICA is the statewide organization that serves as the voice for Oklahoma’s children within state government.  Since taking over this role in 2016, Dorman has helped return the organization to its roots of advocacy work by equipping Oklahomans with the tools they need to call upon elected officials to do better work for the children of our state.

Joe served House District 65 as the state representative for 12 years, authoring key pieces of legislation for education, public safety, and government accountability. He was the 2014 Democratic nominee for Oklahoma Governor and formerly served as a town council member in Rush Springs, also known as the Watermelon Capital of the World.



Lacey Townsend – Operations Director/Volunteer Coordinator, ext. 2,

Lacey Towsend joined OICA in August of 2020 as the new Director of Operations. She brings with her over nine years of operations experience from both the nonprofit and private sectors. Her depth of experience in nonprofit management, project management, and event planning, support the continued advancement of the operational and administrative goals of OICA. She is excited to have the opportunity to leverage her skillset to help OICA in making a positive impact in the lives of Oklahoma’s children.





Miranda Hines – Program Director-OK Foster Wishes, ext. 3,

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 integrity in all of our projects. She not only oversees that they are successful but also impactful for Oklahoma’s most at-risk children.






Peyton Stacy – Director of Policy & Grant Administration,

Peyton Stacy, one of our former interns, is now our Director of Policy & Grant Administration, recently promoted from Deputy Program Director and Office Coordinator. She was thrilled when she was offered a position in October 2019, for she is a tireless advocate for our state’s children. Peyton received her B.A. in psychology from Oklahoma State University in 2013. She recently graduated with an M.S. in Health Promotion from the University of Central Oklahoma. Peyton’s focus in graduate school was studying the effects of and methods to prevent childhood trauma. Before joining OICA, Peyton worked directly with children for 7 years. She worked at various mental health facilities and also taught students of all abilities. Her experiences in those roles formed her passion for child health and advocacy. Outside of work, Peyton enjoys spending time with her reading, family, and friends.




Jay Gumm – Director of Communications and Public Relations,

Jay is a former member of the Oklahoma Senate where he developed a reputation for being a passionate advocate for children. His work for children earned him a place in OICA’s Child Advocate Hall of Fame. Prior to his election to the Senate, he was an award-winning media relations professional, working 13 years for the Oklahoma House of Representatives, and an economic developer in his hometown of Durant. He has more than 30 years of experience in public relations and communication across all media platforms.