OPHA is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, composed of officers, two members-at-large, the Past President, the Public Policy Committee Chair, the Membership Committee Chair, and the Student Caucus Chair.
The ARGC Affiliate Representative is appointed by the President for a three-year term.
The Public Policy Committee Chair and the Membership Committee Chair are appointed by the President for a one-year term.
The Student Caucus Chair is appointed by members of the Student Caucus.
All other members of the Board are elected by the OPHA membership.
The thirteen section/caucus chairs are elected by the membership their respective sections/caucuses. The two Section/Caucus reps are responsible for maintaining open and fluid communication between the Board of Directors and the sections/caucuses so the "voice" of the sections/caucuses is heard and actively engaged within all decisions taken by the Board of Directors.
2020-2021 OFFICERS/EXECUTIVE BOARD
PRESIDENT Aundria Goree, MPH, LSSGB
Aundria has served in the field of public health since 2007, serving poor
and marginalized populations on an individual, community, and policy level.
Aundria’ s strength is in building cross-sector collaborations between private
sectors, academia, government, faith-based, and community agencies, to
improve the health and well-being of vulnerable populations in Oklahoma.
Aundria serves at Mercy Hospital, as the Director for Mission and Community
Health. She oversees integration of Mercy CHWs in Oklahoma Emergency
Departments and Clinics, Mercy Hospital's Community Benefits/ 501r
compliance, and Diabetes Prevention programming.
Aundria’s leadership extends into the realm of community service. Aundria
serves as President of the Oklahoma Public Health Association (OPHA), as
well as a committee member of the Oklahoma Community Health Taskforce,
and the Central Oklahoma Health Impact Team (COHIT). Most recently, Aundria
was selected as one of Journal Records 2020 Achiever’s under 40, for her current
contributions to improving the lives of Oklahoma residents.
IMMEDIATE PAST-PRESIDENT Daryn Kirkpatrick
Daryn Kirkpatrick serves as board president for OPHA. She has served in various leadership roles for OPHA, including student caucus chair, secretary and president-elect. She earned her Master of Health degree from OU Hudson College of Public Health. Daryn is the senior director of external communications for Oklahoma Health Care Authority, board president for the Oklahoma Mothers’ Milk Bank and she recently joined the Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps. She is passionate about public health and creating systems-level changes to improve the health of Oklahoma's most vulnerable populations. In her spare time she enjoys playing sand volleyball, soccer and running.
PRESIDENT-ELECT Emilia Hart
Emilia Hart currently serves as President-Elect, Conference Planning Chair
and Communications Chair for the Oklahoma Public Health Association
Board of Directors. She runs Smart Bites Oklahoma, a wellness and nutrition
coaching business in Norman. She is bookkeeping and administrative
professional for Urban Agrarian, a local food hub dedicated to connecting
consumers with locally grown and produced food.
She spent eight years in communications before obtaining her nutrition certificate
and launching her wellness coaching business. Throughout her time coaching nutrition
and wellness clients, she became increasingly aware of the health disparities that
plague Oklahomans, particularly regarding access to high quality food and
healthcare. This sparked her interest in community nutrition and public health,
and inspired her to begin a master's program for nutrition and dietetics.
She received her BS in Agricultural Communications from Oklahoma State University
in 2007 and her nutrition coaching certificate in 2014 from the Nutritional Therapy
Association. She is currently pursuing her Master's in Applied Nutrition with the Sustainable Nutrition pathway through the University of New England.
SECRETARY Floritta Pope, MSM
Floritta is an enthusiastic leader with a proven ability to foster dynamic
organizational culture while building effective teams and a collaborative work
environment. Floritta completed the Executive Development Program for State
Officials and is an Oklahoma Public Health Leadership Institute Fellow. Her leadership
where she Chairs the board, facilitate community engagement projects, work with
diverse groups to create and implement innovative solutions to positively impact
the under-served and minority communities in Oklahoma.
TREASURER Barbara Colbert
Barbara’s Health career began when she took a position at Green Country Mental Health-
Head Start/Early Head Start as a Site Supervisor after receiving her BS from Northeastern
She worked there for three years and then moved to Oklahoma City where she started
working for Northcare Mental Health as a Comprehensive Case Manager (CHBS). It was
not long before she received her Case Management II License and then became a CHBS
Supervisor where she supervised six to seven CHBS case managers and later became the
CHBS Supervisor for Drug court.
Throughout her 9 1⁄2 years at Northcare she advocated for many children in the Juvenile
System. After leaving her position at Northcare she began working on maternal and child
health issues through the Fetal and Infant Mortality Review Project at the Oklahoma City County
During this time, she completed the OU Interdisciplinary Training Program in Child Abuse
and Neglect (ITP). One of the ITP study components is completing 30 hours of cross discipline
practicum during the academic year.
Barbara currently works as a Maternal Child Health Outreach Specialist at the Oklahoma City-
County Health Department where she provides education and awareness on Infant Mortality
in Canadian, Cleveland, Logan Oklahoma, and Pottawatomie counties.
Barbara also works with the Infant Mortality Alliance (IMA) where she helped create a mentoring
program for pregnant mothers called “The Leading Ladies for Healthy Babies”. Barbara is a
Getting Ahead Facilitator. Barbara has served as the Oklahoma Public Health Association
Treasurer for the last three years.
Barbara is very active in her church and in the community.
APHA AFFILIATE REPRESENTATIVE Yanet Trejo
Yanet Trejo is the Community Outreach Coordinator at the Oklahoma City-County Health
Department. She has served in the field of public health for 8 years and is committed
to building cross-sector partnerships to co-design innovative projects, that will help
make a positive impact in the community. Yanet’s major roles include overseeing the
Wellness Now Coalition, bridging connections between Latino community and
institutions/organizations in Oklahoma County, and coordinating community efforts
such as the Mobile Markets in food desserts and Open Streets.
She believes, together we can help improve health outcomes. Although many organizations'
work or focus may be in different areas of health, we all have one thing in common: we
work to improve the health and well-being of our communities. She also believes that partnerships are vital in addressing health inequalities.
2020-2021 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Past President - Daryn Kirkpatrick, MPH, CPH
Members-at-Large - Melody Bays, MSW and Shelly Patterson, MPH