ABOUT US

OUR MISSION

The mission of the Terence Crutcher Foundation is to create just and liberated communities free from racial violence and harm. We do this through building power, policy advocacy, community development, and education. We engage community, law enforcement, and policymakers to identify, prevent, and confront racial inequities in Tulsa, Oklahoma and across the country.

We work to shift the narrative that Black men are "bad dudes" and that Black people more broadly are inherently bad. Our vision stems from this ambition. Read more about our narrative change work in our report, "Our Generational Vision for Justice and Liberation".

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OUR TEAM

Rev. Joey Crutcher and Mother Leanna Crutcher

Co-Founders

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Dr. Tiffany Crutcher

Executive Director

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Dr. Tiffany T. Crutcher is a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, who was thrust into the national spotlight following the death of her twin brother Terence Crutcher, who was shot by a police officer in Tulsa while holding his hands in the air. The murder of her brother compelled Tiffany to speak out against police brutality, particularly the killing of unarmed black men. She has chosen to turn her personal tragedy into an opportunity to bridge fear and mistrust and help transform a justice system that has perpetuated injustice dating back to the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, when white rioters burned down her great-grandmother’s prosperous community of Black Wall Street. Dr. Crutcher has remained committed to organizing coalitions throughout the country that promote the interests of minority communities. Dr. Crutcher is the founder of the Terence Crutcher Foundation (TCF), whose primary focus is criminal justice and policing reform, providing scholarships to African-American students, community and youth development, and policy advocacy.

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Sheyda Brown

Deputy Director

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Sheyda Brown is a trained Community Organizer and Social Worker originally from Tulsa, OK, with over 8 years of nonprofit experience across Oklahoma and Texas. She began her organizing career following Hurricane Harvey, specializing in disaster organizing within communities of color in Houston, TX. Sheyda understands that strengthening collective community power is critical to achieving equity and justice. In her previous philanthropy and current organizing and activism work, she finds ways to elevate marginalized voices to reclaim their power and influence. She is a 2021 New Leaders Council fellow and holds a Master of Social Work.

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Dr. Eric Gill

Director of Community Engagement

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Dr. Eric Gill is a Midwest City, OK native with a love of community and basketball. Dr. Gill is a licensed and ordained Baptist minister and also serves as Assistant Basketball Coach at the historic Booker T. Washington High School. Dr. Gill received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Samuel DeWitt Proctor school of Theology at Virginia Union University. His research focused on deconstructing eurocentric pedagogies in middle class Black youth by using the Black church as a corrective. He holds a bachelor's in business management and two master's degrees, one in the Science of Management and one in Divinity. Dr. Eric Gill is also certified in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Management by Cornell University. He has lectured and taught across the country. He is a member of the Oklahoma City Council of Church’s IMPACT Committee, a part of the Leadership Tulsa 64 cohort, the Faith Coalition for the Commutation of Julius Jones; and he is the proud Chaplain of the Alpha Tau Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. Dr. Gill is married to the beautiful, Kendra L. Gill. The two of them have an energetic five-year-old boy, Emyr Jason Gill. And on July 7, 2021, they were blessed with a beautiful baby girl, Emani Jade. Eric’s goal is to serve & love God’s people.

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aurelius francisco

Field Organizer

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aurelius miles francisco is a community organizer, anti-oppressive educator, forever-student, and researcher with a passion for transformative social change and coalition building. aurelius co-founded and currently serves as the Co-Executive Director for the Foundation for Liberating Minds (FLM), a community nonprofit organization working to dismantle systems of oppression through the empowerment of young people and justice-oriented education. He leads FLM’s Deconstructing Masculinity Program and hosts its DreamRadically Podcast. aurelius currently works as an organizer with Black Lives Matter OKC Chapter and facilitates a group co-hosted by BLM OKC, FLM, and Dream Action Oklahoma: Study and Struggle OKC, an abolitionist study group organizing against incarceration and criminalization. He also serves as a trainer, facilitator, and consultant with the Restorative Justice Institute of Oklahoma. aurelius is a visionary leader who graduated from the University of Oklahoma in the Spring of 2020 with Bachelor of Arts degrees in African and African American Studies and Political Science as well as minors in International Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies.

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Paige Clark

Director of Communications and Development

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Paige, a Tulsa native, is a fundraiser and narrative change worker who is deeply committed to attending to the well-being of our communities through both large and small-scale systems change. Paige holds a Master's of Social Justice from Phillips Theological Seminary and a Bachelor's of Environmental Science and Feminist & Gender Studies from Colorado College. She is a citizen of the Muscogee Nation and a proud graduate of North Tulsa's Carver Middle School and Booker T. Washington High School. In addition to her many years of development experience, Paige started a program in Colorado to provide meals and storytelling workshops for folks who experience hunger, poverty, and houselessness which culminated in publications that made its way into tens of thousands of hands in the Southwest with the goal of altering the harmful public portrayals of these vulnerable populations. She also ran Boston's only food co-operative, where she worked to increase people's access to nutrition and transform local food systems.  Paige is a trained doula and occasionally gives sermons in Tulsa.

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Kenneth Brant

Field Organizer

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Kenneth ‘K.Roc’ Brant is a community organizer with a mutual aid and community safety background, who possesses a deep love and true affinity for connecting with people from all walks of life. He is a talented multimedia producer and a disabled Veteran who served in the U.S. Army in Iraq. Kenneth has experienced multiple forms of systematic oppression and injustice and was moved to action following the civil rights demonstrations of 2020. Since answering the call, he has invested his time, energy, and resources into many local grassroots and mutual aid organizations. Kenneth was a dedicated volunteer for the Terence Crutcher Foundation before officially joining the team. He is a lifelong student, a gifted collaborator, and an expert convener who has a true calling to work to make our communities a better place for us all.

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Jayla simone Meeks

Policy Fellow

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Jayla is a Detroit, Michigan native who has created and sustained multiple businesses and foundations as she continuously strives to be the change she wishes to see in the world. Jayla has served as a community leader in her hometown and in Tulsa by transforming organizations and communities alongside those that are often marginalized and underrepresented. Her passions lie in the intersections of empathy driven community development, policy advocacy, and equity. She has been recognized by both Congress and the Senate for her work in the foundation she started, which collaborates with an inner city Detroit school to repurpose their prepackaged food to provide meals for residents in the surrounding community. Jayla holds a dual degree in Political Science & Organizational Studies with a minor in Musical Theater from the University of Tulsa, which she recently graduated from with Honors. In addition to her studies, Jayla was named an Outstanding Senior and Top Ten Freshman for her exceptional achievement in both academic and service endeavors. Jayla plans to further her education, and has been accepted with a full scholarship to sixty schools for a dual Masters/Juris Doctor in Public Administration and Law. She has chosen to take a gap year to work with the Terence Crutcher Foundation, as this is her dream role that will prepare her for the future.

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Rev. Tamara Lebak

Chaplain in Residence

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Rev. Tamara Lebak is an ordained Unitarian Universalist community minister, diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant, chaplain, coach, mother, wife, author, singer-songwriter, and worship leader. Tamara has a B.A. in French and a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Oklahoma, a Masters in Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago, IL, and is currently working on her Doctorate at Phillips Theological Seminary. She has served as an intern chaplain at Stateville Maximum Security Men's Prison, Dick Conner Correctional Facility, and the University of Chicago Hospital. She was the first successful Defense Initiated Victim Outreach Specialist in Oklahoma supporting a victim's family throughout the criminal process following the murder of a loved one. Tamara is the founder of the Restorative Justice Institute of Oklahoma where she strives to help people know they are not the worst thing they have ever done nor the worst thing that has ever happened to them. The Restorative Justice Institute seeks to transform the retributive and inequitable culture of Oklahoma through a trauma-informed, developmental, and systemic approach to chaplaincy and community circles. RJIOK and the Terence Crutcher Foundation have launched a Transformative Justice Initiative that will create alternatives to policing in Tulsa. Tamara is the Resident Chaplain of the Terence Crutcher Foundation through March of 2022.

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Board of directors

Mr. Bruce Suttle

Member, Tulsa, OK

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Mr. Greg Robinson

Member, Tulsa, OK

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Attorney Daryl D. Parks

BOARD CHAIR, TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA

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Mr. Drew Diamond

MEMBER, TULSA, OK

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Pastor Scott Gordon

MEMBER, SAPULPA, OK

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Ms. Virginia Walker

MEMBER, BIXBY, OK

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Ms. Adina Ellis

MEMBER, WASHINGTON, DC

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Dr. Ray Owens

MEMBER, TULSA, OK

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Ms. Tabitha Temple

MEMBER, SPRINGFIELD, VA

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Ms. Holle Hooks-Waddell

MEMBER, OKLAHOMA CITY, OK

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Mr. Nate Morris

Member, Tulsa, OK

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