Sharman Hughes Barghols
Sharman Hughes Barghols grew up in Oklahoma City and moved to Edmond after graduating from OU Law in 1977. She has two grown children and is the grandmother of two. She retired after teaching for 16 years in Edmond at the middle school level where she participated in character education. She has been a PTO volunteer, an Odyssey of the Mind coach, a Future Cities coach, an Archery in the Schools coach, and currently volunteers for Oklahoma Lawyers for Children.
Gloria grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she graduated from Will Rogers High School. She and her husband Roger moved to the Edmond community in the mid-70s, where they raised five children. Their family grew to include sons-in-laws, eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and a cat. Gloria enjoyed being a stay-at-home mom during their children’s formative years and wearing many hats. She volunteered at church, served as a home-room mother and later home educated her children. The chauffeur’s hat got the most use. Through the years, Gloria saw the need to focus on character training in both the home and community. During the many trips through the city, from home to the latest activity, she recalls seeing signs outside of Edmond schools, announcing the character trait of the month. She felt heartened by the emphasis. Later, Gloria learned the Character Council of Edmond provided the materials and training. So, when President Jim Hulsey invited her to be a part of the Character Council as a writer, she said, “I was excited to come on board.” Now Gloria wears yet another hat.
Tara Fair recently retired as the Associate Superintendent for the Edmond Public School district. Previously she served as the Principal at Central Middle School for twelve years. Central Middle School was one of the first schools in Edmond to adopt the Character First Curriculum and has been a Character First School since 1998. She presently serves as a supervisor for student teacher candidates from the University of Central Oklahoma and also dedicates her time working as a Specialized Patient (with medical students) for the Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in the department of Clinical Skills Education and Test Center.
Jim Hulsey serves as President of the Character Council of Edmond. Retired from nearly three decades of television broadcast experience, as photographer, production assistant, later as a freelance journalist and an occasional newspaper editorialist, Hulsey has called Edmond “home” periodically since 1946. He served as the president of the Edmond Neighborhood Alliance and as a council member to the EdmondYMCA and participated in a variety of committees over the years to improve the community. He is a third-generation UCO alumni and received a MS degree from OSU. He is also a decorated combat veteran of the Vietnam War.
Marilyn Jones, born and raised in Arcadia, LA., graduated from LA Tech in elementary education and was a second-grade teacher for six years. Married to husband Phil since 1967, they have two grown children and six grandchildren. Members of First Baptist Church in Edmond, she has been the Preschool Director as well as taught Children’s Sunday School, worked in Youth ministry and lead the Women’s Ministry, as well as being a volunteer at her children’s school, and was the chairman for the 1st “After Prom” Event. She has volunteered in a number of Republican political races, as well as being a tenured member of the Character Council of Edmond.
Diane Krakowski joined the Character Council of Edmond shortly after being recognized as a Champion of Character for Diligence several years ago and now serves as vice-president of the Council. She is a National Board Certified teacher who taught fourth grade for twenty-six years at Northern Hills Elementary School before retiring in 2013. She continues to stay active in the field of education by volunteering at Northern Hills and serving on the Executive Board of Delta Kappa Gamma Beta Phi Chapter. She and her husband, Ron, have three children and six grandchildren.
Lee Ann Kuhlman
Lee Ann Kuhlman serves as Secretary of the Character Council of Edmond Board. She has been a board member since 2005. Lee Ann retired in 2010, after 14 years of teaching in the Edmond Public School District. She was recently elected to the Edmond School Board. She and her family have resided in Edmond for 27 years. Her experience include: Leadership Edmond Class IX Alumni, past-president of St. Mary’s Episcopal Pre-school Board, Executive Committee of the Junior League of Oklahoma City, and finalist for Teacher of the Year 2004-2005.
Pam Merrill is retired from 40 years in education, serving as a classroom Social Studies and Language Arts teacher and Debate coach in the Oklahoma City Schools and Putnam City Schools prior to serving as the Edmond Schools' Social Studies Curriculum Specialist since 1990. Pam and her husband have lived in Edmond for 22 years, enjoying its sense of community and dedication to our public schools. Pam has been recognized as the National Social Studies Supervisor of the Year, National Geographic's Educator of the Year, and the Oklahoma Friend of Social Studies recipient. She continues to enjoy researching, developing, and modeling instructional resources for social studies classrooms, working currently with the Oklahoma Alliance for Geographic Education and the Oklahoma Council for Social Studies.
Shermie Potts has proudly served as Choral Director for Edmond Santa Fe High School since 1997. Prior to that, she taught at Choctaw Junior High. She has been an Edmond resident since 1976. She and her husband (fellow Memorial High School graduate), Steve, have two sons. She earned her PhD in Music Education in 2009 from the University of Oklahoma to better serve the needs of Edmond students. Dr. Potts is a longtime proponent of character education and has enjoyed school administrations that encourage its use for student growth. Dr. Potts enjoys teaching character through music, which requires the endurance, diligence, and humility of each student.
Anna Rognas became a member of the Character Council of Edmond in 2011. She has been an Edmond resident since 1976. She and her husband, Eric, have 5 children, 2 of which were adopted through OKDHS during her 8 year stint as a foster mom. Anna has held her Real Estate license since 2003 and is an active partner of The Rognas Team. Anna and Eric sell Real Estate through Coldwell Banker Select Edmond and manage properties through Featherstone Properties. Anna having graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with her B.A in English Education is active in the Edmond school district as both a mother and a licensed educator.
A fifth generation Oklahoman, Emoly ‘West’ Walters loves calling Oklahoma home. She is a wife and mother, charity enthusiast, former Ballerina, and serves as a co-director with the Miss Edmond LibertyFest/Frontier Country/Bethany Scholarship Pageant Program. After six tries, Emoly won the title of Miss Oklahoma 2010, and placed 4th runner-up to Miss America 2011. Those six years especially required perseverance, determination, and endurance, the very character she championed as Miss Oklahoma through her platform “Character and Leadership Development”! Years of supporting Character First, as well as training to be a certified Character Coach in Oklahoma schools, Emoly holds the opportunity to serve as a board member with the Character Council of Edmond as one of the most meaningful honors. Still involved in the Miss Oklahoma Scholarship Program, she continues to present the message of Character, as well as mentor and train future contestants with a heart for championing character and leadership development. Emoly graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, and was a member of the UCO Kaleidoscope Dance Company. She also attended Oklahoma Christian University, and traveled as an international student for a semester abroad in China, Japan, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, and Hawaii. As some of her most cherished experiences, these helped broaden her scope of the world, while also making it the obvious choice to plant deep roots where she had always called home; Edmond! Emoly and her husband, Nathan, took a leap of faith starting MassaRossa Luxury Homes in Spring of 2015, while also anticipating the birth of their first child. Now, Emoly serves along side a wonderful team at MassaRossa as the business grows, and is a Realtor with Havenly Real Estate Group, helping people enjoy the process of buying and selling!
Kathryn Williams joined the counsel in late 2016 based on her belief that instilling and recognizing character in youth betters our society and the future. Williams spent 20 years in the juvenile justice field, working in a variety of different areas within the Criminal Justice field ranging from Juvenile Probation and Parole to Juvenile Justice Administrator. Her experience within the criminal justice field includes being the Coordinator of the Foster Care Review Boards of Oklahoma County, Drug/Alcohol Group therapist at St. Anthony's Care Unit, and as a domestic violence therapist. Professor Williams has also taught as an adjunct at the University of Oklahoma and Southern Nazarene University and full time at the University of Central Oklahoma in both Sociology and Criminal. She has lived in Edmond since 1983 along with her husband and two children.