Jeremy L. Sanders – Chief Executive Officer

Jeremy joined the Upward Transitions team in 2017.  As CEO he provides executive direction and leadership for the overall operations of Upward Transitions.  With over 28 years experience in ministry in local churches, Jeremy’s expertise in strategic planning, program development, fundraising, financial stewardship, operations management, budget administration, personnel training and supervision guides Upward Transitions into the next 90 years of service.

Jeremy earned his bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies from the University of Oklahoma and his master’s in Christian Ministry from Southern Methodist University.

Periann Pulliam – Chief Operations Officer

Periann has been with Upward Transitions since 2009.  She is responsible the daily operations of the organization.  Prior to her position as Chief Operations Officer, Periann managed Upward Transitions’ Travelers Aid Information Booth Program at Will Rogers World Airport for 6 years.  In 2015, she earn the Oklahoma Center For Nonprofits’ Nonprofit Management Certification.

Periann has over 25 year experience in business management and earned her bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Oklahoma State University.

Terri

Terri Womack – Director of Community Outreach Program

Terri has been with Upward Transitions since 1997.  She’s responsible for overseeing homeless and homeless prevention services, the Emergency Food and Shelter Grant and the Oklahoma County Emergency Utility Assistance Program.

Terri earned her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Wichita State University.

 

Crystal Levine– Volunteer Coordinator

Crystal joined Upward Transitions in 2017.  She is responsible for managing all aspects of the Volunteer Program at Will Rogers World Airport.  The airport volunteers staff the two information booths 365 days a year and provide information and assistance to the traveling public and visitors to Oklahoma City.

Prior to her position at Upward Transitions, Crystal developed her management skills and resourcefulness through her 14 years as a restaurant general manager. Over the past four years, she refined her supervisory, leadership, and communication abilities as a volunteer office administration coach and assistant teacher at a local church

 

Joelle

Joelle Sanders – Case Manager

Joelle has been with Upward Transitions since 2013.  She is responsible for working with individuals and families who are homeless or on the verge becoming homeless to promote self-sufficiency.  Joelle works with clients, matching them with services through our Community Outreach Program, including travel assistance, job search assistance, rent and utility assistance and help with obtaining birth certificates.

Joelle earned her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Fort Hays State University.

 

Alicia Terry – Case Manager

Alicia has been with Upward Transitions since March 2016.  She is responsible for working with individuals and families who are homeless or on the verge becoming homeless to promote self-sufficiency.  Alicia works with clients, matching them with services through our Community Outreach Program, including travel assistance, job search assistance, rent and utility assistance and help with obtaining birth certificates.

Previously, Alicia was a Child Support Specialist for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services for 2 years.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology – Minor: Criminal Justice from the University of Central Oklahoma.

 

 

 

Scott Love – Case Manager

Scott rejoined the Upward Transitions’ staff in June 2016. He is responsible for working with individuals and families who are homeless or on the verge becoming homeless to promote self-sufficiency.  Scott works with clients, matching them with services through our Community Outreach Program, including travel assistance, job search assistance, rent and utility assistance and help with obtaining birth certificates.  Scott also works with families on a medium term basis through our Emergency Solutions Grant Program.

Scott’s experience includes Other Options where he was a case manager for the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS program for 4 years. Prior to this position, Scott was a case manager for Upward Transitions’ Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing Program for 2+ years and a Psychosocial Rehabilitation Specialist/Referral Screener and Oklahoma Kid’s CareNet Program Supervisor at NorthCare for 5 years.

Scott has a BA in psychology from William Jewell College and a Master of Divinity from Texas Christian University.

Tamara

Tamara Wood – Executive Assistant

Tamara has been with Upward Transitions since 2009. She’s responsible for providing administrative support to the Upward Transitions staff, staffing the reception area, overseeing the office equipment and supplies, greeting clients and assisting in the determination of services needed by each client. She is also instrumental in orchestrating our fundraisers and assisting our CEO with donor relations.

Edward

Edward Duncan – Maintenance

Edward has been with Upward Transitions since 2010.  He’s responsible for the upkeep and maintenance at Upward Transitions and assists with special events.