Josh is a 2012 graduate from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Health and Physical Education, and has a Teacher Certification in Health, Physical Education, and Physical Science. Josh has been volunteering with Make Promises Happen since 2009, and began directing MPH camps in 2013. Josh taught Physical Science and coached boys basketball and girls golf at Checotah Public Schools for 3 years. Josh became the Interim Executive Director at Central Oklahoma Camp in August 2015 and was named the Executive Director in November 2015
Director of Programming
Derrick, a 2017 graduate from the University of Central Oklahoma, with a degree in Kinesiology: Outdoor Recreation. Derrick has been the Assistant Director and Activities Coordinator for Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) since 2012. He has been Volunteering at Make Promises happen since the summer of 2015. Derrick began as the Director of Programming at camp in November 2015. Derrick oversees the Make Promises Happen program, camp program areas, and camp summer staff.
Director of Operations
Elisha is a 1999 graduate from East Central University. She holds a BS-ED in Special Education and has Teacher Certification in multiple areas of focus. Elisha began volunteering for MPH in 1988 and decided her passion was serving persons with special needs. She taught classes for Chandler Public Schools for 13 years, spent a short time as a Paraprofessional for Putnam City Schools and then began working as Director of Operations in May of 2013. Elisha is in charge of reservations, meal planning and personnel.
Heather is in charge of fielding phone calls, handling inquiries, and for processing camper registrations, payments and photos. Look for her emails on upcoming events, volunteer opportunities and fundraisers.
William is in charge of the care and maintenance of the campgrounds and equipment. He oversees 300+ acres of campground including ponds, nature trails, and activity areas.
Make Promises Happen
Lonetta, along with Robert Franklin, helped create the Make Promises Happen Program in 1981. She co-directed weekend and summer MPH events for over 30 years. In 2015, Lonetta retired as the Assistant Superintendent for the Sand Springs School system. During that time, she stepped down from co-directing MPH camps, and has taken on the role of Junior Counselor Liaison, where she oversees the recruitment and development of the Junior Counselor Program.
Robert, along with Lonetta Sprague, helped create the Make Promises Happen Program in 1981. He and Lonetta have helped the program evolve by introducing Make Promises Happen adventure trips to Port Aransas, Texas and Winter Park, Colorado. He is co-director of weekend camps and the summer program. Robert is Assistant Superintendent for Tulsa Technology Center.
Emily is a co-director of the Make Promises Happen Program. Emily has been involved in the program since she was a high school student. She and James Wheeler have enabled the Make Promises Happen Program to grow by directing additional MPH camps throughout the year. Emily is a Speech Language Pathologist for the Edmond Public School system.
Carrie graduated from Oklahoma State University with her M.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 1999. She is a special education teacher in Sand Springs and has been an educator for 15 years. She started bringing students from her class at school to camp in 2005. Carrie has a passion for all recreational opportunities for children with special needs and is involved with Special Olympics, dance therapy and horse therapy for her students. Carrie’s love for MPH and the people at camp can be summed up in the following quote: “The most ordinary things can be made extraordinary, simply by doing them with the right people.” -Nicholas Sparks
Beth graduated from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 2009, with a degree in Special Education. Beth is originally from Denison, TX. She is currently the teacher for students with severe and profound disabilities in Keller, TX. Beth has been involved with Make Promises Happen since 2009. She started directing MPH camps in 2012.
Austin received a degree in 2013 from the University of Central Oklahoma in Special Education. He is currently a special education teacher at Stillwater Middle School where he has taught for the past 5 years. Austin first got involved with Make Promises Happen in 2007. After a few events, he realized that working with this population of individuals was how he wanted to spend his professional life. To date, Austin says that his “biggest accomplishments have been creating a wonderful family with my loving wife and working with a population of individuals that I have a heavily vested interest in.”