Karen Vinyard Waddell

KarenKaren Waddell is the President/Chief Executive Officer for The Lynn Institutes: the Lynn Institute for Healthcare Research, Inc., and for the Lynn Health Science Institute, Inc. She has more than 30 years of hospital administration and healthcare leadership and specializes in organizational strategic planning and taking companies to their next level of greatness. Prior to joining Lynn in 2011, Ms. Waddell’s administrative leadership included having served as Senior Vice President of Community Hospitals of Central California (Fresno, CA) and President, Community Hospitals Foundation; Regional Group Vice President for Hospital Corporation of America, Oklahoma-Texas-Arkansas, and Vice President of Presbyterian Hospital, Oklahoma City, and as Associate Vice President and Executive Director, the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She also served as President/Chief Executive Officer of Eckerd Youth Alternatives, a $110 million corporation helping at risk kids, based in Clearwater, Florida and serving children and families in eleven states. Ms. Waddell is also the Owner of Karen Vinyard Waddell & Associates, Inc., a nationally honored strategic marketing and planning corporation she founded in 1987. She is a recognized and honored community leader in her home state of Oklahoma, having been appointed in 2013 by Governor Mary Fallin to chair the State Children’s Panel for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services and in 2012 as a Commissioner to the Oklahoma Department of Human Services Commission. She was a member and report author for the Special Review Committee studying deaths of children in foster care in 2011-12, and chairs the collaborative she founded, “Count Me In 4 Kids”, a clearing house matching needs with providers and donors to help Oklahoma children. She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, a member of Leadership Oklahoma Class I, Leadership Oklahoma City, Class II, Sallt Class I, Esther Women, and a member of the Board of the Ardmore Institutes of Health. She has been a finalist for Business Woman of the Year both in Tampa, Florida, and in Oklahoma City. Ms. Waddell is the proud mother of two adult children and grandmother to six grandchildren.

Angela Cozby, Director of Research and Planning

AngelaAngela Cozby received a B.S in Liberal Arts from the University of Central Oklahoma and earned a MBA from Oklahoma City University.  Cozby began her career curating exhibits at the Oklahoma State Capitol while managing the prominent Oklahoma State Art Collection.  In 2008, she accepted the position of Festival of the Arts Director at the Arts Council of Oklahoma City. As director, Cozby was responsible for planning and implementing all aspects of the community event which attracts over 750,000 people annually.  Cozby is currently Director of Research and Planning for the Lynn Institute for Healthcare Research.  Her role with Lynn entails gathering and analyzing in-depth qualitative and quantitative data for creating dissertation level summaries outlining barriers and supports for health improvement of at-risk populations. She has extensive experience with project management, fundraising, program development, marketing, volunteer management, collaborating, data analysis, and creating fiscally responsible budgets. She is a member of Leadership Oklahoma City LOYAL Class IV and was recognized as “Forty under 40” by both OKCBIZ 2009 and Oklahoma Magazine 2010. She was chair of the 2016 and 2017 Plaza District Festivals and currently serves on the Northeast OKC Renaissance, Inc. Board of Directors.  She is a proud helicopter parent of two rescue dogs, Otis Snugglebear Beans and Captain Theodore Wigglebottoms.

Michael Owens, Director of Programs and Engagement

Michael OwensFollowing a successful 13-year career in the United States Navy, Michael attended the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, earning a Bachelor of Arts in history, political science and law, as well as the Outstanding Graduate Award. He received a Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

As a leader and participant in multiple minority communities throughout the United States, Michael has created and coordinated engaging programming to help unify communities. He has led literacy, leadership and mentoring programming that have helped communities thrive. His heart for these types of efforts led him to begin the Ralph Ellis Foundation in 2013, an organization he continues to profoundly impact.
Michael is integral in expanding our presence in Northeast Oklahoma City, engaging the community in our work, and spearheading efforts to achieve our Lynn Healthy Community Collaborative NE OKC ten year goals. In addition, his educational background will support our research and studies and Michael’s associations with local government and Oklahoma City leaders will help us maintain positive relationships as we continue to strive to make a difference in the lives of families living in Northeast Oklahoma City.

Sydney Richardson, Executive Coordinator

SydneySydney graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma in May 2018, with a Bachelors in Business Administration with a focus in Marketing and a Minor in Leadership. At UCO, she was a member of the Alpha Gamma Delta Women’s Fraternity, New Broncho Orientation, she also served as Vice President of both the Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship Council and Hooves Up and participated in many more activities. During her time in college, she interned with the Oklahoma City Thunder as the Community Relations Intern, USA Softball Marketing Intern, and the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce.  Although, just starting her career, Sydney is passionate about being engaged with the community and enjoying life's adventures. Sydney grew up in Edmond, Oklahoma with loving parents, a younger set of twin brothers and a long haired-dachshund named Charlie. She enjoys reading, watching movies, spending time with family and friends and meeting new people.

Board of Directors

  • Marc Edwards
  • Wade Brawley
  • Betsy Guthrie-Brunsteter
  • Robert Foreman, Ph.D
  • Leslie Lynn
  • Laura Pitman, Ph.D
  • Jerry Tubb
  • Karen Vinyard Waddell
  • Valerie McMurry
  • Steve Petty

Emeritus Board Members

Tom Coniglione, M.D.
Larry Evans
Nancy Hall, Ph.D
Thomas Lynn
William Orr
Ira Schlezinger