Karen Vinyard Waddell, President/Chief Executive Officer for The Lynn Institutes

Karen 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 Institute 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.


Steve Petty, Executive Vice President of the Lynn Institute for Healthcare Research, Inc.

Steve Petty joined the Lynn Institute for Healthcare Research in August, 2019, as Vice President, after having served as a leader in wellness, community & healthcare development for more than 32 years. Prior to coming to Lynn, he worked for the INTEGRIS Health System for 25 years. Steve is recognized veteran in community wellness in Oklahoma, having worked in this field since 1997.  He is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma with a bachelor’s degree in advertising and holds a master’s degree in public relations from the University of Oklahoma.  He holds a Graduate Certificate in Community Benefit from St. Louis University, one of only seven healthcare professionals in the nation with this graduate-level certificate. Petty is a leader on the national health level as well serving as Chair Emeritus of the American Public Health Association Men’s Health Caucus, a member of the Board of Directors of the Men’s Health Network in Washington, D.C., and as a Fellow of the Association of Community Health Improvement, an organization of the American Hospital Association. In his new role with Lynn, Steve will oversee LIHR operations, lead growth initiatives and spearhead Lynn’s work with vulnerable communities and marginalized populations. He is a man of integrity, compassion, and vision and is admired by both internal Lynn staff and community partners throughout the state of Oklahoma.


Jeaneen Pointer, Chief Strategy Officer/ VP Marketing and Fund Development

Angela Cozby, Director of Research and Planning - Lynn Institute

Angela Cozby, Director of Research and Planning


Anthony Coby, Director of Collaboratives and Community Engagement


Steve Hanes, Director of Publications, Branding, and Marketing

Board of Directors

Marc Edwards - Lynn Institute
Marc Edwards


Wade Brawley - Lynn Institute
Wade Brawley
Betsy Guthrie Brunsteter - Lynn Institute
Betsy Guthrie-Brunsteter
Robert Foreman - Lynn Institute
Robert Foreman, Ph.D
Leslie Lynn - Lynn Institute
Leslie Lynn
Valerie McMurry - Lynn Institute
Valerie McMurry
Laura Pitman - Lynn Institute
Laura Pitman, Ph.D
Jerry Tubb - Lynn Institute
Jerry Tubb
Karen Vinyard Waddell

Emeritus Board Members

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