Senior Lab Advisor
With 25+ years of production and fundraising experience, (Why yes, I did start when I was 5, thanks for asking.) Joe is known around these parts as Business MacGyver. Just give him a paperclip, the latest project management software, and his trusty Swiss Army Knife and he’ll find a way to make it happen. (Okay, so I don’t actually carry a knife. But I do like project management software.)
In addition to figuring out how to serve our amazing team and clients, spicing up everyone’s bios on this page, and writing children’s books, Joe loves making memories with his family, visiting the North Shore of MN, and seeking adventures, wherever they may be.
Chief Creative Director
With more than 30+ years in film and video production, Tracy is an award-winning director and brings his expertise in production and marketing to the team on a daily basis. (Translation: He’s the oldest guy here. I mean, the creative guy here.)
In addition to pouring his heart into every project, he enjoys spending time with his kids, being in the outdoors and ruining a good walk with a game of golf. (I may or may not have witnessed this.)
Missy is in charge. (that period is there for a reason) But beyond that, she says she’s here to serve the team (aka keep track of everything) and do things that make the world a better place each and every day.
When she’s not running the show from behind the scenes, you can find her on various adventures, reading a good book, or just relaxing at home (we let her rest sometimes).
Post Production Director
From storyline production, to graphics & editing, to final delivery, Phil stands behind a consistent, industry-leading, digital post-production process that supports all of TCM’s important clientele. (Look at all of that fancy corporate speak.)
When he isn’t working furiously to meet design, editing, and other video deadlines, Phil loves spending time outdoors with his wife, two young sons, and 2 dogs, attending sporting events, and good sushi. (I mean, who likes bad sushi?)
Mark Milosevich (aka Milo)
Milo’s extensive production history runs the gamut of live sports, documentaries, serial TV, corporate video, and more (aka he knows his stuff). Beyond his “Best in Show” skill set, he’s a perfect fit for our TCM culture of serving others.
More to come…
Steve Agauas, Ph.D.
Director of the Neuro-Fundraising Lab
After earning his doctorate from Central Michigan University, Steve spent two years as a Postdoctoral Fellow at North Dakota State University (It was cold.) where he was supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. Steve specializes in Cognitive Psychology and spent much of his training using eye tracking technology to explore how people understand text in addition to the ways in which action affordances may influence reading and visual processes. (He’s smart.) Having spent a decade designing, performing, and analyzing research studies in academic settings, Steve was ready for a new challenge. (Honestly, he just wanted to hang out with us.)
Although research keeps him quite busy, when he’s not in the lab, Steve enjoys spending time with his wife, Heidi, and their dog, Sophie. He also enjoys the outdoors, especially if it involves a round of golf. (Only good golfers say that.)
Senior Producer & Hispanic Advisor
Vanessa’s favorite types of stories to tell are ones that are not safe. With that comes a career of producing documentaries, marketing pieces, and short films that challenge others and herself to live her life a little more boldly. (She’s way nicer than this makes her sound.)
Having fun along the way is important to her (see, we said she was nice), but then again, it doesn’t take much to keep her happy: people, good food, and new places to explore.
With over 12 years of accounting experience, Carol does the job all of the creative people at TCM Creative are afraid to do. (No funny quips here; we don’t want to have to do this work.)
When she’s not taking care of the finances, you can find her sewing, quilting, or chasing her two boys and husband across the countryside of Oklahoma. (Yee haw!)
Dave brings years of on-set experience for tv commercials, live theater production, and film to TCM. (He also brings years of dad jokes too.)
When he’s not keeping the team in check on-set, he loves spending time with his wife and two talented kids. (Like, super talented.)
Equipment Manager &
A certified tech geek by day, and hockey player by night, Jon is our resident Canadian and brings the TCM nice factor up at least 63.4%.
When he’s not telling us the technical specs of the latest camera, he can be found on the ice, dodging hockey pucks, or spending time with his lovely wife. (She brings our nice factor up another 22.7%.)
Born and raised in T-Town (that’s Tulsa for you outsiders), Taryn has traveled the world in search of the perfect 음료수 or bebida (that’s Korean and Spanish for beverage – she speaks both languages and currently it’s Diet Dr. Pepper for those keeping track at home). She studied film and TV in Korea for a year and is now honing her edit skills in the TCM Edit Suite (which can feel like another country sometimes).
When she’s not ignoring the guys so she can get her edits done, she loves playing classical guitar, going for long drives (presumably in search of fresher air than is in the edit suite), and hanging with her cat Kai and dog Sammie.
Another Tulsa native (I think they’re plotting to take over) Erinn has always been interested in what motivates human behavior. Armed with her degree in Strategic Communication and a minor in Psychology (we’re getting a couch so she can analyze us) from Texas Christian University, she’s found a home in the lab.
When she’s not analyzing donors (or us), you can find her working out (she has over two million meters logged on the rowing machine. Yep, million. That’s only 1,999,998 more meters than me). She also loves traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Senior Writer and Senior Field Producer
Tanya is a California native who found her way to Oklahoma (no she didn’t lose a bet) by working for Feed the Children as a Sr. DRTV Producer / Writer for 16.5 years. In that time she traveled over a million miles telling stories of people in need around the world.
In her spare time (What’s that?) she loves to be with family and friends, travel, and well… work some more.
One of our favorite Johnny Cash classics, “I’ve Been Everywhere” could have been written about our very own Stephen Sealey. (But it wasn’t, cause he was only 6.) Making his way across the country as a news reporter, Stephen’s love for telling stories that matter has brought him to TCM Creative (that and his love for… well, you’ll have to ask him that).
When he’s not helping share the amazing stories that we get to hear on a daily basis, Stephen can be found playing video games, reading horror or history books, and cheering his multiple losing sports teams: Bengals, Cardinals, and Blues. (Well, the Blues are winners now, right?)
Editor and Post-Production Support
Born and raised in Tulsa, OK (it’s official, we’re being invaded), Kyle graduated from Jenks before getting into production.
Having directed, edited, and written scripts (I think he’s aiming for my MacGyver title) he’s been in television commercial production since 2006.
In his spare time he loves directing music videos and short films. His films have won numerous awards at various film festivals around the country and he’s got more in development (I’m going to need to start a film/award support group for him and Tracy).
With almost a decade in production (that’s like 100 production years) and a passport filled with world travel facilitating live event production, Derek has found a new home at TCM where his skillset makes him a “Swiss Army Knife of Production” (I feel like someone else mentioned this in their bio).
When he’s not stealing phrases from other team member’s bios you’ll find him enjoying music, coffee, bourbon, golf, and the wit and wisdom of Chris Farley.
With a background in sound engineering and marketing, and a degree in Public Relations, Kandyce brings a fine-tuned ear and charisma (It’s like Dr. Doofenshmirtz of Phineas and Ferb fame, created a SoundMarketingPublicRelationsCharisma’enator and she was zapped by it.) to her work at TCM. She puts her communication skills into action every day to make our creative projects better and keep us on task! (Which is no easy task… somedays.)
When she’s not multi-tasking like a pro, she loves spending time with her daughter, Lilly, quality time in the pool with friends and family, and going on new adventures! (Does anyone go on old adventures anymore?)
Besides having two adorable pups (who no doubt help her in knowing how to deal with us production folk), Hannah has a background working in mental health, and a heart to serve (which means she fits right in at TCM).
When she’s not working, you can find her spending time with her husband and their two fur babies (so cute we had to mention them twice, the puppies, not her husband, although we hear he’s quite fetching too). They love traveling and experiencing new places together.
Topping the list of things you’d never guess about her: that she’s a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Followed by things you would guess about her: she loves crafting, she’s an iced coffee fanatic, and we’re glad to have her.
Born and raised in Kansas City (Missouri not Kansas – if you know, you know), Jacob carries with him a healthy love of barbecue and the outdoors. (He must wear cargo shorts.) After graduating with a degree in Emergency and Disaster Management, he then decided that video production had far cooler toys to play with. (And also deals with these topics.)
With a diverse skillset in photography, live event production, commercials, post-production and everything in between, he’s always looking to take on new challenges. (Hence coming to work with us, because we can be challenging, at least that’s what our moms say.)
In his free time, Jacob enjoys camping and spending time with his wife and dog. (Does that mean he camps by himself?)
Born and raised in the hills and hollers of Mount Airy, NC. Joseph has lived half his life in NC and half in Oklahoma, so we’re not sure if that makes him a hill billy or a Boomer Sooner. (Either way, it makes him the lead character of a Where the Red Fern Growsstyle novel.) You decide. He’s worked in a news station in most positions behind the camera, and as a do everything guy in a bass fishing video production company (Yes, we have those here.) – from shooting video, photos, editing spots, and highlights.
In his free time, Joseph takes photos of birds and other wildlife (Think animal paparazzi.), he’s a voracious reader, and he believes coffee is more important than oxygen. (Real coffee he says, not Starbucks.) A black belt in karate, he’s always trying to add new things to his list of hobbies.
Kristen has more than a decade of project management experience and a history of writing and editing content for print, digital ads, and social platforms. (We’re guessing she started when she was six or seven.) She’s thrilled to be a part of the TCM team and help shape stories that make a big impact. (We’re talking like the first time you saw Jurassic Park on the big screen impact here.)
In her spare time, she loves discussing the latest bestseller or Netflix series with friends in their book and movie club. You’ll also find her discovering new bike trails in Tulsa and supporting local Tulsa teams, the Oilers and Drillers, (Tell me you live in a city built on oil and gas without telling me you live in a city built on oil and gas.) with her husband and 2 kids.
Brian Kissell, Ph.D.
Brian Kissell, Ph.D. is an experimental social psychologist, and data scientist, who is skilled in quantitative research. (He makes us sound smart. Also, I’m skilled in reading bedtime stories, so take that Brian.) In other words, Brian is passionate about utilizing best scientific practices, along with robust experimental and data science techniques, to help clients find accurate answers to meaningful questions. (He’ll make you sound smart too.)
When he is not working in the lab, Brian enjoys spending time with his family (aka his wife and two children. He wrote that and I half expected him to say, “aka three familial units.”). He loves to cook, watch movies and television, and visit differing parks with his children. (I’m trying to picture him at an amusement park. Bucket list!)
Like his picture shows, that’s exactly who you get when you meet Carlos. (I have also met the person in the picture.) A self-proclaimed genius with attitude to match. Carlos loves film! And we do mean LOVE. There’s almost nothing about movies that Carlos doesn’t know. (Classics are his kryptonite though, so keep them away… This ad lib was not penned by me, since it referenced the lesser superhero, whose name will go unspoken and not Batman.)
With almost ten years of experience directing music videos, short films, and commercials, he’s a filmmaker at heart, and Carlos puts his money where his mouth is. Put him in any situation and he’ll figure out a way to make it look cinematic! (Challenge accepted.)
When he’s not working his ideas for TCM, he spends his time writing feature films and watching his dreadful Dallas Cowboys continue to lose. (As a Vikings fan I appreciate this insightfulness.) How ‘bout them Cowboys!?”
Upper Midwesterner with production always on his mind. (We’re unsure if this is his bio or left over from a classified ad in the paper, so we left it.) Wisconsin born & raised, (On the cheese wheel is where he spent most of his days… couldn’t resist.) he ventured over to the land of 10,000 Lakes for his college days (Go Golden Gophers!), stayed in Minneapolis and entered the Live TV sports world for the better part of a decade. After that, a brief stint doing commercial work back in Wisconsin, (You’d never guess by his accent.) before finally heading south to join the TCM team.
For fun? Watching sports (mostly the Packers, of course… We forgive you Chase.), exploring new music, playing poker, and cruising around on his Schwinn (affectionately known as the “Green Onion”). For comfort, watching re-runs of The Office. And finally, never taking anything too seriously. Unless it’s work, incase his boss reads this. (I’ll allow it.)
Even before graduating THE Booker T. High School in 2019, Myles has always known he wanted to be a filmmaker. (Only because he had already become the world’s nicest human.) Currently, he is a Film and Television Production major with a minor in Screenwriting at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA.
His latest project, “You Do Not Know Me: A Spoken Word Film”, has been selected at both the 2021 Circle Cinema Film Festival & the Venice Shorts Film Festival. (It’s good, go see it.)
Besides being the coolest ever in all of history, Myles’ random skills & hobbies include playing piano, eating spaghetti, speaking Spanish (NOT the European dialect), petting animals, and shooting photography. (That would be weird if those last two got mixed up.) Myles believes Tulsa has a lot of stories and talent to offer, and would love this city to be one of the places he works in the most! (Then why are you leaving us… ) So far, his creative Tulsa to-do list includes establishing a television show, directing/editing at least 50 music videos, and producing commercials for local Black businesses across the city. (See, nicest human ever.)
Julie has found a home (if only part time) assisting with bookkeeping here at TCM. Known as the “Receipt Wrangler” (We are in Oklahoma.) She keeps everyone on their toes and our finances in orders for each and every job.
An enneagram 9, if you ever meet her, one of the first questions you’ll get asked is, “What’s your enneagram number?” (I’m a one, and I’m making the world a better place… but also “Three Dog Night” is correct in that it’s the loneliest number since I’m the only one here.)
She has four amazing, loving, fun and mischievous kiddos (I wonder what her fifth kid thinks of this, JK she only has four) and a rescue dog. (I guess that’s her fifth kid.)
She loves to go on adventures with her husband of 20+ years and when she’s not cooking, loving on her plants, homeschooling, or listening to NPR, she’s catching up on her Ted Lasso. (Which may be why she’s the Receipt Wrangler… Get it… Lasso… Wrangler… That’s my bad dad pun of the day.)