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.
Christina Glover Burnette
Assoc. Vice President
After injuring both knees playing basketball and only growing to the height of 5 foot 2… and a half (Are we sure its not 5/8?), Christina pivoted from wanting to play in the WNBA to working for some of the largest sports entertainment companies in the country. (Pivoted… haha, I get it, a basketball joke. [Serious Face] Don’t take my job Christina. I’m watching you.) After being a part of major productions such as the Super Bowl, Olympics, X Games, and WNBA draft, she has decided to play ball with TCM (See what I did there. [A More Serious Face] Yes. Yes, I see what you did. You also used my parentheses. What is with these new people and using my parentheses?) Christina has the skills to jump in at any stage of video production from ideation to execution and marketing. (Slow clap for the final sports reference folks.)
When Christina’s not wearing the TCM jersey and leading us on the court (That means when she’s not working. [Rethinking my hiring process] I take back my slow clap, this is getting out of hand.), she’s writing screenplays, directing music videos, rewatching Jason Williams highlights, painting, boxing, or doing her favorite thing in the world, spending time with her husband Josh and their two boys, Jagger and Jaxon. (Well at least she didn’t mention her “not my favorite” favorite NFL team. That makes up for a lot.)
Employee Experience Manager
a.k.a. our Chief Happiness Officer. Missy is the TCM glue gun because her passion is to motivate and to help us all stay connected; whether it’s improving communication, keeping us collaborative, or just finding ways to keep the creative juices flowing here. (And we’re not just talking about coffee.) She’s dedicated to doing things that make TCM, and the world a better place! And while her background is in Operations, she’s an undercover creative in her spare time.
Another Midwest addition, Missy hails from Illinois… She loves a good Chicago Dog and occasionally uses “ope” in a sentence. (Just Google it.)
When she’s not herding our team of cats…Missy enjoys spinning vinyl from her record collection, expanding her house plant repertoire, creative writing, hiking, and relaxing at home with her actual cats Gatsby and MoMo. (Who are way cooler than us.)
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 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.)
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.
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.
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%.)
Editor & Alt Language Specialist
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.
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!) then 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, in case his boss reads this. (I’ll allow it.)
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!?”
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?)
Employee Experience Coordinator
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 Grows style 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.
Born and raised in Oklahoma, Erin cut her teeth on a stinger. (I’m googling this too, so don’t feel bad.) Her first set experience was at the ripe old age of 2, as she grew up in the production world her whole life. She now lives in Dallas (Home of my least favorite NFL team.) and loves traveling for work and filming. She’s fond of saying she’s a left & right… creative & admin brain (I’ll let Dr. Steve and team break the news to her.) which makes her a great combo for her position at TCM. (That part isn’t an urban legend.)
When she’s not working, she’s playing with her 2 kiddos who she loves dearly, Preslyn & Peyton, and she believes her husband Justin, a fireman/driver, is the heart and soul of their family. She likes to drink good drinks, eat good food, (I mean does anyone not like to do these things?) entertain, and honestly help people in any aspect she can. (Her husband says she’s too nice. [Well Justin, she’s not because she took my parentheses too!])
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!)
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!)
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 order 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.)
Alondra Ortiz is originally from California, but grew up in Tahlequah, OK. (Which is the California of the Midwest as I’m sure you know.) She’s a recent graduate from Oklahoma State University with a BFA in graphic design. But she says she has already learned so much from being here at TCM and hopes to learn and grow more. (Can I charge her tuition for that?) Her professional goal is to create a connection through designs that mesmerize and inspire people.
Her hobbies include traveling and learning about different cultures, fashion and beauty, hanging out with her family, and a LOT of drawing. (I would add, “not stealing my parentheses like so many others.”)
Ben was born into a family of Artists and Musicians. The arts were in his DNA. Fresh out of high school Ben landed a job as a graphic artist for a software company producing children’s entertainment and educational computer games. Children could learn about science and ecology with Ozzie Otter and Friends. He later went on to work for a company that released the 1st straight to home video movies and other classic on VHS, DVD, and eventually Blu-ray. As technology became available, he was responsible for restoration of classic movies like A Christmas Carol with Alaster Sim, The Green Lantern and many more. Ben later moved on to create motion graphics for a local News Station. All the while a graphic artist by day he was performing musician by night, playing local bars, festivals, Fairs, opening for Alice cooper, touring with national acts, landing headlining spots at Bike Blues and Bar-b-q, and Rocklahoma. His love for all things visual is only matched by his passion for all things musical. His music even found its way into a locally produced movie. If you see him playing out, you might not know he is the same person working diligently at his computer by day. You might say he has an alter ego.
Jill King, Ph.D.
Jill is a cognitive neuroscientist who recently earned her doctorate from Tulane University in New Orleans. Specializing in visual attention processing within multimedia environments, she is excited to apply her research skillset to the unique questions presented by neuro-fundraising. Born and raised in southern Louisiana, only the chance to use science to create positive change and the incredibly friendly company atmosphere could have convinced her to move to Oklahoma.
When she is not in the lab, Jill can be found reading in her personal library, out having an adventure (like jumping off waterfalls in Australia, out-swimming sharks in Florida, or piloting a tour bout down Loch Ness in Scotland), or maybe just binging some Netflix at home with her cat.
Rhimmon Simchy-Gross, Ph.D.
Rhimmon earned his Ph.D. in experimental psychology from the University of Arkansas investigating music’s impact on the mind. (Go Hogs!) He has studied the ways in which music warps our perceptions of time, transforms speech and environmental noise into musical sounds, and causes musical frisson, or music-induced “chills.” (I got chills just reading that.) Rhimmon has also had the privilege of giving a piano performance at Carnegie Hall. (He’s so fancy.)
When Rhimmon is not harnessing the music of the spheres to help non-profits, you will probably find him sitting by the pond. He loves the outdoors, whether it is joining birdsong outside with his wife and three miniature schnauzer puppies or meditating while focused on the stars. (This is the most Ph.D. version of a hobbies/do for fun section I have ever read. I like it.)
An adventurous life and an eye for the artistic has brought Christina to TCM.(Also we’re awesome and people want to work here.) Growing up in a military household, Christina lived in 3 different countries and 4 US states by the time she was 12 years old, eventually settling in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Even though she’s currently rooted in Tulsa, Albuquerque will always be her home. (I know the feeling. Not Albuquerque which is REALLY hard to spell, but Minnesota for me.)
When she’s not drawing or designing for our clients, you can bet she’s enjoying New Mexican food. (The legend is she has green chili running through through her veins.), She loves to paint, draw and sculpt, and she especially loves drawing goofy characters. (Note to self, collab with Christina on my next children’s book.) When she’s not flexing her artistic skills, she loves getting creative in the kitchen or spending time with her son who has been blessed with her weird sense of humor. (Blessed/Cursed… Potato/Po-tah-to… Whatever.) Her long term goal is to illustrate children’s books. (The stars have aligned!)
Jr. Editor/Trafficking Coordinator
Born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as a kid, Justin wakeboarded, skateboarded, and was also holding a camera making videos the entire time. (Now that’s what I call talent.) It was on these (not so mean) streets (and lakes) that he found his passion for video production and editing, on top of his love of movies. Eventually Justin graduated from The University of Oklahoma with a degree in Film and Media before launching into his career. (Unlike Matthew McConaughey… if you get it, you get it. Also, now we have to MM references on one page. All right, all right, all right!)
When he’s not working (or at least I hope so) Justin says he watches way too many documentaries, takes care of animals rather than eats them, and loves the outdoors. Traveling to the Pacific Ocean or the mountains and hiking and camping with his girlfriend also tops his list. (He goes on… blah, blah, includes cheering for my least favorite NFL team, blah, blah, just email him if you want to know.)