The Amplify Team
The most fun folks you will ever meet. Our dream is for every young person to grow up in a community that supports them and their dreams, and provides the education and resources to plan their entire future.
Latine and Hispanic Initiatives Coordinator
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Alex Hurtado joined Amplify in October 2022 as the Latine and Hispanic Initiatives Coordinator. Alex was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV where she attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She moved to Tulsa in 2017 where she joined Teach for America. Before joining Amplify, Alex taught at Felicitas Mendez International School for 5 years. She has a love for youth and knows how capable they are when given the resources they deserve. Alex is passionate about bilingual education, sexual health and the Latin Community. When you don’t see her out and about serving the community, she’s teaching Zumba classes around Tulsa!
A: The soundtrack of my past is anything from Lady Gaga, my present soundtrack is anything by Bad Bunny, and the soundtrack of my future is Lofi beats.
A: My favorite thing about Tulsa is how big the city is but how it feels like a small town. There are people in the community that are doing work for all people here!
Communications and Marketing Manager
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Brittany McCulloch joined the Amplify team in September 2022 as the Communications and Marketing Manager. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University in 2016 and is currently working on a Master’s degree in Mass Communications at her alma mater. She has previously worked at Tulsa Area United Way and Tulsa CASA, and she currently serves on the steering committee of NextGen United. Brittany was also awarded a NextGen Under 30 Oklahoma award in 2022. She has a passion for programs that help young people stay healthy and safe, and she enjoys being a storyteller for the incredible work nonprofit organizations do in the Tulsa community.
A: Spending Christmas in New York, becoming a scratch golfer, and seeing Drake on tour.
A: Tulsa just feels like home! I grew up in the area and have made memories all over town, from riding the Zingo at Bell’s every summer, to watching my favorite artists perform at the BOK Center, to starting my career downtown surrounded by the beautiful Art Deco. Also… Warehouse Bar & Grill 💔 R.I.P.
Operations and Administrative Coordinator
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Cristine Segui-Harris joined Amplify as the Operations and Administrative Coordinator in July 2022. She earned an Associate degree’s in Liberal Arts from TCC and a Bachelor’s degree in American Studies from OSU. Cristine is an avid reader and has previously worked at local bookstores like Border’s, Barnes and Noble, and Magic City Books. Prior to moving to Tulsa, she worked as a Program Coordinator for a collaborative group between YFS and AutismOklahoma called Bee’s Knees, which is an art group for adults with Autism. Cristine has always had a passion to help people in whatever capacity they need. Being a parent and having worked at a preschool, her love for children and youth led her to Amplify.
A: Since moving to Tulsa 6 years ago, I’ve told everyone that if I am going to be living in Oklahoma, I’m glad that it’s Tulsa. The community is very passionate. Whether you are an activist, artist, runner, bicyclist, reader, parent, advocate etc. you will find a group of individuals who share your love. The resourcefulness of the people of Tulsa to make such an impact is inspiring and should be a model for other cities.
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Donna Willis joined Amplify Youth Health Collective in July 2020 as the Grant Manager. Donna has a varied background, including obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, running a home business as a medical transcriptionist, training as a horticultural therapist, freelance editing, and serving as office manager for the Zarrow Center for Learning Enrichment at the University of Oklahoma. Donna has experience assisting with writing and administering a range of large-scale federal grants as well as state and agency grants. She also served on the research team that developed the Transition Assessment and Goal Generator and assisted with data management and technical writing.
A: Life’s Better When You’re Growing: The Enduring Education of Donna Willis
Coming up with a title for my autobiography required a bit of self-reflection, but I didn’t want to overlook the forest for the trees, so to speak. Looking back, I can see that my happiest times have involved growing. I have a passion for horticulture and love growing flowers and veggies. I enjoy growing my knowledge through formal education and studying my passions of horticulture and natural healing. And, I am having so much fun with my growing family, which now includes 3 amazing grandchildren and an adorable baby nephew!
A: The Gathering Place! It’s a beautiful park and there are so many amazing features and options for family fun.
Heather Duvall, MA
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Heather Duvall returned to Amplify Youth Health Collective as its Executive Director in November 2020. In her previous five-year tenure, from 2013 to 2018, she was the Director of Programs at Amplify (previously known as Tulsa Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy) where she guided strategic direction for the organization and established sexual health education in Tulsa Public Schools.
Heather is a leader in the nonprofit sector in Oklahoma and a national leader in the adolescent health and development field. Prior to Amplify, she held leadership roles at CAP Tulsa and Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy, and taught at the University of Central Oklahoma. Most recently she was the statewide Director of Programs for the Oklahoma Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.
For over 20 years, Heather has been advocating for educational opportunities and uniting diverse groups toward a shared vision to make our communities a place where all young people are valued. She was raised in rural Oklahoma and has a Master’s Degree in Communication from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University.
A: If I could have one super power I would wish to be MAGIC. And I would conjure all types of powers for good in the world. And the dishes and laundry would always be done.
A: I grew up in a small town. At an early age, I recognized that the interconnections of families, neighbors, and the entire community plays a vital role in supporting young people. One of my favorite things about Tulsa is that you can see that same type of community support here, even though it is a much larger city. There are many disparities that exist for too many young people in Tulsa, and I see Tulsans working every day to make it a better place where all young people can grow up healthy and able to take hold of every opportunity. The work that we get to do supports all young people to fulfill their highest potential, and the enthusiastic collaboration in Tulsa makes it all possible.
Jenny Briggs, MSW, LMSW
Director of Learning and Impact
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Jenny Briggs joined the Amplify team in August 2019. Jenny is a lifelong Tulsan who brings a strengths-based, systems-oriented approach and passion for youth voice to her work with Amplify. She earned her Master of Social Work from the University of Oklahoma in 2014 and is licensed by the Oklahoma State Board of Licensed Social Workers at the LMSW level. Jenny has over a decade of experience at the intersection of public health and community-based social work. In her current role, Jenny guides the strategic vision for Amplify’s capacity-building programs, supporting program staff and external partners to advance youth sexual health and well-being in Tulsa. In addition to working as a sexuality educator for four years, Jenny’s experiences include positive youth development, trauma-responsive care, team management, program development and evaluation, and leveraging community partnerships to achieve long-term goals.
A: Can I choose 146? If I can choose 146 folks, I’d bring all the youth I had the opportunity to work with in Carrera class of 2021 together again. I’ve never laughed more with or learned more from anyone (especially you, 7th hour) than this remarkable, reflective, courageous, hilarious group of young people. But if I only get one, I’d have to pick Kurt Vonnegut, because he was clever and charming and profound all in the same sentence.
A: The people. I have the privilege of working alongside some of the most heart-centered, youth-driven, intentional folks in promoting adolescent sexual health and in my personal life. I’m grateful for the change makers, the social workers, the advocates, the organizers, and the mentors I learn from every day. Tulsa is transforming because the people just do NOT quit.
Community Engagement Specialist
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LaKala Williams joined Amplify in 2022 as the Community Engagement Specialist, after serving as a member of Amplify’s Youth Leadership Council and intern at Amplify. LaKala is a proud North Tulsa Native and graduate of The Booker T. High School. After receiving her bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Oklahoma, she began to explore her lifelong passions for adolescent health & well-being, Black maternal health, and reproductive and social justice, with a career as a public health professional and enthusiast. LaKala is an intentional community builder, who is committed to youth advocacy, creating safe spaces, and educating and empowering populations, in order to deliver better health outcomes. LaKala sees her mission as not only personal, but moral, ethical imperatives. Outside of Amplify, LaKala enjoys traveling, being a doula and good food!
A: My power would be the ability to control time. I would be able to stop, reverse, slow down and speed up time whenever I pleased. How cool would it be to relive the good times and fast forward through the bad?!
A: My favorite thing about Tulsa is the sense of community and belonging. Also, honorable mention: The downtown Coney Island, specifically the downtown one!
Samantha Higgs, MS
Capacity and Outreach Coordinator
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Samantha Higgs joined Amplify Youth Health Collective as the Capacity and Outreach Coordinator in November 2020. Samantha previously worked as a Health Education Specialist at Youth Services of Tulsa serving youth around the Tulsa area by providing sexual health education and assisting young people in connecting with clinics for their sexual health care. She has served as the secretary for the Tulsa Health and Education Coalition since January of 2018. In addition to working in the sexual health field, Samantha has worked with individuals with disabilities, individuals with mental illness and advocating for youth by recognizing young people have agency. Samantha was awarded the Rising Star award from Oklahoma State University College of Human Sciences in 2018. She received her bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University in Human Development and Family Science in 2014 and earned her Masters from Oklahoma State University in HDFS with a focus on Child and Family Services in 2017.
A: If I had to be on a reality TV show I think it would be Guys Grocery Games. I love Guy Fieri and come from a family of chefs. I think it would be great if we could all compete together as a family and see what shenanigans we get into! I definitely would not be the best cook but think it would be a fun challenge to tackle as a family!
A: One of my favorite things about Tulsa is the small town feel, but big city benefits. We have an incredible arts scene, great local businesses and restaurants, amazing concert venues that attract great talent and so much more. There is always the opportunity to find something new. I love the people I’ve met and come to know in Tulsa and the people who are working hard to make it a better place for everyone.
YLC Program Coordinator
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Tammy joined the Amplify Team as the Youth Leadership Council Program Coordinator in September 2020. Tammy is a proud Neurodivergent Latinx Queer artist and a charismatic advocate for the rights of people to feel good in their bodies and live in safe communities. With YLC, Tammy collaborates with teen leaders in the area to create resources and events promoting adolescent sexual health and well-being in the Tulsa Area. Tammy wants to combat adultism, body-negativity and support young people to fully grow into themselves without fear. With the support and collaboration of many young people, Tammy has spent the last 8 years creating award-winning, nationally recognized program spaces where young people can lead and innovate their communities ranging from Body Positive fashion clubs, POC empowerment spaces, Summer Camps, and her current role with Amplify’s Youth Leadership Council. With his background in photography and a Human relations degree from “The school of life”, Tammy has seen the power positive media representation and meaningful participation can have for marginalized groups in society and brings these ideas to their activism and their career as Youth Program Coordinator.
A: I have always wanted my own talk show! The current working title is “Tea Time with Tammy” and here is my lineup for the first episode full of laughs, music, science, and in depth interviews with celebrities!
- Introduction where I share the names I go by as a Nonbinary person! I use the names Tammy and T so it’s best to get that lesson out of the way first to avoid confusion 🙂
- Comedic skits and stand up sets from Ilana Glazer and Michelle Buteau to warm up the crowd.
- Science experiments with STEM queen and style Icon Ms. Frizzle from the Magic School Bus
- Belly Dance tutorial from my childhood Pop idol Shakira where she’s impressed by my skills and takes me on tour with her
- Fashion segment with a style panel of Billy Porter, Alok Vaid Menon and my Mom.
- Megan thee Stallion will close out the show with some music from her new album
I may be biased because it’s my show, but I’d watch it! Hope you would too, those celebrity appearances ain’t cheap! 🙂
A: It’s the great mixture of small town and metropolitan. There’s a little bit of everything you would find in a city yet the nights are quiet and peaceful like a small town. I also love and support the growing diversity we have from all the people who make Tulsa great with their cultures, languages, food and individuality. The diversity makes Tulsa so much more culturally rich and I’m excited to see the progress and important conversations we as Tulsans have together.