Executive Team

Kevin Burr, Chief Executive Officer

On September 6, 2016, Kevin Burr stepped into his new role as CSC Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Phil Dessauer in leading the organization and the more than 100 employees on staff. Kevin began his career more than thirty-five years ago as an English teacher and head football coach in Miltonvale, Kansas. The son of educators, husband of a former educator, and now grandfather to four whose parents are educators: the professional legacy to American education is vitally important in the Burr family. Throughout his career, Kevin has provided extensive service to the Tulsa area, as an educator, leader and volunteer. Read more >
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Ginny Utter, Chief Operations Officer

Ginny Utter, MBA, joined the Council staff in 2001. She plans, directs and coordinates CSC’s general and administrative operations and is responsible for human resources, communications and community relations, fundraising and resource development, grants management, and bids and purchasing. Areas of special expertise include human resources, board relations, and space planning. Read more >
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John Gonsalves, Chief Financial Officer

On September 28, 2016, John Gonsalves joined CSC as Director of Finance. John comes to CSC with more than 15 years of non-profit leadership experience, having served most recently as Controller for the Youth Empowerment Project in New Orleans, Lousiana and prior to that as Director of Finance and Administration for Tulsa Habitat for Humanity. John received a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Business Administration from Oklahoma Wesleyan University and has an MBA from Northeastern State University. Full bio coming soon
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Heather Hope-Hernandez, Chief Officer of External Affairs

On November 14, 2016, Heather Hope-Hernandez joined CSC as the new Chief Officer of External Affairs. Heather is a veteran communications and public policy professional with a nearly 25-year track record. A native Tulsan and University of Oklahoma graduate, Heather worked for 12 years in both Washington, D.C. and New York City as a political journalist—first covering the U.S. Congress for publications including Congressional Quarterly where she analyzed the impact of proposed tax and budget legislation as well as appropriations, crime, immigration and campaign finance reform. Read more >
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Jan Figart, Associate Director

Jan Figart, DHA, RN, is the Associate Director and Senior Planner in Maternal and Child Health at the Community Service Council. This role includes the development of community collaboratives, staff support for coalitions, program development, grant writing, program evaluation and analysis of community trends. Over the last 15 years, Jan has focused her energies on children’s issues in the Tulsa community. She has provided leadership to the Tulsa Healthy Start Initiative, early childhood initiatives and services for the uninsured. Read more >
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Jim Lyall, Associate Director

Jim Lyall, MPA, has been with the Community Service Council since 1980. As Associate Director he oversees 2-1-1 Helpline and community planning initiatives for the integration of services for military veterans, homelessness, mental health care and responses to community emergencies. Jim is known throughout Oklahoma and nationally for his leadership in the development of 2-1-1. Read more >
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