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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Vanessa Finley, Chief Program Officer

Vanessa Finley has been the Chief Program Officer (CPO) at the Community Service Council since July 2017. As the CPO, she is part of the four-person executive team and is responsible for oversight and support of all programs, services and coalitions offered through the Community Service Council’s six core investment areas of Education, Housing & Homelessness, Incarceration Reduction, Veteran Reintegration, Health & Mental Health and Data & Information. Read more >
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Walter Gerow, Chief Financial Officer

Walter Gerow joined the Community Service Council as CFO October 2017, managing CSC’s finance team and the day-to-day accounting, financial management, financial reporting, budget development and management, treasury services, and regulatory reporting to governmental agencies, foundations and other funding sources. Walter has three decades of operational and financial experience in the healthcare, insurance and nonprofit industries, including executive administration, business plan development, financial forecasting, financial analysis, competitive analysis and bench-marking. Read more >
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Heather Hope-Hernandez, Chief 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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