About PCYS

A little bit about who we are

Payne County Youth Services was established in 1972 to provide programming for youth and families struggling with issues of adolescence. From a humble but important beginning of 2 dedicated and professional staff, PCYS has grown to be a respected and well-known resource for children, youth and families in the Payne County area, employing 24 people. PCYS is a Designated Youth Services Agency, and Member in Good Standing of the Oklahoma Association of Youth Services. PCYS is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitative Facilities (CARF), and is certified by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. PCYS enjoys a robust relationship with social service providers and the educational community throughout the area. We are the only agency in the area that provides services with no restriction to services based on the service recipient's inability or refusal to pay for such services.

Program services include individual, family, crisis intervention, and group counseling for both mental health and substance abuse issues. Intervention, prevention, and diversion services include emotions management, the First Offender/Skills for Success program, parenting education, substance abuse group psycho educational program, Victims of Crime (VOCA) counseling and advocacy services, Safe Place program, Foster Care, Transitional Living, Community At-Risk (CARS) home-based counseling, outreach mental health and substance abuse counseling provided in the public schools, and emergency sheltering for youth. Please click here for more about information our programs and services.

Payne County ranks in the top 20 counties in Oklahoma for child abuse and neglect confirmations. PCYS operates the only emergency youth shelter in Payne County. Each year, we provide for approximately 100 young people in the Emergency Youth Shelter.

Many families with adolescents need counseling but cannot afford the cost. PCYS is the only agency in Payne County that has no restriction of access to services based on the services recipient's inability or refusal to pay for such services.

A survey indicated that 37% of high school seniors admitted to getting drunk in the last 30 days. 21% of high school seniors have used marijuana in the last thirty days. PCYS provides free outpatient substance abuse counseling for youth in Payne County.


Janet Fultz, NCC, MS, LPC
Job Title: Executive Director
Ms. Fultz is a Stillwater native, and earned her degrees at Oklahoma State University. Janet holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and a Master’s of Science in Community Counseling. Janet has been employed at PCYS since 2000 in various capacities as a Nationally Board Certified, Licensed Professional Counselor, most recently serving as the Clinical Director before stepping into her present position. She is the proud mother of four daughters and grandmother of six grandchildren.

Wesley Horne, BS
Job Title: Finance Director
Mr. Horne is a 2000 Stillwater H.S. graduate. In 2005, Wes received his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from Oklahoma State University. He joined PCYS staff in 2007. Leisurely activities he enjoys are spending time with his family, reading, athletics and watching movies.

Kimberly Simmons Coates, MS
Job Title: Shelter Director
Mrs. Simmons-Coates is a native of Wewoka and a graduate of Oklahoma State University where she received her BA in Family Relations & Child Development and a MA in Child Development. In the past, Kimberly worked with the First Offender Program, WIA, and TLP programs at PCYS. She has recently returned to be the Shelter Director. She and her husband enjoy OSU athletic events and are avid supporters.

Brad Epperson, NCC, MS, LPC
Job Title: Clinical Director
Mr. Epperson is a native of Southwestern Oklahoma. In 2003 Brad earned his Bachelors of Science in Psychology followed by his Masters of Counseling in 2006, both from Oklahoma State University. He was hired in February 2008 at PCYS. Brad brings 3 years previous experience working with children age 12 -18. Aside from working with adolescents, Brad enjoys movies, reading, fishing, and spending time with his wife and two dogs.

Angie Freeny, MS
Job Title: Community Relations/ Prevention Services Director
Mrs. Freeny is a native to Stillwater and a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology, Master of Science Degree in Education, and a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Walden University. Angie has been with Payne County Youth Services since September of 2005. Angie has been married to Duane since 1997 and they have one son, Jake.

Andrea Drain-Langston
Job Title: Administrative Assistant
Andrea is a Stillwater native and a proud graduate of Oklahoma State University. She received her Bachelor’s in Fine Arts in Graphic Design. She joined PCYS in the fall of 2004. In her leisure she loves to travel, be with her family and be active in the arts community. She has two adult children.

Britney Hardin
Job Title: Executive Administrative Assistant
Mrs. Hardin was born and raised in the small town of Elk City, OK. Being very new to the area, she is appreciating the kindness and generosity of the Stillwater community. Britney’s hobbies include reading, table top gaming, and spending time with her husband and two boys.

Belinda Martinelli
Job Title: HR/Accounting Specialist
Belinda Martinelli is a native of Cushing and a graduate of Oklahoma State University where she received her BS in Business Administration with a minor in Management. Belinda began working with PCYS in August 2017 at after 22 years in retail. She enjoys spending time with her son, OSU sports, outdoor activities, reading, gardening, music and cooking.

Laura Black, MS, LPC
Job Title: Youth and Family Counselor
Ms. Black has lived in Stillwater since 1995. She worked at OSU for 18 years, earning a BS in Business Administration, Management Information Systems while there. In 2012, she earned an MA in Counseling Psychology from Southern Nazarene University and completed requirements for Licensed Professional Counselor in 2016. She began work at PCYS in 2016 and enjoys working with the youth in the community. When not working, she spends time interacting with family and friends, reading, watching Netflix, listening to music, and generally relaxing at home.

Aglaia "Alexis" Martin
Job Title: VOCA Counselor
Ms. Martin is a native of Greece and emigrated as a young child. She grew up in Connecticut but relocated to Oklahoma in 1989 where she resided in Lawton up until 2013. Ms. Martin graduated from Cameron University with both her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology (1994) and her Master of Science in Behavioral Sciences Psychology (1998) and went on to work in community mental health, for a nonprofit agency, and also worked in private for profit counseling agencies in Lawton from 1994 up until moving to Stillwater in May 2013. She has been a Licensed Professional Counselor since 2001 and a Registered Play Therapist since 2006. She enjoys spending time with her daughter and son, playing with her pets, exercising, and reading.

Brittni Griffin
Job Title: Foster Care Program Coordinator

Kassie Miller
Job Title: Foster Care Case Manager

Sally Jane Kerschen-Sheppard
Job Title: Transitional Living Program Coordinator

Barbara Dalton
Job Title: Transitional Living Program Case Manager

Rachel Lewis
Job Title: Youth & Family / TLP Counselor

Judith Sessions
Job Title: Intervention/Prevention Specialist

Sharilyn Roggow
Job Title: Assistant Shelter Director

Cassie Pickens
Job Title: Shelter Nurse

Loretta Hendrix
Job Title: Lead YGS Supervisor

Whitney Hampton
Job Title: Youth Guidance Specialist

Cortney Jackson
Job Title: Youth Guidance Specialist

Alyssa Wallace
Job Title: Youth Guidance Specialist

Ronee Finch
Job Title: Youth Guidance Specialist

Hannah Scott
Job Title: Youth Guidance Specialist

Barbara Stone
Job Title: Youth Guidance Specialist

Clark Pepper
Job Title: Suicide Prevention Program Coordinator

Alicia Johnson
Job Title: Youth and Family Counselor

Chloe Ingram
Job Title: Youth Guidance Specialist


Board of Directors

Blaire Atkinson (Director)
Blaire Atkinson is the Senior Associate Vice President of Development Services at the Oklahoma State University Foundation. In this role, Blaire provides strategic direction and oversight to the marketing & communications, donor relations and special event functions at the OSU Foundation. Prior to serving in this role, Blaire spent the last 11 years overseeing Human Resources at various organizations within the state. Originally from Vici, Oklahoma, she has a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University in Business Administration, and is a Senior Professional of Human Resources and a SHRM Senior Certified Professional of Human Resources.

Dustin Bledsoe (Director)
Mr. Bledsoe is the Chief Operating Officer and Payne County Bank. He graduated from Oklahoma State with degrees in Finance and Commercial Bank Management. He is a resident of Perkins where he serves on the Perkins-Tryon School board and has been a youth coach for over 10 years. He is an active member of the Perkins Chamber of Commerce board member. Dustin and his wife Trish have two children, Zac and Landry.

David Spivey (Director)
Owner, Texas Roadhouse

Aaron Wilson (Director)
Aaron Wilson has lived in Stillwater most his life, receiving a BS in Economics from Oklahoma State University in 2008. While at Oklahoma State University, he earned recognitions such as one of 16 Outstanding Seniors, President of Business Student Council, and Homecoming King. After graduating, he worked in Wichita, KS for Koch Industries Inc. for 5 years as an analyst and in commercial buying roles. In 2013, he moved back to Stillwater to join his parents business, Wilson Chevrolet Cadillac where he now works as the Dealer in Training. Aaron is also a member on the Graduate Board of Directors of his fraternity, Phi Gamma Delta. Aaron became passionate about PCYS while volunteering with his wife, Allison, at the Youth Shelter cooking dinners with the residents throughout the year.

Lee Denney (Director)

Jim Lauerman (Secretary/Treasurer)

John Mills (Director)
Mr. Mills has been a part of PCYS since 1978. A retired public school educator and principal of the Stillwater Middle School, John has taught at various locations including OKC, Liberia (W. Africa), Ripley and Stillwater. He is a graduate of Oklahoma State University. John enjoys being active in community affairs and is active with a number of boards and memberships including Stillwater Sister Cities.

Tylerr Ropp (Director)
OSU Foundation - Senior Director of Development & Team Lead - University Programs & College of Engineering, Architecture & Technology.

RuthAnn Sirbaugh (Director)
RuthAnn McCarthy Sirbaugh is the Director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at OSU, College of Education. Prior to joining the College of Education, Sirbaugh owned and operated a tutorial center in Stillwater, serving a diverse population of clientele. She administered grant programs through the Workforce Development initiative that offered school sessions for those teenagers adjudicated, delinquent, or deprived and worked with area school children. Sirbaugh also volunteered with Juvenile Services for 3 years. Sirbaugh also worked as an academic advisor at OSU for Athletic Services for eight years. She hired and trained the tutorial staff, assessed reading and math levels of at-risk student-athletes, and developed prescriptive remediation services for over 350 student-athletes per semester. Sirbaugh holds a Master's Degree in Educational Psychology from Oklahoma State University.

Dale Sorrell (Chairperson)
Mr. Sorrell has been a Stillwater resident since childhood and has owned businesses in Stillwater since 1986. He has volunteered for Payne County Youth Services prior to joining the board and has worked with some of the youth that have gone through their programs to help them learn a trade to build a career. Dale has been active in and held offices on boards of other local and state groups and associations but has recently scaled back on some obligations to serve more for Payne County Youth Services. With three kids and four grandkids Dale enjoys water sports and escaping to the great outdoors with family and friends.

Bryan McNeil (Director)
Bryan McNeil was born in Woodward, OK, but has lived in Stillwater most of his life. He is a proud Oklahoma State graduate, graduating with a BS in 2008. Bryan is currently a commercial loan officer at RCB Bank. In addition to PCYS, Bryan is also on the family selection committee for Stillwater Habitat for Humanity and will begin his first term on the Stillwater Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors in January 2018. Bryan is an active member of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce and a current participant in Leadership Stillwater Class 26. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Norah and their 2 daughters, Ava and Hadley.

Candace Gann (Vice-Chairperson)

Kevin Bell (Director)

Micah Sexton (Director)

Jerod Helling (Director)

Kylie Moulton (Director)

Advisory Board for Sustainability and Public Awareness

Richard Ayers (Director)
Richard Ayers and his family have been members of the Stillwater community since 2008 and have loved every day. Richard is not a person to sit on the sidelines but contributes by committing to action and getting involved. He is a member of the Frontier Rotary Club and has served the board for the past two years. For the past two years, he has served as president of the Stillwater chapter of the National Association of Insurers and Financial Advisors. He was recently asked to become part of the Advisory Council of the Payne County Youth Services. In addition Ayers is a volunteer member of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce Ambassador’s Committee and recently completed the Leadership Stillwater Class 23. “Stillwater is a great community where citizens live out many of the beliefs and values that make life interesting,” says Ayers. “Everyone should be able to find a place where they can make a positive contribution. If you are looking to get involved, I can point you to a few worthy causes.” Ayers is a Financial Services Professional and Insurance Agent with New York Life and operates his own office here in Stillwater. Ayers is also an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church of Oklahoma and has served as in several local pastorates and ministries beyond the local church. He is presently serving the Yale United Methodist Church on a part-time basis. He is a graduate of Oklahoma City University. He attended Phillips Graduate Seminary and has a post-graduate degree from Emory University in Atlanta. He and Dana live in Stillwater and have two grown children. They also have a 15 year old daughter Delanie who is a sophomore at Stillwater HS. Dana is an OCU opera performance graduate and has an extensive career as a performer with Lyric Theatre, the Oklahoma Shakespearean Theatre, OKC Philharmonic and many other out-of-state credits. She has been a teacher of musical theater and voice and now serves as the Director of Choral Activities at Stillwater HS. Richard plays the guitar and 5-string banjo, loves traveling internationally, and enjoys horses and camping with the family.

John Bryant

Bob Burk
Reared in Denver, Colorado, Mr. Burk attended and graduated from the University of Arizona, where he met his wife, Norma. He has two children, and four grandchildren. Bob worked for Phillips Petroleum Company in Bartlesville for 8 years and was self-employed with Burk Oil Co. for 35 years. Currently, Bob is a management consultant. Bob previously served on the PCYS Board of Directors for 29 years and is currently on Payne County Youth Services PCCWAC Board as well as the Advisory Board.

Kelly Burley
Kelly Burley serves as Executive Director of KOSU, the NPR station serving central Oklahoma at 91.7 and northeastern Oklahoma at 107.5. Burley received his BS in Broadcast Journalism, News and Public Affairs, from Oklahoma State University in 1990, and an MS in Mass Communications from OSU in 1998. Kelly first joined KOSU in 1990, first as a reporter, then news director and program director. During that time, he won three national Edward R. Murrow awards from the Radio Television News Directors Association, the National Journalism Award from the Scripps Howard Foundation and two national awards from Public Radio News Directors Inc., a national organization that supports public radio news professionals. Kelly also taught broadcast news writing and radio production at Oklahoma State University in 1998-99. He also served as Associate State Director for AARP Oklahoma from 2003-2007. Kelly lives in Stillwater with his wife, Lisa. They have two children, Clint and Kara.

Shyla Eggers
Shyla Eggers is the Director of Public Relations for Stillwater Medical Center. Shyla grew up in Enid, OK and moved to Stillwater in 1986 to attend OSU, where she graduated with a degree in journalism in December 1990. She has been the Director of Public Relations for Stillwater Medical Center since October 1999. Shyla has served on the United Way Board of Directors, the Richmond Parent Teacher Organization, and the Leadership Tomorrow Planning Committee. She is a graduate of Leadership Stillwater Class 2014 and the Stillwater Police Community Outreach Program. In her spare time, Shyla enjoys spending time with her family and relaxing by the pool. She has been married to her husband, Rick, for 28 years and they have two grown children, Alexandra and her husband, Jackson, and Emily a college freshman.

Anne Greenwood
Anne is an avid OSU supporter and is active in many philanthropic activities. As Chair of the Women for Oklahoma State University Leadership and Philanthropy Council, Anne is very familiar with the needs of the community and how one person can make a difference. Anne and her husband, Mike, moved to Stillwater in 2007 happily settling into her retirement after 30 years of being a corporate accountant. While in Tulsa, she served for 7 years on the Tulsa Area United Way Fund Distribution Committee, on the board of Tulsa Speech and Hearing Association including learning sign language and chairing a Christmas party for the children with a Santa who could sign and communicate with the deaf children. Mike and Anne are life members of the OSU Alumni Association and members of OSU-Tulsa President's Council. Anne currently serves as a full time volunteer for Oklahoma State University - OSU Tennis, OSU Music, Friends of the OSU Library, OSU Alumni Association life member, and mentoring OSU students in any possible way. Both Michael and Anne are Spears School of Business Hall of Fame and OSU Alumni Association Hall of Fame honorees. The Greenwood's are lead donors for the Greenwood Tennis Center and the Greenwood School of Music. Additionally Anne spends time to advise United Way of Payne County and also the OSU Wesley Center. We are grateful that Anne has decided to make PCYS a part of her giving spirit by serving on our Board.

Ann Halligan
Ann received her BS in Business Education at Texas Tech University. Her work experience includes being a legal secretary, a high school business teacher and a licensed real estate agent. She has served on the Boards of Stillwater Medical Center, Stillwater Area United Way, Tulsa Ballet, Girls Scouts, Stillwater Medical Center Foundation, OSU Friends of Library, and OSU Friends of Music. She has also been a sorority financial advisor and on the KOSU advisory board. Ann is married and has 3 married sons and 8 grandchildren. Her hobbies include walking, gardening, music and travel.

Ann Hargis
Ann Hargis became the "First Lady," or "First Cowgirl," of Oklahoma State University when her husband, Burns, took office as the 18th President of the OSU System on March 10, 2008. Mrs. Hargis is an active ambassador for OSU. In addition to partnering with President Hargis on many activities, she is active across the campus and community. On the OSU campus, Ann is involved with Friends of the Library, OSU Art Museum, Friends of Music, and she is often seen giving rides to students in her orange golf cart and visiting with her therapy dog Scruff, a member of Pete’s Pet Posse. In the Stillwater community, Mrs. Hargis has served on various advisory boards including Stillwater Public Education and Payne County Youth Services. A native of Dallas, Mrs. Hargis earned her bachelor's degree in math and Latin from the University of Texas. She worked a number of years in the information technology industry and advertising and marketing. Mrs. Hargis and her husband have two married children - son Matt and his wife Michelle, and daughter Kate Haas and her husband Richard; and three grandchildren - Peighton, Preston and Oliver.

Kent Houck
Owner, Houck Agency

Jarrod Marcum-Noftsger
A resident of Payne County since 1988, Jarrod L.M. Noftsger is Assistant Department Head of Human Development and Family Science within the College of Human Sciences at Oklahoma State University. Jarrod studied at Oklahoma State earning a Bachelor’s degree in History and a Masters degree in Counseling and Student Development. He specializes in undergraduate education with an emphasis in the education of first-year students. His wife Wendy is a 27-year veteran teacher with Stillwater Public Schools and they have two children, Aaron 21 and Alec 18. Jarrod and Wendy are Life members of the OSU Alumni Association.

John Romans, Ph.D.
John S. C. Romans, Ph.D. is the Head of the School of Applied Health and Educational Psychology in the College of Education at Oklahoma State University, and is a licensed HSP Psychologist in the state of Oklahoma. He holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kansas, a Masters degree in Counseling from the University of Iowa, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Iowa State University. He moved to Stillwater with his wife Connie in 1990 to join OSU faculty in the Counseling Psychology program. He has served in a variety of administrative roles at OSU including Counseling Area Coordinator, Associate School Head, and Associate Dean. Dr. Romans' research interests include stalking and interpersonal violence, counseling with adolescents, and clinical supervision. He has enjoyed working with the PCYS staff over the years, and has supervised many of the student interns at the agency. He lives in Stillwater with Connie, and teen children Andrew and Sarah.

Cory Williams

Carrie Winterowd, Ph.D.
OSU Associate Professor, School of Applied Health and Educational Psychology

Shelbye Spencer

Chris Young

Jamie Payne

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Who Are We?

Payne County Youth Services, Inc. (PCYS) is a private, non-profit (501(c)3) agency designed to aid children and youth, ages birth-22, and their families, who are in crisis or who are seeking preventative and transitional services, and request the assistance of counselors, our shelter, transitional living, psycho-educators, or support groups. Our Foster Care program recruits, trains, and supports foster parents. PCYS provides exemplary local, 24/7 support to our foster families. There is no charge for our services.

Our Mission

"Payne County Youth Services, Inc., is dedicated to providing free quality services for the positive development and recovery of children, youth and families."

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