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 approximately 22 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 anger management, the First Offender/Skills for Success program, parenting education for parents of adolescents, substance abuse group psychoeducational program, Youth WIA program, Victims of Crime (VOCA) counseling and advocacy services, Safe Place program, Community At-Risk (CARS) home-based counseling, outreach 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 250 young people.

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.


Staff

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 Masters 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 four 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: Prevention Programs Coordinator
Mrs. Freeny is a native to Stillwater and a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and a Master of Science Degree in Education. 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.

Andrea Drain-Langston
Job Title: Administrative Assistant
Ms. Drain-Langston attended Oklahoma State University and received a BFA in Graphic Design. Raised in Stillwater for most of her childhood, Andrea has been with PCYS since 2004. She enjoys the small hometown pace, being with her family, traveling, reading and anything technological.

Nicole Sharp
Job Title: Executive Assistant/Personnel
Ms. Sharp is a Delaware native and Oklahoma transplant, bringing the fresh spirit of the East Coast to the office. Prior to working at PCYS, Nicole served as Office Manager for a pipeline and oilfield service company. She is thrilled to be out of that into industry and into the nonprofit world. When she’s not planning fundraisers, editing grants, or keeping up with personnel files, she enjoys spending time with her son, cooking, reading, and learning as much as possible about everything.

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.

Loretta Hendrix
Job Title: YGS Supervisor

Sharilyn Roggow
Job Title: YGS Supervisor

Ginger West
Job Title: Shelter Nurse

Lauren Gin
Job Title: Youth Guidance Specialist

Dillon Cook
Job Title: Youth Guidance Specialist

Jessica Perry
Job Title: Youth Guidance Specialist

Britnee Schatz
Job Title: Youth Guidance Specialist

Barbara Stone
Job Title: Youth Guidance Specialist

 

Board of Directors

Blaire Atkinson (Chairperson)

Dustin Bledsoe (Vice-Chairperson)
Mr. Bledsoe is the Director of Operations & Human Resources for University & Community Federal Credit Union. 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 a member of the Stillwater Area Human Resource Association and an active member of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce. Dustin and his wife Trish have two children, Zac and Landry.

David Spivey (Secretary/Treasurer)
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)
Dr. Denney attended Oklahoma State University and received a BS in Agricultural Economics and a DVM in Veterinary Medicine. She currently serves in the House of Representatives for District 33 (Rep). She has served in many positions including serving as Assistant Majority Floor Leader, on committees for Arts & Culture, Education & Energy, and others. Dr. Denney is currently the Chairman of Appropriations Subcommittee on Education. She has two children.

Jim Lauerman (Director)

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.

Jamie Payne (Director)
Mrs. Payne is a life-long Oklahoman who has dedicated her life to serving others. Jamie has many years of human Resources experience and is currently employed as a Human Resources Director for the OSU Foundation. Jamie is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a degree in Business Administration and is certified as a Professional in Human Resources Management. She is a long-term member and past president of Stillwater Area Human Resources Association and has served on the Payne County Board of Directors since 2000. Jamie is married to Tony and they have three beautiful children. Jamie enjoys traveling, gardening and OSU sports.

Jacqueline Ritter (Director)

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 (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 Bartsville 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.

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

Ann Caine, Ph.D.
The Stillwater Board of Education approved the selection of Dr. Ann Caine as Superintendent of Stillwater Public Schools on February 25, 2008. Dr. Caine earned bachelor and master degrees from Kansas State University and her doctorate in Educational Administration from Oklahoma State University. She has been an educator for 31 years as a teacher, principal and administrator with Putnam City and Moore, Oklahoma school districts. She began her teaching career in Junction City, KS. Dr. Caine has been married to her husband, Tracy for 30 years. They have two children: daughter, Laura, a 2005 graduate of OSU who currently works in the oil and gas field, and son, Chris, who graduated in sports management from OSU last December.

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 14. In her spare time, Shyla enjoys going to the lake with her family. She has been married to her husband, Rick, for 20 years and they have two children, Alexandra, age 16 and Emily, age 10.

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 kids.Mike and Anne are life members of the OSU Alumni Association and members of OSU-Tulsa President's Council. Anne serves as a Board member for Friends of the OSU Library and Executive Committee member for Coaches vs. Cancer here in Stillwater We are grateful that Anne has decided to make PCYS a part of her giving spirit by serving on our Board of Directors.

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 and successful 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, Friends of Music, Lahoma Club and she is sharing her love for physical fitness by teaching a yoga class to OSU faculty and staff. In the Stillwater community, Mrs. Hargis is active with the Stillwater Public Education Foundation, Make-a-Wish Foundation State Board, the Stillwater Children's Museum 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. Prior to coming to Stillwater, Ann was actively involved in various community and volunteer work in Oklahoma City in an assortment of areas, including health and children's issues and the arts. She was a member of Leadership Oklahoma Class V. 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

Kathy Franklin

Jessica Knights

Debbie Lindley
Debbie, a native New Yorker, and her husband Richard have two sons, Christopher and Nicholas. They moved to Stillwater in 1999 from Dallas after Richard’s retirement from the oil & gas industry. Stillwater has been the perfect fit for Richard’s avid enthusiasm of OSU sports and Debbie’s passion for horses. For the past 24 years, as an at-home mom both in Dallas and Stillwater, Debbie has been involved with civic volunteer efforts. While in Dallas, Debbie held a variety of positions of leadership in her church such as Deacon and Moderator-Liaison between the church board and the on-site day care center. Since moving to Stillwater, Debbie has been an avid supporter and volunteer for; the OSU Women’s Equestrian Team, the youth group leadership of First Presbyterian and First Christian Church, the volunteer coordinator for Payne County American Red Cross during hurricane Katrina, member of the Red Cross Disaster Response Team, the Stillwater High School Orchestra Booster Club, Turning Point Ranch, Saint Andrews Thrift Store, OSU Friends of Music, and Payne County Youth Services.

Richard Lindley
Richard is a native Oklahoman who spent his early years in the small southeastern town of Savanna. Richard graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1963 earning his degree in Industrial Engineering and Management. Richard was a member of two honorary engineering fraternities, Alpha Pi Mu and Sigma Tau. Upon graduation Richard was hired by Exxon as an engineer and remained with them for 18 years during which time he worked his way through the ranks and held several management positions. Fulfilling his desire to work with independent oil & gas exploration companies, Richard left Exxon and held senior management positions with; Beren Corp, Dalco Petroleum, and Indian Wells Oil Co. The last eleven years before retirement Richard worked for Fina Oil and Chemical as Vice President of Natural Gas Marketing and President of Fina Natural Gas Company, Dallas. Richard and wife Debbie have two sons, Christopher and Nicholas. After retirement, the family (including dogs and horses) moved from Dallas in 1999 to enjoy the great OSU and Stillwater lifestyle. Richard is an avid OSU sporting enthusiast but when he’s not in attendance at an event, Richard is contributing to a vast array of civic and church organizations including; Stillwater Interfaith Counseling, Frontier Rotary, Stillwater High School Orchestra Board, OSU Women’s Equestrian, PCYS Advisory Board, OSU Friends of Music, Red Cross Disaster Response Team, Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church and Saint Andrew’s Thrift Store.

Jarrod Marcum-Noftsger
A resident of Payne County since 1988, Jarrod Marcum-Noftsger is Assistant Director of Human Development and Family Science within the College of Human Environmental Sciences at Oklahoma State University. Jarrod studied at Oklahoma State earning a Bachelors degree in History and a Masters degree in Counseling and Student Development. He specializes in undergraduate education with an emphasis in the education of college freshmen. His wife Wendy is an 18 year veteran teacher with Stillwater Public Schools and they have two children, Aaron 12 and Alec 10. 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

Carla Evans Wilsey, M.D.
Carla is a pediatrician at Warren Clinic in Stillwater. She graduated from high school in Helena Oklahoma and received her BS at Oklahoma State University. She received her MD from Oklahoma University and completed her pediatric residency at Oklahoma University, Tulsa. Carla is married to Doug Wilsey, M.D. They have 3 children: Clay, Leah and Amy who is married to Mark and have a daughter Chloe. Carla is active as a member of Gamma Phi Beta House Corporation Board and is a former board member of Stillwater Domestic Violence. She enjoys marine aquarium, pugs, llamas, sewing, gardening, crochet, and stained glass.

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

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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 youth, ages 12-18, and their families, who are in crisis and request the assistance of counselors, our shelter, mentors/tutors, psycho-educators or support groups. 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."