By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
Sunbeam Family Services of Oklahoma has announced the addition of Robin Waters as Chief Financial Officer and Erin Engelke as Chief External Relations Officer to the executive team of the 107 year-old social service agency.
Before joining the Sunbeam team Waters served as the Chief Accounting Officer of Paycom. She brings 20+ years of accounting and finance experience from both public and private corporations.
“I have been very blessed in my life and I was so thrilled to have an opportunity to give some of that back to my local community, not just through a monetary donation, but on a day-to-day basis, serving as the CFO for an organization with such a wonderful mission,” Waters said.
“I’m excited to be contributing to the ongoing success of Sunbeam Family Services, ensuring we continue to strengthen and enhance individuals and families.”
Waters has an MBA in Finance from Oklahoma City University and is a certified public accountant.
Formerly, Engelke served as the Vice President of Communications and Public Relations for Feed the Children and has 17 years of communications experience.
Engelke is accredited in public relations. She is now serving as the Chief External Relations Officer for Sunbeam.
“I truly feel honored to have joined the team at Sunbeam Family Services, especially at such an exciting time for the organization,” said Engelke.
“My passion is to tell the stories of people and organizations, and Sunbeam’s story of serving thousands of central Oklahomans for more than a century is nothing short of remarkable. It’s a story I am absolutely delighted to tell.”
Engelke has managed local, national and international public relations efforts. She has worked with notable outlets such as CNN, USA Today, The Los Angeles Times and more.
Sunbeam CEO, Jim Priest said, “We are blessed and very fortunate to have two such highly-qualified and mission-minded professionals join our leadership team.
“With the addition of Robin and Erin, Sunbeam is poised for unprecedented and exponential growth as we focus on the future serving the poor and working poor.”
The executive additions come following the opening of a brand new, 45,000 square-foot campus at 1100 N.W. 14 St. in Oklahoma City. The new facility will allow the organization to better serve children, families and seniors in Oklahoma.
The mission of Sunbeam is to provide people of all ages with help, hope and the opportunity to succeed. The new location will help Sunbeam reduce overhead expenses, provide critical services in a safe neighborhood, provide bus stop access for the poor and working poor, and provide a user-friendly space for children and aging adults.
The new venue will also provide improved access for the physically handicapped, improved workspaces for fuller program integration and all programs and services will be under one roof.
As one of Oklahoma City’s oldest nonprofits, Sunbeam provides Counseling, Early Childhood Education, Foster Care and Senior Services for the poor and working poor in Central Oklahoma. They served over 8,000 clients in the last year alone.
Since 1907, Sunbeam has evolved to meet the ever-changing needs of the community. Today, all services are provided on a sliding-scale fee basis or free of charge, and include Counseling, Early Childhood Education, Foster Care and Senior Services.
For more information on Sunbeam, visit sunbeamfamilyservices.org.