By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
Sunbeam Family Services, a nonprofit organization serving vulnerable Oklahomans from birth to senior, has elected three new members to its Board of Directors. Community leaders in business and philanthropy make up the 25 members of the Sunbeam Board of Directors. The new board members are Cindy Fairchild, Robert Wood and Christopher Harrison.
“We are very pleased with the addition of Christopher, Cindy and Robert to the Sunbeam Board of Directors. They have shown great leadership and commitment to service in their careers and personal lives and bring valuable knowledge and skills to our board,” said Jim Priest, Sunbeam CEO. “We are eager to see their impact as Sunbeam continues to serve more Oklahomans.”
Fairchild serves as Vice President Express Employment Professionals overseeing 19 divisions in three states. As a recognized leader, Fairchild brings with her business knowledge and expertise for continued growth at Sunbeam. She has served on the boards of four local nonprofit organizations and is involved with the Oklahoma City Chamber through the Metro 50 Awards program and the Oklahoma Business Ethics Consortium.
“Having known Jim Priest for years, I knew something he would be involved in, had to have merit,” Fairchild said. “Upon hearing the ‘Sunbeam story’, touring the main campus and Educare and attending a fundraiser—I was hooked. My mission will be to share with others the depth and breadth of services this great organization offers.”
Wood is Chief Operating Officer of Chickasaw Nation Industries (CNI) and an adjunct professor at Southern Nazarene University, Oklahoma State University, and the University of Oklahoma. He previously held leadership positions at ActioNet, Inc., Booz Allen Hamilton, and Control Data Corporation. He has a BS in Network Management, a MS in IT Security, and an Ed.D in Aviation & Space Science With over 30 years of professional experience, Wood brings a diverse skillset to Sunbeam.
Funeral Director and owner of Heritage Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Christopher Harrison is a community advocate and leader. While president of the Millwood Public School Board, a new high school was built and the Millwood Arts Academy was established. In addition, Harrison is a candidate for the Oklahoma House of Representatives, District 97.
“I joined the Sunbeam Family Services board because this organization represents what a community of hope can accomplish when commitment to all mankind is the priority,” Harrison said.
Founded in 1907, Sunbeam Family Services is one of Oklahoma’s longest serving nonprofits, providing help, hope and the opportunity to succeed to people of all ages and all stages of life in central Oklahoma through early childhood, foster care, counseling and senior services.
Partnering with the Oklahoma City Police Department, Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office and the Areawide Aging Agency, Sunbeam recently distributed 450 backpacks filled with school supplies to children raised by their grandparents.
One service of the Sunbeam’s Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program is to provide backpacks filled with school supplies for their grandchildren. During the event, a Resource Fair was held that included organizations such as Infant Crisis Services, Sunbeam Counseling, Sooner Success, Camp Shiloh and ONIE Allegiance CU.