About Us

Kristy Long began her fifteen years of public service with U.S. Senator David L. Boren. She has both a Bachelor degree in Political Science and a Masters degree in Public Administration.

Her inspiration for the institute comes from a battle with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis(JRA),since the age of two. Kristy has been an advocate for JRA and those with disabilities, which includes testifying before Congress for additional funding for research. Kristy has an extensive career in politics and education.

Kristy is writing her autobiography and a children's book entitled "I Am Beautiful". Kristy encompasses the NEVER GIVE UP motto of The DREAM Institute.

The DREAM Institute was formed to assist the educational success of students with disabilities. The institute continues as an all volunteer organization.

The DREAM Institute Board of Trustees

Kristy Long, Co-Founder of the DREAM Institute & Chair of the Board
Claire Gentry, Astra Zenica, Vice Chair of Board
James Martin, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma -Zarrow Center
For Learning Enrichment:Secretary of the Board
Nate Waters, WPX Energy/ Williams Companies, Inc.
Linda Barry, retired Bishop Kelley High School
Jan Collins, retired Town & Country School
Robert Eames, Oklahoma Department of Vocational Rehabilitation
Brett Cunningham, special education teacher in Oklahoma City Public Schools
and DREAM Institute Scholar Alumni
John Hillborn, special educator chair Broken Arrow Public Schools

The DREAM Institute Advisory Board

Phil Lakin, Tulsa Community Foundation
Emily Wood, Educator & Advocate
Phil Wood, Former City Auditor, City of Tulsa
Ken Levit, George Kaiser Family Foundation
Raja Basu, Ph.D., Oklahoma State University/Tulsa
Jerry Dillon, Global Connect
Deniese Dillon, Dillon International
Lewis Pond, CPA
Billye Beach, PSO
Dr. Amber McConnell, OU Zarrow Center for Learning Enrichments

Tax Exempt Status

The DREAM Institute has been recognized as exempt from federal income taxation under Section 501 (c ) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code and eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions. All contributions are tax deductible under non-profit tax guidelines. Funds and Planned Giving Services are managed by the Tulsa Community Foundation.