Kelsey Ricks

Executive Director

Kelsey graduated from Oklahoma City University in 2014 with a degree in political science/international relations. While in college, Kelsey worked for Project Transformation as the House Coordinator for the Oklahoma City sites. She continued her education at OCU and earned a Master of Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Nonprofit Leadership. While pursuing her graduate degree, Kelsey served as an AmeriCorps member at Positive Tomorrows Elementary School where she worked as a teacher’s assistant and after school program teacher. In 2016, Kelsey spent 3 months working as a missionary with the nonprofit A Better Belize in Belmopan, Belize. During her time in Belize, Kelsey coordinated and led an academically and spiritually focused summer program for elementary children in the local village. After returning to the United States, Kelsey joined the Project Transformation team and served as the Program Director for two years before she took over the role of Executive Director in 2018.

Kelsey’s favorite children’s book (apart from the Harry Potter series) is Wacky Wednesday by Dr. Seuss.

Sydney Phariss

Program Assistant

Sydney is currently a junior secondary math education major at Oklahoma City University. She is actively involved in the education department at OKCU, and is a member of Alpha Chi Omega, and Order of Omega Greek Honor Society. Sydney is a two-year alumna of Project Transformation-Tulsa, and joined the staff as the Program Assistant in January 2019. She firmly believes in the power of establishing relationships through Project Transformation, and cannot imagine a better program to work for during
college years.

Sydney’s favorite children’s book is Fuzzy Kitten by Katharine Ross.

Avery Hightower

Social Media Intern

Avery is a sophomore at the University of Oklahoma majoring in public relations and minoring in Spanish and nonprofit organizational studies. She served Project Transformation at the Moore First United Methodist Church site during Summer 2017 as the Arts Coordinator and Summer 2018 as the Team Coordinator. At OU, Avery is also involved in Lindsey + Asp, OU's Public Relations Student Society of America chapter, and her sorority, Alpha Omicron Pi.

Avery’s favorite children’s book is The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.