Laura Bellis

Executive Director

Laura Bellis is a relentless community organizer, educator and mentor working across public health, education and local/state policy spaces. Within her first four years at Take Control, Laura has strategically scaled the team to incorporate a clinical quality improvement initiative, a post-secondary peer-health initiative, and incubate a statewide data collaborative, Metriarch.
Laura is deeply involved in the Tulsa community. She has served on the City of Tulsa’s Human Rights Commission since 2017, serving as vice chair in 2018, and a subsequent two years as chair. Since 2015, she has worked on the municipal level of policing policy. In March of 2020, Laura co-founded Save Our State: Oklahomans United, a grassroots organization focused on COVID-19 resources & policies.
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Mindy Galoob

Deputy Director

Mindy oversees the administrative operations of Take Control and  leads the TCI+ clinic quality improvement project, a multi-year effort to meet the objectives of improving access to contraception and reproductive healthcare services. Mindy earned her BA in Women’s Studies from the University of Oklahoma and her MBA in nonprofit management from American University. Prior to joining the Take Control Initiative, Mindy managed operations in a variety of nonprofit and foundation settings both locally and in San Francisco.

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Gaby Lagorin

Program Director

Gaby manages the strategic building and maintaining of community relationships, including but not limited to families, community organizations, healthcare partners and community leaders. Her work focuses on strategically bridging community and healthcare spaces. She previously served as the Clinical Services Director, having joined the team as the Education and Social Media Coordinator in 2015. Gaby graduated from Oklahoma State University where she studied International Business and served as a City Year Corps Member in Tulsa before joining Take Control.


Jacqueline Blocker

Data & Policy Director

Jacqueline directs the collection, analysis, dissemination and utilization of health data from national, state and local levels to create and implement policy change and public awareness. Jacqueline’s focus and passion is educating and engaging the community at large, and teaching others how to advocate and build capacity for effective and impactful change. Jacqueline joined the TCI team to deepen the expansion of the statewide women’s health collaborative, Metriarch. Jacqueline graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in Organizational Sociology and went on to obtain her Juris Doctorate from UMKC where her studies focused on Legislation and Environmental and Urban Law. Previously,  Jacqueline practiced corporate defense, focusing on Environmental and Employment Law.


Alice Blue

TCI+ Lead Quality Improvement Officer

Alice coordinates the implementation of the TCI+ quality improvement project by providing project management, technical assistance and best-practice integration to participating clinic sites. Alice received her Masters of Social Work from Yeshiva University and has years of nonprofit experience with Community Service Council and Carrera Program.


LaTonya Scott

TCI+ Quality Improvement Officer

LaTonya implements TCI+ programmatic quality improvement supports, providing technical assistance and best-practice integration to participating clinic sites. She received her Masters of Public Health from University of Oklahoma and most recently worked with the Carrera Program.


Brandy Hammons

Operations and Development Manager

Brandy coordinates events and manages the day-to-day operations of TCI and TCI+. Brandy earned her BA in Organizational Leadership from Southern Nazarene University and is passionate about non-profit work focused on empowering women. Before joining the Take Control Initiative, Brandy acted as the Program and Marketing Manager for Tulsa Girls Art School.


Paola Almanza

Digital & Creative Coordinator

Paola manages Take Control’s social media platforms, marketing, and supports the team through the design and production of key materials such as video, ad images, and outreach resources. She also supports the marketing for Metriarch and Tulsa Birth Equity Initiative. An Oklahoma native, Paola received her Bachelors in Strategic Communication with a minor in Graphic Design from Rogers State University and gained experienced through her internships at Create the Movement, City of Tulsa’s Mayor’s Office, and Schnake Turnbo Frank.

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Jenna Chapman

Women’s Health Policy Manager

Jenna conducts policy analyses and oversees data projects surrounding women’s health in Oklahoma.  She also works closely with Metriarch organizations on collaborative projects to expand and diversify conversations about women’s health.  She earned a Master’s in Public Affairs from Brown University as well as a Bachelor’s in Science, Technology and Society, focusing throughout her coursework on reproductive health and reproductive justice.


Tommy Yap

Research and Policy Coordinator

Tommy primarily works with the Metriarch collaborative as a Research and Policy Coordinator. His work focuses on advocacy, as well as research for Metriarch’s resource library. He has a Masters of Public Administration and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Cal Poly Pomona. Policy, research, and working with non-profits has long been his passion, which gave him the drive to start a voter access project in Tulsa called Tulsa Voter Van.


Candice Holley

Clinical Training Coordinator

Candice coordinates the Clinical Training of the TCI+ quality improvement project. Candice brings a degree in Health Education and Community Health, years of consulting experience in medical device and clinical data integration, and working with hospital systems and clinics all around the United States and Canada. Her efforts also led her to Alaska where she worked for the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium in Biomedical Engineering and Clinical Informatics Training expanding care, education, and access to information. Candice has a passion for culture, community and Women’s Health, and believes in the power of connecting with people.


Maria Hernandez

Education and Outreach Coordinator | Tulsa Service Year Fellowship

Maria is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with minors in Nonprofit Organizational Studies and Social Justice. Maria is passionate about sexual and reproductive health, particularly filling the gaps in access to high-quality health resources for communities of color. As a proud Latina and sex-positive advocate, she has witnessed the linguistic, cultural, and systemic obstacles many women in her community face when seeking education and support related to sexual health.


Grace Poulos

Data & Policy Fellow | Tulsa Service Year Fellowship

Through quantitative analysis, poignant research, and interactive storytelling, Grace looks forward to promoting health and gender equity in Tulsa. Grace obtained her B.A. in International Studies from the University of Tampa, accompanied by a Minor in French and a Concentration in African Studies. Grace’s professional interests include human rights research, sustainable development, and promoting cultural awareness. Originally from Chicago, Grace grew up surrounded by artistry and diversity. She loves to oil paint, visit unique art exhibits, explore new vegan food spots, and travel any chance she gets.