Calm Waters Center for Children and Families Announces Three New Board Members


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Phone: 405-841-4800

Calm Waters Center for Children and Families Announces Three New Board Members

Calm Waters Board of Directors member, Molly Ross

Oklahoma City, OK, July 20 – Calm Waters Center for Children and Families, a nonprofit providing free grief support services to children and families on their grief journey in Oklahoma City Metro Area, recently announced three new members to the Board of Directors.


New board member Megan Ellis, Director of Communications at the Oklahoma Public School Resource Center, has served the Oklahoma nonprofit and education communities since 2008. As an alumnae of Harvard Graduate School of Education, Megan has impacted the lives of under-resourced children through multiple positions and initiatives with The Academy for Global Citizenship, The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club of Greater Oklahoma, and the Oklahoma Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs. Megan will serve on the Program Committee, Development Committee and Marketing Committee with Calm Waters.

Calm Waters Board of Directors member, Shyla Slay

Also joining the board is Molly Ross Fuhrman, LPC, Executive Director for INTEGRIS James L. Hall, Jr. Center for Mind, Body and Spirit. Ross is a Licensed Professional Counselor with 18 years of experience counseling and mental health programming. With a resume of community involvement, including co-chairing the Tatas and Tinis in 2022 and Red Tie Night Gala Co-Chair in 2017, and board service for Bishop McGuinness Alumni Committee, Harn Homestead and Oklahoma Project Woman, Ross is eager to continue in her philanthropic efforts with Calm Waters.

Lastly, the Calm Waters Board of Directors also welcomes Shyla Slay. Slay’s involvement in the Oklahoma City community has been dedicated and long-lasting. Her efforts have been most noted at Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School, Christ the King Catholic Church, Christ the King Catholic School, and the Junior League of Oklahoma City. She has served on multiple committees promoting and advocating for literacy in the metro.

“We have a strong team at Calm Waters, led by an immensely talented slate of officers and board,” said Erin Engelke, Calm Waters Executive Director. “We are pleased to welcome Megan, Molly and Shyla as our newest board members and are excited to expand Calm Waters with their expertise and passion.“

Additional board members are: Amanda Miller (Chair), INTEGRIS; Kendra Barnes, Arvest Bank; Paula Barrington, Bank of Oklahoma Financial; Catherine Divis, Schnake, Turnbo and Frank; Travis Hartfield, Oklahoma State University; Peter Hollifield, BKD Advisors; Brad Lemon, Ascent Resources; Dan Martel, Oklahoma City Community Foundation; Ashley Perkins, Cox Business; Kevin Sonntag, Dale Rogers Training Center; Belinda Willis, Bank of Oklahoma Private Wealth.

Calm Waters Board of Directors member, Megan Ellis

The new board members began their terms in summer 2022 and will serve a three year term for the organization.

About Calm Waters Center for Children and Families

Calm Waters Center for Children and Families provides FREE grief support services for children and families on their grief journey caused by death, divorce or other significant loss. Since beginning in 1992, Calm Waters has served more than 58,000 individuals across the Greater OKC Metro Area through their Center and School Support Groups. For more information about Calm Waters and their services, visit or call 405-841-4800. Calm Waters is a proud United Way of Central Oklahoma Partner Agency.