Staff

Meet the Team

Thick Descriptions is a team of individuals invested in the meaning and execution of anthropology.  We address in particular broader questions of science, both natural and social, providing rich, in-depth and provocative examinations of human identity and how the complexity of our identities influences, impacts and engages with each other independently and collectively.  Our team acknowledges and untangles “those elephants in the room” providing transparency with a goal to attain mutual understandings.

Suzette V. Chang

Founder & CEO

Suzette is an Information Advocate.  Her focus is the politics of human identity and how “labels” influence and impact humans as we function and interact with each other.  She gives specific attention to “historical labels”, their meaning during the past and how those meanings impact the present and shape our understandings of the future.  Suzette has a Masters in Cultural Anthropology and a Masters in Library and Information Studies from the University of Oklahoma.

Dr. Elisha Oliver

Chief Operating Officer

Elisha is a Bio-Cultural anthropologist. She specializes in rural and urban community studies with a focus on health, education, language, and community spaces. Elisha designs, facilitates, and implements cultural diversity trainings and workshops across Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico. She is a veteran educator with over 20 years of teaching experience in mainstream and inclusion classrooms. Elisha has a Masters in Cultural Anthropology and a Doctorate in Bio-Cultural from the University of Oklahoma.

Apollonia Pina

Science Empowerment Leader

Apollonia Piña is an interdisciplinary researcher of Mvskoke, Xicana, Scots-Irish, and French lineage. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Cross-Cultural Epistemologies in Science and Math from the University of Oklahoma, where she served as a researcher on a National Institutes of Health grant concerning Native Americans in STEM fields. Apollonia’s life as an indigenous activist started with her Native and Xicano parents and informs her work in academia and community involvement in Northeast Oklahoma. Presently, she is the Tulsa chapter organizer in the Native women led non-profit initiative Matriarch. Her research interests include indigenous perspectives in science and math, indigenous sexuality, indigenous womanism, and promoting Natives in STEM. When time allows she enjoys scouting rare books, rock and roll, origin stories, and connecting the dots. She resides on Mvskoke lands in Tvlse, Okla Humma with her son José.  E

Walter Brown III

Science Empowerment Leader

Walter is a Avionics Technician. His background is in test equipment, auto pilot and flight computers. Walter currently leads the PME Lab at the MikeMonroney Aeronautical Center. He comes from a family of educators that has inspired his love for mentoring. He is a 21 veteran of the Federal Aviation Administration. With a love for math and science, he looks forward to developing the next generation of aviation enthusiast. Walter has a bachelors degree in Air-way Science from Langston University.

Mark Barber

Science Empowerment Instructor

This Langston University student has a passion for music, specifically drumming.  He brings a wealth of international knowledge to our S.T.E.A.M. Learning Journeys due to his travel experiences.  Thick Descriptions is pleased that he is an active member of our team.

Mary Bowler

Science Empowerment Instructor

Mary is a graduate from UCO with a masters in Early Childhood Education, currently working as a 4th grade teacher at FD Moon Academy. She studied abroad in London to discover how she can incorporate international teaching techniques into the classroom. Mary has a passion for STEAM because it opens up opportunities for children to be inventors and creators.

Allisyn Burleigh

Science Empowerment Instructor

Allisyn Burleigh has a Masters in Early Childhood Education from University of Central Oklahoma.  She teaches Pre-K at a metropolitan Oklahoma City Public School and is an inline English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher for children that live in China.  Allisyn believes discovery and exploration is the gateway to lifelong learning.

Dr. Joseph Fredrickson

Science Empowerment Instructor

Dr. Joseph a.k.a. “Cool Joe” is a Paleontologist and has a background in Cretaceous ecosystems of North America using geochemical and morphological analyses of fossilized vertebrate remains.  His knowledge, research background and “cool” approach supports his commitment to collaborative outreach programs that support teachers, students and administrations.   His teaching topics include energy, earthquakes, paleontology, geology, taphonomy, percussion music and biology.  Dr. Cool Joe attained his Ph.D. during Spring 2018.

Volunteers

The work of Thick Descriptions would be impossible without the partnership of amazing and talented volunteers. If you are interested in getting involved, click here for adult leaders.  And here for non-adult leaders.

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