Lisa B. Synar, Executive Director
"I joined OKC Beautiful in 2008 because I was driven to be a part of the growth and positive change happening in our city. Through the leadership of amazing board members and staff, OKC Beautiful has been a significant part of the change. It is an honor to be a part of ensuring Oklahoma City’s strong future. Providing environmental education and beautiful spaces it vital to the economic growth of our great community."
After 30 years in the corporate and retail business, Lisa Synar found her passion with OKC Beautiful. Under her leadership, OKC Beautiful has doubled the programs available to the community. Lisa is a member of Leadership Oklahoma City, where she served as the Alumni President, and is a board member with the Rotary Club of Oklahoma City.
Kristen Milburn, Program & Marketing Director
“I am so grateful to be a part of the tremendous growth in OKC. I believe that having beautiful spaces for people to come together is key to sustaining economic growth as well as creating happy, healthy communities. I invite you to join us as we help make OKC a beautiful place to be!”
Kristen was born and raised in OKC and attended the University of Oklahoma where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Advertising. After interning with OKC Beautiful in 2014, she joined staff in June of 2015. Kristen oversees the marketing and logistics of OKC Beautiful’s programs. In her personal life, she loves home design, plants, and her pets Luna and Hank!
Kat Gant, OKC Harvest Program Director
"This work allows me to share my 20 years of sustainable farming and gardening experience with the most important people on the planet: kids. We positively impact thousands of children and their families each year by enabling them to get their hands dirty and learn science, math, reading and more through the outdoor classroom. Bringing garden love to others is a joy for me."
Kat has extensive experience within sustainable horticulture, including community gardening, farming, advocacy and teaching. She has worked on rural and suburban family-owned farms as well as at community gardens on the east and west coasts. Before joining OKC Beautiful, Kat managed a certified organic farm in OKC and developed the Employee Garden at Chesapeake Energy.
Sarah Mossman, Garden Educator, Cleveland Elementary
"I am passionate about school gardens and am grateful for the opportunity to help provide a vibrant outdoor classroom for elementary students. I enjoy teaching garden-based lessons that deepen students’ understanding of science and math as well as emphasize positive food choices and a healthy lifestyle. It is a true joy to garden with the students and to watch them grow in their understanding of the natural world."
Sarah was born and raised in Oklahoma City and received a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from OU. She left a career in social work to become a stay at home mom. Sarah decided to volunteer to coordinate the school garden at her children’s elementary school 6 years ago and has enjoyed watching an unused space turn into a beautiful school garden.
Micah Stover, Garden Educator, Bodine Elementary
"I could not be more honored to be OKC Beautiful's newest Garden Educator. The Harvest Program presents a dynamic opportunity to serve under-resourced schools through education on sustainable food gardening, science, and nutrition. As someone who has every bit of faith in our children, I'm humbled to have a hand in helping kids create a healthy future for themselves and the environment. I cannot wait to share the inspiring growth of our gardeners and their plentiful harvests."
With a background in social advocacy and event coordination, Micah has consistently worked to bring people together for the right reasons. Micah is an Oklahoma Native with a passion for the state she grew up in. Prior to joining OKC Beautiful, she worked as a Special Events Coordinator and interned for a local nonprofit.