Leadership & Board
Steven Dow | Founder and Special Advisor
From 1992 until 2019, Steven Dow has served as the founder and executive director of CAP Tulsa. Under his direction, the agency has received national awards and recognition for its anti-poverty strategy focused on providing influential early childhood education and comprehensive family economic support through both direct services and public policy efforts.
In 2012, Dow was one of only 20 people in the country named to the Aspen Institute’s inaugural Ascend Fellowship, which forms a network of leaders who share knowledge, develop and test ideas, and coordinate their cutting-edge, two-generation approaches to moving families beyond poverty. In 2016, Dow was chosen for the highly selective Pahara-Aspen Education Fellows Program. As a fellow in the program, Dow is one of 23 innovative community leaders, chosen from across the nation, who are working together to reimagine America’s public schools. These honors add to a lengthy list of other prominent boards and commissions on which Dow has served, including National Advisory Council for AmeriCorps; Reach Out and Read; Tulsa Housing Authority; and Oklahoma Advisory Task Force on Children’s Issues, among many others.
Karen Kiely | Executive Director
Karen Kiely joined CAP Tulsa in 2008 and was named chief operating officer in 2009, assuming responsibility for day-to-day operations of the agency, as well as strategic planning. During her tenure, Kiely has seen CAP Tulsa named “Best Non Profit to Work For” by the Non-Profit Times for several consecutive years. CAP Tulsa has also received a Mosaic Award for Top Inclusive Workplace Culture from the Tulsa Regional Chamber for three consecutive years. In October 2019, Karen Kiely was named Executive Director.
Prior to joining CAP, Kiely spent seventeen years at The Bama Companies, Inc., in a variety of leadership roles in both the U.S. and Beijing, China. Before joining Bama, Kiely spent five years in international banking with Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company in New York, Taipei and Hong Kong. Kiely holds an MBA from Oklahoma State University and a B.S. in economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Michelle Boatright | Chief Program Officer
Michelle Boatright joined CAP Tulsa in 2003 and currently manages the departments at CAP Tulsa that offer direct services to families. Additionally, Boatright oversees support departments and a statewide program operated by the agency and serves as CAP Tulsa’s Head Start director. During her tenure at CAP Tulsa, Boatright has served in a range of roles spanning fundraising, strategic planning, family recruitment and intake, home visiting, asset building and work readiness initiatives, public benefit screening, and two-generation program design.
In 2006, when CAP Tulsa was first selected to implement a new statewide program aimed at improving the quality and quantity of services available to at-risk children ages birth through three, Boatright helped lead the effort to launch what became the highly lauded Oklahoma Early Childhood Program.
Prior to joining CAP Tulsa, Boatright was the executive director for a domestic violence services center in central Oklahoma and also served as a child advocate for the organization. She has worked in the non-profit sector for the past 18 years and holds a bachelor’s in psychology from Oklahoma State University.
CAP Tulsa Board of Directors
George Charlton, Jr.
Brad Cunningham – Secretary
Anita Ede – Vice President
Jonathan Joiner- Treasurer
Phil McCoy – President