Wings exists to enhance the lives of adults with developmental disabilities through social, vocational and residential programs guided by principles of the Bible. This mission is executed through two main branches: Wings Programs and Wings Enterprises. Both work cohesively to support and benefit the other.
Wings Day ProgramThe Wings Day Program takes place Monday through Thursday, 10:00 – 2:00. This program is offered to individuals with special needs, ages 18 and up. Program attributes include vocational training, bible study and life skills training, as well as cooking classes and other independence training. Items produced in the vocational workshops are sold in the Wings Gift Shop.
Wings Event CenterThe Wings Event Center is a special events venue available for weddings, parties, and other special events. All proceeds from the Event Center are used to further the mission of Wings. The Events Center is also used as vocational training for members of our day program.
Wings Social Club ProgramThe Wings Social Club Program is a once a month social event. This program is offered to individuals with special needs, ages 18 and up. Club members enjoy a number of events, including movie nights, holiday dances, picnics, and other seasonal activities.
Wings Gift ShopThe Wings Gift Shop offers a wide variety of items made by the members of the Wings Day Program, as well as a unique selection of market items. All proceeds from the gift shop are used to further the mission of Wings.
Our mission is to enhance the lives of adults with developmental disabilities through social, vocational and residential programs guided by principles of the Bible.
Our Vision is to provide a community in Oklahoma where individuals can:
- Reach the full potential of all God created them to be
- Live healthy, satisfying and enjoyable lives
- Grow socially, emotionally, and spiritually
- Feel safe and independent
- Develop meaningful productive job skills
- Hold real jobs in the community’s own business enterprises
- Experience the pride of contributing to own support
- Provide educational opportunities for residents to continue developing their skills and talents
As a way to expand our spheres of outreach and impact more people with our programs, we have formed a group of local community leaders and noteworthy individuals to promote and champion the cause of Wings. A Wings Champion is an advocate, an ambassador, and an ardent supporter of the mission and goals of Wings. We are truly thankful for the support and involvement of each Champion.
Jill joined the Wings Board in 2011. She has a BA in Education and taught in the public school system. Raising a child with severe hearing impairment prepared her to lead adults with special needs. Jill is the writer of the I AM curriculum, a year-long study of Genesis with a focus on God’s character, and co-founder of Heartsong, a Sunday School class for adults with special needs at Crossings Community Church. A highlight in her time at Wings was working with Deer Creek High School’s Wonderful Week of Fundraising to raise $80,000. Jill and her husband have two children.
Rhonda joined the Board at Wings in 2014 and currently serves as Vice Chair. Her passion for adults with special needs was birthed from her nephew in Texas. Wong graduated from Texas Tech with a Nursing Degree and she and her husband have one daughter. She has served in leadership on the Crossings Christian School Board, in addition to many other areas of leadership in ministry.
Jacque has served on the board since 2014, and has held the secretary position since 2015. She is an attorney and volunteers with Special Olympics, Edmond Women’s Club, Miracle League, and Crossings Community Church Worship. Jacque and her husband have two kids, one of which is a charter member of Wings.
Jeff is the Board Treasurer at Wings, and has held several positions on other non-profit Boards including YMCA-Edmond, OKC Neighborhood Alliance, Crossings Christian School and Edmond Chamber of Commerce. Professionally, Parduhn works as CFO for Pelco Products. Jeff is married with two children and enjoys reading, running, and is a coffee fanatic.
Ron has held Director positions in various organizations in the Oklahoma City area and has served the community in numerous capacities. He is a principle in CFO-Partner where he practices strategic transaction services for clients, and he is also a published author. Ron, his wife, and their two daughters have been members of Crossings Community Church for many years.
Jon joined the Wings Board in 2017 and spends time volunteering with both Oklahoma Venture Forum and Horizon Bankers. Professionally, Jon is an attorney with Christensen Law Group. He is married with two children and their family attends Crossings Community Church. He enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time with family.
Sara Ooley Davis
Sara has been a board member at Wings since January 2016, and previously held the office of Treasurer. She recently obtained a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Leadership and volunteers with Water4, YWCA, the Women’s Shelter, and Ballet Oklahoma in addition to serving at Wings. Sara is the Vice President and Co-owner/Operator at Mr. Ooley’s menswear. She enjoys reading, watching movies, and spending time with her husband and pets.
Drenda RobertsDrenda has served on the Wings Board since 2014 as the Marketing, Housing, and Teen Board Chair. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education and Masters in Elementary Counseling. Roberts has experience volunteering in many capacities in addition to Wings. Drenda is married with three children and loves spending time with family, traveling, and her dogs.
Shannon SchultheisShannon became a member of the Wings Board in 2017 and has held many volunteer positions in OKC including Church of the Servant Leadership and various volunteer positions within the sports arena. Professionally, Shannon directs Warm World School and has worked in business as an assessment coordinator. Shannon is married, has two children, and enjoys gardening.
Ashton WhaleyAshton joined the Wings Board in 2016. She holds a Master’s of Science in Audiology and practiced many years with the Hough Ear Institute. Her professional career includes working with many individuals with disabilities. She has served in leadership at Bible Study Fellowship and Children’s Health Foundation. Ashton, her husband, and son have been active members at Crossings Community Church for many years.
Cheri Weaver joined the Wings staff in October of 2016. She is married to Brian and they have one daughter, Courtney, son In law, Jeremy, and two grandchildren. Cheri holds a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education from the University of Central Oklahoma and first taught 5th grade in Oklahoma City Schools. Later she joined the staff at Crossings Community Church as Director of Children’s Ministry. After her licensure and Ordination, Weaver began Crossings Christian Preschool and Kindergarten and completed a Masters Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2002. She also developed several special programs, camps, special events, and self contained classes for children with special needs while Children’s Pastor at Crossings for 17 years. One of her proudest accomplishments during her time with Crossings was the research and development of the Crossings Volunteer Ministry which includes over 2600 individuals finding their purpose serving within the church and in the community.
Wings has been a passion for Cheri since she first heard about the need from friends and later attended a Wings tour. Through teaching and ministry Cheri likes to build on individuals abilities; not disabilities.
Brittany Whitney joined the Wings staff in August of 2014. After graduating from UCO in 2009 with a Bachelors Degree in Family Life Education, Brittany worked as an assistant youth director at Heritage Baptist Church until 2012, when she was blessed with the opportunity to spend 2 years in Paris with the International Mission Board, working as a language instructor to Moroccan immigrants. Brittany has also spent time serving at Camp Barnabas, as well as cultivating several friendships through the Miracle League of Edmond.
When she’s not at Wings, Brittany loves spending time with her best friend and husband Jacob, and her dog Squally. Brittany cherishes her work at Wings and desires for each member to always know their worth and that they are loved and valued.
Kara Duncan has spent the majority of her career working with the special needs community. Earning her Bachelors Degree in Special Education from Northeastern State University, she worked as an instructor with Reading for Kids, and later took a position as a teacher with Pathways Adult Learning Center in Tulsa. She joined the Wings staff in September of 2014, working as a Program Assistant and the Social Club Coordinator.
Kara loves to spend time with her family: husband J.T., daughters Ava and Jaclyn, and dogs Stewie and Lily. Kara loves investing her energy into the programs of Wings, with the hope and belief that each member will reach their full potential.
Cheryl joined the Wings staff in April of 2017. She is married to Mike and together they have three daughters, Miranda, Elaina and Adrianna. Cheryl has acquired over 20 years of experience in a customer service environment, working in business development and operations. Cheryl has been active in multiple chambers of commerce, volunteering in several different roles, including Ambassador and Board of Advisors. Cheryl has a passion for serving others in the community. She believes the Wings Event Center brings essential vocational and life skills to each member. She loves seeing the members on the event center team working together to make our events perfect for every client that rents our beautiful and unique venue.
Cheryl enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling and jeeping. She is delighted that God brought her to Wings to help everyone who walks in the door make their dreams and visions come true on their special day!
Originally from Goleta, California, Krista moved to Oklahoma in 2010 to attend Oklahoma Christian University where she earned her Bachelors Degree in Family Studies in 2014. She spent her final year of school volunteering in the Wings Day Program, before joining the staff as a Program Assistant in June of 2014.
Krista enjoys loving and serving others, and has spent time volunteering with the Joyful Sounds Choir and developing friendships in the Miracle League of Edmond. As a Program Assistant, Krista desires to help each member be all God wants them to be, realizing their full potential and worth as capable, important, and loved members of the community.
Krista enjoys sports, spending time with her dog Nellie, and spending time with friends.
Salem joined the Wings staff in January of 2012. Prior to his time at Wings, Salem spent 4 summers working at Camp Barnabas as both a Cabin Lead, as well as Head Cook, cultivating a passion for the special needs community. During his time at Wings, Salem has drawn from his passions in art, cooking, and teaching to invest in the members and programs of Wings.
As a member of the Wings staff, Salem works each day with the desire to see each member embrace their worth and ability. He believes in creating a thriving community for adults with special needs where they have the opportunity to create, contribute, and excel.
Salem loves spending his free time with his best friend Tierney, and pursuing his passions in art, food, and music.
Trae joined the Wings staff in June of 2017. Trae earned his Bachelor degree in Education from Marian University in Indianapolis. Upon graduation, he accepted a youth pastor position in Oklahoma and never looked back. As well as being a youth pastor, Trae has also served as a volunteer trainer for a nonprofit.
Trae currently has three children, which will soon become five when he and his fiance’, Mel, get married later this fall. He enjoys all kinds of sports, mostly watching now, but can still be found from time to time on the golf course or playing indoor soccer.
Trae enjoys serving others and sees his role at Wings as the perfect opportunity to put that passion into play.