Ross Faith, treasurer
Vice President - SpectrumFX
Mr. Faith is a lawyer and entrepreneur from Tulsa, OK. He is currently Co-Founder and Vice President of SpectrumFX, a startup company that sells a fire suppression product to the airline industry. At Spectrum, Mr. Faith has principal responsibility for business development, legal, and financial aspects of the company. He is committed to serving students in low-income communities. As a 2004 Teach For American corps member in Las Vegas, Mr. Faith taught fifth grade in low-income schools in Las Vegas. In 2013, he founded the Tulsa Debate League to provide opportunities for Tulsa Public School students to think critically and communicate through debate. Mr. Faith earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Southern California, a Master of Education from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan.
Attorney - Conner & Winters, LLP
Mr. Gomez is a litigation attorney with Conner & Winters, LLP, where he represents Native American tribes and tribal businesses in financial disputes, self governance, and in interactions with the federal government. Mr. Gomez also has considerable experience in the areas of insurance coverage, insurance defense, bankruptcy, and appeals. As a lawyer, Mr. Gomez has been active in the community and in local and national bar associations. He currently serves as Deputy to the Regional President for the Hispanic National Bar Association and is Chair of the Tulsa County Bar Association’s Diversity Development Committee. In furtherance of the Committee’s mission to increase racial and ethnic diversity among the local legal profession, Mr. Gomez has organized and participated in presentations to students at Rogers High School on basic principles of law and on the means for accessing a professional career through higher education and life experiences. The Committee is also in the process of organizing and assisting a local high school to compete in the Oklahoma Bar Association’s statewide mock trial program. Mr. Gomez earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Oklahoma State University and a Juris Doctor from Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law.
Lizaimee (Liza) Mata, vice chair
At BOK Financial, Ms. Mata is involved providing strategic communication support for the company’s Consumer Banking division. Ms. Mata’s community involvement has included providing public relations support to nonprofit organizations, serving on the organizing committee for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, and working as communications chair for the Tulsa Area United Way campaign during her time at Williams, her previous employer. Ms. Mata has also been involved in professional organizations in Tulsa, including currently participating in Leadership Tulsa’s Class 55, and previously serving as vice president of Finance for the Tulsa chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators. Ms. Mata graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Master’s degree in Strategic Communications Management and received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication from the University of Tulsa. A native of Venezuela, Ms. Mata has lived in Tulsa for more than 10 years. She is passionate about volunteering in the Tulsa community and is a firm believer in education as an essential aspect in influencing the community’s success.
CEO - Watkins & Associates Accounting and Tax Services
Ms. Watkins is the founder and owner of Watkins & Associates Accounting and Tax Services, LLC. Her career began with Amoco (now BP), in their tax department where she managed the State Income & Franchise Tax accounting processes and reporting for the company. As the owner of Watkins & Associates, she has worked with individuals and organizations large and small. Her 18 years of accounting and tax experience has allowed her to serve a broad range of businesses. Ms. Watkins is passionate about accounting and its possibilities. Her passion for supreme service and excellence in all that she does is evidenced by one of her favorite quotes, “To whom much is given… much is required.” She is deeply involved in the Tulsa community and surrounding areas. She is a member of Metropolitan Baptist Church where she serves in the children’s ministry, serves as a Trustee for Aim High Gymnastics Academy, and is the treasurer of the Alfresco Community Development Corporation. Ms. Watkins is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration where she majored in Accounting.
Joey Wignarajah, chair
Vice President - Argonaut Private Equity
As a Vice President at Argonaut Private Equity, Mr. Wignarajah evaluates potential investment opportunities and collaborates with portfolio company leadership in solving challenges they face. Prior to joining Argonaut, Mr. Wignarajah worked as the research director for two political campaigns, as a management consultant in Washington, DC, advising Fortune 500 companies in the aerospace and defense industry, and as a policy advisor in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy. He also served as an officer in the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps with tours in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Baghdad, Iraq, and Washington, DC, during which he managed over $100M in construction and services contracts. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management, a Master of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from Tulane University, where he worked managing 8 tutoring programs in ten schools in low-income areas of New Orleans.