Officer Kelli Braitsch
Member/Tulsa Police Department
Kelli joined the Counseling & Recovery Services Board in the summer of 2020. She is a Tulsa Police Officer. Every day she sees the struggles, both inside and outside her profession, with mental health and substance abuse issues. She has also battled with her own mental health issues throughout her life. Because of that, she has a strong passion to help people battle through it.
Kelli was born and raised in the Tulsa Metro area. She received a scholarship to play softball for the University of Oklahoma where she completed her bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a criminology emphasis. She concurrently completed her Communications degree with a non-verbal and cultural emphasis.
Kelli started working for the City of Tulsa in 2006 and has held various positions as a Tulsa Police Officer. She is certified as an Advanced Mental Health Response Officer (now called CIT-Crisis Intervention Training) and she is a Team Leader for her Tulsa Police Department’s Peer 2 Peer group.
In her free time, Kelli tries to attend or watch all things OU sports. She is also a coach for a local competitive 12 and under softball team. She enjoys traveling, learning cultures from all over the world and sampling all the foods she can!
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Chair/Stanfield & O’Dell
I’ve recently come to a realization about myself that the people I hold with the highest respect are those who inspire me to be a better person. Business success, incredible athletic ability, or a sharp mind are great, but the ability to have compassion for people is the most important quality I see in people.
With that said, the work done at Counseling & Recovery Services had a tremendous appeal to me. I actually had no intention of joining a board at the time, but when I approached Executive Director Bryan Blankenship about volunteer opportunities, a position was open, and I joined in December 2016, and I am thrilled to be a part of the organization and help out in whatever ways I can.
I am an audit supervisor for Stanfield & O’Dell. I’ve been with the firm for six
Along with serving on the Counseling & Recovery Services Board of Directors’ Finance and Community Relations and Resource Development committees, I have also served on the Young Professionals Board for Emergency Infant Services, where we developed a new annual fundraising event and manage the City Wide Baby Shower. This summer, I am also currently planning a new fundraising event involving a 5K run.
I lived in Arkansas from birth until graduating from the University of Arkansas, and I have been in the Tulsa area ever since. I’ve been married seven years. My wife is a yoga instructor and teaches several places around town. I stay involved in fitness through strength training, yoga, and sports when I can.
For the past two years, I’ve been a part of the Hex House cast, where I play a butcher. My wife and I went to an audition almost as a joke, and since then many of the cast members are almost family to us. Taking a job scaring people until well after midnight was not something I expected to do in my 30s, but October has become one of the busiest and most fun months of the year.