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Staff & Volunteers


Michael Secora, Executive Director

Michael has been a Bartlesville resident for many years including graduating from Bartlesville High School in 2004. Michael graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a BSc in Health and Exercise Science and received a Masters in Kinesiology from the University of Saskatchewan. Michael has coached soccer at Bartlesville High School for 6 years. He has also worked as a personal trainer for four years. "There are many avenues for success and I am happy to serve the Bartlesville Community in a manner that helps not only open up more avenues for students academically but also I am excited to work alongside other programs such as Big Brothers Big Sisters to help ensure Bartlesville students are successful."

Kristin Towns is the Adminsitrative Assistant for Lowe Family Young Scholars
Kristin Towns, Administrative Assistant

Kristin earned her Associate of Business in Business Administration from Rogers State University. She is currently majoring in Business with goal of earning her Bachelors in Business Management.


The LFYS Program has a wonderful pool of volunteers who serve as our mentors, and on our committees. We would like to thank all of them for the time and effort that they devote to making our program a success! 

Mentor of the Year

Lowe Family Young Scholars Program mentors, Kay and Kevin Bjornen, were the LFYS Program Mentors of the Year in 2018. They were recognized January 18, 2019 as part of the Boren Mentoring Iniative for Oklahoma Mentor Day. 

Kay and Kevin have been matched with Fernando since October 3, 2012. They have worked with him to complete his Eagle Scout project and scouting badges. Kay has tutored him in Chemistry. Lately, they have both coached him in developing a degree plan for college. Fernando says that they have helped him not be as nervous with trying new things. He says they are fun to talk with and hang out with. They all hope to stay in touch as he heads off to college. 

Kay is a Research Data Initiative Librarian at the Oklahoma State University library. Kevin is retired from ConocoPhillips as of August 2018, but worked as an engineer while there.

Thanks so much for your time and effort as mentors!