Clark Wiens
Clark Wiens, President & Co-Founder (He/Him)

Clark co-founded the Circle Cinema Foundation in 2003 alongside George Kravis. They worked to revitalize the historic Circle Cinema, creating Tulsa's only independent, non-profit art house theatre.

Clark is also a founder of the Cedar Creek lumber company, which he ran for many years.

Beth Bovaird
Beth Bovaird, Vice President (She/Her)

Beth Bovaird, is passionate about Circle Cinema and it’s vital role in our community. As an active community volunteer who has served in leadership roles for local non-profits  for over 35 years, Bovaird has played a critical role as a Board Officer on the Circle board since 2006, including serving as Chair of the $2M “Coming Full Circle” Capital Campaign; co-chairing Circle’s lobby Art Gallery that promotes Oklahoma artists; and attending international film festivals to help screen potential films for the Circle. Bovaird’s expertise in PR/Marketing, fundraising, strategic planning, creative event planning and her life-long passion for the arts have helped in the success of Circle Cinema.

Expressing her dedication to Circle Cinema, Bovaird stated: “I love film! Film connects us all and the ability to use film as the vehicle for bringing everyone together, not only to view a diverse array of film programming not typically screened at a local theater, but to also have the unique opportunity to participate in special events and Q&A sessions with actors, directors, writers, producers, set designers, film students, educators, and such is a powerful tool for community involvement and thoughtful discussion, education, entertainment and expanding our horizons. Circle is truly a community gem.”

William J. Doyle III
William J. Doyle III, Secretary (He/Him)

Bill Doyle is Tulsa attorney specializing in the areas of real estate law and general civil litigation.

Jay Eshelman
Jay Eshelman, Treasurer (He/Him)

Jay is a lifelong Tulsan who loves to see the city’s core getting reinvigorated with activity, and glad the Circle has been part of the revitalization. An insurance broker by day with a huge appreciation for the arts, Jay is also a CPA and serves as the Treasurer for the board. He has passion for the Circle because of the beautiful diversity of films shown that enable us to learn more about each other and be better citizens of the world.

Joe Adwon
Joe Adwon (He/Him)

Joe is a real estate investor in Tulsa. He began as a broker and developer in 1972, specializing in commercial properties.

Jared Goldfarb
Jared Goldfarb (He/Him)

Jared Goldfarb is a lifelong Tulsan who was added to the Circle Cinema Board after spending 2019 as a board intern via Leadership Tulsa. Jared is Senior Vice President of Commercial Lending with BancFirst in Tulsa providing banking/lending services to small businesses throughout Tulsa and Oklahoma. Jared’s passion for Film/Arts, Tulsa, and the Circle’s mission to provide, not only entertaining films, but educational, cultural, religious programming to all Tulsans led him to inquire about volunteering at the cinema.

Alicia Haus
Alicia Haus (She/Her)

Alicia was born and educated in London, and moved to S. America in 1970. She lived in Buenos Aires, and Santiago, where she managed marketing for Alfred Dunhill Ltd., including Dunhill Showjumping Trophy with attendees from throughout the continent. She moved to Houston in 1981 where she worked for Tourist Office of Spain; Galas of Spain were held in 8 U.S. cities promoting Spanish tourism destinations, wines, music and food. She has been a happy resident of Tulsa since 1996, and always supported theater and the arts, with a particular interest in cinema.

Steve Higgins
Steve Higgins (He/Him)

A native Tulsan and University of Tulsa alum, Steve now leads the team developing the Bob Dylan Center in the Tulsa Arts District. His favorite films include “Top Hat,” “The Thin Man,” “This is Spinal Tap,” “Dr. Strangelove,” “Annie Hall” and “The Royal Tenenbaums.”

Michelle Hoffman
Michelle Hoffman (She/Her)

Michelle has served on Board of Directors since 2011. She is motivated to serve by the impact film can have on highlighting, depicting and validating diversity. She is an active member of Tulsa’s LGBT community and is a long-time advocate for building inclusive community for all people. Michelle works as the Knowledge and Learning Specialist for Verinovum, Inc - a Tulsa-based analytics start-up.

Tom Horne
Tom Horne, PhD (He/Him)

Tom Horne recently retired after teaching political philosophy at The University of Tulsa for 32 years. During that time he spent a decade as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Among his publications are articles on four films released during the Iraq War.

Titus Jackson
Titus Jackson (He/Him)

Titus Jackson is a freelance videographer with multiple films under his belt. His most recent documentary  “Brokelahoma” is making the film festival rounds and can also be seen on Amazon Prime Video. He was the recipient of the “Best Oklahoma Feature” award at the Bare Bones International film festival in 2008 for his debut feature “Jesus Fish”. Since then he’s been making short films while supporting his wife Reanna and 3 Children with his videography business. His proudest accomplishments include self financing and distributing his previously mentioned documentary, teaching himself the art of filmmaking (which he calls do it your damn self university), and producing and directing live sporting events at the BOK Center, most notably the Tulsa Oilers hockey games. Current projects include cinematography for Hank Byrd’s soon to breakout series “Blerds”, and assistant camera on the “Who We Are” project, a chronicle of racism in America. He currently resides in Broken Arrow, Ok.

Jody Jill McIntyre
Jody Jill McIntyre (She/Her)

(Photo credit Tulsa World)

So proud to be part of Circle Cinema.  Love old movies, film history, and eating popcorn.  I've been in television production many years, and have great memories of living and working in LA.  Love my amazing twin daughters!

Alicia Nevaquaya
Alicia Nevaquaya (She/Her)

Alicia Nevaquaya is a senior financial specialist with the U.S. Department of Justice's Tribal Financial Management Center. She received her undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley, JD from the University of Wisconsin Law School and LLM in Indigenous Law and Policy from the University of Tulsa Law School. She is a transactional professional and has assisted banks, corporations, the energy industry, tribal governments and other organizations with financial compliance matters for the past 20 years. In addition, Alicia teaches a variety of Native American Studies courses as a professor at Bacone College. Alicia is based in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Gitzel Puente
Gitzel Puente (She/Her)

Gitzel Puente is a City of Tulsa employee in the Communications Department. She recently transitioned from journalism to government work after spending five years with NBC local affiliate KJRH. She arrived in Tulsa in 2015 from California and loves this community. She enjoys storytelling and learning about different cultures. Gitzel also serves on the Tulsa Global Alliance board and is a member of the Alliance Francaise, two of Circle Cinema’s cultural community partners. With a passion for promoting a global community in Tulsa, she believes independent and foreign films offer opportunities for international education for both students and adults. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, exploring local restaurants and coffee shops, watching movies, learning new languages and running.

Clifton Raphael
Clifton Raphael (He/Him)
Clifton Raphael teaches filmmaking and screenwriting at Jenks High School.  His students have won major awards in film contests, including a regional Emmy, and the $5,000 Grand Prize (twice) and $3,000 First Prize (three times) in C-SPAN's national documentary competition.
His favorite films include the German indie Mostly Martha and the silent classic The Passion of Joan of Arc--for which he had the pleasure of explaining, in a brief intro at Circle, why it's the greatest film of all time.  What he most loves about Circle is how it caters so well to the intellectually curious and community minded.
Barbara Eikner Thompson
Barbara Eikner Thompson (She/Her)

(photo credit Don Thompson Images)

Barbara is a writer, author, art/book collector, community servant, manager of Don Thompson Images and owner of Trabar Communications LLC. She believes that film like books and other social media can and have positively and/or negatively influence the society at large. Circle Cinema has provided the entire community documentaries, platforms and film related activities for expressions of entertainment, education and intellectual growth that otherwise would not be available.

Kirk Van Valkenburgh
Kirk VanValkenburgh (He/Him)

Born and raised in Tulsa, Kirk graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1970. then returned to Tulsa and became the creative director of one of Oklahoma’s leading advertising agencies. He worked for local, regional, and national clientele in business-to-business marketing, consumer products advertising, brand awareness, and public relations for both private and public sector companies.

In 1989 he formed the Meridian Group, a consortium of business communications professionals that provides business communications services for clients in both the public media and in business to business environments. In 2010 created Meridian Real Estate, a full-service brokerage specializing in residential, commercial, and land acquisitions.

Active in community service, Kirk has served on the boards of The American Marketing Association/Tulsa, Art Directors Club of Tulsa, The Center for the Physically Limited, Circle Cinema Foundation, Mabee/Red Shield Boys Clubs, The Street School, The National Conference of Christians and Jews Media Awards, Oklahoma Sinfonia, Planned Parenthood of Eastern Oklahoma, Thornton Family YMCA, Tulsa Centennial Marketing Committee, and Tulsa Opera.

Michael Wright
Michael Wright (He/Him)

Michael Wright is an avid explorer of writing and films dedicated to examining the thousand-and-one questions about what makes humans so truly wondrous and downright contrary at the same time. His creative work includes novels (on Amazon: Down the Ocean: Summer of '64; The Chessmen), plays, radio theatre and poetry. What he loves about Circle Cinema: 1) Amazing range of films to see, 2) unique events involving guest artists, live/online interviews, 3) supportive, innovative administration and staff, 4) broad programming, including National Theatre Live, 5) consistent and persistent efforts to provide inclusiveness for citizens of Tulsa and Oklahoma.

Stacey Dirks (She/Her)

Stacey has been in retail management for over 20 years and is currently the Store Leader for Warby Parker on Brookside.  Her strength in building successful retail teams comes from her passion in recruiting and hiring diverse staff, creating inclusive environments for them to flourish and consistently developing them to grow into their next role.  She has recently completed a Certificate Program in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University and is excited to bring those learnings into her role as a new Board Member.

"In a household of five, movies are one of our favorite ways to escape to someplace new.  Getting 90+ minutes of quiet time is pretty miraculous, plus I really do love a great story.   Being a part of Circle Cinema allows me to join my love of film with the skills I've developed and give back to the people of Tulsa in a way that can create real change.  When I think of moments in my life that I've been able to think about or see something differently, a film was often that doorway to the conversation."