Dr. Janet Vinson, Superintendent of Schools
Lois Newman, Executive Assistant
Starting her career in 1991 as a high school English teacher, Dr. Janet Vinson has served the students of Broken Arrow since July 2010. In her tenure, she has served as the executive director of curriculum, chief academic officer, associate superintendent of instruction and now as superintendent of schools.
During her time leading the instructional division, she facilitated a districtwide literacy initiative resulting in significant gains in elementary literacy achievement recognized by the National Reading Recovery Council. The literacy initiative set the groundwork for Broken Arrow Public Schools’ mantra of “100 percent Literacy, Engagement, Graduation” which serves as a goal for every student, educator and staff member in the district.
In her first few years as superintendent, she established four core values to emphasize a family-centered school culture. Each value focuses on individual responsibility to serve students, the district and community through respectful relationships while maintaining a passion for learning.
Under her leadership, the district completed a three-and-a-half-year process involving hundreds of community members to reconfigure Broken Arrow High School, the largest high school in the state, in an innovative way that re-imagines what high school should be in the 21st Century. The Project Pathways program is a multi-year plan enabling students to begin a career pathway through early college, early career tech and/or early trade apprenticeships, all of which will allow students to be life ready.
Additionally, Broken Arrow Public Schools joined forces with Tulsa Community College and Northeastern State University to build concurrent associate degree programs, allowing high school students to graduate high school and earn an associate’s degree simultaneously, with little to no cost to parents. Likewise, in 2018, the district collaborated with Mullin Plumbing to create the first plumbing apprenticeship partnership whereby students work in paid apprenticeships and may earn a journeyman license upon graduation. This has expanded to more than 30 career pathways for the 2019-2020 school year.
She represents Oklahoma on the National College Board Advisory Committee and the National SAT Suite Advisory Committee. For two years, she has served as a member of the American Association of School Administrators’ Redefining Ready Cohort, a nationwide cohort of school administrators redefining what high school should be in the 21st Century.
In addition, State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister selected her in 2017 to serve on her State Superintendent Advisory Council. Since 2016, she has served on the Oklahoma Association of School Administrators and the United Suburban Schools Association legislative agenda committees.
In 2016, Dr. Vinson was named as the Oklahoma Assistant Superintendent of the Year by the Cooperative Council of Oklahoma School Administrators and the Oklahoma Association of School Administrators. In 2017, she received the Women’s Community Impact Award by the Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce, and in 2019 was selected as the Citizen of the Year by the Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce.
As the superintendent, Dr. Vinson leads the district to ensure the needs of all Broken Arrow Public Schools students are met. Dr. Vinson oversees the district's strategic plan (pdf), working closely with leadership team and the Board of Education to achieve the district's goals.
Chuck Perry, Associate Superintendent of Student Services
Melissa Addison, Administrative Assistant
Email Mr. Perry; 918-259-5755
Chuck Perry attended Broken Arrow Public Schools from kindergarten through 12th grade and graduated with the Class of 1987. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tulsa in 1991 and his Master of Education degree from Northeastern State University in 2005. He started his teaching and coaching career with Broken Arrow Public Schools as a middle school teacher at Haskell Middle School and head boys varsity soccer coach from 1992 to 1997.
Perry continued his career in education at Union Public Schools as a teacher and coach before taking the position of assistant principal at Union High School from 2005 to 2008. Perry went on to serve as Union's director of athletics from 2008 through 2012 and director of secondary education for the 2012-13 school year.
In 2013, Perry made his way back to his alma mater and was appointed as the assistant superintendent of student services. In January of 2017, he was named as the associate superintendent to ensure opportunities for student engagement in the areas of fine arts, athletics, co-curricular activities and ArrowVision.
Mr. Perry oversees the Student Services Division, which provides opportunities for student engagement and ensures student health and well-being. The Student Services Division includes fine arts, athletics and other co-curricular activities and ArrowVision. Mr. Perry also oversees public relations and communications. Public relations handles media and community relations, open records requests and the Tiger Threads spirit store. Communications handles district publications, requests to distribute information, the website and social media.
Karla Dyess, Associate Superintendent of Instructional Services
Email Ms. Dyess; 918-259-5724
Karla Dyess was born and raised in Arvada, Colo. After graduating high school, Karla attended the University of Northern Colorado and received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She taught students in grades 5 and 6 for five years in Westminster, Colo. During that time, she also received her master’s degree in instruction and curriculum from the University of Colorado.
In 1995, Dyess and her family relocated to Broken Arrow, Okla., and four years later, she joined the Broken Arrow Public Schools team as a teacher at Wolf Creek Elementary. Since then, she has served as an assistant principal at Wolf Creek Elementary and Leisure Park Elementary and as the principal of Arrow Springs Elementary, Park Lane Elementary and Highland Park Elementary.
Dyess became the executive director of elementary education in 2013, where she worked directly with Broken Arrow’s early childhood centers and elementary schools. In 2017, she was appointed as assistant superintendent of elementary education to ensure student achievement through the district's curriculum and instruction, initiatives and support services.
Ms. Dyess leads the Instructional Services Division, which is responsible for ensuring student achievement through the district's curriculum and instruction, as well as implementing initiatives and support services that enhance academic performance. Instructional Services also oversees the administration of all school sites, as well as special services, federal programs, assessment, health services and B&A Connections.
Lori Kerns, Assistant Superintendent of Personnel and Administrative Services
Marsha Janey, Administrative Assistant
Email Ms. Kerns; 918-259-5769
Lori Kerns has more than 20 years of experience in education. She was previously an adjunct instructor for Tulsa Community College and Langston University, a high school administrator at Owasso Public Schools, an assistant superintendent at Sand Springs Public Schools and the director of continuing education and workforce development for Tulsa Community College.
She earned her Bachelor of Arts in History from Langston University, a master’s degree in educational leadership from Southern Nazarene University and has completed a graduate certificate in strategic human resources management online through Cornell University.
In 2016, Kerns joined the Broken Arrow team as the executive director of human resources. In 2017, she was appointed as the chief administrative officer to oversee human resources, payroll, child nutrition and communications. She also handles district personnel, legal affairs and Board of Education policy council. She is a member of the Leadership Broken Arrow class of 2018.
Ms. Kerns leads the Administrative Services Division, which is responsible for personnel, recruitment and retention, district Board of Education policies, compensation and benefits, payroll, legal coordination, child nutrition and negotiation team member. Ms. Kerns also oversees legislative affairs.
Natalie Eneff, Chief Financial Officer
Marsha Janey, Administrative Assistant
Email Ms. Eneff; 918-259-5769
Natalie Eneff earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration in accounting and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Tulsa. Natalie began her career as a public accountant and was previously in the financial reporting and treasury group at Union Public Schools. She was hired at Broken Arrow Public Schools in 2011 as the director of budget and became the executive director of finance in 2014.
In 2017, she was named as the chief financial officer to lead the financial services division, which is responsible for leading and coordinating the financial activities of the district. The services offered include purchasing and procurement, treasury, accounts payable, financial reporting, budget, activity funds, federal programs and risk management. She is a graduate of Leadership Broken Arrow Class of 2015 and has completed the Oklahoma Center for School Business Management training.
Michelle Bergwall, Chief Operations Officer
Courtney Cheatwood, Administrative Assistant
Email Ms. Bergwall; 918-259-5727
Michelle Bergwall graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1996 with a Bachelors of Science in Construction Management. Bergwall joined Broken Arrow Public Schools in 2010 as the chief operating officer to oversee the Operations Services Division, which includes construction, maintenance, plant operations, custodial services, warehouse, facilities and transportation.
Since joining the district, she worked to re-vote the district’s 2009 bond issue, which included the removal of more than 100 portable buildings and the construction of six new school sites. Since the passage of the 2015 bond issue, her team has renovated a number of buildings, opened a new elementary school and repurposed the site of former North Intermediate High School.
Under her leadership, her team has also built a maintenance facility and indoor athletic facility.
Ms. Bergwall oversees the Operations Services Division, which is responsible for the district's facilities and vehicle fleets. The Operations Services Division manages capital improvements, the maintenance of buildings, facility use, plant operations and warehouse.
Ashley Bowser, Chief Technology Officer
Gena Zwart, Administrative Assistant
Email Mr. Bowser; 918-259-7419
Ashley Bowser graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1999 with a degree in communication education. He joined Broken Arrow Public Schools in 2001 to teach speech, debate and broadcasting at Broken Arrow High School for 12 years. In 2012, he graduated with a master’s degree in school administration from Northeastern State University.
Starting in 2013, Mr. Bowser spent the next five years serving as both an assistant principal and a building principal in two different middle schools within the district. In 2018, he was named the executive director of information services, where he oversaw enrollment, student information, applications and the district’s accreditation process. In 2020, he was named chief technology officer where he oversees the district’s network and instructional technology, including the 1:1 computer initiative. Additionally, he oversees student data and the district’s enrollment services.
The Chief Technology Officer leads the Technology Services Division, which is charged with managing the district's network and all instructional technology, including the 1:1 Initiative. This division also oversees student data management, enrollment and transportation services.