TIM & NANCY RESIDE: joined the ranks of Bright Tomorrows in 2001 with Tim as Executive Director. Married in 1971, Tim and Nancy are known for their authentic “overcomer” message of hope and inspiration. Their decades of lived experience, since Tim’s 1979 bipolar disorder-related mental health breakdown, is what informs all that they say and do in the support and education of others.
As MENTAL HEALTH CONSUMERS, Tim and Nancy have offered Christian faith-based peer support since June of 2001. By private appointment, they also offer themselves as MENTAL HEALTH CONSULTANTS for those seeking assistance in navigating what may be unchartered waters as they come to terms with diagnosis and care responsibilities. As MENTAL HEALTH COACHES, vulnerably and transparently they offer practical advice to those who desire to learn how to live healthier and more resilient lives.
As it became increasingly obvious to the Bright Tomorrows Board that BT was proving to be an expression of Tim & Nancy’s life story, life-work, life ministry, and life mission, it was determined in January of 2009 that Tim should be installed as the President of Bright Tomorrows. Tim, an ordained minister, spent over forty years in church-related ministry. He completed 108 credit hours of study in Practical Theology, inclusive of 36 hours at the doctoral level, and possesses a Master of Arts degree.
Nancy was a co-facilitator in their support work and ministry from the beginning. She soon took on responsibility for keeping and processing the business records in conjunction with Advisory Board member, accountant, and financial consultant, Rob Sellers. Nancy has held numerous positions in the business world which include being secretary to the president of a major church denomination, a national minister’s conference secretary, a pastoral administrative assistant, and a senior administrative assistant in Human Resources with T.D. Williamson Inc. in Tulsa. She officially joined the BT Board as Secretary-Treasurer in January of 2009. Nancy is loved and respected for her practical wisdom, sensitivity, and quick compassion. These qualifications are in a great measure attributable to her life choices as a faithful wife, mother, ministry partner, caregiver—and now her favorite role, grandmother of five.
JIM GRINNELL, Vice-President of Bright Tomorrows, is a pastor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He attended ORU where he obtained a Master of Divinity degree and later OSU where he also obtained a Master of Science degree in Family Relations. He is a past member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Jim is also certified as a sex therapist with the American Board of Christian Sex Therapists.
Before retirement, Jim specialized in marriage and premarital counseling, affair recovery, and treating sexual issues. Jim has served as the past president of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies, Tulsa chapter. Jim and his wife, Laura, have been married since 1978 and have four children and fourteen grandchildren.
TIM PETERSON, Bright Tomorrows Board Trustee, is a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist and a Licensed Professional Counselor. He earned his master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Northeastern State University and completed a two-year post-graduate program in Marriage & Family Therapy through the Karl Menninger School of Psychiatry and Mental Health Sciences.
Since 2001, Tim has worked at Laureate Clinic, where he currently serves as the Clinical Supervisor of Outpatient Services and maintains a part-time practice specializing in the treatment of depression and anxiety, as well as marital therapy. Tim has served on the Executive Board of the Mental Health Association in Tulsa and on the local and international board of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies. Tim and his wife, Diane, have been married since 1982 and have three adult sons.
JAY HOFFMAN, Bright Tomorrows Board Trustee, received his B.S. in Earth Science from Penn State in March of 1974 and continued at PSU in their Graduate School for Meteorology until May 1975. Jay married in July of 1975 and with his bride moved to Denver, Colorado. In 1979 he began a career in Water Treatment and has continued in that profession since moving to Tulsa in 1981. Jay has been an active volunteer in church work including the positions of Youth Leader, Church Deacon, Sunday School teacher, Bible Education Program Leader, Family Share Group Leader, and a Church Board Member.
After Jay’s first wife died and went to be with the Lord in December of 2005, he attended and became one of the leaders of a Widow / Widowers Support Group at Christ United Methodist Church for 7 years. In 2010, God brought another lovely lady into his life, and he and Deborah were married in October of that same year. Between them, they have three children and sixteen grandchildren and since 2015 they have been parenting as guardians two great-nieces.
Advisory Board Members
ROB SELLERS, a Certified Public Accountant for over 35 years, assists clients with financial, systems and business-related matters. Since 2001, Rob has been assisting Bright Tomorrows with the financial and administrative needs of the organization. Rob also serves as the executive director of the Opportunity Scholarship Fund, a scholarship granting organization that provides scholarships to assist Oklahoma’s lower-income families to afford attendance in accredited private K-12 schools throughout the state.
Rob is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Oklahoma Society of CPAs (OSCPA). He is a director and board member of the OSCPA, a trustee of their CPA-PAC organization, and has been chairperson of various OSCPA committees. Rob is also a past recipient of the OSCPA’s Outstanding CPA in Business and Industry and President’s awards. Besides his professional commitments, Rob is actively involved in his church and in a number of civic and charitable organizations in the Tulsa area, including being the past president and board member of the South Tulsa Community House, a social agency providing educational, medical, and food-security services to this disadvantaged area in the 61st & Peoria area of south Tulsa. Rob has been married to his wife, Kim, for 40 years and has two grown sons, Brian and his wife Rebekah, Blake, and his wife Madison, and two grandchildren Andrew and Charlotte.
CRAIG WANN received his Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from Northeastern State University in 2007. He has over a decade of experience in website and application development, including 6 years working at Church on the Move in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Craig helped to start up an “emotional health ministry” during his time of working at the church. Separate from that contribution, he continues to involve himself at his church by leading a small group.
Craig currently runs his own Tulsa web development firm known as CodeZone. He serves Bright Tomorrows by combining his passions for technology, marketing, and entrepreneurship with his calling to those struggling with emotional health issues. He and his wife, Kristi, have been married for 13 years and have two children.