40 Under 40 2016

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40-under-40-2016--030416-5570Yvonne Davis, 39

Tulsa
Human Resources Specialist, Luxa Enterprises
Yvonne Davis says she loves the endless opportunities to excel at her position at Luxa. “I also love the fact that Luxa is very involved in the community,” she says. “We have a quarterly initiative to help support an agency within our local community as a team.” Off the clock, she is the founder and CEO of Hope Community Outreach Center of Sapulpa, a startup nonprofit organization aimed at empowering youth and strengthening families. She is involved with Junior Achievement and Reading partners and supports causes including child hunger, literacy first programs, empowering youth and initiatives to strengthen familes. “Even if I just help a few or one along this journey, I consider that a job well done,” she says. “I think when you come immersed in helping those less fortunate than yourself, you tend to count your blessings a little more frequently.”

40-under-40-2016--030416-5043Jill Mayes, 39

Norman
Director of Research and Grants, Integris Health
Mayes began her career as a clinic director providing play therapy for children, and her passion for psychology and love of children led her into pediatric research. She now works at Integris Health, where her preeminent responsibility is protecting human subjects. Mayes believes it is important to offer patients an opportunity for other treatment when standard of care has not been beneficial and the hard work is worth it when a patient has a positive outcome. “I love working in an environment where my focus is helping patients,” she says. “I have a passion for research, and I am grateful for the opportunity where my skills are supported by a wonderful organization that shares the same goals.” Mayes supports many causes, including the Villa Teresa Catholic School, American Cancer Society, Journey Church and the Humane Society.

 

40-under-40-2016--030316-4354Dmitry Volfson, 30

Broken Arrow
Assurance Senior Manager, HoganTaylor
Volfson spoke both Russian and Hebrew by the time he was 6 years old. Although he was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, his family moved to Israel by the time he was 5 years old because of political and economic turmoil in Russia. Five years later, his family moved to West Des Moines, Iowa. “My dad always said, ‘Go live the American dream … this is why you’re here,’” Volfson says. He has managed to live that dream as a project manager for HoganTaylor, where he takes pride in the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of clients and coworkers. “My passion is people, and I love getting the opportunity to meet with clients and individuals from all backgrounds, understanding their challenges and helping them overcome those challenges by determining the correct path forward,” he says. Volfson is currently board president for Tulsa CARES and also supports Junior Achievement and American Cancer Society.

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