Meet the board.

Michael Barcum

Founder and Chair
Michael Barcum is Co-Founder & President of Peaceful Family Solutions, a nonprofit that gives children in Oklahoma an opportunity to break the cycle of addiction.  Mike has recently restarted his old company a Multi State distribution company Commercial Distributing Inc. Mike co-founded PFS  in 2014 after retiring from 30 years in the corporate sector. Prior to PFS, he served as Senior Vice President for Old World Industries in Chicago, President of Split Fire Spark Plugs, President of Peak Anti Freeze,  and owner/CEO of companies including Commercial Distributing, Inc.,  Hands Free Communication, Arctic Edge Ice Arena and i3G Corp.
After years of watching his son battle addiction, Mike and his wife Susan became co-guardians of their young grandchildren. After finding a significant lack of services and resources available to help the children of addicts, they were determined to build a program that specifically addresses their unique challenges with a proactive educational program that engages kids to avoid the cycle of drug and alcohol abuse. Mike also serves as a consultant for ESCCO, providing volunteer management expertise to Oklahoma nonprofits.

Mary Rykard

Vice Chair
Mary Rykard is engaged in numerous civic and philanthropic activities in Edmond, Oklahoma. Trained in accounting, Mary helped her husband, Kevin, build a large dental practice in Oklahoma City before focusing on raising their three daughters. 

Donny Hector, MBA

Donny Hector is Senior Vice President at MidFirst Bank where he has served for more than 23 years. He holds an MBA from the University of Tulsa and a BS from Oklahoma State University.

Paul Ingram,, JD

Paul Ingram is a partner in the corporate and energy practices for Porter Hedges in Oklahoma City and a founder of Flint Energy Partners. Having spent a majority of his career in-house at two of the largest energy companies in Oklahoma City, Paul’s practice focuses on a broad range of corporate and transactional matters. His experience includes oil and natural gas finance transactions, public and private capital markets transactions, acquisitions and divestitures, derivatives markets and strategic and operational planning and execution. He also advises clients on corporate governance, periodic reporting requirements, stock exchange rules and other compliance matters.
Paul served in senior legal roles at both American Energy Partners and Chesapeake Energy Corporation in Oklahoma City. His responsibilities included managing legal matters for private equity-funded portfolio companies in the Anadarko Basin, Midland Basin, Utica Shale, and Marcellus Shale as well as private equity-funded portfolio companies focused primarily on non-op and mineral strategies across the United States. He also led the execution and documentation of debt and equity offerings, acquisitions and divestitures and advised on investor relations matters. Paul received his J.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law where he graduated with highest honors, was a member of the Oklahoma Law Review and the Order of the Coif honors society. He received his undergraduate degree from Oklahoma Christian University.

Frank Merrill

Frank Merrill has been involved in the horse industry at its highest level for over 50 years. Along with his wife, Robin, he established and built one of the most famous stud farms in the Quarter Horse business, Windward Stud, in Purcell, Oklahoma in 1972. The Merrills owned and operated this facility for 34 years, standing many of the industry’s most noted stallions before selling the farm to the Cowan Family of Havre, Montana in 2006. Frank and Robin stayed on to serve as the CEO’s for Cowan Select Horses LLC at Windward Stud until the fall of 2012 when they moved to Poolville, Texas in order to pursue their own interests.
Frank was recently manager of Bob Moore Farms Group, LLC in Norman, Oklahoma, and was responsible for management and oversite of Bob Moore Farms, LLC, NFL, LLC, Broad Acres Polo Club, LLC, H9,LLC, and the Moore Family’s 25% interest in Heritage Place Inc., the Southwest’s most prestigious equine sales facility located in Oklahoma City. The late Bob Moore was one of the leading breeders in Quarter Horse racing history before his death in 2004. The Moore Family hired Frank to bring their interests in quarter racing back to the pinnacle it once enjoyed. The Moore project was completed in January, 2017, but Frank remains on the board of Bob Moore Farms as well as Heritage Place.
During Frank Merrill’s tenure in the horse business, he has owned, managed, or syndicated more than 100 stallions and bred and cared for over 25,000 mares. He has acted as sales agent and sale prepped thousands of horses for clients all over the world, earning a reputation for honesty and integrity.

Valerie Naifeh

Valerie Naifeh is a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma and resides in Oklahoma City.  She is a graduate of the University of Tulsa, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1986 with a BA in English Literature.  In 1984, while attending college, Valerie secured an apprenticeship with a local jewelry designer and manufacturer.   As well as learning model making, lost wax casting, stone setting and finishing, Valerie learned gemstone and pearl buying in Asian markets, frequently traveling to Bangkok and Hong Kong.
After working for other jewelers for fourteen years, Valerie opened a fine jewelry lease department in 1998 inside of Balliet’s in 50 Penn Place.   Naifeh Fine Jewelry has been in its current location at Casady Square since 2002.  Located on the Southwest corner of Penn and Britton the 4000 sq.ft. space features a retail showroom, offices and a manufacturing studio.   Naifeh Fine Jewelry is a full service fine jewelry store that specializes in designer jewelry and custom design as well as engagement rings, wedding bands, loose diamonds and gemstones and appraisal services.  Naifeh Fine Jewelry is one of only 5% of national retail stores that qualify for membership to the American Gem Society.
In 2012, Valerie formed Naifeh Design, a wholesale company for which she designs two lines of jewelry that are sold to other fine retail stores outside of the state. Valerie is the recipient of numerous industry awards including the Diamonds Today Award from DeBeers (1990 & 1994), the Japanese International Pearl Competition (1994), and Colored Stone Magazine’s Designer of the Year (2006).
Valerie is actively involved in many non-profit organizations in the greater Oklahoma City community including Oklahoma City Beautiful and the Alzheimer’s Organization.  She is a current board member of Peaceful Family Solutions and Allied Arts.  She was the 2014 Maureen Reagan award recipient for the Alzheimer’s Association.  She was named one of “Forty under Forty” in 2002, is a past nominee for the Journal Record’s Woman of the Year,  and  Naifeh Fine Jewelry has twice made the Oklahoma City Chamber’s Metro 50 list of fastest-growing companies.

Phil Nichols, CFED, CEA, CPC, CFC

Phil Nichols has more than 25 years of experience working with businesses to improve their bottom line. His expertise includes HR Outsourcing, Employee Benefits, Employee Administration, Payroll and Tax Services, Training and Corporate Development and Placement Solutions.
Phil holds a degree in human resources from Bellevue University. He and his wife of more than 30 years, Tonya, have raised many foster children.

Brian Puckett, CFP, CPA, JD

Brian Puckett is the managing member of Align Wealth Management, a fee-only wealth management firm. Business Week listed Brian among the Top 50 most experienced independent financial advisors in the United States.  He has also worked as an attorney with Fowler White in Tampa and as a CPA with Price Waterhouse Coopers. Brian is the proud father of his only son, Jay.
Outside work, Brian enjoys a number of sporting activities, including bicycling, running, and paddleboarding. Having witnessed the devastating impact of addiction, Brian is passionate about the mission of Peaceful Family Solutions.

Susan Ray

Susan Ray brings to the Peaceful Family Solutions Board a variety of business, social work, and non-profit experience. Upon moving to the Oklahoma City area, she discovered PFS, which addressed her concerns regarding raising a granddaughter due to both parent’s substance use disorders. She serves as ServeOK Prayer Shepherd for the PFS Programs.  She is married to Bill Ray and has 4 grown children and is a freelance calligrapher, a skill she frequently lends to personalize PFS children's certificates, letters and materials, including our all-important rocks!  She assists with the adult portion of the Reunion Group, bringing her wisdom and experience for the benefit of families who are just beginning their journeys. 

Kevin Rykard, DDS

Dr. Kevin Rykard received his dental training at the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry, where he graduated with honors. He established his private practice in Oklahoma City. He has served on several boards and has lectured around the country to dental professionals. Throughout his career, Dr. Rykard has been a member of several prestigious professional organizations, including:
  • American Dental Association
  • Oklahoma Dental Association
  • Oklahoma County Dental Society
  • Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Academy of General Dentistry
Kevin is married and has three daughters.  Both he and his family enjoy traveling, particularly beaches in South Carolina.

Ted Streuli

 Geetika Verma, MD

Ted Streuli is the executive director of Oklahoma Watch, a nonprofit investigative journalism organization. He has been involved with Oklahoma’s non-profit sector since his arrival in 2004. He has served on numerous non-profit boards including Harding Fine Arts Academy, Creative Oklahoma, CampFire Heart of Oklahoma/Camp DaKaNi and Possibilities Inc. and has worked with the YWCA. He presently serves on the boards of Leadership Oklahoma, Goodwill Industries of Central Oklahoma, Freedom of Information Oklahoma, and the Oklahoma City Youth Hockey Association.
Streuli founded the Colby Foundation in 2013 to promote awareness of mental illness, winning the Dr. Murali Krishna award for eliminating stigma as well as the national Voice Award from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration. He has also won ethics awards from the Public Relations Society of America’s local chapter and the Oklahoma Business Ethics Consortium as well as numerous journalism awards. He was honored in 2020 with the National Society of Newspaper Columnists Will Rogers Award for Humanitarianism.
Following a 30-year newspaper career, Streuli became the president and executive director of Peaceful Family Solutions in 2018. He was succeeded in that role by Lisa Reed in 2020.
Dr. Geetika Verma is a Pediatric Psychiatrist with the SSM Health Medical Group. She completed her residency at Griffin Memorial High School and her medical degree at Metaji S. Chandra Bose Medical College. She holds a number of certifications and licensures, including:
  • Oklahoma State Medical License
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology- Psychiatry
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology- Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Dr. Verma is also associated with INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center, Griffin Memorial Hospital and Oakwood Springs.