Sarkey's Foundation
Sep 05, 2019
Kim Henry
Sarkey's Foundation

Kim Henry is currently serving as the Executive Director of Sarkeys Foundation, a private, charitable foundation dedicated to providing support through gifts and grants to Oklahoma’s non-profit organizations.  She is married to former Governor Brad Henry, and they have three wonderful daughters, Leah, Laynie and Baylee.

Kim Henry has devoted much of her life to education, from her 10 years teaching in the classroom to raising three girls with her husband, Brad.  Kim spent most of her teaching career at her alma mater, Shawnee High School, where she taught Oklahoma History, Economics, Government, and Advanced Placement American History.  In 1999-2000 she was awarded the Close-Up Foundation’s Linda Myers Chozen Award for Teaching Excellence in Civic Education.  Only five other educators across the nation received the honor that year.

Kim serves on the boards of directors for the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation and the Conference of Southwest Foundations.  Kim is also an advisory board member for A+ Schools and for the Oklahoma City University Master of Arts Degree in Applied Sociology Emphasizing Nonprofit Leadership.  She has also served on the board of directors for the Science Museum Oklahoma, Leadership Oklahoma, Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum and the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence.

Kim’s civic involvement has garnered numerous awards and honors.  She was the recipient of the 2004 Award of Distinction, given by the Board of Advocates of the University of Oklahoma, College of Education.  She was also honored in 2004 and again in 2011 by the Journal Record’s 50 Most Distinguished Women and received the Bill Lowry Library Champion Award for her work in literacy.  Kim was awarded the Jasmine Award by the Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum as a tribute to her unending concern, dedication, and tireless efforts on behalf of Oklahoma’s children.  And in 2006, she received the National Guard Youth Champion Award for selfless contributions to our Nation’s Youth. 

In 2008, Kim received the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy’s Champion of Children’s Award and was awarded the Honorary Young Mother of the Year Award by the American Mothers, Inc.  In 2009, Kim was honored as the Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals and was a Festival of Hope honoree, presented by Heartline, for outstanding community leadership and improving the quality of life in Oklahoma.  That same year Kim was inducted into the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame.    She was also honored in 2010 by the Oklahoma Women’s Leadership Conference as the Outstanding Woman Leader of the Year and received the Oklahoma Teachers of the Year 2010 Vision Award for her work in education reform. 

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