The Classen Ten Penn Neighborhood Association

President

Jessica Thompson bought her home in March 2010 with assistance through the Community Action Down-Payment Assistance program. Weary of the neighborhood, she joined the Neighborhood Association in 2011 and became the Secretary. That first year, the Neighborhood Association began the Classen Ten Penn Ice Cream Social which has now blossomed into the Classen Ten Penn Community Festival. She has helped at both events throughout the years and also helps with the neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt that collaborates with our neighbors in Gatewood and The Plaza District. In 2012 she joined Positively Paseo as a board member to help serve as a Classen Ten Penn Neighborhood Consultant.

She cares strongly for neighborhood sustainability and success. She has participated in a multitude of activities to benefit Classen Ten Penn. In 2012, she joined NeighborWorks chartered through Neighborhood Housing Services. She went with a group of seven other OKC residents to the Community Leadership Institute Convention in Orlando, FL. They founded the program, "NeighborWalks". Working with the City of Oklahoma City's Sustainability Department, NeighborWalks took 5th graders into the neighborhoods and taught the students about the importance of walkability in their communities and how it effects them. As a result, students from Eugene Field were able to go to City Council Chambers and present their findings. She is a graduate of Neighborhood Alliance's Neighborhood Leaders for Today which provided her with significant neighborhood and city information to help impact her neighborhood in a positive manner. She highly recommends this class to anyone and everyone who lives in a neighborhood.

Jessica lives at home accompanied by her Husband, Anthony and daughter, Olivia. They have two dogs and three cats. Jessica worked as a Pharmaceutical Technician but with her heavy involvement in Classen Ten Penn activities, she decided for a career change in Real Estate in hopes of making a bigger contribution to Classen Ten Penn.

Vice President

Whitley O’Connor and his wife, Ranya, moved to Classen Ten Penn in October 2015 after an eight-month house search that focused on the core of Oklahoma City’s northwest side. Classen Ten Penn stuck out as both an ideal location and a diverse neighborhood on the rise. Having studied sociology at Vanderbilt University, Whitley is interested in helping the neighborhood thrive while maintaining and celebrating its racial and socioeconomic diversity. Whitley has experience in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors and hopes to utilize his background to create sustainable programs and partnerships in the community that uplift neighbors and improve the community for everyone.

Secretary

Jennifer Sylvester moved into the neighborhood in March 2015 with her husband and two fur-children. She is dedicated to building vibrant and sustainable communities in Oklahoma City. Her work has involved many aspects of revitalization in Oklahoma City beginning during graduate school as a graduate assistant for OU’s Institute for Quality Communities and after graduation through her work at Positively Paseo, a local non-profit dedicated to re-building in Oklahoma City’s urban neighborhoods and through her current position as a neighborhood planner for the City of Oklahoma City.

Jennifer chose to make Classen Ten Penn her home because of the many assets the neighborhood has to offer but the most important being the people and the front porches. The neighborhood is a diverse group of passionate people with a common goal of improving the quality of life for every neighbor. She hopes to use her knowledge of urban design, planning, and community development to help continue the energy and momentum the neighborhood already has in revitalization. Things that most people find rather dull like infrastructure improvements, street lighting, and street design are some of her favorite things. If she is not involved in one of these projects, you will most likely find her at the yoga studio or reading on the couch with her pups, Doc and Capone.

Treasurer

Sarah Richert is Treasurer of the Classen Ten Penn Neighborhood Association.

Board Members

Fatima Perez, Ana Castellanos, and Mike Hoang

Mike Hoang’s family moved into the Classen Ten Penn neighborhood in the early 80’s as Vietnamese refugees after the Vietnam War. As a family of 5, they moved into a 250 SF converted garage. After leaving to the suburbs, Mike graduated from Westmoore High School and the University of Oklahoma.

Mike moved back into the neighborhood at the end of 2016. He is the owner and CEO of KM Marketing - a digital marketing firm in downtown Automobile Alley. Their work has been featured in international publications on best practices for social media marketing.

Mike is an alumni of Leadership Oklahoma City, a Salt and Light Leadership Training alumni, former President of Toastmasters of Oklahoma City, founding board member of the Asian Chamber of Oklahoma, and a recipient of the 30 under 30 award for the top up-and-coming leaders in Oklahoma City under 30 years old.

Mike accounts his drive in business and leadership to his Vietnamese heritage and his faith.