MINGO VALLEY DIVISION
Contact: (918) 586-6000
COMMUNITY ADVISORY BOARD
First developed in 2017, the Community Advisory Board program aims to further the Tulsa Police Department’s mission of working in partnership with our community to provide quality service, protect life and property, prevent crime and resolve problems so people can live without fear in a safe environment.
The Community Advisory Board is a volunteer group of citizens, led by patrol division commanders and representing diverse interests, who live or conduct business within that patrol division and meet to provide mutual insight and knowledge to help guide effective collaborative policing. Each patrol division, including Gilcrease, Mingo Valley, and Riverside, hosts a board. Each board consists of five to ten citizens who are selected in coordination with the Crime Prevention Network and approved by the Chief of Police.
MINGO VALLEY COMMUNITY ADVISORY BOARD
Originally from Shawnee, Tara Bashaw has been in the Tulsa area for about 15 years. Tara is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Price College of Business. Tara is married, and a mother of four. She is also the owner of Storey Wrecker. Tara represents the Mingo Valley Division in her work with the Community Advisory Board. Tara says she wants everyone to have a voice in what is going on in Tulsa, and the CAB seemed like a great way to be a liaison between the customers she sees every day, and their unique experiences that might not get a voice otherwise. Tara says getting to know other people who are active in the community, who also have the same goals of keeping Tulsa a great place to live and do business, was another factor in her decision to work with the CAB.
Born and raised in Oklahoma City, Josh Payne has lived in Tulsa for most of the past 20 years. Josh and his wife Leslie are empty nesters with three adult children. They now spend most of their down time with their two goldendoodles, Walter and Lucy, or hiking, camping and fishing. Josh is a Project Manager for Sherwood Construction Co., based in Tulsa. Josh has managed some of the largest highway and bridge construction projects in Tulsa’s history, including the $90 million new interchange project at U.S. 75 and I-44. In his role at Sherwood, Josh has the opportunity to work with civic and business leaders, local landowners, and local and state law enforcement. Josh attended Northeastern State University in Tahlequah where he studied Industrial Operations Management and Engineering Design. Josh’s greatest passion is helping men who are seeking to overcome alcoholism and addiction. Josh is a long-time volunteer at the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center in Tulsa. He has worked with thousands of men on their journeys towards changing their lives for the better. Josh has developed deep connections in the recovery community in Oklahoma, with many organizations and resources state-wide. Josh is a member of the Mingo Valley Division CAB. He is honored to have the opportunity to serve on the Tulsa Police Department’s Community Advisory Board. Josh is prepared to do whatever is asked of him to help improve his beloved City of Tulsa.
Born in Tulsa and raised in rural Oklahoma, Linda Grant has worked in Tulsa as an accounting professional for more than two decades. She returned to the city of her birth as a resident by choice in 2018 when her daughter left for college. In 2020, Linda founded the Tulsa District 5 Community Alliance in response to the increased need for community outreach in her area during COVID-19, and she and other district volunteers have assisted neighbors in a wide variety of ways since, seeing first-hand the benefits of mutual aid among citizens. As a serial volunteer, Linda has partnered with many organizations whose missions align closely with her core values over the years, and currently, when she’s not serving clients and families in her capacity as an End-of-Life Doula, she can be found serving as the Secretary for the Will Rogers Community Foundation and supporting the efforts of Housing Solutions Tulsa and Oklahoma Alliance for Animals. As the member of a multi-generational law enforcement and first responder family, Ms. Grant strongly supports prioritizing the mental health and safety of officers. She views peacekeeping and emergency services as a necessary component of a safe society. Linda is also an outspoken advocate for criminal justice reform, law enforcement accountability, policing policy and culture improvement, and collaborative community empowerment in matters of public safety. Linda lives and works in the Mingo Valley Division area and hopes to use her time on the Community Advisory Board to be a voice for positive change for both law enforcement and civilians.
My name is Tony Thomas. I was born and raised in Tulsa Oklahoma. I graduated from McLain Highschool in 1997, which is the same year that I met my wife of 22 years. We have 3 beautiful children. I attend and am very active in my local church, Tulsa Lighthouse Church. I am a small business owner for 17 years. I serve on the Community Advisory Board for our local police department, (Tulsa Police Department) for the Mingo Valley Division which is also the area of town in which I live.
Linda Chesser is a lifelong native of Tulsa and a graduate of Tulsa’s McLain High School. She has made her career in the hospitality industry, working for Hilton Hotels Worldwide for more than 37 years. Linda helped open the first DoubleTree Hotel in Oklahoma at the DoubleTree by Hilton Tulsa Warren Place Hotel, as well as the Hilton Mission Valley Hotel in San Diego. She worked as an Executive Assistant and Operations Manager for 18 years at the DoubleTree by Hilton Tulsa Downtown Hotel, and is currently the Hotel Manager at the Tulsa Embassy Suites. Linda is married to retired Tulsa Police Officer Dick Chesser, and she has a son, daughter-in-law and one granddaughter. In her spare time, she enjoys doing crafts, scrapbooking, traveling and volunteering in her community.
Angela Eakes is a lifelong Tulsan. She and her husband, Philip, live in south Tulsa with their three Brittany dogs. Angela has four sons, all of which are grown and starting families of their own. Angela is a Sheltered Instruction Coach for Union Public Schools, and loves working with both children and adults. If you want to find Angela outside of work, you won’t have to go too far – just check her garden! Angela represents the Mingo Valley Division in her work with the Community Advisory Board, and says she’s excited to advocate for the families and children in her area.
Apostle Sharyn Cosby serves as founder and senior servant of In the Spirit Ministries. From that ministry, she later founded In the Spirit Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in 2007, Oklahoma Family Empowerment Center in 2012, and In the Spirit Training Institute in 2019. She has over 14 years of hospice experience, serving as a chaplain, bereavement counselor, and ultimately the Director of Pastoral Care and the "We Honor Veterans" Program. Because of her significant record of working with vulnerable populations, Cosby has received awards and recognition from the Oklahoma House of Representatives, State Senate, City of Tulsa Mayor's Office, Oklahoma Department of Corrections, and 100 Black Men, to name a few. She holds the Board Certified Clinical Chaplain designation with the National Association of Veteran Affairs Chaplains, a Master of Divinity Degree from Phillips Theological Seminary (PTS), Tulsa, Oklahoma. She looks to confer a Doctor of Ministry, concentrating on Transformational Leadership in Improvisational Ministry from PTS, May 2022. As an advocate for silenced voices, she has served on various boards and commissions, including; the Mayor's Commission on the Status of Women, Oklahoma Department of Corrections Community Advisory Board, Tulsa Interfaith Alliance, Abba's Family Housing Faith Alliance, the Mayor's Police and Community Coalition and Tulsa Police Department Community Advisory Board, representing the Mingo Valley. Apostle Cosby is a mother and grandmother, who is affectionately called "Nana. " She is a woman of vision and passion, receiving has received numerous awards for her leadership, integrity, and compassion for all, especially the marginalized in the areas of hunger and food scarcity, homelessness, gangs, criminal justice, immigration, and prison reform. For relaxation, she enjoys family, reading, and gardening.
Albert Alexander Alveralo
Born in Los Angeles, CA. He has been calling Tulsa home for over twenty years. Currently residing in South Tulsa. Albert currently provides administrative support at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in East Tulsa. Albert moved to Tulsa, OK in 1999 to attend Spartan College of Aeronautics where he received his Private Pilot License, Instrument Rating and a Commercial Pilot License. He’s also an Alum at Oklahoma State University where he graduated with a Bachelor's degree in International Business- Business Administration and a minor in Marketing and Management. Albert is actively involved in the community especially in East Tulsa. Collaborating at St. Thomas More Church has given him the opportunity to realize the needs that the community has and has joined efforts with foundations within the city to advocate for those needs to be addressed.