Brian West

Brian West has gone above and beyond in “Helping Oklahoma” be a better place for all. His service as Board President of Mental Health Association Oklahoma (the Association) made a difference for more than 40,000 people across the state who are impacted by mental health concerns, homelessness, and substance abuse issues. Brian provided leadership as the Association continued its expansion into Central Oklahoma last year by building partnerships, recruiting volunteers and board members, and by raising funds.

As a CPA and Partner at BKD, Brian has used his considerable financial knowledge and leadership to oversee the Association during a year of exponential growth. Brian takes the time to visit both Oklahoma City and Tulsa locations to attend meetings, to volunteer at Association events, and to provide guidance.

Brian is also a volunteer football coach for the Oklahoma City Police Athletic League (PAL) for 4th-6th graders in Oklahoma City Public Schools. The league is primarily made up of underprivileged children, and PAL pays for all the children’s equipment, training and participation fees. Brian’s team had a run of 8 games on their way to the playoffs this past season, going 6-3 and losing a “heartbreaker” in the second round of the playoffs. Nevertheless, we know that Brian’s contribution to these children’s lives made an impact that will go far beyond the games they played.

Not only does Brian West volunteer his personal time, he also participates in volunteer programs through his work at BKD. The company was a part of the Tulsa Area United Way’s Day of Caring, and Brian rolled up his sleeves to serve alongside his co-workers.

In every part of Brian’s community work, he is committed, enthusiastic, and present. He is helping make the lives of Oklahomans of every age a better place, providing mentorship to children in Oklahoma City Public Schools, coaching those kids through wins and losses on and off the field, advocating for mental health for every Oklahoman, fighting homelessness in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, and using his skills to better the organizations he serves. Brian makes the kind of positive difference that deserves to be recognized. Thank you, Brian West, for Helping Oklahoma!

This Year's Nominees

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Nominated by Shannon Rich
Nominated by Sharon Mocabee-Sisco
Nominated by Casey Shupe
Nominated by Kay Harsha
Nominated by Philip Wong
Nominated by Shane Fernandez
Nominated by Stephanie Giacomo
Nominated by Melissa Baldwin
Nominated by Caryl Parsons
Nominated by Tori Garrett
Nominated by Taprina Milburn
Nominated by Barbara Butner
Nominated by Dawn Byram
Nominated by Marcus McEntire
Nominated by Debby Hampton
Nominated by Ruben Reyes
Nominated by Pamela Ballard
Nominated by Cristi Twenter
Nominated by Mandi Mays
Nominated by Melissa York
Nominated by Laurie Tilley
Nominated by David Rackley