OHS Board of Directors
District 1, Tulsa
Term expiring 2022
Karen Keith is serving her fourth term as Tulsa County Commissioner for District 2. Some of the projects she is most proud of include efforts to rebuild the Tulsa/West Tulsa Levee system. The project is currently entering the pre-engineering and design phase. After years of planning and broad support for the project, construction of the Gilcrease Expressway is well underway with a fall 2022 completion date. Lastly, the design and location of a new building for the Oklahoma State University Extension is also underway, and Keith is excited to see this project come to fruition.
Keith grew up in Muskogee, where she was active in 4-H and graduated from Muskogee High School in 1972. She put herself through college with scholarships and a variety of jobs and graduated in 1976 from Oklahoma State University with a degree in radio, TV-news, and public affairs. Keith worked twenty-six years in broadcasting with twenty-one years at KJRH as an anchor, reporter, and executive producer and host of Oklahoma Living. She is proudest of her work on documentaries that took her to Vietnam, Israel, Germany, Russia, and Mexico.
Active in civic affairs, Keith served in 2013–14 as the 100th president of the Rotary Club of Tulsa. She currently serves as the governor’s appointee to the Oklahoma Historical Society Board of Directors, the Will Rogers Memorial Foundation, the OKPOP Foundation, and the Tulsa Arvest Board of Directors. She is a member of Leadership Oklahoma Class XX, the Oklahoma Academy, and the Chambers of Commerce in Tulsa, Jenks, Sand Springs, and Southwest Tulsa. She has also been involved in the Brookside Business Association for many years.
Keith and her husband, Patrick Malloy, a Tulsa attorney, are fortunate to share their lives with Gulnara Taragachova, a foreign exchange student from Baku, Azerbaijan. Gulnara attended one year of high school in Tulsa, followed by Tulsa Community College. There she was named a Distinguished Alumni honoree and then graduated OSU-Tulsa with a degree in international business. Gulnara now lives in the Netherlands with her daughter Samaya and works for Shawcor.