Growing up, every time I left our house, my father would say to me: “Remember, who you are.” With every client I meet, letter I write, pleading I draft, telephone call I make, or presentation to a judge, I think about what my father instilled within me. Who I am, what I do, and how I treat others sum up my life and my practice.
My first priority is my family and church. My wife (Deidra) and I have four children. For 25 years we have supported the University United Methodist Church with our resources, time, presence and witness. In addition to teaching the 3rd – 5th Grade Children’s Sunday School Class for 13 years and the College & Career Class Sunday School Class for 2 years, I have served as the chairman of the Financial Committee, the Wills Trusts & Estates committee, and Adult Education Committee. Furthermore, for the past 13 years we have supported St. Rita’s Chapel, an Augustinian Catholic Church.
I have had a child attend Lee Elementary School for 15 straight years, and will have had a child attend Cascia Hall Preparatory School for 16 straight years. Through my children, I have supported the University of Oklahoma, University of Arkansas, Webster University, Oklahoma State University, and Kent State University.
The Kirtley Family supports many not for profit agencies in the Tulsa area mainly through the efforts of Deidra Kirtley who is currently the Executive Director for Resonance for Women; the Jr. League of Tulsa, a former president and current national officer; the Jenks Aquarium; the Tulsa Community College Foundation; and Ronald McDonald House, former board president.
Other agencies the Kirtleys support, as these have direct relationships to their family, are: Little Light House, American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, Autism Foundation, National Children’s Leukemia Foundation, and United Way.