Meredith Worthen

Meredith G. F. Worthen, Ph.D.

Meredith created The Welcoming Project because of her desire to make Norman, OK, a more welcoming place. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at The University of Oklahoma. More information about Meredith can be found on her website.

Brain Eddins

Brian R. Eddins, Realtor

Brian is an instrumental part of The Welcoming Project team. He is interested in increasing the visibility of LGBTQ welcoming businesses in Norman, OK. He works as a Realtor at Don Cies Real Estate, Inc. More information about Brian can be found on his website.

The Welcoming Project Team are members of PFLAG Norman.
Team photos by Grace Fallen Photography

Samantha A. Wallace, Director of Philanthropy

Sam Wallace

In 2014, Sam frequented many of The Welcoming Project’s events. In doing so, she discovered her talent for collecting gifts and assisting in business mobilization. Within academia, the community, and her personal life, she shares the idea of the right to equality for all. Sam is currently a graduate student in the Sociology department at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, focusing her research on social inequality. Sam can be reached at

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