Board of Directors

Keystone's Board of Directors is a metaphor for our school. They are a dynamic, innovative, hands-on group of problem-solvers from all walks of life. Our board is dedicated to children and ensuring each child's opportunity to a safe and joyful learning experience. We are grateful and blessed by our active and supportive Board of Directors. Learn more about them below.

Jenny Dunning, Chair

Recognizing the need for a change in the paradigm of American education, Jenny and her partners, Risa Wilkins McKinney and John Duhon, founded Keystone Adventure School and Farm in 2004. Jenny and her husband, Rick, were initially the primary benefactors of Keystone, but thanks to the generosity of several faithful donors and foundations, they are one of many faithful benefactors supporting Keystone's growth and future. Jenny’s love for children inspired her early on to teach and facilitate learning, whenever and wherever possible. She taught dance and gymnastics all through college, studying at The Juilliard School of Performing Arts in NYC, UCLA, and Arizona State University before earning degrees at University of Oklahoma in English, Medieval Literature, Journalism and Special Education. She taught high school Remedial Reading and middle school Language Arts in Norman, co-writing the pilot for Gifted and Talented programs in Norman public schools. As Jenny and her husband, Rick, began their family, she was inspired to homeschool for a few years, which led her to help develop the Oklahoma Homeschoolers Association, re-open Nichols Hills Elementary School, and volunteer teaching at several private schools before partnering to found Keystone. Jenny has served the community by advising and fundraising for several boards is currently serving as a commissioner for the Judicial Nominating Commission. Jenny and Rick were honored as Outstanding Educational Advocates by Oklahoma Health Center Foundation Treasures for Tomorrow in April of 2013. Jenny taught Art and Espanol at Keystone for 6 years while writing grants and raising the funds for Keystone. She now focuses on grant writing, fundraising and program development as Director of Development. Above all, she values most her family: Rick, their 6 children, two sons-in-law and granddaughter, Amelia.

John Duhon

John Duhon has served on the Keystone Adventure School and Farm board for 8 years. He is also a Keystone Co-Founder, Co-Director, and Kindergarten/First Grade teacher. John received his B.S. in Elementary Education from Central State University. He has taught both public and private elementary school for the past 20 years. In 1993, John started and ran a pool company in Edmond, OK, servicing neighborhood pools in the area. By 1999 he had over 65 employees and sold his company to focus his summers on working with children at Heritage Hall in Oklahoma City. John is actively involved as part of the Keystone Adventure School and Farm team in all aspects and continues to work to improve the quality of education that students receive at Keystone. John is married to Dr. Lisa Duhon and has two children, Audra (6) and Jackson (3) who both attend Keystone.

Rick Dunning

Rick Dunning earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Geological Studies from The University of Oklahoma in 1977.  Rick founded Indian Oil Company in April 1981 and is currently President and CEO of Indian Exploration Company, LLC in Oklahoma City.  He was appointed in 2007 to serve a seven-year term on the Board of Regents at the University of Oklahoma, of which he is presently serving as Chairman.  He is a member of the Oklahoma Judicial Nominating Committee, The Advisory Committee of the School of Geology and Geophysics in the OU College of Earth and Energy, OIPA, Wildcatters Club, and is a Board member of Friends of the Mansion.  Rick and his wife, Jenny, were the primary benefactors of Keystone Adventure School and Farm and have six children of their own.  They reside in Oklahoma City.

Steve McDonnold

Steve McDonnold is a private investor and lives in Oklahoma City.  He was an investor in middle-market leveraged buyouts as a partner of Kidd, Kamm & Co. in Beverly Hills and a principal of The Jordan Company in New York.  Previously, Steve invested in startup technology companies at Smith Barney Venture Corp. in New York and worked as a financial analyst in the mergers and acquisitions group at Dean Witter Reynolds in New York.  He graduated from Casady School, Tufts University, and the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Bliss Morris

Bliss Morris serves as Founder and CEO of First Financial Network, Inc. (FFN) and has been responsible for the company’s overall operations, strategy, growth and development since its inception in 1989.  Working closely with FFN’s institutional, private sector and government clients, Bliss has sold billions in loans of all types and complexity to investing entities. During her unparalleled career of twenty-five years in loan sale advisory services, she has been directly involved in risk management decisions, disposition strategies, portfolio sale project management, loan valuations, due diligence preparation and numerous marketing campaigns while establishing long standing professional relationships in the secondary marketplace.  Her extensive level of experience and knowledge of the loan sale industry has truly made her a pioneer in establishing secondary markets for whole loans. Bliss was recently honored as one of Real Estate Forum’s Women of Influence for 2010 and as Oklahoma’s Top CEO by the Journal Record. Bliss and her husband John, reside in Oklahoma City, as do their four children and two grandchildren, Katie, Hunter, Olivia, Clay, Davey and Lucy.

Armand Paliotta

Armand Paliotta is a partner in the Oklahoma City law firm of Hartzog, Conger, Cason & Neville where he has practiced law for over 20 years.  His practice focuses on business and financial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, securities, and tax law. Armand graduated with distinction from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Business Administration Finance degree.  He received his Juris Doctorate, ranking second in his class, from the University Of Oklahoma College Of Law.  In addition to his law practice, Armand is an adjunct professor of law at Oklahoma City University School of Law and the University Of Oklahoma College Of Law where he has taught Corporations, Business Planning, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Agency and Partnership law.  He currently serves on the Editorial Board of the publication, The Business Owner and on the Board of Visitors for the University Of Oklahoma College Of Law. Armand and his wife, Amanda, live in Oklahoma City with their son Josh, who attends Bishop McGuiness High School.

Cathy Perri

Cathy Perri has dedicated her career to helping students and their families better their lives through education.  Cathy presently serves as the Project Director for Oklahoma GEAR UP, a federal grant which helps low income students achieve college access and perseverance at the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.  Prior to joining the Regents, Cathy has 17 years of experience working in the field of Special Education, at the Oklahoma State Department of Education, local school districts and in private practice as a speech-language pathologist.  Cathy received her Bachelors of Special Education/Speech Language Pathology and her Masters of Special Education Degrees from the University of Central Oklahoma.  She also has Deaf Education Certification from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. She is a Community Literacy Centers Board Member and a trustee of the Oklahoma Health Center Foundation.  Cathy and her husband Mike reside in Oklahoma City with their son, Davis, who is a graduate of Keystone Adventure School and Farm.