Healthy Living OKC Staff

Our staff is composed of individuals who are passionate about fitness, wellness, and a healthy lifestyle. 

Claire Dowers-Nichols
Executive Director

Claire has spent her career developing programs to better serve older Oklahomans.
Most recently, she spent seven years at the 
University of Oklahoma Department of Geriatric Medicine, where she co-founded the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative. Prior to her work at OU, she served as the Community Relations Director for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, Aging Services. Claire serves in a variety of leadership and advisory roles for state and national organizations and is devoted to making her community an ideal place for active adults.



Cheryl Swanson

Social and Program Director

Cheryl Swanson graduated with a BFA from Phillips University. She has worked in the art field for over 40 years. Her main passion is to help others discover their own creative self.


Her accomplishments include:

• Recipient of the Governor’s Arts and Education Award
• Selected as Oklahoma Teaching Artist with the Oklahoma Arts Council
• Honored for establishing the Leonardo’s Children’s Museum in Enid, OK 


Kathy Cermak

Education Coordinator

Kathy Cermak, HLOKC’s Education Coordinator, has over 35 years experience working in the corporate world.

She brings to us her knowledge and expertise from working in education and event planning along with many years in sales and customer service.

Kathy has a passion for working with and interacting with people so HLOKC is a perfect fit for her.

In Kathy’s spare time you will find her with her grandchildren who are the lights of her life.  She also enjoys cooking and loves spoiling her family and friends with many of her favorite culinary delicacies.


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