John Bobb-Semple is a changemaker who lives to build bridges, innovate, and inspire impact. He has spent his career investing in people both as a community leader and a compelling speaker. A passionate advocate for diversity, inclusion, and improving the social determinants of health, John believes that we all have a role to play in improving the well-being outcomes of our community.
John joined Blue Zones Project®– Shawnee in the fall of 2020 to bring his experience and passion to the critical mission of improving access to healthy choices in Pottawatomie County.
Prior to joining Blue Zones Project, John served as the Senior Director of Community Impact at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, responsible for Growth and Engagement Strategy, Network Leadership, and Partner Development to support 320 community-based food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters. During his time, he led the expansion of the multimillion-dollar, 15-location Food & Resource Center network of high-capacity food distribution centers.
John holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Central Oklahoma, where today he serves on the Board of Trustees of the UCO Foundation. John is currently pursuing an MBA with a focus on Network Leadership at his alma mater. He is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City’s LOYAL program and is a member of Rotary Club International — Shawnee Chapter. John serves as chairman of the Scouting for Food committee for the Last Frontier Council: Boy Scouts of America, serves on the DHS Council of Voices, and on the Advancing Oklahoma: A Statewide Conversation on Race advisory committee.
In his spare time you can find him gardening or cheering on the Thunder or the Saints. John is a native of New Orleans and lives in Shawnee with his wife/adventure partner, Trisha, and their Goldendoodle, Ruby.
My Power 9
Belong. My faith grounds me. Being a part of a community of believers provides encouragement, connection, and opportunities to grow in my relationship with God. The alignment of physical, mental, and spiritual health makes Belong my favorite Power 9®.Return to Our Community
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Lindsay Goodson is a former small business owner in the restaurant industry, and a community advocate. She spent her formative years in Oklahoma City, and then in high school had the opportunity to live in Madison, Wisconsin, where her interest in the food industry, travel, and different cultures was sparked. After a short time living in Colorado post-high school, Lindsay returned to her roots and earned her degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration from Oklahoma State University. It was during her time in the program that she met and married her husband, who was born and raised in Pottawatomie County. His job in the family business brought them back to Shawnee.
Over the years, Lindsay has maintained her love of feeding people through raising her three children, leading in civic organizations, as the sole proprietor of a catering company in Shawnee, as the assistant director of Community Market of Pottawatomie County, through work with Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma Food and Resource Center and, since 2017, with Blue Zones Project® – Pottawatomie County.
In her free time, Lindsay enjoys assisting her children with their school, volleyball, and 4-H and FFA projects, and also cooking, running, and daydreaming about the future with her husband, Josh. Lindsay loves to laugh and works to be the best version of herself daily for her family, friends, and community.
My Power 9
Through my many life experiences I realized that my passion in life—and the reason I opened my catering company—is to teach people that good-for-you food can also taste good. My participation in Blue Zones Project has taken that passion and connected me to my favorite Power 9® principle, Plant Slant.Return to Our Community
Born and raised in Amarillo, Texas, Korie Perez took a part-time job working for retail chain The Buckle while attending Amarillo College. Her love for serving people grew as she helped the guests walking into the store, as well as her teammates. While in school, Korie continued to work for The Buckle, traveling to different stores in several states and training new teams alongside the company’s top leadership. After going through their Management In Training program, she was selected to attend their Leadership Academy and graduated from both. Soon after, she got married and her husband’s job brought them to Oklahoma, where she was promoted to Store Manager of The Buckle’s Shawnee store. She spent the next three years creating relationships and passionately leading her team. After eight years in retail, she felt she wanted something new.
With her gifts for making connections, building relationships, creating trust, and designing, Korie serves as the Engagement Lead of Blue Zones Project® – Pottawatomie County. On the weekends, Korie and her husband, Rohman, can be found hanging out at home with their two cats, Allie and Jade.
My Power 9
Family First. I made a career change that prioritizes quality time with family, and I’ve enjoyed spending more time with my husband in Shawnee. We love road-tripping to see our out-of-state family members in Amarillo and Lubbock, Texas, as well as visiting family that live on a ranch in New Mexico, where we escape cellphone service and Downshift with family.Return to Our Community
Suhaila Nease loves her role as Organization Lead for Blue Zones Project® – Pottawatomie County. The Organization Lead role is responsible for the successful advancement of Blue Zones Project locally through engaging the community in worksites, schools, restaurants, grocery stores, faith-based organizations, civic groups, small businesses, and other organizations. Being raised in Shawnee, Oklahoma, by a large, loving family with five siblings, she knows the value that close relationships with friends and family can provide. Her love for the people in her life leads her to encourage her friends and family to lead more active and healthy lifestyles. She has a love for the outdoors and enjoys hiking, fishing, and bike riding.
Suhaila is studying Environmental Science at Oklahoma State University, with a focus in conservation and natural resource management. She continues to use her passion and skills to lead the initiative into its next phase while building upon the momentum that all involved have been working towards for the last three years.
My Power 9
Move Naturally. It is my passion for the outdoors that drives me to keep moving in everything that I put my mind to. I enjoy spending time on the weekends, or any time I can, moving naturally with my family and friends. With my education background in environmental science, I appreciate contributing to a healthy environment. Not only by finding ways to move more, but also by helping improve the longevity of my community.Return to Our Community