“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”
– Henry David Thoreau
President and Founder
Stacie, a Broken Arrow native and BAHS alumna, received her Bachelor’s in Deaf Education from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. Her passion for equal rights and accessibility for the underprivileged started young. She began tutoring younger Deaf students and volunteering with a local nonprofit when she was just eleven years old.
Shortly after college, she married her husband Daniel and they moved to Arizona where Stacie taught Deaf students with expertise and compassion. Five years later, she and Daniel returned to her hometown. Since her return to Broken Arrow she has been both home educator and entrepreneur. She enjoys homeschooling her children and considers it a privilege and joy to work side by side with her three girls through both their challenges and accomplishments. She hopes to model the joy of learning and a hard work ethic to her children as she eagerly plunges into the nonprofit and business worlds.
Besides founding Family Work Space, her work outside of the home includes being a self-employed American Sign Language interpreter and ASL teacher. One of her favorite parts of teaching and being self-employed has been the broad range of learning opportunities it affords her. The experiences of being self employed while being a wife, mom, and home educator have driven her to dream and work to make Family Work Space a reality for other families.
She brings a fresh perspective to the nonprofit and business world that is essential for the changes on the horizon for the world and workforce. The founding of Family Work Space is the natural culmination of her dreams, talents, and experience and driven by the need for real-life connection among the current digital generations. She is excited about what lies ahead for the families of Broken Arrow and surrounding communities.
Christen Robinson is a driven and creative individual with a diverse skill set and a passion for making a difference in her community. She has a background in early childhood education and experience in business ownership and community involvement.
Christen is originally from Broken Arrow and is a mom of two elementary-aged children. She has dedicated many years to teaching preschool and coaching gymnastics and cheer, with a focus on creating fun and memorable learning environments for children, teachers, and parents alike.
In addition to her work in education and coaching, Christen has experience in business ownership and management. As a co-owner of a franchise in Tulsa, she was responsible for making executive marketing decisions, providing product photography, managing social media accounts, planning special events, and providing employee and management support.
Christen is also an active member of her community and is committed to making a difference. She volunteers with Arms Around BA, where she works with a small team to support the nonprofit’s mission in providing assistance to those in need. As Vice President of the Family Work Space Board, she is dedicated to creating an atmosphere of positive family involvement, where active learning, creativity, and meaningful community can help children and families fulfill their own dreams.
Throughout her career, Christen has demonstrated a strong work ethic, a commitment to excellence, and a passion for helping others. She is an effective communicator, a creative problem solver, and a skilled leader who is able to inspire and motivate those around her. She is dedicated to making a positive impact in the world and is excited about the opportunities that the future holds!
Talena Krull graduated from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology. After graduation, she spent time working at a girl’s detention center as a family worker. She connected well with the girls and their families and saw how trauma and difficulties in childhood affected the next generation. She married her husband Phil, and they went on to have four children over the span of six years. Talena stayed home to raise and homeschool their kids. Over her ten years of homeschooling, she continued her education alongside her children and found a real love for language, literature, and history. Her favorite pastime is being surrounded by her children with a cup of coffee in her hand while devouring good books together. Her passion for children from hard places never went away and when their youngest child turned five, the Krull family opened their home to foster children. Talena has always loved children but was surprised that her favorite part of fostering has been connecting with and supporting the birth mothers as they worked through addiction and separation from their children. She has found such joy in watching the mothers rise from their deepest pain and become the women they had always wanted to be. Talena currently works part-time from home as an administrative assistant for a financial advisement firm out of Phoenix while continuing to raise and homeschool her growing children. She is eager to use her education, passions and experiences to support families in a new way at Family Work Space.
Briana Maxwell grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma where she attended Jenks Public Schools from K-12th grade. In 2011, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Art and Humanities from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. While there, she met her husband Josh and is now the mom to a happy-go-lucky 8-year-old daughter, Winnie. They currently reside in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.
While working toward her art degree, she found her knack for administration as the NSU Art Department secretary. Upon graduation, she transitioned to an office manager position at the brand-new Heritage Elementary School with Tahlequah Public Schools where she strengthened her administrative gifting.
After her daughter was born in 2014, she decided to be a stay-at-home mom, trading her spreadsheets for days creating art and exploring nature with her new young mind at home. After three years, she felt called to return to the workforce and accepted a position as an Attendance Secretary at Childers Middle School for Broken Arrow Public Schools. Here she gained an acute awareness of the challenges students and parents faced in their community of influence, and how good, active attendance improved student success rates and gave them a brighter future.
After her daughter first attended a Reggio Emilia approach preschool, she briefly attended Pre-K through Broken Arrow Public Schools until the pandemic forced its closure. She later attended a Montessori school for her Kindergarten year and is currently attending a private classical Christian school that teaches the Charlotte Mason methodology. Both Briana’s experience as a parent navigating school choice and her time working in public education have given her a unique perspective and have deeply impacted her passion for learning in all its forms.
In the summer of 2020, Briana was offered the Church Administrator position at her church, RiverOaks Presbyterian, where she currently serves today. Her heart to serve all people, from all walks of life, is just one of the many ways she adds value to the board of Family Work Space.