Member of the Month: Gayna Carter, Emerge

To know her is to love her. Meet our newest MOTM, Gayna Carter. You can’t not smile when you’re around her, which is definitely a benefit when it comes to her client-facing role of outsourced accounting at Emerge. Not only does Gayna care deeply for those around her, but she is an animal-lover through and through; you can tell by the way she treats her pup, Jack, like royalty. She’s integral to the culture at her company and also to the community here at The Root Coworking.

Emerge recently merged with one of our founding members, Embark, and we couldn’t be happier to witness this growth. Emerge brings a unique combination of expertise, experience and hospitality to outsourced accounting services that is also synonymous with its parent company, Embark. Embark was launched in Dallas in 2010, and has since grown to over 300 employees in 10 different cities around the U.S. 

Now, without further ado, meet the lovely Gayna Carter…


What do you do? Tell us a little bit about your company.  

I work for Emerge as an oil and gas outsource accountant. We handle all the back office accounting for companies, and the clients I work on are all in the oil and gas industry. I have worked in oil and gas for most of my career, but this is my first experience in outsourcing.


What is the best part of your job?

The best part of my job is working on a team with three of my favorite former coworkers. We have a long history together and I am excited to get to spend quality time with them again. It’s icing on the top that my new coworkers have also been a delight. 


What could you give a 30-minute presentation about with no advance preparation?  

I could talk at length about my sweet dog named Jack. He is a Morkie and makes me so happy.  He is 14 years old, but still spry, and enjoys chasing bunnies and squirrels in the backyard. I love to share pictures of him!


When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I always wanted to become an elementary school teacher. Some of my very favorite people growing up in Idabel were my teachers. I also have many family members in education. I didn’t become a teacher, but do love children and have volunteered with little ones throughout my life.  


What is your favorite restaurant in Tulsa and what do you get there? 

I enjoy going to Yokozuna with friends. I love sushi and always order the Golden Driller roll there. Their white Sangria is also very refreshing.    


Given unlimited resources, how would you go about making the world a better place? 

With unlimited resources, I would make sure everyone had enough food to eat in the world. No one should ever go to sleep hungry.


What’s one song or artist that you’re embarrassed to admit you like? 

Barry Manilow is a favorite of mine. Many of his songs remind me of growing up. One day, I hope to see him in concert. I better hurry!  


What is one of your favorite things about being a member of The Root Coworking?

I love that I get to meet a lot of different people. I normally wouldn’t if I worked in a traditional office space. Everyone I have met has been so nice and it makes me look forward to coming here.

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Member of the Month: Colleen McCarty, Esq., Oklahoma Appleseed Center for Law and Justice

Today, we’re having a cold brew coffee in honor of our newest member of the month, Colleen McCarty, Esq. Colleen is the founding executive director of Oklahoma Appleseed Center for Law and Justice. Before becoming a lawyer and fighting injustice in the system, Colleen was a published fiction writer! In her role, Colleen wears a lot of hats… and shoes… and jackets, because founding a new non-profit requires an entire wardrobe of skills.

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Member of the Month: Laura Keim, Nextep

Meet Laura Keim, our newest Member of the Month. Laura is a business consultant for Nextep, and is “bringing the human back to human resources”. Laura is obsessed with the TV show Friday Night Lights and The Stairclimber, used to work in the alcohol industry, and is always offering to help our staff.

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Member of the Month: Wayne Farmer, Interact Software

Oggy oggy oggy! Oi oi oi! Let’s give a proper football welcome to our newest member of the month, Wayne Farmer! Wayne is the Manager of Customer Success for Interact Software. Before joining Interact Software, Wayne was both the General Manager and Director for Tulsa’s professional soccer club, FC Tulsa.

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