About First Lady Sarah Stitt
Sarah Stitt has been married to Kevin Stitt for 21 years and is the mother of six children. She has spent the past 20 years cultivating a friendly work environment at Gateway Mortgage that helped employees grow spiritually, relationally, and professionally.
As First Lady, she intends to utilize her resources and position to advocate for those suffering from mental health issues and adverse childhood experiences who do not have the means to do so for themselves. Having walked with close family members through the challenge of diagnosing and managing mental health issues, she knows first-hand the difficulty of finding quality mental health services in Oklahoma.
Many mental health diagnoses are results of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES), of which Oklahoma unfortunately has the highest rate. Research shows, though, that ACES can be reversed with caring relationships and the provision of pathways to success. Sarah concentrates her efforts as First Lady on raising awareness of ACES, and working to pair state resources with non-profits that are combatting ACES every day. Oklahoma is a generous and caring state, and Sarah firmly believes that there can be a hope for a bright future for every Oklahoman.
The First Lady has exciting plans for 2020, starting with “The First Lady’s Hope Rising Tour.” In partnership with Potts Family Foundation, the First Lady will be visiting cities across Oklahoma bringing the film, “Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope” along with a panel of child welfare experts. The film presents the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences as well as the science proving that ACES can be reversed. Sarah sees this tour as an opportunity to raise awareness on the issue throughout Oklahoma.
As First Lady, Sarah chairs the board of Friends of the Mansion, a non-profit dedicated to the maintenance and restoration of the Oklahoma Governor’s Mansion. Currently, she is overseeing the renovation of the Governor’s Mansion, with the intention of bringing the home back to its original structure and restoring its historical value.