Lynn Institute for Healthcare Research Staff

Karen Vinyard WaddellKaren Vinyard Waddell, President/CEO
Email: Karen Waddell is the President/Chief Executive Officer for The Lynn Institutes: the Lynn Institute for Healthcare Research, Inc., and for the Lynn Health Science Institute, Inc. She has more than 30 years of hospital administration and healthcare leadership and specializes in organizational strategic planning and taking companies to their next level of greatness. Prior to joining Lynn in 2011, Ms. Waddell’s administrative leadership included having served as Senior Vice President of Community Hospitals of Central California (Fresno, CA) and President, Community Hospitals Foundation; Regional Group Vice President for Hospital Corporation of America, Oklahoma-Texas-Arkansas, and Vice President of Presbyterian Hospital, Oklahoma City, and as Associate Vice President and Executive Director, the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She also served as President/Chief Executive Officer of Eckerd Youth Alternatives, a $ 110 million corporation helping at risk kids, based in Clearwater, Florida and serving children and families in eleven states. Ms. Waddell is also the Owner of Karen Vinyard Waddell & Associates, Inc., a nationally honored strategic marketing and planning corporation she founded in 1987. She is a recognized and honored community leader in her home state of Oklahoma, having been appointed in 2013 by Governor Mary Fallin to chair the State Children’s Panel for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services and in 2012 as a Commissioner to the Oklahoma Department of Human Services Commission. She was a member and report author for the Special Review Committee studying deaths of children in foster care in 2011-12, and chairs the collaborative she founded, “Count Me In 4 Kids”, a clearing house matching needs with providers and donors to help Oklahoma children. She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, a member of Leadership Oklahoma Class I, Leadership Oklahoma City, Class II, Sallt Class I, Esther Women, and a member of the Board of the Ardmore Institutes of Health. She has been a finalist for Business Woman of the Year both in Tampa, Florida, and in Oklahoma City. Ms. Waddell is the proud mother of two adult children and grandmother to six grandchildren.

Angela Cozby, Director of Research and Planning
Email: Angela Cozby served as the Festival of the Arts Director for the Arts Council of Oklahoma City for the last six years. As director, Cozby was responsible for planning and implementing all aspects of the community event which attracts over 750,000 people annually. She has extensive experience with project planning, fundraising, program development, marketing, volunteer management, collaborating, and creating fiscally responsible budgets. Cozby has considerable involvement within the Oklahoma City community, including volunteering with local arts and animal welfare non-profits. She is a member of Leadership Oklahoma City LOYAL Class IV and was recognized as “Forty under 40” by both OKCBIZ 2009 and Oklahoma Magazine 2010. In 2015, she earned a Masters of Business Administration from Oklahoma City University.