Van K. Benton
Founder and CEO
Van founded Premier Community Services more than 20 years ago with a mission to provide quality community-based services to individuals with developmental disabilities while inspiring independence with respect and dignity. Read more about Van
chief operating officer
Miranda has served many roles within the medical field throughout her professional life. More than 17 years of her experience has been dedicated to working with the Developmentally Disabled populations in our communities. Read more about Miranda
Director of Programs, Bartlesville
Tina has worked in the ID/DD field for more than 40 years. She was inspired by her brother who has an intellectual disability. She has made helping people with disabilities her life's mission. Read more about Tina
Roberta Ranee Gray
Roberta is a 22-year veteran in the developmental disability industry; 18 of those at Premier. She’s held every position imaginable from Human Resources Assistant to Habilitation Training Specialist, to her current role as Program Coordinator. “I got into this field because I wanted to help people to do the things they could not normally do for themselves,” she explained.
She also said she relishes being able to advocate for her clients and help them become the best they can be.
“One of the most rewarding things about working at Premier is seeing our clients get excited when they finally accomplish a task they have been working on,” Roberta said. “We consider our clients as part of our organization and we are all family here.” She went on to say she has stayed at Premier so long because she believes it is the “best company to work for in our industry.”
Marie began her career serving the special needs community 14 years ago at Premier. She started out as a Habilitation Training Specialist and Job Coach, ultimately working her way up to her current role as Program Coordinator.
“At first I just needed a job but when I started working for Premier, I discovered I have found my calling in life,” she said. “I love helping people be the best they can be.” Marie said what she likes best about working with people in this community was their smiles and laughter. She also organizes the local Special Olympics teams for clients in the Bartlesville area.
“My goal is to continue to provide quality care to clients and protect their rights,” she said. “We are a close-knit family at Premier and we go above and beyond to help the people we serve stay healthy, safe and happy.”
LeAnna has been working with developmentally disabled individuals for more than 11 years. As a House Manager, she says her first client had a profound impact on her – prompting her to choose this field as a full-time profession.
In early 2018 LeAnna joined Premier as a Program Coordinator.
“Premier is not such a huge organization which means we all know each other well and help each other out whenever we can,” she said. “My coworkers are like family now.”
She currently manages 25 clients and their staff.
With a family history of healthcare industry workers, it was only natural for Trevis to follow in their steps. “I was born with a passion to help people,” he said. “It’s in my blood”. Trevis began his career as a Certified Nursing Assistant for six years and transitioned to the Mental Health/Developmentally Disabled field ten years ago. He has held positions as a Habilitation Training Specialist (HTS), House Manager, and now Program Coordinator. He joined Premier Community Services in 2019.
“Of all the jobs I’ve had, Premier is the most family oriented.” he explains. “I enjoy going to work each day and feel appreciated; it’s nice to have management take the time to train and support you.”
Afton has worked in the industry for more than 10 years. Prior to Premier, she worked in Transitional Services which entailed teaching life and job skills to high school kids with disabilities. She started working in the industry when her cousin talked her into giving it a try. “Once I started working in this field I was sold,” Afton explained. “I have never had such a rewarding job before.”
Afton also said in all of her years of working, Premier was the first place where her supervisor took the time to sit down and explain all aspects of her job when she first joined the team. “The most impressive thing about Premier is that it is very obvious that they hold true to their mission and the care of their consumers,” she said. “To be able to help others and change lives daily is the reason I’m here – who could want anything else?
Theresa Leaverton has worked in the medical field for 14 years and specifically with the developmental disability community for seven. Armed with an Associates Degree in Medical Assisting, Theresa has worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant as well as holding positions as a House Manager, Lead Program Manager with both local and national agencies.
“I love making a difference in people’s lives as I am watching them grow and learn and watching the individuals we support have meaningful and successful lives,” she said. “I have a passion for helping others, and I care deeply for the people in this field.”