Numerous organizations benefit from the Turpens' combined abilities to unite and engage the communities they touch, particularly their church, Westminster Presbyterian Church, where Susan has served as both a Deacon and an Elder. Susan has also volunteered as a teacher for the Children's, Middle School and High School ministries, occasionally with her "co-pilot," husband Mike, who serves on the Westminster Presbyterian Church Foundation's Board of Directors.
As a high school educator for many years, Mrs. Turpen regularly volunteers in projects for her children's schools. She serves on the Board of Visitors for the University of Oklahoma's Fine Arts Department and has served as co-chair of Lyric Theatre's Broadway Ball, in addition to having volunteered several years for various efforts and events on behalf of Lyric.
Michael C. Turpen was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, educated in Tulsa Public Schools and graduated from the University of Tulsa with a Bachelor of Science degree in History and a Juris Doctorate degree. Mike served as Muskogee County District Attorney from 1977 until 1982, before being elected Attorney General for the State of Oklahoma in 1982. Since 1987, Mike has been a partner in the law firm of Riggs, Abney, Neal, Turpen, Orbison & Lewis in Oklahoma City. Mike also appears weekly on KFOR TV’s award-winning public affairs show, “Flashpoint with Turpen & Humphreys.”
A 2010 inductee to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, Mike received the Louise Bennett Distinguished Service Award in 2012. In 2008, Mike received the Oklahoma Arts Council Governor’s Award for Community Service and in 2007, Mike received the Oklahoma Bar Association’s William Paul Distinguished Service Award, in addition to recognition from the Clinton Global Initiative for his work with Burns Hargis for Legal Aid of Oklahoma.
In 2006, Mike received the John Kirkpatrick Award from Lyric Theatre for his leadership in chairing their successful $10 million capital campaign.
Mike and Susan have three children: Sean, Patrick and Sarah.