Tom Ward and Trent Ward’s original inspiration for White Fields came from an old group home in Guthrie, Oklahoma. Wondering how the child placement system had improved over the years, the Wards began researching the Oklahoma Department of Human Services and how the placement options for abused and neglected children had changed.
The Wards created White Fields after studying the current Department of Human Services child placement needs in Oklahoma. In their four-year research process, they discovered that some children are unable to manage in foster care or adoptive homes and consequently make many moves within the DHS system.
The Wards specifically researched the only boy’s home in the state that accepts 6 to 12 year-old severely abused and neglected boys. These boys required intensive counseling to overcome their emotional, behavioral and/or adjustment problems. The Wards noticed that once these boys arrived in a group home setting and realized they would not be moved to another home for misbehavior, they began to show dramatic improvement. However, the boys eventually became too old for the home and had to move yet again. The fears associated with starting all over in unfamiliar surroundings were often too great, and the progress made while in treatment was quickly abandoned. The Wards concluded that Oklahoma needed a home that allowed children to heal in one place until they reached adulthood.
Tom L. Ward is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mach Resources an Oklahoma City based oil and gas company. Prior to that, he served as CEO of Tapstone Energy from 2013 to 2017 and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SandRidge Energy, Inc. from June 2006 through June 2013. From 1989 until 2006, he served as President, Chief Operating Officer, and a Director of Chesapeake Energy Corporation, which he co-founded with Aubrey K. McClendon. From 1983 to 1989, Mr. Ward was an independent producer of oil and gas in partnership with Mr. McClendon.
Co-founder of White Fields, Mr. Ward also has a heart for Oklahoma based organizations that display compassion to the poor, as well as those that provide care, education and second chances to the imprisoned.
Mr. Ward graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1981 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Petroleum Land Management. He has been married to Schree Ward since 1978 and is a father of four and grandfather to eight.
Trent L. Ward is the President and Chief Executive Officer of WCT Resources. Since taking this position in 2010, he has also helped found Oklahoma City based GRP FLY Clothing where he is currently on the board as a consultant. Prior to this, he served as the President of the Tom L. Ward Family Foundation.
Mr. Ward graduated from Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana in 2002. Co-Founder and Vice President of the board at White Fields, he also serves as a Board Director for the First Tee of Metropolitan Oklahoma City, Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation, and OKC Quality Schools.
Trent is also responsible for the launch of the “Million” in the Oklahoma City Public Schools. The Million is a cell phone based incentive plan for fifth through eighth graders. OKCPS was the only school district in the country to participate in the pilot program.