Get to Know Oklahoma Program Manager Toni Scheihing

Appriss Insights, LLC's flagship solution, VINE, is the nation’s leading automated victim notification system. Through VINE, victims and concerned citizens can register and be notified when an offender is released from custody. VINE is currently provided to victims as a free service across 47 states, providing millions of Americans the peace of mind they deserve.

In each participating state, there is typically at least one designated VINE Program Manager. The Program Manager is usually an employee of the entity or agency that holds the VINE contract in that location and serves as the liaison between Appriss Insights and their community. They are the main point of contact for all VINE-related questions, concerns, or needs that citizens may have and are responsible for helping to ensure their community is knowledgeable about the VINE services available to them.

Program Managers are imperative to the success of VINE, as they provide Appriss Insights invaluable feedback and suggestions from the field, so we can be confident the service offers a streamlined, user-friendly experience and continues to be a trusted safety net for victims/survivors.

The VINE Program Manager in the State of Oklahoma is Toni Scheihing. We are excited to get to know Toni a little better today!

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State/Title: Oklahoma VINE Program Manager

What drew you to your role as Oklahoma VINE Program Manager? I took a job at the District Attorney’s office in my county, and my boss moved to the Attorney General’s office to be the Chief of Victims Services. The position of VINE Program Manager was open, and she thought of me since I had been a teacher for 10 years. I came to the position in 2012 and have been here now for 10 years.

What keeps you in your role? I have always liked helping people, and now I get to help victims. I also really enjoy teaching advocates and law enforcement on how crucial the VINE program is to victims, survivors, and anyone assisting victims.

What is the best part of your job? Traveling around the state to teach about VINE and being a part of a program that is so important to the safety of crime victims and their families.

What does VINE mean to your state? It means “anyone,” especially those most in danger, can get notification when an offender is released. It’s just an invaluable program in so many ways, and I’m so thankful Oklahoma has VINE.

Where did you grow up? Guthrie, Oklahoma

What are your hobbies? I recently purchased four chickens and three ducks, and now I enjoy raising them. I have a pet problem: I like to collect them, and they keep me very busy. I also like to garden and share a meal with my friends.

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Where is your favorite place to travel? I really enjoyed Italy. I went on a 10-day tour years ago with a college friend, and I would love to go back.

What is your dream vacation? I would love to go to Australia because I’ve wanted to see a koala bear since I was little.

What is your favorite food? Anything Mexican! I lived in San Antonio for 3 years and became a big fan.

Favorite sports team? I love college sports, especially any Oklahoma State University ones. I spent 3 years as an Athletic Trainer for OSU and have worked with many different teams.

Favorite color? Orange and Navy

Favorite holiday? Thanksgiving and Christmas. I have a lot of family, so we have large get-togethers for the holidays.

What TV shows are you binging right now? I have a crazy obsession with Korean shows on Netflix. I got hooked after watching one and can’t seem to stop!

Do you have any pets? Yes, too many! Three dogs: Lucy (Mini Aussie), Sweet Brown (Papillon), and Hank (Mutt), five cats: Tootles, Tiger Lilly, Tinker Bell, Satchell, and Callie, and four chickens: Cleo, Goldie, Fe Fe, and Ge Ge, and three ducks: Boba, Luke, and Leah (My nephew named them; he loves Star Wars).

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Favorite quote? “On a clear day, you can see forever.” It’s a song and a movie. I think it fits my state, because Oklahoma is flat, and you can see for miles on nice, clear days, and I think sometimes it fits in life.

What is interesting about you that most people don’t know? My dad is a retired farmer, and I live in a farming community. In the summers while I was in college, I worked at the grain elevator. I had my “grain grading license,” which allowed me to test samples of wheat. I usually did that most of May – July. I also dumped and weighed wheat trucks, so you could say I know (or used to know) a lot about wheat!

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