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 »Message from the

 »Message from the

  »Helping Oklahoma

 »YLOK Application
Deadline Approaching

 »It's Beginning to Look
A Lot Like Christmas

  »End of Year

  »Human Trafficking: Combat  through Prevention

 »No Tricks Only Treats
for Class XXVII

  »Announcements and Upcoming Events

  »Leaders on the Move

»Member Directory



»Message from the Chairman

Joe Moran III, LOK Board ChairNote of Thanks...

As Oklahomans, we have much to celebrate. Thanksgiving provides an opportunity to reflect on what I am thankful for with our organization. As a result of a talented staff, strong board leadership, its many volunteers and loyal supporters, Leadership Oklahoma finishes 2013 as a healthy and vibrant nonprofit.

In addition to graduating 50 new adults and 52 new youth from our programs this year, we have updated and redesigned our website to better fit the needs of our membership. Financial accountability and transparency is being enhanced by our Finance Committee through soliciting proposals for management of our endowment funds. An annual independent audit of our financial statements was conducted, and LOK received a stellar audit report.

Membership programs this past year included "Race to Remington Park – The Horse Racing Industry and Its Impact on Oklahoma” and "Take a Walk on the Wild Side – A Behind the Scenes Tour of the OKC Zoo." We also had an outstanding Fall Forum with Greg Link on the "State of Trust". A special thanks to Steve (Class XXVI) and Beth (Class XXIV) Kerr, for chairing this year's event and for bringing such a high-caliber nationally-known speaker. Last but not least, our annual Holiday Celebration is just around the corner on December 6th, a time to enjoy the connections made because of LOK.

LOK enters 2014 with generous support from donors and members necessary to continue the commitment to our mission "to create, inspire and support a dynamic network of leaders whose increased awareness and commitment to service will energize Oklahomans to shape Oklahoma’s future.” The unique aspect of LOK is its members. From all walks of life with many different opinions, the glue that binds us is the ability to respect each other as we are. As Leadership Oklahoma members, we have a profound impact in our state. We are the ones making a difference each and every day, big and small. Thank you for your leadership, time and support.

We have much to be thankful for at this time of Thanksgiving. We wish you and your family happiness and health during this holiday season.

Happy Thanksgiving,
Joe Moran III
LOK Board of Directors Chair

»Message from the CEO

Ann Ackerman, CEOOn a recent visit with Class XXVII to Stillwater-and in particular-at Mexico Joe's, I was asked an interesting question by one of LOK's graduates. It was not the usual type of question that is asked on Halloween night at Joe's as I was dressed in my PINK Costume which is why I want to tell you about it. The question was: "Why does LOK have an endowment and what do you do with it?" Of course the person asking the question described their Halloween costume as a "Bean Counter".

Regardless of how and when the question was asked, I want to share my reply with all LOK members.

The "endowment” as we call it is actually a board-designated endowment or segregated funds. We have about $1.8 million in this fund and it is managed professionally through a trust company. They manage according to an investment policy approved by the LOK Board of Directors and there is oversight of the fund and its activity by the LOK Finance Committee.

The main purpose of the endowment fund is to assist operations and ensure the future of LOK and its programs. Approximately $50,000 of earnings from the endowment is distributed to LOK operations on an annual basis. The endowment funds have allowed LOK to keep the tuition for the adult program and annual membership dues to alumni FLAT for the past eight years as well as provide the youth program at no cost to students. LOK also sees this fund as a "rainy day” benefit or reserve funds. In a worst-case scenario, the current fund level would allow operations to continue for about 2-3 years.

LOK adds to the fund by designating all Lifetime Membership payments as "endowed.” The amount received varies each year, but in recent years has averaged $60,000 in income to the fund per year. Also, from time to time the Finance Committee will transfer excess fund balances from the operating account to the endowment. However, it is also possible for an individual or business institution to make a directed donation to the endowment fund for "sustainability” of LOK and its programs.

Please keep in mind that IF the occasion should arise that you or your company would like to make a significant contribution for long term benefit don’t forget that you can "endow” via this financial vehicle. Also, if you or yours wants to memorialize someone who valued LOK as special and meaningful, this endowment fund is an excellent opportunity.

As always if you have any questions about any of our financials or the endowment, don’t hesitate to contact me or our Treasurer, Neil Schemmer.


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»Helping Oklahoma Contest

As an LOK member, you can nominate an exceptional Oklahoma volunteer that goes above and beyond in making a difference in their community and/or Oklahoma. This exceptional volunteer may or may not be a LOK member. One volunteer will be selected for their service to an Oklahoma nonprofit and awarded $2,500 for any nonprofit of their choosing. Details can be found at Nominations must be made online at no later than November 27, 2013.

All of you are involved in your community and undoubtedly know of someone whose volunteer service stands out from the others. Someone who consistently goes above and beyond. This is your opportunity to recognize that dedication and highlight their volunteer work and the organization(s) they represent.

Please take a moment to think about that deserving person and go to to fill out the quick nomination form. What a wonderful way to reward exceptional volunteer service and to assist an Oklahoma non-profit organization!

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»YLOK Application Deadline Approaching

The deadline is fast approaching for LOK to receive applications for Class XIV of the Youth Leadership Oklahoma program. Applications are due in the LOK office no later than 5 p.m., Tuesday, December 3, 2013.

Do you know an outstanding high school junior who would be a great candidate for Youth Leadership Oklahoma? Applicants must be a current junior in high school or home school equivalent with a 3.25 GPA or above. The YLOK program will be June 8-13, 2014.

You can download an application and reference form here or find additional information about the program at

Hurry! Don’t delay, the deadline will be here before you know it! If you have any questions regarding the application or the application process contact Lee Anne Stone, Youth LOK Director, lstone@leadershipoklahoma.comor (405) 848-0001.

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»It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas!

2013 Leadership Oklahoma OrnamentLeadership Oklahoma introduced the 2013 limited-edition holiday ornament this season, and it was a big hit with the members! Our inventory is going fast so don't wait to get your ornament! The cost of the ornament is $20 and can be purchased here.

What a memorable addition to your Christmas tree or holiday decorations that will remind you for years to come of your Leadership Oklahoma experience and friends. LOK program areas are highlighted in an intricately cut Oklahoma shape surrounded by a golden frame with holly leaves and berries. The ornament would make great gifts for all your LOK friends.

The ornaments can also be purchased by emailing or by calling the LOK office at (405) 848-0001. There are limited quantities so don't let this opportunity pass you by!

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»End of the Year Campaign

As a member of Leadership Oklahoma (LOK), you know the value of the program to you and to the State of Oklahoma. Leadership Oklahoma has provided educational opportunities for both adults and youth that increase awareness of issues and encourage positive action for the betterment of our state.

However, you may not be aware that approximately 80% of the LOK budget is from donations and that over $500,000 must be raised each year just to continue at the level we are today, much less to extend our programs and our offerings.

Making a Difference

In a survey of LOK members:

  • 98% said that LOK had positively impacted their lives;
  • 88% said they had become more involved with civic organizations as a result of LOK; and
  • 100% said they wanted to stay connected to the LOK network.

In a comparison of pre- and post-class surveys given last year to program participants:

  • Significant gains in awareness of statewide issues by class members were shown;
  • Increases in commitment to community involvement were indicated; and
  • Increases in connectedness to state leaders were shown.

In its 27-year history, LOK has graduated 1,330 Oklahoma leaders from its program, and over 70% of those graduates are still active in the organization. We are about collaborating, connecting with others, and working for the betterment of Oklahoma in every sector of our economy.

We respectfully ask you to continue your support of LOK, by contributing to our annual end-of-the-year campaign. Checks or credit card information for this End-of-the-Year Giving Campaign may be sent to Leadership Oklahoma, 5500 N. Western, Suite 142, Oklahoma City, OK 73118 or you may donate by clicking here.


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»Human Trafficking: Combat Through Awareness

Human trafficking is the second most profitable, illegal industry in the world, earning more than $32 billion a year.  According to government agencies, there are approximately 27 million people around the world who serve as human slaves – more than any time in history.  Just recently, Oklahoma sentenced its first federal human trafficking case in Tulsa.

Please join us at DaySpring Villa in Sand Springs on January 31, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. to gain awareness on the topic of human trafficking.  This is a rare opportunity and LOK is privileged to have DaySpring Villa open their facility to our membership. They were also the first certified shelter in Oklahoma to provide services to adult human trafficking victims.

The most effective statewide anti-trafficking strategies recognize the importance of an informed citizenry.  Members and guests will have an opportunity to tour the DaySpring facility, learn the facts and red flags of human trafficking, hear testimonials, and take away knowing what resources are available locally and nationally.

Register here by January 24, 2014.  The cost to attend is $10.


If you have questions about this activity, contact Allyson at (405) 848-0001 or by email.


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»No Tricks Only Treats for Class XXVII in Stillwater

Experience and observations given by Pete Regan, Class XXVII member

Stillwater was another informative, thought provoking, and exceptional visit! I was blown away by the facilities and the hospitality created by Joe and Cristy in Stillwater.

All educational issues were on the table and it became abundantly clear that good people can interpret and disagree on important issues. The program provided a great opportunity to peel back the layers; it provided a forum for LOK Class XXVII members to touch on many issues, such as: parent involvement, access, funding formulas, college preparation, tuition, administrative costs, duplicative programs, accountability. It became clear that "Education Reform” means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. It is certainly nuanced. The LOK program coincided with the roll out of the "A to F" grading system to be reported days after our discussions. This led to some lively discussion.

The panels were tremendous and ran the gambit - common education, Oklahoma's award winning CareerTech system, valuable community colleges, our regional system, our two comprehensive universities – we were literally exposed to all of it.

The program could have been two weeks, instead of two days, and there would still be many unresolved issues. Education, particularly common education, has many outside variables, both known and unknown, that impact schools and student performance. I think most of it stems from the home environment and parental involvement. It is clear that students do not live in silos and their school behavior and performance is certainly impacted by what goes on at home.

The panel that impacted me most included the alternative program for high school students. As I was listening to the speaker find his footing and articulate the worthiness of the program it reminded me of high school. I had a wonderful high school experience but I was also very, very lucky. My brother and I were kicked out of one high school and I could have easily been kicked out of my second high school. My involvement in sports saved my high school career. The requirement to maintain a minimum GPA helped me until I got my sea legs; eventually that minimum GPA became a floor, not a ceiling for me. It is programs like: street school, alternative school, etc…that give many of our students the opportunity to keep the light shining while they endeavor to hit their stride and excel. I was that student that didn’t fall through the cracks. To see students that actually do fall through the cracks breaks my heart. Hence, hearing from such a committed and caring teacher in such a worthy program invoked my emotional response. Often times the children feel undervalued and this can be perpetuated by society. Caring teachers see value and worth in students on a daily basis, often times before this feeling of worth culminates with the student.

I was very impressed with the panels and the questions and lively discussions from our class. Many of our fellow classmates were on the panels and/or knew as much as the folks on the panels. As usual, it was informative and we had the unique chance to ask unfettered questions and hear first-hand of all the challenges and unique opportunities too.

-Pete Regan

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»Announcements and Upcoming Events

LOK Fax Number:

The Leadership Oklahoma office has a new fax number. Please change your records to note the new number: (888) 821-4576.


November 27, 2013 Helping Oklahoma Contest Nominations due (Click here to nominate)
November 28, 2013 Deadline to RSVP for Holiday Celebration (Click here to RSVP)
December 03, 2013 Applications for YLOK Class XIV due (Click here for the application)

Upcoming Events:

December 6, 2013 LOK Holiday Celebration, Harweldon Mansion, Tulsa, Oklahoma
January 31, 2014 Human Trafficking, Sand Springs, Oklahoma
February 15, 2014 Excellence in Leadership Gala, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
April 18-19, 2014 "Wat-er" You Doing With Water Altus?, Altus, Oklahoma

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»Leaders on the Move

Governor Bill Anoatubby (Class III) was presented with the 2013 Light, Leadership and Legacy Award by the Oklahoma Israel Exchange.

Dewey Bartlett, Jr. (Class II) has been re-elected as Mayor of Tulsa. 

Chris Benge (Class XXVI) has been named the Oklahoma Secretary of State by Governor Mary Fallin.

S. Matthew Brown (Class XXI) has been elected to the First National Bank of Oklahoma Board of Directors.

Tanya Case (Class III) was recently elected as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the National Association of State Comprehensive Health Insurance Plans (NASCHIP)

OU Medical Center names Patti Davis (Class XIII) Senior Vice President of Strategy and Development.

Drew Edmondson (Class IV) and Linda Edmondson (Class VII) were honored with the Spirit of the Urban Indian Award at the Red Feather Gala sponsored by the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic.

Dr. Jane C.K. Fitch (Class XX) was elected President of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. She is the second woman to hold this position in the society’s 78-year history.

Jim Fram (Class XXIV) was elected to the Board of Directors of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) at their Annual Conference held in Philadelphia this month.

Roger D. Gaddis (Class XXV) was awarded the Outstanding CPA in Financial Planning award from the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Melvin C. Hall
(Class VII) was presented with an Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher Diversity Award at the Oklahoma Bar Association Diversity Conference.

Diana Hartley (Class XXIV) will be leaving her position at the Sarkeys Foundation effective November 30, 2013.

Kay Martin (Class II) was selected as a 2013 inductee to the Oklahoma CareerTech Hall of Fame.

Vicki Miles-LaGrange (Class V) was honored as a 2013 inductee to the Oklahoma Heritage Association Hall of Fame.

Mary Blankenship Pointer (Class XXII) was honored with a Community Service Award at the 2013 Governor’s Arts Award ceremony.

Ryan Posey (Class XXV) has been named President of HSI Sensing.

Pat Potts
(Class IX) was honored with the 2013 Pioneer Woman Award by the Oklahoma Women’s Coalition.

Teresa Rose (Class XXVII) received an Equal Opportunity Award at the Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City’s 35th annual Equal Opportunity Day luncheon.

Mike Samis (Class VII) and Natalie Shirley (Class XXII) have been elected to the board of BancFirst and its parent company BancFirst Corporation.

Dennis Shockley (Class XV) was re-elected to his seventh two-year term to the NCSHA Board of Directors.

Mike Thompson (Class XXV) was selected as a 2013 inductee to the Oklahoma City Community College Hall of Fame.

Steve Turnbo (Class IV) has been appointed by Governor Mary Fallin to serve on the Judicial Nominating Commission.

Ann Acers Warn (Class XVII) has been appointed to serve a seven-year term on the Oklahoma State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision.

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»Member Directory Updates

Below are member contact information changes received between October 16 and November 15, 2013. For a listing of ALL directory changes since the 2013-2014 Membership Directory was printed (July, 2013) please click here.

XXVII • Curtis Arnold
Oklahoma Military Department
VI • Jari Askins
Post Office Box 391
Duncan, OK 73534
V • Ruth Boss
XIX • Freda Deskin
XVILinda Dzialo
350 David L. Boren Blvd.
Norman, OK 73037
XIII • Margaret Erling
VIG. Carl Gibson, Jr.
F: (888) 480-4651
XXWayne Greene
Editor, Editorial Pages
XXIISusan Harris
XIVSteven Hayden
Vice President of People Services
Flagship Resources, Inc.
1710 W. Willow Rd.
Enid, OK 73703
P: (580) 234-3971 ext. 224
XXIIMyers Lockard III
Post Office Box 25248
Oklahoma City, OK 73125
XIIIRon Matlock
VIIMary Mitchell
P: (918) 664-3434
XIQuang Pham
IIJim Schlimpert
6807 E. 68th St.
Stillwater, OK 74074
P: (405) 742-7606
XIXSheryl Siddiqui
Islamic Council of Oklahoma
XXII Ryan Stafford
Director, Marketing Communication
2900 W. Plano Pkwy., 3rd Floor
Plano, TX 75075
P: (972) 795-3360
XVMary Stallings
Zip Code Correction: 73701
F: (580) 234-3311
XVIILawrence Stasyszen
F: (405) 878-5189
XXIIBill Swigert
XIVStanley Tatum
Zip Code Correction: 73701
XXVICol. Louis Wilham
Oklahoma National Guard
Director of Human Resources
P: (405) 228-5249

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