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Message from the
President & CEO

Class XXIX in OKC

Class 30 Application Available

YLOK Class XVI Selection

February Member Events

2016 Excellence in Leadership Gala

Other News

Deadlines & Upcoming Events

Did You Know?

Leaders on the Move!

In Memory: Sandy Trudgeon, Class XIV and Chip Edmunds, Class XXVII

Member Updates

»Message From the President & CEO

Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.
-Albert Schweitzer

This is our most important time of the year...RECRUITMENT for the next class! 

Susan Paddack has agreed to serve as chair of the Recruitment Committee and she has assembled an exemplary team of Regional Recruitment Committee Co-Chairs. Specifically, for the Southeast Region - Michele Campbell and Wes Hilliard; Northeast Region – Cristy Morrison and Rob Kimbrough; Northwest Region – Alan Case and Tom Evans; Southwest Region – Greg Elliott and David Braddock; Tulsa area - Howard Barnett, Kevin Matthews and Cathy Render; and, Oklahoma City area – Sandra Park, Anne Roberts and Carolyn Stager.

Our 30th class will only be successful with your help!  You are the ones who have been through the LOK annual class program.  You are the ones who know who would help fulfill our mission to educate and inspire leaders around the state.  You are the ones that know who in your region would bring their A-game to Leadership Oklahoma. 

The 2016 – 2017 Application for Selection is available on our website under the tab for the Adult Class and here.  If you have any questions on nominations, please contact the Recruitment Chair Susan Paddack, a Regional Recruitment Co-Chair, or me.  Please help us to introduce people such as yourself to the country's top statewide leadership program!

Frequently Asked Questions 

Are there criteria for applicants?

Yes. Stated selection criteria encompass personal commitment to Oklahoma, a record of leadership in community and/or state, success in career or vocation and demonstrated vision as well as interest in statewide issues.

Is age a criterion?


Are there selection quotas?

Only suggested geographical guideline based on population of regions. The at-large slots are to help cover any year-to-year variations in quality and numbers or applicants from the various areas. The suggested class allocations are:


Tulsa                     7                      Oklahoma City            10                    At-Large      8

Southwest              5                      Northwest                     4

Southeast              8                      Northeast                    10

Does the home or employment location apply for deciding which area an applicant represents?

It is the home address.

Are there identified priorities for recruiting?

Yes.  It is desirable to see representatives from communities that have not been represented in the past. Emphasis is placed on recruiting business leaders and minorities. Diversity of background, ideology, politics and professions is sought.

Does everyone have to submit an application?


What is the application deadline?

The original and 12 two-sided paper clipped copies of the completed application (which includes two letters of recommendation) must be received in the LOK office by 5:00 pm on April 8, 2016

Will the application deadline be extended by request under extenuating circumstances?


How much is the tuition?


Is there an application fee?

$25 if a completed application is received on or before March 16, 2016. $40 if application is received after March 16 but on or before April 8, 2016.  Application fees are non-refundable and are not part of the tuition.

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»Class XXIX In OKC

Class XXIX State Government Session was held January 8-9, 2016 in Oklahoma City. Read reflections from members of Class XXIX below, and click here for more photos from the session.


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Reflections on State Government

Cassie Gilman, Class XXIX
Executive Director of Advancement
University of Oklahoma

Lively debate and discussion related to this year’s state budget was the topic of Leadership Oklahoma Class XXIX session on State Government.  As we kicked off our session with an update on the state’s economy, we were primed to take on issues related to federal regulations, the role of religion in politics, how local municipal governments relate to the state and upcoming legislation.

During the day, our state’s leaders presented many thought-provoking ideas, such as open primary elections, Oklahoma’s alcohol laws and state agency plans.

Are you familiar with open primary elections? Open primary voting allows any registered voter the ability to vote in any party’s primary election. Senator David Holt suggested that this might be a solution to our state’s poor voter turnout and voter fatigue.

Did you know that Oklahoma is one of only 5 states who still have 3.2 “non intoxicating, “beer laws on the books?  This may not be the case soon if freshman Senator Stephanie Bice’s proposal passes. Little did she know that her pursuit of updating laws to allow Oklahomans to buy cold craft beer would require altering the state’s constitution. But before you can toast this idea with your cold craft beer, be sure and follow the debate this coming session.

Despite having dismal revenue projections, I was inspired by the plans many of our state agencies presented addressing smaller budgets. Secretary of Transportation Gary Ridley shared his vision for the state’s transportation plan and Oklahoma Health Care Authority CEO, Nico Gomez addressed his agency’s plan for insuring Oklahoma’s most vulnerable citizens are able to get the care they need through Sooner Care and Insure Oklahoma.

So what was the main take-away from the session facing major issues on state government? I think that our classmate, Senator Eddie Fields,  articulated it best when he challenged each of us to connect directly with our own legislators. He shared that in his experience most State Representatives and Senators rarely hear directly from their constituents on issues important to them. He suggested we contact them and share our ideas on how to advance the state of Oklahoma. So, Eddie, I accept your challenge and will be doing my part to start these conversations with my leadership at the Capitol.

While the issues our state faces this upcoming session may seem insurmountable, I have faith in our up-and-coming leadership. I was excited to learn about ways our executive branch agencies will continue to provide service to our citizens and I am excited to see what happens over this next legislative session. I hope when the legislature reaches sine die, I may soon be toasting with a cold beer bought in my local liquor store.

Dan Molina, Class XXIX
Chief Medical Officer, Family Medicine Physician
Oklahoma City Indian Clinic/United States Public Health Service

Our most recent session of LOK Class XXIX’s tour through the state, and its pressing issues, kept me close to home in Oklahoma City.  As a Family Medicine physician caring for the underserved, I have a familiarity with the resources and deep appreciation for the individuals at the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.

This session strengthened my respect for DHS and the vital role they have assisting those in need of help.  In her TED Talk worthy address to our class, Dr. Deborah Shropshire, DHS Deputy Director, Community Partnerships, Child Welfare Services, exuded a passion for those children in foster care that was palpable.  A pediatrician caring for children in foster care, Dr. Shropshire challenged us to recognize the resilience that exists within these children. She reminded us of the hope these children still have, and how this hope needs to be fostered, literally.  She assures that there exists a “tipping point” where children once considered a state liability, will become our state asset.

At the other extreme of the age spectrum Lance Robertson, Director of DHS, Aging Division, presented on the challenges facing our states aging population.

A true program highlight was Dr. Bill Weaver’s personal perspective on Adult Day Services.  From a cultural perspective, I feel strongly that our silver citizens should be afforded the highest level of respect and honor.  Dr. Weaver agreed, but into the mix felt our elders also deserve limo rides, car wash baths and the ability to find a new boyfriend or girlfriend.  I think Dr. Weaver is onto something.  We all deserve to be happy no matter how old we are!

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»Application for Adult Class 30 Available

LOK is now accepting applications for its 2016-2017 adult class. Applications may be downloaded from the Leadership Oklahoma website by clicking HERE. Completed applications must be received in the Leadership Oklahoma office no later than April 8, 2016, at 5:00 p.m.

Susan Paddack, Class XVI
State Senator, District 13
Oklahoma Legislature
Chair, 2016-2017 Recruitment Committee

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»YLOK Class XVI Selection Underway

The selection process for LOK Class 16 is in full swing. The dates for the YLOK program this year are June 5-10, 2016, and we are looking forward to another great week with Oklahoma youth! Stay tuned!

Cristy Morrison, Class XV
President and CEO
Visit Stillwater, Inc.
YLOK Program Chair

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»Upcoming Member Events for February


Current Issues Facing the Middle East: A Conversation with Don Betz
February 9, 2016
CKH Central Boathouse
732 Riversport Drive, Oklahoma City
5:30 pm – Reception
6:15 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Conversation with Don Betz
Cost: $15 Member; $25 Non member
RSVP by February 3, 2016

Click here to register NOW!

The crisis in Libya and Iraq; the unrest of Syria; instability of Iran; the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. What impact does this have on the United States? The Middle East is of global importance to the U.S. and around the world. To promote peace and national security globally, understanding the motivations of the various groups is vital. Current issues facing the Middle East other than the war torn images we typically think of include global weather changes, population growth, insufficient food production, critical shortages of fresh water, unemployment and high poverty rates. Many of the current conflicts in the Middle East have been attributed to sectarianism, a politicization of ethnic and religious identity. But for all the religious discourse permeating the conflict, much of its roots are political, not religious. How does sectarianism fit into a larger narrative of the Middle East? How are governments around the world dealing with these issues? How do we all respond and react to this wave of rising anger?

For over 50 years, Don Betz has been studying, teaching and researching to understand the forces shaping global affairs, with particular focus on the Middle East. From 1982 through 2003, Don worked for and with the United Nations on Middle East issues. He founded and chaired the International Coordinating Committee on the Question of Palestine (ICCP), a UN-affiliated non-governmental organization (NGO) network pursuing peace in the Middle East based on UN resolutions. His extensive international experience includes service with the University of Pittsburgh's Semester-at-Sea, Chapman College's World Campus Afloat, and journalistic experience in the Middle East. His life-long interest in global issues and his passion for promoting cross-cultural understanding has led him to more than 80 countries. He holds 3 degrees in political science and international studies.

You don’t want to miss this event!

LOK Legislative Reception
February 16, 2016
Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, Oklahoma City
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Cost: $50 LOK Member; $100 Non-Member

RSVP by February 10, 2016

Click here to purchase individual tickets!

Click here for sponsorship opportunities!

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»2016 Excellence in Leadership Gala


Excellence in Leadership Gala
February 27, 2016
The Skirvin Hilton
One Park Ave., OKC
Seating begins at 5:45 pm | Dinner and Program begins at 6:00 pm
Dress: Black Tie Optional
RSVP by February 17, 2016

Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations!  The gala Co-Chairs are Linda, Class VII, and Drew Edmondson, Class IV, and Nina and Robert Butkin, Class IV.  Due to the Oklahoma City Thunder game on this day, we are planning to start the event earlier so people could come to the gala, then possibly head off to the game (or stick around and watch it downtown).  A reception will be after the awards are presented instead of in the beginning of the evening. Please mark your calendars NOW to attend.  Printed invitations have been mailed.

2016 Honorees:
Business Leadership Award:         Cotton Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Distinguished Graduate Award:    Don Betz, Class III
Statewide Community Award:       George Kaiser Family Foundation
Lifetime Achievement Award:        Burns Hargis

$10,000 - Platinum Sponsor – Prime seating for table of ten, logo on the recognition video, company logo in the event program, representative acknowledged by the emcee during the program as a Platinum Sponsor, logo on the gala invitation as a Platinum Sponsor if received by December 22, 2015
$5,000 - Gold Sponsor – Preferred seating for table of ten, logo on the recognition video, recognition in the event program, acknowledgement by the emcee during the program as a Gold Sponsor
$2,500 - Silver Sponsor – Preferred seating for table of eight, recognition in the event program, acknowledgement by the emcee during the program
$1,000 - Bronze Sponsor – Preferred seating for two, recognition in the event program

Individual Tickets: $125 per person

Click here for sponsorship opportunities!  Click here to purchase individual tickets!

LOK has secured a group rate of $129 for those wanting to spend the night at The Skirvin. To receive the discounted rate, you may either call the reservations line at 1-800-HILTONS and mention the Leadership Oklahoma Gala (or group code LOG) or use the link below to easily book online within the block:

Click here to book your group rate for the Leadership Oklahoma Excellence in Leadership Gala

Other events are being planned for the spring/summer of 2016!

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»Other News

LOK 30th Anniversary is quickly approaching!  If you are interested in being on the planning committee to discuss ideas for next year, please email Allyson as soon as possible.

LOK Class Reunions

Class 28               February 4-5, 2016
                             Contact: Michelle Hardesty or Kent Carter

Class 23               April 14-16, 2016
                             Contact: Katie Kimberling

Class 27               June 2016
                             Contact: Scott McDaniel

Contact the LOK office if other classes are hosting reunions!  We’d like to include them in E-News!

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»Deadlines and Upcoming Events


February 3, 2016

Deadline to register – Current Issues Facing the Middle East

February 5, 2016

Deadline to reserve hotel room for Gala

February 10, 2016

Deadline to register – LOK Legislative Reception

February 9, 2016

Current Issues Facing the Middle East: A Conversation with Don Betz, OKC, 5:30 pm – Reception, 6:15 pm to 7:00 pm – Conversation with Don Betz

February 16, 2016

LOK Legislative Reception, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm; Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, Oklahoma City

February 17, 2016

Deadline to register for Gala

February 27, 2016 

LOK Excellence in Leadership Gala, The Skirvin, One Park Ave., Oklahoma City,


6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

March 16, 2016

Deadline for early bird registration fee for LOK Class Application ($25 application fee)

April 8, 2016

Deadline to apply for LOK Class 30 application ($40 application fee)

August 21, 2016

LOK Class 30 Orientation

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»Did You Know?

Did you know.... You can find LOK Members with similar interests! Have you been working on a program, sitting on a board, or planning a meeting on a particular topic and wonder, “who in LOK would be interested in being a part of this?” Click here to learn more about "Areas of Interest"!

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»Leaders on the Move

Five LOK Grads and Two Current Class Members will be honored on February 18 by The Journal Record as 2016’s Most Admired CEOs:

Mike Fine, Class IX, Steve Hahn, Class XXIX, John Higginbotham, Class XXVI, Todd Lisle, Class XXIX, Greg Massey, Class VIII, Mark Towler, Class XXIV, David Woods, Class XII.

Brenda Jones Barwick, Class XXV, is part of the team selected as a finalist in the Nonprofit Campaign of the Year category by PRWeek.

Lauren Brookey, Class XXIV, has been named president of the Tulsa Community College Foundation.

Cheryl Evans, Class XXI, was named the recipient of the 2015 Pillar of the Plains award for her many contributions to Enid and NW Oklahoma.

Jeff Greenlee, Class XXVI, has been elected to the board of directors overseeing REI Oklahoma.

Jennifer Holland, Class XXVII, and T.W. Shannon, Class XIX, have been named Outstanding Young Alumni by The Cameron University Alumni Association.

Jennifer Meason, Class XXVIII, has been named the new Chief Executive Officer of Cotton Electric Cooperative.

Karen Rieger, Class XXII, has been named chairman of the board of the Oklahoma Cerebral Palsy Commission.

Becky Samples, Class XVIII, has been named Vice President of Strategic Corporate Communications for Oklahoma Farm Bureau. 

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»In Memory

Sandy Trudgeon, a proud member of LOK Class XIV, left this world too early, but she left a trail of good works and smiles behind. Her legacy is one that many of us can only aspire to. As fellow classmate Michael Hairston said, “May we all be as fortunate to leave the woodpile much higher than we started & to have encountered her genuine friendship!”  Dana Shadid, Class XIV

Sandra Bryan Trudgeon passed away peacefully at home on Jan. 7, 2016. She was born July 27, 1943, at St. Anthony's Hospital in Oklahoma City; the first of three children born to Dorothy Ann (Owen) and Thomas Law Bryan. Sandy was a proud "Army Brat" who lived lots of places – some exotic, some not. She always said the toughest question she ever had to answer was, "Where are you from?" She graduated from Wakefield High School in Arlington, VA., and chose to attend the University of Oklahoma, her parents' alma mater and home to her maternal grandparents, Nina and Bennie Owen. She was initiated into Kappa Alpha Theta, a third generation Theta at OU. In 2012 she celebrated her 50th year as a Theta, and was very proudly a Theta for a lifetime. Before graduating with a degree in History in 1964, she met Jon Hunter Trudgeon at an OU-USC football "watch party" in 1963 (OU won, 17-12). They married in December 1964, honeymooned at the Gator Bowl, and recently celebrated their 51st Anniversary. Jon was a Judge Advocate in the Air Force assigned to RAF Station Chicksands, and they established their first home in Hitchin, Hartfordshire, England. They moved to Oklahoma City in 1968, and raised their three children, Ann, Kelly and Jon. Sandy was quick to become involved with her church, children's schools, and several community organizations. She was a devoted volunteer for the Junior League, Sunbeam Family Services, and Lyric Theatre, among others, and was a member of Class XIV of Leadership Oklahoma. In addition to Sandy's significant volunteer activities, she had a working career she loved. She was a long-time salesperson and buyer for Kamber's Gift Store, and following several years as a Trustee of Heritage Hall School, including a term as President of the Board, was hired to serve as the Director of Admissions there. She then became Head of School at St. John's Episcopal School, before retiring to become a full-time grandmother. In every volunteer or employment opportunity, she made treasured, lifelong friends. Sandy enjoyed very close relationships with all members of her family, and was preceded in death by her father, Colonel Thomas L. Bryan. She is survived by her mother, Dorothy Ann Bryan; her husband and hero Jon; their children Ann Trudgeon, Kelly Isaacson and her husband Scott, and Jon Trudgeon and his wife Katie. Sandy was particularly proud of the contributions of her children to their families and to their communities. She is also survived by grandchildren Thomas and Ben Isaacson and Hunter and Henry Trudgeon; her brother and sister-in-law, Rusty and Helene Bryan; her sister and brother-in-law, Ann and David Stussi; her nieces and nephews Jessica Stussi Horowitz, Cary Stussi Martin, Thomas Stussi, Sean Bryan, Megan Bryan, and Randall Bryan; adored cousins; and dozens of dear friends. Sandy approached each day with positivity and an unwavering desire to help her family and others in any way possible. She remained steadfast in her faith, and in her love and devotion to her family. She supported many charities, recently among them Sunbeam Family Services, Lyric Theatre, Church of the Servant, and MD Anderson Cancer Center. Her family is certain she would be pleased should you choose to remember her by a gift to your favorite of these or other charities.


Chip was my roommate at the retreat and we shared wonderful conversations about the trajectory we create in our life through experiences and decisions. He was soft-spoken but his words were always deeply relevant. I will miss his friendship. Shane Fernandez, Class XXVIII.

Longtime Tulsa resident and outstanding Jenks basketball player, Chip Edmunds, passed away after a sudden illness January 1, 2016. He was 51. He is survived by: his mother, Sandra Herod; stepfather, Robert Herod, of Tulsa; and three sisters, Laura Bishop, Karen Cohen (husband Perry) and Holly Stull (husband Dr. Phil Stull), all of the Denver, Colorado area; three beloved nieces and three nephews, Dr. Sandra Rackley of the Mayo Clinic, Rochester Minn., Cindy Howard, Sean Bishop, Asher, Sadie, and Noah Stull, and Josiah and Tabby Howard, all of the Denver, Colo. area; and a great-niece and nephew. He was preceded in death by his father, A. Craft Edmunds, Jr. in 1997. Chip was Vice President and General Counsel of Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Oklahoma and was a graduate of OSU Business School and the University of Tulsa Law School, where he received numerous awards. His accomplishments at Jenks High School included basketball MVP, 1984, district All-Star, and Frontier Conference Player of the Year. He was also on the honor roll thru out his high school career. Perhaps his most significant personal accomplishment was having the gift of putting people at ease with his kindness, sensitivity, and wonderful sense of humor. His dry wit was legendary. Chip was also a graduate of the Leadership Tulsa and Leadership Oklahoma programs. He was a Salvation Army board member and an enthusiastic bell-ringer at Christmas. During his college years, Chip worked on weekends as a cottage counselor at the Tulsa Boys Home where he quickly became a trusted mentor and friend to many teenage boys. More than a few troubled youths in later years would contact Chip and tell him what a difference he made in their lives. All who knew and loved Chip will never forget what a special person that he was and how blessed we were to have been a part of his life. Memorial contributions may be made to the Tulsa Boys Home or the Salvation Army. Fitzgerald Southwood, 918-291-3500.

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»Member Updates

The 2015-2016 LOK Annual Report and Membership Directory has been mailed to LOK lifetime members and those members who have paid their 2015-2016 membership dues. Below are  membership contact information changes from December 16 to January 15. Click HERE to see all member updates.

Greg Allen • Class VIII

Tom Bates • Class XXVIII
Special Advisor to the Governor, Child Welfare Service

Sequoyah Building, 5th Fl.
P.O. Box 25352
Oklahoma City, OK 73125-0352

T: 405-521-6670


Lauren Brookey • Class XXIV
Vice President, External Affairs
President, TCC Foundation

Jane Detten • Class XXIII
T: 580-767-0427


Rob Kimbrough • Class XXVI

President and CFO

First National Bank and Trust Company of Miami


Warren Langford • Class XXIII

Mary Lippert • Class XVIII
Giant Partners

2513 South Kelly Ave., Suite 200

Edmond, OK 73103


Scott Newman • Class XXII
Vice President of Academic Affairs
OSU Institute of Technology


Becky Samples • Class XXVIII

Vice President, Strategic Corporate Communications
Oklahoma Farm Bureau & Affiliated Companies

Jan Watkins • Class IV
Mortgage Professional
American Pacific Mortgage

19201 108th Ave SE, Suite 200

Renton, WA 98055
T: 425-988-2505

F: 253-200-6317


Karen Wicker • Class XXI
Candor Public Relations

729 W. Sheridan Ave., Suite 100

Oklahoma City, OK 73102
T: 405-972-9090

David Woods • Class XII
Giant Partners

2513 South Kelly Ave., Suite 200

Edmond, OK 73103


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