Guthrie superintendent selected to 29th Leadership Oklahoma class

Guthrie Public School’s Superintendent Dr. Mike Simpson has been selected as one of 51 members for the 29th Leadership Oklahoma class to help move Oklahoma forward.

“Leadership Oklahoma is very proud of the 51 people chosen for this year’s program,” said Russ Harrison, Cemplex Group CEO and chair of the Leadership Oklahoma board of directors.  “Class XXIX is a very diverse group of outstanding leaders with a broad range of endeavors who will enhance the knowledge and understanding of the critical issues impacting the state. Leadership Oklahoma is dedicated to recruiting, educating and connecting caring and committed Oklahomans and providing them with the information and network to help shape Oklahoma’s future.”

Simpson has been with the Guthrie school district since 2012.

Each year Oklahoma leaders who represent a wide geographic base and who have diverse backgrounds and vocations are selected to participate.  Each class is exposed to the many social and environmental complexities of the state in order to stimulate inquiry, analysis and independent development of solutions for the public good.  Class members meet and talk with Oklahoma’s current leaders and explore the state’s opportunities, needs, issues and resources.  Based on the interaction and respect developed during the class year, a living network is formed – a network capable of identifying, evaluating and implementing projects of value to the people of Oklahoma.

Over the next 10 months, Class XXIX members will meet monthly to visit Seminole, Lawton/Fort Sill, Sulphur, McAlester, Oklahoma City, Stillwater, Tulsa, Guymon and Bartlesville to discuss the many social, environmental and economic complexities of our state in order to stimulate inquiry, analysis and solutions for the public good.

Leadership Oklahoma is a statewide organization founded in 1986 to create a network of leaders whose increased awareness and commitment to service seeks to help energize Oklahomans to shape the state’s future.

Approximately 1,430 members from 165 Oklahoma communities have graduated from the leadership program.


Ina Agnew, Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology, Okmulgee; Mary Booth, First National Bank & Trust-Miami, Miami; Eddie Fields, Oklahoma State Senate, Wynona; Melissa Hall, Stan Clark Companies, Inc., Stillwater; David Yarbrough, City of Tulsa-Rogers County Port Authority, Broken Arrow


Marcie Mack, Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, Enid; Wayne McMillin, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Enid; Kyle Reynolds, Woodward Public Schools, Woodward; Mike Simpson, Guthrie Public Schools, Guthrie

Oklahoma City Area

Paula Barrington, BOK Financial Corporation, Nichols Hills; Hilarie Blaney, BancFirst, Oklahoma City; Susan Chambers, MD, Oklahoma City Gynecology and Obstetrics, Oklahoma City; Brent Dishman, Dishman Military Advocates, PLLC, Edmond; Heather Griswold, Oklahoma Quality Foundation, Edmond; Steven Hahn, AT&T Oklahoma, Edmond; Gary James, Frankfort-Short-Bruza Associates P.C., Oklahoma City; Todd Lisle, BKD, Edmond; Erika Lucas, Acorn Growth Companies, Edmond; Tiffini Lyda Kelley, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City; Dan Martel, Saxum, Edmond; Matt McGuire, Heritage Institutional, Edmond; Dan Molina, Oklahoma City Indian Clinic/United States Public Health Service, Oklahoma City; Patricia Parrish, State of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City; Ashley Perkins, Cox Communications, Edmond; Jeri Towler, Nonprofit Solutions, P.C., Edmond; Allen Wright, Devon Energy Corporation, Edmond


Jim Beckham, Blanchard Public Schools, Blanchard; Jeanette Capshaw, Moore Norman Technology Center, Norman; Cassie Gilman, University of Oklahoma, Norman; Marsha Gore, McAlester Public Schools, McAlester; Jon Harrison, Oklahoma National Guard, Norman; Cody Holcomb, City of Ada, Ada; Jalinda Kelley, The Chickasaw Nation, Ada; Lari Northcutt, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Caddo; Steven Sherman, McClain Bank, Purcell; Jill Wallace, The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Ardmore


Kathy Banks-Monroe, Department of Army/Network Enterprise Center, Lawton; Jay Johnson, Duncan Regional Hospital, Duncan; Ld Jones, The Simmons Center Foundation/Duncan Convention and Visitors Bureau, Duncan; David Madigan Jr., Arvest Bank, Lawton

Tulsa Area

Anna America, City of Tulsa, Tulsa; Stephanie Cameron, APSCO Manufacturing/OK2Grow, Tulsa; Pat Crofts, Muskogee (Creek) Nation Casinos, Tulsa; Kristin Daffern, Kleinco Construction, LLC, Tulsa; Sarah Jane Gillett, Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson, P.C., Tulsa; Stephania Grober, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma, Tulsa; Richard Haldeman, Cancer Treatment Centers of America-Tulsa, Tulsa; Brooke Hamilton, NPI-Nameplates, Inc., Tulsa; Molly Jarvis, Cherokee Nation Businesses, Tulsa; Susan Meeker, Flintco, LLC, Tulsa; David Thomas IV, Ross Group, Tulsa


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