Oklahoma Academy Elects Rachel Hutchings as Chairwoman
The Oklahoma Academy has elected Rachel Hutchings as chairwoman for the 2019 year. Hutchings is the Director of Development for the Tulsa Community College Foundation. Prior to joining TCC, she was the Corporate & Government Affairs Manager for American Airlines covering the state of Oklahoma. Hutchings initially began her career at American Airlines in 1995 and worked in various capacities, including Supply Chain, Warranty and Maintenance and Production Scheduling.
Along with Hutchings, the Academy’s board officers serving for the 2019 year are: David Stewart, immediate past Chair, Chief Administrative Officer of Mid-America Industrial Park, Phil Albert, Chairman-Elect, President of Pelco Structural, LLC, Sara Jane Smallwood-Cocke,Vice-Chair,  Public Information Officer, Choctaw Nation, Michael Gordon, membership Vice-President, Community Affairs Manager, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, Larry Briggs, Treasurer/SecretaryPresident & CEO of First National Bank and Trust Co.- Shawnee, Susan Winchester, Board Governance Chair, President of The Winchester Group, and Valerie Thompson, Ph.D., Board Governance Vice-Chair, President & CEO of Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City.
The Academy has also added six new board members for the 2019 year. The new board members are: Stephen Greetham, Chief General Counsel for Chickasaw Nation Division of Commerce, AJ Griffin, Government Affairs for Paycom, Inc., Jodi Lewis, Legislative Affairs Director at the Oklahoma Municipal League, Martie Oyler, Regional Manager at ONE Gas / ONG in Enid, Mark Schell, President of Security State Bank of Oklahoma- Seminole, and Bobby Stem, CEO of the Association of Oklahoma General Contractors.
“The new officers and board members bring great strengths to the organization and the work we do to raise awareness on the major public policy issues that Oklahoma faces,” said Julie Knutson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Academy. “Rachel Hutchings will be an excellent Board Chairwoman. She has experience from the private sector as well as higher ed, and is very involved in communities and the Tulsa Regional Chamber.”  
Knutson went on to say the six new board members bring good diversity to the board in terms of focus, background, geography and interest in public policy.  
“The 2019 officers, the new board members, and full board of directors are great leaders and bring energy and focus to the work of The Oklahoma Academy just as this organization’s founder, Gov. Henry Bellmon, would have wanted,” added Knutson. “Bellmon’s vision, which remains today, was to empower Oklahomans to improve their quality of life through effective public policy development and implementation.”
The Oklahoma Academy is a nonprofit / nonpartisan organization dedicated to improving our state, one public policy at a time. But, the Academy doesn’t work alone. They believe the people should have a say in their futures and quality of life, so the Academy engages citizens across Oklahoma and involves those citizens in every step of the proposal process.
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Lynn Thompson | Feb 11, 2019