Oklahoma BPA is blessed with many amazing people who make this organization great! These groups include the State Executive Council, the Oklahoma BPA Advisory Board, Oklahoma Classroom Educators Advisory Council Members, National Board of Trustees Members, the BMITE Staff at Oklahoma Department of CareerTech, and more!
State Executive Council 2022-2023
Gavin CooperState President
Lorelei BonhamState Vice President
Zoey HowryState Reporter
Sarah ChristensenState Secretary
Carter ClarkState Historian/Chaplain
Kamryn ThorntonState Parliamentarian
Bradley AbneyMiddle Level Representative
North Rock Creek High School
Local Advisor: Lindsay Ramirez
Leadership Voice: Pioneer/Guardian
Bio: This future CEO of a production company aims to make this year the best that it can be for Oklahoma members. Gavin’s favorite BPA memory is a tie between participating in the first annual Oklahoma Veterans Film Contest and becoming a state officer. In his free time Gavin spends time focusing on cars, film, media production, and technology.
What is unique about Gavin? Gavin holds 3 jobs!
Duties: It shall be the duty of the State President to preside at all business meetings; preside over all Executive Council meetings; with the approval of the State Executive Council and State Advisor, establish and appoint members and chairs of appropriate committees for a period not to exceed his/her term of office and assist these committees in their activities; serve as an ex-officio, nonvoting member of all committees; perform other duties of a presiding officer; and promote the general welfare of Business Professionals of America, Oklahoma Association.
Canadian Valley Technology Center – Yukon
Local Advisors: Connie Garner
Leadership Voice: Nurturer
Bio: This leader’s favorite BPA memory is running for state office and making new friends in that process. Lorelei strives to grow the membership of Oklahoma BPA and make sure each member gets something from their experience. Lorelei hopes to one day use the skills she has obtained from her CTSO in a career as a realtor.
What is unique about Lorelei? She loves to garden!
Duties: It shall be the duty of the Vice-Presidents to serve in any capacity as directed by the President; accept the responsibilities of the President as occasions may demand; assist in compiling and publishing the State Association Annual Report; serve as liaison between local members and the State Executive Council; contact each assigned local chapter at least once each month; and promote the general welfare of Business Professionals of America, Oklahoma Association.
Canadian Valley Technology Center – Chickasha
Local Advisor: Johnathan Gervasi
Leadership Voice: Guardian
Bio: Zoey’s goal as a state officer is to make everyone feel involved and make sure members are aware of all the resources and opportunities available to them. Her favorite BPA memory is being elected to the state executive council and she has goals to study law.
What is unique about Zoey? She is a two time power lifting champion and holds squat, bench, and deadlift records.
Duties: It shall be the duty of the Reporter to prepare and submit the organization’s news to all news media; serve as the public relations liaison to other State associations and the national organization; compile local chapter activity news for the State newsletter; and promote the general welfare of Business Professionals of America, Oklahoma Association.
Pauls Valley High School
Local Advisor: Fawn Riddle
Leadership Voice: Guardian/Connector
Bio: Sarah has a goal to bring Oklahoma BPA chapters together to create a lasting impact at a state and local level. After high school Sarah hopes to gain a degree in intercultural studies. In her free time Sarah loves to read and spend time with family and friends.
What is unique about Sarah? She has a great memory and rarely follows the crowd.
Duties: It shall be the duty of the Secretary to keep an accurate record of all business and Executive Council meetings; promptly submit one (1) printed copy of the minutes and any substantiating reports to the President, State Executive Council, and the State Advisor; and promote the general welfare of Business Professionals of America, Oklahoma Association.
Stratford High School
Local Advisor: Tammy Anderson
Leadership Voice: Pioneer/Connector
Bio: This leader’s favorite part of BPA is competing with his chapter members. Not only did he make new friends, but he also enjoyed being in front of the lights and camera – it was also nice to win his competition at state! Carter’s goal as a state officer is to create diversity and increase involvement throughout the state. After high school Carter is determined to be famous on the red carpet at the Oscars or plans to run his own medical law business.
What is unique about Carter? Carter is around of his luscious locks and describes himself as bubbly and enthusiastic.
Duties: It shall be the duty of the Chaplain/Historian to be in charge of appropriate devotional exercises for council meetings and State association meetings; document and submit all historical events such as conferences, meetings, etc. to the State chapter; compile local and State chapter activities for the State scrapbook; be available for promoting the general welfare of chapter meetings; provide inspiration and encouragement to the State Executive Council; serve as a liaison to middle level chapters; and promote the general welfare of Business Professionals of America, Oklahoma Association.
Central Technology Center – Drumright
Local Advisor: Athena Frank
Leadership Voice: Connector
Bio: Kamryn’s goal as a state officer is to become a more active listener. Her favorite BPA memory was getting to meet her state executive council team members for the first time and she hopes to one day be an accountant. In her free time Kamryn enjoys driving and playing video games.
What is unique about Kamryn? She is great with finances!
Duties: It shall be the duty of the Parliamentarian to advise the President and other association members on the orderly conduct of business in accordance with the organization’s bylaws and the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised; be responsible for the general conduct at all business and Executive Council meetings; rule on rules of order, should the occasion arise, during business meetings; and promote the general welfare of Business Professionals of America, Oklahoma Association.
Stratford Middle School
Local Advisor: Erin Stonecipher
Leadership Voice: Pioneer/Guardian
Bio: Bradley’s main goal as a state officer is to create awareness for the Middle Level division and to help grow Oklahoma BPA’s membership. His favorite BPA memory was SLC 2022 when he was able to step on the SLC stage for the first time to win awards and become a state officer. This future business owner has a heart for our middle level members! In his free time Bradley is an avid reader and loves sports and fishing.
What is unique about Bradley? He is the youngest member of SEC 2022-2023.
Duties: It shall be the duty of the Mid-Level Representative to:
a. aid in the overall success of the State Executive Council;
b. serve as the official liaison for the Mid-Level division;
c. gain a foundational knowledge of basic parliamentary procedure;
d. attend all mandatory events as established by the State Advisor;
e. provide vital opinions and perspectives representative of the mid-level division;
f. promote the general welfare of Business Professionals of America, Oklahoma
Oklahoma Advisors of the Year
Trent Hughes2021 OK BPA (ML) Advisor of the Year
Diana Bowen2021 OK BPA (PS) Advisor of the Year
Curtis Buller2021 OK BPA (S) Advisor of the Year
From the nomination form:
Trent Hughes has been a member of the Oklahoma BMITE and Oklahoma BPA family since 2018. Under his guidance, the BPA chapter has flourished and expanded numerous opportunities for student members at the local, state, and national level. Some of these activities include participation in the Fall Festival, Community Blood Drives, Local Leadership and Entrepreneurial Training, and success at the BPA Fall, State, and National Leadership Conferences. During his first year as a BPA chapter advisor, Trent registered five (5) students that competed in six (6) different competitive areas. All students successfully placed in the top 10 in their respective events and two of these students qualified and competed in the national competitions. During his second year as a chapter advisor, 10 students competed in 18 events, with all students again placing within the top 10 in their respective competitive events. Five of these students placed first (1st) at the state level and qualified for nationals. Unfortunately, NLC was cancelled due to COVID. In 2019-2020, he was awarded the CareerTech Lottery Grant and purchased the equipment necessary to run a full printing company out of his classroom. Not only is this a direct example of co-curricular integration, it also resulted in the largest fundraising results in the chapter’s history and allowed student members to participate in BPA-sponsored events that had previously been denied to them due to funding restrictions.
I first met Trent at an advisor workshop at the 2019 BPA FLC, where he expressed a deep desire to “get more involved in Oklahoma BPA.” In this capacity, he worked alongside me on the infamous “second-floor” during competition day at SLC. I was so deeply impressed with his level of competence, patience, and genuine excitement to assist both student members and advisors, that I encouraged him to run for an open position this past May as the Mid-Level Representative on the BPA National Board of Trustees. To say this has been a difficult year would be an understatement. Facing the fallout this year from the first-ever NLC cancellation has resulted in unexpected and often-difficult conversations and decisions at the national level. As an active member of the National BPA Personnel and Finance Committees, Trent has brought forth fresh ideas for new revenue streams (such as the new national fall professional development conferences for both advisors and students), identifying, analyzing, and cutting non-essential expenses, and asking the hard questions that need addressed so that he can make truly informed decisions that he can stand by with complete assurance. As my term on the National BPA Board expires this coming May, I am confident that Trent will continue to promote accountability, transparency, and new opportunities as the organization moves beyond the pandemic into a bright future of growth and prosperity.
I would be remiss if I did not mention the support he has additionally provided to Oklahoma Career and Technical instructors this year by serving as a presenter at both the first-ever “virtual” August Conference and BPA Competition Boot-Camp, where he presented key insights and “Advice on Making BPA Co-Curricular.” Additionally, Trent is serving locally as his school’s CTE Coordinator, assisting both the two Agricultural Education and single Family and Consumer Sciences instructors with essential fundraising and advisory responsibilities. This level of commitment and service to Oklahoma CTE instructors and students is indeed commendable and, when combined with his passion, incredible work ethic, initiative, integrity, and heartfelt desire to make a difference, make him an ideal candidate for the prestigious Oklahoma BPA Mid-Level Advisor of the Year for 2021.
From the nomination form:
Diana Bowen has been a BPA advisor for 12 years. Advising secondary and post-secondary students in the chapter, she has exhibited the attributes of outstanding advisor throughout these years providing secondary and post-secondary students the opportunity to develop in learning, professional growth, and service.
Providing innovative avenues to learning, Ms. Bowen has developed project based learning that immerses the student in the learning environment. An example of this can be seen in the project that began with field trip to the OKC zoo and botanical gardens, and paired with an afternoon immersed in the business of Ghost, OKC marketing company, becoming a diverse objective led project intriguing students and engaging them in learning, also providing an exposure event that supports student’s personal growth. Attendance at the Thunder Career Day, Ms. Bowen has exposed a great number student to a wide variety of business occupations, augmenting personal and professional growth.
The competitive spirit is developed through activities on campus as well as at district, state, and national levels. Ms. Bowen’s students have been responsible for two of the past State BPA pins design contest. 100% of Ms. Bowen’s students are BPA members with 100 % participating in competitive events for the last three years.
Rounding out the student experience, Ms. Bowen provides multiple opportunities for community service. Volunteerism is evidenced as BPA members providing support to the city of Clearview community service project, participation in the BPA Chain of Love, blood drives, DHS Christmas donations, and support in on campus activities such as Scratch and Patch Hospital.
Modeling the key attributes of BPA, Ms. Bowen has given of herself to promote and develop the WWTC BPA chapter.
From the nomination form:
Mr. Buller has been actively promoting and increasing his BPA student involvement. He takes students each year to FLC and SLC each year and his students participate in Torch and BPA Cares Awards. For several years, he has applied for state and national recognition through the BPA Cares Awards. Community Service includes sock wars, a food bank, helping with Special Olympics Summer and Winter games, CASA Angel Tree, Trunk or Treats, and assistance with the school’s Cross Country meet.
Fundraising for the chapter includes bake sales, Candy Grams, car wash, and cleaning the football stadium after football games.
Recruitment includes brochures, flyers, 8th grade pre-enrollment visits, Back to School night, and Facebook.
Oklahoma CEAC Members
Amy McClureNorthwest Tech Center - Fairview
Johnathan GervasiCanadian Valley Tech Center- Chickasha
Athena FrankCentral Tech Center - Drumright
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Paxton Cavin serves as the Oklahoma BPA State Advisor. Since beginning this position in May 2019, Paxton has made it her mission to serve the members, advisors, volunteers, and partners of Oklahoma BPA with purpose and intention.
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