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 2021-2022

Brighton Snow

Brighton Snow

State President

Mid America Technology Center
Local Advisor: Carl Walls


Leadership Voice:  Pioneer


Bio:  This agriculturalist from Washington, Oklahoma says his favorite part of BPA is the various networking opportunities and international competitions. Brighton is a future-oriented leader and often finds himself dreaming up ideas to help expand his horizons. He describes himself as a hard working individual who does his best to outwork expectations.

What is unique about Brighton? Brighton enjoys being outdoors and loves working with animals.


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.


Contact:  besnow03@gmail.com

Adriel Lora

Adriel Lora

State Vice President

Northwest Technology Center – Fairview
Local Advisors: Amy McClure and Stacy Lee


Leadership Voice:  Creative


Bio: This leader’s favorite things about BPA are the opportunities to work together as a team. Adriel believes that teamwork divides the workload and multiplies the results. Adriel describes himself as someone with a noble heart who needs order and organization in his world.

What is unique about Adriel? He is ultra-respectful and cannot stand to see anyone being made fun of.


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.


Contact:  alora.mvb@student.nwtech.edu

Dillon Henry

Dillon Henry

State Vice President

Meridian Technology Center
Local Advisors: Daniel Devers, Les Moore, and Teri Ray


Leadership Voice:  Nurturer


Bio:  Dillon’s favorite parts of BPA are the leadership opportunities available and the opportunities to meet amazing people from all over the world. Dillon uses his ability to empathize with others to be the best leader and to assist those around him. He describes one of his best qualities being his willingness to look for ways to improve himself and do his best to implement his findings.

What is unique about Dillon? Dillon is pursuing a career in IT and hopes to own his own computer store or repair shop in the future. He enjoys building and repairing computers.


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.


Contact:  dillonchenry@gmail.com

Hallee Schonfield

Hallee Schonfield

State Reporter

Central Technology Center – Drumright
Local Advisor: Athena Frank


Leadership Voice:  Creative


Bio:  This recent first place National Leadership Conference champion in Small Business Team loves the wide variety of opportunities and competitions offered to members. Her favorite competitive event is 510.  Hallee describes her two best qualities as being a very positive person who always tries to find the good in everything and her ability to persevere. She is always encouraging people and wants to put her full effort into every task.

What is unique about Hallee? She is a full-time cosmetologist and entrepreneur who plans on owning a chain of salons and other businesses


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.


Contact: Hallee.Schonfield@student.centraltech.edu

Keeli Cope

Keeli Cope

State Secretary

Fargo High School
Local Advisor:  Tracy Pipins


Leadership Voice:  Creative


Bio: 

What is unique about Keeli?


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.


Contact:  Keeli.cope@yahoo.com

Brannon Watts

Brannon Watts

State Historian/Chaplain

Central Technology Center – Drumright
Local Advisor:  Athena Frank


Leadership Voice:  Connector


Bio:  This leader’s favorite parts of BPA are the competitions and the friends you make along the way! Brannon describes his two best qualities as his ability to make friends with just about anyone and his exceptional work ethic.

What is unique about Brannon? Brannon’s sense of humor is pretty unique!


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.


Contact:  Brannon.Watts@student.centraltech.edu

Logan Mullins

Logan Mullins

State Parliamentarian

Cushing High School
Local Advisor: Ashley Neilson


Leadership Voice:  Creative 


Bio:  Logan’s favorite part of BPA is the opportunities that are provided to compete at both a state and national level. This analytical problem solver says that he is good at figuring out problems exist, why they have happened, and how to fix them.

What is unique about Logan?  He likes retro games and retro styles games.


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.


Contact:  Logan.Mullins@student.centraltech.edu


National Officer Team Member 2021-2022

Nathan Slater

Nathan Slater

National Secondary Division Historian

Nathan Slater is beyond thrilled to be serving Business Professionals of America as the National Secondary Division Historian. Through BPA, Nathan has experienced amazing opportunities in competing, serving his community, and building leadership skills.

As a former State Reporter from Oklahoma Business Professionals of America, Nathan hopes to continue to develop tangible opportunities for BPA Members and to keep inspiring his peers to exceed the limits of leadership.


Oklahoma Advisors of the Year

Trent Hughes

Trent Hughes

2021 OK BPA (ML) 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.

Diana Bowen

Diana Bowen

2021 OK BPA (PS) Advisor of the Year

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.

Curtis Buller

Curtis Buller

2021 OK BPA (S) Advisor of the Year

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 McClure

Amy McClure

Northwest Tech Center - Fairview
Johnathan Gervasi

Johnathan Gervasi

Canadian Valley Tech Center- Chickasha

Experienced educator, professional, and life long learner.

Athena Frank

Athena Frank

Central Tech Center - Drumright

Experienced Information Technology Instructor with a demonstrated history of working in the professional training & coaching industry. Skilled in Moodle, Educational Technology, Instructional Design, Instructor-led Training, and Career Counseling. Strong professional with a M.S. Curriculum and Instruction focused in Information and Communication Technology from Oklahoma State University.


National Board of Trustees Members

Natasha Odom

Natasha Odom

Union High School
Trent Hughes

Trent Hughes

2021 OK BPA (ML) 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.

Athena Frank

Athena Frank

Central Tech Center - Drumright

Experienced Information Technology Instructor with a demonstrated history of working in the professional training & coaching industry. Skilled in Moodle, Educational Technology, Instructional Design, Instructor-led Training, and Career Counseling. Strong professional with a M.S. Curriculum and Instruction focused in Information and Communication Technology from Oklahoma State University.


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BMITE Staff

Paxton Cavin

Paxton Cavin

State Advisor

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.

For questions or more information regarding Oklahoma BPA please contact Paxton Cavin at paxton.cavin@careertech.ok.gov or by phone at (405) 743-5473.