Under Secretary, Tribal and Commercial Health Chickasaw Nation Department of Commerce
Chris Anoatubby serves as the Under Secretary of Tribal and Commercial Health for the Chickasaw Nation Department of Commerce. Prior to this, Anoatubby served for nine years as the Chief of Pharmacy Services for the Chickasaw Nation Division of Health. As Under Secretary, Anoatubby serves as the administrative leader for all pharmacy and health care related services within CNDC. He participates in the development of business opportunities, reviewing proposals that complement the Nation’s diversification efforts in health care and pharmaceutical industries. Additionally, Anoatubby’s management responsibilities include analyzing industry trends and changes in the political and economic environment that might impact plans in the Nation’s medical-related diversification efforts.
He received his B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy and is currently attending Southeastern Oklahoma State University to attain his Master’s in Business Administration. In addition, Anoatubby has served as adjunct faculty for the University of Oklahoma and Southwestern Oklahoma State University Colleges of Pharmacy.
Steve Bagwell is President, Ada and Chief Lending Officer of Vision Bank, overseeing the Ada banking market and the bank’s lending activities in all markets since 2007. Before this he was President of Vision Bank, Prague, where he supervised the Prague and Meeker markets. Bagwell has been with the bank since 1998. He worked for the Water Environment Federation, a professional society of water quality specialists, from 1989-97 as manager of their legislative affairs programs. From 1987-89, he worked as a congressional staff member specializing in natural resource, energy, environmental, and finance policy.
Bagwell graduated with a degree in economics from Baylor University in 1987 and has taken graduate coursework in planning and community development from the University of Virginia and the University of Oklahoma. He is a 2001 graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado.
Bagwell currently serves on the board of the Ada Jobs Foundation, Ada Industrial Development Corporation, Oklahoma Council on Economic Education, and serves on the Oklahoma Banker’s Association Government Relations Council. He is a past president/chairman of the Ada Jobs Foundation, Ada Lions Club, Prague Chamber of Commerce, Main Street Prague, Prague Lions Club, and the OBA Commercial Lending School Board.
Timothy Elliott has over 19 years of architectural experience that includes an internship at Frankfurt Short Bruza, Oklahoma City, internship and project manager at Architects in Partnership, Norman, Oklahoma, project manager and architect at Childers-Childers Architects, Ada, Oklahoma, founding partner of Redland Architects, Ada and principal of Redland Childers Architects, Ada. He manages commercial projects with a focus on the sustainability and growth of the firm. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma where he received his Bachelor of Architecture in 1999. Tim joined the Ada Jobs Foundation Board of Directors and Executive Committee in July, 2016. His focus with the Oka’ Institute is economic development.
Manager, Center of Land Stewardship The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation
Chad Ellis is the Manager of the Center of Land Stewardship at the Noble Foundation. Efforts of the center are focused around collaboration and research with the purpose of building leaders, expanding knowledge, and developing tools to be used by producers to make informed decisions about land stewardship. Before coming to the Noble Foundation in 2012, Ellis was a Regional Rangeland Management Specialist for Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) and primarily worked in the 15 central states at the Central National Technology Support Center (CNTSC).
Dean, College of Health and Sciences East Central University
Dr. Carl Gilbert began his career as a junior high and high school science teacher, where he taught primarily physical science and biology. Following a five-year tenure teaching at the secondary level, Gilbert completed his graduate degrees (M.S. and Ph.D.) with emphases in food safety and microbiology. He since has served as a microbial physiologist at the University of Louisiana at Monroe and as the director of science education at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith. It was in Arkansas where he also began his career in academic administration where he served as the Department Head of the Biology for five years before accepting the position of Dean of the College of Sciences at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. However, in 2015, he moved to East Central University to serve as the Dean of the College of Health and Sciences. During his career, Gilbert has engaged in a wide variety of scholarship endeavors that have led to more than 45 professional presentations and publications on topics ranging from the development of molecular methods of detecting bacterial pathogens on food products to methods of teaching science through language arts. He considers professional scholarship / research to be a vital part of his career and continues to collaborate with students, faculty, and industry professionals in his current research endeavors.
Executive Officer, General Counsel Chickasaw Nation Division of Commerce
Stephen H. Greetham presently serves as Executive Officer, General Counsel to the Chickasaw Nation Division of Commerce, in which capacity he manages complex litigation on the Nation’s behalf and works closely with tribal leadership on matters of economic development, resource management and protection, and intergovernmental affairs. He also is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Oklahoma College of Law, where he regularly teaches federal Indian Water Law. Greetham was formerly a partner in the Nordhaus Law Firm (Albuquerque, NM), where he served as counsel to several American Indian tribes; he also previously taught federal Indian tax, and Indian gaming law at the University of New Mexico Law School.
Cody Holcomb is a 1998 graduate of Oklahoma State University with a Civil and Environmental Engineering Degree and obtained his Masters in Business in 2005. After working for approximately ten years in the engineering and construction sectors, Holcomb began his public service career for the City of Ada in 2008.
Cody Holcomb has been the City Manager of Ada since 2012, formerly serving as Ada's Assistant City Manager, Public Works Director, and City Engineer. He is currently collaborating on the Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifer regional water plan, due for completion this spring. This plan involves all area stakeholder interests, including public water supply, agriculture, energy industry, fish and wildlife, recreation, and others.
The participants include over 30 stakeholders who all share the common goal of ensuring a sustainable quality and quantity of water during times of drought. The City of Ada is just one of these stakeholders interested in working together to best manage the available water resource.
Karen Hudson graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration from East Central University in 1985, receiving the Distinguished Graduate Award. In 1994, she received her M.S. in Human Resources Administration, also from ECU. Hudson is currently the president and CEO of the Ada Area Chamber of Commerce. She has also served as Alumni Relations Director for East Central University, interim Vice President for Institutional Advancement at ECU, Director of Public Relations at People’s Electric Cooperative, and is the owner of a consulting company she began in 2011, Hudson Advancement Strategies.
Hudson is currently president of the Sciences and Natural Resources Foundation of Oklahoma, member of the Ada Industrial Development Corporation, Pontotoc County Board member for Big Five Community Services, and recently completed a 12-year term on the Ada City Schools board of education. She is a 2008 graduate of Leadership Oklahoma, was named one of The Journal Record of Oklahoma’s “50 Making a Difference.”
Karen Hudson represents the Sciences and Natural Resources Foundation.
Executive Director Oklahoma Conservation Commission
Trey Lam entered service as executive director of The Oklahoma Conservation Commission on November 17, 2014. Lam is a lifelong conservationist who has served on the Garvin Conservation District board and as President of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts.
Following in the footsteps of his father, who also served on the Garvin Conservation District board, Lam has taken his knowledge of Oklahoma's land and agriculture to the national stage as Oklahoma's representative on the National Association of Conservation Districts' board. He also works closely with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and OSU to develop farm plans for crop rotation and equipment usage.
Lam’s previous leadership positions include Oklahoma Soybean Association President, Oklahoma Soybean Checkoff board member, Oklahoma Crop Improvement Association President, Oklahoma Alfalfa Hay and Seed Association Vice President, and OSU Dean of Agriculture Advisory Council member. He is a Yale University graduate.
Professor and Department Coordinator, Political Science and Legal Studies
Dr. Christine Pappas
Professor and Department Coordinator, Political Science and Legal Studies East Central University
Christine Pappas is a professor of political science, and chair of the Department of Political Science and Legal Studies at East Central University. She also directs the Master of Science in Water Resource Policy and Management. She holds both a law degree and a Ph. D. from the University of Nebraska. Her research interests are in political science methodology, tribal politics, and law. She has taught over 30 classes at ECU and has published several articles and book chapters.
Dick Scalf earned a Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas in Austin in 1962 and a Master Degree in Environmental Engineering in 1963. He started his career in the nuclear testing program in Nevada in 1963 and moved to Ada and EPA’s Robert S. Kerr Environmental Research Laboratory in 1965. For 29 years, he conducted, supervised and managed research and technical assistance programs concerned with contaminated ground water supplies throughout the United Sates and several foreign countries. Scalf has authored and co-authored numerous publications related to ground water contamination and restoration.
Since 1998, he has been a member of Ada’s Water Resources Board, an advisory group to the Ada City Council. Scalf served on various committees helping the Oklahoma Water Resources Board develop a state-wide water plan due in 2012.
He is a member of the Board and past president of Citizens for the Protection of the Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifer, a grass-roots organization dedicated to the protection of that water source for future generations. Scalf was first elected to the Ada City Council in 2007, reelected in 2009 and 2011, and was elected to serve as Mayor in 2011.
Chief Engineer Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality
Saba Tahmassebi is the Agency Chief Engineer for the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality. For the past 25 years he has been involved in several environmental programs at DEQ. He earned his Ph.D. in engineering from the University of Oklahoma, an MS in petroleum engineering from the University of Southern California and a BS in chemical engineering from the University of California, San Diego. He is also a university faculty member teaching engineering, environmental science and statistics courses. Tahmassebi promotes the protection of the environment and people’s health through the sound application of scientific and engineering principles, adherence to environmental laws and regulations, and common-sense problem solving.
Chairman Pottawatomie County Development Authority
Dr. Joe Taron is a chairman with the Pottawatomie County Development Authority and is a Korean War Veteran. He has been in the water business for over 40 years, and is a member of the five year comprehensive water plan and the Water for 2060 committee which was appointed by the Governor. Taron was also the recipient of the OWRB Pioneer award in 2004 and was named the ORWA Man of the Year in 2014. He has been a resident of Oklahoma for 85 years and is a graduate from Oklahoma A&M College and The University of Missouri Dental College.
Dr. Joe Taron represents the Oklahoma Rural Water Association.