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.
Director, Water Resources Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
Tye was bred, born, and fed from the naturally occurring water and wildlife of Southeastern Oklahoma. Tye received his education from not only the backwoods of McCurtain County, but also Oklahoma State and Southeastern Oklahoma Universities. Tye is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and went to work for his Tribe almost 15 years ago. He has worked to help in updating land records and management systems, achieving a water settlement with the State of Oklahoma, and the comprehensive management of natural resource and environmental protection.
Julie Cunningham has served the Oklahoma Water Resources Board for more than 23 years, and as Executive Director since 2017. She oversees all operations of the agency including implementation of the Comprehensive Water Plan, water rights administration and planning, water quality monitoring, and the multi-billion-dollar financial assistance program. She is currently the chairman of the Interstate Council on Water Policy, Vice-President of the Association of Western State Engineers, and Commissioner on four interstate stream compacts
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.
Tim Elliott represents the Ada Jobs Foundation and is serving as Board Chairman for 2018-2019.
Industry Relations and Stewardship Manager Noble Research Institute
Chad Ellis is the Industry Relations and Stewardship Manager at the Noble Research Institute. The Institute, originally named the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, focuses 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 Research Institute 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).
Mike Fina is a native of Piedmont Oklahoma. He graduated from Texas State University with a degree in Communications Studies.
In 1999 Mike began working for the Oklahoma House of Representatives as a speech writer for all 101 members of the body. During his tenure at the Legislature he served as Deputy Communications Director and finally Press Secretary to the Speaker of the House.
After leaving the Legislature Mike was the Spokesperson for the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department. During his tenure at the Tourism Department he had the honor to work for former Governor George Nigh. He also served as Aide to former Corporation Commissioner Jim Roth. One of his last roles in state government was Chief of Staff for former Lt. Governor Jari Akins.
In 2006 Mike was elected to the Piedmont City Council and the following year elected Mayor. In 2010 he was honored by the Oklahoma Municipal League as the Mayor of the Year.
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.
John R. Hargrave serves as CEO of the East Central Foundation. Previously he served as President of East Central University for eight years, retiring in March 2017. In 2016, Hargrave helped establish the Oka’ Institute, which will create practical water solutions — both locally and globally — that will result in long-term ecological and economical sustainability. From August 2017 to April 2018, he served as the Director of Policy and Development for the Oka’ Institute at East Central University.
Hargrave serves on a lengthy list of boards aimed at bettering his community, environment and higher education. The boards include Vision Bank, Mercy Hospital Board, Seminole State College Educational Foundation, Oklahoma African American Educators Hall of Fame Board, the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, the Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum in Seminole, and the Citizens for the Protection of the Arbuckle Simpson Aquifer Board of Directors.
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.
President Sciences and Natural Resources Foundation of Oklahoma
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.
Deputy Division Director EPA National Risk Management Research Lab
Ann Keeley is the Deputy Division Director in the Groundwater,
Watershed, and Ecosystem Restoration Division within the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency’s National Risk Management Research Laboratory. Prior
to joining EPA in 1998, she acquired several years of experience in academia
and with an environmental consulting company. Dr. Keeley has conducted
extensive research into the natural and enhanced biodegradation of contaminants
in the subsurface, characterization of biotic processes associated with
permeable reactive barriers, molecular microbial ecology, recovery of bacteria,
viruses, and Cryptosporidium and Giardia from pristine and
contaminated waters for the development of the risk-based management practices.
She has also written proposals for and designed treatability studies, pilot
demonstrations, and full-scale bioremediation operations. The results of these
research activities resulted in a variety of project outputs including
contributions as a senior author on many publications pertaining to microbial
interactions, biotransformation, viral transport in the subsurface,
phytoremediation of metals, and natural attenuation.
Dr. Keeley has provided
technical assistance to EPA's Regional Offices and Headquarters, other federal agencies, and states concerning
scores of Superfund and RCRA sites and has participated in information transfer
and training activities. Her current research interests relate to the
application of innovative remedial technologies in the restoration of ground
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.
Southcentral Region Supervisor, Fisheries Department
Southcentral Region Supervisor, Fisheries Department Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
Matt Mauck is the South Central Region Fisheries Supervisor with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. His region oversees public fisheries management in nine counties, as well as provides technical assistance to private waters. He has a B.S. in Biology and an M.S. in Fish and Wildlife Ecology from Oklahoma State University. Matt has worked in fisheries management for 15 years within Oklahoma and Southwest Missouri. He is actively involved with the American Fisheries Society and is the current Oklahoma Chapter President.
Professor, Chair-Political Science And Legal Studies
Dr. Christine Pappas
Professor, Chair-Political Science And Legal Studies East Central University
Christine Pappas, Ph.D., J.D., is a Professor of Political Science at East Central University, where she has taught since 2001. She currently serves ECU as the Chair of the Political Science and Legal Studies Department, and as Director of the Master of Science in Water Resource Policy and Management. She has a long record of service to the university and the community at large, notably co-sponsoring the East Central University Water Resource Association, doing water testing with Blue Thumb, and maintaining membership to the American Bar Association, the Oklahoma Bar Association, and several tribal bar associations, among other pursuits. Dr. Pappas’s research interests include Water and Environmental Policy, and Native American Law and Politics, and the place where those topics intersect.
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.
Mark Stringfield was a 1973 honor graduate and scholarship athlete at what was then East Central State College. After completing a BS in Math and Physics, he attended the University of Oklahoma on a teaching assistantship and completed an MS in Engineering Physics while teaching freshman Physics courses.
After graduating from OU in 1975, he began his 40+ year professional career with Sun Oil Company in OKC as a petroleum engineer. He retired from Noble Energy Inc. on April Fools Day, 2016, after varied technical and managerial assignments including Manager of Onshore Drilling at Oryx Energy Company, Vice President of Engineering at the firm of Stokes & Spiehler and Director of Drilling Technology at Noble Energy Inc.
His final assignment at Noble was Director of Engineer Development, which encompassed the acquisition, development and positioning of Noble's 200+ engineers. This assignment included extensive interaction with Noble's six university partners where he was instrumental in influencing recruiting and academic standards. This assignment also included helping lead both Noble and industry in addressing the adjustment to a lower price business environment.
Finally, Mark has been an active supporter of the ECU Foundation where he currently serves on the Board of Trustees Investment Committee.
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.
Jona Tucker is the Arbuckle
Plains/Blue River Program Director for the Oklahoma Chapter of The Nature
Conservancy. She currently manages four nature preserves in southern Oklahoma. In
addition to caring for these protected lands, Tucker works with partners and
private landowners to encourage voluntary conservation of southern Oklahoma’s
unique habitats and native species. Her work has received recognition from
organizations across the state. She has received a special merit award from the
Oklahoma Ornithological Society for land protection that benefits avian
conservation. She is a recipient of the Oklahoma Native Plant Society’s Anne W.
Long Award for protection of native plant habitat, and she is also a recipient of
the Oka Award from the Citizens for the Protection of the Arbuckle-Simpson