December 14, 2017
For Immediate Release- Tahlequah-The Northeast Oklahoma Regional Alliance is proud to announce the Northeast Oklahoma Leadership Academy, Class II. Created for NORA by Executive Director Darla Heller, the Northeast Leadership Academy aims to bring future civic and business leaders of northeast Oklahoma to know and understand the unique and diverse benefits and challenges in the region’s 14 counties.
The Northeast Oklahoma Leadership Academy participants are diverse from a variety of northeast Oklahoma corporate and civic institutions. The following make-up Class II:
Marie Smith, Cherokee Nation Commerce
Maria Yerton, MidAmerica Industrial Park
Brian Wagnon, Cherokee Nation Commerce
Mike Bovier, Washington County
Danae Floyd, Safenet Services
Mike Mitchell, NE Tech / OMA
Matt Lamont, Cherokee Nation Career Services
Larry Daugherty, Cherokee Nation Career Services
Becki Farley, Jay Chamber / Arvest Bank
Meranda Williams, Grand River Abstract
Geri Gilstrap, Stilwell Public Schools
Jason Nichols, City of Tahlequah
Alan Parnell, OSU Extension
Roger Shilling, AVV Health Centers
Sonya Smith, AVV Health Centers
Issac Barnoskie, Cherokee Nation Career Services
Charles Gourd, Cherokee National Historical Society
Ashawna Miles, Cherokee Nation Career Services
The program focuses on topics relevant to current trends and issues. The curriculum provides a framework for understanding organizational and institutional processes and responsibilities for regional planning, problem-solving and community building. Local and regional experts address diverse topics, including ingredients of a successful region, community collaboration, education, economic and social trends. The 10-month program kicks off January 16 in Tahlequah.
The Northeast Oklahoma Regional Alliance (NORA) is a 501 (c)3 corporation dedicated to the growth, prosperity, and vitality of Northeast Oklahoma and its communities, by promoting regionalism throughout the area; leveraging regional resources; recognizing common issues and identifying collaborative solutions; expanding regional networks; and communicating our regional story. NORA serves 14 counties, Washington, Nowata, Craig, Ottawa, Delaware, Mayes, Rogers, Wagoner, Cherokee, Adair, Sequoyah, McIntosh, Muskogee and Okmulgee counties.
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