Northeast Oklahoma Regional Alliance
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Leadership Academy


Today’s regional challenges require a new problem-solving capacity and the ability to work across political, geographical and institutional boundaries. Through the NORA Leadership Academy, leaders develop a broader awareness of the region. They acquire a greater knowledge of the interdependence of the diverse communities that constitute the Northeastern Oklahoma. Additionally, participants are able to sharpen leadership skills while networking with decisions makers and professionals statewide.

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 9-month program kicks off February 12, 2020.

 2020 Leadership Academy Class IV


The Northeast Oklahoma Regional Alliance is pleased to announce the Northeast Oklahoma Leadership Academy, Class IV.  The class was created by NORA to bring future civic and business leaders of northeast Oklahoma together to network and understand the unique and diverse benefits and challenges of the region’s 14 counties.


The 2020 Northeast Oklahoma Leadership Academy participants are diverse  and from a variety of northeast Oklahoma corporate and civic institutions. The following have been invited to participate in the Northeast Oklahoma Leadership Academy Class IV:


Sandye Berga, Town of Ketchum

Misty Bingham, City of Vinita

Cathy Brown, Cherokee Nation Commerce Department

Courtney Donkor, Cherokee Nation Career Services

Jennifer Fink, Friends Nutrition

Amanda Foreman, Cherokee Nation Career Services

Debra Harl, Cherokee Nation Commerce Department

Cynthia Hefner, Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative

Bobby Hendren, Grand River Abstract

Jordan Holderby, Cherokee Nation Career Services

Kelly Scruby, J-K Services

Taryn Taylor, Cherokee Nation Career Services

Jodi Waeckerle, South Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce

Heather Wagner, Grand Savings Bank