SWOSU Alumni Association Treasurer
I am a native of Weatherford, Oklahoma, born and raised. As such, I associate a rich and proud history with Southwestern Oklahoma State University. My grandfather attended college here in its first days. My mother was a graduate, my father attended while working at Ratcliffe’s Bookstore, my brother and sister are also graduates. Southwestern installed integrity and the desire to always learn more in all that I do.
I graduated from Weatherford High School in May of 1971 and started attending SWOSU that summer. I graduated from Southwestern in 1976 with a Major in Office Administration and a Minor in Management. While attending Southwestern, I worked in the Business Education Department as a secretary to Dr. Joe Anna Hibler and Mrs. Joella Hundley. The experience I gained during this time became invaluable as my professional career developed. The friendships I developed throughout my years at Southwestern have remained to this day and I hold among my closest and most treasured.
After graduation, I took a position with the former John A. Brown Company in Oklahoma City as secretary to their five Divisional Managers. A desire to return home brought me back in 1977 where I joined the First National Bank and Trust Company of Weatherford. I have held several positions during my 28 years with the bank. My first position was that of Secretary to the President. I am now Vice President, Cashier and Human Resources Director. Among my responsibilities are the overseeing of personnel matters and performing the duties as corporate secretary. I also hold the position of Associate Director on the Board of Directors where I serve as Secretary at all meetings.
My association with the bank has allowed me many opportunities in the community. In the past, I have served on many Chamber of Commerce committees and was a participant in the 1991 Class II Leadership Class. I received the Chamber 1993 Paragon Award for my work with and as a founding board member of the Weatherford Opportunity Workshop (now the Alan Markum Training Center). I was also a founding board member of the Great Plains Family YMCA in Weatherford and served as secretary to the board for many years.
Past other affiliations include: Charter President of the Weatherford Chapter of Professional Secretaries International; President of the Western Plains Oklahoma Group of Financial Women International and other positions within the group; President of the State Association of Financial Women International; received two state scholarships from this organization as well.
Other professional awards include being named in 1985 as an “Outstanding Young Woman In America,” and in 1982 receiving the Former Student Recognition Award in Office Administration from SWOSU’s School of Business.
All roads lead back to Southwestern where I have served as Treasurer and on the Board of Directors of the Southwestern Alumni Association since 1989. When I was asked to serve on the Board, I knew there was no better way to repay the establishment that had given me so many opportunities and a career I love to this day.