Board of Directors
Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives
Oklahoma City, OK
Meet Chris. He is the Executive Vice President of the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives. Chris is responsible for providing a number of services to the state’s electrical cooperatives, including state legislative lobbying and advertising/marketing for the organization. Chris is a graduate of Kansas State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering and also received his MBA from the University of Oklahoma. Chris serves on the Oklahoma Academy, a statewide nonprofit, nonpartisan, membership organization founded by Governor Henry Bellman in 1967 to bring public attention to policy issues, provide objective, thorough research and act as a catalyst for positive change.
Years of Service to REI Oklahoma: 8
Giving Back. Through his affiliation with OAEC, he is involved with several youth programs including the Youth Tour and Youth Power Energy Camp. The Oklahoma Electric Cooperative Washington Youth Tour is an annual, weeklong, all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC, that is open to select high school students whose homes are served by electric cooperatives. The Youth Tour is sponsored by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives (OAEC), and 25 of Oklahoma’s electric distribution cooperatives. Youth Power Energy Camp is designed to help cooperative youth develop leadership skills, have summertime fun, and learn about one of rural America’s most important industries – rural electrification. 4-H and FFA are also sponsored by OAEC and the co-op volunteers also comprise one of the largest volunteer groups at the Special Olympic Games each year.
Public Service Company of Oklahoma
Meet John. He is Vice President of External Affairs for PSO where he is responsible for the company’s governmental and environmental affairs, community relations, corporate communications and economic development. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Evangel University and received his Master’s in Business Administration from Oral Roberts University. John currently serves on the board of directors for the Oklahoma Academy for State Goals, the Oklahoma Center for Non-Profits, the Tulsa Salvation Army Advisory Board, Tulsa Global Alliance, and the Oral Roberts University Golden Eagle Athletic Club.
Years of Service to REI Oklahoma: 7
Giving Back. John is a volunteer with the Tulsa Boys and Girls Club and serves as Chair of the annual golf tournament. He also serves as on the Tulsa Salvation Army Board. They have several programs, one being the “Tulsa Center for Hope” serving over three hundred homeless person each night. He also chairs the annual Tulsa Global Alliance Global Visions Awards. TGA’s mission is to foster programs for Tulsans to share their lives and goodwill with the world—to build a global community of citizen diplomats.
Oklahoma Primary Care Association
Oklahoma City, OK
Meet Greta. Greta is a self-employed Consultant in Oklahoma. She consults with mission driven strategies and volunteers on several local boards. Previously she served as the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Primary Care Association beginning in December 1993. She was responsible for program administration, grants management, pursuit and acquisition of funding as well as special projects. She is past president of the Oklahoma Society of Association Executives (OSAE) and serves on the Oklahoma Health Information Security & Privacy Collaboration, the Advisory Council of the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women, and was appointed to serve on the Insurance Commissioner’s Patient-Centered Medical Home Task Force. She earned a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Oklahoma and a B.S. in Business Administration from Langston University. Greta is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma Class XIII, and one of six national scholars in the 2003 Diversity Executive Leadership Program of the American Society of Association Executives. She also serves as a board member for REI Development Corp., REI New Markets Investment, LLC and the REI Development Corp Advisory Board.
Years of Service to REI Oklahoma: 7
Giving Back. Greta serves on the board of the Oklahoma Women’s Coalition, a statewide network of individuals and organizations working together to improve the lives of women and girls through education and advocacy. The Coalition promotes nonpartisan efforts, speaking with one voice, while addressing issues important to the progress of Oklahoma’s women and girls. Her focus through the Women’s Coalition is to educate the low income youth on prevention to help reduce teenage pregnancy.
Greta is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA). AKA’s mission is to cultivate and encourage high scholastic and ethical standards, to promote unity and friendship among college women, to study and help alleviate problems concerning girls and women in order to improve their social stature, to maintain a progressive interest in college life, and to be of “Service to All Mankind”.
William W. Rahhal
Hulme, Rahhal, Henderson, Inc.
Meet Bill. He is the Chief Financial Officer for Greystone Logistics, Inc. located in Tulsa, OK, Bill is a Certified Public Accountant in Oklahoma and Texas and previously was the President of Rahhal Henderson Johnson. PLLC, a CPA firm located in Ardmore, OK. He received his BBA from the University of Oklahoma. He has served on boards such as the Ardmore Development Authority, Goddard Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, Salvation Army of Ardmore, Sunshine Industries, and United Way of Southern Oklahoma, Inc. He received the Oklahoma “Volunteer of the Year” award in 1992. He is also a member of professional organizations such as the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants, and Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants. Bill also serves as a board member on the REI Development Corp. and the REI New Markets Investment, LLC.
Years of Service to REI Oklahoma: 19
Giving Back. Bill serves on the board of the Goddard Center for the Visual and Performing Arts that promotes the arts in Ardmore and the surrounding communities. The Goddard Center promotes art and art education for area schools and has conducted art education in elementary school classrooms. It also has an art studio that provides art classes in sculptor, oils, pastels and drawing for all ages.
Bill also serves on the board of Sunshine Industries, a 501 (c) 3 organization that provides people with disabilities the opportunity to work and live as independently as possible. Vocational training includes sheltered, transitional and community employment programs.
OGE Energy Corp
Oklahoma City, OK
Meet Brian. Brian Alford leads communications and public affairs at OGE Energy Corp. In his role, he is responsible for the company’s communications, brand, government relations, community affairs and economic development functions.
Prior to assuming his current role, Brian was vice president of communications and public affairs at Enable Midstream Partners, a natural gas and crude oil midstream company, formed by OGE Energy Corp. and CenterPoint Energy in 2013. During his tenure at Enable, Brian was responsible for standing up the company’s communications, government relations and community affairs functions as well as leading communications through the company’s initial public offering in 2014. Under his leadership, the Enable communications team was named a 2016 finalist for PR Week’s top internal communications team of the year.
He joined OGE in 1997 and served as managing director of public affairs before joining Enable Midstream in 2014.
Before joining OGE, Brian was director of marketing and public relations for Children’s Medical Center of Dallas. He also served as public information officer for the City of Irving, Texas, and as an account executive for the global public relations firm Hill and Knowlton. Before joining Hill and Knowlton he served as a legislative aide and assistant sergeant-at-arms for the Texas House of Representatives.
Brian and his wife, Ronita, reside in Edmond, OK. They have one son, Bryce, who is a senior at the University of Oklahoma.
Years of Service to REI Oklahoma: 1
Fern A. Green Bowling, Ed. D
National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity
Meet Fern. She’s the former Director of Programs and Policy for the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE), a consortium of state and local agencies, corporations, and national organizations committed to providing national leadership for equity in education and workforce development. She worked with the NAPE CEO, staff and the member state representatives to implement the NAPE program of work that included the review and analysis of federal legislation, professional development activities and technical assistance to state and local education agencies utilizing the best practices models for serving special populations students. Her formal education includes an Ed. D. degree in Career & Technical Education/Administration, Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in business from Oklahoma State University.
Fern retired from the Oklahoma Department of Career & Technology Education in Stillwater, Oklahoma. In that capacity, she administered state grants utilizing federal funds that serve the under-represented populations in career and technology education programs. She is currently serving as a consultant. Her entire career has been spent improving the achievement of students and special populations.
Years of Service to REI Oklahoma: 33
Giving Back. Fern serves on the Career and Technical Education Equity Council whose purpose is to promote and support career and technical education and to support equitable and full participation of all students and employees in technical education. They provide advocacy for equity issues within the larger career and technical education community. She also serves on the Stillwater Literacy Council. The council serves all who need their services, especially the Hispanic population.
Meet Jeff. President of NBC Oklahoma – Altus, Jeff has worked in the banking industry since 1982. After earning an Agricultural Economics Degree from Oklahoma State University in 1984, he graduated with distinction in leadership from the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University. He is the past chairman of the American Bankers Association Agricultural and Rural Bankers committee. He was instrumental in developing an alliance between the Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation and the American Bankers Association to help rural bankers better serve their agricultural customers with farm mortgage products.
Jeff also serves as a board member on the REI Development Corp. and REI New Markets Investment, LLC Boards.
Years of Service to REI Oklahoma: 3
Giving Back. Jeff is very active in his local community and currently serves as a board member for the Towers Apartments in downtown Altus. The 44-unit HUD project provides affordable housing to low income senior citizen and handicapped residents of Jackson County based on need. He also serves as President of the Altus Public School Foundation which provides scholarships to teachers serving K-12 students that fund special projects including supplies and technology needs. In 2015, he was selected by Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin to serve as the KENs Business Champion (Key Economic Network) for southwest Oklahoma. The purpose of the KENs Business Champion is to address regional workforce needs and to coordinate local efforts to support Oklahoma Works.
He is also an active member of the Altus Area Kiwanis, Honorary Member of the Altus Air Force Base 54th Refueling Squadron, Altus Area Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee, and serves as a trustee of the Oklahoma Arts and Conference Center at Quartz Mountain. Through his employment at NBC Oklahoma, Mr. Greenlee is a supporter of many youth activities in the community.
Meet Kyle. He is President of BancCentral of Alva, BancCentral Financial Services Corp., and Myers Bancshares, Inc. Kyle has been with the company since 1999. Prior to his position as President, he served for seven years as the Executive Vice President and Farm Representative for Central National Bank. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in agricultural economics from Oklahoma State University and is a 1995 graduate of the Colorado School of Banking.
Kyle also serves as a board member on the REI Development Corp., REI New Markets Investment, LLC., and the New Markets Advisory Board.
Years of Service to REI Oklahoma: 10
Giving Back. Kyle is past chairman and a current member of the Bill Johnson Correctional Center Advisory Committee. They are charged with the task of working to integrate inmates into the community once they have been released. The facility has developed functional integration strategies for both single and married men being released from prison. He has served as a youth leader in his church and he has been involved with a number of outreach programs, including serving as a board member for Northwest Family Services (NWS). Their mission is to facilitate positive family functioning and to advocate overall self-sufficiency and self-responsibility by making programs available to all individuals within their service area in northwest Oklahoma. Kyle also serves on the Gold Bug Foundation, which awards scholarships to needy students from the local high school.
External Affairs, OSU
Meet Gary. He is a member of the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (DASNR) leadership team at Oklahoma State University. As the Assistant Vice President for External Affairs, Gary works with the Oklahoma Legislature on funding issues for DASNR and the Agriculture Extension offices across the state. The Cooperative Extension Services has a presence in all 77 counties. It works to develop science based educational programs to help Oklahomans solve issues and concerns, promote leadership and manage resources wisely. Gary also works closely with the other farm groups in Oklahoma and assists the Dean of Agriculture in working with the Dean’s Advisory Committee.
Gary served four terms in the Oklahoma House of Representatives where he chaired the House Agriculture Committee and was a member of the leadership team. He served on Governor David Walters Cabinet as Oklahoma’s First Secretary of Agriculture and Commissioner. He served on the Cabinets of both Governor Frank Keating and Mary Fallin as their Secretary of the Environment and assisted Governor-Elect Brad Henry as a member of his transition team.
In 2004, Gary was a co-founder of First Trinity Life, an Oklahoma based insurance company that has stockholders in all 77 counties. The company has since grown to be an over $400 million enterprise and has expanded into 30 other states, helping to keep the entrepreneurial spirit alive and thriving in Oklahoma.
Gary serves not only as a proud board member of REI Oklahoma, but also as a board member on the REI Development Corporation and the REI New Markets Investment, LLC. The New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Program attracts investment capital to low-income communities by offering investors a tax credit in exchange for making equity investments in Community Development Entities (CDEs). The CEDs in turn use the capital raised to make investments in low-income communities. Since inception, more than $320 million has been deployed in Oklahoma and has affected 3,400 long term jobs in low income communities.
Years of Service to REI Oklahoma: 12
Giving Back. Gary has dedicated many years of service to the state of Oklahoma as a legislator and a member of three governor’s cabinets. Also, through his close work with the Cooperative Extension Offices in the state and his work with each Agricultural Farm Group, Gary has helped positively impact Oklahoma Communities by providing many opportunities for agricultural enterprises.
Oklahoma City, OK
Meet Clayton. He serves as principal in the Taylor Group, a full-service lobbying and consulting firm specializing in Oklahoma business issues. Their service capabilities include business management and communications consulting, direct lobbying of state and federal legislative and regulatory agencies, community relations, political action committees and campaign management, marketing, client recruitment and development. Their in-depth experience ranges from local to statewide to federal, and includes extensive international business and political management, as well.
Years of Service to REI Oklahoma: 19
Giving Back. Clayton has always been heavily involved in community activities in Oklahoma ranging from his early start as Oklahoma 4-H Club State President and continuing as a founder of Leadership Oklahoma – serving as President in 1991. Other leadership positions have included President of Oklahoma City Rotary Club #29 (largest Rotary Club in the world), Foundation Chair for Oklahoma City Rotary Club #29, Alumni President of Leadership Oklahoma City, President Rural Enterprises of Oklahoma, Administrative Board Chairman of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, founding chairman of Oklahoma Leadership Congress, Metropolitan Oklahoma City Library Commissioner, one of 6 founders and Past-President of Leadership Oklahoma, Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Executive Board, Board of Ballet Oklahoma, Oklahoma 4-H Foundation and the Community Advisory Board of the Junior League.
He and his wife are co-founders of the OKC Sober School, which helps Oklahoma City-area teenagers recover from drug and alcohol addictions, while allowing them to finish their high school educations. Rather than returning to the public school system, the school’s teenagers learn through web-based classes and participate in daily counseling sessions and drug-free activities.
Through his affiliation with Rotary Club, Clayton has been a leader on international projects in Panama, Guatemala, Latvia and Peru. He was recognized by Rotary International for his work to expand international projects and efforts around the world.
Meet Martin. He is a licensed real estate broker and owner of Coldwell Banker Van Meter Realty. Martin has served as a member of the Oklahoma Real Estate Commission since 1998. He is a native of Calera, Oklahoma, and earned his associate’s degree from Murray State College, along with a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Education from Oklahoma State University. Martin earned his Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager designation from the National Association of Realtors. He also serves as a board member on the REI Development Corp., REI New Markets Investment, LLC. and the New Markets Advisory Board.
Years of Service to REI Oklahoma: 14
Giving Back. He has served as President of the Durant Chamber of Commerce, the Durant Kiwanis Club and the Texoma Board of Realtors. He has been recognized by each of these organizations for his outstanding service and has received numerous awards in recognition of his dedication to service. Martin has served on several committees for the Oklahoma Association of Realtors and was honored to receive the “Oklahoma Realtor of the Year” award for the Oklahoma Association in 2009. He served on the Murray State College Board of Regents for eight years, and is currently serving on the Board of Trustees for Murray State College, a community college in Tishomingo, Oklahoma. By virtue of serving on this board, he assists in awarding scholarships to low-income students. He is also very active with the Bryan County Junior Livestock Show and the Durant Kiwanis, who are dedicated to serving the children of the community. Durant Kiwanis Club is currently involved in civic activities including: Elementary School Track Meet, Meals on Wheels, Families Feeding Families, Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt and the adoption of the Schuler Kiwanis Park.