Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence


October 29, 2018 - Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Announces New Board Members

by OFE | 2018-11-21 11:10:58

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, a statewide charitable organization that recognizes and encourages academic excellence in Oklahoma’s public schools, has announced the addition of 12 new members to its Board of Trustees.

Appointed to serve three-year terms are Stuart Sander, president of Security State Bank, CHEYENNE; Dan Boren, president of Corporate Development for the Chickasaw Nation, EDMOND; Martie Oyler, regional manager, Oklahoma Natural Gas, ENID; Ruben Aragon, retired president and CEO of the Latino Community Development Agency, Dr. J. Bridger Cox, neurosurgeon with Neuroscience Specialists, Noble McIntyre, attorney for McIntyre Law, Andrew J. Morris, law clerk, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma; of OKLAHOMA CITY; Kyden Creekpaum, attorney, Frederic Dorwart Lawyers, William L. Peacher, retired CEO, the NORDAM Group, Gene Perry, director of Strategy and Communications for the Oklahoma Policy Institute, TULSA; Phillip Reid, owner, Reid Newspapers, WEATHERFORD; and Carrie Boren Headington, canon for evangelism, Episcopal Diocese, DALLAS.

Four of the new trustees – Cox, Creekpaum, McIntyre and Morris – received the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence’s prestigious Academic All-State Award when they were high school seniors and have remained supportive of the foundation’s mission through the years.

“It is our honor to welcome such exemplary community leaders to our Board of Trustees,” said Chairman David L. Boren, who founded Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence 33 years ago. “Our foundation and our commitment to quality public education in Oklahoma will be strengthened by their talents and contributions, and we look forward to their partnership with us.” 
One of the keys to the foundation’s success is the leadership of its 180 trustees. They are leaders in business, education and public service, who represent every region of the state and help promote the foundation’s mission and its programs.

The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence was founded in 1985 by then-U.S. Sen. David L. Boren to strengthen support for public education in Oklahoma. Through its flagship Academic Awards Program, the foundation has presented more than $4.7 million in cash awards to honor outstanding public school students and educators. Through its Oklahoma School Foundations Network, the foundation provides training and networking opportunities to more than 200 public education foundations across the state.
Among its other initiatives, the Foundation for Excellence coordinates a summer fellowship program to send Oklahoma fifth- and eighth- grade teachers to the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute. Through its David and Molly Boren Mentoring Initiative, the foundation promotes quality youth mentoring as a positive step toward academic success.
The foundation also administers Professional Development Grants for Teachers to attend national conferences and institutes, and partners with the national Fund for Teachers and the Tulsa Community Foundation to provide grants for self-designed summer professional development opportunities for teachers in locations around the world.

Since 1987, the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence and its partners have invested more than $11.7 million in teacher grants, scholarships and awards directly benefiting Oklahoma public school teachers and students.


(EDITORS: New trustees are listed below by hometown.)

CHEYENNE – Stuart Sander is president and CEO of Security State Bank in Cheyenne. He serves on the boards of the Oklahoma Bankers Association and the Western Oklahoma Bankers Association. He is active in the Kiwanis Club and the First Baptist Church. Sander received his bachelor’s degree in finance from Oklahoma State University in 1991. He is the father of two Academic All-State Alumni, Kate (Class of 2015), and Leah, (Class of 2018). Both young women have served as Academic All-State Alumni mentors for the Boren Mentoring Initiative.

EDMOND – Dan Boren is president of Corporate Development for the Chickasaw Nation. Prior to joining the Chickasaw Nation, he served four terms as U.S. representative for Oklahoma’s 2nd District. Before being elected to Congress, he served in the Oklahoma House of Representatives and was the first freshman state lawmaker elected as caucus chairman. Boren earned his Bachelor of Science in economics at Texas Christian University and his Master of Business Administration degree in international business from the University of Oklahoma. He serves on many professional and nonprofit boards, including the Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum, OU Children’s Hospital Foundation, IBC Bank, Seminole State College Educational Foundation, Boy Scouts’ Last Frontier Council, Sovereign Asset Management and the Oklahoma Academy.

ENID – Martie Oyler is regional manager for Oklahoma Natural Gas. After earning Bachelor and Master of Science degrees from Oklahoma State University, Oyler joined Oklahoma Natural Gas Co. She is a chairman of the board of the Enid Regional Development Alliance and past president of the Enid Rotary Club. She is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma and serves on the boards of Enid Higher Education Council, Autry Technology Center, United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma, and the YMCA of Enid. She was selected as the Pillar of the Plains in 2014 and is past recipient of the YMCA Woman of the Year Award. She served as the first female chair of the Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce and is a Journal Record 50 Making a Difference Circle of Excellence honoree.

OKLAHOMA CITY – Ruben Aragon is an entrepreneur and the retired president and CEO of the Latino Community Development Agency.  He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in 1971 from the University of New Mexico and his Master of Business Administration in 1973 from Harvard University. Aragon serves on the President’s Advisory Council at the University of Central Oklahoma. He has also served four years as a trustee of the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Area Public Schools Trust (OKMAPS) and was a board member of MetaFund.

Dr. J. Bridger Cox joined Neuroscience Specialists in Oklahoma City in 2014, specializing in complex spinal surgery and minimally invasive treatments. He was honored by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence in 1999 as an Academic All-Stater. Cox earned his bachelor’s degree in political science in 2003 and his medical degree in 2007 from the University of Oklahoma. He also spent time studying at the Oxford University. He completed residence training in neurological surgery at the University of Florida. He has been active in research and was awarded the 2012 Mayfield Clinical Science Award from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

Noble McIntyre is the senior partner and owner of McIntyre Law, focusing primarily on drug litigation and catastrophic injury cases. The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence honored McIntyre in 1988 as an Academic All-Stater. He earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Oklahoma Baptist University in 1992 and his law degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1995. Among his many civic and professional affiliations, McIntyre is the founder of Lawyers Fighting Hunger and is past president of the Oklahoma Association for Justice.  He has been honored as an Oklahoma Super Lawyer in 2013 and 2016 and has been recognized as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the American Trial Lawyers Association.

Andrew J. Morris is a law clerk for the U.S. District Court for Western Oklahoma and previously served as a trial attorney with McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City. He was honored by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence in 2004 as an Academic All-Stater. Morris earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and government from Baylor University and his law degree in 2013 from the University of Oklahoma. He is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association and the Ruth Bader Ginsburg American Inn of Court and participated in the Leadership Council, Class III, with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. He was honored as 2017 Attorney of the Year by the Central Oklahoma Association of Legal Assistants and named to the Oklahoma Super Lawyers’ list of “Oklahoma Rising Stars.”

TULSA – Kyden Creekpaum is an attorney for Frederic Dorwart Lawyers, PLLC. He was honored in 2000 by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence as an Academic All-Stater. He earned degrees in music and political science from the University of Oklahoma in 2004, a Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins University in 2006, a Master of Economics degree in 2008 from the University of Paris and his law degree from Georgetown University in 2009. Creekpaum joined Frederic Dorwart in 2017 after practicing for eight years at a large international law firm’s offices in Washington, D.C. and Paris, France. He has been recognized as a Super Lawyers 2018 Oklahoma Rising Star. Creekpaum is a member of Leadership Tulsa Class 59 and serves on the boards of the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra and Tulsa Global Alliance.

William L. Peacher is retired CEO of the NORDAM Group, an aerospace engineering and manufacturing company. He has served in many leadership roles at NORDAM, including chief financial officer, senior vice president and chief operating officer. Peacher earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Oklahoma State University and his MBA from Harvard Business School. He serves on the boards of the NORDAM Group and U.S. Payments, L.L.C. In addition, he is a trustee of the Oklahoma Teacher Retirement System and a commissioner for the Tulsa City-County Library.

Gene Perry serves as strategy and communications director for the Oklahoma Policy Institute. He also coordinates the institute’s work with KIDS Count, a report on child wellbeing in the United States. Perry earned his bachelor’s degree in history and his master’s degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma. He serves on the board of the Oklahoma Sustainability Network and is past chair of the communications advisory committee of the State Priorities Partnership, a national network of state fiscal policy think tanks. He is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors and serves as a volunteer for Reading Partners in Tulsa.

WEATHERFORD – Phillip Reid is the owner of Reid Newspapers, which publishes papers throughout the state. An OU journalism and marketing graduate, Reid is active in the Oklahoma Press Association and the National Newspaper Association. As a publisher in many communities, he serves on eight chambers of commerce. He is a board member of the Weatherford Regional Hospital, the Stephenson Cancer Center and the Children’s Hospital of Bethany.

DALLAS, TEXAS – Carrie Boren Headington serves as cannon for evangelism for the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas and is founder of the Good News Initiative. She is also consulting evangelist for revivals for the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church and adjunct professor of evangelism for Fuller Seminary. Headington graduated from Yale University with a bachelor’s degree in history and earned her master’s degree in education from Harvard University with a focus on urban poverty policy. She also earned degrees from Oxford University in theology, evangelism and apologetics.