Oklahoma City —
She has presented multiple times at the OSCPA’s Do It Herself: A Journey to Financial Freedom conferences, as well as conferences hosted by Rural Enterprises Incorporated and a women’s accounting organization in Oklahoma City.
Appointed by the governor in 2004, she has been a member of the Oklahoma Accountancy Board, serving as chair, vice chair, secretary, communications officer and outreach chair, where she is instrumental in arranging for the board to meet on various college campuses. She’s also served on the OAB’s Executive, Personnel, Rules and CPE Committees. Though she’s previously served as chair, she is currently the chair elect. She has served on NASBA’s Communication and Education committees. And she’s currently serving on NASBA’s Accounting and Finance Committee.
While volunteering for her local rotary club, she’s served as president, treasurer, and board member. She was also named Rotarian of the Year and a Paul Harris Fellow, the Rotary Club’s highest honor given. She’s served the Byng Excellence in Education Foundation since the organization’s inception in 2004, volunteering for the scholarship committee and acting as treasurer. She’s been an active member of Trinity Baptist Church for more than 10 years and has served in several different ways, including the finance committee and the budget committee. She’s also serving on the Ada Chamber of Commerce Executive Board as treasurer.
In her acceptance of the OSCPA’s Public Service Award in 2010, she stated public service is something someone does not necessarily for the number of individuals being helped, but rather for the type of help you are providing. One of the projects she is most proud of is one that helps people who have had a death in their family. She and her husband began the service in memory of her father. When her father died, they were offered a spare refrigerator to help with food storage. She and her husband now donate use of an extra refrigerator and a trailer to grieving families when they need it.
On Friday night, Petete said, “It’s truly an honor to be recognized by the OSCPA with this prestigious award.”
“God has blessed me throughout my life and career by surrounding me with individuals that have been wonderful mentors and examples,” she continued. “Each of these individuals has made a footprint on my life. I truly hope and pray that I will also be able to make a footprint on the lives of others.”