Ada — At the February meeting in Stratford of Oklahoma Heritage Bank’s (“OHB”) Directors, two lifelong Ada residents, Phyllis Danley and Keri Coleman-Norris, were elected to the bank’s Board, bringing the roster to nine directors along with four advisory directors.
Phyllis Danley has served as Executive Director of the East Central University Foundation Inc. since 2009, and prior to being named to the Foundation directorship, she was the long-time CEO of the East Central Credit Union in Ada. The University’s foundation, organized in 1970, supports scholarships and capital improvements for ECU through fundraising and endowments. In 2007, she received the Oklahoma Credit Union League's Professional of the Year Award, and in 2011 she also assumed the title and responsibilities as Director of University Advancement and Alumni Relations.
Danley has served on the boards of the Ada Arts and Heritage Center, the Ada Arts Council, Habitat for Humanity, Ada Regional United Way, Ada Kiwanis Club, and the Ada Chamber of Commerce. In her spare time, Phyllis is a musician and currently serves as an accompanist at the First United Methodist Church in Ada and also at the East Side Christian Church in Tulsa.
She is the daughter of the late Dr. James O. Danley and the late Wanita Danley-Plunk, both of whom were well-known professors at ECU. Danley, both of her parents, her brother Forrest Danley, and her sister, the late Mari Lea Danley Davis, are all ECU graduates. She has two children, Andy Taylor and Evan Taylor, and three grandchildren, all of whom live in Tulsa.
Keri Coleman-Norris is the daughter of Dr. Rick Coleman, Ada anesthesiologist, and Glenda Gray, R.N., Ada. Coleman-Norris was educated in Ada and at Oklahoma City University School of Law. After serving as an associate attorney at the Oklahoma City law firm of Crowe Dunlevy and at Hunton & Williams in Raleigh, North Carolina, in 2003 she returned to Ada as General Counsel for LegalShield (formerly PrePaid Legal Services, Inc.).
In 2011 she was honored as one of The Journal Record’s 50 Women of the Year in Oklahoma. She serves on the Board of Directors for McCalls Chapel School in Ada and is co-chair for the Puttin’ on the Ritz 60th Anniversary Gala. She also serves on the Foundation Board for Mercy Hospital Ada (formerly Valley View) and on the Executive Board for the OCU School of Law. Coleman-Norris is also Director for the Group Legal Services Association and the ABA Standing Committee on Group Legal Plans. She has previously served on the Board of Directors for the Ada Boys & Girls Club and Leadership Oklahoma.
She and her husband, Ty Norris, have two children, Bailey Norris, a junior at the University of Oklahoma, and Coleman Prince, a student at Ada Junior High School. She has enjoyed running for sport and health for years, completing triathlons and three New York City Marathons, and is currently training for her fourth NYC Marathon in October.
OHB Board Chairman Darryl Fisher welcomed the new directors, “Phyllis and Keri bring enormous business experience to the Board, and their counsel will be especially helpful as OHB continues its growth with the plans for a banking facility in Ada.”