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July 16, 2014

Cothran nominated for Oklahoma Woman of the Year

Ada — Somerlyn Cothran of Ada, president and CEO of Cothran Development Strategies, Inc., has been named as one of the Oklahoma Journal Record’s top 50 Oklahoma “Women Making a Difference.” She will be honored at the Oklahoma National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum on October 2, where one of the 50 women will be named “Oklahoma Woman of the Year”.

The Woman of the Year program recognizes Oklahoma’s leading women who epitomize leadership in both their professional endeavors and in the communities where they live.

Cothran founded Cothran Development Strategies almost 14 years ago, building the small fundraising firm into one of the top national trade association management, fundraising and event coordination firms in the country.

“I have worked extensively with Somerlyn and her staff on various projects,” said Harold Hamm, CEO of Continental Resources, Inc. “At 36 years old, she has built a multi-million dollar business that employs high-salaried jobs, works with presidential candidates and Forbes 500 CEOs on a daily basis, and manages the operations of dozens of national associations and fundraising efforts. Somerlyn works tirelessly in all she does, and what many don’t even realize is she does it all from Ada. I can think of no other person more deserving of this honor.”

Nationally, Cothran has been active in the Gary Sinise Foundation, Healthcorps® and was named a 2005 Rising Star in Politics by Campaigns and Elections Magazine.

She is the current President of the Ada City Schools Foundation and serves on the boards of the Harold Hamm Diabetes Center, the Domestic Energy Producers Alliance and OK Maverick PAC. She was a member of Leadership Oklahoma Class XVII and named an Oklahoma Achiever Under 40 in 2012. Most recently, she was appointed by OK Governor Mary Fallin to the Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness Board.

Cothran earned her bachelor's degree in organizational communication from the University of Tulsa, and a master's in human relations and organizational development from the University of Oklahoma.

She and her husband, Kassie, live in Ada with their two children, Kaydence, age 6, and Kale, four months.

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