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March 21, 2013

Governor Fallin announces appointments of 4 locals

Oklahoma City —  

Governor Mary Fallin recently announced the following appointments to various boards, agencies and commissions. 

 

Oklahoma Liquefied Petroleum Gas Board — Billy Ballard of Stratford is a consultant for Eldridge Propane Service Company. He is currently the chairman of the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Board.  He is the current vice president of the southeast district for the Oklahoma Propane Gas Association. Ballard received a bachelor’s degree from East Central University. He is being reappointed to the board and will serve a four-year term pending Senate confirmation.

Partnership for School Readiness Board — Somerlyn Cothran of Ada is the chief executive officer of Cothran Development Strategies, a management and development firm. She serves on the boards of the Harold Hamm Diabetes Foundation, the Ada City School Foundation, the Salvation Army, and the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Oklahoma. She received a bachelor’s degree in organizational communication from the University of Tulsa and a master’s degree in human relations and organizational development from the University of Oklahoma. Cothran is replacing Sara Sweet and will serve a four-year term and serves as a parent of a child eight years of age or younger.  Senate confirmation is not required for this appointment.

Oklahoma Board of Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors — Holli Witherington of Ada is the executive director of the Brandon Whitten Institute for Addiction and Recovery at East Central University.  She also is an adjunct professor of education at the university. She previously served as a contract counselor for Hartsell Psychological Services in Tishomingo.  Witherington received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from East Central University in Ada. She is being reappointed to the board pending Senate confirmation.

Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission — Keith Sanders of Atoka worked for more than 30 years as an executive in the furniture manufacturing industry. He also served as an auditor at the Oklahoma Tax Commission.  He served in the U.S. Air Force where he achieved the rank of captain.  He currently serves as chairman of the Atoka County GOP.  Sanders received a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University. He is replacing Wayne Carter and will serve a six-year term. Confirmation from the Senate is required for his appointment.

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