DRTC Installs 2021-2022 Board of Directors and Recognizes Former Executive Director

Several people in a meeting room, standing. Board members have their right hand raised to swear in for the 2021-2022 program year.

Dale Rogers Training Center (DRTC), Oklahoma’s highly disability inclusive employer, installed its Program Year 2022 Board of Directors in a recent meeting. Ten members swore in to make key decisions for the agency as it continues to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic by providing an essential workforce for the Oklahoma City metro.

The following people will join DRTC’s Board of Directors for 2021-2022:

  • Frank Stone, President
  • Helen Stakem, 1st Vice President
  • Bradley Wallace, 2nd Vice President
  • Andrea Nguyen, Secretary
  • Cheryl Moore, Treasurer
  • Kevin Clifton
  • Eric Shannon
  • Kristi Wilson
  • Brian Smith
  • Angela Ables

In addition to the Board installation, the agency recognized former Board member Allen Brown’s 20 years of service to the Board, and presented a commemorative display in honor of former DRTC Executive Director Connie Thrash McGoodwin’s nearly 40 years with the agency. “The agency will be recognizing Connie’s lasting legacy at DRTC,” comments Deborah Copeland, M.Ed., Executive Director. Copeland was named DRTC’s Executive Director in January 2020, leading the agency since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Throughout the pandemic, DRTC has provided employees in critical infrastructure such as custodial and food service at its federal contract locations (Tinker Air Force Base, FAA, and federal buildings in downtown OKC), as well as in the community via its Employment Services Program, which receives funding through the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.

DRTC’s main campus programs and business divisions continue providing meaningful work experience for people with disabilities through a variety of subcontracting jobs, as well as manufacturing of awards, trophies, picture frames, screen printed apparel and more.

Dale Rogers Training Center (DRTC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency, is Oklahoma’s leading community vocational training and employment center for people with disabilities in Oklahoma. With multiple locations in Oklahoma, DRTC trains or employs approximately 1,000 people with disabilities per year. The private agency promotes diversity and inclusion of persons with disabilities within our Oklahoma workforce and communities. Visit us online: DRTC.org.