Connie Thrash-McGoodwin, M.Ed.
The growth and success of Dale Rogers Training Center (DRTC) is unparalleled in Oklahoma. The unique and innovative $18 million nonprofit agency is comprised of businesses, work projects and programs that provide training, sheltered in-house businesses and community jobs to 1,100 teens and adults with disabilities each year.
Dale Rogers Training Center is the largest facility of its kind in the Southwest. The agency began in 1953 and operates in multiple locations across Oklahoma. Its programs and work projects have grown beyond the traditional and also include: the Special Needs Program, federal contracts in food and custodial services and unique business lines like Prism Place (an awards business), Wyman Frame, and a gift shop. The result is approximately 1,000 individuals and their families benefit as the people with disabilities earn close to $5.5 million a year in wages. Each year DRTC’s Employment Services Program places more than 160 people with disabilities in community jobs.
For more than 30 years the driving force behind these amazing accomplishments has been Connie Thrash McGoodwin, M.Ed. Having taught and lectured in New York and Australia, McGoodwin also ran a smaller but similar agency in Dallas, Texas. “Who knew,” says McGoodwin. “I’m a Speech Pathology major with a Master’s degree in Education; I never thought I’d be developing and overseeing services, products and businesses.” McGoodwin gives her talented management team at DRTC a lot of the credit.
An Oklahoma State University and a Texas Women’s University graduate, Connie’s credentials, awards, recognitions and community services would fill a few pages. A graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City and Leadership Oklahoma, some of her key recognitions and awards include:
- 2017 Northwest Oklahoma City Chamber Hall of Honor inductee
- A 30 year achievement award from the Mayor’s Committee on Disabilities
- Journal Record Woman of the Year – Circle of Excellence (three-time nominee)
- NISH Rising Star Award, South Central Region
- Executive of the Year – Sales and Marketing Executives Association
- MAPs Oversight Committee – 10 Years
- Women in Communication By Liners Award
- Oklahoma Association of Workshops/ Group Homes Past President
- Workforce Oklahoma Oversight Committee
- Civitan International, Board of Directors & Regional Governor
Chief Financial Officer
Lillian Hobbs is a successful business executive with more than 25 years of broad-based accounting experience. Ms. Hobbs began her career at Dale Rogers Training Center, Inc. (DRTC) in 2001 as Fiscal Manager and was promoted to Chief Financial Officer in 2013. She is responsible for all accounting and IT functions of the agency ensuring compliance with GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles), agency policies and all required state and federal funding guidelines. During her tenure, DRTC has grown from a $5 million agency to a $20 million agency.
Previous to her employment at DRTC, Ms. Hobbs worked for the natural gas division of Phillips Petroleum Company as a Producer Settlements Manager in the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, offices and later as a Revenue Manager for Duke Energy Field Services, Inc. serving offices in Denver, Colorado, and Midland, Texas. She also has eight years of experience as an Operations Analysis and Control Accountant with Phillips Petroleum Company in Borger, Texas.
Ms. Hobbs earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas, and received her Certified Public Accountant license from the State of Texas in 1992.