Deborah Copeland, M.Ed.
Deborah Copeland has spent her career in the nonprofit sector working with multiple populations toward the goal of a brighter future. Prior to returning to DRTC, she served as the Chief Operating Officer of Sunbeam Family Services providing operational and program leadership in early childhood education, foster care, senior services and counseling services. During her tenure at Sunbeam, she led the agency in the implementation of agency-wide performance and quality improvement systems, and data-driven programs. Deborah has also served as the Assistant Director of Adult Education at Oklahoma City Community College.
Deborah began her career more than 25 years ago in direct care, case management, and program management in New Mexico providing residential and vocational rehabilitation services for adults with a disability. Deborah considers this experience foundational as it was a time of radical change for people with disabilities who were leaving institutional placements and moving to community programs following the NM Jackson Compliance ruling, as well as the Hissom lawsuit in Oklahoma in the late 1980s which resulted in a similar verdict.
After returning to Oklahoma in 1996, Deborah began her journey with DRTC spending more than 14 years with the agency. Copeland directed the human resources team through the startup of several federal contracts at Tinker Air Force Base, downtown OKC and the FAA Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center before leaving the agency in 2014.
In 2018, the Board of Directors unanimously approved Deborah to return as Deputy Director to prepare to lead the agency in 2020 as Executive Director. Because of her extensive history with DRTC and in-depth knowledge of federal contracting with SourceAmerica, Deborah has been noted as uniquely qualified to lead the agency.
Deborah has a Master of Education specializing in Adult Education from the University of Central Oklahoma and a BA in Education from the University of Central Florida. She has served three years as Executive Director for a nonprofit in Norman and on several boards and committees, including the United Way of Central Oklahoma Community Research Initiatives Committee. Deborah also taught as an adjunct instructor at Francis Tuttle.
Deborah frequently presents and speaks on the subject of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) for disability inclusion in the workplace and community. She continually advocates for people with disabilities to be ‘included’ in our movement toward diversity and inclusion. Recent speaking engagements include: United Way of Central Oklahoma, Greater OKC Chamber, and Sunbeam Family Services to name a few. To check Deborah’s availability to speak for your group, email DaleRogers@drtc.org.
Chief Operating Officer
Responsibilities include oversight of day-to-day business and safety operations in regards to grounds and buildings, purchasing/centralized planning, transportation/DHS 5310 federal program since 2004, Lockheed Martin project in support of the IPV GEN II program for 10 years, DRTC Framing marketing, business strategy and budgets since 2010, agency safety program since 2014 and agency insurance since 2015.
Mark has overseen multiple building and campus expansion and new construction projects. He has a BS in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University.