The OH&LA staff works hard to represent you day in and day out. Heres a behind-the-scenes look at the staff that loves to serve you.


Jim Hopper
President & CEO
Represents industry views and interests before state legislative and regulatory agencies. Coordinates with officers, board of directors and contract lobbyist. Serves as industry spokesperson and coordinates with American Hotel & Lodging Association on federal issues. Also serves as President & CEO for the Oklahoma Restaurant Association.

Debra Bailey, CAE
Chief Financial Officer
Responsible for fiscal management of the association, directing staff activities, office operations, and communication with officers, and contract lobbyist as needed.  Also serves as CEO for the Oklahoma Travel Industry Association.

Patti Colley, IOM, CMP
Chief Strategy Officer
Coordinates with OH&LA Board of Directors and directs communications, activities and maintains corporate documents. Directs all association meetings/events, and partnerships. Manages activities and serves as Officer for the Oklahoma Chapter of Women in Lodging (OKWIL). Also serves as the first point of contact as state partner for the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) and serves as CSO for the Oklahoma Restaurant Association.


Cameryn Rose
Manager, Communications & Marketing
Primary contact for all marketing distributions. Initiates and manages all industry communications including: web content, digital marketing, online publications, advertising, photography and videography.

Education & Training

Chandy Rice, CAE
Director, Education
Directs Hospitality Student programs including Hospitality Tourism Management Program and ProStart, the nationally recognized culinary and hospitality certifications in high schools and technology centers within the state, as well as OSU HTM. Works to provide job placement and mentoring activities within the industry. Is the primary point of contact for activities involving the Oklahoma Hospitality Foundation.

Jillian Coursey
Manager, Training & Accounting
Manages all ServSafe sanitation training classes and other educational training opportunities. Also manages ORAs accounts receivable.

Hannah Shillington
Coordinator, Sonic/ServSafe
Maintains all records for Sonic ServSafe classes and coordinates Alcohol Compliance Education ACE training classes.

Member Services & Enrollment

Collin Graham
Director, Membership
Primary contact for the industry as it relates to member enrollment, retention, research and discount program enrollment, as well as Alcohol Compliance Training and regulatory and operational research for members. Directs activities surrounding the development of preferred member programs.

Elizabeth Sanchez
Manager, Member Care
Elizabeth oversees member fulfillment including member and nonmember databases, dues billings and collection, retention programs and endorsed partner relations.

Meetings, Events & Expo

Linda Etherton
Director, ORA Expo

Manages association graphic design projects, as well as the OH&LA Stars of the Industry Awards. Point of contact for Vendor Expo including booth sales, logistics, and exhibitor relations. Also serves as Director, Convention of the Oklahoma Restaurant Convention & Expo. 

Theresa Martin
Manager, Meetings & Events
Primary member contact for event registration. Assists CSO in managing association meetings and events. Coordinates activities of the Oklahoma Chapter of Women in Lodging (OKWIL).


Benny Vanatta
Contract Lobbyist
Represents industry issues at the state capitol and state agencies.

Julia Jernigan Smith
Contract Lobbyist
Represents industry issues at the state capitol and state agencies.

Office Tasks 

Sarai Maldonado
Help Desk Coordinator
Answers the phones, processes the mail and answers questions regarding membership, training and registration inquires.