Staff

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.


Leadership

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
Primary contact with OH&LA Board of Directors. Directs communications, activities and maintains corporate documents. Directs industry relations and partnership opportunities, as well as marketing collaborations. Oversees activities surrounding association meetings and events. Serves as Officer of the Oklahoma Chapter of Women In Lodging (OKWIL) and represents the association in all matters concerning the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA). Also serves as CSO for the Oklahoma Restaurant Association.

Communications 

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 OSU HTM, HospitAbilities and Oklahomas ProStart Program, the nationally recognized culinary and hospitality certifications in high schools and technology centers within the state. Works to provide job placement and mentoring activities within the industry. Serves as 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.


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 the Stars of the Industry Awards program and is the first point of contact for the OH&LA Vendor Expo including booth sales, logistics, and exhibitor relations. Also serves as Director of the ORA Expo. 

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

Lobbyist 

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.