A new slate of officers for FY 2015 have been elected to the Board of Directors of Red Earth, Inc, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization with a mission to promote American Indian arts and cultures through education, a premier festival, a museum and fine art markets. The officers will oversee the operations of the Red Earth Museum and the additional programs of the organization including the 29th annual Red Earth Festival scheduled June 5-7, 2015 at the Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City.
Elected to the Red Earth Board of Directors for FY 2015 are Lou C. Kerr, Chairman of the Board; Leslie Blair, President: Teri Stanek, President-Elect; Janet Dyke, Past President; Vickie Norick, Secretary; Beth Barnes Lott, Treasurer; Margaret Knight (Laguna Pueblo)and Harvey Pratt (Cheyenne), Members-at-Large.
Oklahoma City civic and community leader Lou C. Kerr has been re-elected Chairman of the Board. She is a founder of the Red Earth Festival and was honored as the 2005 Red Earth Ambassador of the Year. As an active leader in the community and state she has committed her time and expertise to numerous organizations which correspond with her beliefs and expectations. She served as Vice President of The Kerr Foundation since 1985. In 1999, she became President and in 2004, her title became President and Chair.
Oklahoma City resident Leslie Blair, a native of Frederick, OK, begins a two-year term as President of the Board of Directors. She is Public Information Officer for the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department and previously served in the same capacity at the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. She received her bachelor’s degree in communications from CameronUniversity and currently serves on the Board of the Directors for the OklahomaCounty 4-H Foundation. She is a member of the Friends of Hackberry Flatt and the Junior League of Oklahoma City.
Teri Stanek, Oklahoma City, begins a two-year term as President Elect. She has been involved with Red Earth as a volunteer or board member for more than 15 years. During her tenure, she has overseen volunteers, worked in various fundraisers, chaired numerous Red Earth Festival committees and served as chairman of the Red Earth Festival Silver Anniversary Gala. She and her husband are retired and enjoy traveling in their motorhome.
Tuttle resident Janet Dyke will serve a two-year term as Past President. She retired as Associate Director of AT&T Business Solutions Project Management Office. She has worked in the communications industry more than 30 years and has served as president of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Board of Directors and on the Redlands Council of the Girl Scouts.
Oklahoma City resident Beth Barnes Lott is elected Treasurer of the Board. Lott attended the University of Oklahoma and was previously Executive Assistant to the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, and an American Airlines Flight Attendant for 26 years. She is active as a volunteer at First Christian Church of Oklahoma City and was a school volunteer and former substitute teacher. She enjoys golf, cooking, reading and snow skiing.
Vickie Norick is elected Treasurer of the Board. She is a lifelong resident of Oklahoma City and served as Executive Director of the James H. & Madalynne Norick Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization whose purpose was philanthropy, volunteerism and grant making. She also serves as Chairman of the Red Earth Youth Art Competition. Other arts organizations that have benefitted from her volunteer support include the Oklahoma Arts Institute, Arts Council of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma City Museum of Art and Arts Place Untitled.
Newly elected to the serve on the Red Earth Board of Directors are Carl J. Rubenstein, M.D, Lona Barrick (Chickasaw), Paula McClellan Cagigal (Cherokee), and Jim Van Deman (Delaware).
Oklahoma City resident Dr. Carl Rubenstein is founder and past Chairman of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at the Presbyterian Hospital, and Medical Director of the Cardiac Rehab program for Mercy Hospital and Oklahoma Heart Hospital. He is on the Board of Directors of the Interfaith Alliance Foundation of Oklahoma. In his spare time, Dr. Rubenstein enjoys cross-country and downhill skiing, woodcarving, and the Native American Indian flute. He is also actively involved with the Temple B’Nai Israel.
Lona Barrick, Ada, is Executive Officer of the Chickasaw Nation Division of Arts and Humanities in the Department of Culture and Humanities. Barrick has worked for the Chickasaw Nation since 1987 and has served as the director for the Office of Public Information and the Department of Tourism. She serves on numerous boards, councils and committees including the Oklahoma Arts Council, CreativeOk World Creative Forum and the Oklahoma Travel Industry Association.
Oklahoma City resident Paula McClellan Cagigal is executive assistant to the president of Inglesrud Corp. She received Honors at Oxford, Brasenose College of the University of Oxford, England and is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. She serves on the Susan G. Komen executive board and the Central Oklahoma Cherokee Alliance. She is involved in the Junior League of Oklahoma City, and Rotary International, District 5750 Youth Exchange Program.
Jim VanDeman, Oklahoma City, is a painter in acrylics, a maker of Native American flutes, a luthier (having made a number of electric guitars), and inventor of the Native American hand drum banjo. A long career in graphic design led to his full time art career. He has received numerous awards for his paintings, and cultural items.
Red Earth, Inc. is recognized as the region’s premier organization for advancing the understanding and continuation of Native American traditional and contemporary culture and arts. TheRedEarthMuseum hosts a diverse and changing schedule of art and historical exhibitions at its location in downtown Oklahoma City. The museum is custodian to a permanent collection of more than 1,400 items of fine art, pottery, basketry, textiles and beadwork.