Leadership Oklahoma Names Leonard Executive Director

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Nancy Leonard has been named executive director of Leadership Oklahoma. She succeeds Jeanne Gillert, who resigned her position to return to Tulsa.

Leadership Oklahoma, founded in 1986, selects an annual group of Oklahomans and conducts a year-round program on statewide issues. The organization's mission is to energize Oklahomans to effect positive change through a network of leadership resources.

Leonard, a member of Leadership Oklahoma Class IV, has been active in encouraging community involvement and currently serves on the Governor's Task Force on Volunteerism. She is on the board of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, a member of the Oklahoma Academy for State Goals, International Visitor's Council and has served on the Governor's Commission on the Status of Women.

Her professional career has been varied, and most recently she was the projects-telethon coordinator for the Children's Medical Research Organization. . . Raymond E. Tompkins has been chosen president of the Downtown Lions Club of Oklahoma City.

Other new officers are: Kenneth R. Edwards, first vice president; Kenneth W. Walker II, second vice president; Patricia A. Bond, third vice president; Joseph O. Evans, treasurer; James Arnot, secretary; Robert A. Phillips, tail twister; Lonzo L. Hink, lion tamer; William Milan Dunlap, chaplain; and T. Al Dearmon, membership chairman.

Directors are: Peter B. Bradford, Arlin E. Carroll, Sammye N. Cravens, Mary Dunbar, Lyn L. Hester, Lonzo L. Hink, Jess Horn, Robert E. Lee, Charles B. Lutz Jr., Melvin E. Maddox, Alwin Ning, Ronald L. Pennington, Robert A. Phillips, Bennie W. Vowell, Jerry Weddington and Lonzo Hink. . . Ginny Kidwell, president of Freedom Personnel Inc., has been selected to receive the Friends of Guidance Award given by the Oklahoma Vocational Association Guidance Division for work "above and beyond" in support of vocational guidance. Kidwell is a charter member of Canadian Valley Vo-Tech's Job Placement Office Advisory Committee and a past advisory committee member in instructional areas. . . Melissa N. Needels has been named permanent placement consultant for the northwest Oklahoma City office of Express Personnel Services. Her responsibilities focus on matching qualified job seekers with client companies as well as interviewing and testing all applicants seeking full-time employment.

In addition, Sandy Lee has been promoted to executive assistant to the sales-marketing vice president, and Sharon R. …