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State Board of Career and Technology Education

Brent Haken

State Director of CareerTech

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Ryan Walters

State Superintendent of Public Instruction and Chairperson of the Board

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Meet the Board

Members of the Oklahoma Career and Technology Education State Board of Education are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state Senate.

The nine-member board is led by the state superintendent of public instruction, who serves as the chairperson. Two members of the State Board of Education* are appointed to the board along with a representative of each congressional district and one member at large.

*Brian Bobek

*Estela Hernandez

Shaelynn Haning

Rob Seeman

Peter Dillingham

Michael Brown

Randy Gilbert

Edward Hilliary, Jr.


Brent Haken

State Director of CareerTech
1500 West Seventh Avenue
Stillwater, OK 74074-4364
Ofc: (405 743-5430 / Fax: (405) 743-6809
Email: Brent.Haken@careertech.ok.gov

Brent Haken became the ninth state director of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education in January 2023. Haken was in his fourth year as superintendent of Morrison Public Schools when he was named state director of ODCTE.

Before Haken was named superintendent he served in several capacities in Morrison, including agricultural education instructor, elementary assistant principal, special education director, high school principal and testing coordinator.

He was an agricultural education instructor in Wellston, Stillwater and Morrison, Oklahoma prior to becoming an administrator in Morrison.

Haken received the 2022 Superintendents Chairman’s Award from the Oklahoma Youth Expo and was the Oklahoma Association of Superintendents District 4 Superintendent of the Year for 2022. He is a member of the Oklahoma State Professional Education Council and the Cooperative Council for Secondary Administrators.

He has been a member of the Oklahoma Career Technology Master Teacher Committee, the National Association of Agriculture Educators and the Association of Career Technical Educators and served on the board and as vice president of the Oklahoma Agriculture Education Teachers Association.

Haken earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Central Oklahoma and a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education from Oklahoma State University.

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Ryan Walters

State Superintendent of Public Instruction and Chairperson of the Board
Oliver Hodge Bldg, Room 121
2500 North Lincoln Boulevard
Oklahoma City, OK 73105-4599
Ofc: (405) 521-3301 / Fax: (405) 521-6205
Email: ryan.walters@sde.ok.gov

Ryan Walters taught eight years as a high school history teacher in his hometown at McAlester High School. During his time at MHS, Walters taught Advanced Placement (AP) courses in World History, U.S. History and U.S. Government. He also taught on-level history classes, special education classes and Advancement Via Individual Determination classes. 

The Oklahoma State Department of Education named Walters as an Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Finalist in 2016. He is passionate about the students of Oklahoma and advocating for their immediate and long-term success. 

In September 2020, Governor Kevin Stitt named Walters as Secretary of Public Education. As Secretary of Education, he was responsible for various agencies, boards, and commissions, including the State Board of Education, College and University Boards of Regents or Trustees, Office of Educational Quality and Accountability and the State Board of Career and Technology Education. 

Walters taught AP U.S. History at Millwood High School and McAlester High School. He is empowering teachers, parents and community leaders to improve Oklahoma’s education system for all students and previously served as Executive Director of Oklahoma Achieves, an education initiative of the State Chamber of Oklahoma that sought to get the business community more actively engaged in education. 

He is a lifelong advocate of improving Oklahoma’s education system and helping every student reach their full potential. 

A loving husband to his wife Katie, Walters has four children — Violet, Ella, Benjamin and Samuel. 


*Brian Bobek

State Board of Education
Oklahoma City, OK
Email: brianrichardbobek@gmail.com
Term expires: 4/1/2023

Born and raised in Oklahoma, Brian is a product of Tulsa Public Schools. He received his bachelor’s degree from The University of Oklahoma.

Currently, he helps manage the fastest growing account in North America for BP Lubricants, where he has worked since 2000. Devoted to his work, Brian has fervently traveled The United States for a vast majority of his career, landing business in multiple regions.

In May 2019 Brian was one of five people appointed by Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt to the State Board of Education. He was also appointed to the Oklahoma Career and Technology Education Board.

Brian spearheads local High School outreach where he has assisted in starting their after-school meal program and hosts their annual All Sports Banquet. In addition, he created a free next steps night, providing awareness for career planning as well as higher education, open to any student in the area.

He devotes his time and resources to the community, by generating new opportunities to students who have been in the criminal justice system, homeless, addicted to drugs, abused, or need someone to assist them getting back on the right track.

Brian and his wife, Toni, reside in Oklahoma City; have four children and two grandchildren.


*Estela Hernandez

State Board of Education
Oklahoma City, OK
Email: estelaokc@gmail.com
Term expires: 4/1/2028

Estela Hernandez has been in the construction and real estate business for 15 years as a small business owner and licensed realtor with Keller Williams. Hernandez is also known for her role in Oklahoma politics, serving as vice president of engagement for the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs and vice chairwoman of the Oklahoma Republican Party. In March 2019, she was appointed to the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women. 


Shaelynn Haning

Tulsa, OK
Email: shaelynn.haning@gmail.com
District Number: 1
Term expires: 4/1/28

Shaelynn Haning is a business owner, tailor, and army wife.

Shaelynn graduated from Marist College in Poughkeepsie New York with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Apparel Design and Product Development.

Originally from Pennsylvania, she had the opportunity to move with her husband  to Lawton, Oklahoma who was stationed at Fort Sill as a Field Artillery Officer with the United States Army.  After experiencing the welcoming culture of the Midwest, the Hanings chose to make their home in Tulsa.

Shaelynn is the founder of the largest alterations and tailoring service in Oklahoma, Tallgrass Tailor, employing a talented team of skilled craftsmen and women from across the country and world.

She actively participates as the board chair for the Oklahoma-based nonprofit Rising Village and RiSE; Refugee Sewing Enterprise by creating sewing skills-based employment training programs and joint ESL and financial education programs for refugees and those immigrating from many other countries.

Shaelynn hopes to spread the knowledge and value of all skilled trades across the state during her time working with the Oklahoma CareerTech System.

She and her husband, Maj. Garrison Haning, live in Tulsa with their Australian shepherd, Bright.


Rob Seeman

OK
Email: 
District Number: 2
Term expires: 4/1/23


Peter Dillingham

Enid, OK
Email: peter.dillingham@nmlfoods.com
District Number: 3
Term expires: 4/1/24

Pete Dillingham is an owner, manager and Chairman of the Board of No Man’s Land Foods, LLC and NML Holdings LLC (“No Man’s Land”). No Man’s Land currently employees 200 associates, operates three manufacturing facilities in Oklahoma and is the fastest growing beef jerky company in the country. Mr. Dillingham has served the company since 2015 in many of the functions typically performed by chief executive and chief financial officers.

Mr. Dillingham is also President of A & P Holdings, LLC. He is the former Vice President of Business Development and Sales Operations for Advance-Pierre Holdings and served in that role from 2010 to 2013. Mr. Dillingham also served as Chief Operating Officer of Advance Food Company from 2000 to 2010. He also served as Chief Executive Officer for Suits Rig Corporation from 1987 to 2000.

Mr. Dillingham currently serves on the board of governors for St. Marys Regional Medical Center in Enid, the Enid Higher Education Council and is Trustee of The Dillingham Foundation. Mr. Dillingham served from 2014 to 2017 as a member of the Compensation and Nominating & Governance Committees as a Director for AdvancePierre Foods (NYSE:APHF). He has also served on the board of directors of the Denny Price Family YMCA (9 years), the Cherokee Strip Community Foundation (6 years), Loaves & Fishes of Northwest Oklahoma (1 year), Leadership Oklahoma (4 years), REVx Technologies (6 years) and Integris Bass Hospital (5 years).

Mr. Dillingham graduated in 1987 from Colorado School of Mines with a degree in Petroleum Engineering. He and his wife Annie live in Enid, OK and have three adult daughters.


Michael Brown

Lawton, OK
Email: brownm@cdblinc.com
District Number: 4
Term expires: 4/1/25

Michael Brown is the president/owner of Chardon Builders of Lawton, a company specializing in design/build and construction management. He has an extensive background in business as owner/partner in many business endeavors.

Brown graduated from Oklahoma State University. He served two terms on the Lawton City Council, representing Ward 2, and two years as Lawton’s mayor pro tempore. He is involved in several professional and civic organizations, including Leadership Lawton/Fort Sill, Leadership Oklahoma and Lawton Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Brown also served on the Cameron University Foundation Board of Governors and the Oklahoma State University Foundation Board of Governors.


Randy Gilbert

Tecumseh, OK 74873
Email: randy@gilbertandsonstrucking.com
District Number: 5
Term expires: 4/1/26

Randy Gilbert graduated Tecumseh High School and earned a bachelor's degree in agricultural education from Oklahoma State University in 1983 and taught vocational agriculture at Lawton High School from 1983 to 1988. Since 1988, Gilbert has also been the operations manager and vice president of Gilbert & Sons Trucking Co. in Tecumseh. He is a member of the Shawnee Chamber of Commerce, Tecumseh Growth and Development Authority and the Pottawatomie County Safety Center Trust and a lifetime member of the Oklahoma FFA Alumni Association. Gilbert is also a licensed Oklahoma insurance agent and used motor vehicle salesman.

Gilbert is also a member of the Sirloin Club of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association, Limousin Breeders Association and the Oklahoma State University Alumni Association.


Edward Hilliary, Jr.

Elgin, OK 73538
Email:edward.hilliary@hillcom.net
At Large
Term expires: 4/1/27

Eddie Hilliary, Jr. is the managing partner of Hilliary Communications, the trade name for five regulated telephone companies (ILEC) in Oklahoma and Texas, covering 3,000 square miles, and three competitive broadband companies (CLEC) in Oklahoma and Texas, with operations in 22 counties. He is a graduate of Cameron University and is very active in community and national boards and activities.

Eddie is a member of the Elgin Library Board of Directors, and serves on the Armed Services YMCA in Lawton, which provides outreach, support, and social opportunities to military families in southwestern Oklahoma.

He is also involved in organizations like the Elgin Tip-in, Quarterback Clubs, and Elgin Schools Education Foundation.

Last Modified on Feb 08, 2023
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