Oklahoma Watch’s board is made up of the following individuals:
Joe Hight is the Edith Kinney Gaylord Endowed Chair of Journalism Ethics at the University of Central Oklahoma. He is also a columnist, writer, consultant and an independent bookstore owner. His newspaper career as an editor, director, managing editor or reporter spanned 35 years. He was editor when The Gazette in Colorado Springs won the Pulitzer Prize in national reporting for its multimedia series, “Other Than Honorable.” He also led or was involved in efforts that won various national awards at The Oklahoman. He was named to the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame in 2013 and was selected as its director in May. He also serves on advisory boards for the Oklahoma Center for the Book and the Ball State Communication School. He has been president of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma and a board member for Associated Press Media Editors. His book “Thou Art Thy Destiny/The True and Tragic Story of the Tormented Priest’s Mind,” will be published in early 2018. He owns Best of Books in Edmond with his wife, Nan, and daughter, Elena.
Gerald Adams is a consultant at the Henry-Adams Companies LLC. Adams was a reporter, columnist and editor at the Shawnee News-Star before managing Robert Henry’s successful campaign for attorney general of Oklahoma in 1985. Adams subsequently served three Oklahoma attorneys general in communications and policy positions for a total of 15 years before joining the administrative staff of the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. In 2002, Gov. Brad Henry asked Adams to become his chief of staff, a position he held throughout the governor’s two terms. Following completion of the final term, Gov. Henry and Adams established the Henry-Adams Companies LLC, a consulting firm headquartered in Norman.
Sue Hale is the senior journalism consultant for Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation. She is the former executive editor of The Oklahoman and spent the majority of her journalism career at newspapers in Kansas and Oklahoma. Hale served as president of the National Freedom of Information Coalition and helped found Freedom of Information Oklahoma. She also chaired the First Amendment Committee of the American Society of Newspaper Editors. She was inducted into The Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame in 2005.
Ed Kelley serves as dean of the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma. He is a veteran news executive, coming to OU from Salt Lake City, where he was senior contributing editor at the Deseret News. He also has served as editor of The Washington Times in Washington, D.C. and The Oklahoman in Oklahoma City. Kelley has held a variety of other news positions in his career, including that of Washington bureau chief, managing editor and editorial page editor. He was named Editor of the Year in 1996 by the Washington-based National Press Foundation for overseeing The Oklahoman’s coverage of the Oklahoma City bombing.
Vince LoVoi is publisher of This Land Press LLC, a new media company, founded in 2011. This Land Press was noted as “probably the best for-profit local journalism startup in the country” by the Columbia Journalism Review. This Land Press also operates This Land Films, a film production company that was invited to premiere its first feature-length documentary at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. LoVoi also serves as managing partner of Mimosa Tree Capital Partners LLC, an investment firm in Oklahoma focused on socially responsible startups and turnarounds.
Adam Nemec founded Tulsa-based New Medio in 2000, and the company has grown from a start-up, website-development firm into a broader software development and design company. As chief executive officer, he focuses on business development and managing client relationships, remaining involved in all client projects. Before founding the company, he built and managed the interactive arm of an agency and worked with companies such as Universal Studios Orlando and Broadcast.com. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and one of the founders of software products such as Mobicentric and Reach CRM.
Suzanne Schreiber is president of the Tulsa Public Schools board of education representing District 7. She was elected in 2014. She is also a program officer with Tulsa Community Foundation, where she works closely with George Kaiser Family Foundation on various projects, including fundraising for A Gathering Place for Tulsa, issue advocacy at the state and local levels, fostering strategic community partnerships and staffing special projects. Suzanne is a native New Mexican who came to the University of Tulsa at age 18 and remained in the city. Before joining TCF, Suzanne worked as an attorney and as a federal law clerk for district and appellate courts. She twice took leave from her legal career to work on her mother’s political campaigns for lieutenant governor and governor of New Mexico and has worked on many other campaigns and civic initiatives.
Nathan Shirley is the chief financial officer for Cemplex Group, a regional specialty construction contracting firm based in Oklahoma City. Prior to Cemplex, Nathan worked for 15 years with Accenture, a global IT consulting firm. He spent five years with the firm’s federal government practice in Washington, D.C., before relocating to Asia to support the firm’s regional practice. Nathan was based in China, Australia and Singapore and traveled extensively throughout the region. He grew up in Blackwell and went to high school in Bartlesville. He received his B.S. from Oklahoma State University and worked in Oklahoma City before attending Georgetown University’s MBA Program. While in Washington, Nathan helped to develop and launch a nonprofit restaurant to train homeless individuals and assist them with finding permanent jobs in the industry. He is an active parishioner at St. Eugene’s Catholic Church in Oklahoma Cityand participates in the monthly “Feed the Hungry” ministry. He is a board member of the American Red Cross (Central Oklahoma).
Brett Wesner is the founder of Wesner Publications Co., which publishes 10 newspapers and two magazines in rural communities across Oklahoma and Texas. He previously served as a press officer for OU President David Boren’s 1984 U.S. Senate campaign in Oklahoma. Following Boren’s landslide election, Wesner joined Boren’s Washington press office, becoming press secretary in 1987, at the start of the senator’s service as chairman of the Senate select committee on intelligence and as a member of the special committee investigating the Iran-Contra scandal. A native of Cordell, Wesner returned to Oklahoma in 1990 to serve as executive director of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence.