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Allied Arts announces new officers, board members


Staff Report

At its recent board of directors meeting, Allied Arts introduced its new team of officers for 2011-2013 and its new board members.

James Pickel, owner and executive vice president of Smith and Pickel Construction, will serve as chair of the board of directors for a two-year term.  Pickel has served on the Allied Arts board in many capacities for more than two decades and follows Ann Johnstone in the chair position.

Lonny Towell, Kerr-McGee Corporation (retired), will replace Pickel as vice chairman while Virginia Meade, Meade Energy Corporation, will return as secretary, and Tom Carlson, AdvancePierre Foods Inc., will return as treasurer.

Allied Arts also introduced new board members:  Steve Agee, Oklahoma City University; Mark Anderson, Boeing; Jari Askins, OU Health Science Center; Todd Edmonds, HSE Architects; Joshua Fahrenbruck, Kimray Inc; Colin FitzSimons, Peggy and Charles Stephenson Oklahoma Cancer Center.

Also, Aimee Harlow, FIS; Judy Hatfield, Equity Commercial Realty; Cindy Hunter, US Fleet Tracking; Peggy Kates, Midwest Wrecking Company; Steve Kerr, The Kerr Law Firm; J.W. Peters, Titus Construction; Greg Phillips, Oklahoma Natural Gas; Dana Shadid, non-profit consultant; Deby Snodgrass, Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department; Vicki VanStavern, VanStavern Design Group; Ray Vaughn, Oklahoma County; and Paige Williams, The Chickasaw Nation.

Returning to the board after a one-year absence are: Joan Maguire, J&M Investment Company, and K. Randy Roper, MidFirst Bank. In addition, Karen Luke, community volunteer; Carl Shortt, Carl Shortt Photography; and David Thompson, OPUBCO (retired), are joining the board as active members after serving in an honorary capacity in 2010.

These individuals will join the 98-member board of directors responsible for overseeing Allied Arts’ strategic planning, fundraising and arts advocacy efforts.

About Allied Arts

As Oklahoma’s only United Arts Fund, Allied Arts works to broaden support for the arts by raising financial support for the arts and related organizations, encouraging participation and attendance, advocating arts education, and promoting excellence in the arts and arts management. Founded in 1971, the organization has raised more than $45 million to advance the arts in Central Oklahoma.


Allied Arts’ member agencies are:

  • Ambassadors’ Concert Choir
  • Arts Council of Oklahoma City
  • Canterbury Choral Society
  • Carpenter Square Theatre
  • Cimarron Opera
  • City Arts Center
  • Individual Artists of Oklahoma (IAO)
  • Lyric Theatre & Thelma Gaylord Academy
  • Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art
  • Metropolitan School of Dance
  • OK City Chorus
  • Oklahoma Children’s Theatre
  • Oklahoma City Ballet
  • Oklahoma City Museum of Art
  • Oklahoma City Philharmonic
  • Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park
  • Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition (OVAC)
  • Oklahoma Youth Orchestras
  • Prairie Dance Theatre
  • Science Museum Oklahoma


For more information, contact Allied Arts at 405-278-8944 or visit

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