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Meet Our Team

Our team is building the Center for Sovereign Nations with the guidance of our sovereign tribal nation partners, our OSU faculty and staff partners and input from our students. We would welcome the chance to meet you!

 

Center Staff

Elizabeth Mee Payne

Director

Center for Sovereign Nations
elizabeth.payne@okstate.edu
Juris Doctorate
University of Oklahoma

Sky Rogers

Coordinator

Center for Sovereign Nations
sky.rogers@okstate.edu
B.S. Industrial Engineering
M.B.A. Business Administration
Oklahoma State University

Courtney Arnall

Coordinator

Center for Sovereign Nations
courtney.arnall@okstate.edu
B.S. Agricultural Communications
M.S. Agricultural Communications
Oklahoma State University

Jennifer Craig

Administrative Assistant

Center for Sovereign Nations
jennifer.craig@okstate.edu
Oklahoma State University

James Jump

Center Support

Center for Sovereign Nations
james.jump@okstate.edu
B.S. University Studies
Oklahoma State University

Student Staff

Name: Adrianna Curnutt
Nation:
Choctaw Nation
Hometown:
Major:
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Future Plans:
Year:
Junior
Name: Arielle Farve
Nation:
Chickasaw Nation
Hometown:
Lone Grove, OK
Major:
Strategic Communication
Future Plans:
Advice To Freshman:
“College is filled with amazing opportunities and wonderful experiences, but always remember your studies come first. Plan ahead and don’t get discouraged that first time you have to pull an all-nighter, just keep in mind that, ‘Pain is temporary, GPA is forever.”
Name: Caleb Cunningham
Nation:
Choctaw Nation
Hometown:
Major:
Computer Engineering
Future Plans:
Year:
Sophomore
Name: Carson Turner
Nation:
The Chickasaw Nation
Hometown:
Edmond, OK
Major:
OSUTeach Physics
Future Plans:
I plan to teach secondary education and advocate science literacy in the youth of Oklahoma.
Advice To Freshman:
I believe incoming freshman would benefit from all of the on campus facilities dedicated to their success, and showing them where they are and how to use them would be a great benefit. Also educating them on the Tribal benefits available to them.
Name: Cory Hopcus
Nation:
Citizen Potawatomi
Hometown:
Lawton, OK
Major:
Computer Engineering
Future Plans:
Graduating and obtaining a job in designing computer hardware.
Advice To Freshman:
Stick to a schedule.
Name: Dade Eddy
Nation:
Chickasaw Nation
Hometown:
Pauls Valley, OK
Major:
Mechanical Engineering
Future Plans:
Advice To Freshman:
“Always go to the lecture for your classes and make time for the homework. Also make time for yourself so you can relax.”
Name: Emma Kincade
Nation:
Cherokee Nation
Hometown:
Broken Arrow, OK
Major:
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Future Plans:
I want to become a pediatric occupational therapist. I would love to create a center for rehabilitative therapy within my tribe.
Advice To Freshman:
This is a time in life where you get to explore the possibilities of your future and become the person you want to be for the rest of your life. Take advantage of every opportunity that you come across!
Name: Gabe Louis
Nation:
Choctaw Nation
Hometown:
Durant, OK
Major:
Computer Engineering
Future Plans:
Advice To Freshman:
"Don’t panic if you fail an assignment or exam, it happens sometimes so just continue to work hard and it’ll work out in the end."
Name: Gage Clark
Nation:
Choctaw Nation
Hometown:
Major:
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Future Plans:
Year:
Sophomore
Name: Kareesa Kennedy
Nation:
Choctaw Nation
Hometown:
Buffalo Valley, OK
Major:
Accounting
Future Plans:
Advice To Freshman:
“Go to Class."
Name: Maggie Adcock
Nation:
Chickasaw Nation
Hometown:
Custer City, OK
Major:
Agribusiness and Animal Science
Future Plans:
I plan to be an Agricultural Insurance Specialist and hopefully start my own business.
Advice To Freshman:
Eat the free food, take the free shirts, take road trips with friends, go to cheap concerts, and have fun while it last!
Name: Meg Baker
Nation:
Cherokee Nation
Hometown:
Locust Grove, OK
Major:
Psychology
Future Plans:
Advice To Freshman:
"Always make time for yourself, mentally and physically. YOU are important and no one will judge you if take a mental health day!"
Name: Melea Barrick
Nation:
Chickasaw Nation
Hometown:
Waurika, OK
Major:
Accounting & Management
Future Plans:
Year:
Senior
Name: Noah Berryhill
Nation:
Muscogee (Creek) Nation
Hometown:
Sapulpa, OK
Major:
Mechanical Engineering
Future Plans:
Give back to the world.
Advice To Freshman:
“Don’t give up when things get tough. If you want it get it.”
Year:
Senior
Name: Ova Fofah
Nation:
Creek & Cherokee Nation
Hometown:
Tulsa, OK
Major:
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Future Plans:
Attend graduate school in Integrative Biology or Molecular Genetics
Advice To Freshman:
“Don’t be afraid to ask professors for advice early on in your courses.”
Year:
Senior
Name: Ravyn Bevard
Nation:
Osage Nation
Hometown:
Major:
Animal Science
Future Plans:
Year:
Sophomore
Name: ShawnDea Dunzy
Nation:
Muscogee (Creek) Nation
Hometown:
Major:
Entrepreneurship
Future Plans:
Year:
Senior
Name: Zachary Kensinger
Nation:
Cherokee, OK
Hometown:
Enid, OK
Major:
Political Science
Future Plans:
Advice To Freshman:
"Remember to live in the present and not to focus too much on the stresses of the future. The next four years should be some of the best years of your life."