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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:
Fort Collins, CO
Major:
Computer Engineering
Future Plans:
Advice To Freshman:
Do your work when you get it, you'll have so much more free time.
Year:
Sophomore
Name: Carson Turner
Nation:
The Chickasaw Nation
Hometown:
Edmond, OK
Major:
Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering and Applied Physics
Future Plans:
I plan to teach secondary education and advocate science literacy in the youth of Oklahoma.
Advice To Freshman:
Don’t get overwhelmed, there are many people dedicated to your success, some you don’t even know. Also, leave some time to have a good time.
Name: Che Deer
Nation:
Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma
Hometown:
Perkins, OK
Major:
Physiology, Pre-Medical Sciences
Future Plans:
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: Cydney Atsye
Nation:
Laguna Pueblo Nation
Hometown:
Stillwater, OK
Major:
Design Housing & Merchandising; Merchandising
Future Plans:
Name: Dade Eddy
Nation:
Chickasaw Nation
Hometown:
Pauls Valley, OK
Major:
Mechanical & Aerospace 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:
Tulsa, 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:
Don’t feel like you have to limit your participation to activities within your field. Every experience is a good experience so long as you are learning something or just having fun with new thinkers.
Name: Gabe Louis
Nation:
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
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:
Clayton, OK
Major:
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Future Plans:
Advice To Freshman:
Join a study group to help learn difficult material and make friends.
Year:
Sophomore
Name: Kareesa Kennedy
Nation:
Choctaw Nation
Hometown:
Buffalo Valley, OK
Major:
Accounting and MIS
Future Plans:
Advice To Freshman:
Get as involved as you can, and don’t be afraid of your professors. Ask questions and go to office hours’ they want to see you succeed. And don’t forget to visit home once in a while!
Name: Lendsay Olsen
Nation:
Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma
Hometown:
Quapaw, OK
Major:
Mathematics
Future Plans:
Advice To Freshman:
Just go to class, and get to know your professor! Go out there and have a college experience.
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:
Make friends in classes, be involved on campus and have fun!
Name: McKenzie McCaleb
Nation:
The Chickasaw Nation
Hometown:
Sulphur, OK
Major:
Undeclared
Future Plans:
Advice To Freshman:
Don’t get overwhelmed, keep up with your studies and show up to class on time.
Name: Meg Baker
Nation:
Cherokee Nation
Hometown:
Locust Grove, OK
Major:
Psychology
Future Plans:
Advice To Freshman:
Do what makes you happy, you only have four years here. There’s no reason to use your time on things that don’t bring you joy. Take care of yourself and you will have a more meaningful experience.
Name: Melea Barrick
Nation:
Chickasaw Nation
Hometown:
Waurika, OK
Major:
Accounting & Management
Future Plans:
Advice To Freshman:
Be respectful. Stay humble. Say thank you.
Year:
Senior
Name: Noah Berryhill
Nation:
Muscogee (Creek) Nation
Hometown:
Sapulpa, OK
Major:
Mechanical Engineering Technology
Future Plans:
Give back to the world.
Advice To Freshman:
Work hard, have fun and try not to stress. Life is too short to stress over short term moments. Also, don’t forget to give your family a call from time to time.
Year:
Senior
Name: Ova Fofah
Nation:
Creek & Cherokee Nation
Hometown:
Tulsa, OK
Major:
Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology, Premedical or Pre-Veterinary Science with Bioforensics Option
Future Plans:
Attend graduate school in Integrative Biology or Molecular Genetics
Advice To Freshman:
Don’t be afraid to take a leap of faith and try new things!
Year:
Senior
Name: Ravyn Bevard
Nation:
Osage Nation
Hometown:
Hominy, OK
Major:
Animal Science/Pre-Vet
Future Plans:
Advice To Freshman:
Don’t try to be involved in every organization, but pick a couple and give them your all.
Year:
Sophomore
Name: Reagan McGuire
Nation:
The Kaw Nation
Hometown:
Edmond, OK
Major:
Aerospace Engineering
Future Plans:
Name: ShawnDea Dunzy
Nation:
Muscogee (Creek) Nation
Hometown:
Mounds, OK
Major:
Entrepreneurship and Management
Future Plans:
Advice To Freshman:
Networking is so important! Put yourself in different situations to meet new people.
Year:
Senior
Name: Shayla Miller
Nation:
Iowa Nation
Hometown:
Perkins, OK
Major:
Business Management
Future Plans:
Advice To Freshman:
Don’t try to be involved in every organization, but pick a couple and give them your all.
Name: Stephanie Lopez
Nation:
Hometown:
Tulsa, OK
Major:
University Studies
Future Plans:
Name: Zachary Kensinger
Nation:
Cherokee Nation
Hometown:
Enid, OK
Major:
Political Science
Future Plans:
Advice To Freshman:
Find things you are passionate about and get involved with them. College is a lot more than just learning in the classroom.