About Us

We care about your success as much as you do.

At Strata Leadership, we know you are trying to build a successful company


But, like many businesses, you may not have the tools, resources, or even the time to develop your leaders and that can have a negative impact on your culture and bottom line.

We believe that great companies like yours deserve a trusted partner that can develop and equip your leaders.

That’s why we are passionate about serving leaders who believe in elevating the lives of their team. The success of your team matters as much to us as it does to you.

Over the last decade, we have spent over 10,000 hours developing effective, consistent leaders through character and competence-based coaching and development programs. From equipping emerging leaders to refreshing busy senior leaders, we have several individual and group programs that can be done on-site, off-site, virtually, or even in a National Park.

Your path to success:

First, let’s talk. We want to learn more about you, your company, and your vision.

Next, we’ll create a coaching or development plan specifically designed for the needs of your team so that you can confidently grow your business. With a thriving workplace, you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish.

It’s time for you to stop missing out on your team’s potential and start enjoying the success that comes with effective leadership.

Our Team


Director of Marketing & Communication

Account Manager

Manager of Leadership Development Services

Operations Manager

Senior Graphic Designer

Nathan Mellor, Ed. D.


A thought-leader, two-time TEDx speaker, author, and CEO of Strata Leadership, Dr. Mellor is an experienced executive coach who has provided over 3,000 coaching sessions for executive leaders. He serves as a sounding board, thought partner, and a source of encouragement for leaders seeking to maximize their effectiveness.

Since its founding in 2009, Strata Leadership has pursued its mission of “Elevating Life at Work.” Each year, the professionals at Strata Leadership provide character and competence-based talent development services for hundreds of clients (non-profits, for-profits, educational institutions, and governmental agencies) throughout the United States and abroad.

In pursuit of educational, humanitarian, and religious interests, Nathan has studied or taught in Australia, Belize, China, England, Guyana, Israel, Jordan, Mexico, Russia, and Rwanda. He is passionate about developing future leaders and is the co-founder of the Presidential Leadership Institute, hosted on the campus of York College, in collaboration with the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum. He is an adjunct professor for graduate programs at York College and Oklahoma Baptist University. He is the chairperson for the Strata Center for Workplace Coaching and the co-founder of the Institute for Emerging Leaders. He is the past Chairperson of the Oklahoma Business Ethics Consortium.

Dr. Mellor earned the Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership degree from Pepperdine University, where he was a Colleagues Grant recipient. He earned the Master of Dispute Resolution degree from the prestigious Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University School of Law, where he was named a Straus Fellow. He earned the Master of Science in Education degree from Harding University while serving as the Graduate Assistant to the University President. He earned the Bachelor of Arts from Harding University, where he was elected Student Association President. Dr. Mellor has pursued postdoctoral studies through the College of Executive Coaching.

Dr. Mellor was recognized as the Executive Pilot Award recipient in 2018, the highest individual honor bestowed by the Oklahoma Ethics Business Consortium. In 2021, he was named by the Oklahoma Journal Record as one of Oklahoma’s Most Admired CEOs. He is a fellow with the Institute of Coaching, McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School Affiliate, and a member of the International Coaching Federation.

His book, "Sleeping Giants: Authentic Stories and Insights For Building A Life That Matters" is available via Monocle Press, Amazon, and Audible. He also hosts the podcast, “The Strata Leadership Show.”

Nathan lives in Edmond, Oklahoma, with his wife and two daughters.


Speaking Themes:



Speaking Topics:

Shared Mental Models-Managing for Success
Everyone has a mental model. It is the lens through which we process the world. As a leader, it is crucial to understand how mental models are shaped and formed to be able to build team unity. In this presentation, we will consider how to build a culture of respect and consistency at work. The program focuses on enhancing communication, positive reinforcement of values and addressing the root of behaviors that undermine unhealthy teams.

Everything Speaks
A core concept that helped guide and shape the creations of Walt Disney was his belief that “Everything Speaks.” Using this mindset as a source of inspiration, Dr. Mellor explores how the contributions of every person in an organization matter. He also explores how our words and actions speak volumes. Drawing upon real life examples and relevant data, it is the perfect presentation for energizing teams and building morale.  (Communication, Ethics, Leadership, Motivation/Inspiration)

Stepping Down to Greatness
The success of a leader is dictated by the success of those they are leading. A leader cannot be successful if the people they are leading are not successful. Through this program, Dr. Mellor provides inspiring stories and research that engages the heart and mind. (Ethics, Leadership, Motivation/Inspiration)

Built to Win
The difference between a winning season and a winning program is consistency. In this positive, insightful and inspiring program, Dr. Mellor provides a practical roadmap for leaders seeking to take their organizations to the next level.  (Ethics, Leadership, Motivation/Inspiration)

We live in a world of distractions. Through this program, Dr. Mellor explores how breakthroughs in the world of neuroscience are providing meaningful insights into how to train the brain for focus. The program is a breakthrough event that is extremely engaging and practical. Applicable to all, the content can be applied instantly and is a crowd favorite. (Leadership, Motivation/Inspiration)

Innovate to Accelerate
Do you feel like your organization is headed in the right direction, but needs to change its pace? Through this session, Dr. Nathan Mellor walks leaders through how to increase productivity by enhancing your organization's ability to accelerate the learning process. If you are looking for inspiration and practical insights gained by working behind the scenes with innovative leaders and companies, this program can help you reach your goals. (Leadership, Motivation/Inspiration)

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Jeremiah Shaw

Executive Vice President

Jeremiah Shaw has a genuine desire to understand others’ stories, explore their challenges, and connect with them with the development resources that support their vision.

After graduation with a BS in Industrial Safety from the University of Central Oklahoma, Jeremiah worked for Young Life, where he facilitated efforts in bringing together volunteers, businesses, non-profits, and schools for the betterment of the community. His diverse job description provided strong marketing, training, coaching, business development, and leadership skills that served him during his time in sales at Arcadia Farms, LLC. His passion for leading others only grew throughout his career, bringing him to Strata Leadership in 2017. Jeremiah is a 2021 candidate for a Masters in Organizational Leadership from York College and is currently pursuing his International Coaching Federation credentialing as a professional coach.

Jeremiah, his wife Whitney, and their three children live in Edmond, Oklahoma, where they continue to serve their community through several non-profit organizations. When not working or spending time with family, Jeremiah might be found in the wilderness, fly-fishing, hunting, mountain biking, or writing.

Contact Jeremiah today!

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Christina Hicks

Director of Marketing & Communication

Christina Hicks has been with Strata Leadership since 2017 and serves as the Director of Marketing & Communication. She is excited to positively influence others by leading a team of talented individuals supporting the mission of Strata Leadership, elevating life at work.

Having a cross-industrial and cross-functional background has helped her grow as a natural strategic and creative thinker with an uncanny ability to visualize solutions on a deeper and broader level with an open and innovative mind.

Christina and her husband enjoy spending time outside with their son kayaking, hiking, and managing their property just outside of Edmond.

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Crystal Garcia

Account Manager

Crystal Garcia is passionate about connecting with people and helping them identify and reach their personal and professional goals. As an account manager with Strata Leadership, Crystal works with the President of Strata Leadership to ensure clients have the training and development needed to become more effective leaders within their organizations and community.

Crystal attended the University of Oklahoma where she earned a BA in International and Area Studies and a Master of Human Relations. She worked at the University of Oklahoma for eleven years. During this time, she worked with the office of Educational, Training, Evaluation, Assessment, and Measurement (E-TEAM) as a Research Assistant. She went on to work in the Office of Student Life as the Director of Latino Student Programs and Services before moving to the Gallogly College of Engineering where she served as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion. Her background in higher education, community engagement, and event planning has been useful as she leads a team of event coordinators to create lasting moments of growth and development for program participants.

Crystal lives in the Oklahoma City metro where she enjoys serving others by sitting on numerous nonprofit boards and community event committees, focusing specifically on Latino community initiatives.

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Wes Martin

Manager of Leadership Development Services

Wes Martin is the Manager of Leadership Development Services for Strata Leadership. In addition to serving as an Executive Coach and Leadership Trainer himself, Wes oversees the team of Coaches, Trainers, and Consultants, empowering them to deliver world-class leadership solutions to Strata’s clientele. Wes is driven by the belief that behind every healthy team, organization and society is a leader or team of leaders who are committed to and actively seeking the wellbeing of others. For this reason, he seeks opportunities to support, celebrate and advocate for leaders at all levels, and in all walks of life.

Prior to Strata Leadership, Wes was with the Oklahoma City Thunder where he oversaw the training, development, and engagement of the team members who contribute to the #1 ranked arena for game experience in the National Basketball Association. Wes has also worked in higher education, construction and ministry, which allows him to connect with leaders from many different backgrounds and industries.

Wes holds a master's degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Colorado State University, a BS in Multidisciplinary Studies from Southern Nazarene University where he was a collegiate football player, and has received professional coach training through the Co-Active Coach Training Institute. As an Organizational Psychologist, Wes is constantly bringing the latest research in behavioral and social psychology, as well as advances in neuroscience, to help leaders, teams, and organizations create and sustain lasting positive change.

Wes enjoys reading, writing, and taking fantasy football way too seriously. He is married and they have one daughter.

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Rebekka Lucas

Manager of Operations

Rebekka is a versatile problem solver with a passion for bringing order to chaos who brings a diverse career background and a love for organization and standard operating procedures to the team. An operations professional with more than 15 years of experience in sales & marketing, training & development, and operations & administration. Rebekka is focused on the numbers, always seeking to optimize the team around her.

Rebekka is an Honors graduate of  Oklahoma City University and a licensed Realtor in Oklahoma. She is a proud parent of a brilliant kiddo with a unilateral cochlear implant and an ardent supporter of Hearts for Hearing! Her background of serving also extends to numerous non-profits serving children and the Arts throughout OKC. When not working or spending time with family, Rebekka can usually be found on a patio, searching for her next concert, or reading non-fiction.

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Ashley Glueck

Senior Graphic Designer

Ashley Glueck joined the Strata Leadership team in mid-2016. As a graphic designer, she deals with all Strata-branded products including Character Core, training and event deliverables, and all marketing & promotional materials.

Ashley grew up in Lawton, Oklahoma before moving to OKC in 2010. She graduated in 2014 earning a BFA in Communication Design with a concentration in illustration. Prior to her time with Strata, she gained experience in branding, packaging, layout, and print design working for a large corporation headquartered in Oklahoma.

Ashley enjoys numerous hobbies and artistic ventures, as well as spending time with her Boston terrier Fish, her cats Rogue and Marsha Lynch, and her husband Patrick.

Peter Arnstein

Strata Certified Coach

Peter Arnstein brings a wealth of valuable experience in corporate finance and capital markets to executive coaching for individuals, teams, and enterprises. His approach is action and outcome-oriented. Clients embrace practices that unleash their potential to get past obstacles, aim higher and surpass what they once considered not possible. The path includes identifying and clarifying goals, taking action, being accountable, and following through. Peter is known for his focused enthusiasm, insight, results orientation, and sense of humor to connect deeply and productively with clients.

Drawing upon over 30 years of investment banking experience, Peter partnered with C-suite leaders, owners, and entrepreneurs to advise on and execute strategic transactions requiring integration of a variety of subject matter and skills in a time-sensitive, high-stakes, and risk-laden environment.

Peter cultivated client relationships at Lehman Brothers and PaineWebber (now UBS) in New York, at First Union (now Wells Fargo) in Charlotte, North Carolina, and at Mesirow Financial in Chicago. He was co-head of the mezzanine investment group at GATX Capital.

Peter’s executive coaching is fueled by his interest and curiosity in developing and sustaining leadership throughout an organization and beyond. He finds executive coaching to be a tremendously challenging and fulfilling craft to continue to serve clients on a personal level with the mission of creating greater well-being for many.

Peter earned a BA in Economics from Stanford and an MBA from Wharton (University of Pennsylvania). He is certified as an Executive Coach from UC Berkeley Executive Education and the Berkeley Executive Coaching Institute. Peter’s volunteer leadership activities include pro bono coaching for students at the College of Charleston School of Business and The Citadel - the Military College of South Carolina.

Peter enjoys outdoor adventures, swimming, and biking to stay in shape, humor and comedy in a variety of forms, and reading history, biography, and fiction. Peter is married, with three grown children: two sons and a daughter.

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Michele Bridges

Certified Trainer

Michele Bridges serves as a Strata Certified Trainer and is based out of Springfield, Missouri.

Michele holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Drury University and a Master of Arts in Leadership and Organizational Behavior from Saint Louis University.   

Previously, Michele had a successful 20-year career in the Medical Sales industry where she developed a love for teaching and training. Michele loves to engage people through story and humor in hopes of leaving a lasting imprint on the culture of every company she works with. With Strata Leadership, she enjoys focusing on Leadership, Communications, Teamwork, Trust, and other topics that build the heart and spirit of a company.

Michele is married to her college sweetheart, Darin.  They have one son, Isaac, and two dogs, Radar and Hobbes.  Michele loves to explore new recipes, tear up houses and put them back together again, and has taken up hiking on the weekends.

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Bryan Coon

Certified Coach

Bryan Coon has over 40 years of experience in the business and engineering worlds. He is recognized for his extensive knowledge and ability to work with a variety of clients to meet their needs. He cares deeply for his community and works to make it a better place for businesses, families, individuals and others through his work as an engineer.

Mr. Coon is an Oklahoma City native who received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. He also attended the University of Oklahoma and is a Registered Professional Engineer and Registered Professional Land Surveyor in Oklahoma with expertise in Land Use, Planning, Zoning and Design.

Serving his community is very important to Mr. Coon and he regularly makes time to serve the organizations and institutions he supports. He has been a member of Crossings Community Church for 23 years, six of which were spend as a Church Elder. He served on the Crossings Community Clinic Board of Directors for 12 years as well as the OKC MAPS Senior Healthy Living & Fitness Board of Directors. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Leadership Foundation of Oklahoma.

Mr. Coon also enjoys collaborating with other Oklahomans through the Strata Leadership coaching program. He has been a part of the program for two years and looks forward to mentoring our City’s emerging leaders as they continue to shape our City.

Mr. Coon lives in Oklahoma City and has two children and five grandchildren. He enjoys playing golf, music, spending time with his family, singing in the Crossings Community Church choir and his grandchildren.

Dr. Susan DeWoody

Strata Certified Coach

Dr. Susan DeWoody is a first-generation college graduate, lifelong learner, solution finder, and champion for the underdog. She is an energetic educator with nineteen years of experience across higher education: recruitment, marketing, course development, academic affairs, team coaching, and leading. She is passionate about teaching, learning, mentorship, and training. She believes in the never-ending pursuit of learning and desires to inspire others to be intentional about finding their purpose.

Dr. DeWoody earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Arkansas Tech University, a master’s degree in college student personnel services from Northeastern State University, and a doctorate in educational leadership in higher education administration from Dallas Baptist University. On a personal note, she enjoys baking, shopping as a competitive sport, petting all the dogs that cross her path, and watching OU Sooner football. She has been married to Dr. Dale DeWoody (English educator and writer) for eighteen years. Together they are members at Frontline Church in Shawnee and enjoy discipleship with college-aged students. They have two dogs—Chester and Millie—who bring great joy to their lives. When Dr. DeWoody isn’t working as Provost, she enjoys investing in the lives of others and teaching graduate coursework.

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Erin Engelke

Certified Trainer

Erin Engelke is the Executive Director for Calm Waters, a nonprofit in Oklahoma City that serves children and families who have experienced loss due to death or divorce, providing free support groups and other services. She is a public speaker and trainer for Strata Leadership as well as a writer and blogger for her personal brand, Beauty in the Busyness, www.beautyinthebusyness.com.

She is frequently tapped to speak on issues relating to branding, non-profit marketing and management, but her deepest passion is empowering other working moms to resist the pull to achieve work-life balance, instead seeking a fulfilled life. Her expertise and real-life perspectives have been heard on stages across Oklahoma, most notably as a TEDx speaker in 2014. A graduate of Oklahoma Christian University, Erin serves on the Board of Trustees for The Christian Chronicle, President-Elect for the Public Relations Society of America, past president of the Association of Women in Communications, and an active member of the Junior League of Oklahoma City. Erin’s greatest pride is her family – her husband, son and two daughters.

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Kent Fahrenbruck

Consulting Partner

Kent Fahrenbruck began his time with Character First/Strata Leadership in 1997. He currently serves as a Consulting Partner for Strata Leadership. Over the past 23 years, he has worked with and trained thousands of educators, law enforcement personnel, business leaders and parents around the world to integrate life-changing character principles into their lives, families, and organizations. He is also a certified evaluator for Character.org, an organization that sponsors the National Schools of Character program.

Kent graduated from Colorado State University with a BS in Agribusiness. He spent 24 years at US West Communications as a field technician, human resource manager, dispatch supervisor, and trainer. In 1996, he moved to Oklahoma City, assuming responsibility for Character First Education, where he supervised curriculum development, teacher training, and program deployment around the world. His travels include multiple trips to China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, Mongolia, Ghana, and the Philippines.

Kent and his wife, Kathy, live in Fort Collins, Colorado. They have five grown children and fourteen grandchildren.

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Valerie Hope

Certified Coach & Trainer

Valerie Hope is a Strata Certified Trainer, Leadership Coach, Professional Speaker, and CEO of Connect to Joy, LLC. Valerie is a curious and creative learner, which has set her apart in becoming an accomplished leadership coach and professional speaker. Valerie is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business.

For the past 20 years, Valerie’s career has taken her throughout North America, Latin America, and Europe. She’s worked for Up with People, the international leadership program, the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Hyatt Corporation in roles focused on public relations, training, recruitment, and leadership development.

As CEO of Connect to Joy, LLC, Valerie asks thought-provoking questions and employs unique strategies to empower people from all walks of life. Her sessions are designed to go beyond concepts and data points, to shine a light on what has heart and meaning.

Valerie holds a BA from the University of Alabama in Public Relations and Spanish and is a Certified Executive Coach through the Berkeley Executive Coaching Institute.

As a world-traveler, Valerie has developed and transformed leaders throughout Latin America, North America and Europe to become more conscious, connected, and creative.

Valerie is a native Spanish-speaker from the Republic of Panama. She loves Latin dancing, playing tennis and she claims Dallas as her home. She has the cowboy boots to prove it.

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Toby Lavine

Strata Certified Coach

As an Executive Coach with Strata Leadership, Toby Lavine leverages his experience as an executive leader to lead his clients through a series of conversations and exercises to help them grow in their effectiveness as leaders.

Toby has spent nearly 40 years in business leadership at many different levels and industries.  His rare experience of leadership roles in educational environments, family business, private equity, and public companies has created a diverse background.  Most of his work career has been leading aerospace companies in a variety of executive management roles including President and Vice-President.

He has led a variety of companies. His experience includes launching startups, managing acquisitions, and leading negotiations on billion-dollar transactions.  He has never lost sight of his roots in South East Kansas where he and his father worked together, growing a small business into an industry leader in the aerospace industry.

Outside of business, Toby enjoys the outdoors where he spends much of his weekends on his property or taking rides on his motorcycle.  He still resides in SE Kansas and is married with two children and four grandchildren.

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Ashley McCormick

Certified Trainer

Ashley McCormick is a Strata Certified Trainer. She is known for her upbeat and high-energy presentations as well as her strong leadership skills. She has a wide variety of experience which most notably includes training, leadership, and leading project and change management. Ashley’s strong communication skills have allowed her to facilitate strategy sessions, mediate conflict and provide coaching to individuals at a variety of levels.

Ashley is currently a leader at Devon Energy in the Technology Department where she leads a team of talented individuals across a variety of areas. In her role, Ashley is most passionate about empowering the experts around her to be able to flourish and do their best work.

Ashley holds an M.Ed. in Adult Education, Training and Development from the University of Central Oklahoma and a Bachelor’s in Accounting and Management with a concentration in Human Resource Management from Drake University in Des Moines, IA. Originally from Lincoln, Nebraska, Ashley is a proud Husker fan.

A proud mother of two, Ashley enjoys spending time with her family which includes her husband, Mark, small children, Cael and Claire and two Bassett Hounds, Fred and Dodger. She can regularly be found with a book in her hands or traveling to see her friends and family that live throughout the country.

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Steven Menzel

Strata Certified Trainer

Steven Menzel is a Strata Certified Trainer. In addition to serving leaders through Strata, Steven serves as a Sales Trainer for Heartland Payment Systems located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma where he guides new employees through a two-month onboarding and sales program. Steven oversees the southeast part of the United States ranging from North Carolina to Florida and as far west as Louisiana. He is very effective in leading both experienced and inexperienced salespeople as well as transitioning people into a brand new industry. Steven enjoys taking the typical sales approach and showing his trainees how to be more relational as opposed to transactional. He imparts the ability to be an empathic listener and truly hearing with their heart. Steven also enjoys working with and encouraging leaders that are managing small to medium size teams.

Before Heartland, Steven was an Account Executive with Strata Leadership. Through his sales abilities and support, he was able to secure several large companies and assisted them with training, coaching, and leadership academies. Steven was an intricate part of delivering workshops, 1/2 day and full-day courses.

Steven holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronics Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. He also spent 12 years as a Technical Sergeant in the United States Air Force.

Steven enjoys being active through exercise, tennis, and golf. He also enjoyed cooking, traveling, and reading personal and professional development books. He has three grown children and three granddaughters.

Betty Merritt

Certified Trainer & Coach

Betty A. Merritt is a certified executive coach and experienced trainer with a passion for helping leaders discover and leverage their strengths, minimize distractions, and optimize their performance at work and in life. She specializes in leadership, employee engagement and culture building. As a Master Certified MBTI practitioner and certified facilitator of the CPI 260 and TKI Conflict Mode instruments, she has extensive experience assessing situations and delivering practical solutions through executive coaching, team building and development, opening clear communication channels and embracing conflict.

Betty has worked with leaders across the nation in sectors such as healthcare, energy, restaurant and retail, guiding them in strategic planning, cultural transformation, talent management and change management. She currently runs the internal executive coaching program for INTEGRIS Health, where she trains and mentors newly certified coaches. She also administers the Partnerships for Success employee engagement program.

She graduated with a M.Ed. in adult education and a bachelor’s degree in organizational communication from the University of Central Oklahoma. She currently serves as chapter president for the Central Oklahoma Chapter of the Association of Talent Development. She also serves on the advisory council for both the Institute of Emerging Leaders and the Center for Workplace Coaching.

An avid hiker, Betty enjoys sharing her love of the outdoors and kayaking with others, leading mini retreats that utilize the power of nature for decompression and building resilience.

Betty currently resides in Edmond, OK with her husband and three dogs. She is a voracious reader and loves to travel.

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Jamie O'Brien

Consulting Partner

With her passion for people, Jamie thrives in being a part of the growth and development of others. As the Managing Director of the Institute for Emerging Leaders with Strata Leadership, Jamie is able to pair her passions and experience to support young professionals in the development of their leadership skills.

Jamie brings a unique perspective from her diverse background in marketing, business development and wedding coordinating. By serving on various boards and committees, she has been able to invest in building community and supporting business ethics. Jamie earned her BS in Family Studies and Child Development and a minor in Biblical Studies from Oklahoma Christian University.

Through seeking opportunities to learn, grow and serve, Jamie has spent time in Austria, Italy, Greece, Mexico, Honduras, Ghana, Israel and Egypt. Jamie and her husband Preston reside in Norman with their son, Maverick.

Contact Jamie today!

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Dr. Holly Osburn

Certified Trainer

Holly K. Osburn is an Associate Professor of Management and the Director of Leadership Studies at the University of Central Oklahoma. Dr. Osburn is a 1998 graduate of Oklahoma Christian University where she received her BS in Psychology.

She received both her M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Oklahoma. Immediately after completing her Ph. D. she worked as a consultant and program manager for OU for a year before becoming an assistant professor of psychology at Oklahoma Christian University. Dr. Osburn has served as a professor of management in the College of Business at the University of Central Oklahoma since 2009 and Director of Leadership studies for the College of Business since 2011.

As the Director of Leadership studies, Dr. Osburn has created and developed a number of programs that seek to instill and develop leadership characteristics in students. One of her greatest accomplishments in this role has been establishing the Broncho Business Leader program. Commonly referred to as “2B Leaders,” the program takes 30 top undergraduates students from the College of Business and empowers them to be change agents in their communities. A second program developed under her leadership has been a Leadership Speaker Series which hosts six executive level speakers from the Oklahoma City Metropolitan area each year to talk to College of Business students about what it means to be a leader. A third impactful program designed and executed by Dr. Osburn is an event called Network It. Network It is a speed-networking event that helps students refine their networking skills in a safe environment. Dr. Osburn believes her mission is to inspire students to become individuals of positive impact in their respective communities. Her goal is to show students that through learning and implementing what they learn, they can change the world and make a difference.

Her research focuses on the areas of leadership, planning, creativity and business ethics. Her research can be found in The Journal of Creative BehaviorThe Journal of Applied Behavioral ScienceCreativity Research Journal and a recent chapter in The Handbook of Organizational Creativity.

Dr. Osburn and her husband of 16 years, Mike Osburn, a graduate of OC, have three children ages 11, 8 and 6, and live in Edmond, OK.

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Jim Priest

Senior Consulting Partner

Jim Priest is a husband, dad, attorney, author, CEO and ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene. For over thirty four years he was a trial lawyer focusing on employment and civil rights law before joining the nonprofit Sunbeam Family Services as its CEO in November 2014.  Under Dr, Priest’s leadership Sunbeam first adopted an “Employee First” culture resulting in being named one of Oklahoma’s “Best Places to Work” every year of his tenure.  Under his leadership Sunbeam also grew from a $7 million budget agency serving vulnerable Oklahomans to a $14 million agency.

Dr. Priest’s gift of communication, both verbal and written,  is well known and deeply appreciated whether it’s speaking to large audiences, facilitating small groups, or in one on one conversations.  As a speaker, coach, trusted advisor and counselor, his humor, warmth and multilateral insights have made him an innovator in both the for profit and nonprofit sectors.

As a trial lawyer for over three decades, Dr. Priest represented major corporations, governmental entities, police officers, managers, directors, corporate officers, and victims of discrimination. He tried nearly 100 lawsuits in Oklahoma and surrounding states and was a sought after legal advisor and speaker at Bar conferences.

Dr. Priest is an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene and has written three books, “Family Talk”, What is Your Fate?” and “Changed Lives, a history of Sunbeam Family Services” (co-authored with Bob Burke). He is a weekly contributor to the Oklahoman and Newsok.com writing a column called "Family Talk" that addresses issues relating to marriage, parenting and families.

Dr. Priest earned his Juris Doctorate from Syracuse University, magna cum laude and was a member of the National Championship Mock Trial Team.  He earned his Bachelor of Arts in History from Houghton College in Houghton, New York, where he was involved in student government and music outreach where he started and led a ten voice singing group that traveled throughout the northeast.

Most importantly, Dr. Priest is the husband of one, father of two, owned by a dog named Jeter, and is an elite, world class grandfather to his namesake grandson, James.

Speaking Topics:

Culture Begins with the C (Suite): How to Create a Powerful, Positive Work Culture

Nearly everyone agrees that workplace culture and organizational health are critically important, but few companies recognize the important role played by executives in the C Suite. Most often workplace culture (seen as a "soft side" issue) is left to Human Resources while the C Suite focuses on what they consider to be "hard side" aspects of the business (marketing, finance, sales, operations). In this dynamic presentation attorney and former CEO, Jim Priest explains why culture eats strategy for breakfast and how C Suite execs must and can engage in creating a positive workplace culture.

Great Employee Relations in the C*A*R*D*S: Consistency, Action, Respect, Documentation

For employers who feel like they are gambling--and losing--at employee relations, Jim Priest provides four practical recommendations and implementation ideas. A former employment attorney and CEO, Jim engages the audience with card games and card tricks that illustrate how your workplace can stop gambling and start winning with employee relations. Priest punctuates his presentation with real-life examples of employment law cases he's handled over the three decades of his law practice, as well as what he encountered as a CEO focused on "employees first". You'll laugh, you'll shake your head, and you'll leave with real-world answers to your real-world employee challenges.

Lean in or Lean out?  How to Deal with #metoo in the Workplace

In today's workplace, we live in an era of confusion, awkward interactions, and workplace dissonance caused by women who are "leaning in" while more men are "leaning out", trying to figure out the new rules of employee engagement. In this entertaining and insightful presentation, Jim Priest, former employment law attorney and CEO, provides practical pointers and frames the right attitude workers need to have in this changing environment. With plenty of real-life illustrations from his law practice and his time as CEO, Jim will provide you with real-life guidance you can use immediately.

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Nancee Roberson

Senior Consulting Partner

Nancee Roberson is a Senior Consulting Partner for Strata Leadership. In addition to her work through Strata, she currently serves as the Senior Vice President for Keenan and Associates. Keenan is a part of the Assured Partners family which has over $1.6 billion in revenue and is one of the top 10 insurance brokers in the United States. Nancee’s duties include mergers and acquisitions along with developing strategic partners across the country to develop new services to support revenue growth.

Nancee has 24-plus years in the insurance industry being the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Sales Officer at American Fidelity. Her duties included managing over 100 sales representatives and 20 managers along with internal operations. Nancee’s leadership experience has included sales, marketing, training, product development, strategy, and association partnerships. Nancee’s passion for helping others has allowed her to achieve consistent success and grow new market niches.

Nancee was an academic All -American in basketball at Harding University receiving a degree in Business Administration. Nancee also has an MBA from North Alabama University and the following degrees from American College: Registered Health Underwriter, Registered Employee Benefits Consultant, Chartered Life Underwriter, Chartered Financial Consultant, Certified Employee Benefits Specialist. Nancee also holds a degree in Chartered Leadership Fellowship through the American College.

Nancee has one son, Peyton, who is 21 and attends the University of Central Arkansas. Nancee enjoys spending time with her son and brothers and going fishing.

Reba Rose

Strata Certified Coach & Trainer

Reba Rose is a Strata Certified Coach & Trainer, social sector executive, and senior consultant with over 25 years of international experience in leadership development and organizational culture. A seasoned people leader driving talent development and change management, Reba partners with leaders and managers in building high-impact teams. Most recently Reba was the VP of People at Fair Trade USA where she focused on employee engagement and organizational culture transformation.

Reba is a Certified Executive Coach with the Berkeley Executive Coaching Institute and works as a faculty member and master coach for their executive coaching certification intensive. As a coach, Reba is a thought partner engaging clients in holistic inquiry to embrace emotional, physical, and spiritual intelligence to catalyze change. Her expertise is in offering mindfulness tools for embodying confidence and taking on leadership as a daily practice.

Invested in the development of business leaders, Reba has led leadership programs at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business, the Berlin School of Creative Leadership, Olin School of Business, and Nanyang Technological University.

Throughout her career, Reba has led strategic growth and people development both as an external consultant and internal change agent.  Reba is the founder of Stand Tall Leadership Consulting and a highly-skilled designer, facilitator, and trainer who develops customized experiential training to shift leadership behaviors, strengthen management practices and build team collaboration.  She has been the Executive Director at Destiny Arts Center, the Senior Director of Learning & Development at Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula, and the Senior Director of National Capacity Building at Community Network for Youth Development.

Reba has a Masters in Educational Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley.  She trained and performed for over 12 years as a theater and movement artist. A 3rd Degree Black Belt in Kajukenbo Martial Arts and an advanced practitioner in Way of Joy Qigong, Reba draws on a diverse range of creative practices for living in balance.

Reba grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan, then found her way to California where she put down roots.  She lives in Oakland with her family and an energetic big black dog.

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Jana Rucker

Strata Certified Coach & Trainer

Jana Rucker is a communicator, brand builder, and encourager. She has served for more than 30 years in senior leadership roles in marketing and communications and sales in telecommunications, commercial insurance, aviation, and higher education, building team culture and helping to elevate and transform brands and organizations with companies like AT&T, Sprint, Willis, Satcom Direct and Harding University. She believes in the power of collaboration and building shared vision in order to achieve the most fulfilling outcomes at work and home.
In addition to her corporate roles, Jana has spent many years in church work coordinating women’s ministries and working along with her husband in youth and church camp ministries as well as marriage mentoring. She is a frequent speaker and teacher for Christian women’s events. At work, as well as in her life, Jana's mission is to help others discern their unique gifts and live joy-filled lives of balance and fulfillment.
Jana is a graduate of Oklahoma Christian University and completed executive leadership school at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. She is a native Oklahoman, recently returning to the state after 22 years in California, Florida, and Arkansas. She and her husband of 30 years live in Oklahoma City and have two adult sons, a daughter-in-law, a goddaughter, and one god grandson. Jana loves to travel, entertain and is an avid cook and baker.
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Cmdr. Mike Wagner

Consulting Partner, SCPS

Mike Wagner joined the Boulder County (Colo.) Sheriff’s Office in 1997, becoming a sworn deputy in January 2000.  Mike currently serves as a commander in the Operations Division, where he has command authority over the Court Security Unit, Civil Unit, Public Information Unit, in addition to serving as the agency's Public Information Officer (PIO). Mike previously held assignments in administration, investigations, civil, training, and patrol.

Mike regularly teaches and consults throughout the country on topics that include leadership, ethics, train-the-trainer, decision-making, communication, use of force, training unit management and program development, and field training programs, among others. Mike has worked with Strata Leadership, and its predecessor organization, since 2004, and has served as a consulting partner since 2011.

Mike holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma, and is currently completing a Master of Science degree in organizational leadership from the University of Colorado Boulder.  Mike was born and raised in Boulder County, Colorado, where he still resides with his wife and their children.

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Lyn Watson, SHRM-SCP

Strata Certified Trainer

Lyn Watson serves as Executive Director at Crossings Community Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Watson earned the Bachelor of Arts in Journalism/Public Relations from the University of Oklahoma.

As a former business owner, Lyn is known for her creativity, enthusiasm, wisdom, and her remarkable ability to connect with others. Drawing upon over thirty years of experience in recruitment, sales, management, executive coaching and organizational development, Watson is able to provide unique insights into leadership challenges. Lyn is a popular speaker and trainer and conducts nearly 100 training programs per year. She has trained, consulted and coached with companies, non-profits and governmental agencies of all sizes throughout the United States.

In addition to being recognized as a leading businessperson, Lyn has also given back to her community. A former member of the Oklahoma City School Board, she is a community leader and volunteer who brings a passion to her work and inspires others to achieve more. In addition to being a finalist for the Journal Record Woman of the Year she was also honored by the Sales & Marketing Executives of Oklahoma for Excellence in Sales & Marketing. She served as an executive board member of the Junior League of Oklahoma City and is the former President of the Oklahoma City Chapter of the American Marketing Association. She currently serves as an Advisory Council and Faculty member for the Institute for Emerging Leaders.

Lyn and her husband Brad have two children and reside in Oklahoma City.

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Mike Wilkinson

Certified Coach

Mike J Wilkinson is a Strata Certified Coach, business developer, marketing strategist, and leader with a proven track record in building high-performing teams and cultures. He loves serving leaders and has always found himself in the role of coach, encourager, and maximizer to those around him.

Mike holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Mid-America Christian University. Mike came to Mid-America Christian University from Caracas, Venezuela on a baseball scholarship. Mike then spent nearly a decade working for his alma mater, where he quickly rose from the position of student worker up to Assistant Vice President of Enrollment Services, where he provided strategic leadership to the areas of Enrollment, Financial Services, and University Partnerships. In this role, Mike was a member of the Presidential Cabinet. In his time working for his alma mater, Mike considers his greatest accomplishment to be “the intentional development of leaders through empowerment, accountability towards growth, and fighting for their greatest good.”

Mike is committed to serving his community in various leadership capacities. He has been awarded the 40 Under 40 award in Oklahoma City, is a graduate of the Leadership Oklahoma City Young Leaders Program (LOYAL) and has served as a member of the Oklahoma City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Mike has also served his community by providing marketing and communications consulting to the Oklahoma City Police Athletic League.

Mike holds dual citizenship in Venezuela and England and lived in the United States for 15 years. This multicultural experience allows Mike to create meaningful connections with a diverse range of leaders.

Mike currently resides in London, England. He is an avid sports fan who cheers for the Oklahoma City Energy FC, Oklahoma City Thunder, Chicago Cubs, and Manchester United. Mike’s other areas of interest include U.S. Presidents, all things leadership, and vexillology. When he isn’t working, he’s likely drinking an americano at a coffee shop, reading a book, trying out a new recipe, or training for a triathlon.

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Heather Wilson

Certified Trainer

Heather Henshall Wilson, SHRM-CP, PHR, has over 19 years of diverse career experience in human resources, sales, and operations. What binds these experiences together is a strong emphasis on building great places to work through people programs, organizational effectiveness, and value-based strategies. Heather’s leadership philosophy has proven successful in building cultures of optimism and transparency and establishing a growth mindset that encourages people to find their personal and professional best. Heather understands the power of engaged employees and the things that leaders and organizations must do to recruit, retain and maximize talent to reach its full potential.

Heather entered into her career of learning and development when a CEO identified her natural gift to teach others and challenged her to build a training department to support employees and clients. She conquered it and found her passion for making an idea come to life and encouraging personal and professional growth in herself and others. Heather’s proven success opened the door for a new opportunity to join a FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® and build a sales training department. The promote from within culture allowed Heather to perform in a variety of roles that supported talent management, total rewards, marketing, sales, and operations. During her time at the 100 Best Company, she discovered her passion for creating a workplace culture that loves, cares, and supports employees. Heather took a leap into a new role and new industry when she joined a payroll company where she led the department responsible for the onboarding and implementation of over 10,000 new payroll clients annually. A company acquisition led to a leadership reorganization and a layoff. Heather turned this trial into a blessing when she launched her consulting company, SagePros, in January 2020.

Heather’s passion to serve others shines through her involvement in her community. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Allied Arts. Additionally, she shares her wisdom for motherhood and embracing the present moment as a contributing writer for the Oklahoma City Moms Blog.

Heather lives for family time with her husband, daughter, three bonus sons, and their dog, Penny. She is passionate about running and hopes to conquer her second half marathon in Fall 2021! A few of Heather’s favorite things are Oklahoma sunrises and sunsets, football Saturdays, the color pink, and coffee talk.

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