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The Oklahoma Statewide Virtual Charter School Board members are appointed by the Governor of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Senate President Pro Tempore, or the Oklahoma Speaker of the House.

Robert Franklin - First Congressional District

Robert Franklin

  • Oklahoma Statewide Virtual Charter School Board Vice-Chairman
  • Tulsa Technology Center Associate Superintendent for Student Affairs
  • Prior to service at Tulsa Technology Center, held teaching and leadership positions at Sand Springs Schools for 29 years including special education teacher, principal, Title IV Director and assistant superintendent
  • Co-founder of Make Promises Happen, a camping and therapeutic recreational program for individuals with special needs

Contact: Robert.Franklin@.ok.gov | 405.522.8699


Phyllis Shepherd - Second Congressional District

Phyllis Shepherd

  • Oklahoma Statewide Virtual Charter School Board Clerk
  • Middle school math director
  • Thirty (30) years of education experience
  • Graduate of Northeastern Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma State University, and the University of Arkansas
  • Member of the American Quarter Horse Association and American Limousin Association
  • Member of Oklahoma Education Association, National Education Association, and Oklahoma Retired Teacher Association

Contact: Phyllis.Shepherd@.ok.gov | 405.522.7641

Mathew Hamrick - Third Congressional District

Mathew Hamrick

  • Received B.A. in Political Science from the University of Central Oklahoma; completing graduate studies in Public Administration   
    • Currently employed with the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health
    • Prior to joining state service, was a consultant with an international educational not-for-profit foundation traveling to universities throughout the United States and Canada providing training to student groups in organizational behavior, leadership development and finances


Contact: Mathew.Hamrick@.ok.gov | 405.522.0837

Dr. Ethan Lindsey - Fourth Congressional District

Dr. Ethan Lindsey

  • Board certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who has been in practice for thirty (30) years
  • Medical Director of Positive Changes, an organization that provides community based partial hospital services to children and adolescents




Contact: Ethan.Lindsey@.ok.gov | 405.522.0930

John D. Harrington - Fifth Congressional District

John D. Harrington

  • Oklahoma Statewide Virtual Charter School Board Chairman
  • Received B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Management from Oklahoma State University
  • CEO of Funds For Learning, a nationwide consulting firm that specializes in regulatory compliance with the federal E-rate funding program for schools and libraries, since 1997
  • Volunteers as the Vice-chair of Great Expectations, a not-for-profit organization that provides school district leadership training and classroom professional development for educators
  • Before joining Funds For Learning, was a Telecommunications Analyst for Monte R. Lee & Co., where he conducted preliminary design and cost estimates, traffic estimates, and system optimization for telecommunications networks


Contact: John.Harrington@.ok.gov  | 405.522.0819

Joy Hofmeister - State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Ex-officio nonvoting member

Michael Rogers - Secretary of State and Education

Ex-officio nonvoting member

Rebecca Wilkinson - Executive Director, SVCSB

Rebecca Wilkinson

  • Received M.A. in School Leadership from the University of Central Oklahoma and Ed.D. from Oklahoma State University
  • Assumed SVCSB Executive Director role in January 2015
  • Prior education experience includes serving as a K-12 Superintendent; Director of Planning, Research, and Assessment; Director of Curriculum and Instruction; Director of Gifted Education; principal; and teacher at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, as well as in undergraduate and graduate programs
  • Consulting experience includes the areas of standards alignment, teacher evaluation, school finance, and school improvement
  • Quote: “There are a number of Oklahoma students whose academic needs can best be served through online learning opportunities. While face-to-face education is appropriate for most children, there are families who can benefit from online and blended learning pathways.”

Contact: Rebecca.Wilkinson@svcsb.ok.gov | 405.522.3240