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Board Members

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

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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

PHYLLIS SHEPHERD - SECOND Congressional District

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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

Mathew Hamrick - Third Congressional District

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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

Barry Beauchamp - Fourth Congressional District

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Former Superintendent of Schools in Lawton, Oklahoma

Served on the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation, Education Advisory Council, Governor’s Task Force for the Prevention of Teenage Pregnancy, OETA Foundation Board of Directors, and Governor’s Task Force on Creating Administrative Efficiencies

Currently serves on the Board of Directors for Great Expectations and National Association of Federally Impacted Schools

2005 Oklahoma School Public Relations Association Administrator of the Year

2010 Legends of Crossroads Award Recipient for work with early childhood education

John D. Harrington - Fifth Congressional District

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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

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

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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.”