Kathy Snider, Chair
Kathy is a native of Duncan, having graduated from Duncan High School. She attended William Woods College (Fulton, MO) for two years and completed her Bachelor of Science degree at Oklahoma State University. After graduation, she was manager and partner in two clothing stores in Stillwater; she then moved back to Duncan where she worked as a dental assistant and receptionist. She then had the privilege of becoming a stay-at-home mom.
Kathy is very involved in the community. Past memberships include: Jaycee Jaynes, Beta Sigma Phi, original Simmons Center Foundation board, Duncan Public Schools Foundation board, first Project Graduation committee, United Way of Stephens County. Current involvement includes: Kelita Study Club, PEO, Aequalis Study Club, her church, First Christian Church and from 1995 to now, President and co-Chairman of Duncan’s local “Toy Shop”.
Kathy has been married to her husband, Terry, for over 45 years. They have two children, Jeanne Gregston and Stephen Snider and four grandchildren.
Lauren Nitschke, Vice-Chair
Lauren has had a long career as a design professional, specializing in signage, donor recognition
graphics and wayfinding. After graduating from Texas A&M’s College of Architecture with an Environmental Design degree, she worked in the Dallas office of HOK, Inc. then started her own firm where she remains today in partnership with her husband of 41 years, Gary.
Lauren’s passion for wellness began in the 80s when she tackled her own health challenges, as well as those of her two children, earning certification as a Group Exercise Leader from the Cooper Clinic in Dallas. She taught aerobics and aquatics classes and did personal training while becoming more educated in nutrition and preventative strategies. In 2008, she and her husband founded Nitschke Natural Beef, LLC, Waurika, Oklahoma, raising and providing American Grassfed Association Certified Grassfed beef to both the retail grocery market and direct to consumers. They made the permanent move to their ranch, the Circle N, in Jefferson County in 2013.
In addition to managing the marketing side of NNB and her roles in their graphics business, Lauren is a wine consultant for Scout & Cellar Clean-Crafted™ wines, serves on the board of the Jefferson County Development Authority and Waurika Chamber of Commerce, is past president of the Waurika Sorosis Club (GFWC) and site coordinator for Waurika Girls on the Run. She and Gary have recently designed and built a new home on the ranch, where Lauren loves to tend and expand their organic garden and landscaping.
Gary and Lauren have 2 married children and 2 grandchildren and love spending as much time with their family as possible at the ranch, in Dallas, Fort Collins, CO and wherever the travel whims take them.
Bill Bradley, Secretary/Tresurer
Bill has always wanted to be an accountant. He was born and raised in Duncan, and after graduating high school, he pursued his accounting degree at Cameron University. He graduated with his Bachelors of Accounting in 1993 and went to work for a local CPA firm. He has worked at the same firm for the past 25 years and is now a partner at Ferguson, Redelsperger and Bradley, PC.
Bill dedicates his time to many boards and philanthropies in the Duncan area. He has served as treasurer on many boards of directors, including the Duncan Jaycees, Youth Services of Stephens County, Duncan Public School Foundation and Duncan Chamber of Commerce. For 25 years, he has organized or assisted in the Jaycees/Rotary Christmas Auction, raising money to help clothe children in need.
Bill married Allison in 2007, and they raised three children, Jenna, Kathryn and Jordan. They had their first grandson in 2018.
Chris graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and a Minor in Spanish. In 2008, he married Katie and, in 2009, moved to Duncan to be close to family.
They have three children: Keller, Canon, and Maggie Jane, who keep them very busy with sports, dance, and academics.
In addition to his children’s activities, Chris also serves on the Duncan Public School Foundation and Simmons Center Foundation boards of directors and as a deacon at First Baptist Church Duncan.
He has worked for State Farm Insurance Company for 14 years as an agent here in Duncan for the last ten years.
Barbara was born and raised in Duncan. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.S. in Clinical Dietetics and a Masters of Business Administration. After a short career in Dietetics and moving back to Duncan, Barbara became the Executive Director of the McCasland Foundation in 1995.
Barbara has been involved in many community activities including Duncan Public Schools Foundation, First United Methodist Church, Boy Scout Troop 4417, P.E.O., Traditional Study Club, Philomathic Club and Duncan High School Athletic Booster Clubs, serving as president of Tennis Boosters currently. She is a founding board member and current Treasurer of the On the Chisholm Trail Association. She also serves as trustee for the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Oklahoma United Methodist Foundation, Cameron University Foundation, Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence and the Bizzell Library Society.
Barbara married Rick Braught in Duncan in 1991 and with persuasion, he moved home with her in 1994 to pursue a career with Investors Trust Co and raise their two boys Jack and Grant. Barbara and Rick are also the owners of the Territory Golf and Country Club.
Melissa Hurst, MD
Dr. Hurst was born and raised in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. After graduating from high school, she attended the University of Oklahoma and Universidad de Jaume I in Spain. She earned degrees in both Biomedical Science Zoology and Spanish. She was also a member of the OU women's tennis team from 2003-2007. Upon completion of undergraduate schooling, she returned to Oklahoma to attend Medical School at OU Health Sciences Center and then on to Great Plains Family Medicine residency program at Integris Hospital where she served as chief resident of the program. Upon graduation, Dr. Hurst and her family have come to Duncan where they now call home. She enjoys serving the community in Stephens County through her full spectrum family medicine practice including everything from newborns and pregnancy to end of life care. She and her husband have been blessed with four children. Dr. Hurst enjoys playing with her children, traveling, and running in her free time.
Geoff serves as Senior Vice President and Trust Officer with BancFirst Trust and Investment Management and has primary responsibilities in retirement plan services, investment management, and personal trust administration. He has been in the financial services industry for over 18 years.
Geoff received his Bachelors of Business Administration degree from the University of Central Oklahoma. He is a Certified Trust and Financial Advisor, graduating with honors from Cannon Financial Institute in 2010. He also holds the designation as a Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist, completing those requirements through the College for Financial Planning in 2014.
Geoff currently serves as the treasurer for the Beautiful Day Foundation, is a Chisholm Trail Kiwanis Club member, and is a board member for the Duncan Public Library. He is also a graduate of Leadership Duncan Class XX.
Geoff has been married to his high school sweetheart Michele for over 15 years. They have two wonderful children, Ava and Sam.
Leigh was born in Norman and raised in Duncan, Oklahoma. She graduated from Duncan High School and attended Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas - graduating Summa Cum Laude in 1999 with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. Leigh taught elementary music in the Fort Worth area before changing career paths to run her start-up business, Distinctive-Decor.com, full time. Leigh has owned and operated Distinctive-Decor.com for 20 years.
Leigh volunteers her time to several organizations in the Duncan area. She currently serves as the President of Duncan Little Theatre, Vice-President of Business Development for the Duncan Chamber of Commerce, and serves on the Duncan Regional Hospital Health Foundation Board.
Leigh has been married to Marcus McEntire, owner of Whitten Insurance and Oklahoma State Representative for House District 50, for 23 years. They have two children, Ian and Ainsley.
I graduated from Velma Alma High School in 1976. I began working at Citizens’ Bank in Velma after graduation and remained there for 10 years. I started in the bookkeeping department and was a Vice President when I left. It was a small bank, which allowed me to learn many aspects of the banking business instead of specializing in one particular area.
I married my husband, Ronnie, in 1986. Together we have 4 children, Jason, Shay, Ashlee, and Cole. We also have 5 grandchildren and love spending time with them. We formed Orr Enterprises, Inc. in 1991, a
Plug & Abandon Service in the Oilfield. Both of our boys work for the company full time, and the girls assist part-time with clerical duties.
We love spending time with our family; traveling, OSU Sports and watching our grandchildren compete and perform in their elective activities.
James Petersen, DO
Dr. James Petersen and his wife, Rebekah, have five children ages 20 months to 12 years. They moved to Duncan when he finished his residency to practice Emergency Medicine. One major reason they moved here was to be closer to his family as his mother battled cancer. She passed away in May after a five year battle with metastatic colon cancer. They plan on continuing to raise their family here in this great community.
Dr. Petersen completed his prerequisites for medical school at Brigham Young University and Oklahoma State University. He graduated from Oklahoma State University College of Health Sciences and completed his four-year residency at Freeman Hospital in Joplin, MO.
He has worked as a physician in many emergency departments part-time and currently works full time at DRH and part-time at CCMH. He has been a medical director for Nevada Regional Medical Center (Missouri) emergency department, DRH emergency department, JCH emergency Department, and multiple EMS (ambulance, fire, and educational) services. I enjoy teaching paramedics, PA students, medical students, and residents. When not working, he enjoys spending time with his family and traveling.
Katherine Cox Rogers
I was born In Duncan to Mary Frances and Quanah Cox and attended school here. I also attended Cameron College. I have two siblings, Ed Cox and wife D’Ann and Beth Cowan and husband Robert. My father passed away in 2012 but the rest of us are proud to call Duncan home. I have one son, Josh Rogers. His wife Kendall, and their children, Carson, 12 and Lyla, 10, live in Norman. Josh is Vice-President of Operations at the YMCA.
My employment history includes 12 years at First Presbyterian Church, 4 years at Duncan Regional Hospital in Human Resources and 20 years as Administrative Assistant at Don Grantham Funeral Home.
Family and Community are priority for me. I am a member of First Christian Church where I have served as a deacon and in the choir. I currently chair The Care Ministry Team and co-chair the CWF F.O.C.U.S. (Friends Offering Care Unity & Support) group. I’ve served on the boards of and been involved for many years with Duncan Little Theatre and the Duncan Arts Council. I’ve served on committees and assisted with the DRRHF Gala and Ladies Luncheon the past 11 years. I am currently serving with the Beautiful Day/Kindred Community Widows Program. One of my proudest honors was to be the first recipient of the DRHHF “Friends of the Foundation” in 2015.