Stars of Excellence
The Oklahoma National Technical Honor Society (OkNTHS) members and advisors wish to recognize and honor the accomplishments and extraordinary contributions to the OkNTHS. The Oklahoma National Technical Honor Society Stars of Excellence was established in 2006 to celebrate the individuals making those significant contributions.
Nominations are due March 1 annually. Nominate a deserving person today.
Stars of Excellence Inductees
Brenda Cox - Inducted 2013
Central Technology Center
Brenda Cox was an educator for 44 years. She retired as a college and career counselor at Central Technology Center with 13 years of service. She has served as a counselor, business instructor at Utah Technical College, various high schools, and in adult education at Tulsa Technology Center. She is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and earned her masters degree in guidance and counseling from Northeastern State University.
Under her leadership, over 1,000 students were inducted into NTHS. She served on the Oklahoma NTHS Coordinating Council Executive Committee and in various capacities including assisting with the State Leadership Conference, Day at the Capitol and the NTHS booth at summer conference. Brenda initiated a national NTHS membership change in policy whereby when a student qualified to be a National member, the national headquarters now sends a letter of recommendation to each new inductee as part of their original membership.
Brenda feels it has been an honor and privilege to work with NTHS for the State of Oklahoma. She was quoted as saying, “We have outstanding students and I couldn’t be more proud to assist them in any way I could. Students are the most important asset in education.”
Representative Skye McNiel - Inducted 2012
Oklahoma House of Representatives
Oklahoma State Representative Skye McNiel is a product of CareerTech education. A fifth-generation Oklahoman who graduated from Bristow Public Schools, she was a proud FFA member active in leadership activities, speeches and showing and won the State Star in Agribusiness.
After high school, McNiel attended Oklahoma State University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in both agriculture communications and animal science. Upon graduation, she returned home to work on the family business, Mid America Stockyards. In 2006, at the age of 27, McNiel was elected to represent State House District 29. She continues to work at her family’s livestock auction in Bristow.
Rep. McNiel is a strong supporter of NTHS and has served as speaker for the NTHS Day at the Capitol several years, most recently in 2012.
Christy Morris - Inducted 2012
Pontotoc Technology Center
Christy Morris has been an educator for 11 years and started her career as a math and science teacher as well as a basketball and softball coach. She has spent 6 of those years as the Information Technology Instructor for Pontotoc Technology Center where she is an advisor for both Business Professionals of America and National Technical Honor Society.
She is a member of the National Technical Honor Society Coordinating and Advisory Council and her students have had the honor of implementing ideas and designing the t-shirts for the 2009, 2010 and 2011 State Leadership Conference.
Christy earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Education at East Central University and is the owner/operator of three small businesses in Ada and Sulphur, Oklahoma.
Senator Josh Brecheen - Inducted 2011
Oklahoma State Senate
Oklahoma State Senator Josh Brecheen is a product of the Oklahoma CareerTech System and strong supporter of the National Technical Honor Society. Senator Brecheen served as the keynote speaker for the 2006 and 2008 NTHS State Leadership Conferences, inspiring our students to strive for excellence.
Josh served the Oklahoma FFA Association as SE District Vice-President in 1997 and elected as State FFA President in 1998. He is a graduate of Oklahoma State University, where he earned a dual degree in agricultural communications and animal science in 2002.
Senator Brecheen was elected to the State Senate in November 2010 and represents District 6. Prior to his election to the Oklahoma legislature, Josh served almost six years as a field representative for U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D.
Ms. Becky Trent - Inducted 2011
Western Technology Center
Becky Trent has been an educator and mentor for thirty-three years. Beginning her career in elementary education, Becky eventually turned her attention to the field of career education where she is still helping to shape the leaders of tomorrow. She has been employed for the past 20 years at Western Technology Center.
In her capacity at Western Technology Center, Becky served ten years as the Equity Coordinator at the WTC/Burns Flat campus before focusing her skills as the Student Services Counselor at WTC/ Sayre. Ms. Trent earned her Bachelor of Science in Education and her Master of Education from Southwestern Oklahoma State University.
Ms. Trent has been the Chapter Advisor of the Western Technology Center/ Sayre NTHS chapter since 2001 and served as Chair of the Oklahoma National Technical Honor Society Coordinating and Advisory Council from 2008- 2009. She was instrumental in establishing the NTHS State Leadership Conference and has served on many planning committees for state NTHS events. Ms. Trent is proud to be associated with such a dynamic group of students and colleagues and encourages all to remember “You are successful the moment you start moving toward a worthwhile goal”.
Dr. Phil Berkenbile - Inducted 2010
Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education
Dr. Phil Berkenbile began his career as an agricultural education instructor. He joined the Oklahoma Department of CareerTech in 1988 as the agricultural education northwest district supervisor and curriculum specialist and served as the agricultural education assistant state supervisor. Berkenbile left the agency to become the superintendent of schools in Morrison and returned in 1999. He has served as the associate state director of educational services, chief of staff, interim state director and was named state director on January 6, 2004.
Dr. Berkenbile was the first State NTHS Liaison and has been involved with the Oklahoma National Technical Honor Society since 2002. As director of the state’s CareerTech System, he continues to be committed to its mission of promoting educational excellence and enhancing career opportunities.
Ms. Jeanne McClish - Inducted 2010
Moore-Norman Technology Center
Jeanne McClish has been a CareerTech educator for over 21 years. Ms. McClish began in the Academic Resource Center as the Coordinator of Pre-Vocational Training as the Language Specialist. Since 2005, she has served as the Student Organizations Coordinator for Moore-Norman Technology Center.
Ms. McClish has been involved with the Oklahoma National Technical Honor Society Coordinating and Advisory Council since the 2001 school year, serving as Chair during the 2003 and 2007 school years. She has been involved with the NTHS Day at the Capitol since 2001, and has been involved with the NTHS State Leadership Conference since its inception, serving as the host school and on the planning committee.
“The NTHS is an outstanding tool used in honoring our students in their academics and skill areas within the Career Tech system,” McClish said. “I am glad to have had the opportunity to work in the Career Tech System in Oklahoma and to be a part of the Oklahoma National Technical Honor Society State Advisory Council.”
Ms. Sally Madden - Inducted 2009
Western Technology Center
Sally Madden has been employed at Western Technology Center for 17 years as the Business Technology Instructor. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Education and her Master of Education from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. She is a National Board Certified Teacher.
Sally has been the advisor of Western Technology Center’s NTHS chapter since 1996. She has been the NTHS State Oklahoma Advisory and Coordinating Council Secretary since 2003. Sally is also very active in planning and implementing State NTHS activities each year.
Ms. Lanette Armentrout - Inducted 2009
Chisholm Trail Technology Center
Lanette Armentrout has been the Chapter Advisor of the Chisholm Trail Technology Center chapter since 1997. She has served two terms as State Coordinating Council Chair, and has also served as a Chapter Advisor to the National Student NTHS chair. Lanette has been the Counselor and Director of Student Services at Chisholm Trail for the past twelve years. In 1996-97, Lanette served as President of Oklahoma ACTE. She has also served as President of the Family and Consumer Sciences Division and the Guidance Division, as well as holding multiple additional positions in the state and national organization.
Ms. Patricia Kline - Inducted 2008
Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center
Patricia served as co-chair and was a founding member of the original Oklahoma National Technical Honor Society Executive-Advisory and Coordinating Council. Patricia also attended a National Planning Meeting for the NTHS in 1998.
Ms. Kline was a part of the planning and implementation of the NTHS Leadership Ropes Course/group activity and the NTHS Day at the Capitol. Patricia retired from Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center in 2004 after teaching 14 years and being in the education profession for a total of 30 years.
Ms. Jana Gaddis - Inducted 2008
Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center
Jana served as co-chair and was a founding member of the original Oklahoma National Technical Honor Society Executive-Advisory and Coordinating Council. Gaddis was a part of the planning and implementation of the NTHS Leadership Ropes Course/group activity and the NTHS Day at the Capitol.
Jana has been at Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center for 18 years and continues to chair a strong NTHS program at her school. She has held all offices throughout her tenure with the NTHS Executive Council. She has also helped plan the NTHS State Conference each year since its inception in 2007.
Ms. Sandy Wachtstetter - Inducted 2007
Moore-Norman Technology Center
Sandy Wachtstetter was honored for her outstanding contributions to the success of the NTHS Organization in our Career Tech system. In 1996, Sandy was instrumental in developing, planning and implementing the first “NTHS Day at the Capitol” in Oklahoma City. In February 2007, the 11th Annual “NTHS Day at the Capitol” was held. Sandy also served many years on the OK NTHS Advisory & Coordinating Council, serving as the 1st chair when the council was formed.
Sandy worked at Moore Norman Technology Center for 21 years as the Floral Design Instructor and as a BIS evening supervisor.
Mr. Frank Coulter - Inducted 2006
Moore-Norman Technology Center
Frank Coulter served as Superintendent of Moore-Norman Technology Center from 1979 to 2003.
While Superintendent, Mr. Coulter was involved in improving education through serving as President of the Oklahoma Association of Technology Centers, as a Trustee of the Oklahoma Teacher’s Retirement System, the Oklahoma Curriculum Improvement Council and President of the Oklahoma CareerTech Superintendents Association.
Frank Coulter served on the OK National Technical Honor Society Advisory Council beginning when the council was established in 1996 through 2003. He served in the capacity of Administration on the OK Advisory Board, as a NTHS National Board Member, then as an ex-officio National Board Member. At Moore-Norman Technology Center the school chartered with NTHS (formerly the NVTHS) in 1991. He continued to be a strong supporter of NTHS on the state level and also on the national level until his retirement in 2003. He also helped with the start of the NTHS Day at the Capitol, seeing the importance of the NTHS being a face for the excellence in Career Tech Education.
Dr. Greg Winters - Inducted 2006
Kiamichi Technology Center
Greg Winters has been a career educator for the past thirty-six years serving the past twenty-four years as superintendent of three Technology Center districts across Oklahoma.
Greg served as superintendent at Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center in Choctaw for eighteen years, served three years as superintendent of Kiamichi Technology Center and is currently in his third year as superintendent of Canadian Valley Technology Center.
While serving as assistant superintendent at Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center, he established the first chapter of National Technical Honor Society in Oklahoma in 1985. Greg was called to serve on the national board of directors in 1987 and still serves as the Historian for the national board of directors. During his tenure on the national board of directors Dr. Winters has served as national president for the organization in 1991-1992 and again in 1997-1998.
Dr. Winters has a tremendous passion for the National Technical Honor Society organization. He has seen firsthand the impact that National Technical Honor Society has had in the lives of students all across America. He understands the power of lifting up and honoring students for a job well done. Without National Technical Honor Society thousands of deserving students would go unnoticed as they take their technical skills and move forward to help build a strong America.