Oklahoma City, Okla. (May 12, 2019)- Governor Kevin Stitt today released the following statement praising the Senate Committee on Education for approving four Board of Education nominees:
“I applaud the Senate Committee on Education for moving forward my administration’s nominations to the State Board of Education. Each new member is a qualified leader and passionate about ensuring Oklahoma’s children all have access to a Top Ten education system. I have full faith they will serve our state well, and I look forward to their confirmation before the full senate.”
The votes for the board members were as follows:
Estela Hernandez: 13 to 3
Jennifer Monies: 10 to 6
Brian Bobek: 15 to 0
Kurt Bollenbach: 15 to 0
Carlisha Williams Bradley and William Flanagan were approved by the full Senate earlier this month.
Jennifer Monies currently serves as the Senior Director of Public Affairs for Saxum. Prior to this, she worked as a political reporter at The Oklahoman in Oklahoma City and Congressional Quarterly in Washington, D.C. She served in a press and policy advisory role for Speaker of the House Chris Benge and then Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman. She built the State Chamber of Oklahoma's Communication Department from scratch and managed internal and external communications and marketing for the pro-business organization. Before joining Saxum, she most recently ran an education nonprofit for over four years, advocating for improvement in Oklahoma's PK-12 education system. Jennifer lives in the urban core of Oklahoma City with her husband and two children. She has served on the Community Advisory Board of her neighborhood elementary school and currently serves on the board of her son's school. She holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Texas and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Central Oklahoma.
Estela Hernandez has been in the Construction and Real Estate business for 15 years as a small business owner and a licensed Realtor with Keller Williams. Hernandez is also known for her role in Oklahoma politics, serving as Vice President of Engagement for the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, Vice Chairman of the Oklahoma Republican Party, and Commissioner on the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women. She has served as School Board Member and is a former Spokeswoman for Mundo-Fox Oklahoma City. Due to her professional and civic accomplishments, she has received multiple awards, and serves on various boards. She holds a B.A. in Business Administration with a concentration in International Business. Hernandez has been married for 17 years and is the mother of three children, who attend school at Putnam City School District, OKC Public School District, and Epic Charter Schools.
Brian Bobek currently helps manage the largest global account for BP Lubricants, where he has worked for over 18 years. Devoted to his work, Bobek has fervently traveled the United States for a vast majority of his career, landing accounts in multiple regions. Bobek spearheads local outreach at Capitol Hill High School. He provides snacks for the teams before games, mentors teenagers through hardships and hosts their annual All Sports Banquet. In addition he created a free ACT prep night, open to any student in the area struggling with test anxiety and preparedness. He also devotes his resources to the community by partnering with Tulsa Hope Academy, which provides a new opportunity to students who have been in the criminal justice system, homeless, addicted to drugs, abused or need someone to assist in getting them back on the right track. Bobek and his wife, Toni, reside in Oklahoma City, and together they have four children and one grandchild. Born and raised in Oklahoma, Bobek is a product of Tulsa Public Schools, having attended Tulsa Edison High School. He received his bachelor’s degree from The University of Oklahoma.
Kurt Bollenbach currently serves as an oil and gas operator for Teocalli Exploration, LLC, where he manages approximately 500 wells in northwest Oklahoma. Prior to working in the oil and gas industry, Bollenbach served as an attorney at a variety of legal offices, including Harrison & Mecklenburg, and the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. Upon completion of Officer Basic Course in 2006, Kurt was stationed in Heidelberg, Germany where he acted as general counsel for Commanders, provided legal assistance to Service members, and acted as a military claims officer. Kurt received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University in 2002 and completed law school at the University of Oklahoma in 2005. Bollenbach resides in Kingfisher with his wife and two children, who attend Kingfisher Public Schools.
William E. “Bill” Flanagan is currently the Mayor of Claremore, Oklahoma. Mr. Flanagan, a retired certified public accountant and personal financial specialist has owned and operated a public accounting firm, specializing in individual, small business and corporation tax, as well as personal financial consulting for 35 years. He served many years on the Claremore Park Board and previously served on Claremore’s City Council. In addition, Mr. Flanagan served as President for the Board of Directors, Hope Harbor Children’s Home for over 20 years. In 2004, he was named Claremore’s Citizen of the Year; and the Claremore Chamber of Commerce honored him with the 2014 Career Achievement Award. He has served as a board member for the Rogers State University Foundation in addition to serving on various other local and state boards in leadership roles. Mr. Flanagan earned a bachelor’s degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University, and was licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in 1975. He and his wife Mary Lou have three children and four grandchildren.
Carlisha Williams Bradley currently serves as the Executive Director for Impact Tulsa. Bradley is also the Founder and CEO of Women Empowering Nations. A leader in the Tulsa and Oklahoma education community, Bradley previously worked as the Executive Director for Tulsa Legacy Charter Schools and the Schools Systems Leader Fellow & Senior Consultant at Tulsa Public Schools. She also served as the Regional Vice-President at Lighthouse Academics and worked as an 8th Grade Math Teacher and KIPP Through College Director at KIPP Reach College Preparatory. Bradley holds a Bachelor of Arts in African & African-American Studies and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship & Venture Management from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University.