In Fall 2001, Oklahoma FBLA-PBL became an independent entity from the Oklahoma CareerTech system. A dedicated group of volunteer advisers were determined to keep Future Business Leaders of America and Phi Beta Lambda alive in Oklahoma. Carmen Matteson from Redlands Community College and Lisa Hudson from Bartlesville Mid High served as the first PBL and FBLA state advisers, respectively.
The local chapter advisers were determined to provide Oklahoma students with a positive, professional experience. In the spring of 2002, Carmen retired from RCC and Linda Morgan from Eastern Oklahoma State College was selected as the PBL state adviser. In the spring of 2005, Lisa Hudson moved to Kansas, and Linda Morgan became FBLA-PBL state adviser for Oklahoma. In 2013, Linda Morgan retired as Oklahoma FBLA-PBL State Adviser and Sarah Chabinak from Oklahoma State University became state adviser. In 2014, Andrew Ford of Tulsa Community College-Metro was named state adviser. Andrew resigned in 2016 and Lacey Haines of Drumright High School became state adviser.
Oklahoma FBLA-PBL is unique in that the three student levels—FBLA Middle Level, FBLA, and PBL—work as one unit to provide opportunities for students and advisers.
The Oklahoma chapter hosts two conferences each year—State Fall Leadership Conference, a one–day event hosted by a local chapter and the State Leadership Conference, held in the spring at which members may compete for the honor of representing Oklahoma at the National Leadership Conferences and new state officers are elected.
The Oklahoma chapter receives no state or federal funding and relies on donations from businesses and individuals to carry out state activities. It is through the dedication of volunteers and local chapter advisers that Oklahoma FBLA-PBL continues to be a powerful, productive, progressive force.
Each year, a dedicated group of state officers work with the state staff to make membership in FBLA-PBL one of the highlights of students’ educational experiences.
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