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Members serve unpaid staggered five-year terms.

Blake Virgin
Blake Virgin, Chairman
Norman

Blake Virgin attended the University of Oklahoma and graduated from the Oklahoma College of Law in 1981. He is the Presiding Judge of the Municipal Court of the City of Moore.  He currently serves as chairman of the Workers Compensation Advisory Council, and is a former president of the Pioneer Multi-County Library System.  

Mr. Virgin is a member of the board of Thunderbird Clubhouse, an organization assisting adults living with and recovering from mental illness.  Blake and his wife Cindy live in Norman, Oklahoma.  They have two adult children, Jeff Virgin, who is an Assistant District Attorney for Cleveland County, and Emily Virgin, who is a student of the Oklahoma College of Law.

Mr. Virgin was appointed to the Oklahoma Lottery Board of Trustees in 2008. He has served as Vice-Chairman and currently serves as Chairman.


James C. Orbison
James C. Orbison, Vice-Chairman
Tulsa

Mr. Orbison was born in Enid, Oklahoma and is a 1961 graduate of Enid High School. He attended Oklahoma State University and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Tulsa in 1966, where he majored in Political Science and History. He graduated from the University of Tulsa College of Law in 1968 and was admitted to the Oklahoma Bar that year.

Mr. Orbison served two years in the U.S. Army, beginning October, 1968, and received two Bronze Star Medals while with the 196th Infantry Brigade, Americal Division, in the Republic of Vietnam.

He is a senior shareholder of Riggs, Abney, Neal, Turpen, Orbison
& Lewis, one of Oklahoma’s largest law firms, having offices in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and Muskogee Oklahoma, and in Denver, Colorado.
He is a member of the Tulsa County, Oklahoma and American Bar Associations, and his primary practice areas are banking, business and finance, corporate trust and public service.

Mr. Orbison’s community involvement is reflected in the numerous boards he has served on.  He is the Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Tulsa County Public Facilities Authority (the Tulsa State Fair Board), a Director of the Tulsa Historical Society, a Trustee of the Oklahoma State University Lew Wentz Foundation and a Director of the Friends of the Tulsa Fairgrounds Foundation.

Mr. Orbison is a former Chairman of the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority, Vice Chairman and Director of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Topeka, Director of the University of Tulsa, College of Law Alumni Association, and Director of the Tulsa Boys Home. He has also served as a Director of several Tulsa banks, as well as the Tulsa County Bar Association, Downtown Tulsa Unlimited and the Tulsa Regional Center Foundation.

In 2005, Mr. Orbison was appointed as the first Chairman of the Oklahoma Lottery Commission’s Board of Trustees and served as Chairman through December of 2007. He served as Secretary through 2013. He currently serves as Vice-Chairman.


George R. Charlton, Jr.
George R. Charlton, Jr., Secretary
Tulsa

R. Deane Wymer
R. Deane Wymer, Treasurer
Fairview

Cindy Ball
Cindy Ball, Trustee
Muskogee

Cindy Ball attended the University of Oklahoma, where she obtained both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education. She has worked as a classroom teacher in several Oklahoma communities and is currently a fourth grade teacher at the Sadler Arts Academy in the Muskogee Public School system. She has received numerous awards and honors for excellence in teaching including Muskogee teacher of the year, Oklahoma Teacher of the Year, Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Teacher of the Year and University of Oklahoma Career Educator Award. Other prior career endeavors include working as a Field Representative/Campaign manager for Congressman Mike Synar and running her own special events consulting firm.

Ms. Ball is committed to her community and has served on numerous boards including the Oklahoma Special Olympic, Lake-Wood Girl Scouts, March of Dimes, Methodist Boys Ranch, CROPWALK, and Muskogee Meals on Wheels.  She is a member of the First United Methodist Church, where she has held various chairmanships and is a past member of the Board of Trustees.

Ms. Ball was appointed to the newly formed Board of Trustees for the Oklahoma Lottery Commission in 2005, and served as Board Secretary through December of 2007. Currently Ms. Ball serves as a Trustee.


Charlotte Edwards
Charlotte Edwards, Trustee
Oklahoma City

Charlotte Edwards received her bachelor’s degree in Business Education, Economics/Marketing from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Weatherford and her Masters degree in Distributive Education from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater where she also completed post-graduate work in Educational Administration and Occupational and Adult Education.  She was named a Certified Association Executive by the American Society of Association Executives.

Ms. Edwards is a Life-Member of the Oklahoma Society of Association Executives and the Oklahoma Association of Career and Technology Education (formerly Oklahoma Vocation Association). Ms. Edwards was a member of Leadership Oklahoma Class VI and continues to be active in that organization.  During her career she participated in the Association of Career and Technical Education, American Society of Association Executives, Oklahoma Academy for State Goals, Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce, National Executive Directors Association for Career and Technical Education, Oklahoma Commission on Education Administration and Oklahoma Education Coalition.  She has served as president of the National Association of Executive Directors in CareerTech, Oklahoma Society of Association Executives, Oklahoma Vocational Association and Oklahoma Association of Distributive Education. 

During the course of her career, Ms. Edwards has received numerous awards and honors, the Award of Merit from the Oklahoma Women in Educational Administration, Oklahoma Education Leadership Academy, Meritorious Service Award for the Oklahoma Association of the Advancement of Black Americans in Vocational Education, OSAE’s Association Professional of the Year, Oklahomans for Career Tech People Builder Award, OSAE’s George Nigh Executive of the Year Award and Oklahoma ACTE Francis Tuttle Career Excellence Award.  She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma City Community Literacy Centers where she co-chaired the Private Reserve fundraising event in 2005.  She was a registered lobbyist from 1986 to 2005.

Governor Henry appointed Ms. Edwards to a three-year term on the Board of Trustees of the Oklahoma Lottery Commission in January 2007, where she currently serves as a Trustee.

William Paul, Vice Chairman
William G. Paul, Trustee
Oklahoma City

Mr. Paul graduated from the University of Oklahoma (B.A., 1952) with numerous honors and awards.  At the University of Oklahoma College of Law (LL.B., 1956) Mr. Paul was a member of the prestigious and exclusive academic societies of the Order of the Coif and the Order of the Barristers, and was on the Board of Editors for the Oklahoma Law Review. 

Mr. Paul serves as counsel attorney for Crowe & Dunlevy in Oklahoma City.  His areas of practice encompass alternative dispute resolutions, commercial transactions, corporate governance, and trusts and estates law. 

He has served as president of both the Oklahoma and American Bar Associations, the American Bar Endowment, the Oklahoma County Bar Association, and the National Conference of Bar Presidents, just to name a few.  Mr. Paul was also the former Senior Vice-President and General Counsel for the Phillips Petroleum Company.

Mr. Paul was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2003, and is a member of the University of Oklahoma Alumni Hall of Fame.  He received the President’s Award from the American Bar Association, as well as the Spirit of Excellence Award for his commitment to diversity in the legal profession.  The Oklahoma Bar Association honored him with the esteemed Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000 and he is listed in The Best Lawyers in America (Alternative Dispute Resolution).

Mr. Paul’s community involvement reflects his dedication to Oklahoma City.  He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Gilcrease Museum and was president of both the OU Alumni Association and the Bizzel Memorial Library Society.  He has worked with the United Way, Red Earth, Inc., and the Westminster Presbyterian Church.  In addition to his community contributions, he served the nation as a colonel in the U.S. Marine Corp.

Mr. Paul was appointed to serve as a member of the Oklahoma Lottery Board of Trustees in 2005, serving as Chairman in 2008, 2009 and 2010. He currently serves as a Trustee.


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