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April 12, 2014

Will Rogers Memorial Foundation elects new officers


Steve Turnbo, Tulsa public relations executive with a long-time involvement with the Will Rogers Memorial in Claremore, has been elected Will Rogers Memorial Foundation president. 
His connection to the Memorial dates to 1998 when he was named to the Memorial Commission, a gubernatorial appointment. He was vice chairman and served until resigning in 2013 to take an appointment on another state board. He has been on the Foundation board since its formation.
Other new leaders are Beth Bovaird, vice president; Jody Jill McIntyre, secretary; and Carl S. Milam, treasurer. Bovaird and McIntyre live in Tulsa, Milam lives in Oklahoma City. 
All have powerful connections to Will Rogers and the Memorial Museum and all were involved in The Event, a successful fall 2013 fund-raising.
In addition to new leaders, Larry Gatlin, singer-songwriter who was cast as Will Rogers in The Will Rogers Follies: A Life in Revue, has accepted an appointment to the Foundation board.
Turnbo began his career as sports information director at The University of Tulsa, where he graduated with a bachelor of science degree. He joined a prominent Oklahoma advertising agency, a career which evolved into forming his own public relations firm in 1981. He later merged with Schnake and Associates, Inc., forming Schnake Turnbo Frank, where he now serves as chairman emeritus. 
A leader in public relations, business and civic affairs throughout Oklahoma, he has long been involved in Rogers County. He worked with the agency promoting the Tulsa Port of Catoosa and the group successful in purchasing the then city-owned Claremore hospital.
His most recent civic involvement include TU trustee,  and Chairman of Oklahoma Academy, Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce, and Metropolitan Tulsa Chamber of Commerce. He is on the board of Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice and a member of the LIFE Senior Service advisory board.

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