Board of Directors & Staff
Board of Directors
Jo Ellen Clow, president, is the retired Fine Arts Coordinator for the Broken Arrow Public Schools. Jo has always enjoyed the rich history of the Broken Arrow community so when the museum announced the need for volunteer docents she was one of the first to sign up. She enjoys being a board member because it allows her to contribute to the vision and planning for the museum as it continues to offer new programming and educational venues.
Ed Carlton, treasurer, is a third-generation Oklahoman and an 18-year resident of Broken Arrow. He is an active member of St. Stephen's United Methodist Church and Starlight Civitan Club. A retired community banker, Ed and his wife Karen have two daughters.
Ina Dilldine is a 1956 Broken Arrow graduate. She is retired from Broken Arrow Public Schools and enjoys spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She is a volunteer for the Behind the Fence Redeeming Love Prison Ministry.
Amy Leet is a new addition to our board in 2016. She is a residential realtor with Keller Williams Realty and enjoys spending time with her husband and their two daughters.
Dr. Pamela Fly has lived in Broken Arrow for the past nine years and currently serves as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Northeastern State University where she oversees curriculum, faculty development, distance education, academic partnerships and general education. She serves as a peer reviewer in regional accreditation processes and is a member of several state committees related to distance education. An educator in K-12 and higher education for more than 35 years, she also volunteers with Leadership Broken Arrow. She and her husband Mark have two adult children.
Becky Wood recently moved to Broken Arrow from Virginia, where she worked and volunteered at historical house museums and served as a preservation consultant. Raised in Texas and extensively-traveled as a Navy wife, Becky and her husband are settling in Oklahoma near family. With degrees and experience in architecture, historic preservation and business, Becky is looking forward to sharing her passion for history and preservation with the community.
Sean McKee, vice president, is a Mortgage Loan Officer at First Mortgage Company Tulsa. He is a 2015 graduate of Leadership Broken Arrow. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his new bride, Stephanie.
Kris Hadley, secretary, has lived in Broken Arrow with his wife since 1998. He enjoys helping out in the community and volunteering his time at the museum. When he's not at home, he's a marketing professional for TTCU The Credit Union. His hobbies include cycling, keeping up with Oklahoma State sports and spending time with his wife and two children.
Larry Pennington, immediate-past president, lives in Broken Arrow and is a proud 1963 graduate of Broken Arrow High School. Locals call him Mr. Main Street because he always knows what is going on around town. During his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife Linda and their grandchildren as well as tinkering with his trains.
LaDonna Ross was born, raised and currently resides in Broken Arrow. She is the owner of The Village Health Care Center, Wings Nurse Aid Training and Hometown Hospice. She is the past president of Oklahoma Health Care Providers and a board member of the Green Country Health Care Association.
Natalie Scrimsher has lived in Broken Arrow for 28 years. She enjoys volunteering in the community of Broken Arrow and has grown to love the rich history. Natalie and her husband Mike have two grown daughters.
Rob Whitlock brings outstanding leadership and business management skills with powerful communication and interpersonal abilities. He has substantial customer profitability experience as well as exceptional knowledge of processes and systems to support and ensure all operational metrics are met and exceeded. Rob has a comprehensive background surrounding sales and budgetary activities for large companies with extensive expertise managing multiple large, complex, multi-application and multi-system initiatives.
Rob is extensively involved in many organizations and holds memberships and board roles in many chambers, committees and boards within the community. In his personal life, he has a loving wife and 3 children. He enjoys fly fishing, the beach and any outdoor activity.
Lori Lewis, Executive Director
As a child, Lori was encouraged to pursue her love of history and the arts by her grandmother. After graduating from Tulsa Union High School, she attended Southeastern Oklahoma State University. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts. She earned her Masters of Arts from Northeastern State University in 2011. While pursuing her degree in the American Studies program, she was an intern at the Museum. After graduating she became a member and continued to volunteer at the Museum. She became employed by the Museum in 2012 and continues to work here today. She holds memberships in the Oklahoma Museum Association, the Oklahoma Historical Society and other professional organizations that promote and support historic preservation.
Lori is active in the Broken Arrow community. She serves as an Ambassador for the Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce. She is also a board member for Keep Broken Arrow Beautiful and the Main Street Merchants Association. She is also a member of the Bring Back the Roses Committee and the Starlight Civitans. She is a 2014 Leadership Broken Arrow graduate and the 2015 Volunteer of the Year for the Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce. In 2016, she will begin serving on the Oklahoma Museum Association board of directors.
Lori married Jon Lewis in 1999 and they both enjoy spending time with their three nephews and one niece. In her spare time, Lori enjoys reading historical biographies, photographing family and friends and visiting museums.
Michelle Hadley, Financial Administrator
Michelle Hadley was born in western Oklahoma. She graduated from Thomas High School in 1991. Michelle attended Oklahoma State University where she was a member of the Cowboy Marching Band and graduated with a degree in psychology. Michelle has two boys who both attend Broken Arrow Public Schools. She is active in PTA and the Church at Battle Creek.
Katie Collins, Event Space Coordinator
Katie Collins, a native Oklahoman, studied abroad with the Living Literature program during her undergraduate studies at Northeastern State University (2005) and discovered her love for travel and art. She went on to earn a Master’s of Liberal Arts in Museum Studies at the University of Oklahoma in 2010. While working on her internship at the Cherokee Heritage Museum in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, she was able to gain valuable experience as the assistant curator and archivist.
Katie believes in the power of the past and the importance of preserving our human heritage. When she isn’t focused on art history related hobbies, like historical documentaries and visiting cultural centers, she enjoys metaphysical research and yoga, learning about alternative health, sci-fi and fantasy books and outdoor festivals.
KEEPING HISTORY ALIVE.
Located in historic downtown Broken Arrow, near the site of the original train depot, the Broken Arrow Museum's mission is to gather and preserve local and regional history and artifacts that enrich the heritage of our city. Our organization works to share local history in interactive and informative exhibits.
The Museum raises its operational costs through donations, fundraisers and membership dues. We accept donations in any denomination. You may also submit donations to the museum in person.
The Museum Broken Arrow
400 S. Main Street
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma 74012