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Join us in congratulating our 2022 Hall of Fame and Outstanding Alumni award recipients!

Charles Danley

Hall of Fame
Charles Danley received his master’s in mental health counseling from OSU in 1991. From the start of his education, serving people was at the heart of Danley's work. He started working at the Grand Lake Mental Health Center after receiving his master’s degree. Shortly after, his passion for serving others and hard work earned him a promotion as Chief Executive Officer. During his 26 years serving, he received numerous honors and accolades for going above and beyond. These include growing mental health services from reaching 1,500 people to 8,000 people in Oklahoma, receiving an award from the National Council on Behavioral Health for Innovation in Technology for the use of tablets to serve law enforcement and people in need of crisis services, and leading a ground-breaking team to offer health services in ways never tried before. Danley recently retired, but his work continues to revolutionize mental health services.
  • B.S. in General Studies University of Central Oklahoma 1971
  • M.S. in Counseling: Mental Health Counseling; Oklahoma State University 1991

Lindel Silvertooth

Hall of Fame
Lindel Silvertooth was born in Texas in 1935, but says Oklahoma has always felt like home. After completing his military service, Lindel attended Oklahoma State University. Lindel’s initial plan was to major in marketing, however, the director of his son’s preschool suggested that he consider elementary education, which turned out to be a fitting recommendation. He credits wonderful instructors at OSU with helping to instill his passion for education. Lindel began his career as a 6th grade teacher at Adams Elementary in Wichita, Kansas, and during his four years there, he completed a master’s degree in Public School Administration from Wichita State University. After teaching physical education for one year, he became a principal at age 29 at Linwood Elementary. In 1971, Lindel began his pursuit of a doctorate in educational administration, and knew he would attend Oklahoma State and completed the doctorate in July 1974. Lindel’s career as an elementary principal spanned 28 years in Wichita and 15 years in Derby, Kansas. He is likely the longest serving principal in the state of Kansas. He retired from education at the age of 72 and takes pride in his education which began at OSU. 
  • B.S. Elementary Education Oklahoma State University 1960
  • M.E. Public School Administration Wichita State University 1965
  • Ed.D.  Educational Administration Oklahoma State University 1974

Alane Zannotti

Outstanding Alumni
Alane Zannotti grew up in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in family relations and child development. She spent the first part of her professional career focused on early childhood education. She worked as an Assistant Director for Christopher House in Chicago and hospital child care facilities in Southern California, Texas and Virginia to provide quality child care for hospital employees. In 2001, she was a consultant with then-online giant, America Online (AOL), to design, construct and implement a child care facility for its employees in Dulles, Virginia. This led to a position in Washington, D.C. where she was a Regional Accreditation Manager for the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Alane returned to Stillwater in 2005 and worked as development director for the OSU Foundation. In 2009, Alane took a position with Meridian Technology Center in Community Development where she works today. Alane works closely with all 10 towns that make up Meridian’s district and also oversees the staff and second campus for Meridian in Guthrie, Oklahoma. Alane has also served on Stillwater City Council since May 2015. She was appointed to vice mayor in April 2021 and again in February 2022.
  • B.S. in Family Relations and Child Development 1994

Holly Barrón

Outstanding Alumni
Holly Barron is the President of the Board for Keaton’s Kindness Foundation (The K Club), a kindness club founded by her son Keaton when he was seven years old. Tragically, Keaton passed away in May 2018 after a five and a half year battle with leukemia. Holly and her husband Luke transformed Keaton’s kindness club into a non-profit that serves children battling cancer and their families through various programs, such as monthly Lego Parties, funeral cost assistance, and birthday parties. The K Club has raised over $130,000 for local pediatric cancer research and has raised over $355,000 for projects to renovate hospital and community spaces. The Barron Family was chosen by Parents Magazine as American’s Kindest Family in 2021.
  • B.S. Human Environmental Science with Honors, Human Development and Family Science 2005 (summa cum laude)

Danielle Jackson

Outstanding Alumni
Dr. Danielle Olivier Jackson currently serves as the principal of Kempner High School in Sugar Land, Texas. Prior to becoming an administrator, she was an English teacher, department chair, content specialist and instructional coach. She has held the position of principal at high schools throughout Texas in the last five years. Dr. Jackson received her bachelor's degree in political science and master's degree in English from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. She received her Ph.D. in curriculum & instruction from Oklahoma State University. Her dissertation focused on Black males in a predominately White suburban high school, exploring their perceptions of the school experience. Her dissertation continues to inform her work in public education. 
  • B.A. Political Science with a minor in English Lamar University (Cum Laude)1997
  • M.A. English Lamar University 2003
  • Ph.D Education: Curriculum & Instruction Oklahoma State University 2011

Desarae Witmer

Outstanding Alumni
Desarae Witmer is currently Assistant Superintendent for Yukon Public Schools. Desarae received Bachelor of Science  in Elementary Education and Middle School Science from Oklahoma State University in 1993. She has taught in both Oklahoma and Texas and also helped coach several middle school sports teams. Desarae served as the principal of Summit Middle School in Edmond, Oklahoma, from 2000 to 2014. In 2015, she went to the Oklahoma State Department of Education to work as the executive director of the office of school support where she helped provide support, resources, allocations and professional development to schools throughout the state. Now Desarae ensures Yukon Public Schools has students who are properly prepared for college and post high school careers. 
  • B.S. Elementary Education in Middle School Science, Oklahoma State University 1993
  • M.S. in Elementary Administration, University of Central Oklahoma 1998

 

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