At a glance
A look at Fallin's new officials
Gov. Mary Fallin on Tuesday named CareerTech Director Robert Sommers to serve on her Cabinet as secretary of education and workforce development. She also named Deby Snodgrass, executive director of the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department, to the new post of tourism secretary.
About Robert Sommers
Sommers became the seventh CareerTech director in April. He previously served as chief executive officer and managing member of Carpe Diem Learning Systems. He served for nine years as CEO and superintendent of Butler Technology and Career Development Schools, in Hamilton, Ohio. Under his leadership, the district doubled in size, became the highest performing CareerTech district in Ohio. It became known for creative educational programs, including blended learning schools. The district served more than 26,000 high school through adult students.
For 15 years, he served in several capacities with the Ohio Education Department. He served as an agricultural supervisor, state adviser for the FFA, assistant director of program evaluation services and associate director for CareerTech education.
About Deby Snodgrass
Snodgrass has more than 30 years experience in marketing and public policy in the private sector. Before accepting the executive director's post at the Tourism Department in 2011, Snodgrass served as senior director of public affairs for Chesapeake Energy.
Snodgrass also was a founding member of the board of directors for Friends of the Mansion Inc., a nonprofit group dedicated to restoring and preserving the Governor's Mansion. She served eight years on Oklahoma's Capitol Preservation Commission and is a former board member for the Arts Council of Oklahoma City.
She is a member of the Oklahoma Capitol Improvement Authority and is an ex officio board member of Allied Arts, and the Native American Cultural and Educational Authority.
Michael McNutt, Capitol Bureau