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Summer Wyers, MBA, LPC, SHRM-CP, serves as Human Resources Manager at RAE Corporation in Pryor, OK. Nestled in the heart of the Mid America Industrial Park, RAE Corporation is known for its specialized design and production of engineered heating, cooling, and refrigeration systems. She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor and works with individuals to overcome difficulties in the workplace and beyond. Summer has a BS in Business Administration/ Marketing, MS in Counseling Psychology, and an MBA in HR Management. She is involved with the Oklahoma Human Resources State Council (OKHR) and Tulsa Area Human Resources Association (TAHRA). As a psychotherapist, she has worked in community mental health, private practice, career counseling, and workplace consulting. Summer has three very busy children with her husband of 17 years. Her faith, family, and friends are her motivation for success. In her limited free time, she enjoys photography, traveling, and classes at the gym.
Jill Castilla leads Citizens Bank of Edmond as its President and Chief Executive Officer. Jill joined Citizens Bank of Edmond in 2009, transforming the struggling institution into one of the most innovative community banks in the nation. Under her leadership, Citizens Edmond was one of the first in her state to deploy Interactive Teller Machines, and Citizens Edmond recently applied for a provisional patent for the nation’s first unmanned electronic banking facility. Her entrepreneurial and visionary spirit spills over into her community engagement as the founder of “Heard on Hurd,” a Citizens Edmond-sponsored event that draws upwards of 100,000 people into downtown Edmond for a musical festival, local shopping, and food trucks, delivering a $6.2 million economic impact.On the national stage, Jill serves as an appointed Civilian Aid to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) for Oklahoma and on the board of the American Bankers Association, as well as the content advisory committee for Money 20/20. Jill also serves on numerous local boards to include Allied Arts, Community Bankers Association of Oklahoma, and the Edmond Chamber of Commerce. She recently served on the Governor of Oklahoma’s Transition Team, the Edmond Public Schools Foundation Board of Trustees, the UCO Foundation and Oklahoma Bankers Association Board of Directors. She currently serves as Dean of the Southwest Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University as well as a Presidential Advisor to the University of Central Oklahoma.Jill is a six-time recipient of American Banker’s “Most Powerful Women in Banking – Women to Watch” and her Citizens team is a two-time recipient of the “Top Team in Banking.” She holds other titles such as “Community Banker of the Year" by American Banker, "Most Innovative CEOs in Banking" by Bank Innovation, "Most Admired CEOs in Oklahoma" by Journal Record and "Business Leader of the Year" by Oklahoma Christian University.Prior to her career in community banking, Jill served in management roles at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and was an enlisted member of Oklahoma Army National Guard. Jill holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of Oklahoma and a bachelor’s degree in finance from Hawaii Pacific University. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin's Graduate School of Banking and The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania Executive Leadership Program. Jill and her husband have been married for 25 years, and they are the proud parents to three children. She is an Army vet, an Army wife, and an Army mom.
Jennifer Kraszewski, Paycom’s Vice President of Human Resources, has more than 20 years of HR leadership experience, driving transformative, business-focused human capital strategies in high-growth industries to achieve efficiencies, compliance, and employee engagement. Under her leadership, she has helped secure Paycom's spot on Glassdoor's Best Places to Work among Large Employers and's Leadership Excellence for outstanding leadership development programs.  Kraszewski was a presenter at the Awesome New Tech session at the 2019 HR Technology Conference and has been featured across industry publications like SHRM, HR Bartender, and Talent Culture as well as popular podcasts in HR Happy Hour and HR Break Room. She is a featured blogger and hosts webinars on HR topics through SHRM, HR Dive, and Prior to joining Paycom, Kraszewski led the HR function for a Fortune 100 company that was named one of Fortune's Best Places to Work after leading a restaurant conglomerate. Kraszewski holds a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and an MBA from Oklahoma City University, and is SPHR- and SHRM-SCP-certified.
Tom Kolditz is co-author of the new book "Leadership Reckoning" and the director of the Doerr Institute for New Leaders at Rice University, named top university program in 2019 by the Association of Leadership Educators. In 2017, he received the Warren Bennis Award for Excellence in Leadership and has ranked among the top 25 global coaches for three years. A retired Army Brigadier General, he led the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at West Point for 12 years, and for 4 years he was the founding director of the Leader Development Program at the Yale School of Management.  He founded the Doerr Institute for New Leaders at Rice University in 2015—his fifth successful leader development start-up. 
In this episode of the Strata Leadership Show, Nathan Mellor, Ed.D., visits with James Bennett about his leadership journey throughout his career. James Bennett is currently a Senior Advisor for the private equity firm GSO Capital Partners where he assists the firm with its energy investments. From 2013 to 2018, James served as President and CEO of SandRidge Energy Corporation, Inc (NYSE: SD) and as its Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 2011 to 2013. Before joining SandRidge, Mr. Bennett was Managing Director for White Deer Energy; an energy private equity fund focused on the exploration and production, oilfield service and equipment, and midstream sectors. From 2006 to 2009, Mr. Bennett was employed by GSO Capital Partners, where he served in various capacities, including as its Managing Director. Mr. Bennett’s other positions include energy investment banker at Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette and analyst at NationsBank. Mr. Bennett graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in Finance from Texas Tech University. Mr. Bennett has served on the board of directors of SandRidge Energy Corporation, Cheniere Energy Partners L.P. and PostRock Energy Corporation and is a current board member of Tapstone Energy, Energy Alloys, CASA of Oklahoma County, the Foundation for Sunbeam Family Services and ReMerge.
Mark Helm, President and CEO of Dolese Bros, Co., discusses with Nathan Mellor on the Strata Leadership Show his work and leadership experiences. Spanning 36 years in construction materials for both public and private companies, Helm held positions in engineering, technical services, operations management, business development, and sales until increasing responsibility to President/CEO's current position. 
CEO of Kimray Thomas Hill, author of "Recovering Leadership," discusses with Dr. Nathan Mellor how he changed his life and became a better leader after addressing the issues that had developed during his life.
President and CEO of Goodwill Industries, Jim Priest discusses with Dr. Nathan Mellor his career of connecting people and leadership. As a speaker, coach, trusted advisor, and counselor, Jim's humor, warmth and multilateral insights have made him an innovator in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors.
Dot Rhyne, founder and president of Brand Talkers, discusses with Dr. Nathan Mellor how she discovered that her curious and inquisitive nature is her defining strength. She learned to listen and ask questions others weren’t always comfortable asking. Along the way, she became a student of great conversations and made smart sales communication her holy grail.She is best known for helping others see past the obvious to the possible, to find new and creative ways grow revenue and strengthen relationships through innovative strategies, compelling stories and high-value conversations. A natural connector and builder of people and concepts, Dot is who you turn to when you want to color outside the lines and imagine a new way to do something – and depending on what that may be, she’ll be the first to tell you if she can’t bring the idea to life, she’ll know someone who can. With several decades of experience and life lessons to draw from, Dot will likely never run out of stories to share and will never stop asking others, “What’s your story?”
A Human Resources leader and Business Partner to the Product Development Team at Rivian with 25 years of experience across industries and organization types, R. Scott Griffin visits with Dr. Nathan Mellor about his journey to continually help others. Listen as he talks about valuing people greatly and striving to make things better for everyone he encounters.
Mo Anderson, Vice-Chair of the board for Keller Williams, discusses her positive mindset approach to life that has continually helped her recognize opportunities throughout her life. Nicknamed the “Velvet Hammer” for her soft and distinctly effective leadership style, Mo Anderson’s integrity, faith, and unending drive positioned Keller Williams to become one of the most successful franchises in real estate history. 
Judy R. McReynolds is the Chairman, President, and CEO at ArcBest, a publicly-traded logistics company comprised of creative problem-solvers who deliver integrated solutions to their customers. Raised in Norman, Oklahoma, and now the CEO of a corporation based out of Ft. Smith, Arkansas, Judy highlights the role that grit, determination, and hard work have played in her success and the success of her company. In her journey through leadership, she's learned to trust her instincts, take more risks, and act decisively. "The power of the organization comes from people."-Judy R. McReynolds
Nancee Roberson-Caldwell, Senior Vice President of American Fidelity, the fourth largest privately-owned insurance company in America joins host, Dr. Nathan Mellor, on the Strata Leadership Show. Nancee shares how the same mindset that made her successful as the first full-scholarship basketball player at Harding University and rebound record-holder has contributed to her success as a leader. 
Nathan is joined by his dad, David Mellor, or "Coach Mellor" as he is known by those close to him. Coach shares his journey of coming out of a difficult childhood and becoming an adult who looks for opportunities to make life better for others, whether that be as an educator, foster parent, minister, or football coach. He encourages everyone to lead where they are, no matter how small the role or how menial the task."If you can get people to lead where they are, what normally happens is somebody will recognize that and give an opportunity to lead in a bigger way. Lead where you are."
Lyn Watson is a "force of nature". In this episode, she shares her story of growing up in Lawton, Oklahoma, and realizing that she was a leader. You will hear her story of choosing to serve others and experience gratitude despite being diagnosed with cancer.
Dr. Susan DeWoody shares about the motivators, mentors, and moments that lead her to become one of the youngest provosts in the United States and the first female provost in the 110-year history of Oklahoma Baptist University.
Supporting people through times of challenge and also challenging them so they can reach further than they could if they were not being pushed was what led Dr. Erin Greilick through the path, academically and professionally, that has brought her to where she is today. 
Amy Downs shouldn’t even be here. Seven years into her job at what we now know as Allegiance Credit Union, a bomb exploded in her building, killing 168 people, including 18 of her 33 co-workers. Amy fell three stories and was buried alive for over six hours.Today, Amy is now President and an award-winning CEO. Rather than being taken down by that catastrophe, Allegiance Credit Union grew by 400% and is consistently voted a Best Place to Work in Oklahoma. This year, Amy was recognized by the Oklahoma Journal Record as a “Most Admired CEO.”Drawing on her new book about these experiences, called “Hope Is A Verb,” Amy is excited to share with you what she has learned about how you can respond to this crisis we find ourselves in — and how to actually have your organization come out of it even stronger. Get your copy today!
Jeremiah Shaw has a genuine desire to understand others’ stories, explore their challenges, and connect them to resources that will help them win.Jeremiah earned a BS in Industrial Safety from the University of Central Oklahoma. This foundation continues to feed his interest in safe work environments.After graduation, Jeremiah worked for Young Life, where he facilitated efforts in bringing together volunteers, businesses, non-profits, and schools for the betterment of students within the community.  His diverse job description provided strong skills in marketing, training, business development, and leadership that served him during his time in sales at Deep Fork Tree Farm.Jeremiah, his wife Whitney, and their three young children live in Edmond, Oklahoma where they continue to serve their community through several non-profit organizations.
American professional basketball coach and former player, lead assistant coach for the Toronto Raptors of the NBA talks with Dr. Nathan Mellor about his journey from a young basketball player to working on his doctorate degree. He made up his mind at a young age he would use his talent and skills on the basketball court to develop others, encouraging them to learn the team mentality. Hear his story of adapting to a transformational leadership style to see the bigger picture of leadership.
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