Chad Warmington, President
Chad Warmington has served as the President of Oklahoma Oil & Gas Association since June of 2013. Prior to joining Oklahoma Oil & Gas Association, Warmington served as the Executive Vice President for the State Chamber of Oklahoma, where he managed the political, government affairs and marketing operations for the statewide business organization. He previously served as Chief of Staff to three Speakers of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, most recently Chris Benge. His duties included serving as the chief negotiator with the Senate and Governor on behalf of the Speaker, along with managing the $19 million House of Representatives budget and 200 member staff. Prior to his legislative experience, Warmington served in a number of political roles, including a field representative for former U.S. Senator Don Nickles and a campaign manager for the Oklahoma Corporation Commission races of Dana Murphy and Denise Bode.
Natalie Kinmonth, Vice President of Membership & Development
Natalie’s responsibilities include developing a strategic membership and marketing plan to grow and develop OKOGA membership. The strategic development plan includes efforts to expand the association’s presence, raise funds and develop relationships throughout all aspects of the industry. Prior to joining OKOGA, Natalie worked for the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association (OIPA) for over five years as the Membership Coordinator and most recently as the Director of Business Development. Natalie graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication, with an emphasis in Public Relations.
Zack Lee, Vice President of Government Affairs & Policy
Zack’s responsibilities entail oversight on all matters of policy, including in the Legislature, the courts and regulatory bodies such as the Corporation Commission. Zack spent two years at the government relations firm of FKG Consulting prior to joining OKOGA. While at FKG Consulting, Zack worked on a myriad of issues such as energy, natural resources, technology, transportation and healthcare. Zack graduated the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 2014 and is admitted to practice law in all Oklahoma state courts and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma and the Eastern District of Oklahoma. Zack also graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology.
Howard “Bud” Ground, Regulatory & Environmental Affairs Consultant
Bud monitors State of Oklahoma environmental and regulatory activities of interest to the members of OKOGA, advocates OKOGA’s position, and performs such other duties to advance OKOGA’s public policy. He has over 30 years of experience in the utility industry working primarily in energy production, environmental & health, legislative and regulatory areas. He has also been directly involved with resource planning, marketing, business development and customer service. He has extensive experience in leading organizations, fiscal management, education, strategic planning as well as building strong relationships and coalitions. Bud holds a BS in engineering from Oklahoma State University and an MBA with honors from Oklahoma City University.
Teresa Yoder, Vice President of Operations
Teresa Yoder serves as Office Manager for the Oklahoma Oil & Gas Association (OKOGA), where she is responsible for finance, human resources, and board relations. Prior to joining OKOGA, Teresa was Vice President of Operations for both the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (OCPA) and the Liberty Foundation of America (LFoA), where she managed accounting, human resources, budgeting, and finance for both organizations, as well as building management for OCPA’s David and Ann Brown Center for Freedom and Advance Center for Free Enterprise. In her 19-year career with Advance Food Company and AdvancePierre Foods, Teresa served in the roles of Director of Customer Service, Customer Service Manager , Financial Analyst, Customer Service Representative and Promotions/Deductions Representative, where she won countless awards including Customer Service of the Year in 2013. Prior to joining Advance Food Company in 1995, Teresa was the Food Program Director for Busy Bee Daycare in Enid, Oklahoma. A graduate of Alva High School, Teresa lives with her husband Walt in Mustang, Oklahoma. The couple have four children and six grandchildren.