OKOGA Staff | Oklahoma Oil & Gas Association


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.

Arnella Karges, Executive Vice President

Arnella joined Oklahoma Oil & Gas Association as Executive Vice President in September, 2015. Arnella’s responsibilities are to help the president of the Association in developing strategic initiatives to accomplish the organizational, legislative and regulatory objectives of the association. Among those objectives, she is working to increase the level of engagement and effectiveness of our committees. Arnella spent three and a half years as Vice President of Government Affairs for the State Chamber of Oklahoma. At the State Chamber she worked on energy, natural resources, aerospace, military, technology, telecommunications, transportation and ethics compliance issues, including leading successful campaign efforts for SQ 764 for water infrastructure in 2012. She previously worked for the Oklahoma House of Representatives, as Deputy Clerk and Parliamentarian, and Redistricting Director for 2009-2011.

Donelle Harder, Vice President of Communications

Donelle is responsible for media relations and executing a communications and messaging strategy to advance the advocacy goals of OKOGA and its members. She comes with nearly ten years of relevant experience, having most recently served as the communications director and spokesperson for U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), both in his role as senior United States senator from Oklahoma and as chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. While Inhofe was chairman of the EPW Committee, Donelle was responsible for advising messaging and media strategy for committee hearings, for introduction and action on legislation under the jurisdiction of the committee, and for committee oversight of federal regulations. Prior to her time with Inhofe, Donelle was a communications advisor for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and an executive account manager at the Pinkston Group. Donelle graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism, with an emphasis in corporate communications.

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.

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.