Board of Directors
The Conservation Coalition of Oklahoma Board of Directors is prepared to fulfill the mission of the organization by advocating for good conservation policy. We are dedicated sportsmen, conservationists, and outdoor educators.
There are several decades of service on our board and we hope to add even more, quality individuals to help us support good conservation policy and the next generation of conservationists.
KRISTINA E. PHILLIPS, CCO BOARD CHAIR
Krystina’s love for the outdoors is reflected in both her personal and her professional life as a partner at Indian & Environmental Law Group, PLLC in Tulsa.
As a child she raised animals and enjoyed exploring the nearby Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge and her father often took her fishing.
After graduating from Oklahoma State University with a B.S. in Agribusiness, Krystina enrolled in law school at the University of Oklahoma. It was there she realized she could turn her love for the outdoors into a career.
For the past decade, Krystina has passionately advocated for sustainability of our environment and reasonable protections of the state’s finite natural resources.
Krystina and her husband, Chris, are avid hunters and anglers. They enjoy taking their two small children with them to experience the outdoors.
She has been a CCO board member for more than five years and strives to reach common-sense policy consensus such that industry can continue to develop while also protecting the environment and natural resources for the benefit of her children and generations to come.
KIMBERLY WINTON Ph.D., CCOF BOARD CHAIR, CCO VICE PRESIDENT
Kim was born and raised in Oklahoma. She learned to hunt and fish at a very young age, and her career goals and education have always included environmental issues.
Anything outdoors, fishing, gardening, training dogs, horses, and donkeys, captures her interest. She has trained Search and Rescue dogs, hunting dogs, retrieving dogs, and has many National Champion Miniature Donkeys.
She has degrees in Zoology and Secondary Education from Oklahoma State University and gained her Ph.D. in Agronomy (Weed Science) at the University of Arkansas.
Kim brings technical expertise to the CCOF with areas of expertise in agronomic practices and eco-chemistry of pesticides in groundwater; contamination/remediation related to surface water flow, groundwater and water quality, and program management.
She retired as Director of the U.S. Geological Survey, South Central Climate Science Center after regional director position with the USGS and earlier career positions working on ground water risk management, eco-chemistry and herbicides.
Now retired from the USGS, Kim serves as the Board Chair for the CCOF because she feels like it is a good position from which she can help educate the public and translate difficult science and policy issues for the people of Oklahoma.
RON SUTTLES, IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR, CCOF BOARD MEMBER
Ron grew up on a farm in Kansas as the son of parents who both came from farming families. He milked cows, fed livestock, worked the fields, harvested crops, drove a tractor, and hunted and fished.
A science teacher in Enid high school inspired him to pursue a career in environmental biology and, after attending college in Oklahoma, he went on to a 35-year career in the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation as a fisheries technician, environmental biologist, and supervisor of wildlife diversity, education and environmental programs.
It was clear to him that an organizing force in the nonprofit sector was needed to help conservation interests interact more effectively with each other and with decision makers in government and the legislature. The creation of the Conservation Coalition of Oklahoma and Conservation Coalition of Oklahoma Foundation, in partnership with the National Wildlife Federation was the culmination of Ron’s 50 years of conservation experience in Oklahoma.
The emergence of the Coalition as an effective conservation voice in Oklahoma is something that is not only exciting but also personally gratifying to this board member.
MATT WRIGHT, BOARD MEMBER CCO
Matt is the President and Owner of Burgess Company and has 25 years experience in specialty commercial construction. He is a fifth-generation Oklahoman and grew up in Poteau where he spent considerable time hunting and fishing with his family in the Kiamichi Mountains of Southeast Oklahoma.
After graduating from Pansy Kidd Middle School and Poteau High School, Matt moved on to Oklahoma State University, where he crammed 4 years of college studies into 5 1/2 years.
He pulls from his experience in daily activities—from product consultation and contract negotiation to fly fishing and turkey hunting—to enhance customer satisfaction.
He joined Burgess Company in 2005 and became owner in 2010.
He lives in Noble with his wife and three children.
Matt’s father was very active in Oklahoma conservation throughout his life and instilled in him the need to be proactive in conservation efforts. Matt’s efforts on the CCO Board are to help assure his children are able to enjoy Oklahoma’s woods, water and wildlife just at the generations that preceded them.
STEVEN BENDER, NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION
DIRECTOR OF CONSERVATION PARTNERSHIPS
Steven is a teacher and a wildlife biologist by training and education. He has worked as a biology teacher, private lands biologist, statewide planner for nongame species and a nonprofit strategist and advisor.
He currently works in Austin, Texas, for the National Wildlife Federation as a Director of Conservation Partnerships. He partners with the Conservation Coalition of Oklahoma and acts as an advisor to the group and as a liaison between the Coalition and the National Wildlife Federation.
SHANE BEVEL, BOARD MEMBER CCO AND CCOF
JAMES LAWSON, BOARD MEMBER CCOF
PHILLIP HOEY, TREASURER
Dr. PATRICK BELL, BOARD MEMBER CCOF