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NWIAA Oklahoma Chapter Leaders

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Dr. Tammy Gray-Steele
Founder & Executive Director
Email: womeninag@gmail.com
Phone: 405-424-4623

Dr. Tammy Gray-Steele is the first American agricultural specialist, agri-preneur, educator, and women and children ag-advocate. Born and raised on a farm, she received her secondary education in the rustic and rural community of Wewoka, Oklahoma. Upon graduating high school, Dr. Steele left Oklahoma to pursue a dual educational and business career in New York City. Armed with the legal degree she obtained from New York University Law School, and the requisite legal business experience she acquired on Manhattan's Wall Street, she returned home to her family farm, and started to give back to the Oklahoma rural communities, in the process working full-time in the Oklahoma Corporate legal arena, and devoting time to study for a Master's Degree in Business Administration (MBA), Horticulture and Childcare Development Certifications.

 

On the broader national turf, Dr. Steele is a former USDA-SARE Advisory Main Council Member. Additionally, she had the rare honor of being appointed by President Barack Obama's administration as a distinguished USDA-NASS Advisory Councilwoman, serve on USDA Grant Panels and a USDA Strategic Action Team Leader. Dr. Steele serves on various scholarship committees that were instituted for the educational empowerment of the youth. In addition, she offers invaluable support to the Oklahoma City Black Chamber of Commerce, apart from volunteering on various rural Chamber of Commerce boards.

Deploying uncommon intellectual energy and superlative personal industry to achieve exemplary and duly-acknowledged results-oriented performance in both individual and team activities, Dr. Steele has demonstrated unrivaled commitment in assisting counties in the State of Oklahoma with expert knowledge in healthy food production at a level that matches any known empirical and international standards. In the process, she has managed to build for herself an unassailable reputation, and a formidable pedigree, as a widely-sought after agricultural expert who is never short of strategic, innovative and entrepreneurial solutions to challenges in the agricultural sector of the economy. 

 

Dr. Steele has embarked upon a personal crusade to develop good character amongst women and children. With a total belief in the credo that, "A child can only be developed if her mother provides sufficient support and resources," and with a legendary passion for empowering disadvantaged women and women of color in rural America, she strives to ensure that no woman, and no child, with whom she comes into contact, is socially and economically marginalized in the scheme of things.

 

Sincerely motivated by an altruistic desire to empower the socially and economically disadvantaged, and to deliver timely awareness and education to those who truly desire a sustainably healthier lifestyle, Dr. Steele established National Women In Agriculture Association in 2008. Since then, she has employed the powerful and influential instrumentality of NWIAA to pursue her agenda of sustainable development in America's agricultural sector. To this end, in January 2014, Dr. Steele opened NWIAA’s first Sustainable Agriculture Academy in the United States, located on the Eastside of the Oklahoma City Metro Area, and in close proximity to the city's largest African American population. It was in the light of this that Dr. Steele was recognized at the White House in February 2014, for leading the country in efforts to save and educate America's youth using environmental and innovative agriculture-based sustainable best practices, and in the spring of 2013, she was awarded a humanitarian honorary doctorate for exemplary performance as one of the most influential agro-business community developers amongst her generation in the United States. 

 

Dr. Steele has received awards from Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma Conservation District Cooperatives Department and Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus, and Tuskegee University and other educational institutions in genuine appreciation for her support of various economic empowerment entrepreneurship programs. She has written testimonial articles with New York Magazine and other Agriculture Journals.  

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David Gwin
Email: david.gwin7@gmail.com
Phone: (303) 854-7070
George Roberts
Circle "R" Ranch
Email: carolwroberts54@yahoo.com 
Phone: 405) 596-0348 

George Roberts, Jr. was born and raised in Sasakwa, Oklahoma and is a 1976 Wewoka High School graduate.  He is currently married with one daughter. Also he is a Deacon and Trustee at Community Baptist Church in Wewoka Oklahoma under the Stewardship/Leadership of Pastor Prevost.   Being a 3rd Generation Farmer, George Roberts, Jr. and his siblings inherited property from their parents, George Sr. and Margaret Roberts. Humbly, George Roberts, Jr. has been farming for over 40  years (raising cattle, goats, pigs, chickens, horses and vegetable gardening) with the help of God’s Grace and Mercy with his brothers and ranch foreman, he has been able to continue the Family Farm operation.  In 2006, he received the Small Farmer of the year award. 

Mr. George Roberts serves an instructor and mentors new and beginning farmers and socially disadvantaged farmers in order to assist these individuals to become active and sustainable participants in the United States agriculture industry.  Mr. Roberts is an active community leader of National Men In Ag. Association a chapter of National Women In Ag. Association (“NWIAA”).  Also he serves as NWIAA’s Lead Advisory Council Member.   

Due to Mr. Roberts’ farm expertise and community leadership he was the selected farmer to represent small farmers of Oklahoma.    

Mr. Roberts says that he gives all the glory to Jesus who is his Savior for the opportunity to meet President Obama who is such a great man and outstanding President. 

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Coach Lenny Bert 
Email: lennybert1977@gmail.com 
Phone: (405) 620-2118 

George Roberts, Jr. was born and raised in Sasakwa, Oklahoma and is a 1976 Wewoka High School graduate.  He is currently married with one daughter. Also he is a Deacon and Trustee at Community Baptist Church in Wewoka Oklahoma under the Stewardship/Leadership of Pastor Prevost.   Being a 3rd Generation Farmer, George Roberts, Jr. and his siblings inherited property from their parents, George Sr. and Margaret Roberts. Humbly, George Roberts, Jr. has been farming for over 40  years (raising cattle, goats, pigs, chickens, horses and vegetable gardening) with the help of God’s Grace and Mercy with his brothers and ranch foreman, he has been able to continue the Family Farm operation.  In 2006, he received the Small Farmer of the year award. 

Mr. George Roberts serves an instructor and mentors new and beginning farmers and socially disadvantaged farmers in order to assist these individuals to become active and sustainable participants in the United States agriculture industry.  Mr. Roberts is an active community leader of National Men In Ag. Association a chapter of National Women In Ag. Association (“NWIAA”).  Also he serves as NWIAA’s Lead Advisory Council Member.   

Due to Mr. Roberts’ farm expertise and community leadership he was the selected farmer to represent small farmers of Oklahoma.    

Mr. Roberts says that he gives all the glory to Jesus who is his Savior for the opportunity to meet President Obama who is such a great man and outstanding President. 

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George Roberts, Jr. was born and raised in Sasakwa, Oklahoma and is a 1976 Wewoka High School graduate.  He is currently married with one daughter. Also he is a Deacon and Trustee at Community Baptist Church in Wewoka Oklahoma under the Stewardship/Leadership of Pastor Prevost.   Being a 3rd Generation Farmer, George Roberts, Jr. and his siblings inherited property from their parents, George Sr. and Margaret Roberts. Humbly, George Roberts, Jr. has been farming for over 40  years (raising cattle, goats, pigs, chickens, horses and vegetable gardening) with the help of God’s Grace and Mercy with his brothers and ranch foreman, he has been able to continue the Family Farm operation.  In 2006, he received the Small Farmer of the year award. 

Mr. George Roberts serves an instructor and mentors new and beginning farmers and socially disadvantaged farmers in order to assist these individuals to become active and sustainable participants in the United States agriculture industry.  Mr. Roberts is an active community leader of National Men In Ag. Association a chapter of National Women In Ag. Association (“NWIAA”).  Also he serves as NWIAA’s Lead Advisory Council Member.   

Due to Mr. Roberts’ farm expertise and community leadership he was the selected farmer to represent small farmers of Oklahoma.    

Mr. Roberts says that he gives all the glory to Jesus who is his Savior for the opportunity to meet President Obama who is such a great man and outstanding President. 

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Tersit Asrat

Ms. Tersit Asrat is a seasoned professional in the marketing and communications industry. In the past, Ms. Asrat owned and operated Universal Media Group, an ethnic marketing and communications company for over 10 years.  She has built her career in the advertising industry working with major clients such as Phillip Morris, Blue Cross, Nordstrom, Sumitomo Bank of California, and So. Cal Gas Company. She has earned a reputation for her ability in strategic planning and implementation of marketing plans and managing over 1 million-dollar accounts.  Currently, Ms. Asrat is fulfilling her God-given purpose to take the gospel of Jesus Christ to underserved people of the world. Hosanna Broadcasting Network (HBN) provides 24 hours per day Christian programming via various digital media such as Roku, Apple TV, Google Fire, IOS/Android Apps, YouTube, streaming on HBN’s website to over 30 million audience. In addition, Ms. Asrat is the founder of Hosanna House, an orphanage that cares for beautiful homeless girls who have lost their parents due to the HIV/AIDS. Out of 20 girls Hosanna House cares for, 16 are college graduates with a BA degree. Four girls are attending college.  

 

Ms. Asrat is a published author, public speaker, producer of various television programs and an advocate for her community. In 2002, Ms. Asrat initiated the naming of Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles, CA “Little Ethiopia”. Tersit worked very closely with the Late Congressman Mervyn Dymally to get the process approved. She also provided a job readiness program for the migrant community in Los Angeles, CA. Ms. Asrat holds Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies. 

 

 

Ms. Asrat, along with her business partners have started Doxa Agro Global Abundance, LLC. This farm is an exciting new venture where they will cultivate mushrooms, shrimp, fruits and vegetables, and a select variety of microgreens.

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Kimberlyn Bostic

Ms. Kimberlyn Bostic has over 20 years’ experience in the food service industry. Her career began as a baker baking pastries for a restaurant. She owned and operated “Soulfully Flavored”, a catering company that served various organizations, catering for weddings, baby showers, anniversaries and private parties. She then transitioned to Centennial Medical Center, in Frisco, TX as an executive Chief managing over 15 employees. She was responsible for creating nutrition-based menus, inventory, cooking
demonstrations, and more. Ms. Bostic worked for “Sodexo Food Service" as food service director managing schedules, inventory, and planning meals for their major client – Medical University of So. Carolina. She also served as an assistant food service director for Dorchester County in So. Carolina.
Ms. Bostic moved on to work at Aramark Food Contracting Service whose client is Keller Nursing and Rehabilitation Center as Food Service Director. Ms. Bostic has a passion for food and loves to educate the community on health, wellness, cooking, baking. She is passionate about serving God by serving her community. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts and a Bachelor’s of Science in Food Service Management from Johnson & Wales University. She is a native of Smoaks, South Carolina and currently
resides in Seminole, OK.

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Marthena Ashley

Ms. Marthena Ashley is a visionary and founder of Training and Development Enterprises, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering individuals within the community. Her career began in the banking industry as a senior tailor providing information to clients who are interested in opening accounts or obtaining credit cards. She was also a director at “CTC Divine Learning Center handling Human Resources Department including payroll and employee issues. Honoring the call of God in her life, Ms. Ashley transitioned into a ministry and founded “For Your Glory International Ministry” in Charleston, SC as well as “Harvest Greater Glory International Ministries in Dallas, TX. She is a missionary at heart who has traveled the world including Israel, Ethiopia, Jamaica, Guana, and Suriname. Because Ms. Ashley’s heart is about building people and helping them through struggles they go through, she pursued a course in 2016 at the
“Christian Counseling” and obtained a Certificate of completion. She also obtained a certificate from “Kingdom Builders" that provides the tools and training to serve and uplift low-income neighborhoods. She incorporates her counseling career with her nonprofit organization to help those in need. Through “Training and Development Enterprises, Ms. Ashley has served various persons transforming their lives.

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David Gwen
Email: david.gwin7@gmail.com
Phone: 303-844-7070

At the age of three years old, I was awarded to the court and was in foster care until the age of 3, in Vinita, Oklahoma. This is where I would learn and grow into my passion for farming and ranching. In Junior and  high school I was a football star. I really wanted to be in FFA and champion bull rider, however it saddens me  to remember when I was told by a teacher I wasn't allowed to sign up for this class. I was emancipated in 1977 at the age of seventeen, then relocated to Lakewood Colorado to live on my own . I enjoy anything  outdoors, travel and family. My calling and community service is reintegration for adult and youth prison ministry programs  .

 

 I currently reside in Lafayette, Colorado. Now at the age of 62, I am returning to Craig county. As Director of Operation and a major stockholder of Aquaponic Farms Inc. I will fulfill my lifelong  dream of a family farm.

 

I am a member and/or manager of:  AJ ENTERPRISES LLC, Monetary Marketing Consultants LLC, A-1 Procurement LLC, and  Organic Farms Land LLC). I have over 36 years of business management, private equity finance and real estate investing & developing consulting. I studied Business Management,Sales & Marketing  at The University of Arizona in Tucson Arizona, Mesa and  Metropolitan State Colleges in Colorado.

 

Now that I am returning to a community that has died. It's my mission  to partner with local churches, city and county municipal governments, to restore the legend Attuck black  community, bring jobs, innovation, home ownership, organic nutritional awareness community garden, community center, assisted living, child care learning center, summer & after school programs , food bank-rental  & utility assist, and emergency foster care. With holistic faith  values to our youth in Craig Country as well around the world.

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