Amber Sharples – Arts Council

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Amber Sharples has served as executive director of the Oklahoma Arts Council since 2013. As the agency’s CEO, Sharples is responsible for the development and administration of the policies, programs and procedures of the state agency for the arts. Sharples’ career at the Council began in 2006, when she joined the agency as visual arts director and collections manager for the Capitol artwork. She has managed other areas of the agency such as her role as assistant director, where she spearheaded the agency’s strategic planning process, managed staff evaluations, and developed agency policies and procedures. Prior to working for the Council, she served as the Communications and Public Affairs Coordinator at the U.S.-Mexico Foundation for Culture in Mexico City. She has served on numerous boards both in Oklahoma and nationally, including Mid-America Arts Alliance in Kansas City, and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies in Washington, D.C. Sharples holds a Master of Arts in Art History from the University of Oklahoma and a graduate certificate in museum collections management and care from The George Washington University.

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Dr. Terry Salmon is President of Computer System Designs, LLC. He received a B.S. Degree in Computer Science from Cameron University, a Masters degree from Oklahoma State University and a Doctor of Education degree in Applied Educational Studies in Aviation and Space Education from Oklahoma State University. He is the author of two publications. He is a Trustee of the Oklahoma Airport Authority, past Chairman of the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology and serves on the Board of Advisors for the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the Tinker Leadership Council, the Air Traffic Control Association and the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association.
He, and wife Iva who is also a fellow Rotarian have a grown daughter.


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