Oklahoma Humane Society: Becoming a Part of Downtown

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In April, 2017, Dana McCrory took over as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Central Oklahoma Humane Society. As the leader of the Oklahoma’s largest non-profit animal welfare organization. Dana is dedicated to increasing the reach and effectiveness of the programs of OK Humane and leading the organization into the next decade. In 2019, the Central Oklahoma Humane Society initiated a statewide program and is now the Oklahoma Humane Society.

Prior to joining Oklahoma Humane, Dana spent a little over a year with the Integris Medical Foundation where she provided senior leadership and management for philanthropic programs, specifically working on the campaign to build Arcadia Trails, an addiction recovery facility. Dana also served as the Executive Director for the Oklahoma Zoological Society where she led the Society from 2008-2016. Her leadership initiated and completed the Society’s first capital campaign in 13 years, resulting in the 9.5 million dollar state-of-the-art Joan Kirkpatrick Animal Hospital. The Zoo’s membership program increased by over 60% and during her tenure the Oklahoma Zoological Society experienced unprecedented growth. Conservation initiatives stretched across the globe and the largest gifts in the Zoo’s history were secured. Her previous experience also includes 10 years with the Oklahoma State University Foundation where she served as Vice President for Development, leading fundraising for Student Affairs and assisting the OSU Alumni Association raise 18 million dollars for a new Alumni Center.

Dana is a Class 28 graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City and now serves as a board member for Leadership Oklahoma City. She is a 2019 Honorary Commander for Tinker Air Force and she resides in Oklahoma City with her husband Dr. Mac McCrory, her son Ethan and their menagerie of rescue animals.

Chair of the Day

L. Dawn Byram

Dawn currently serves as the Director of Business Development for Timberlake Construction.

Prior to joining Timberlake Construction, Dawn served as business development director in construction and healthcare, national public relations director for Surgery Centers of America, media and community relations director for the Oklahoma Health and Human Services Cabinet Secretary and worked with mental health entities in Florida.

Dawn is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma Class X. She is active with numerous non-profit boards, and as a volunteer. She has a special heart for children’s causes and animal welfare and is a volunteer with our speaker’s amazing non-profit, the OK Humane Society.

She has been recognized many times through the years for her community activities and in 2018 was honored as one of the Journal Records 50 making a Difference. She is a member of the Board of Advisers for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club 29, Norman Centurions, Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) and The Commercial Real Estate Council (CREC).

She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma.


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