OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon, R-Lawton, is pleased to announce the following appointees to the DHS Citizen Advisory Panels:
Beverly Coon - DHS Citizen Advisory Panel for Children and Family Issues
Beverly Coon is currently an adjunct professor at UCO and a licensed clinical social worker. Coon leads a life of service. She is an active volunteer at the Crossings Community Center Mental Health Clinic. She is a former board member for the Red Cross and has served on the Child Death Review Board.
Dr. Robert Eskew - DHS Citizen Advisory Panel for Disability Issues
Dr. Eskew is president and co-owner of Physical Rehabilitation Associates where he specializes in physical therapy for those with disabilities. Dr. Eskew has cerebral palsy and has made it his life’s work to advocate for and work with children and adults with disabilities.
Haley Blood - DHS Citizen Advisory Panel for Administration
Haley Blood currently serves as the membership director for the Oklahoma Public Employees Association. Blood also brings inside experience to the table. She is the acting OPEA DHS Agency Relations Coordinator and works with DHS employees at all levels.
Forrest Claunch - DHS Citizen Advisory Panel for Aging Services
Forrest Claunch is a former Oklahoma state representative. He served in the Legislature from 1994 to 2004. He has also served as the executive director of the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs.
“These men and women have the skills and passion for helping those who are most vulnerable,” said Speaker Shannon, R-Lawton. “Their experience and input will help shape policies and procedures that will positively impact the lives of many Oklahomans who are truly in need of services and attention.”
Panelists can serve in their appointed positions until July 1, 2016.