DARRYL BIRKENFELD, PH.D.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Darryl completed a Ph.D. in social ethics from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California in 2002. Later that same year, he began work as an OC contractor, and has served as the organization’s Executive Director since 2003. Darryl and his wife Joann live in Nazareth, Texas.

KADE WILCOX

OC INTERN COORDINATOR - OC DIGITAL STRATEGIES

Kade has served OC as a Staff Contractor since 2013, building out program structure, digital communications platforms, strategic planning, and launching the Rural & Remote Initiative. Kade is the owner and CEO of Primitive, a digital solutions company. He and his family live in Shallowater, Texas.

JOHN WITTLER

OC REGIONAL COORDINATOR - OC DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

John began his OC Staff contracting work in 2017 and has worked to greatly expand our organization’s footprint in Southeast Colorado and Southwestern Kansas. He has helped train and develop scores of leaders over the years and particularly enjoys working in youth engagement and mentoring young entrepreneurs. John lives in Baca County, Colorado, with his wife Trina and their three children Alea, Emma, and Brock.

ABBY PETTINGER

OC ALUMNI OUTREACH

Since 2019, Abby has coordinated monthly Zoom calls on a variety of topics for OC Intern Alums, as well as the Virtual Workshop series for the new class of OC Interns each summer. Abby holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Ag Education from Colorado State University and resides in Vilas, Colorado, with her four children.

DELISSA VILLA

OC INTERN MENTOR

Delissa grew up in Tulia, Texas, and completed three OC Internships from 2008-2010. After graduating from St. Mary’s University with a degree in International Marketing and setting up her real estate company, Laridel Properties, LLC, Delissa found a way to contract with OC as an Intern Mentor, utilizing her passion for helping youth to develop their career paths and to build financial wealth.

MEGAN ENGLAND

OC INTERN MENTOR

Megan was a leadership trailblazer during her high school years, completing three OC Community Internships from 2009-2012. After receiving her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Oklahoma Wesleyan University and working in the Communications Office, she found a way to return to her rural hometown in southeast Colorado, and works as the Business/Life Skills teacher at Springfield Schools. In addition to contracting as an OC Intern Mentor, Megan also publishes OC’s Monthly Newsletter.

KIM HALL

OC BOOKKEEPER

Kimberly Hall lives in Amarillo, Texas, and has worked as Ogallala Commons bookkeeper for since 2011. Together with her husband, they founded Shane Hall Financial, a financial planning firm. They have two children, Sophia and Michael, and enjoy traveling and doing anything outdoors, camping, fishing, skiing, and hiking.

ROBERT MARTIN

OC STEWARDSHIP EDUCATOR

Robert grew up on a family farm in Curry County, New Mexico, and received several degrees in college, including a master’s in biology from Eastern New Mexico State University.  After working as a biology teacher and as a technician for the Nature Conservancy for a number of years, Robert currently resides in Santa Fe, NM and works as a realtor for a ranch real estate firm.

Meryl Benham

OC Grant Services

Meryl grew up in Midland, TX, graduated from Texas Tech University School of Law, and currently serves as Associate Judge of Lubbock Municipal Court. In that role, she presides over the City’s Class C juvenile cases and helps develop innovative programs. Additionally, Meryl and her husband, Dustin, have two young children whom they adore. Besides her contract work for OC, Meryl is also a regular volunteer for Salvation Army and drives for Lubbock Meals on Wheels.