About Us

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is part of the Board of Directors. It meets twice a year, in February and April at the WI Home Ranch, at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Musuem in Canyon, Texas.

Bynum, Greg (Amarillo, TX)
Cummings, David (Lubbock, TX)
DeSpain, Matt
Goddard, Rodney
Grauer, Michael
Jennings, Jim (Amarillo, TX)
King, Delinda (Canyon, TX)
Laubhan, Rodney (Amarillo, TX)
MacDonald, Bonney (Canyon, TX)
Matney, Dr. J. Paul (Amarillo, TX)
McInnis, Cheryl (Oklahoma City, OK)
McInnis, Kent (Oklahoma City, OK)
Pirtle, Kenneth Dale (Amarillo, TX)
Winchester, Juti (Hays, KS)

JUTI WINCHESTER

Dr. Juti Winchester teaches Plain Old History, Western History, and Public History at Fort Hays State University in the storied western metropolis of Hays, Kansas.  A graduate of Northern Arizona University and San Diego State University, she wrote her dissertation about tourism and William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody.   Currently, Juti is working on a manuscript exploring the way the public has used ideas and images of Buffalo Bill since his death in 1917.  Before returning to the Ivory Tower, she worked in various positions including archivist, architectural historian, and museum curator, including a stint at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center.  “Doc” Winchester has been a member of the Garden of the Sun Corral in Fresno, California, and was a founder and “Rep” for Pahaska Corral in Cody, Wyoming.  She recently helped found the Old Hays City Corral in Hays, and is their current “Rep.”  Because somebody’s bound to ask, Oliver Winchester of rifle fame is something like Doc’s sixth great-uncle.


KENT McINNIS

native of Oklahoma, Kent McInnis was graduated in 1969 from Oklahoma State University with a BS in zoology, but discovered the joys of history in the electives he took. After serving for five years as a jet pilot in the Air Force, Kent utilized the GI Bill to pursue an MA in History of the Southwest from the University of Central Oklahoma. Kent joined Indian Territory Posse of Oklahoma Westerners in 1980. A decade later he added membership in Chisholm Trail Corral, where he has served as sheriff twice. Kent served on the Westerners Executive Board of Directors, before assuming the chairmanship in 2008. As chairman he set a goal to stabilize the financial end of Westerners International and to enhance the opportunities for recruiting a younger membership. His interests include military history, military reunions, and high school reunions where he always takes a leadership role. More recently he has delivered a number of talks about Western mythology and its influence on American fighter pilots. Besides his affiliation in Westerners, Kent holds active memberships in Air Force Pilot Training Class 71-06 (Rio River Rats), Order of Daedalians, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma Historical Society, Western History Association, and National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.


CHERYL McINNIS

Cheryl McInnis is from Stillwater, Oklahoma and currently resides in Oklahoma City. She has a BA in Education and MA in English from Oklahoma State University and later earned a media specialist graduate degree from the University of Central Oklahoma. Cheryl has been a member of The Chisholm Trail Corral since it was organized in 1990 and has served as Sheriff and Deputy Sheriff of the organization. Also, she has been on the WI Board for a number of years and has volunteered in the role of cyberslinger and currently as a photographer contributing to the WI Web Page and Buckskin Bulletin. Currently she is employed as a Media Technology Director at Mustang Public Schools and serves as a board member and secretary for the Oklahoma Technology Association.


 



Executive Committee