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Executive Committee

The Executive Committee of Westerners International is composed of a group of Westerners who live mostly in the Oklahoma City area. One exception is David Carter, former WI President and member of the Fort Smith Corral, a longtime board member who cheerfully drives the 3 hours over for meetings. The executive committee is part of the full board.


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.


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 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.


Don Reeves is the Curator of Cowboy Collections at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum where the Home Ranch is located. Don holds the McCasland Chair of Cowboy Culture. He became a member of the Indian Territory Posse of Oklahoma City in 1978 and has served as secretary and board member of Westerners International since 1987. He helped to move the “home ranch” from Tucson to Oklahoma City after the death of Leland Case. His major focus of study has been regional cowboy traditions and cultural identities no matter whether the cowboy is called a vaquero, buckaroo, drover, cowpoke, paniolo or gaucho. Contemporary cowboy gear is also a passion. In 1998, he worked closely with top saddlemakers, bit and spur makers and silversmiths on the formation of the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association. He is originally from Iowa and is a member of the Indian Territory Posse of Oklahoma City.


John Marshall is the past treasurer of WI, having served over 20 years, and is another who helped load up the “wagon” in moving the “home ranch” from Tucson to Oklahoma City. A native of Quanah, Texas, he naturally first fell in love with Texas history and then was fascinated with the old “B” western movies. John enjoyed Johnny Mack Brown, Lash Larue and calls “The Durango Kid” his hero. After being graduated from the Business School at the University of Texas, he ended up in the banking business in Oklahoma City. For many years he was instrumental in arranging for and overseeing the WI Breakfast at the annual WHA meetings. He is a member of the Indian Territory Posse, Oklahoma City.


Bill is a native Oklahoman, born in Oklahoma City and reared with an appreciation for Oklahoma and western history. He received a BS in Business from Oklahoma City University and has been a financial consultant in the investment securities industry for many years. He has served many organizations in various capacities including being president of the Mid-West Savings Conference, member of the vestry for three Episcopal churches. He is a board member of the Association of Western History Collections at the University of Oklahoma and a member and past Sheriff of the Indian Territory Posse. He also is a second generation Westerner as his father, the late Dr. Harry Deupree, was a founding member of the IT Posse.


A native of Oklahoma, all four of her grandparents and two of her great grandparents settled in the Twin Territories before statehood. Hearing family stories she became interested in pioneering, ranching and other things Western at a young age. Burnis was graduated with a degree in English from Oklahoma State University. She worked for 10 years as a staff writer for The Daily Oklahoman and Oklahoma City Times, retiring to become a free-lance writer while rearing two sons. She is the principal author of one book, Historic Tour Guide of Oklahoma. In 1992 she became the editor of the Buckskin Bulletin. She was a member of the Oklahoma City Women’s Posse, now in Dry Camp, and is a member of the Chisholm Trail Corral, Oklahoma City.


Born in Kansas but reared in Texas from the age of 6 weeks, Jim Argo is a photojournalist who began his career while a student at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, working for the Lubbock Avalanche Journal. After college he worked for his hometown newspaper, the Amarillo Globe News, before joining The Daily Oklahoman and Oklahoma City Times in Oklahoma City in 1963. He retired as photo editor from the Oklahoma Publishing Company after 40 years. As one of the first still photographers at the scene of the Oklahoma City Bombing in 1995, he is well-known for several photographs from that day. Also a free-lance photographer he worked for a number of major news magazines, He co-authored three books for the Oklahoma Historical Society, authored two other books and was a major contributor to 14 other books on Oklahoma. He is a member of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma Historians Hall of Fame and the Chisholm Trail Corral of which he is a past sheriff.


Mary Marvel has been an active volunteer at the WI ”home ranch” since early in 1996 and served as assistant treasurer for several years before becoming treasurer in 2013. A native of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, she moved to Oklahoma in 1972. In 1996 she retired as Human Resources Manager with the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. She has always had an interest in American history, especially the West. As she recalls, her interest in the West was sparked after reading a book in her grade school library about a young girl’s adventures traveling the Oregon Trail with a wagon train. She has been a member of the Chisholm Trail Corral in Oklahoma City since 1994.


Fred W. Marvel traveled the state of Oklahoma photographing the scenic and historic places and events for 35 years for the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department, as well as events leading up to and including the state’s centennial in 2007. His images have been featured in Oklahoma Today magazine as well as numerous regional, national and international publications.  He is a member of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Glenda Carlile Distinguished Service award from the Friends of the Oklahoma Center for the Book.  He is a member of the Chisholm Trail Corral and a valued volunteer at the WI “home ranch” where he puts his degree in journalism from the University of Tulsa to good use as the chief copy editor of printed materials.


John Heisch is retired as acquisitions, cataloging and acquisitions services librarian at Oklahoma City University. His earlier experience includes the Army Security Agency, records manager with an oil company and library director at the Oklahoma Historical Society. A native of Walters, Oklahoma, he received an undergraduate degree in history and masters in library science from the University of Oklahoma. He believes his interest in history springs from his personal memory of his German speaking great grandfather and his grandfather who worked as a hired ranch hand for cash to supplement the meager income as a farmer and to enable him to own his own farm. He is a charter member and twice past sheriff of the Chisholm Trail Corral, Oklahoma City.


Ed Kelsay is an attorney in Oklahoma City and a former sheriff of the Indian Territory Posse. He serves the “home ranch” as the go-to person for any questions regarding legal matters.


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