Patty is returning to the Lawton Public Schools Board of Education after a ten year absence. She was a member for fifteen years, serving as president three times and legislative representative for several years. Past committees were Military Child Education Coalition, the Equity Committee, District Education Improvement Council, Lawton-Fort Sill Community Education Advisory Committee and Professional Development Committee. Neuwirth was a member of the Oklahoma State School Boards Association (OSSBA) State Legislative Network and a past member of the National School Boards Association Federal Relations Network.
Neuwirth was named to the OSSBA All-State School Board, and attained the highest level in the Oklahoma State School Board Academy. She has served as an OSSBA Board Member, District 11 director, legislative, convention and audit committees. She has also received the National School Boards Association Distinguished Service Award.
Neuwirth began her involvement with schools as a parent volunteer. She has served as a PTA unit president nine times, Lawton PTA Council president two years, and Oklahoma PTA state president. Other offices include treasurer (twice), vice president, public relations and office chairman. She served on the National PTA Board of Directors four years and served two years as trustee to the National PTA Endowment.
While PTA Council president, she initiated the LPS joint task force on libraries to improve the district’s libraries. She also was the Oklahoma representative to the White House Conference on Libraries. Other committees included LPS Teacher of the Year, Lawton Literacy Task Force, Distinguished Service Award and Five-year Improvement. Statewide committees include Oklahoma Commission on Educational Leadership, Oklahoma Education Coalition, State Teacher of the Year Selection Committee and Oklahoma Governors Committee on Tobacco & Youth.
As a school board member, Neuwirth was instrumental in the district’s equity study to research the concept that family financial condition or a teachers outside resources must not limit the opportunity for each student to participate in basic school programs. As a result, additional district funds were applied to basic programs, giving teachers the resources to provide every student with the opportunity to participate and learn.
Neuwirth is the past state director for the Oklahoma Academic Decathlon. This is a statewide academic competition for high school teams. She also served the United States Academic Decathlon State Directors Association as the South Region Coordinator.
Neuwirth is involved in other community activities: Habitat For Humanity (president), Lawton Public Library Board (president), Friends of the Library (treasurer & past president),Lawton Community Theatre (past-president), Little Chapel of Lawton (treasurer), Comanche County Multidisciplinary Team - Sanctuary (treasurer), Lawton PTA Council (past president & Associate Membership Chairman), and Lawton Chamber of Commerce Education Task Force Chairman. Past activities include Boulevard of Lights, Leadership Lawton, American Cancer Society, Junior League, CASA, Camp Fire, Boy Scouts, Oklahoma Education Enhancement Foundation, and Lawton Redistricting Commission,
Awards: Sheila O Lee. Volunteer of the Year 2014 (Lawton Ft. Sill Chamber of Commerce), Oklahoma State School Board All-State School Board, the Ralph Holman Distinguished Service Award (Life Long Learning Council), MLK Lifetime Achievement Award, National PTA Life Member and 2007 Business of the Arts.
Neuwirth was a partner in RCS Enterprises L.L.C., the local Burger King Franchise comprised of five stores until February, 2015 when the business was sold. Currently she is Executive Director of the Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra. She is also employed as financial secretary for First Christian Church. After earning her degree in business from Oklahoma State University she moved to Lawton in 1971. She has two grown children and three grandchildren.
Kelly Edwards is the CEO and Chief Marketing Strategist at LMG, an award-wining advertising agency based in Lawton and serving clients throughout the nation. Prior to founding the company, Kelly graduated Cum Laude from the University of North Texas in 2002 with a BA in advertising and marketing. She went on to work in corporate marketing for 10 years before moving to Lawton and forming the agency in 2012.
She and her husband, Coby, have two kids ages 10 and 11 who both play competitive soccer. When she's not on the sidelines at their practices and games, she enjoys practicing yoga, running, snowboarding, and leading a Bible study at her church. She also serves as the Vice President of the Board of the Lawton Public School Foundation, and as the Marketing Chair on the Lawton Proud board.
Dr. Lori Bridges
Lori Bridges was elected to the Lawton Board of Education in February 2014. She represents the Brockland, Crosby Park, Hugh Bish and Woodland Hills elementary school service areas, along with portions of Almor West, Edison and Eisenhower elementaries.
A native of Lawton, Bridges attended Edison Elementary, Eisenhower Junior High and Eisenhower High school. She holds degrees from Cameron University, the University of Oklahoma and Southwestern Oklahoma State University, where she was awarded her Doctor of Pharmacy degree.
Bridges is a clinical pharmacist at Reynolds Army Hospital. Her husband, Todd, has a local dental practice. The couple has two children, Connor, a junior at EHS, and Anslee, an eighth grader at Eisenhower Middle School.
She is active in the community, coaching little league and serving on the board of several parent groups and booster clubs. She currently serves as president of the Eisenhower Stakeholder Group and is a past board member of the Lawton Public School Foundation. Bridges is active in the Northwest Church of Christ, Oklahoma Missions of Mercy and Hearts That Care Lawton. She has also served on the boards of Christian Homes of Abilene and Christian Homes of Oklahoma.
Kent Jester took his seat on the Lawton Board of Education in February 2010. Area 5 serves the Adams, Whittier, Wilson and Washington elementary school districts, along with portions of the Cleveland and Lincoln service areas.
A longtime Lawton resident, Jester graduated from Eisenhower High School in 1974. He and his wife, Joan, a Lawton High grad, have four children who are products of the Lawton Public Schools.
Jester has been active in PTSA and booster clubs, and has coached baseball, basketball and soccer. He is also involved in many civic, business, community and church organizations, including the Great Plains AMBUCS, in which he served as president and district governor.
As president and CEO of Arrow Sign Company, Jester is a past president of the Oklahoma Sign Association and was inducted into the Oklahoma Sign Association Hall of Fame. He has served on past City Charter Review and City Sign Code committees and is a member of the City Redistricting Committee.