Oklahoma Baptist University

OBU Alumnae Honored As State’s Top Young Leaders

OBU alums Dr. Rachel Franklin and Marnie Ducato were recognized byThe Journal Record as two members of "Achievers under 40" class, acknowledging Oklahoma top leaders under the age of 40. (Photo provided by Marnie Ducato)

Marnie Glasgow Ducato and Dr. Rachel McClintock Franklin, both 1993 graduates of Oklahoma Baptist University, were honored by The Journal Record on May 18 as two of the state’s top leaders under the age of 40.

The business newspaper’s “Achievers under 40” event recognized professionals from the state, representing a wide spectrum of business industries.

“This group of honorees is all under the age of 40 but has already proven both their leadership skills and their strong commitment to making Oklahoma a better place to live and work." said Mary Mélon, the paper’s publisher.

Winners were chosen by a committee composed of area leaders and were honored at the event and profiled in a special publication of The Journal Record.

Ducato is director of marketing and public relations for the Tulsa Zoo. Under her leadership, the zoo’s exposure has increased through award-winning marketing campaigns as well as securing national television spotlights highlighting the zoo’s accomplishments. Most recently she led the campaign for winning “America’s Favorite Zoo.”

Ducato is currently the chair of Tulsa’s Young Professionals, an 1,800 member organization dedicated to attracting and retaining young professionals. She is co-author of Chirp, a column for working mothers in Tulsa Kids which will debut this June. She is married to Anthony and has one son, Nicholas.

Franklin is a family medicine physician at the Oklahoma City Clinic, and also the author of Expecting Twins, Triplets, and More: A Doctor’s Guide to a Healthy and Happy Multiple Pregnancy. She is a regular columnist for TWINS Magazine. In addition, she teaches at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and College of Nursing. She and her husband Benjamin have five-year old twins, Jack and Emma.

The Journal Record's third class of "Achievers under 40" includes:

Robert Dick Bell, judge, Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals

James P. Boggs, senior vice president of commercial banking, MidFirst Bank

Martin J. Bonick, CEO, Tulsa Regional Medical Center

Dan Boren, member, U.S. House of Representatives

Jesse Boudiette, vice president and corporate communications manager, Bank of Oklahoma

Jerry T. Butler, general manager, Williams Broadcasting LLC-KOFM/KFWA

Kati M. Christ, senior vice president, IBC Bank

Glenn Coffee, member, Oklahoma Senate

Adam Cohen, director of legal and public affairs, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation

Jake Dollarhide, CEO, Longbow Asset Management

Joe Dorman, member, Oklahoma House of Representatives

Marnie Ducato, marketing and media relations director, Tulsa Zoo

Leigh Goodson, vice president for enrollment management and marketing, Oklahoma State University

Risha Grant, editor-in-chief, Xposure Business Magazine

Sean Griffin, founder and senior consultant, Vizalution LLC

Brett Hamm, executive vice president and senior partner, Saxum Strategic Communications

Shane Fernandez, vice president and director of design, McFarland Davies Architects

Darcie Henderson, vice president and corporate services officer, Coppermark Bank

Joe M. Hodges, president, St. Anthony Hospital

Peter Hodges, president, Metro Auto Dealers Association

Taylor Keen, vice president, Cherokee Nation Enterprises

Joe Kelley, host, KRMG Morning News

Vi T. Le, compliance officer/legal counsel, Global Health Inc.

Jason Little, investment advisor, Sperry Van Ness

Jay Martin, vice president of research and development, Martin Bionics LLC

Jessica Martinez-Brooks, media and community relations coordinator, Oklahoma City Community College

Rachel McClintock Franklin, pediatrician, Oklahoma City Clinic

James C. Milton, partner, Doerner, Saunders, Daniel & Anderson

Barry Murphy Jr., managing director, Ronin Development LLC

Andrea Myers, account director, Rex Public Relations LLC

David P. Odom, president, D.P. Odom Construction & Odom NW

Armand Paliotta, partner, Hartzog Conger Cason & Neville LLP

Sally Ray, vice president of financial development, YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City

David Reid, president, Vox Printing Inc.

Josh Roby, assistant vice president, Bank South

Chip Sears, chef/senior instructor, director of A la Carte classes, The Culinary Institute at Platt College

Kayte Spillman, managing editor, TulsaPeople Magazine

Tom D. Walker, chief operating officer and executive vice president, i2E

Tina Wells, director of community relations, EMSA

Christi Woodworth, director of external communications, Sonic America's Drive-In