BOARD OF DIRECTORS + STAFF
Board of Directors
Tom Talley, Chairman
Michael Hayes, Vice Chairman
Louis Sims, Secretary
Jim Stoup, Treasurer
Judge Mike Bradford
Jackie D. Willis
National Board of Advisors
General (Ret.)Tommy Franks, Chairman
MG (Ret.) Rita Aragon
MG (Ret.) Toney Stricklin
D'Lese D. Travis, Executive Director
D’Lese Travis joined the staff of General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute & Museum as Executive Director on June 1, 2016. She brings a solid history of event and facility management as well as marketing and promotion expertise to the Museum’s executive director position.
“To make a difference” is what Travis holds most important to her life and work. Travis has a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts from the University of Central Oklahoma. She served on the public relations and marketing team for the Kirkpatrick Center Museum Complex with responsibility over several of the in-house museums. For 10 years, she served as manager of the Oklahoma Farm Show, a national farm equipment, services and supply show in Oklahoma City and served the National AgriMarketing Association board. Travis opened the Frisco Conference Center in Clinton, Oklahoma serving as director for nearly 10 years and bringing many state conferences, regional and local meetings to the facility and area. While serving at the Frisco Conference Center, Travis earned her Certified Meeting Professional accreditation and served as president of Meeting Professionals International’s Oklahoma Chapter as well. In addition, Travis has been actively involved serving on several committees for Oklahoma Society of Association Executives.
Raised in a western Oklahoma farm and ranch family, Travis is a member of the state organization, Oklahoma CattleWomen, which operates under the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association. She received the Oklahoma CattleWoman of the Year Award in 2008 for her work on a national promotion and served as the state president for two years in 2010-2011. Concurrently, she served as Meeting Chair in American National CattleWomen. Her farming and ranching tradition encompasses actively competing in ranch horse competitions.
Nikki Jones, Deputy Director
Nikki has more than 16 years of diverse management experience focused on planning, administration, project management and non-profit organizations. Nikki has worked at the General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute and Museum for more than 5 years, holding positions as the deputy director, interim executive director, program director and office manager. Nikki is the subject-matter expert on our world renowned programs such as Celebration of Freedom and Four Star Leadership with General Tommy Franks. Nikki and her family relocated to Hobart, Oklahoma from Indianapolis, Indiana 10 years ago. Today they are very active within the Hobart community. Nikki is Non-Profit Management Certified and a certified medical assistant.
Scott Cumm, Museum Manager
Scott was born October 28, 1960 in Herkimer in upstate New York. He is a retired Technical Sergeant in the United State Air Force. After graduating from Herkimer High School in 1979, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and attended Basic Training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. He received his advance training as an Aerospace Ground Equipment Technician at Rantoul, Illinois in 1980.
During his 20 year career, he served in five state side bases and one overseas base. He also served during Operation Desert Shield and Desert in 1990. Some of his awards include the Air Force Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with three oak leaf clusters, Air Force Good Conduct Medal with silver oak leaf cluster, the Defense Service Medal and the Aerospace Ground Equipment Senior Maintenance Badge. Scott was also named 1994 Altus Air Force Base Noncommissioned Officer and in 1994 and 1995 the NCO of the year for Altus Air Force Base’s Chapter of the Air Force Association. He graduated from the United States Air Force Noncommissioned Officers Academy at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, in 1997.
After retiring from the Air Force in 2000 he moved to Hobart, Oklahoma, and worked a few part time jobs. Scott began volunteering at the General Tommy Franks Museum as a docent/guide in 2008. Scott has also worked as an educator for the museum’s Road Show and Mobile Classroom, as well as doing carpentry work to help rebuild the Stanley Building prior to being named the GTFLIM Museum Manager in 2011. He has two children, a daughter Nicole who lives in Oklahoma City and is a home health care worker, and a son Christopher, who graduated from Hobart High School as the HS Band Drum Major and is currently serving in the United States Navy as an Airman.