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Meet the OMES Budget team

The OMES Budget team recently implemented a new strategic plan format, standardizing across all state agencies and making it easier for state leaders to implement agency goals and missions in order to better serve Oklahomans. The team works tirelessly assisting state entities, including the Governor’s Office, with establishing their budgets every year.

Brandy Manek
Director of Budget, Policy and Gaming Compliance

Brandy Manek has served under three governors and six directors in her tenure at OMES. As director of Budget, Policy and Gaming Compliance, she leads a team with diverse duties, including creation of the annual Executive Budget Book and the Gaming Compliance Annual Report.

Colette Stender
Budget Manager

Collette has been a part of OMES Budget for over 14 years. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma and is a huge Sooner fan.  She enjoys cooking, traveling with her husband, and spending time at the lake. Her favorite quote is, "Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it's amazing what they can accomplish. —Sam Walton

Christine Patton
Budget Coordinator       

Christine coordinates State Budget Division processes and oversees central budgeting for the Human Services cabinet. Before joining OMES she was a Senior Consultant at a national public accounting firm. Outside the office, she enjoys hiking in National Parks and growing cut flowers for friends and family. 

Brett Deibel
Senior Budget Analyst

Brett Deibel is the Senior Budget Analyst for General Government and Transportation Agencies. He has been with OMES since 2013. Brett has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Northeastern State University and a master’s in public administration from OU.

John Gilbert
Revenue Advisor

John Gilbert has been with the OMES Budget and Policy team for five years. He is an alumnus of Colorado State University College of Business. He enjoys running and cycling around Lake Hefner on rare days when it’s not windy.

Chris Cremin
Budget Analyst

Chris serves as the budget analyst for state retirement systems and revenue agencies and assists the state revenue advisor. They hold a bachelor’s degree in Economics, Political Science and Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma. Chris previously interned at the Oklahoma Legislature and worked on electoral and public advocacy campaigns for seven years before joining OMES. Outside the office, Chris enjoys cooking, gardening and scary movies.

James Kentopp
Budget Analyst

James is the analyst responsible for the Public Safety, Military, and Judiciary policy areas.  He served an enlistment in the United States Marine Corps and earned a Master of Public Administration from the University of Central Oklahoma before joining the OMES Budget team.

Luke Taylor
Budget Analyst

Luke Taylor is the analyst responsible for Non-Appropriated and Regulatory agencies. He is an alumnus of Oklahoma State University with a double major in Economics and Actuarial and Financial Mathematics. He also enjoys reading fantasy novels and watching OSU basketball.

Christina Tian
Budget Analyst

Christina Tian has been a budget analyst with Budget, Policy and Gaming Compliance division since 2018. She grew up in the north part of China where her loving and hard-working parents and little brother’s family live. Christina holds a BA in General English Studies from XISU China and a BA in Finance Insurance and Risk Management from UCO Oklahoma. She is raising her two wonderful daughters to be strong and useful people and believes everyone could make a difference.


The Budget Division’s mission is to serve Oklahoman’s providing objective information and analysis to ensure a balanced budget and effective stewardship of public resources.​

How we do this? We pursue excellence by partnering with agencies on budget planning and development activities, budget management and performance, monitoring and compliance, and budget oversight. ​


The Budget Division’s vision is to be trusted and collaborative partners providing insights to drive strong strategic financial and budgeting decisions, solutions, and outcomes.​

  •  Build innovative, collaborative, and integrated budgeting.​
  • Identify, evaluate, and implement opportunities to add value.​
  • Embrace change being agile, efficient, and transparent in utilizing finite resources to best serve Oklahomans​.
  • Create sustainable best practices via a continuous improvement mindset.


  • Effective Fiscal Stewardship (Associated Behaviors): Accuracy, Expertise, Rigorous Analytical Thinking 
  • Agency Engagement (Associated Behaviors): Partnership, Professionalism, Problem Solving
  • Continuous Improvement (Associated Behaviors): Questioning the Status Quo, Innovation, Staff Development
Last Modified on Mar 04, 2022
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