Joel Kintsel currently serves as ODVA Executive Director where he is responsible for providing leadership, strategic planning, organizing and directing all agency programs and daily operations, advising and updating the Board of Commissioners on agency activities, executing special projects, and providing oversight of the seven Oklahoma Veterans Centers. Joel previously served as ODVA Deputy Director from 2018 to 2019 before being appointed to Executive Director. Prior to joining ODVA, Joel served as the Parliamentarian for the Oklahoma House of Representatives for 14 years and is the author of House Rules and Procedural Manual, a book detailing legislative parliamentarian procedure.
A veteran of the Oklahoma Army National Guard from 2000 to 2009, Joel was recently appointed to Lt. Colonel for the Oklahoma Air National Guard while concurrently serving as Assistant Staff Judge Advocate, 137 SOW. During Joel’s service with the Oklahoma National Guard, he was appointed Deputy Command Judge Advocate for the Joint Area Support Group – Central, Baghdad, Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2008. Joel was also one of the thousands of Oklahoma guard members deployed to New Orleans, La., in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Starting in 2020 after the declaration of the pandemic, Joel began serving as a Supporting Judge Advocate for the statewide COVID-19 task force.
Joel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Oklahoma State University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma. He is also a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association.
In his leisure time, Joel enjoys collecting books and spending time with his wife and two children.
Sarah Lane currently serves as Deputy Director for ODVA where she is responsible for identifying strategic opportunities to serve veterans through the development, direction, coordination, and oversight of agency programs that improve and increase access to veteran benefits and services. Prior to this position, Sarah served as ODVA’s first dedicated in-house General Counsel.
Sarah served in the Oklahoma Army National Guard from 2005 to 2016 as both a Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG) Officer and Supervisory Contract Officer. As the Supervisory Contract Officer for Oklahoma, Sarah had procurement responsibilities for both the Army and Air National Guard.
Sarah has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Tulsa, a Master of Arts in Administrative Leadership from the University of Oklahoma, and a Juris Doctorate from the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond.
Sarah’s goals for ODVA include increasing the visibility of services and benefits available to Oklahoma veterans and their families and creating and implement new programs that serve the unmet needs of Oklahoma’s veterans and their families. She enjoys exploring operational solutions for strategic opportunities.
In her free time, Sarah enjoys travel, spending time with family, and helping out at the family farm.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Lisa White currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer for ODVA where she is responsible for planning, implementation, managing, and running the financial activities of the agency, including business planning, budgeting, forecasting, and negotiations. Prior to joining ODVA, Lisa was an Audit Manager/Supervisor for the Oklahoma Office of Management and Enterprise Services.
Lisa holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Central Oklahoma and a Master of Business Administration with a specialization in International Management from Nova Southeastern University.
Lisa is passionate about identifying inefficiencies in processes to improve operating efficiencies at ODVA.
In her spare time, Lisa enjoys painting.
STATE APPROVING AGENCY ADMINISTRATOR
Dr. Brint Montgomery
Dr. Brint Montgomery currently serves as the State Approving Agency Administrator for ODVA where he is responsible for monitoring, auditing, and reporting on GI Bill® educational benefits to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. His focus at ODVA includes data engineering and software design for automation of operations processes in service to Oklahoma veterans.
Prior to joining the team at ODVA, Brint served 25 years in academia as a full Professor at Southern Nazarene University (SNU) where he taught classes in Philosophy and Logic. He also was director of SNU’s Veterans Educational Transition Success Center.
Brint is a veteran of both the United States Air Force (1981 – 1985) and the United States Army (1985 – 1990).
Brint holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, a Master of Divinity in Philosophical Theology, a Master of Arts in Philosophy, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Philosophy of Mind.
In his leisure time, Brint still enjoys reading in philosophy but also pursues interests in general science and software engineering.
Colonel Tracy Spencer, USAF, retired, joined ODVA in 2018 and currently serves as Director of Human Resources where he is responsible for the direction, coordination, and management of all phases of a diverse multi-functional human resources management program including budget development and execution, merit rule application and compliance with Oklahoma Department of Labor directives for 1,800 employees and contractor personnel at eight veterans’ centers throughout Oklahoma.
Tracy completed more than 27 years in the military where he served in multiple senior leader capacities, including oversight of the property and fiscal operations of the Oklahoma National Guard (OKNG), oversight of all manpower and personnel functions of the OKNG, and, in his final assignment, serving as the Director of Staff for the Oklahoma Air National Guard. As a rated officer, Tracy held the aeronautical rating of Master Navigator, accruing over 3,300 flight hours, including more than 400 combat hours, in the C-130H Tactical Transport Aircraft. Tracy was awarded campaign medals for Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan, multiple Air Medals, and his most distinguished military honor was being awarded the Legion of Merit medal.
Tracy holds an Associate of Arts degree from Rose State College, a Bachelor of Science from the University of Central Oklahoma, has completed multiple graduate courses from the American Military University and is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force War College.
Tracy’s passions include mentoring junior personnel, assisting veterans in need, spending time with his grandchildren, traveling with his spouse of more than 26 years, buying unique items at auctions, financial planning, reading and music.
WOMEN VETERANS COORDINATOR
Lisa Mussett currently serves as Women Veterans Coordinator for ODVA where she is responsible for ensuring women veterans of Oklahoma have equitable access to state and federal veterans’ benefits. Lisa comes to ODVA from the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission (OESC) where she previously served as a Field Service Representative for the Claims and Benefits Division.
Lisa's background includes serving as a consolidated Local Veterans Employment Specialist and Disabled Veteran Outreach Program Specialist for OESC, providing case management services for veterans and employers of southeast Oklahoma. Her duties included facilitating outreach events with federal, state, and local groups, and successfully establishing outreach focus groups for women and tribal veterans.
Lisa describes herself as a proud United States Air Force veteran and Cold War relic, serving from 1989 to 1992 as a Morse Systems Intercept Operator with the Electronic Security Command and later for the U.S. Air Force Intelligence Command.
In her spare time, Lisa enjoys reading, gardening, attending high school sporting events with her radio broadcasting husband, also a USAF veteran, and spending time with her three children and their infinite number of animals.
DIRECTOR OF HOMES
Shawn Kirkland currently serves as the Director of Homes for ODVA where he is responsible for providing administrative direction and general oversight of daily operations for all seven ODVA veterans’ centers. Prior to joining ODVA, Shawn served as Long Term Care Administrator for a privately owned company in southern Oklahoma.
Shawn holds a Bachelor of Science in Biological Health Sciences from Southeastern Oklahoma State University and is a licensed Long Term Care Administrator.
In his leisure time, Shawn enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, and working on do-it-yourself (DIY) projects at home.
PUBLIC AFFAIRS & MARKETING PROGRAMS ADMINISTRATOR
Krista Townsend currently serves as Public Affairs and Marketing Programs Administrator for ODVA where she is responsible for public/media relations and messaging, marketing, digital and social media, and event planning. Prior to joining the agency, Krista worked for several local public relations agencies managing large corporate client accounts. She also worked as a news reporter in print, radio, and television for several local media outlets and handled public/media relations for the Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department.
Krista has a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Central Oklahoma and a Master of Public Health from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
Krista’s passions include holistic health, traveling, yoga, dancing, reading, trying new recipes, and taking long walks with her Shih Tzu, Riley.
DIRECTOR OF CLAIMS & BENEFITS
Jackie G. Whitten, Jr., currently serves as the State Claims and Benefits Manager for ODVA where he is responsible for directing Oklahoma veterans benefits programs and activities in conjunction with the Federal Veterans Benefits Administration, various veterans services organizations, military services, and members of the state legislature and U.S. Congress. Jackie also ensures compliance with state and federal laws as well as policies and procedures related to veterans’ benefits. Jackie previously served as a Field Service Officer for ODVA from 2013 to 2015.
Prior to his career with ODVA, Jackie served in the United States Air Force from 1989 to 2010 where he was a Medic, Paramedic and Independent Duty Medic. Jackie was deployed in the Persian Gulf War and then again multiple times in Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. He retired as a Master Sergeant in 2010.
Jackie holds a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management with a minor in Emergency Management.
In his spare time, Jackie enjoys recreational vehicle (RV) travel and spending time with family.