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Administrative Staff


Joel Kintsel

Phone: 405-523-4000

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

Phone: 405-523-4000

Sarah Lane currently serves as Acting Executive 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.


Shawn Kirkland

Phone: 405-523-4000

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.


Lisa White

Phone: 405-523-4040

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.


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Dr. Brint Montgomery

Phone: 405-523-4011

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.

Jennifer Shockley - Human Resources Director


Jennifer Shockley

Phone: (405)523-4030

Jennifer Shockley currently serves as the Director of Human Resources for ODVA where she is responsible for overseeing human resource systems, handling employee relations, ensuring compliance with regulations, applying laws and rules concerning state employees and applicants, managing budgets, assessing staffing needs, hiring employees, coordinating training programs, and developing compensation plans. 

Jennifer comes to ODVA with over 13 years of state service.  She has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Southern Nazarene and a Master’s in Business Administration from Oklahoma Christian University.  Her certifications include the State of Oklahoma Certified Personnel Professional (CPP), Professional In Human Resources (PHR), and SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP).

In her leisure time, Jennifer enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.


Lisa Mussett

Phone: 405-523-4020

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. 

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Phone:  405-523-4045

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Rob Arrington - Veterans Home Outreach Team


Rob Arrington

Phone: 405-523-4004



Rob currently serves as the State Veterans Home Outreach Team Leader for ODVA. He is responsible for reaching out to Veterans, families, and health care providers to teach them about Oklahoma’s State Veterans Home program and help them take advantage of all the VA benefits they have earned.


Rob started with ODVA at the Sulphur Veterans Home in 2008 and most recently served as administrator of the Norman Veterans Home for over three years.


Rob served in the Oklahoma Army National Guard from 1985 to 2007 as an air traffic controller. He had several overseas deployments including Bosnia and Iraq.

Rob has a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Central Oklahoma and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma.


Aaron Ashworth

Phone:  405-227-7508

Aaron Ashworth is the Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Programs Administrator for ODVA.  He was brought onto the team in 2019 to develop the Oklahoma Governor's Challenge. This effort is a collaborative public health approach to reducing suicide among service members, veterans, and their families. 

Aaron is a Licensed Professional Counselor who previously worked on both the Tulsa and Oklahoma City Mayor's Challenge teams. 

Aaron serves as an Army Chaplain for the Oklahoma Army National Guard's 160th Field Artillery Battalion. He is currently a Captain with three combat tours and more than 20 years of service in the Oklahoma National Guard. 

Aaron has a Master of Divinity, a Master of Arts, and a Bachelor of Science, both in counseling, all from Oral Robert's University in Tulsa. 

Daron Hoggatt - Business Management Program Administrator


Daron Hoggatt

Daron Hoggatt currently serves as the Business Management Program Administrator for ODVA (OKVetWorks). Daron is responsible for assisting veteran entrepreneurs with growing and expanding their businesses in Oklahoma through a combination of state and federal resources.

Daron recently held the position of Administrator of the Oklahoma State Use Program where he handled the management, growth, and promotion of the program. As administrator, he worked with 501c3 vendors employing people with severe disabilities and served on the State Use Committee.  In 2001 Daron began his career working for the State of Oklahoma as a correctional officer for the Department of Corrections and later moved into a position with Oklahoma Correctional Industries.

Daron holds a Bachelor of Arts in Administrative Leadership from the University of Oklahoma. He is also a State of Oklahoma Certified Procurement Officer (CPO) and a Certified Business Consultant (CBC).

In his spare time, Daron works as a blacksmith and handcrafts knives. He is also a part-time minister and enjoys spending time with his wife and family. 

Last Modified on Aug 10, 2022
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