Joel Kintsel currently serves as the ODVA Executive Director. A Veteran of the Oklahoma Army National Guard (2000-2009), Major Kintsel serves as an Assistant Staff Judge Advocate, 137 SOW, in the Oklahoma Air National Guard. Prior to coming to the ODVA Joel served as the Parliamentarian for Oklahoma House of Representatives. During Joel’s service with 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. He was also one of the thousands of Oklahoma Guard members who were deployed to New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
Sarah served in the OK Army National Guard from 2005 to 2016 as both a JAG officer and supervisory contact officer. As the supervisory contract officer of the state, she had procurement responsibilities for both the Army and Air national Guard. Sarah is interested in increasing visibility of services and benefits available to the state's veterans and their families, and works to stand up new programs to serve unmet veteran needs. Sarah began practicing law in 2002.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Lisa holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Central Oklahoma and a Master of Business Administration degree with a specialization in International Management from Nova Southeastern University. Lisa is passionate about identifying inefficiencies in processes to improve operating efficiencies.
DIRECTOR OF HOMES
Shawn currently serves as the Director of Homes for the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as, the Administrator for the Ardmore Veterans Center. He began his career with the ODVA in May 2015. He holds a Bachelors degree in Biological Health Sciences and is a licensed Long Term Care Administrator.
Colonel (Retired) Tracy Spencer came to work for the ODVA as the Director of Human Resources in December 2018 after completing over 27 years of military service. He comes to us from the Oklahoma National Guard (OKNG) where he served in multiple key leadership positions, including assignments as the J1/Director of Manpower and Personnel and as the Director of Staff for the Oklahoma Air National Guard. As a rated officer, Tracy held the aeronautical rating of Master Navigator and amassed over 3,300 flight hours, including over 400 combat hours, in the C-130H Tactical Transport Aircraft. Tracy’s passion is mentoring younger personnel and assisting others in reaching their goals.
STATE APPROVING AGENCY ADMINISTRATOR
Dr. Brint Montgomery
Dr. Brint Montgomery currently serves as the State Approving Agency Administrator, and is a veteran of both the Air Force and the Army. Prior to joining the team at ODVA, Brint served 25 years in the academy as a professor of Logic and Philosophy. He is especially interested in data engineering and automation of operations processes as brought to the service of Oklahoma Veterans.
WOMEN VETERANS COORDINATOR
Lisa Mussett began assisting veterans for the state of OK in Dec 2011, serving as a Local Veterans Employment Specialist with OESC. Lisa worked within the southeast quadrant of the state, serving multiple roles within Department of Labor programs, such as developing and facilitating veteran outreach events with federal, state and local groups, providing direct case management services for disabled veterans, establishing outreach focus groups for women and tribal veterans and facilitating employment and training programs with veterans and employers. Lisa transferred to ODVA in Jan 2017, Claims & Benefits division, serving as a Field Service Rep, providing claims and benefits services throughout the state. Lisa describes herself as a proud USAF veteran and Cold War relic, having served from 1989-1992, as a Morse Systems Intercept Operator with the Electronic Security Command and later the US Air Force Intelligence Command.
DIRECTOR OF CLAIMS & BENEFITS
Jackie G. Whitten Jr. joined the ODVA in 2013 as a Veterans Field Service Officer and was appointed the State Claims and Benefits Manager July 1st, 2015. Prior to his career with the ODVA, Jackie served in the U.S. Air Force from 1989 to 2010. He served as a Medic, Paramedic and Independent Duty Medic. He deployed in the first Gulf War and then again multiple times in the recent Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. He retired as a Master Sergeant.