Jonathan Irvin – President – Jonathan has been the festival chairman and heavy athletic director for the Iron Thistle Scottish Heritage Festival and Highland Games since its inception over ten years ago, as well as a trustee for USCO. He does a fantastic job of facilitating ideas & keeping us focused on moving forward.
Kyle Erwin – Vice President – Kyle is an athlete and expert on Scottish drinking habits, having attended college at Abertay Dundee in Scotland. Since joining the board in 2014, Kyle has been a driving force behind several of our biggest efforts to bring new members into USCO.
Kristi Kime – Treasurer – Kristi is new to the USCO Leadership team but we’re excited to have her. Kristi is a member of both Clan Donald and Clan MacIntosh. In addition to her skills at crunching numbers, she is a piper for Oklahoma Scottish Pipes and Drums and makes a mean Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes. Don’t worry, though, the only thing exploding will be your taste buds.
Harold McNutt – Secretary – Harold is a Heavy Games competitor; he and his wife Terri are very involved in the Scottish culture and travel all over the region for competitions and events. Harold is the perfect person to make sure we’re dotting our i’s and crossing our t’s and staying on point in meetings.
Jack Robertson – Chief Program Officer – Jack has been interested in his Scottish heritage since he was a teenager. He is a member of Clan Donnachaidh (Robertson), and you’re likely to see his own Robertson clan wearing their tartan at USCO events. He has been married over 20 years to his sweetheart, Heather, and has three children. Jack is obviously a fan of history, as he works for the Oklahoma Historical Society in the State Historic Preservation Office.
Laura Thiry – Chief Development Officer – Laura and her husband Kenneth are long term members of USCO and have logged many years of service to the organization. Laura has held various offices on the board and is a driving force behind many of our efforts.
Katherine Smith – Chief Nominations Officer – Unlike many who grew up being entrenched in their Scottish ancestry, Kathy is somewhat of a newcomer. Despite being told she was primarily English and Native American, she always felt drawn to Scottish culture. After some genealogy research and a DNA test, she’s discovered that she’s mostly Scottish and Irish and decided to fully embrace her heritage. In addition to serving on the USCO Board, she is also a Regent for Clan Douglas in Oklahoma and Kansas.
Heather Robertson – Chief Clan Officer – Heather has been coming to USCO meetings and helping at events alongside her husband Jack. We finally made it official and brought her onto the Board of Trustees. Heather is quickly becoming a seasoned dance mom with their daughter Emily. She also brings a lot of creativity to the table and is a very talented photographer.
Jeremy Irvin – Trustee – Jeremy is a heavy athlete and one of our go-to guys for anything that needs to be done at the Iron Thistle. Did Laura forget to bring a hammer for the third year in a row? No problem, Jeremy’s got it covered. It’s hard work being Jonathan’s brother (and being mistaken for Jonathan quite often), but someone’s gotta do it.
Laura Ladymon – Trustee – Laura has been involved in Scottish culture in Oklahoma since 1997. She is a Premier Highland dancer, certified instructor with the British Association of Teachers of Dance, and owner of the Ladymon School of Scottish Dance in Yukon. She has been the entertainment coordinator for Iron Thistle and dance director for Scotfest. She’s stepped away from a full time public relations career to focus on dance and has one of the best Scottish Dance schools in the country.
Shaun Ladymon – Trustee – Shaun got dragged — mostly willingly — into this Scottish business by his wife, Laura. Thanks to his background as a musician and recording studio owner, he is a valued festival volunteer and assists Laura with the entertainment stages at the Iron Thistle. He’s been known to put out fires quickly at the festival, sometimes literally, and is the only Ladymon anyone trusts with driving a golf cart.
Thorne Poorman – Trustee
Nicole Rodriguez – Trustee – Nicole became interested in the Scottish culture through her genealogy efforts and tracing her family’s history. Since finding out she’s Scottish, she has dived in with both feet! Nicole is multi-lingual, fluently speaking English, French and Spanish. She learned and presented the Lord’s Prayer in Gaidhlig (Scottish Gaelic) at the 2016 Iron Thistle event. It went over so well that she has also taken on the enormous task of learning Gàidhlig and teaching the rest of us.
John Sanders – Trustee – After many years in the military, including guarding nuclear during the cold war, John transitioned into law enforcement in the civilian world. John is very involved in his church and community. In his spare time, you might catch him tooling around the streets on his Harley with “the most wonderful woman in the world”, his wife Gay. He’s fallen down the genealogy rabbit hole researching his family history and Scottish heritage. Now he’s bringing all his experience to help make a positive impact on the USCO.
Paul Sinclair – Trustee – An Oklahoma native of Irish/Nordic descent, Paul has always had a fierce love for his Celtic ancestry. As an adult he delved into the world of piping, and he is part of the state’s largest and most active pipe band, the Oklahoma Scottish Pipes and Drums. When he’s not enforcing his “no piobaireachd” rule with the pipe band, Paul is a police officer with the Edmond Police Department and has been in law enforcement his entire adult life. In addition to serving on the USCO Board, he is also the piping director for the Iron Thistle in Yukon. Need to find him? Just follow the pipes.
Tracy Sinclair – Trustee – Tracy “accidentally” married Paul Sinclair before she really understood what she was getting into with this Scottish business, but now she’s an invaluable asset to USCO, the Iron Thistle, and Scotfest. Paul may be the piping director for the Iron Thistle and Scotfest, but we know who the real boss is!
Kenneth Thiry – Trustee – Kenneth and his wife are members of Clan Henderson and have decades of experience in Scottish culture. Throughout the history of USCO Ken has been a source of wisdom, assistance, and humor in the organization, and the board is ecstatic to have him and Laura leadership positions.
Pat Venable – Trustee – Pat is the official dance mom for Highland dancers in Oklahoma. Thankful that she’s finally been allowed to retire from emceeing dance performances, she’s still constantly sewing costumes for young dancers (and occasionally their teacher, who happens to be Pat’s daughter). Pat is a long-term member of the Board of Trustees, giving many years of faithful service and is often a great resource for information regarding the changes and evolution of the organization.