Alicia Priest, President
Alicia Priest, the Oklahoma Education Association’s 97th president taught English Language Learners (ELL) and Spanish in Yukon Public Schools for 16 years. A former Parkland Elementary Teacher of the Year, she served as OEA’s vice president from 2011-15 before taking the president’s office.
Alicia received a bachelor’s in Spanish from Oklahoma City University and a master’s in secondary school administration from the University of Central Oklahoma. She is working on a doctorate in Education Leadership-Superintendency from Oklahoma State University.
A former member of OEA’s Board of Directors, Alicia most recently represented Oklahoma on the National Education Association Board of Directors. She was appointed by Gov. Mary Fallin to serve on the state Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Commission, and is a former chair of the State Textbook Committee. On the local level, Alicia served in a variety of positions for the Yukon Professional Educators’ Association including president and negotiations chair.
Katherine Bishop, Vice President
Katherine Bishop, now in her second term at OEA Vice President, is a National Board Certified Teacher in Exceptional Needs. Prior to taking office, she was an instructional coach at Putnam City West High School in west Oklahoma City, where she graduated from high school. She spent most of her career - 23 years - as an exceptional needs educator in the Putnam City Public School District, providing moderate to intensive services to elementary students.
In 2000, Katherine was appointed to the National Education Association’s IDEA Special Education Resource Cadre. She co-chaired the Exceptional Needs Standards Committee for National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and was appointed as member of the ELA Work Team for the Common Core State Standards, including subcommittee work on Application to Students with Disabilities.
Katherine has chaired and served on numerous committees at the district and state level, currently chairing OEA’s Budget and Early Career Ad Hoc Committees as well as Co-Chairing ESSA Advisory Panel. As OEA Vice President, Katherine serves on the Oklahoma State Department’s Teacher Shortage and Assessment/Accountability Task Force.
In 2010 Katherine was honored with the Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence Award. She is married to Roy Bishop, who served as OEA President (2003-2009) and Vice President (1997-2003).
James Keith, Executive Director
James Keith, a native of Del City, Oklahoma, joined the Oklahoma Education Association as Executive Director in January 2019. He graduated from the University of Maryland in 1994 earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science and Psychology. He holds a master’s degree in Justice and Public Administration from Norwich University. He earned the Project Management Professional (PMP) designation.
Jim served 23 years in the Navy serving on board four ships, and serving tours at the U.S. Naval Academy, Walter Reed Hospital, U.S. Naval Hospital, Portsmouth, Virginia, and American Embassy, London. He also served in Norfolk, Virginia, Memphis, Tennessee, Norwich University, Yokosuka, Japan, Catania, Sicily, Naples, Italy, and Washington, DC. He made numerous deployments to the Arabian Gulf, Mediterranean, North Atlantic and Western Pacific Areas of Operation earning the Battle Excellence Award in every ship assigned.
After a successful Navy career, Jim assumed duties as Chief of Staff at the first ever private/public medical school, a true start up, at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. Jim successfully led the staff through preliminary, provisional and full accreditation with LCME, achieved Title IV funding for the new school thus, allowing students to pursue financial aid, attained clery act compliance, and served as accreditation liaison for Southern Association for Colleges and Schools (SACS), where the school received candidate status and full regional accreditation. Jim led human resources, finance for the office of the dean, communications, development, and institutional effectiveness, and served as Title IX coordinator.
Before joining the OEA, Jim worked as Admin Center Director and Chief Administrator at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus where he managed finance, human resources, grants administration, IT support, facilities, communications and faculty affairs administration.