Meet the Board

President: Julie Bailey, Contact:, Phone 918-231-0202
Vice President: Kathy Shelton, Contact:

Secretary: Darla Cook, Contact:
Darla Cook and "Laddie" 
Darla Cook was born in Tulsa and graduated from the OklahomaSchool for the Blind in Muskogee. She is married and has 2 grown sons and grandchildren.

Darla was born prematurely and has been visually impaired since birth as a result of Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP).

She volunteered at Ability Resources for three years before being hired, and has been employed with them for fifteen years as their receptionist.

Darla enjoys meeting new people and doing what she can to help newly blind people see the positive things in their life. She is an OU football fan, she likes to read and take walks with her guide dog Laddie, and she likes to shop and travel. 
Treasurer: Jeri Cooper,
Jeri Cooper
Jeri Cooper was also born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. As a child, Jeri didn’t respond well to light and sound, so her doctors advised her parents to send her to Hissom, an institution for the mentally handicapped. Instead, her mother raised her at home. Later, it was determined that Jeri was not developmentally delayed; rather, she was legally blind and hearing impaired.  
From fourth grade until graduation in 1976, Jeri attended the Oklahoma School for the Blind. In 2009, Jeri earned her Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Teaching for the Blind; and, in 2010, she earned her Deaf-Blind Rehabilitation Certification. She is currently the Deaf-Blind Specialist for Visual Services.  
Although Jeri is now totally blind and severely hearing impaired, Jeri is a very active person. Her hobbies are bowling, watching the Tulsa Drillers baseball games, TU football, and of course OU and OSU football. She enjoys visiting with people and giving back to others what she has received: patience, faith, and love.