Our Staff


Chad Warmington

President & CEO

Chad Warmington has over 20 years' experience in Oklahoma politics. He previously served as the president of the Petroleum Alliance of Oklahoma and the executive vice president for The State Chamber, in which he managed political, government affairs and marketing operations. Chad has also served as chief of staff to three speakers of the Oklahoma House, on U.S. Sen. Don Nickles' staff and as campaign manager for multiple statewide campaigns.

Carla Schaeperkoetter

Chief Operating Officer

Carla Schaeperkoetter joined The State Chamber in 2020 as the Chief Operating Officer. Carla previously worked for the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board (OERB) for 12 years in various roles, which most recently included the senior director of programming and operations. In addition to operational roles, she developed and managed the OERB's many energy education initiatives, including K-12 classroom and digital programming, educational partnerships, industry training and scholarship programs.

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Ben Lepak

Executive Director, State Chamber Research Foundation

As the Executive Director of the State Chamber Research Foundation, Ben Lepak is a vital player in the Chamber’s mission of promoting reasonable regulation and defending free enterprise. Prior to joining the State Chamber in 2020, Ben served as a legal fellow at The 1889 Institute, a think tank focused on Oklahoma public policy issues, state judicial reform and state constitutional law. He also served as general counsel and corporate secretary for TEL Foundation, was the chief of civil decision for the Office of District Attorney Matthew J. Ballard and cofounded an eponymous law firm. Ben received his law degree from the University of Notre Dame — where he was trained in part by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett — and is licensed to practice law in Oklahoma and Texas.

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Regina Manning

Executive Assistant to the President/Board & Member Liaison

Regina Manning has served as the executive assistant to the president & CEO since joining The State Chamber in 2002. She coordinates all board and executive committee functions and is a resource for all board members. Regina has more than 20 years of experience as an executive assistant at the Fife Corporation, the Oklahoma Bankers Association and Platt Energy Corporation.

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Government Affairs

Emily Crouch

Senior Vice President of Government Affairs

A seasoned expert in health care, education, workforce and economic development, Emily Crouch ensures members and their priorities have a credible voice at the state Capitol. Emily previously served as a field representative for the U.S. Senate, director of government relations for the Oklahoma Health Care Authority and the public policy coordinator for the Oklahoma Attorney General's Office.

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Kinsey Westwood

Vice President of Government Affairs

Kinsey Westwood leads The State Chamber’s efforts in policy areas including human resources and labor law, legal reform and workers’ compensation. She previously worked for two agricultural organizations, serving as legal counsel and directing public policy and research, and has managed successful political campaigns and a consulting firm. Kinsey is licensed to practice law in the state of Oklahoma.

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Dalton Miller

Government Affairs Manager

Dalton Miller joined the team in 2021 as a government affairs manager. Dalton handles the energy, natural resources and manufacturing policy areas for The State Chamber. He previously served as a legislative liaison for the Oklahoma Secretary of State where he focused on building relationships in the state Senate and tracking legislation. With roots in agriculture and rural Oklahoma, Dalton attended Oklahoma State University where he earned his degree in agribusiness.

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Amanda Hall

Policy & Research Analyst

Amanda Hall joined The State Chamber in 2020 as a policy and research analyst. She previously worked as an oil and gas consultant and lease analyst in Oklahoma City, where she analyzed records to determine mineral state ownership for divestment and systems review. Amanda is passionate about public policy, intellectual property and administration law and strives to make an impact in her areas of expertise. She has a law degree from the University of Oklahoma and is a licensed attorney in the state of Texas.

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Hayley Thompson

Vice President of Membership

Hayley Thompson joined The State Chamber in 2019 as vice president of membership. No stranger to the business community, she brings an array of experience to our team. She previously served as a regulatory consultant for Public Service Company of Oklahoma, a policy and planning administrator for the Oklahoma Corporation Commission and directed projects at Sagac Public Affairs.

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Stephanie Snyder, CMI

Vice President of Membership

Stephanie Snyder joined The State Chamber in 2001, serving as partnership services manager and was promoted to regional membership manager. In 2014, Stephanie was promoted to vice president of membership where she focuses on membership recruitment, retention and engagement. Stephanie is the president elect of the National Association of State Chamber Professionals and is a graduate of the Chamber Management Institute. A licensed property and casualty insurance agent, she previously worked in the high risk medical and commercial equipment insurance industry.

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