The staff of Oklahoma Boys State come from all walks of life and all have volunteered a week of their vacation to help make this experience memorable. Some of the men are former delegates, others are dedicated Legionnaires, some are professional educators and some are college students; whatever their background they share a love of country and a commitment to the preservation of this Republic.
Mr. Ballenger is a member of Tulsa’s Post 1, and also serves on the American Legion Boys Nation staff. He has served the Boys State program in a variety of positions from counselor to Chief of Counselors and Assistant Director. Clay was a delegate of the program in 1990, and first joined the staff in 1993. During his decade-plus service on the staff, the Boys State program grew to its zenith in terms of numbers of delegates (topping out over 750), becoming a national model with respect to its use of technology, issuance of college credit for participation, and innovation in government simulation. Mr. Ballenger is also a veteran of the US Army Reserve in which he held the rank of captain and specialized in logistics. He served in combat for one year in Afghanistan where he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. Mr. Ballenger has been a Tulsa Police Officer for 20 years and holds the rank of sergeant. He is a past President of the Tulsa Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 93. Director Ballenger and his wife, Jami, have been married 21 years and they have a son, Wyatt, and daughter, Carrie.
Senator Brooks is a member of Lexington’s Post 301, and served previously as the Boys State Chief of Staff from 2003-2006. Corey was also a delegate to Boys State in 1996, and joined the staff the following year. During his tenure, he served in many roles, most notably as the Deputy Director for Education, where he was instrumental in opening the way for delegates to earn college credit during their week in the program. Sen. Brooks is a member of the US Navy Reserve where he is currently serving on active duty as the Director of Operations for the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C.. He has served at sea, ashore, and also on battlefields abroad, most recently as the Officer-in-Charge of an Operational Intel Unit in the Eastern border region of Afghanistan. He has served in his civilian career as a Presidential appointee in the White House, on the staff of the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Navy, and has also worked for Northrup Grumman. In November 2012, he was elected from South-Central Oklahoma to the Oklahoma Senate, where he served on several committees, to include Veterans and Military Affairs, and Chairman of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee.