Shannan Beeler has been appointed the new president of Junior Achievement of Oklahoma by its board of directors. Junior Achievement (JA) is a nonprofit organization that teaches K-12 students the economics of life through experiential, volunteer-delivered programs. This year, under Beeler’s leadership, JA of Oklahoma is on track to reach 47,000 students throughout the state with entrepreneurship, work-readiness and financial literacy education.
Beeler has been with Junior Achievement for 12 years—she was president of Junior Achievement of Eastern Oklahoma for nine years before serving as Junior Achievement Vice President of Operations for three years. Under her leadership, the Tulsa operation expanded into 37 additional counties and experienced growth in student participation from 9,400 to 31,000. In 2000, she received the Karl Flemke Pioneer Achievement Award, presented to first-time Junior Achievement presidents who have demonstrated outstanding organizational contributions and accomplishments.
Beeler holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Oklahoma State University and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Oklahoma. Prior to joining Junior Achievement, she was the executive director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Stillwater, Oklahoma.
Jack Kosakowski, president of Junior Achievement , says “Shannan’s strong leadership skills, together with the dedication of the JA of Oklahoma staff, will help drive positive results for the organization. We’re thrilled to have Shannan lead our Oklahoma operation and look forward to reaching more young Oklahomans with JA programs.”
Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Through a dedicated volunteer network, Junior Achievement provides in-school and after-school programs for students which focus on three key content areas: work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. Today, 129 individual area operations reach more than four million students in the United States, with an additional 5.7 million students served by operations in 121 other countries worldwide. For more information, visit www.ja.org.