New in Bartlesville

Scott Black, Executive Director of the OK MOZART International Festival announces the addition of two new staff members, Gretchen P. Murray, Development Director (right in photo) and Linda Keller, Public Relations Director.

As Development Director, Murray’s responsibilities lie in the area of expanding OK MOZART’s corporate and individual patron base as well as creating corporate and individual sponsorship opportunities for both the Festival and the Showcase Series.
A native of Iola, Kan., Murray recently migrated to Bartlesville, having been a frequent visitor for many years.

A graduate of Pittsburg State University with a bachelor’s degree in public relations and broadcasting, she obtained a masters degree in business administration at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo., and is an adjunct professor at Highland Community College teaching Introduction to Business.

Murray began her professional career as an NPR radio announcer before becoming Family Service Psychological Diversion Coordinator for the State of Missouri. She subsequently headed Project Gabriel, an outreach program for women in crisis pregnancies prior to becoming Executive Director for the Topeka AIDS Project. For the past four years she has been Development Director for the Benedictine Monastery in Hubert, Okla. for Our Lady of Annunciation of Clear Creek Monastery.

As Public Relations Director, Linda Keller brings to OKM an extensive journalistic background as a newspaper and magazine writer/editor, in addition to amassing broad-based experience in advertising, marketing and radio/TV/video production for Florida advertising and marketing firms. She had the distinction of being listed in the “Who’s Who of American Women” in 1978 after being awarded First Place by the National Press Women’s Association for the women’s news section in The Dayton Daily News, a 100,000-plus circulation newspaper.

In the course of her career she has received numerous journalistic awards.

Before coming to Bartlesville three years ago, she served for 10 years on the Board of Directors of the Southwest Florida Symphony Association. Now, as OKM’s Public Relations Director she is in charge of promoting the festival to local, regional and national audiences.

Currently she is a member of the Board of Directors of the Pilot Club of Bartlesville and the Family Crisis Counseling Center. She and her husband, Jon, a long-time Bartlesville resident, are members of Disciples Christian Church.

Updated 11-25-2008

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