Three new faces have joined the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Federation staff since the beginning of the year. Cheyenne Simmons and Zac Swartz were hired by the Membership and Organization Department, and Sarah Stuart joined the Public Policy Department, respectively.
Cheyenne Simmons is the new administrative assistant in the Membership and Organization Department. She will oversee the development of statewide membership campaigns, work closely with county leadership to ensure members’ needs are heard and incorporated in departmental outputs, and develop collaborative approaches to increase member growth and retention.
She joined the staff full time after working as an intern for OKFB for two years.
“I’m so proud to work for an organization that invests such a great deal into advocating for the protection and future success of Oklahoma agriculture,” Simmons said.
Simmons comes to Farm Bureau from Waurika, Oklahoma, in Jefferson County. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Oklahoma.
Zac Swartz, a Sulphur, Oklahoma, native, has joined the safety services team in the same department as a safety specialist. He will be involved with the DUI Prevention Program, Fire House Safety Program and the OKFB Commodity Trailer.
“Growing up, I always wanted to find a way to help children, and working at Farm Bureau allows me to do just that,” Swartz said. “I enjoy promoting awareness and safety to children of all ages while teaching about Oklahoma agriculture.”
Swartz graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a degree in general studies.
“Oklahoma Farm Bureau has been blessed with talented individuals at all levels within our organization, and Cheyenne and Zac are prime examples of this,” said Chris Kidd, Vice President of Organization and Membership. “With the talent and enthusiasm they bring, I am confident they will advance our efforts to promote, strengthen and preserve our rural communities and agriculture in Oklahoma.”
Sarah Stuart began working at OKFB as the public policy coordinator in March. She is in charge of running the public policy calendar, scheduling Capitol visits, event planning and ethics reporting.
“I absolutely love my job,” Stuart said. “I have learned so much in the short time that I have been here, and I look forward to furthering my knowledge in agriculture and public policy.”
Stuart, a native of Edmond, Oklahoma, said she wanted to work for OKFB because of its grassroots system.
“I have met members from several different counties, and I can see their voices are really being heard,” she said.
John Collison, Vice President of Public Policy and Media Relations, said Stuart is a great addition to the public policy team.
“Sarah has been a perfect fit for the public policy staff,” Collison said. “Her talents will help OKFB and the public policy department serve our members and ensure their voices are heard.”