Officers & Directors

Past President

Tarah Tracy


Tarah has over 10 years of insurance experience with several insurance companies in a variety of roles including agency customer service, licensed producer, and auto and fire claims. She received her CPCU designation in 2016. She is a graduate of the Universation of Oklahoma with a degree in Elementary Education, and she obtained her Master’s degree in Community Counseling from Oklahoma State University. Tarah loves to travel, learn new things, learn, read, dog sit, and she keeps adding items to her bucket list.


JoAnn Pickel



JoAnn began her insurance career as a Fire Claim Rep in Austin, TX. She has almost 20 years of experience in Auto and Fire Claims. She has her AIC, AIS, and CPCU and is currently pursuing her FLMI designation. Joann and her husband have two children. Shelby who attends the University of Arkansas, and Carson who is in middle school. In her free time she enjoys baking, reading, and going to movies.

Vice President/ President Elect

Doug Cook


Doug began his insurance career in 1994 as a Fire Claim Rep in Alexandria, LA working for State Farm. He has worked in Claims, HR and Agency Leadership. He has a passion for learning, he currently has several insurance designations.  He is a graduate of Bowling Green State with a BSBA in Finance & Marketing.  Doug and his wife have two daughters who attend Rejoice High School.  Doug enjoys golf, traveling and reading.


Ashley Taber


Ashley has been in the insurance industry for 7 years.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Insurance from Mississippi State University.  She started her career with State Farm in 2011 and held many titles within the claims department. Ashley moved on to her current role as a Bodily Injury Adjuster for American Farmers and Ranchers in October 2017. 



Elizabeth Moore


Elizabeth has been in the insurance industry since 2006. She has experience in both auto and fire claims. She received her CPCU designation in 2016 and continues to actively pursue additional designations that allow her to explore more areas of the insurance industry. She recently completed her CLU designation and is currently working on her FLMI designation. She is a graduate of Northeastern State University. In her spare time she likes cooking and gardening.


Communications Chair

Ashlea Bearden


Ashlea has over 6 years of insurance experience in a variety of roles throughout the industry. She graduated from Pittsburg State in 2012 with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. Ashlea completed her CPCU in 2015, and since then, has continued to achieve a handful of other designations.Ashlea is married, and they have a fur-baby named Dolly. She enjoys learning new things, traveling to new places, and playing golf in her free time.

Chapter Governor, Counselor to Officers

Brian Black


Member at Large

Sheri Burnes


Sheri is a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma and a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a BS in Political Science. In early 2016 she completed her CPCU and joined the NEOK CPCU chapter. She has worked at State Farm for almost 20 years. 15 of those years in Learning and Development, 2 in the Credit Union, and 3 in Claims. She is married with two sons, a dog and a mouse. Sheri is a part time baseball score keeper and travels with her sons competitive baseball team. Sheri also loves watching OSU football.