ODVA Administration

BG (Ret.) Ben RobinsonBG (Ret.) Ben T. Robinson
Cabinet Secretary
Phone: 405-523-4000

Ben retired from active duty with the U.S. Air Force as a Brigadier General in 2002. His nearly 34 years of active duty service includes combat operations in both the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Army. Ben commanded two flying wings, two flying groups and a space center. He was a Director on the Air Staff in Washington DC and the Vice Commander of 8th Air Force. He held a command pilot rating with nearly 5,000 flying hours and over 250 combat missions.


Joel Kintsel
Executive Director
Phone: 405-523-4000
Email: Joel.Kintsel@odva.ok.gov

Joel Kintsel currently serves as the ODVA Executive Director. A Veteran of the Oklahoma Army National Guard (2000-2009), Major Kintsel serves as an Assistant Staff Judge Advocate, 137 SOW, in the Oklahoma Air National Guard. Prior to coming to the ODVA Joel served as the Parliamentarian for Oklahoma House of Representatives.

During Joel’s service with Oklahoma National Guard he was appointed Deputy Command Judge Advocate for the Joint Area Support Group– Central, Baghdad, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was also one of the thousands of Oklahoma Guard members who were deployed to New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.


Sarah Lane
Deputy Director
Phone: 405-523-4000

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Shane Faulkner

Shane Faulkner
Public Information Officer
Phone: 405-523-4015
Email: shane.faulkner@odva.ok.gov

Duties performed by Shane as the Public Information Officer include: coordinating media requests, social media updates, website maintenance, public speaking, photography, and he is the main contact for anyone that would like more information on ODVA. Shane says this is the most fulfilling job he’s ever had because “I am at the service of Oklahoma’s Heroes. What can be more gratifying than that?”


Lisa WhiteLisa White
Chief Financial Officer
Phone: 405-523-4040

Lisa holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Central Oklahoma and a Master of Business Administration degree with a specialization in International Management from Nova Southeastern University. Lisa is passionate about identifying inefficiencies in processes to improve operating efficiencies.


Shawn Kirkland
Director of Homes
Phone: 580-223-2266
Email: shawn.kirkland@odva.ok.gov

Shawn currently serves as the Director of Homes for the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as, the Administrator for the Ardmore Veterans Center. He began his career with the ODVA in May 2015. He holds a Bachelors degree in Biological Health Sciences and is a licensed Long Term Care Administrator.


Tracy Spencer
HR Director

Phone: (405)523-4030

Colonel (Retired) Tracy Spencer came to work for the ODVA as the Director of Human Resources in December 2018 after completing over 27 years of military service. He comes to us from the Oklahoma National Guard (OKNG) where he served in multiple key leadership positions, including assignments as the J1/Director of Manpower and Personnel and as the Director of Staff for the Oklahoma Air National Guard. As a rated officer, Tracy held the aeronautical rating of Master Navigator and amassed over 3,300 flight hours, including over 400 combat hours, in the C-130H Tactical Transport Aircraft. Tracy’s passion is mentoring younger personnel and assisting others in reaching their goals.


Dr. Brint Montgomery
State Approving Agency Administrator

Phone: 405-523-4011

Dr. Brint Montgomery currently serves as the State Approving Agency Administrator, and is a veteran of both the Air Force and the Army.  Prior to joining the team at ODVA, Brint served 25 years in the academy as a professor of Logic and Philosophy.  He is especially interested in data engineering and automation of operations processes as brought to the service of Oklahoma Veterans.


Lisa Mussett
Women Veterans Coordinator

Phone: 405-523-4020

Lisa Mussett began assisting veterans for the state of OK in Dec 2011, serving as a Local Veterans Employment Specialist with OESC.  Lisa worked within the southeast quadrant of the state, serving multiple roles within Department of Labor programs, such as developing and facilitating veteran outreach events with federal, state and local groups, providing direct case management services for disabled veterans, establishing outreach focus groups for women and tribal veterans and facilitating employment and training programs with veterans and employers.  Lisa transferred to ODVA in Jan 2017, Claims & Benefits division, serving as a Field Service Rep, providing claims and benefits services throughout the state.  Lisa describes herself as a proud USAF veteran and Cold War relic, having served from 1989-1992, as a Morse Systems Intercept Operator with the Electronic Security Command and later the US Air Force Intelligence Command.


Jackie Whitten

Jackie Whitten
Director, Claims & Benefits
Phone: 405–523-4021
Email: jackie.whitten@odva.ok.gov

Jackie G. Whitten Jr. joined the ODVA in 2013 as a Veterans Field Service Officer and was appointed the State Claims and Benefits Manager July 1st, 2015. Prior to his career with the ODVA, Jackie served in the U.S. Air Force from 1989 to 2010. He served as a Medic, Paramedic and Independent Duty Medic. He deployed in the first Gulf War and then again multiple times in the recent Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. He retired as a Master Sergeant.


Dorita Herd

Dorita Herd
Construction Programs Administrator

Phone: 405-523-4046
Email: dorita.herd@odva.ok.gov

Dorita has served as the Construction Programs Administrator since October 2010 and began her career with the State of Oklahoma on September 21, 2009 as a Programs Representative with the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. She is passionate about fully understanding all facets of the project needs and delivering solutions that are within the budgetary limitations while improving the built environment and quality of life for our resident veterans.