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Ada Jobs Foundation Welcomes Peggy Saunkeah to Team

8/20/2021 by Jessika Leatherbury
Tags: Peggy Saunkeah, press release


Ada Jobs Foundation Welcomes Peggy Saunkeah to Team
Saunkeah’s extensive professional and volunteer experience will aid Ada’s efforts


ADA, OKLAHOMAPeggy Saunkeah joins the Ada Jobs Foundation (AJF) as the Executive Assistant, following an impressive career in both Oklahoma and Florida, as an executive assistant, office administrator, paralegal, grant manager, teacher, and Director of East Central University’s Career Center. Saunkeah recently retired as the Executive Assistant for the Office of the President of East Central University (ECU) and the Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Trustees where she served President Katricia Pierson and President Emeritus John Hargrave. Saunkeah holds a Master of Science in Human Resources degree from East Central University, and an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from Florida International University. 
 
“Making a difference in Ada is important and I can think of no better way to do this than to work for the Ada Jobs Foundation,” said Peggy Saunkeah. “The Ada Jobs Foundation has many exciting initiatives taking place and, in my role, I will be able to support these efforts as they gain momentum.”
 
“Peggy is joining our team with wealth of skills and professional experience,” said James Eldridge, President and CEO of the Ada Jobs Foundation. “We plan to leverage Peggy’s experience working in the Ada community to help us carry out a new strategic plan to better support local businesses coming out of the pandemic.”
 
Saunkeah is President of Legal Studies Advisory Board at ECU and an advisory member of the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Committee on Legal Assistant’s Services. Peggy is the Chair of Ada’s Take Part: Beautification and Infrastructure Task Force since its formation in 2013. She is a charter member of the Pontotoc County Coordinated Community Response Team and is a member of several other associations and councils, both locally and statewide. Most recently, Peggy was appointed as a member of the Commission of Ministry for the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma.

Saunkeah’s husband, Bobby, is the Director of Research and Public Health for the Chickasaw Nation, and they have one daughter, Lili. Saunkeah and her family attend St. Luke’s Episcopal Church of Ada.