USCO Leadership

The United Scottish Clans of Oklahoma (USCO) is an 100% volunteer organization celebrating Scottish culture. The USCO leadership is created through annual member elections for Trustees and Officer positions; view this page to see the who currently holds elected positions!

Not shown in photo:  Sandy Duncan and Doug Tayrien

Jack Robertson – President

Jack has been interested in his Scottish heritage since he was a teenager. He is a member of Clan Donnachaidh (Robertson), and you’re likely to see his own Robertson clan wearing their tartan at USCO events. He has been married over 20 years to his sweetheart, Heather, and has three children. Jack is obviously a fan of history, as he works for the Oklahoma Historical Society in the State Historic Preservation Office.

Paul Sinclair – Vice-President

An Oklahoma native of Irish/Nordic descent, Paul has always had a fierce love for his Celtic ancestry. As an adult he delved into the world of piping, and he is part of the state’s largest and most active pipe band, the Oklahoma Scottish Pipes and Drums. When he’s not enforcing his “no piobaireachd”  rule with the pipe band, Paul is a police officer with the Edmond Police Department and has been in law enforcement his entire adult life.  Need to find him? Just follow the pipes.

Tammy McCauley – Treasurer

Tammy manages the Entertainment at the Scottish Festival. She loves Pina Coladas and getting lost in the Scottish rain (in Scotland, and Ireland – shh). She is Scottish (Clan Wallace), Native American, and a mesh of other nationalities. Tammy is all but dissertation in her doctorate, Educational Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction. She is a teacher, wife, and mother and exceptional at her treasury position within our organization.

Kristi Kime – Secretary

Kristi is a member of both Clan Donald and Clan MacIntosh. In addition to her skills at generally keeping us organized, she is a piper for Oklahoma Scottish Pipes and Drums and makes a mean Irish Car Bomb Cupcake. Don’t worry, though, the only thing exploding will be your taste buds. She makes excellent shortbread too.

Martha Hixon – Chief Programs Officer

Martha is a very valuable board member to us in helping us plan all our events and helping us to get the word out about our group. Her mild manner day job is as a Pre-K teacher is just the tip of her super powers. Just talk to her and you will know she has a fierce love of celtic history and genealogy.

Jennie Stephens – Chief Development Officer

Jennie is a mother of 3 grown children and 7 grandchildren with 1 great grandson. She has been happily married to her husband Paul for over 20 years. Her interest in Scotland was encouraged by the Scottish exchange student her mother used to always have visiting at their home, so much so that they kind of grew up together. She calls Hope-Vere her adopted brother. She has always figured that she had Scottish ancestry, so when her uncle did some genealogy research and she did a DNA test and found out that we do have Scottish ancestry, she wasn’t surprised. Now her fondest dream to visit Scotland came true in 2019 where she visited her family’s ancestral castle.  She loves to share her love of Scottish heritage with everyone. Jennie is a Fellow in the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and Clan Kerr/Carr Clan Convener for the state of Oklahoma.

Kalie Fry – Chief of Marketing and PR

Kalie is a writer and the founder of Atlas, a content marketing agency based in Oklahoma City. Her interest in highland culture began at an early age – sparked by folk stories and songs from her grandfather, a history teacher and genealogist.

This combined with the Outlander series and various USCO events led her to take a 23andMe ancestry test. To Kalie’s surprise, her ties to Scotland were even stronger than she thought. One side of her family is a sept of clan McGregor while the other is connected to Fryss of clan Fraser. Kalie and her boyfriend, Kirk Murray, enjoy learning about their Celtic heritage and hiking local trails with their Aussie-Terrier, Bonnie.

Stephen “Paul” Stephens – Chief of Information Technology

A self-proclaimed nerd, Paul has been working in the IT industry for over 25 years as well as a Part 107 licensed UAS “drone” pilot, video creator, and photographer .  He is happily married to his wife, Eunyce “Suzanne” Stephens, for just over 23 years and they have one son, Jacob, who is 21 years old.  Paul is currently a member of Clan MacTavish.

Kathy Fields-Smith – Chief of the Festival

Kathy is a born and raised Okie girl who uses her many years of event planning experience to help wrangle the details for the USCO Oklahoma Highland Gathering. She first discovered her Scottish heritage (along with Irish, Welsh, Finnish, and even some dastardly English mixed in) through a DNA test. That set her on the never-ending rabbit trail that is genealogy research where she discovered ties to Clans Douglas, Maxwell, and Graham. She’s currently the director for a small state agency and spends her spare time on a variety of fascinations including dabbling with paint and writing urban fantasy novels.

Mike McDaniel – Chief of Athletics

Mike is a member of the Clan Donald from the areas of Antrim Ireland and the Isles of Scotland. After researching his ancestry back to Somerled he has jumped in feet first embracing his heritage and never looked back. He quickly started attending meetings and wanted to get involved. He is an Oklahoma native born and bred in Eastern Oklahoma. He embraces his Celtic heritage and has started his journey on learning the bagpipes. Mike has been in the Natural Gas Distribution Industry for the past 22 years. He has 3 children and has been married to his very supportive wife Tiffani for the past 21 years.

Stephen McCauley – Chief Clan Officer

Stephen is Clan Johnstone, Murray, Scott and MacGregor. The McCauley name is of Scottish origin but was given to his family by a Indian agent in the late 1800’s. He recently visited his homeland of Dumfries and Galloway. His wife found his 3 times great grandmother’s tombstone in Lochmaben, a very moving moment of their trip. He actually loves haggis, not on a dare.

Stephen is a historian, including his Native American heritage and holds a degree in General Science. He is a carpenter, husband, and father of five.

Amanda Lenox – Historian

Amanda is a member of the Clan Lennox/Lenox from the areas of Dunbartonshire,Renfrewshire,Stirlingshire,and Perthshire Scotland. After attending her first Scottish festival she was hooked. She wanted to fully embrace her heritage. She quickly started attending meetings and wanted to get involved. She is an Oklahoma native. She embraces her Celtic talents by singing with Edmond Community Chorale and enjoys writing poetry. She is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma and has been in the banking industry for over 13 years.

Will Arnett – Linguist

Will has always had a deep love of history and of his Scottish heritage. A descendant of the Arnott’s of Kinross-shire and Fife-shire, he’s always quick to whip out a photo of what’s left of the ancestral home to show to whomever cares. As the Sturaesman/Group Leader of Glomesdal Vikings in Oklahoma, Will is extremely active in living history reenactment. Beyond his adventures in history, he is also a multi instrumentalist musician who works in digital marketing during the day. “Tha Gàidhlig snog!”

Tom Long – Trustee

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Tracy Sinclair – Trustee

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Kenny Thiry – Trustee

I was introduced to USCO nearly 30 years ago at the Midwest city festival. I was introduced to clan Henderson and that began a lifelong affiliation with the different Scottish clans. Henderson is a steppe of Clan Gunn. And there in lies my Viking ancestry! I certainly enjoy learning more about my ancestry and country history. I have developed lifelong friendships through USCO and through the clans. 2019-just prior to the Covid shut down- the 5 Lasses and a Lad Scotland tour occurred. 6 USCO members enjoyed the best of Scotland for over two weeks! I was that lucky lad!!

Laura Davis-Thiry – Trustee

With ancestry rich in Welsh, Irish and Scottish DNA; USCO was an instant match almost 30 years ago. Family clans are McCoy, Morris, Davis, Henderson, Dawson and others. Ancestry is a passion. It gives a true sense of belonging, when you know where you come from – and the stories of generations that produced you. 2019- just prior to the Covid shut down- the 5 Lasses and a Lad Scotland tour occurred. 6 USCO members enjoyed the best of Scotland for over two weeks! It was a trip that changed us all.

Suzanne Stephens – Trustee

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Cheryl Denney – Trustee

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Doug Tayrien – Trustee

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Everett Skinner – Trustee

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Kathy Harrell – Trustee

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Biv Geno Holmes – Trustee

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William Denney – Trustee

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Tim Potts – Trustee

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Heather Robertson – Trustee

Heather has always had an appreciation of men in kilts & then I married one! She is the wife of Jack Robertson for over 25 years & a mom of 3 grown kids. She always thought she was just German & Irish but it turns out she is also a Scot (much to her husband’s relief). She is a photographer, animal lover, and mother of chickens. She love building & refinishing furniture…sawdust is Heather’s glitter!

She has a strange fascination with T-rex & has been known to show up in costume…kilted. Yes, she’s a little weird but she fits right in with this awesome bunch!

Tim Robertson – Trustee

Like his older brother Jack, Tim has always loved his Scottish heritage. He is a proud and active member of Clan Donnachaidh. Tim firmly believes in the mission of sharing Scottish heritage, history and culture with his fellow Oklahomans. He has spent many years volunteering for and attending many events of USCO and decided that the time was right to join the team.

Sandy Duncan – Trustee

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