Oklahoma City Bombing Panel Members

Former Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating won national acclaim in 1995 for his compassionate and professional handling of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal building in Oklahoma City. In the aftermath of the tragedy, he raised more than six million dollars to fund scholarships for the nearly 200 children left with only one or no parents. His accomplishments as Governor include winning a public vote on right-to-work, tort reform, tax cuts, major road building, and education reform. Former First Lady of Oklahoma Cathy Keating was launched into the national spotlight following the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19, 1995. Cathy initiated the healing process for survivors and families of the victims with the Statewide Prayer Service, which was quickly expanded into an international event. She coordinated a book with Random House to benefit Project Recovery Oklahoma City. She was largely responsible for "Heroes in the Heartland", a poster designed to honor the bombing victims and provide financial relief for the families. Donna Weaver, who lost her husband, Michael D. Weaver, as a result of the Oklahoma City bombing. Mr. Weaver was an attorney for the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. Richard Williams, who worked for the General Services Administration at the time, survived the Oklahoma City bombing. Former Oklahoma City Fire Chief Gary Marrs was a third-generation firefighter, born and raised in Oklahoma City. Chief Marrs was instrumental in the formation of the Special Operations work section, which encompasses the hazardous materials unit, the water rescue team, and the technical rescue team. He also created a separate Emergency Medical Services work section and led the charge in the implementation of the Oklahoma City Fire Department providing paramedic level advanced life support to the citizens. Under his leadership, firefighters became more involved in the neighborhoods, often hosting or attending neighborhood watch meetings, going door to door distributing smoke alarms in the community, and even reading to school children and holding elementary school reading contests. Kari Watkins is the executive director of the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum.

Oklahoma City Bombing Panel Members