The Government Relations Team at Professional Oklahoma Educators is passionate about improving education in Oklahoma. We each seek to use our own unique backgrounds and expertise to effectively represent our membership at the Capitol and positively impact education in our great state. If you have any questions, concerns, or thoughts you would like to share with us, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Daniel Tinney

Director of Government Relations


Daniel received his B.A. from the University of Oklahoma (OU) in 2015. Following graduation, Tinney served as a college minster for Cru (formerly known as Campus Crusade for Christ).  In 2017, Tinney began medical school but transferred to OU to pursue an advanced degree in philosophy instead. During graduate school, he served as a teaching assistant in both the Philosophy and Biology departments and conducted research in a genetics lab. Tinney has coauthored several research papers including a peer-reviewed article in The Journal of Ethics and a number of genetics reports. In his current role, Tinney primarily focuses on researching educational legislation and policy, writing articles, and working with lawmakers at the Capitol on educational issues.

Curt Roggow

Chief Lobbyist, Professional Oklahoma Educators

For more than 25 years, Curt has been involved in Oklahoma’s political process developing good relationships while understanding the dynamics of grassroots representation, pro-economic developmental policies and political strategy. Roggow completed a successful career in the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1998 to 2006. Representative Roggow served as the Assistant Majority Floor Leader and Chairman of the Appropriation and Budget Sub Committee on Natural Resources.  He also dedicated years of service to authoring legislation on behalf of the Child Advocacy Centers of Oklahoma. As POE’s Chief Lobbyist, Roggow works closely with lawmakers drafting and promoting pro-education legislation and policies.  

Evan Bushey

Associate Lobbyist

Evan serves on POE’s Government Relations team as an associate lobbyist to pursue positive educational change. He is also a Regional Education Representative (REP) at POE for Oklahoma County. Bushey previously worked for Enable Midstream partners, Williams Companies and Chesapeake Energy. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications from Ouachita Baptist University. As a POE Lobbyist, Bushey works with members of the House and Senate Education Committees, monitors important educational bills, and helps update POE members on important legislative developments.


Wayne Maxwell

Director of Retired Professional Oklahoma Educators

S. Wayne Maxwell was born and raised in Tishomingo, Oklahoma and graduated from high school there. He served for three years in the U.S. Army’s 2nd Armored Division as an M-60 tank driver earning the rank of Corporal before being honorably discharged. He earned a bachelor’s degree from East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma and a Masters from East Central and the University of Oklahoma. He served as a teacher and football coach at Prague High School and Plainview High School in Ardmore.  ​He was a High School Principal at Wellston and Okemah, and a Superintendent at Thackerville, Caney, Lexington and Purcell Schools. He retired in 2005 after 38 years in education. He now serves as Director of Retired Professional Oklahoma Educators.


Carmen Furlong

Senior Education Policy Analyst

Carmen received her B.A. from Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina. Prior to joining the POE staff, Furlong enjoyed working as a kindergarten teacher for seven years. As POE’s Senior Education Policy Analyst, Furlong focuses on in-depth research and application of policy and legislative measures. She closely monitors education related bills, examines the potential impact of key legislation, and contributes to the writing of membership surveys. She also monitors key legislative committees, social media accounts, and assists POE members with government related questions. When not on the clock, you can find Furlong catching up on political news and volunteering for St. Francis Animal Resource Center.

Eli Plant

Associate General Counsel

Eli Plant is an Associate General Counsel for POE, providing legal advice and representation to members in the areas of employment and education law and an array of other personal legal matters. Eli has been with POE since 2013. He graduated from the University Of Oklahoma College of Law and during law school he worked under one of the most accomplished and respected criminal attorneys in Oklahoma. Before graduating from law school, Eli completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Oklahoma, receiving a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.

Madalynn Martin

Associate General Counsel

Madalynn graduated from the University of Oklahoma, College of Law in the top 10 percent of her class, with honors and a certificate in International Law. During law school, Martin was president of the Organization for the Advancement of Women in Law and the Managing Editor of the American Indian Law Review. While at OU, she interned at the Oklahoma District Attorney’s Office for Juvenile Affairs, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, and the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in Geneva, Switzerland.

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