- Interstate Commerce Commission as a trial attorney
- US Department of Education as a civil rights attorney
- Texas Department of Human Services, Regional Attorney – Dallas, TX region. In this executive leadership position, she oversaw regional legal operations, supervising a staff of attorneys, contracts staff, civil rights staff, and hearing officers. She and her team covered all areas of regional legal services.
After leaving employee status at the Commission, she changed to contractor status as an administrative law judge for the Commission hearing cases and rendering decisions on employee suspensions and terminations. Oletha’s passion for helping people biblically conflict covers three areas (1) training, (2) mediation, (3) and investigative services:
- She trains to equip individuals and organizations to improve the management of day-to- day conflict. She believes that training serves as a prevented and legal protective measure that builds a greater culture of peace in the organization. All her training consists of leadership and non-leadership track.
- She mediates conflicts as an out-of-court alternative for existing conflicts, saving clients from the more adversarial litigation. It also saves time and money. She served on the team that developed state-wide mediation policies and procedures for the Health and Human Services Commission.
- She conducts investigations for evidentiary findings on sexual harassment and other civil rights matters.
She is the Director of the conflict resolution ministry at her church, Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, TX, joined by her team of mediators who help members biblically resolve conflict. She was awarded her lay leader of the year for her conflict resolution in assisting the membership.
MINISTRY PHILOSOPHY & SPIRITUAL GIFTS
Oletha believes service is a privilege and should be done with the focus on bringing God glory. She further believes Christians should be careful not to pursue their own interest in Jesus’s name.
It is my joy to inspire others with shared vision of relationships, while modeling the way. Partnering together through prayer helps us to identify the root of contention, and to find the path to restoration, healing and growth that God provides, by using spiritual gifts:
Wisdom – reverences God and uses knowledge in a practical way
Discernment – sees through confusion to identify issues and to bring righteous solutions.
Shepherding – Enjoys leading others in serving the Lord, encourages toward spiritual maturity and working together in harmony.
Exhortation – encourages others toward spiritual maturity and motivates to live righteously.
Teaching – Communicating knowledge, making known the truth of God’s Word with accuracy
Administration – organizing, administering, promoting leadership
She is an ordained deaconess and commissioned by the Elder Board for conflict resolution work. Oletha serves on the Board of Peacemaker Ministries, the Board of Ambassadors of Reconciliation, and is a Certified Christian Conciliator™, Certified Management Specialist, Certified in Christian Prevention Relationship Enhancement, and Certified Human Behavior Consultant. Her formal education includes a BS in Mathematics, Juris Doctor, and Master of Arts in Christian Education. Via video conferencing, she also teaches biblical conflict resolution to students in Pakistan and Uganda. Oletha was born in Okmulgee County, Oklahoma, where she enjoyed growing up on the 160-acre family farm. She is single with wonderful siblings, nieces, and nephews. She enjoys reading, writing, fellowshipping with the body of Christ, and hanging out with her siblings. You can purchase her book Diversity Of A Different Kind on Amazon. It provides a fresh approach to resolving everyday conflict.