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Noble Selects Donica to Lead Human Resources

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ARDMORE, Okla. — Noble Research Institute President and CEO Steve Rhines announced today that Gayle Donica will become the organization’s new director of human resources.

Donica has served as the human resources manager for the past 14 years, providing leadership and oversight for the administration of human resources functions. As director, Donica will be responsible for overseeing all of Noble’s human resources activities for the Institute.

Donica earned a bachelor’s of science in personnel management Oklahoma State University (OSU). After graduating from OSU, she worked at Noble Energy for 16 years. Donica has earned her professional in human resources certification and is trained in facilitation, DiSC and other human-resource-related activities.

Donica is a member of the Arbuckle Area Society of Human Resources Management. She previously served on the C/SARA (Crisis Support and Resource Association) Foundation Board of Directors for 10 years and was a founding member of the Dickson Foundation for Excellence in Education. Donica was a Carter County 4-H leader for 20 years.

Donica is an active member of the First United Methodist Church, where she teaches Sunday School and serves on the Staff Parish Pastor Relations Committee. She recently finished a two-year term on the Annual Conference Council for the Oklahoma United Methodist Conference.

Donica lives with her husband, Kent, in Ardmore, Oklahoma, where they have had ranching operations for more than 30 years. They have one son and three daughters.


Gayle DonicaNoble Research Institute selected Gayle Donica as the organization’s director of human resources.

Noble Research Institute, LLC (www.noble.org) is an independent nonprofit agricultural research organization dedicated to delivering solutions to great agricultural challenges. Headquartered in Ardmore, Oklahoma, Noble’s goal is to achieve land stewardship for improved soil health in grazing animal production with lasting producer profitability. Achievement of this goal will be measured by farmers and ranchers profitably regenerating hundreds of millions of acres of U.S. grazing lands. Noble aims to remove, mitigate or help producers avoid the barriers that deter the lasting use of regenerative, profitable land management practices in grazing animal production.

Researchers, consultants, educators and ranch staff work together to give farmers and ranchers the skills and tools to regenerate the land in a profitable manner. Noble researchers and educators seek and deliver answers to producer questions concerning regenerative management of pasture and range environments, wildlife, pecan production, and livestock production. Regenerative management recognizes that each decision made on the ranch impacts the interactions of the soil, plants, water, animals and producers. Noble’s 14,000 acres of working ranch lands provide a living laboratory on which to demonstrate and practice regenerative principles and ideas to deliver value to farmers and ranchers across the U.S.

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