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Tedford manages several large projects throughout the metro area. One project includes implementing and managing the environmental, health and safety program for a new refinery being constructed north of Weatherford.
Tedford serves the community through involvement with the Central Oklahoma Chapter of the American Red Cross, Travelers Aid and the Homeless Alliance Fundraiser, Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts, Leadership Oklahoma City class XXV and USA World Rowing Challenge.
However, his most notable community accomplishment has been when he volunteered as a Strike Team Leader and Disaster Assessment Manager for 24 days in Louisiana just before, during and after Hurricane Katrina.
Tedford opened and managed two shelters - the St. Francisville shelter for 140 of his clients and the Plaquemine shelter for 770 Katrina victims from New Orleans.
"We were able to shelter, feed and clothe hurricane victims with little to no initial support from the Red Cross due to the storm-damaged communication network," he said.
He also worked with parish leaders, the city of Plaquemine mayor, the school board superintendent and the parish director of emergency management to provide shelter, clothing, sanitary needs, monetary assistance, job placement, compassionate counseling and family location assistance to the victims of the hurricane.
As a result, Tedford plans to continue as a Red Cross volunteer providing comfort and assistance to those who have suffered significant loss.
One of Tedford's greatest lessons learned has been to expect the unexpected, "because it always shows up when you don't want it or need it."
Tedford received his bachelor's degree in biosystems engineering and his master's in environmental engineering from Oklahoma State University.