Meet the Staff

Director of Sales

Shangri-La’s Director of Sales Dana Able is a native of nearby Welch, Oklahoma. After graduating from Welch High School and Oklahoma State University, Dana moved to the Washington, D.C area, where she worked briefly for real estate development/investment giant Trammell Crow Company. After a year, she joined Bell Atlantic Telephone in a joint venture project with GTE. Dana’s career spanned 26 years from Bell Atlantic through multiple acquisitions which resulted in what is now known as Verizon. During her tenure, Dana held multiple titles and was asked to relocate a few times to facilitate start up organizations, acquisitions or corporate re-organizations. Dana had responsibility for leading top producing sales organizations while in her role as Area Vice President of Enterprise Sales in the Pennsylvania/New York market before retiring in February 2014 as Area Vice President, Regional Strategy and Development for the northern region of the United States.

She returned home to Grand Lake in March, 2014 and spent a couple of years enjoying relaxation and well-deserved time with many members of her family who live in the area. With the development of Shangri-La’s new resort hotel well underway, Dana joined the Shangri-La team as Director of Sales in October, 2016. She lives in the nearby “Vintage” community on the shores of Grand Lake.

Director of Catering

Linda Wall came to Shangri-La from Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa where she served as Senior Conference Service Manager for seven years.

Linda is a native of Minnesota and began her career in St. Cloud, Minnesota following her education in Food & Beverage Management at Willmar in Minnesota. She first came to this area when she accepted a job as Director of Catering at the Hilton Hotel in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

From Arkansas, she moved to Tulsa where she worked in catering at a variety of facilities over the last several years. Her first job in Tulsa was Director of Catering at the Tulsa Sheraton (now the Tulsa Wyndham). She also served as Senior Catering Manager at the Double Tree at Warren Place, Director of Catering at Embassy Suites, and Director of Catering for the Tulsa Convention Center and BOK Center before moving to Hard Rock.

Executive Meetings Manager


McKayla Rutherford is a “lifer” at Shangri-La Resort having begun her tenure here in Food & Beverage when she was only 16 years old. Hard work continuing education, and a strong commitment have moved her rapidly up the ladder to her current position of Executive Meetings Manager in the Shangri-La Sales Department.

Hers is a wide-ranging role that requires the development of successful relationships with colleagues, constituents, and vendors at all levels – selecting locations and lodging, arranging for meals, and overseeing entertainment and transportation details.  Her job is, above all, developing a detailed understanding of client needs and fulfilling them with Shangri-La Resort product/services in a timely manner.

Born in St. Louis, McKayla moved with her family to Grove when she was only twelve, and graduated from Grove High School. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business with a minor in Marketing. In addition to her responsibilities at work, she also has growing responsibilities at home, along with Tyler Starkey, her partner of eight years. She is the mother of two – a son and a daughter. McKayla enjoys fishing and “hanging out with family.”

Disciplined and dedicated – both at work and in her personal life – McKayla is an important asset to the Shangri-La Sales Team.