Jason Sheffield

President, Gibbs Christian Education Foundation

Jason Sheffield is the Executive Chairman of Shangri-La Golf Club, Resort & Marina on Grand Lake in Northeast Oklahoma. A native of Owasso, Oklahoma, Jason excelled to the top of his class in the Price College of Business at the University of Oklahoma where he earned a degree in Management Information Systems. He returned to Owasso where he worked with a diversified operation that handled management of varied enterprises including real estate development, home building, real estate law and title insurance. He managed partnerships for multiple building and real estate operations, while also heading up a home building company of his own.

In January 2010, Jason partnered with Eddy Gibbs to purchase the storied Shangri-La Resort where he took over as General Manager and oversaw the redevelopment of the historic property. Under his supervision, Shangri-La Resort has re-energized the entire Grand Lake tourism and business economy. The resort now includes a 119-room resort hotel and conference center, a 27-hole Top Five golf course, three restaurants, four bar areas, 8,000 square feet of conference space, a full-service marina, and multiple residential real estate developments.

Jason and his wife, Brenda, live near Monkey Island on Grand Lake with their three children, Nora, Isaac and Katie Rae.

Barry Willingham

Barry Willingham was named President and CEO of Shangri-La Golf Club, Resort & Marina in 2019. A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Barry graduated from the University of Memphis with Business Administration Degrees in both Finance and Marketing. After graduation, he worked for Hilti for twenty years before being hired at Tulsa-based Ameristar Fence Products in 2002 with the task of starting a Security Division of the company, owned by Shangri-La owner Eddy Gibbs.

In 2010, he left Ameristar to accept a position as President of Smith & Wesson Security Solutions. He also served as Vice-President of Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation in Franklin, Tennessee. In 2012, after completing his commitment to Smith & Wesson, he returned to Ameristar as Vice President & General Manager.

When Eddy Gibbs sold Ameristar to Assa Abloy in 2013, Barry was named President and CEO of Perimeter Security Group of Assa Abloy, which includes Ameristar. He was directly responsible for more than 800 employees, 650 of them at the Tulsa Ameristar facility.

An in-demand public speaker, Barry is an avid boater and golfer. He and his wife Laura have had a home at Grand Lake O’ The Cherokees since 2005. They now live on Grand Lake’s Monkey Island in the heart of Shangri-La Resort.

Katelin Threet

Membership Services & Event Coordinator

Katelin Threet, a native of Grove, Oklahoma, and a GHS graduate, is Shangri-La Resort’s Membership & Marketing Administrator. Katelin, who has a Master’s Degree in Human Resources from East Central State University in Ada, Oklahoma, is responsible for handling all membership inquiries, and questions from members and ensuring that needs are met for our valued members at Shangri-La. She dealt with similar responsibilities at Legal Shield in Ada, handling member charges, questions, applications, and assistance requests.

Additionally, Katelin assists in implementing our short and long-range marketing plans for the resort, with a focus on expanding and enhancing our social media outreach and information operations.

Brett Wisdom

Brett grew up in nearby Miami, OK, and graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1991 with a Hotel Restaurant Administration Degree. After graduating, Brett worked in many different areas of the hospitality industry including Club Management in the United States Air Force. He was also General Manager of Miami Country Club. Brett’s Hotel Management career has taken him to Cheyenne, WY, Tulsa, OK, and Miami, OK, and he has worked for all the major hotel chains such as IHG (Holiday Inn), Marriott, and Hilton. Brett also served as Hotel Director at Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, OK. Since Brett grew up in northeast Oklahoma, he is very familiar with Shangri-La and its history and will always consider this to be his dream job.

Jason Morgan

Jason was born in Guthrie, Oklahoma and raised in Grove, Oklahoma. Jason’s mother and father both worked on Monkey Island during his childhood, so Shangri-La Resort has been a big part of his life from the very start. Moving to Bentonville, Arkansas in his late teens provided him the opportunity to work at Pinnacle Hills Country Club and Shadow Valley Country Club. Jason loved the “Country Club lifestyle” so much, he decided to make it a career. Jason moved back to Oklahoma to start working at Shangri-La Resort in February 2012. He married his wife (and Shangri-La Pastry Chef) Julie Morgan in October 2016. Jason is now the Resort Concierge. He is committed to providing current up-to date local information and making sure our guests’ stay will be one to remember.