Teresa Crossland-Oelke began as an Americans for Prosperity volunteer in Arkansas in 2009, coordinating events on the key issues of health care, energy taxes and the unions assault on the private ballot. In October, she became the Arkansas State Director and helped launch AFP’s 26th chapter. As State Director, Oelke led an aggressive policy advocacy effort on how policies in the State Legislature impacted hardworking Arkansans. In 2012, she also served as a Regional Director and was appointed by the board to Vice President of State Operations in 2013.
Oelke’s attributes her passion for economic freedom to her parents. “My mom is a first generation American. My grandma received welfare her entire life. But because of the freedom and opportunity this country afforded them, with ten kids in tow, my parents were able to move our family out of poverty. History shows economic freedom is the best way for people to find opportunity and prosperity.”
In addition to her work at AFP, Oelke owns Oelke Construction Company in Springdale, Arkansas. Prior to joining Americans for Prosperity, Oelke served on marketing team of Crossland Construction and led the enrichment program for Roger’s First Baptist Christian School. Oelke is a former member of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, a graduate of the Arkansas Chamber eldership III Class, a member of the Northwest Arkansas Association of Latino Professionals and served on the advisory board of the Arkansas Association of Builders and Contractors. Previously, Teresa served as Speaker Tim Shallenburger’s chief of staff in the Kansas House of Representatives, campaign manager for the successful Shallenburger for State Treasurer Campaign, Director of Administration in the Kansas Treasurer’s Office in 1998, and in 2002 worked as fundraising events coordinator on the Shallenburger for Governor Campaign.
Teresa has been married for 21 years to Tim Oelke, who is President of Oelke Construction. They have three sons Nick, Jake and Sam. They reside in Springdale, Arkansas where they are active in Cross Church in Rogers. In their free time they ride dirt bikes, run and enjoy zombie television programs.