Audra Conner is originally from Spavinaw, Oklahoma. She is 1/2 Cherokee and is a graduate of Ketchum High School where she was active in basketball, track, and cheerleading. She was a class officer and held officer's position in student council. She served as a Senate Page for the Oklahoma State Senate, was the first Girls’ State participant from Ketchum High, received the Masonic Award at graduation, and was selected Miss KHS her senior year by her teachers and peers.
Audra attended Northeastern State University in Tahlequah where she completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications. During her college years she represented Cherokee Nation as Miss Cherokee 1988-89. In the spring of 1989 she represented Oklahoma as Cherry Blossom Princess at the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C. She was also named First Runner-Up for Miss Indian Oklahoma in 1989. In May 2000 she received a Master of Science Degree with emphasis in College Teaching from NSU. She served as District 1 Cherokee Nation Tribal Council Representative from 2003-2007, and currently serves on the school board for Peggs School.
Audra lives in the Peggs community, with husband D.J. Conner and children, Trey, Lynsey, and Macey. She enjoys spending time with her family, attending her kids’ sporting events, coaching youth basketball, fishing with her husband, and playing bingo. She has been a counselor for Talent Search for 23 years and has been the program director for 11 years. She enjoys working with students, opening their eyes to opportunities, and providing encouragement and motivation.