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Destyni Trayler: Making A Difference

Released by Panhandle State Campus Communications on 02/02/2017 Panhandle State graduate Destyni Trayler (left) is pictured receiving the NexGen Under 30 award. —Courtesy photoPanhandle State graduate Destyni Trayler (left) is pictured receiving the NexGen Under 30 award. —Courtesy photo

Goodwell, Okla. — An Oklahoma Panhandle State University class of 2013 Pyschology major, Destyni Trayler has lost no time in making her mark while pursuing her passion.

Originally from Jones, Okla., Trayler came to Panhandle State to play softball and “will be forever grateful for the tenacity of the coach who recruited me.”

Trayler said, “This chapter of my life was jumpstarted at OPSU. Within a week of being on campus my freshman year, I met my husband, Rantz. I fell in love with psychology because of the professors I studied under there and I was pushed and prepared to pursue my masters. My work ethic and determination were shaped by playing softball at OPSU, working as a resident assistant and dorm director, and being surrounded by likeminded students, faculty, and staff. Even though I was 5 hours from my biological family, OPSU became like a family for me and my husband and we now call this area our home. It may sound cliché, but I would not be where I am today without OPSU’s influence in my life.”

She is currently the Executive Director at Panhandle Services for Children (PSC), Inc. in Guymon, Okla. The agency provides counseling, foster care, education, and prevention programs to youth and families in Texas, Beaver, and Cimarron counties.

Most recently, Trayler was a NexGen Under 30 award winner. NextGen Under 30 recognizes and encourages the next generation of innovative, creative, and inspiring individuals who push the boundaries in various categories of endeavor. Award winners are selected based upon their participation in and contribution to their communities. A panel of respected business and civic leaders serve as judges. Winners were honored at an awards dinner and banquet on November 18th at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City.

Trayler became the Executive Director of PSC at the age of 24 making her the youngest director out of the 42 designated youth service agencies in the state. In addition, she is the Northwest Cluster representative for the Oklahoma Association of Youth Services. On top of that, Trayler completed her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology this year.

She commented, “I love the idea of honoring younger professionals because, despite our reputation, my generation has a lot to offer.”

Her husband Rantz is the Director of Student Services at Panhandle State.