Gail Cresap was born and raised in Vinita, Oklahoma. After graduating from Vinita High School she attended William Woods College for Women in Fulton, Missouri. After her marriage to Denny Cresap they purchased a Ford Dealership in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. There they had their first and only child, John. Gail worked side by side with her husband in the dealership for five years. Then came the purchase of a fledgling company, an Anheuser Busch distributorship, located in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Gail was the office and warehouse manager for the next ten years. Due to the success of their company she was able to leave those duties and take a big leap forward to pursue her own interests.
Gail started and ran the day to day operation of Grand Lake Alpacas, a million dollar plus operation. She raised and showed prize winning alpacas and won many blue ribbons and national awards. Gail was very instrumental in starting the PAAS, Peaceful Animal Adoption Shelter, a no-kill shelter located in Vinita Oklahoma. It has become a national success. They transport animals to different states that want dogs and cats and have to-date transported over 5000 animals to welcoming homes. Also a very fulfilling project, Gail started a program in the Vinita Public Schools, Adventure Academy. It’s a summer program designed to help a select group of underprivileged boys and girls. They may be reading impaired or have other subjects that they have fallen behind in during the normal school year. They are exposed to many things that may not have been available to them otherwise. For example, field trips outside the Vinita area. Gail’s foundation provides all of this at no cost to the school system or the child. She continues to oversee the management of her ranch, Big Creek Ranch, located near Lenapah, Oklahoma. There she has a large cow /calf operation.
Gail is involved in numerous organizations such as Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, American Quarter Horse Association, Ranching Heritage Association, the Annie Oakley Society, Prix de West, Cherokee Yacht Club, Ocean Reef Club, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Gilcrease Museum and the Cresap Family Foundation.
She understands this life lesson, “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it is about learning to dance in the rain”. Keeping these words in mind she lives her life accordingly. Gail continues to be a positive influence for others. She has made huge accomplishments and continues to give back to her fellow man and animal in a big way.