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Business and People Notes Sept. 2017

The Rotary Club of Tulsa, which is one of the largest rotary clubs in the world, has elected Michael H. Homan as 2017-2018 president.

Homan, a vice president and office manager for Terracon, has been a member of Rotary since 1991.

Karen Keith was named chairman of the board of directors. She has been a club member since 2004 and served as the 2013-2014 president. Keith is a member of the Tulsa County Board of Commissioners.

Other officers who were elected are President-elect Hannibal Johnson, author, attorney and consultant with Hannibal B. Johnson, Esq.; Secretary-Treasurer Matthew Bristow, managing director of ClearRidge, LLC; Sergeant at Arms Charles Secrest, executive account director of Ascension Home Health and Hospice; Director-at-Large Tim Nall, owner and president of Nall-R-Brooks, Inc. dba We B Trees. Other members of the board are Immediate Past President John Rains, vice president, information systems at IMAX Corp.; Director-at-Large Dana Birkes, vice president, business strategies at Crossland Construction Company and Brian Bovaird, CEO/founder of CampGRiT; Membership Chair David Wagner, CFO/partner of Schnake Turnbo Frank; International Services Chair Catherine deCamp, executive director of Starlight Concerts; Club Services Chair Katie Johnson, president of Upshaw Johnson; Vocational Service Chair Jan Laub, executive director of Oklahoma Blood Institute; and Community Services Chair Michelle Place, executive director of Tulsa Historical Society and Museum.

More information about the Rotary Club of Tulsa is available at or contact the Rotary office at 918-584-7642.

Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Southwestern Regional Medical Center in Tulsa (CTCA) announces the addition of Thomas Biby, Jr., as vice president of finance. In his new role, Biby will be responsible for overseeing all financial functions, including financial strategy, accounting, reimbursement, financial analytics, and strategic financial growth and development for the hospital.

Prior to joining CTCA, Biby spent 17 years in executive hospital management roles at several health care institutions within Oklahoma where he focused on driving increased net revenue while streamlining operations and reducing costs. He also has experience in successful product line expansion and new service line development. In addition, he has served as an adjunct professor for financial management in health care administration for Bacone College of Nursing.

Biby holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Accounting as well as a Master of Business Administration, both from Northeastern State University. He is a member of the Hospital Financial Management Association where he previously served as treasurer.

The Tulsa Area United Way has named Alison Anthony as its new chief operating officer.

Anthony presently serves as president of the Williams Foundation and director of strategic outreach at Williams, where she has served in various leadership roles since 1999. She began her work at the United Way on Aug. 24.

Her areas of specialty include public affairs, advocacy, human resources, philanthropic and foundation management, strategic planning and business development.

As chief operating officer at the Tulsa Area United Way, she will share management of overall operations with the president and CEO. She will provide strategic leadership for the organization, interface with its board of directors, and lend oversight to its executive leadership team. She will work with the president and CEO to advance relationships with major donors, foundations, and CEOs in the Tulsa area.

Oral Roberts University announces the appointment of Dr. Clarence Boyd Jr. as the University’s vice president of student life. Boyd has been a well-loved and respected presence on the ORU campus for 40 years, most recently serving as the dean of spiritual formation. 

 Boyd came to ORU in 1973 as a student, graduating four years later with a degree in theology and social work. He later went on to earn his Master of Divinity and Doctorate of Ministry. He has served in a number of capacities, including dorm director, dean of student development, and campus chaplain.

 Boyd will be responsible for the overall administration of student life.  He will collaborate with students, faculty and staff to create an environment that will enhance students’ personal lives and expand their understanding of life-long learning through faith, service and community.

Green Country Marketing Association, one of the state’s multi-county organizations working with the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department in promoting tourism, held its annual membership meeting recently and approved its 2018 board of officers and directors.

The 2018 Executive Committee members include Chairman Tanya Andrews, Visit Claremore; President Linda Goldner, Picture in Scripture Amphitheater; First Vice President Justin Alberty, Grand River Dam Authority; Secretary/Treasurer Steve White, Love Bottling; Vice President, Marketing, Royal Aills, RSU Public Television; and Vice Presidents Maria Gus, Bartlesville Convention & Visitors Bureau; Teri Bowers, Oklahoma Aquarium; and Cheryl Trask, Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism.

Green Country is one of 11 multi-county organizations working with the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department, the Oklahoma Travel Industry Assn. and others to promote the state tourism industry.

For more information about Green Country Marketing Association, visit Green Country’s website at

Shagah Zakerion joins The Water Co as director of community health.

Zakerion previously served as an independent consultant and executive director for Tulsa’s Young Professionals, a workforce initiative of the Tulsa Regional Chamber. 

She will be leading business development efforts for this Tulsa-based startup as more employers, school systems, universities, and community organizations adopt sustainable alternatives to plastic packaged water and single-serve plastic packaging. 
Zakerion is known for her love of Tulsa and community building. During her time with TYPros, she produced several successful initiatives that attracted and retained talented young professionals throughout the Tulsa region.

She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a degree in public relations and double minor in political science and women’s and gender studies. She is a graduate of the inaugural Tulsa Area United Way NexTulsa executive training program.

Zakerion was honored as the 2016 IABC Communicator of the Year and was the youngest recipient of the 2013 Journal Record’s “Achievers Under 40.” She currently serves as the marketing director of Tulsa’s Great Raft Race and is a member of the League of Women Voters of Tulsa.

Kala Sharp, ONEOK, was elected to serve as president of the Child Abuse Network’s board of directors. Other officers include president-elect Tim Neuman, Williams Companies; secretary Ashley Hudgeons, Hillcrest HealthCare System; treasurer Ray Poudrier, ONEOK; and past-president Marnie Phelps, Cyntergy. Rose A. Turner serves as CAN’s interim executive director.

Other board members include: Eve Adams, BlueCross and BlueShield of Oklahoma; Lisa E. Albers, Bank of Oklahoma; Lauren Bingham, D & L Oil Tools; David Glasgow, CBRE; Chelsea Kester, Take Heart Events; April Margwarth, Tulsa Federal Credit Union; Jennifer Matson, HoganTaylor, LLP; Camille Nassar, Nabholz; Bryan J. Nowlin, Hall Estill; Tara O’Mahony, Community Volunteer; Mendi Parker, QuikTrip; Mike Rhoads, Oklahoma Insurance Department; Warren Ross, Ross Group Construction; Kaitlin Snider, Tulsa Health Department; Stephan A. Strode, Community Volunteer; Justin Thompson, JTR Group; Rebecca Thompson, AAON, Inc.; Scott Vaughn, GlobalHealth Holdings, LLC; Torre Waldo, Community Volunteer; T. Carley Williams, BKD, LLP.

Partner Directors include: Major Julie Harris, Tulsa Police Department; District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler, Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office; Julie Merritt, Oklahoma Department of Human Services; Sheriff Vic Regalado, Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office; and Dr. John H. Schumann, University of Oklahoma – Tulsa.

Updated 08-28-2017

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