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Business and People Notes November 2017

Schnake Turnbo Frank, a strategic communications and management consulting firm with offices in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, has announced the recent election of Steve Turnbo as chairman of the Oklahoma Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC), effective immediately.

In this role, Turnbo will conduct all meetings and business of the JNC during the one-year chairman term. Turnbo is only the second non-attorney to be appointed to this position. The only other non-attorney to serve as chairman was Lowe Runkle, the first chair of the JNC in 1969. The chairman is annually elected by the JNC sitting commission members.

“We are so proud of the work Steve does not only for the firm, but in the community as well,” said Becky Frank, partner, chairman and CEO at Schnake Turnbo Frank. “He is a great example of a leader and will serve Oklahomans well in his new role as Chairman of the Oklahoma Judicial Nominating Commission.”

Turnbo’s six-year appointment as a sitting commission member of the JNC began Oct. 5, 2013 and will end Oct. 5, 2019.

Hope Forsyth, a student at The University of Tulsa College of Law, has been selected as the college’s Oklahoma Bar Association (OBA) Outstanding Student in 2017. Annually, each law school in the state selects a graduating student to receive the award at the OBA meeting in November.

“I’m honored and excited to be selected as TU’s representative for this great honor,” says Forsyth. “I greatly appreciate the stellar education, mentorship and opportunities I have received throughout both my law and undergraduate education at TU.”

Forsyth is the executive editor of the Tulsa Law Review, a student member of the Council Oak/Johnson-Sontag Inn of Court and a member of Phi Delta Phi. She has earned eight CALI Excellence for the Future Awards for the highest grade in various classes and the George and Jean Price Award for legal reasoning, research and writing.

During her time at TU, Forsyth has gained experience at multiple levels of the federal court system through internships for Chief Judge Gregory K. Frizzell, former Magistrate Judge T. Lane Wilson and Magistrate Judge Paul J. Cleary, all of the Northern District of Oklahoma. In the spring of 2018, Forsyth will extern for Tenth Circuit Senior Judge Stephanie K. Seymour.

Forsyth’s law review comment, “Mutually Assured Protection: Dmitri Shostakovich and Russian Influence on American Copyright Law,” will be published in the Tulsa Law Review Spring 2018 issue. Prior to law school, her examination of the historical and current use of the word “forum” was published in Princeton University Press’ Digital Keywords: A Vocabulary of Information Society and Culture.

Forsyth grew up in Cushing, where her father practices law. She earned a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude in communication and media studies with minors in English and philosophy from The University of Tulsa.

Tulsa Regional Chamber has announced the promotion of Kuma Roberts to the role of executive director of talent attraction, retention and Mosaic. Roberts was previously appointed interim executive director in April. Before that, Roberts served as the Chamber’s program manager for education. In that capacity, she drove engagement between the Tulsa business community and area school districts.

In her new role, Roberts will direct the Chamber’s workforce development efforts, including the areas of training and degree attainment, as well as Mosaic, the Chamber’s diversity business council.

Roberts is a native Tulsan who graduated from Booker T. Washington High School and went on to study English and theater at the University of Tulsa. Prior to joining the Chamber staff, Roberts worked at Volunteers of America, where she developed her desire to work in a community betterment capacity.

In addition to her Chamber work, Roberts serves on the Leadership Tulsa board and is the education co-chair for the Tulsa Area United Way Women’s Leadership Council. In June, Roberts was appointed to the mayor’s inaugural African American Affairs Commission. She is on the program committee for LEAD North and a graduate of Leadership Tulsa Class 51.

Ruslan Ilyushenko has joined the Broken Arrow-based Oseco team as vice president of manufacturing. With over 17 years of industry experience, Ilyushenko will lead manufacturing operations for Oseco.

Ilyushenko received his Bachelor of Science in Economics and Finance from the University of Tulsa in 1999. He went on to receive his Master of Business Administration from Oklahoma State University in 2013.

Also joining Oseco as vice president – finance is Garren Taylor. With over 10 years of industry experience, Taylor will oversee accounting and internet technology operations within the Oseco organization.

 Taylor received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Baylor University in 2004 and became a CPA in 2007. He went on to receive his Master of Business Administration from Oklahoma State University in 2014. 

Lloyd Landreth has been honored with the 2018 “Best Lawyers”
distinction. Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected national, peer-review publication in the legal profession.

Landreth, a resident of Jenks, practices with the GableGotwals law firm and was recognized for his expertise in the areas of natural resources law and litigation-environmental.

GableGotwals is a full-service law firm of more than 90 attorneys representing a diversified client base in Oklahoma, the Southwest and across the nation. The firm has offices in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and San Antonio, Texas.

AVB Bank announces the hiring of Jody Manning and his election to the position of executive vice president, finance. Manning will serve on the bank’s executive management team.

Manning has more than 20 years of experience in the financial industry as both a controller and auditor.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to work at a bank so deeply rooted in state history, serving the community through innovative banking solutions and traditional personal service,” says Manning. “AVB demonstrates a unique blend of the traditional customer experience of banking, along with the ever-changing world of ‘on-the-go’ banking services.”

Manning went to McAlister High School before attending Oklahoma Baptist University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in Accounting. Since 2012, he has served as a board member of the Oklahoma Accountancy Board. Manning and his family reside in Tulsa.

Sparks Reed Architecture and Interiors has hired Tulsa architect Tyler Sappington. 
Sappington brings to Sparks Reed an in-depth knowledge of three-dimensional printing and milling, a skill he also shares with Tulsa’s Fab Lab as an advisory committee member and volunteer. Developments in this emerging field fuel his bullish outlook on the industry’s future.

A Tulsa native and Holland Hall graduate, Sappington worked at two other Tulsa architectural firms before coming to Sparks Reed.

Sparks Reed Architecture and Interiors was founded in 2011 by Gary Sparks, Jill Selman, and David Reed. These three have worked together on private and public architectural and interior projects valued at more than $500 million. To learn more about the firm and its past projects, visit

Governor Mary Fallin has appointed Dr. Lori McGinnis-Madland to serve as a commissioner for the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth (OCCY).  McGinnis-Madland will serve for a minimum of two years and work with 18 other commissioners who will work to develop and improve services to the children and youth of Oklahoma.

McGinnis-Madland serves as the president and chief executive officer of Street School located in Tulsa, a position she has held since 2003. Prior to Street School she was a field coordinator for the Oklahoma Technical Assistance Center and also began alternative education programs for Sand Springs Public Schools. Early in her career, she was a special education teacher at Sand Springs Public Schools.

McGinnis-Madland has a doctorate in educational administration from Oklahoma State University.

Updated 11-08-2017

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