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Business and People Notes December 2018



Mayor G.T. Bynum announced that Amy Brown will serve as Tulsa’s deputy mayor beginning Jan. 14, 2019.

The deputy mayor serves as the acting mayor in the mayor’s absence and coordinates policy matters on behalf of the City of Tulsa.

“Amy Brown has one of the best minds I’ve encountered in public service at any level. I’ve worked with her for years, both on the city council and now in the mayor’s office,” Mayor Bynum said. “She has proven herself as an adept manager and leader and will make a great deputy mayor.”  

Brown will be replacing Michael Junk who recently accepted the chief of staff position for Governor-elect Kevin Stitt.

Prior to her role as deputy mayor, Brown served as the deputy chief of staff and veterans liaison for Mayor Bynum. Brown has worked for the City of Tulsa in various capacities. She served as a mayoral aide for former Mayor Kathy Taylor in 2009 and served as a Tulsa City Council aide from 2011-2014.

Brown will continue to serve as veterans liaison and oversee the Administration and Public Safety Support Divisions as she did in her prior role.

“I’m honored by the privilege and responsibility of serving the citizens of Tulsa in this new role,” Brown said.

Brown holds a Juris Doctorate and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Tulsa and is an active volunteer for Family & Children Services and Junior League of Tulsa.

Gateway Mortgage Group has announced Steven Patrick as its new chief risk officer. In this role, Patrick will provide executive oversight to the company’s credit and risk management teams. His responsibilities will span all efforts in enterprise risk management, compliance and quantitative analytics.

“Steve has a tremendous amount of experience in mortgage finance, credit and risk arena,” said Stephen Curry, CEO of Gateway. “We are happy to welcome Steve into the Gateway family and we know he will be a valuable addition to the executive leadership team.”

Most recently, Patrick was managing director with Everett Advisory Partners where he counseled clients on implementing risk-reducing strategies, capital raises and solutions to complex funding problems. Prior to Everett Advisory Partners, he held many different roles with Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago. Patrick was involved in a variety of initiatives where he developed strategies to mitigate risk while building the mortgage program, which purchased mortgage loans in secondary markets; he also advised banks on liquidity strategies. He has worked extensively in the financial services industry since 1987, starting at Merrill Lynch before moving to Bank of America. He is a graduate of Carleton College and received his MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Mayor G.T. Bynum has named Christina da Silva as deputy chief of staff beginning Jan. 14, 2019.

“Over the last two years, Christina da Silva has proven herself to be uniquely thoughtful in her work and passionately committed to those historically overlooked in our city,” Mayor G.T. Bynum said. “I am excited for her to take that work to the next level in a new capacity as my Deputy Chief of Staff.”

da Silva currently serves as director of community development and policy for Mayor Bynum and leads the New Tulsans Initiative, which involves implementing the comprehensive roadmap for building a more equitable Tulsa while fostering connections between all immigrants and long-term residents.

“I’m beyond thrilled to work in this new role and look forward to helping guide policy that will build a stronger and more equitable workforce here at the city,” da Silva said.

In her new role, da Silva will continue to oversee the New Tulsans Initiative and provide strategic planning and project management services at a larger scale for the Mayor’s Office. Education and community engagement will be two areas of focus.

da Silva holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language & Literature and German Language & Literature from Western Washington University. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Human Development and Family Science at OSU-Tulsa where she is a Graduate Research Assistant.

Ascension’s St. John Medical Center in Tulsa has named Tammy Bark, RN, MBA, chief nursing officer. In her role, Bark will oversee the nursing practice for the Tulsa medical center.

Bark joins St. John from Providence St. Joseph Health in Eureka, California where she served as area vice president and chief nursing officer for St. Joseph Hospital, Redwood Memorial Hospital, General Hospital, and North Coast Surgical Center. 

“Tammy’s experience and accomplishments are significant in the areas of quality and safety, patient and provider experience, nurse recruitment and retention, and operational excellence,” said Jeffrey D. Nowlin, president and chief operating officer for St. John Medical Center. “We’re pleased to welcome her to the medical center and to further our mission to care for the most vulnerable.”

Bark began her nursing career at the bedside, serving as an emergency department nurse. She has served many director positions including areas of emergency services, critical care, geropsychiatric unit, quality and risk management, and as chief nursing officer of a 500-bed acute care hospital.

The Cox Business Center, managed by SMG and owned by the City of Tulsa, announces Angie Teel, CMP, as assistant general manager.

Teel joins the venue from the St. Charles Convention Center where she has acted as a director since 2011. She has more than 10 years of venue management experience and is a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP).

In her new role, Teel will coordinate daily activities in the downtown venue with various departments and work to continuously improve the reputation and award-winning standards of the Convention Center and interject best industry practices into the day-to-day operations.

“I’m looking forward to getting to know the entire team and Tulsa better, and to contribute to the outstanding impact the venue has on the city and everyone who steps inside,” said Teel.

Teel studied international business at Missouri State University before beginning her career in events.

Mark VanLoh, CEO of Tulsa International Airport and R.L. Jones, Jr. Airport since February 2017, submitted his resignation to the Tulsa Airports Improvement Trust Board, citing his pending acceptance of a position in Jacksonville, Florida.

VanLoh became Tulsa Airports CEO in February 2017 after a national search was undertaken by the Airports’ Board of Trustees. Since his arrival, he has led numerous initiatives that have resulted in an increase in airport revenue, airline service, and facility improvements.

Tulsa Airports Improvement Trust Chair, Jeff Stava, praised VanLoh on his accomplishments while serving as CEO of Tulsa’s air transportation system. Stava said, “Mark has been a tremendous resource for our airports and our City during his time in Tulsa. His leadership has created a streamlined organization with an improved financial footing that is prepared to serve the Tulsa region for years to come. We wish him all the best in his new position.”

The Trust has already begun the search process to identify his successor.

Updated 12-18-2018

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