Business and People Notes April 2018

Emergency Infant Services announces Bill Andoe as executive director. The Tulsa-based nonprofit — whose mission is to meet the basic needs of infants and children through age five whose families are in crisis — welcomes the nonprofit veteran who has served at several Tulsa-area nonprofit organizations.

With years of nonprofit management experience, Andoe will work to help the organization achieve many new goals, including moving to its new location in 2019.

“Bill is passionate about helping children in need in our community,” Alissa Hurley, board president says. “We believe our wonderful staff, volunteers and donors will appreciate his collaborative leadership style and vision to continue the great legacy of of serving the littlest in need in the Tulsa area for more than 40 years.”

Andoe’s management style and heart line up with ’s vision to help every family in the Tulsa community facing financial challenges to receive immediate help because a hungry child can’t wait. 

“It is an honor to serve my community by leading an outstanding group of staff and volunteers who make a positive impact through the provision of critical services for infants and children in the Tulsa area,” Andoe says.

Andoe will help shepherd through its major transition of moving to its new location in 2019, which will allow the nonprofit to expand its services and better achieve its core values.

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 Simon, a global leader in retail real estate, announces that Tricia Sanders has accepted the position of general manager at Woodland Hills Mall.

In this role, Sanders will manage all day-to-day operations, maintenance, budgeting and tenant and community relations while creating a world-class shopping experience for guests. Additionally, she will be responsible for overseeing the security and marketing efforts of the center.

Sanders is a tenured member of the Simon family, most recently serving as the general manager at Independence Center in Kansas City, Missouri. She previously served as the general manager at Tippecanoe Mall, as well as the director of marketing and business development at centers in Indianapolis, Springfield and Topeka.  

“We are thrilled to welcome Tricia to Woodland Hills Mall,” says David Johnson, regional vice president for Simon’s southwest region. “She has done a tremendous job in her previous roles and we look forward to her experience, leadership and enthusiasm benefitting the Tulsa community.”

Sanders earned her Bachelor of Science in business management from Missouri State University.

Simon is a global leader in the ownership of premier shopping, dining, entertainment and mixed-use destinations and an S&P 100 company. Properties are across North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit

The City of Tulsa has announced that Michelle Barnett will serve as the deputy chief of economic development. She began the position in March.

Barnett has worked for the City of Tulsa Engineering Services Department for the past two years as the Brownfields program director and environmental coordinator. As the Brownfields director, Barnett helped turn blighted sites into economic engines for the city of Tulsa. Many popular destinations in Tulsa that were former brownfield sites include the Center, ONEOK Field and Guthrie Green.

Barnett holds a Master and Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Oklahoma and is a certified professional engineer in the State of Oklahoma. Barnett has experience in brownfield development, business development, redevelopment finance and engineering infrastructure. 

After almost two decades with Senior Star, Senior Vice President John Dornblaser retired in April.

Dornblaser joined Senior Star in 1999 after serving as a consultant for Senior Star leadership. He has guided the process of creating Senior Star’s vision and mission statements that align associates with a shared purpose, and a set of values and goals that communicated what was important to the company.

During his 18-year tenure at Senior Star, Dornblaser has been integral to Senior Star’s development and capital project efforts and long-term strategic initiatives.
A strong advocate for the Alzheimer’s cause, Dornblaser is also active in helping individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and their families.

In addition to his volunteer advocacy work for the Alzheimer’s Association, Dornblaser has been a committed member of the American Seniors Housing Association throughout his Senior Star career.  He also served as chairman of the American Heart Association Tulsa Chapter and is a past board member and officer of the American Heart Association’s Southwest Affiliate.

FlyingTee announces the hiring of Bradley K. Wardlow to join the executive management team as chief operating officer. Wardlow brings extensive operations experience in fast-paced entertainment venues and will serve a critical role as FlyingTee expands its concept nationally.

 Wardlow founded and operated Metis Management Consulting, where he focused on operations for start-up and early-stage growth companies in the entertainment sector.  He directly supported the largest exhibition trade association in the world, which represents over 33,000 movie screens in the United States and additional cinemas in 95 countries worldwide.

Prior to that, Wardlow was part of the founding management team of Rave Cinemas that grew the company from a start-up to the fiftht largest movie exhibition company in the United States, operating 60-plus locations in 22 states.

Adrienne Duffy has been named executive director for Tulsa Girls Art School and Renee Montgomery will fulfill the new position of art program director.

 Duffy has been acting as interim director since November and previously served as associate director.

Montgomery moved to Tulsa from Los Angeles where she was the assistant director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.  After relocating to Tulsa, Montgomery started working as an art teacher at Mannford Elementary School. 

Duffy and Montgomery were formally introduced in their new roles at the spring show “The Faces of Tulsa Girls Art School” April 12 at , 2202 E. Admiral Blvd.

Updated 04-22-2018

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