Business and People Notes

Two Tulsa-area business leaders were recently appointed to the Oklahoma State University-Tulsa Board of Trustees. Sean Kouplen, chairman and of Regent Bank, and Brett Lessley, president of Griffin Management, Inc., will fill open positions on the board.
Kouplen and Lessley join -Trustees Henry Primeaux, chair, Robyn Ewing, Charles Ford, Ed Keller, Dr. Trudy Milner, Tucker Link and Glenda Love. Link and Milner are also on the /A&M Board of Regents.
The trustees oversee operations on the -Tulsa campus, advising on administrative and student services, facilities management and academic offerings. The board also reviews the annual budget for -Tulsa prior to its presentation to the /A&M Board of Regents.

Kouplen will fill the remaining term of Larry Mocha, who stepped down earlier this year to serve on another state board. A former adjunct finance and management instructor at -Tulsa, Kouplen earned his bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics in 1995 at -Stillwater and earned his Master of Business Administration at -Tulsa in 2002. He also completed training at the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado in 2002.

He is currently the chairman of the Creek Nation’s One Fire Board of Directors and a member of Young President’s Organization, Tulsa Regional Chamber Small Business Council, Roundtable, Alumni Association Leadership Council, Oklahoma Bankers Association and serves as an elder of Bixby Community Church.

Lessley has been the president of Griffin Management, a Claremore-based health care property management company, since 1998. He was appointed to a seven-year term on the board, replacing James Goodwin, who completed his second term as trustee. An graduate, Lessley earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Finance in 1996.

He is a member of the Oklahoma Association of Health Care Providers, Coalition of Advocates for Responsible Eldercare, American Health Care Association Independent Owners Council, Tulsa County Home Finance Authority, Indian Nations Council of Boy Scouts, Share the Spirit (Rogers County) and Rogers State University Board of Visitors.

Steve Grantham has been appointed executive director for Up With Trees, replacing Gail Ererer. Grantham has worked at Up With Trees for six years as director of operations and has helped to oversee major projects, including Re-green and the Tree Downtown Tulsa Project. “It is such an honor to be part of the Up With Trees family,” says Grantham. “Because of our awesome volunteers, our dedicated donors and our wonderful community partners, we have been able to accomplish great things over the last forty years. I look forward to continuing and growing these relationships to ensure that our best and most effective years are still to come.”

After nearly three decades, Meals on Wheels is welcoming Calvin A. Moore as its new president and . Moore has 14 years of not-for-profit experience and brings an accomplished resume of organizational advancement and fundraising achievements to .

The search for a new president and began after Dan Rabovsky announced his retirement after 27 years with the organization. Rabovsky and the board of directors had just completed a rebranding initiative, which resulted in an updated website, logo and other marketing innovations.

Most recently, Moore served as the director of the Tulsa Community College Foundation where he helped plan and execute a $2.5 million capital campaign to build the Nate Waters Physical Therapy Clinic in downtown Tulsa. In 2013 he launched the Believe in Campaign – a themed annual fund, which supports classroom innovation and student scholarships at . Prior to joining the foundation, Moore served as associate director of development for . He hails from Wiggins, Miss., and originally moved to Tulsa in 1999 to pursue his graduate degree at . Moore, a retired U.S. Army officer, served with several units including the 1st Battalion 279 Infantry Regiment here in Tulsa.

Adrienne L. Barnett, Norman Wohlgemuth Chandler & Jeter, was elected president of the Child Abuse Network’s Board of Directors at their annual meeting in June. Other officers include president-elect and treasurer T. Carley Williams, , ; secretary Rebecca Thompson, , Inc.; and past president Susan L. Gross, community volunteer. Barbara E. Findeiss serves as CAN’s executive director.

Child Abuse Network, Inc. is a 501©(3) organization whose mission is to provide collaborative intervention services to child abuse victims, so that they are encouraged to embrace a future driven by hope. exists to reduce the trauma a child abuse investigation poses for the child by bringing together multiple agencies under one roof to provide crisis intervention services. For more information, visit

Tulsa Tech’s Board of Education recently named Monroe Nichols, chief operations officer of IMPACT!Tulsa, as the newest board member for the district. Nichols fills the zone one seat vacated by the late Lena Bennett.

Prior to IMPACT!Tulsa, Nichols worked at the Tulsa Regional Chamber as the director of business retention and expansion, the Oklahoma Department of Career Tech where he managed over $4 million annually in state incentive funds for new and growing Oklahoma companies. He also served as chief of staff for President Gerry Clancy at OU-Tulsa and as an aide to former Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor, working in education and workforce development.

Nichols has been the recipient of numerous awards including a United States Department of Justice Award for Public Service. During his time at the Oklahoma Department of Career Tech, he was a lead evaluator for statewide adult continuing education programs.

Nichols was selected as a “40 under 40” by both Oklahoma Magazine and the Tulsa Business Journal in years past and was part of Leadership Tulsa’s Class 37.

Micki Jernigan was recently selected to be the chief compliance officer at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences and Medical Center.

The chief compliance officer oversees -, Physicians clinics and Medical Center compliance with local, state and national higher education and health care laws and regulations, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

As chief compliance officer, Jernigan will implement, review and enforce policies, procedures and standards of conduct to ensure compliance with these laws and regulations. She is also tasked with providing reports to the appropriate governing agencies.

She is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, Health Care Compliance Association and American Health Lawyers Association.

Tulsa-based Senior Star, a real estate services company committed to senior housing, announces Isaac Losh has joined the company as vice president of acquisitions.

Losh will provide strategic decision making that is critical to the growth platform created by leaders of Senior Star. He will focus on all aspects of the acquisition/merger lifecycle, including the identification, underwriting and execution of acquisitions, joint ventures and related activities.

He joins the company after working together as joint venture partners through his previous position with Health Care (: ), a $30B that invests across the health care continuum and Senior Star’s primary capital partner.

Prior to entering the business world, Losh was a police officer for New York State.
Losh earned his master’s degree from Cornell University and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Buffalo.

Ryan Herron has joined the First National Bank & Trust Co. of Broken Arrow as vice president of commercial lending.

A native of Broken Arrow and a 1997 graduate of Broken Arrow High School, Herron earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Oklahoma. He launched his career with American Appraisal Associates in Dallas and was associated with Merrill Lynch before joining First of Broken Arrow.

“Ryan represents a new generation of banker with the experience, expertise and energy needed to meet the ever growing demands of today’s customer,” says Donnie Cox, executive vice president and chief lending officer. “We are delighted to have him as part of our team.”

Updated 08-25-2014

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