Business and People Notes

Kevin Gross, president, Hillcrest Healthcare System, Tulsa, was recently installed as the 2014-2015 chairman of the Oklahoma Hospital Association board of trustees. Jimmy Leopard, , Wagoner Community Hospital, was named chair-elect. Jeff Nowlin, president/COO, St. John Medical Center, was recently elected as the Tulsa region chairman.

Established in 1919, the Oklahoma Hospital Association represents more than 130 hospitals and health care entities across the state of Oklahoma.

Financial Corporation has announced that Becky Keesling has been named chief auditor of the corporation. In her new role, Keesling will be responsible for assessing the effectiveness of internal controls and procedures and managing the company’s audit department. She will report directly to the chair of the audit committee of the board of directors and will also serve as a member of the company’s executive leadership team.

Keesling joined Financial in 2004 as vice president and corporate audit manager and was instrumental in implementing Sarbanes-Oxley controls across the corporation. She also managed the corporate audit team and was the primary interface with the company’s independent auditors. Later, she was promoted to senior vice president and manager of loan portfolio reporting, where she managed a team responsible for financial reporting, as it pertained to the loan portfolio and allowance for credit losses.

Prior to joining Financial, Keesling spent 10 years in the public accounting industry primarily with Ernst & Young, where she rose to the position of audit senior manager and served on the Financial account.

Keesling has an accounting degree from Southwest Missouri State University and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Leadership Tulsa announces the election of officers for 2014:
President, Karen MacCannell, The McIntosh Group; President Elect, Karen Kirchman, Stanfield & O’Dell; VP-Flagship, Lori Sears, GableGotwals; VP-Membership, Tina Parkhill, Parkhill’s Liquors & Wine South; VP-Programs, Steve Perkins, HoganTaylor; VP-Communications, Heather Pingry, Tulsa International MayFest; Treasurer, Steve Holden, ; and Secretary, Brad Gemeinhart, INCOG.
Shaun Lesser, -, has joined the Utica Park Clinic office of OB/GYN Corey Babb, D.O. Lesser, a midwife, will work closely with Dr. Babb in practicing a more natural approach to pregnancy and childbirth by offering alternative options in a hospital setting, including: alternative birthing positions, pregnancy education, preconception counseling and aromatherapy.

Lesser earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Oklahoma in Norman in 2008 and received her Master of Nurse Midwifery from Frontier School of Midwifery & Family Nursing in Hyden, Ky., in 2013.  She completed her midwifery internship through three separate facilities: Denver Health Women’s Care Clinic in Denver, Colo.; Mountain Midwifery Center – a free-standing birth center in Englewood, Colo.; and Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa. Lesser has worked as a registered nurse since 2008 at hospitals in Tulsa and Littleton, Colo.  She is a current member of the American College of Nurse-Midwives and the Sigma Theta Tau Honors Society. Lesser is currently welcoming new patients and accepts most insurance plans. Her office is located on the campus of Hillcrest Hospital South at 8803 S. 101st East Ave. (91st & Hwy. 169), Suite 220 in Tulsa. To schedule an appointment, call 918-294-6750 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
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Grand Bank, an independent family-owned and operated bank with offices in Tulsa, Bixby and Claremore, has named Andy Gray as executive vice president-chief lending officer, according to Austin Buerge, Grand Bank president and .

A native Tulsan, Gray was most recently a senior vice president in middle market lending at F&M Bank. During his seven years at F&M, he built and managed a $160 million loan portfolio. Prior to joining F&M Bank, Gray was a vice president of commercial lending at Bank of Oklahoma.

Gray received his and degrees from the University of Oklahoma. His community involvement includes the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce, Junior Achievement and Habitat for Humanity.

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Americans for Prosperity () has named John Tidwell as the state director for the Oklahoma chapter of . Tidwell brings nearly 20 years of experience in state government and grassroots advocacy to fight for economic freedom in the Sooner State.

-OK is dedicated to the research and education of economic issues impacting Oklahoma’s future. They activate and engage citizens of limited government and free market principles through grassroots efforts. -OK was founded in 2004 and currently has more than 21,000 active members statewide.

Law firm Hall Estill announces Kristen Evans has joined the firm’s Tulsa office. Evans is a litigation attorney who primarily focuses on trial and appellate motion practice in health care, products liability, medical malpractice, employment and insurance bad faith cases.

While in law school, Evans served on the editorial board for the Oklahoma Law Review and was the recipient of the Salem Civil Rights Award and Scholarship. Evans received her J.D., with honors, from the University Of Oklahoma College Of Law in 2010, and she holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma.
Selser Schaefer Architects has promoted Shane Aaron and Donny Carreno Jr. to associates.

Aaron is a licensed architect and has been with Selser Schaefer Architects since graduation from Drury University in 2007. He has been an active member in the Leadership Tulsa North Tulsa Development Council as well as the American Institute of Architects, where he formerly served on the board of directors for the Eastern Oklahoma Chapter. Aaron’s prominent work includes Childers Middle School in Broken Arrow, W.W. Hastings Urgent Care, Southern Hills Baptist Church, as well as multiple projects for clients H-E-B and Church on the Move, among others.

A 2000 graduate of Oklahoma State University, Carreno has been with Selser Schaefer Architects for over 11 years. Carreno has worked on local projects such as Tulsa Boys Home, Sam Hider Community Health Center, W.W. Hastings Urgent Care, Wallace Engineering, Owasso, as well as multiple projects for Cherokee Nation Entertainment, University of Tulsa, and H-E-B, to name a few. Passionate about developing young talent, Carreno has coached competitive youth soccer in Tulsa since 1999.

Selser Schaefer Architects also announces its recent hire Christopher Pritchard, who joins as a project architect. A accredited professional, Pritchard has over 10 years of industry experience in project design on an array of project types including, but not limited to, broadcast, corrections, higher education, performing arts, healthcare, federal and religious facilities. He also has considerable experience in college and university campus masterplanning. A graduate of The University of Oklahoma, Pritchard earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree in 2003.

Selser Schaefer Architects is an award-winning architectural design firm located in Tulsa and Dubuque, Iowa. Selser Schaefer Architects is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and has been involved in projects that range from incorporating sustainable elements to projects that meet certification criteria.

Updated 12-22-2013

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