Business and People Notes
The Tulsa Community College Board of Regents named Mackenzie Wilfong as ’s General Counsel.
Most recently, Wilfong served as associate general counsel for the Oklahoma A&M Board of Regents and Oklahoma State University. Prior to that, she was assistant university counsel and director of equal opportunity, Title IX coordinator and coordinator for Oklahoma State University.
Wilfong will be responsible for handling grievances, policy development and contract review for , Oklahoma’s largest community college that serves more than 25,000 students annually in credit courses. In addition, she will assist in navigating an increasing complex regulatory environment in higher education.
Wilfong has a Juris Doctorate from School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in public affairs and administration from the University of Oklahoma. She is licensed to practice law in Oklahoma. Wilfong is a certified Title IX investigator, Title IX coordinator and trauma-informed interviewer from ATIXA and the National Center for Campus Public Safety.
The Oral Roberts University Board of Trustees has elected a new board chair and its first female vice chair. Dr. Mike Rakes, D.M., D.MIN. succeeds Robert Hoskins. Holly Moore will serve as vice chair.
Dr. Rakes is an educator, author and pastor. Since 2006, he and his wife Darla have served as lead pastors at Winston Salem First in North Carolina. Dr. Rakes completed his undergraduate degree in ministry at Central Bible College, has an M.A. in biblical literature from as well as an M.Div. and D.Min. from Biola University. After pastoring in Oklahoma and Missouri, Dr. Rakes focused on higher education, becoming the vice president of academic affairs at Southeastern University in Florida.
Holly Moore steps into the vice chair role after serving on the Board of Trustees for four years. Moore, who graduated from with a degree in nursing in 1986, is the vice president of Growing Leaders, a non profit organization that creates events and resources to teach character, leadership and career skills to the emerging generation. Moore has over 12 years of executive experience with non-profit organizations including Mercy Ships and Eagle Ranch.
Goodwill Industries of Tulsa announces newly elected officers for its 2017 – 2018 Board of Directors. Chairman of the Board Terry Blain of CrossFirst Bank; Vice Chairman Steve Berlin; Secretary/Treasurer Ron Mucci of ONEOK. Newly elected directors to the board are Chris Mafille of Unit Corporation; Kevin Lackner of Mid-First Bank; and Michelle Hartman of Hospitality. David E. Oliver was re-elected as president of Goodwill Industries of Tulsa.
Meagan Collins, a junior at the University of Tulsa, is this year’s summer intern at Greater Tulsa Reporter Newspapers. A Broken Arrow native, Collins will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in English and minor in communication and Chinese in May 2018. She has written and edited for The Collegian Student Newspaper, PennWell Publishing, WishDish, Nimrod International Journal of Prose & Poetry, Stylus, and VSolvit. She is also a cellist for the TU symphony orchestra. She is currently the general writing editor for Stylus Student Journal of Art & Writing. Her freelance editing business will launch this summer. After graduation, she will pursue a career in fiction editing.
The board of directors of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oklahoma has selected Bradley Barghols as its chief executive officer. In addition to managing the operations of the organization, he will work closely with supporters all over the state to promote the Make-A-Wish mission of “granting wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.”
Barghols joins the organization with a strong background in executive leadership of non profit organizations at both the regional and national levels. He was most recently the regional chief executive officer of the American Red Cross and the of the Central and Western divisions of the Muscular Dystrophy Association where he served in various capacities for 25 years.
Mike Fournier of The Sonrise Companies in Broken Arrow was named the National Association of Home Builders () Remodeler of the Month for May. Fournier was selected for his leadership, quality craftsmanship, customer service and community involvement. Approximately 140,000 builders and remodelers across the country are eligible for consideration of this monthly award.
Faith Technologies, a national leader in electrical planning, engineering, design and installation, has relocated its Tulsa office to 5825 S. 129th East Ave., on the southeastern side of Tulsa.
Faith’s Tulsa office is led by Michael Bowman, regional vice president; Dave Klein, senior project manager; Joey Surowiak, project manager; Blaine Moore, project manager; and Justin Reavis, project manager. The new location is home to 15 additional team members representing several areas of the business including human resources, engineering, design, learning and development, office administration and logistics.
For more information on Faith Technologies’ experience, career opportunities and locations, visit faithtechnologies.com.
Adam Akins has joined InHouse Advertising as an account executive. After graduating from Oklahoma State University in May 2004, he started his career at Clear Channel Radio. He has additional experience in sales and management with Fox 23, the Journal Broadcast Group and .
Akins also plans to open Revved Fitness Center in south Tulsa with his wife Breean Akins in June.
2 Works for You has named Mike Collier its new chief meteorologist. Collier has worked in the Tulsa market for 17 years, covering the severe and constantly-changing weather of Green Country.
Born and raised in Tulsa, Collier fell in love with weather at the young age of seven, when he visited Channel 2 as a Cub Scout. It was the Channel 2 chief meteorologist at the time who gave Collier a printout of his first weather map. From that moment on, he says he was committed to being a meteorologist in Tulsa.
Collier is a two-time winner of the Tulsa Press Club’s best use of social media honor. He has a strong social media following, and he will continue to engage on Twitter and Instagram @MikeCollierWX.
He spent five years on the board of directors for Emergency Infant Services, an organization that helps infants and children with emergency needs such as formula, diapers and clothing.
Oklahoma State University-Tulsa has selected Dr. Lindsey Claire Smith, associate professor of English, as interim director of the Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers, an organization aimed at celebrating Oklahoma’s literary heritage and examining the influence of writers from across the country.
Smith’s area of expertise is Native American and Oklahoma literature as well as Native American studies and the arts. She is editor of the American Indian Quarterly, a leading publication in interdisciplinary American Indian studies.
Smith has served as faculty fellow for community engagement and received special recognition for her work as founder of the Oklahoma Indigenous Studies Alliance, a partnership between , the University of Tulsa and Philbrook Museum of Art.
Smith also launched a partnership between and the Tulsa Artist Fellowship to host public events and connect students with renowned writers and artists. She recently hosted events featuring Native American artist Arigon Starr and New Yorker writer David Grann at -Tulsa.
For more information, visit osu-tulsa.okstate.edu.