Business and People Notes

The Tulsa (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Board of Directors has hired Maura Wilson as the new Executive Director replacing Pam Dose, who retired Aug. 24. Wilson was a Program Director for in Springdale, Ark., and most recently worked as a safety specialist for , Inc.

Board President Paige Cole says, “We are pleased and excited to welcome Maura as the new Tulsa Executive Director. She will bring experience, enthusiasm, and energy to our program that trains community volunteers to speak up in court for children in state custody. Maura’s experience working with volunteers will be an asset in our recruitment and retention efforts as we work to provide an advocate for every abused and neglected child in foster care in the court system.”

Previously, Wilson worked for the Northwest Arkansas Rape Crisis, Inc. as Education and Training Coordinator. She is a graduate of the University of Tulsa.

Littlefield Brand Development announces the hiring of Kyra McNamara as associate account planner. McNamara will support and assist the planning department with a variety of qualitative research assignments.

McNamara joins Littlefield from Walsh Branding, where she worked as an account coordinator. She has worked with brands that include Osage Casinos, Chuy’s, Tulsa County Parks Department, and Cancer Treatment Centers of America.

“Kyra is filling an incredibly important, active role within our department,” says Danica Bruce, Littlefield’s account planning director. “Her skills and experience with research, along with her ability to think strategically, are going to assist us in all aspects of the planning process for every client that comes through the office.”

Also Joining Littlefield is Cassie DeLozier Miller as traffic coordinator. Miller will assist in managing the flow of jobs throughout the agency and ensuring creative projects are kept on schedule and deadlines are met.

Miller joins Littlefield after spending time as a self-employed event planner with her company, Classie Party & Event Planning.

“Cassie’s attention to detail and experience with planning and coordinating projects is going to make a noticeable difference,” says Paige Casteel, Littlefield’s creative services manager. “She’s already helping the office run smoother as a whole, and that efficiency will only increase from here.”

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Tulsa Community College announces the hiring of Nicole Burgin as its new media relations specialist. She has been a journalist for nearly 20 years, most recently as a reporter/anchor with radio. Burgin also worked as a reporter for Tulsa television station and Oklahoma City stations and Fox25. In her new position, she will serve as a liaison with reporters and members of the media, sharing information about Tulsa Community College, its mission and the its programs.

She has been recognized for her work with awards from the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters, Oklahoma Associated Press and Arkansas Associated Press and was voted Favorite Radio Reporter in 2012 by the Tulsa Press Club Newsies.

Burgin holds a Bachelor of Arts in broadcast journalism from the University of Oklahoma. She serves as a board member for the Tulsa Press Club.

Saxum, an integrated marketing communications agency, offering public relations, advertising and digital services, announces the hiring of Megan Snowbarger as account coordinator in the agency’s Tulsa office.

As account coordinator, Snowbarger is responsible for conducting research, writing and developing campaign materials for clients, as well as providing assistance to account managers and staff. She participated in Saxum’s graduate fellowship and internship programs prior to being hired full time.

Snowbarger previously worked as assistant public relations director for Lindsey and Asp public relations and advertising agency in Norman, Okla., with MoeryLAI in Washington, D.C., and the Norman Chamber of Commerce. She has a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Oklahoma.

Bank, n.a., of Financial Corporation, announces the promotion of David Hardy to senior vice president and commercial market leader for the Tulsa region. In this role, he is responsible for the management and growth of commercial banking in Tulsa, including the commercial loan portfolio, and building and strengthening relationships with business leaders in Tulsa and Northeast Oklahoma.

Hardy brings 11 years of experience in the financial services industry to this position, including his most recent role as vice president in commercial lending at . Prior to , he was employed with Commerce Bank for 10 years.
Hardy is actively involved in the community as a member of the Knights of Columbus and Tulsa Young Professionals Network.

Hardy earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from Kansas State University in Manhattan.

First Fidelity Bank, a locally-owned, full-service community bank, announces the addition of Joe Edwards as vice president and director of retail management for the Tulsa market.

Edwards will be responsible for market growth and profitability, long-term planning, and oversight of the branch offices including all products and services. Additionally, he will manage the retail banking staff in the region, providing direction and guidance to achieve market objectives.

Prior to his new position, Edwards worked for over 19 years in a number of management roles in the banking industry and previously served as a business banker at Bank of Oklahoma. He holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Oklahoma State University. Edwards volunteers with the United Way of Tulsa and Church and is an active member of the Tulsa Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Hall Estill announces that nine of the firm’s attorneys have been recognized as “local litigation stars” and “future stars” in 2013 by Benchmark Litigation, a leading national law publication.

Attorneys J. Kevin Hayes, Mark K. Blongewicz, Michael E. Smith, J. Patrick Cremin, Phillip L. Free, Jr., Steven W. Soulé and Timothy S. Posey were selected as “local litigation stars,” and Sarah Jane Gillett and John F. Heil were recognized as “future stars.”

“Having a team of litigation stars speaks volumes about our firm’s experience and leadership,” Hall Estill Managing Partner Michael D. Cooke says.

Benchmark Litigation is the only publication on the market to focus exclusively on litigation in the U.S. The guide’s results are the culmination of a six-month research period that allows researchers to conduct extensive interviews with litigators and their clients. These interviews are conducted to examine the casework handled by the firms and ask sources to offer their professional opinions on litigators practicing within their state or national practice areas.

The Oklahoma Wesleyan University Foundation announces the hiring of David W. Preston to become executive director of the Foundation. Preston will work with the Foundation’s board of directors and the University’s senior management to expand the University’s fund raising efforts and to build the Foundation’s endowment.
Preston, 54, is a native of Bartlesville and has been a resident of Kansas City, Mo. since graduating from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1984. He practiced corporate law in Kansas City until retiring from practice in 2009.

“Working with the Oklahoma Wesleyan University Foundation will give me the opportunity to help enhance the profile and reputation of the college, which will in turn benefit the entire Bartlesville community,” says Preston.

Claire Lemaster joined the Tulsa Metro Chamber as the program coordinator for resource development. Lemaster is originally from Northwest Arkansas. She attended Oklahoma City University and then settled in Edmond for her first job: marketing coordinator for a foodservice brokerage. She has also worked for the Museum Store Association in Denver, Colo. as the membership and education services coordinator.

Updated 11-26-2012

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