Business and People Notes

The Tulsa Tech Board of Education, along with Superinten-dent and Dr. Kara Gae Neal, announce the addition of Brady McCullough to the school district administrative staff as a government relations specialist.

McCullough will represent Tulsa Tech by providing information to state legislators on impact, both intended and unintended, of proposed legislation. He will also be active within district area chambers of commerce, councils and municipal governments.

Prior to arriving at Tulsa Tech, McCullough served as the chief finance and legislative affairs officer for the State Department of CareerTech. During his 12 years of service, he provided oversight of a $200 billion budget, represented the CareerTech system with state legislators, and provided testimony for legislative committees, task forces, and interim studies.

Subha Sridharan has recently joined Selser Schaefer Architects as an architect. Sridharan brings more than 12 years of experience in architecture to the firm.

Sridharan has been involved with numerous projects of note including the Tulsa Convention Center Expansion and Remodel, Tulsa Technology Campus – Transportation Facility and Remodels, FlightSafety International in Broken Arrow, and the Glenpool Conference Center. She is a graduate of Bharathidasan University in India as well as Kansas State University with a Master of Architecture.

Oklahoma Methodist Manor Board of Trustees President Gail Runnels has been named 2011 Trustee of the Year by the Oklahoma Association of Homes and Services for the Aging. Runnels was honored at OKAHSA’s annual meeting March 9.

The award recognizes Runnels’ service on the governing board of , an OKAHSA member community, and specifically for his efforts that made a positive financial impact, furthered OMM’s mission and provided direction for the Manor’s future.

Schnake Turnbo Frank PR has promoted Mary Wade to vice president of administration. Wade has been with the firm for five years and previously served as assistant vice president of operations.

In her role as vice president of administration, Wade will direct the administrative department and provide financial management for the firm. She will also oversee client contracts and manage workflow process, and continue oversight of the company’s operations and technology.

Wade has a broad background, with 22 years of experience in business administration. She serves on the Tulsa Tech’s Office Management Advisory Board and volunteers for the Tulsa Metro Chamber.

Pete West, president of Empowered College Funding, will be teaching a free college planning workshop for all parents of high school age kids who have not saved enough for college costs.  The workshop will focus on doubling the amount of need based aid one can get as well as unique strategies for paying for college expenses.  The workshop is invaluable for any parent looking to send a child to college.  To reserve a seat to either of these workshops to be held at Metro Christian Academy in the cafeteria on the March 29 at 7 p.m. or Central Middle School on Main in Broken Arrow on the March 31 at 7 p.m., call 1-888-277-6123.

Trudy Sweeten, event manager for Center has been named -Tulsa’s Employee of the Year 2010. Sweeten has been with -Tulsa since June 2008 and helped prepare Center for the grand opening and is responsible for the Tulsa Shock games and many of the other events hosted in the arena.

Sweeten began working in arenas and amphitheatres when she was 16 and was the Student Activities Chair at Middle Tennessee State University, where she graduated with a degree in leisure studies and a minor in music business. She moved to Tulsa after working for at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City.

Eric Doss was named the new director of the Tulsa School of Arts and Sciences () effective July 1 by the board of directors on March 8. He will succeed Dr. Dennis Shoemaker who is retiring at the end of the 2010-11 school year.
Doss currently is the principal, a position he has held since June 2010. For eight years previously, he was the school’s band and orchestra director and computer teacher.

Doss received a master of education degree at the University of Oklahoma in 2010 and a bachelor of music education degree in 1999 from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Weatherford. He is a graduate of Edison High School, Tulsa, where he participated in a pilot jazz program sponsored by the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame.

Tulsa County Court Clerk Sally Howe Smith was recently selected to lead an important subcommittee that reports to the Oklahoma Supreme Court. The Subcommittee on Standards will report to the Information Technology Business Committee.

The groups are all part of the Oklahoma Supreme Courts’ effort to prepare for and implement a new Unified Case Management System (). The will effectively connect the State’s court system in all 77 counties and the appellate courts.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court approved the Project Management Plan, so work from the committees will begin immediately.

Updated 03-21-2011

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