Business and People Notes


The Tulsa Tech Board of Education along with Super-intendent and Dr. Kara Gae Neal announced recently the addition of four new staff members to the school district.

Alex Mills joins Tulsa Tech as director of district facilities.

Samantha Box joins the district as assistant director for IT development and project management. She will oversee all IT projects, including a new information system, website and data maintenance.

Tami Webster joins the district as assistant director for IT infrastructure, where she will oversee network security, stability and operation, as well as maintain all district hardware and phone support.

Ryan Williams joins the district as the digital communications specialist. He will be assisting with the district’s marketing and public relations efforts, including overseeing all social networking and website communications.

Terry Ridenour has been named vice president of sub-center operations for Oklahoma Blood Institute and its affiliates Texas Blood Institute and Arkansas Blood Institute.

Ridenour is responsible for leadership, guidance and operational supervision of the blood center’s nine donor centers. He received his bachelor of science degree from Northeastern State University, Tahlequah. He worked at Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa before joining United Blood Services in Fort Smith in 1991. Starting as a medical technologist, Ridenour served in many roles within the organization before being named executive director in 2001.

Oral Roberts University has recently appointed a number of new administrators and promoted two in various areas of the university.

Michelle Finley has been promoted to executive vice president and chief financial officer.

Tim Philley has been promoted to executive vice president and chief operations officer.

Terry Koll-morgen has been named vice president and general counsel. Kollmorgen will continue to work as an attorney for Moyers, Martin, Santee, & Imel, in Tulsa.

Simon T. Bailey has been named vice president of university relations.
Kelly Bailey has been named vice president for sponsored programs and administrative affairs.

Dr. Kim Boyd has been named dean of the college of education. She will oversee the faculty, staff and curriculum of one of the top education programs in the state.
Mark Buntz, long time Board of Directors member of Tulsa Boys’ Home, was chosen as one of three winners of the Paragon Award in Tulsa this year. The announcement was made on Oct. 14 at the Philbrook Museum of Art.

Dedicated to public service, Buntz has played a pivotal role as a volunteer at Tulsa Boys’ Home, and has been an active Board member for over 16 years. He has served effectively as the treasurer, vice-chair and Chairman of the Tulsa Boys’ Home Board of Directors.

Mayor Dewey Bartlett welcomes outgoing Speaker of the Oklahoma House to his management team in Tulsa. Chris Benge will join Mayor Dewey F. Bartlett’s staff as director, intergovernmental and enterprise development. Benge’s duties will be comprehensive across the mayor’s spectrum of initiatives. They will include anything from planning and implementation of the city’s transition to compressed natural gas for the city’s transportation fleet to River Development. His perspective on economic development and job creation mesh perfectly with those of the mayor as well as Gov.-elect Mary Fallin, and the new leadership of the Oklahoma legislature.

Sharon Nelson officially joined the Eskimo Joe’s Promotional Products Group Sales Team. Nelson will have total access and the support of client services, graphics, marketing, accounting and full service production teams. Fellow staff are excited about the opportunity to support Nelson at a level that will allow her to focus more of her time to making sure the product, project, event and overall experience is incredible.

Michelle Lehman has joined the business development department of Premier Staffing. Lehman has 15 years of experience in management, staffing and recruiting in the Tulsa area. She previously focused her efforts in the finance and accounting sectors. “I will utilize that experience at Premier Staffing to recruit and form business relationships. Premier Staffing is about bringing people and companies together. The main reason I came to Premier was a statement Dan Roberts, president, had made, ‘Help those without a job and trust that we, as a company, will reap what we sow,’ to me that says it all and I wanted to be a part of that spirit.”

Updated 11-23-2010

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