Business and People Notes

The Tulsa Press Club has an-nounced its 2017 board of directors. Members of the executive committee include President Michael Overall, Tulsa World; Vice President Nicole Amend, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma; Treasurer Amanda Clinton, Cherokee Nation Businesses; and Secretary Claire Johnson, Camp Fire Green Country.

Committee chairs include Development Chair Kim Brown, Communications Specialist; Membership Chair Biff Noble, Global Talent Management; and Communications Chair Rachel Smith, Hillcrest Medical Center.

Members at large include David Potts, partner and shareholder, James, Potts & Wulfers, Inc.; Leanna Reeder, Cherokee Nation; Lindsey Ellerbach, Eastern Oklahoma; Melani Hamilton, Gilcrease Museum; Nikki Lamson, Cubic Inc.; Tom Gilbert, Tulsa World; Zack Stoycoff, Tulsa Regional Chamber; and Forrest Cameron, Newspapers.

The Immediate past president is Rachel Anderson, Schnake Turnbo Frank, and the Club Manager is Kelly Nash.

Cyntergy, an award-winning architecture and engineering firm based in Tulsa, announces the promotion of Robert Burkman to deputy director of retail.

Burkman has been on Cyntergy’s retail team for 16 years. His time at Cyntergy has given him expertise in managing retail projects and complex building programs all while maintaining relationships with Cyntergy’s biggest clients. Burkman earned his Bachelor of Science in telecommunications from Oral Roberts University.

Cyntergy is a full-service architecture, engineering and construction management firm offering professional expertise to a wide range of customers and building types. The firm has 90 professional architects, structural engineers, civil engineers, electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, project managers, specialists and design professionals based in Tulsa and licensed in every state in the Continental US.

Hall Estill announces that two attorneys, Megan M. Beck and Kelly C. Comarda, have been elected shareholders of the firm’s Tulsa office.

Beck joined Hall Estill in 2015 where she focuses her practice in the family services arena, with an emphasis on custody, divorce and guardianship matters. Her experience includes working with clients in complex financial and high profile domestic relations matters. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law (J.D., 2005) and the University of Kansas (B.S., 2002).

Comarda has been practicing law at Hall Estill since 2013 concentrating his practice on litigation, primarily in the healthcare and medical malpractice fields. His experience includes representing physicians in matters before various administrative boards, including the Oklahoma Medical Board, the National Practitioner Data Bank and the American Board of Neurological Surgery. He is a University of Arkansas School of Law (J.D., 2008) and Tulane University (B.S.M., 2004) graduate.

Bank is pleased to announce the hiring of Steven Barnes to serve as vice president and commercial lending officer. Barnes has over 17 years of experience in the financial industry, including branch management, internal audit, and consumer and commercial lending.

Topper Causby, ’s chief lending officer, says, “We are thrilled to have Steve join our bank. His extensive background in finance will only strengthen this bank and our pursuit to grow with the communities we serve.” Causby adds, “AVB Bank has a long-standing reputation of advocating for small businesses, and with Steve on our team, we are even better positioned to help business owners achieve their goals.”

Brittany Taylor, Barnes’ long time assistant, has joined him is his move to Bank. Barnes and Taylor office at Bank’s Stone Wood Hills branch, located at 2201 N. Elm Pl.

Barnes grew up in Sapulpa. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration with emphasis in Finance from Northeastern State University and completed his Master of Business Administration from the University of Tulsa. He is a graduate of Leadership Broken Arrow. A 13-year resident, he and his wife, Mollie, and daughter, Natalie, are proud to call Broken Arrow their home.

The Community Service Council () has expanded its leadership team to include Heather Hope-Hernandez as chief of external affairs and John Gonsalves as chief financial officer.

Hope-Hernandez is a veteran communications and public affairs professional with a nearly 25-year track record. A native Tulsan and University of Oklahoma graduate, Hope-Hernandez began her career in Washington, D.C., and New York City as a political journalist.

As chief of external affairs, Hope-Hernandez will concentrate on the ’s public policy agenda as well as manage all aspects of ’s marketing and communications including funder relations and development.

“Heather’s combined expertise in communications, policy and development, makes her the perfect choice for this newly-conceived position as embarks on its new strategic direction. We’re very excited to welcome her to the team,” says Chief Executive Officer Kevin Burr.

Gonsalves comes to with more than 15 years of non-profit leadership experience, having served most recently as controller for the Youth Empowerment Project in New Orleans and prior to that as director of finance and administration for Tulsa Habitat for Humanity. Gonsalves received a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration from Oklahoma Wesleyan University and has an from Northeastern State University.

As chief financial officer, Gonsalves will oversee the intricate finances of a $12 million annual budget, which includes multiple grant reporting requirements as well as a staff of 140.

State Rep. Mike Ritze was recently named to the Oklahoma Baptist Village Board of Directors for the Village Communities for 2016-2017.

The 22-member board oversees the operations of Baptist Villages Communities () in Ada, Broken Arrow, Cleveland, Elk City, Hugo, Lake Texoma, Oklahoma City, Okmulgee and Owasso. The board also oversees Entrusted Hearts by Baptist Village services at home in Lawton, Oklahoma City and Owasso/Tulsa areas, as well as Entrusted Hearts Medical Equipment by Baptist Village.

is the largest not-for-profit provider of senior living and aging services in Oklahoma, serving residents across the state since 1958.

“I am so honored to be appointed to the Oklahoma Baptist Village Board of Directors for the Village Communities,” Rep. Ritze, R-Broken Arrow says. “I’m proud to be involved with such a fine organization that provides exceptional care at each one of their campuses in Oklahoma.”

Rep. Ritze brings over 40 years of experience as a practicing physician and surgeon to the Board.

Nabholz Construction recently announced the internal promotion of Doyle Phillips to executive vice president of preconstruction for the Southwest Operation of Nabholz Corporation.

Phillips is a 30-plus-year veteran of the construction industry with extensive experience in all aspects of commercial construction – from the field to management. He holds a bachelor’s degree in construction management, a Master of Science in Education, and an educational doctoral degree in leadership and management. Phillips has served as an adjunct professor for the past four years, currently teaching at the University of Oklahoma in the Construction Science Department. Phillips’ accomplishments continue as a certified professional estimator, certified professional constructor, and certified construction contract administrator. Due to his outstanding work, Phillips was honored as the National Estimator of the Year from the American Society of Professional Estimators.

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Updated 12-27-2016

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