Business and People Notes October 2018

Tulsa Opera announces nine new members to the Tulsa Opera  Board of Directors.
Anna Norberg, now professor emerita, is a retired J. Donald Feagin professor of music at the University of Tulsa School of Music. She also serves on the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra Board.

C. Austin Birnie, an associate at Conner & Winters law firm in Tulsa, represents clients in a variety of industries including banking, energy, real estate and transportation.
Christine McQueen, director of bank operations for Financial in Tulsa, also serves as a board member for Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma and as a member of the Tulsa Area United Way Women’s Leadership Council.

Kitty Frame, a Realtor at Chinowth & Cohen Realtors in Tulsa, also serves as a member of the president’s council for Tulsa Opera, and as a Leadership Circle member for Arts Alliance of Tulsa.

Danette Dillon, worship arts pastor at CrossPoint Baptist Church in Bixby, also serves as president of The Guild of Tulsa Opera.

Mark Goldman, product manager for Software Solutions, has also served as board member for Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art, Tulsa Glassblowing Studio and Congregation B’nai Emunahy.

Roy “Skip” Teel, president of Investments, is a former of Communications. He is also a graduate of The University of Tulsa.

Calvin Moniz, a Phillips 66 senior advisor in university relations and recruiting, also worked many years for the University of Tulsa. He currently chairs Tulsa’s Community Development Committee.

Rev. Michael Jackson, Pastor and Teacher at Greater Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Tulsa, has served as a minister of music at various churches in Oklahoma and Louisiana. He received Tulsa’s Finest Musician Award presented by Greater Union Baptist Church in 2018.

Tulsa Educare is announcing that Caren Calhoun is retiring as executive director in June 2019. In her place, Cindy Decker from Tulsa will take over.

During Calhoun’s tenure, Tulsa Educare was honored nationally for outstanding early childhood education with two awards, Head Start Champion of Change and Early Educator of the Year, both awards granted by the White House.

Decker comes to Educare from Tulsa, where she worked for more than 12 years. She was instrumental in the organization earning a national reputation for using data for program improvement.  

Decker serves on the board of education for Tulsa Public Schools and while she is able to continue her service, she has stated that she “wants to focus exclusively on this meaningful new role that allows us to bring quality education to Tulsa’s youngest children.”

 Calhoun will continue as a consultant in the early education sector.

The Jenks Chamber of Commerce welcomes a new staff member Ashleigh Rauner, who will serve as director of communications.

Rauner recently graduated from Oklahoma State University with a major in strategic communications and minor in ethical leadership. She is originally from the Tulsa area, where she attended Bishop Kelley High School.

Rauner will be responsible for all public relations, design and creative efforts to maintain the chamber brand. She will regularly communicate with current and prospective chamber members, members of the public and the media. Rauner will plan, promote and enhance programs that achieve the chamber’s mission and goals.

For questions about the Chamber, or just to welcome Ashleigh to the team, email or call 918-299-5005.

Gov. Mary Fallin has reappointed Kevin Potter of Bartlesville to represent District 1 on the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission.

District 1 encompasses all of Tulsa, Wagoner and Washington counties, as well as small portions of Creek and Rogers counties in northeastern Oklahoma. Potter’s term will expire Dec. 31, 2024.

Potter is president and general manager of Bartlesville Radio.  A licensed private pilot who has flown for nearly 30 years, Potter and his wife, Dorea, have owned and operated Radio Broadcasting since 1980, which consists of four radio stations located in and around the Bartlesville area, and four radio stations in Coffeyville, Kansas.

Potter currently serves on the board of directors for the Oklahoma Broadcasters Association, Salvation Army and the Oklahoma Wesleyan University Foundation.

Hall Estill has announced the addition of Drew Boone and Amanda Lowe as associates in the firm’s Tulsa office.

Drew Boone joins Hall Estill’s corporate/commercial practice in the Tulsa office. Prior to joining Hall Estill, Boone pursued his interest in politics by serving as a congressional intern for Congressman Markwayne Mullin and the director of voter identification for Congressman James Lankford’s U.S. Senate Campaign. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Law.

Amanda Lowe also joins Hall Estill’s Tulsa office, where she will primarily practice in the firm’s litigation area. Lowe graduated from the University of Tulsa College of Law, where she was a member of the Tulsa Law Review and the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity.

Updated 10-15-2018

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