Business & People Notes

Saxum Public Relations, an integrated public relations, strategic marketing and creative firm, recently announced it has hired Christina Oden as an account supervisor for its Tulsa office. As an account supervisor, Oden will be responsible for managing communications and public relations services for multiple client accounts. She comes to Saxum with more than 10 years of experience in public relations, marketing, advertising and community relations. Before joining Saxum, she served as executive director of the Tulsa Metro Chamber’s Tulsa’s Young Professionals group.

Dr. Jeff Broermann will join his wife Dr. Sarah Fox and staff at Smith & Fox Broermann. He brings over six years of experience working with children in pediatric dental practices. Born in Madrid, Broermann grew up in North Carolina and Virginia. Upon entering the Air Force, he completed his dental school requirements and graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry in 2004. He then completed a fellowship in pediatric dentistry from Ohio State University in 2006.

Arvest Bank has promoted Rebecca McGovern to vice president/sales coordinator where she oversees all sales processes related to retail banking. She works out of the downtown Tulsa Arvest branch. McGovern has been with Arvest for 15 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in finance from Northeastern State University, serves as a member of Tulsa Young Professionals Association and sits on Tulsa’s Camp Fire board.
Sasha Townsend has been named the executive director of the non-profit organization Blended Love. The mission of Blended Love is to support the child of divorce and the teachers and staff dealing with increased divorce rates. Townsend is Oklahoma’s 2010 Mrs. Tulsa, and as an adult child of divorce, school tutor and longtime volunteer, she knows firsthand the impact divorce can have on families. As executive director, Townsend is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives.

Jan Kelley was recently named director of development and communication for A New Leaf, Inc. She joins A New Leaf, Inc. with over 13 years non-profit experience as well as experience marketing the business services of both Central Tech and Workforce Tulsa. A New Leaf, Inc. serves children and adults with developmental disabilities within the Greater Tulsa area through horticultural therapy. Kelley will be coordinating all of the communication and fundraising activities for A New Leaf Inc.

Schnake Turnbo Frank PR has named David Wagner as senior vice president of its Tulsa office and Tina Wells as senior account executive. Wagner will be responsible for the management of the account service staff in the Tulsa office. He will also provide public relations counsel to clients and is responsible for business development and community involvement in the Tulsa market. As senior account executive, Wells will provide strategic counsel to clients, develop and manage communications plans and assist with business development.

Oklahoma Methodist Manor (), a not-for-profit senior living facility in midtown Tulsa, has named Matthew C. Loyd its new administrator of health services, effective March 8. He brings 13 years of managerial expertise, leadership and experience in the senior living field to his new position. Loyd is a licensed long term care administrator and earned a bachelor’s degree in communications sciences & disorders and gerontology from Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS.
Tulsa International Mayfest has recently added two new board members, Bruce B. Smith of the Oklahoma Tax Commission and Karisha Arnett of Arvest Bank. Bruce Smith, who serves on the Mayfest Steering Committee as the festival banking chair, has been named treasurer. Bruce has been at the Oklahoma Tax Commission for over 25 years, where he has served as an auditor, criminal investigator and currently is a training and taxpayer liaison. Karisha Arnett is a Tulsa native. She is the vice president of the Next Division at Arvest Bank where she focuses on the financial needs of young professionals.

Geoffrey Brewster, a student in the master of divinity program at Phillips Theological Seminary, () has recently accepted a position in the Stewardship department at . An Oklahoma native, Brewster’s primary responsibilities will include church relations, alumni relations and assisting with the annual fund. A 2003 graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Geoff earned his B.A. in psychology with a minor in substance abuse studies. He will graduate in May 2010 with a Master in Divinity from .

After 17 years of sales experience with Fortune 500 companies such as , GE Medical and Pitney Bowes, Chris Houston joins American Pipe Bending Company as the business development manager. In this capacity, Houston will assess marketing opportunities and build relationships with potential clients. Additionally, he will develop processes for training, reporting and future marketing efforts. A Tulsa native, Houston is a graduate of Jenks High School and the University of Oklahoma. He serves on the boards of youth organizations such as Jenks Trojan Athletics and Indian Nation Football Conference. Houston’s father Larry Houston is the founder and president of American Pipe Bending Company. Houston and his wife Brooke have one daughter and two sons.

Updated 03-22-2010

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