Business & People Notes

The Tulsa Regional Chamber announces the hiring of Jim Morgan to the role of senior vice president of communications. Morgan joins the chamber after LToya Knighten, in the role since 2013, has transitioned to the role of vice president of the department.

In his new role at the chamber, Morgan is responsible for implementing the Tulsa Regional Chamber’s public relations, communications and media relations strategies, directly supervising a professional communications and marketing staff.

Morgan will manage projects and provide direction in the following areas: counseling and messaging for the chamber’s executive staff, chairman and vice-chairmen; developing campaigns and programs for positioning of the region and its products (regionally, nationally and globally) on behalf of economic development and tourism development; overseeing a creative portfolio of the development and content of chamber and affiliated websites; and overseeing the production and marketing of approximately 120 events per year and 22 annual publications.

Morgan is a graduate of the University of Tulsa and received his Master of Fine Arts at the University of Southern California. He also received a certificate of leadership from the Rice University Jones Graduate School of Business.

International Mid-America announces Travis Biggert as regional chief sales officer. Biggert holds the designation of Certified Insurance Counselor () and Certified Risk Manager (). Prior to joining International , Biggert served as senior vice president of global risk and insurance for an international health care management company. In February 2015, Biggert was awarded Power Broker of the Year from Risk and Insurance Magazine for his understanding and application of cutting edge cost reduction strategies.

The Eastern Oklahoma chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals has elected its board of directors for 2016, selecting Allison B. Walden, senior vice president of resource development for the Tulsa Regional Chamber to lead the most active chapter of fundraising professionals statewide in its mission to promote and advance the profession through continuing education and networking opportunities.

The 2016 executive committee of the board of directors include Allison B. Walden, Tulsa Regional Chamber, president; Steffanie Bonner, Dillon International, president – elect; Tom Taylor, Emergency Infant Services, past president; Susan Garcia, , Hospice of Green Country, secretary; Michelle Reagor, Restore Hope Ministries, vice president – governance; Jane Dunbar, American Diabetes Association – Oklahoma, vice president – education; Lindsay Jordan, , Tulsa, vice president – advancing philanthropy; Chris Miller, , The Advancement Group, vice president – member services; and Margaret Wish, chapter administrator.

Adam Wing and M. Paige Miller have been elected to the board of directors of the First National Bank & Trust Co. of Broken Arrow.

Wing, serves as assistant manager of Wing Financial Services , one of the nation’s largest Jackson Hewitt franchises. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and a Juris Doctorate, both from the University of Arkansas where he played on the varsity golf team.

A 1999 graduate of Broken Arrow High School, he was a four-year golf letterman, qualified for the state tournament three times and was named to the Oklahoma Golf All- State team as a senior. He was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010.

Miller, executive vice president and chief financial officer of First National of Broken Arrow, has 22 years of banking and 12 years of public accounting experience. Before joining the bank, she held senior financial management positions at Summit Bank and Bank South.

She is the first person to hold the title at First National of Broken Arrow.

The Schemmer Associates Inc., announces the recent hire of Alex Mills, P.E., as a civil engineering manager based in the Tulsa office. Schemmer has been providing transportation engineering, municipal engineering and land surveying services in Oklahoma for more than 12 years and operating under the Schemmer name since 2010.

Mills is a licensed professional engineer in Oklahoma, with more than 22 years of experience in project management, civil/site design, project procurement and construction contract administration.

St. Gregory’s University recently welcomed James York as its new vice president of development. York is a 1972 graduate of St. Gregory’s College and the owner of a successful insurance business in Ada, Oklahoma.

York, who began his position on Feb. 1, leads a newly reorganized development office solely devoted to fundraising, alumni and donor relations. He will also coordinate ongoing annual fund campaigns, such as the Cavalier Club and St. Gregory’s Leadership Circle.

Founded in 1875, St. Gregory’s University is Oklahoma’s oldest institution of higher learning and only Catholic university. St. Gregory’s offers a liberal arts education rooted in the Benedictine tradition of cultivating the whole person – mind, body and spirit.

Eastern Oklahoma Donated Dental Services (EODDS) announces that Terri Hadley has been named chief executive officer.

Hadley joined EODDS in 2010 and served as the operations/financial manager responsible for coordinating dental programs geared toward vulnerable populations in Eastern Oklahoma.

Before joining EODDS, Hadley served as the dental director for Platt College where she wrote the dental assistant program curriculum and was honored as both Employee of the Year and Outstanding Instructor.

Hadley’s career also includes work as a dental office manager, scheduling coordinator, insurance coordinator and chair-side assistant.

Jones, Gotcher & Bogan, P.C. announces Maren Minnaert Lively being named a partner and director of the firm and the addition of Khadija K. Ghani as an associate of the firm.

Lively joined Jones, Gotcher & Bogan in December 2014 and on January 1, 2016, was named a partner and director of the firm. Lively has extensive experience in the areas of family law, probate and estate planning, guardianships, general litigation, and appellate work. Lively earned her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. and clerked for the United States Department of Justice while in law school. Maren is peer-review rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell, the organization’s highest rating, and has been named as one of Oklahoma Super Lawyers Rising Stars for several years. Recently, Lively was named to the Top 10 under 40 by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys.

Ghani joined Jones, Gotcher & Bogan as a law clerk in July 2014 and became an associate of the Firm in September 2015. She graduated from the University Of Tulsa College Of Law in May 2015 and was awarded the degree of Juris Doctor with high honors. During law school, Ghani served as notes and comments editor for the Energy Law Journal, Speaker of the House for the Student Bar Association, TU Law School ambassador and member of the University College of Law Diversity Committee. She will be focusing her practice in the areas of civil litigation and domestic law.

Updated 04-26-2016

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