Business & People Notes

John M. Silva, for Morton Comprehensive Health Services, has been elected president of the Oklahoma Primary Care Association. He will serve a two-year term.

“I look forward to working with all of Oklahoma’s community health centers to develop an agenda that will strengthen our ability to provide quality primary care throughout the State,” says Silva.

“My first priority will be a continued focus on ensuring access to health care for our uninsured and poor residents through legislative budget appropriation as well as convincing the administration to accept available federal resources.”

Prior to being elected to president of the organization, Silva served as chair of the public policy committee of OKPCA.

He has more than 34 years of experience in operations and in providing consulting services to community health centers throughout the country.

He has more than 34 years of experience in leading and building Community Health Centers throughout the United States. He served as the president of the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) in 1993-94. Silva currently serves as a member of the NACHC Board of Directors representing Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and New Mexico.

-Tulsa Executive Chef Devin Levine, was voted president of the American Culinary Federation-Tulsa Chapter for a two-year term. This is Levine’s second presidential appointment in the organization. Levine has been a member of the organization for 40 years and has served as a board member of the Tulsa Chapter for 22 years. Levine has been the executive chef for SAVOR, the food and beverage division of , at the Cox Business Center and Center since 2010.

The American Culinary Federation (), started nationally in 1929 and in Tulsa in 1968, is a professional organization for chefs and cooks focused on worldwide professional education of culinarians at all levels. For presidential consideration in the organization, a member must have Certified Executive Chef () certification. The -Tulsa Chapter currently has more than 300 members.

Two members of the Allegra Print, Marketing, Signs sales team in Tulsa have recently been recognized by Alliance Franchise Brands network as top international sales performers. Tonya Solomon and Dustin Holder were named among the top ten sales performers in North America. Both also earned a Gold Milestone Sales Achievement Award for the fourth consecutive year.

Locally-owned Allegra is a full-service marketing communications provider offering marketing consultation, copywriting and graphic design services, traditional and advanced printing technologies including full-color printing, signs, posters and banners, complete finishing services, mailing services, variable data capabilities, promotional products, and print management solutions.

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Chris Schroeder recently joined BancOklahoma Investment Center as a financial advisor in Owasso. In his new role, he will provide objective financial advice and guidance to local families and individuals.

Schroeder has many years of financial experience and served most recently as a private client advisor for J.P. Morgan Chase. Prior to that, he served the nation in Iraq and was honorably discharged as a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps. Schroeder graduated from Northeastern State University with a B.S. in business administration. He currently resides in Owasso with his wife and two children. He will be based out of the Bank of Oklahoma banking center in Owasso.

Veteran energy and financial services industry executive Larry D. Sweet has been named a director of the First National Bank & Trust Co. of Broken Arrow.

A native Broken Arrowan, Sweet attended Broken Arrow High School where he played football and graduated in 1967. He earned a Bachelor of Science in petroleum engineering from the University of Tulsa in 1971.

First National of Broken Arrow Board Chairman Gregory S. Graham says he is especially pleased to welcome Sweet to the bank’s governing body “because he is a native of Broken Arrow with a keen insight into this community and because he brings to the table a vast amount of experience and expertise in financial services and oil and gas operations.”

First National opened its doors in 1902 in what is now downtown Broken Arrow. In more than 112 years of providing trusted banking services to the community, only four chairmen have headed the institution.

GlobalHealth Chief Executive Officer Scott Vaughn has announced the selection of long-time government affairs leader John Wiscaver to serve as chief strategy officer and senior vice president of external affairs.

Wiscaver brings more than 20 years of experience in leading successful public affairs efforts in Oklahoma and is considered an expert among peers in the insurance industry. He most recently served as the chief marketing officer and vice president of external affairs/marketing for Oklahoma Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Companies since 2011. Prior to Farm Bureau, Wiscaver oversaw legislative affairs, media relations and community affairs operations for State Farm Insurance for the Midwest region including Oklahoma, Louisiana, Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas and Illinois from 2000 to 2011. His noted media relations experience includes serving as the lead director during disaster recoveries, including Hurricane Katrina, the Joplin, Mo., tornado, and the Moore, Okla., tornado, and appearing before several national media outlets.

Mayor Dewey F. Bartlett Jr. announced that Terry Ball, P.E., will serve as the streets and stormwater department director for the City of Tulsa, effective May 4.
Ball has worked at the City of Tulsa for 21 years in Engineering Services. In 1994, he started as a water design staff engineer. While in that position he was assigned as city project engineer for the renovation of the Mohawk Water Treatment Plant, completed in 1999.

Ball will lead 300 employees in the streets and stormwater department, which is responsible for stormwater and land management, street maintenance and right-of-way inspections, traffic control, building operations and maintenance, and refuse and recycling service through the Tulsa Authority for the Recovery of Energy (). Additionally, the department provides street sweeping and maintenance services to the Stadium Improvement District Trust within the Inner Dispersal Loop.
Ball holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Oklahoma and a Professional Engineer certification in the state of Oklahoma.

Dermatology Associates of Oklahoma announces the appointment of Raymond L. Cornelison, M.D. as medical director. A native of Oklahoma, Cornelison comes to Dermatology Associates of Oklahoma with a distinguished record of accomplishment in the field of dermatology. Before entering private practice, Cornelison served as a professor and chair of the department of dermatology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

Cornelison received his M.D. from the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine and served his internship in medicine at the Ben Traub General Veterans Administration Hospital in Houston, Tex.

Cornelison is a clinician, academician and a clinical researcher. He has been the principal investigator of numerous clinical trials and is actively involved in clinical research. He is past president of the American Academy of Dermatology, has lectured extensively and is well published.

Jill Thompson has accepted the position of manager, special events and fundraising for the American Diabetes Association. Thompson comes most recently from the Tulsa Ballet where she was the senior development manager. She has served in fundraising roles with Meals on Wheels, the National MS Society and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Thompson brings a wealth of knowledge in fundraising, event planning, online fundraising and logistics. She will be the lead staff on Step Out and will manage logistics and fundraising for Tour de Cure and Concours for the Cure.

Updated 04-26-2015

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