Alumni Association Board

 

Appointed

Gregory Berg

Gregory Berg - Class of 1985

gregory_berg@ml.com

Greg Berg graduated in 1985 with a B.A. cum laude in New Testament theology and a minor in business administration. He is currently a vice president for Merrill Lynch in Houston, Tex., a Chartered Retirement Planning Consultant, a Certified Special Needs Advisor, a Kingdom Advisor charter member and an instructor for the Biblical Stewardship Series for the Timothy Funds. He developed a love for missions while serving in the ORU Missions Program. He has served on missions teams to Argentina, Cuba, England, Germany, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Trinidad, Vietnam, Zambia and the U.S. He was a member of the Alumni Recruiters Association, participated in a Summer Spruce-up week, spoke at the 20-year class reunion and organized the 25-year class reunion. And, he is a graduate of Dr. Mark Rutland's National Institute of Christian Leadership. Locally, Greg serves on the boards of Action Ministries - Houston and Max Man Houston - Somebody Cares International, and is a past chapter president for Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship International. He is a member of The Worship Center where he serves as a men's ministry leader, Sunday School teacher, Sunday School superintendent, a small group leader and a prayer partner. Greg is married to Rome, has a daughter, Lonnie, and a granddaughter, Alexis.

Chris Busch

Chris Busch - Class of 1973

chris@chrisbusch.com

Chris Busch (73) wed Linda Salisbury (74) following his graduation from ORU. He was elected Student Association president his senior year and served as vice president for Business Affairs during his stint on staff at ORU. A member of the founding Alumni Board, Chris served as its chairman for two years. All the Busch children are ORU graduates: Christina Cook (00), Kim Mohaupt (03), and Ryan (07). During the recent transition at ORU, Chris was asked by Trustees Board Chair Mart Green to serve as a member of the newly formed Board of Reference. Chris is the founder and president of LightQuest Media, Inc., a Christian media agency.

McLane Layton

McLane Layton - Class of 1979

mclane@laytonconsult.com

McLane Layton has a B.A. (1979) and a J.D. (1982) from ORU, and an M.A. (psychology, 1992) from George Mason University. At ORU, she was an RA, Student Association senator and women's basketball team member. She served as the first president of the ORU Law School Alumni Association and was on the Alumni Board. Her career path has included the Solicitor's Office in Washington, D.C., U.S. Senator Don Nickles' office, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the government relations firm of TCH, and her own consulting firm, Layton Consulting. She also founded Equality for Adopted Children (EACH), an organization that advocates for adoptive families and their adopted children (www.equalityforadoptedchildren.org). McLane and her husband adopted three siblings from Eastern Europe in 1995. Since then, McLane has been actively involved in adoption policy and legislation including writing the first draft of the Child Citizenship Act of 2000 which provides automatic U.S. citizenship to internationally adopted children of American citizens. The Laytons have five children; one is currently an ORU student. The family attends Immanuel Bible Church in Springfield, Va., where McLane is working with other church members to start an orphan ministry.

Paul Palmer

Paul Palmer - Class of 1972

paulpalmer@gmail.com

Paul Palmer's degree is in music education. At ORU, he was involved in many instrumental groups, including "The Collegians," was director of the Pep Band (assisting Bill Shellenbarger), and created the Cultural Affairs Committee. After graduation, he became the first house manager at the University of Iowa's Hancher Center for the Performing Arts. Returning to Tulsa in 1973, Paul coordinated design efforts for what became the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. Next, he served as manager of the national touring company of "The Odd Couple" (starring Tony Randall and Jack Klugman), then was brought to Los Angeles to work for World Vision and its volunteer programs and select major donors. He also served as director of Development for Bellflower Christian Schools in California (successfully completing a $2 million capital campaign), and is a professional portrait photographer. In 2012 he founded the ORU Pioneers, which brings together all those who were at ORU from 1965-74. This has produced highly successful reunions at Homecoming 2012, 2013, and 2014, and bodes well for future events. Paul and his wife, Cheryl, have two children and four grandchildren. Paul served on the Alumni Board in the 1990s and is "truly excited about the future of ORU and how the alumni and its representatives on the Association Board can help shape that future going forward."

At-Large

Kelly Ford

Kelly Ford - Class of 1986

dkford722@gmail.com

The inspiring voice of Kelly Ford has graced the ears and souls of America's leaders in churches, concert halls, ballrooms and even Disney World. After high school, Kelly served in the U.S. Navy for three years before studying vocal performance at Oklahoma City University. He was recruited to ORU his junior year to sing with the ORU TV Singers. After graduating from ORU in 1986 with a B.A. in Sacred Music, Kelly appeared on Star Search in 1992 and went on to sing with the Voices of Liberty at Walt Disney World's EPCOT Center. Kelly makes his living performing for corporate meetings and has opened for many dignitaries and celebrities including President George H.W. Bush, President George W. Bush, Colin Powell, Lee Iacocca, Paul Harvey, Charlton Heston, Steve Largent and many others.

Johnie Hampton

Johnie Hampton - Class of 1991

johnie@hamptoncreative.com

Chair

Johnie Hampton is the principal and CEO of the award-winning advertising agency Hampton Creative in Tulsa. In 2002, Johnie launched Hampton Creative with a vigilance for detail, effective design, a fervency for results and a heart for providing businesses--large and small--the best God-inspired ideas this side of Heaven. Johnie credits his success to his 1991 ORU degree in business administration, God's perpetual grace, and a sincere passion to develop and maintain phenomenal working relationships. His acuity for networking has established a solid reputation for Hampton Creative on a national level. He hopes to leverage his great relationships and savvy business acumen to further engage alumni to experience the "new ORU." Johnie loves spending time with his wife, Krystal, and their sons, Zane and Grayson.

Emonne Markland

Emonne Markland - Class of 2008

emonnemarkland@gmail.com

Emonne Markland is a 2008 ORU graduate with a degree in Mass Media Communications. As a student, she served on the College Weekend support staff team and in Music Ministries. During her junior year, Emonne was faced with leaving school due to lung cancer. Still, she earned her degree the following year and has been cancer-free for over seven years. Today, Emonne works as a producer at Daystar Television Network in Dallas, TX. She serves with the youth ministry at her home church and travels nationally as a speaker, passionately sharing the Word of God and her testimony. She is also the author of "Break Every Chain" and founder of Leave Your Beauty Mark, an organization helping to empower young women to live on purpose and flourish in community. Emmone enjoys spending quality time with her husband, Stephan ('07), and their young daughter, Grace.

Carol McLeod

Carol McLeod - Class of 1977

orugrad77@yahoo.com

Carol McLeod is a 1977 ORU graduate (music and English). She has the distinction of being both the first Women's Chaplain and the first woman to speak at the university's Vespers. Today, she is an author and popular speaker at women's conferences and retreats, where she teaches the Word of God with great joy and enthusiasm. She also hosts Just Joy! outreaches, encouraging and empowering women with passionate and practical biblical messages mixed with her own special brand of hope and humor. Carol has written four books (The Rooms of a Woman's Heart, Defiant Joy!, Holy Estrogen!, and No More Ordinary!) and six devotionals for YouVersion, and has a daily radio show, "Defiant Joy! Radio," broadcast in several U.S. markets. Her teaching DVD, "The Rooms of a Woman's Heart," won the prestigious Telly Award for excellence in religious programming. Carol is married to her college sweetheart, Craig (77), senior pastor of Life Church in Buffalo, N.Y. They have five children: Matthew, Christopher, Jordan, Joy and Joni. All five of their children have attended ORU as well as all three of their daughters-in-law and their son-in-law

Christa Moss

Christa Moss - Class of 2009

christa.b.moss@gmail.com

Christa (Barber) Moss graduated from ORU in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in Government. While at ORU, she participated in Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature, ORU Worship, and the ORU Extraordinary Tour. She earned her J.D. from the College of William & Mary in 2012, and currently practices at Latham, Wagner, Steele & Lehman in Tulsa. Before returning to Tulsa, she worked for the City Attorney in Kansas City, MO. Christa enjoys volunteering in the community and working with kids. She and her husband, Maurice (ORU '06) were recognized as Kansas City's Big Brother Big Sister Couple of the Year.

Laura Sherwood

Laura Sherwood - Class of 1978

sherwoodlf@live.com

Dr. Laura Sherwood is a professor of mass communication. After graduating from ORU in 1978 with a B.S. in telecommunication, she worked for five radio stations and two television stations in various capacities. When she and her husband, Alan, had their first child, she became a full-time homemaker. During their daughters' growing up years, Laura earned her M.A. in Education (emphasis: communication) from the University of Nebraska in Kearney and her Ph.D. from Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. She was also published in magazines, newspapers and a chapter in the book Help! I'm a New Mother. Before returning to ORU in 2009, she was an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska at Kearney and advisor for the campus radio station, KLPR, and was awarded first place nationally in the entertainment category for the BEA (Broadcast Education Association) Faculty Interactive Multimedia Competition, "KLPR, 91.3 FM Web Site" which was chosen "Best of Competition: Entertainment Production." She also received first place for a paper submitted to the BEA, titled, Who Moved My Cheese?Radio's Historical Adaptation, Can Small Educational Radio Stations Meet Challenges of the Digital Age? Laura has been the presenter for papers at the BEA and NCA (National Communication Association). She received the World View Alumni Award from ORU in 2012. In 2013 she left ORU (due to her husband's job) and began teaching online for CSU (Colorado State University) Global. She also serves as one of their Career Coaches. And she assists her husband in Sherwood Consulting Service, Inc., a fundraising and executive search firm, serving nonprofits.

Daniel Skerbitz

Daniel Skerbitz - Class of 1989

dans@stanfieldodell.com

While a student at ORU, Dan Skerbitz was a chaplain, summer missions team leader and an RA. He graduated summa cum laude with a degree in accounting. Dan began his career as a certified public accountant at the Tulsa office of a national accounting firm, and is now a shareholder in Stanfield & O'Dell, a local CPA firm in Tulsa. He is a leader in the firm's church and Christian ministry practice, and consults with nonprofit organizations across the U.S. on tax and financial matters. He is a frequent speaker and writer on nonprofit taxation and financial matters. Dan is active with the International Fellowship of Christian Businessmen and The Church Network. He is a board adviser to a national pro-life organization and co-founder of its Oklahoma affiliate. Dan and his wife, Irina, reside in Broken Arrow with their four children.

David Vermette

David Vermette - Class of 2011

davidvermette17@gmail.com

David Vermette is a 2011 graduate (B.S. in Finance, Pre-Med concentration). While at ORU, he was an Honors Program Fellow, president of the Honors Program, resident adviser, head resident adviser and bass player on the Music Ministries team. As an RA, he received the Wesley Luehring RA of the Year, Head RA of the Year and Phil Hayden Global Outreach awards. David's passion at ORU was the missions programs, where he served as an assistant team leader, team leader and regional coordinator. In these capacities, he had the opportunity to travel to Germany, the Czech Republic, Finland, Indonesia, Haiti, Guatemala and Belize. David met his wife, Rebecca (Knight '11), his first day at ORU; they married in 2013. Since graduation, David has received an MBA with a concentration in Healthcare Management from the University of Texas at Dallas as part of an MD-MBA dual degree program. He is attending medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern and will graduate May 2016. In medical school, he has continued his passion for missions work, both domestically and abroad, working as a homeless shelter clinic manager with Union Gospel Mission and serving on medical missions trips in Haiti, Guatemala and Nicaragua. His research investigating barriers to healthcare access for Iraqi refugee children was recently published in the Journal of Immigrant & Minority Health. David looks forward to being able to serve a school that not only changed his life, but the lives of so many others and is excited about ORU's bright future.

Segment I (1968-1979)

Tim Cameron

Tim Cameron - Class of 1972

timcameron8245@gmail.com

First and foremost, says Tim Cameron, he is a passionate follower of Christ. From there he is a husband of 45 years (Annamae [Burroughs], 1968-72) and father of five great kids and five grandchildren. As an ORU undergraduate, he was an original Titan basketball player. After graduation, he spent nine years working at the university--as an adjunct professor and as director of Admissions and Financial Aid for the graduate and undergraduate schools. Following his tenure at ORU, Tim was in public school education for 15 years, serving primarily as senior high school principal at large schools. Then he served for 14 years as headmaster at the largest private school in Oklahoma. He has always served as an elder in the Body of Christ and currently serves at Believers Church in Tulsa. Annamae also travels yearly in international missions. On the vocational side, he is an ordained minister, writes and shares his faith. He authored the Amazon best seller, The Forty-Day Word Fast. Tim served on the Alumni Board of Directors in the 1980s and appreciates the opportunity to serve the Lord again at ORU.

Gary Crouch

Gary Crouch - Class of 1978

gcrouch@cs3technology.com

Gary Crouch graduated with a degree in English Bible. He returned to school part-time to earn an accounting degree in 1982. After purchasing the tax business where he worked, he became a certified public accountant. Later, the business added partners and switched focus to technology services. Gary belongs to the AICPA, OSCPA, ITA, and TAHRA, and added the Certified Information Technology Professional designation. Gary met his wife, Cindy, working in the ORU bookstore; they married in 1982. They have a 22-year-old daughter, Christina, who graduated from ORU in May 2014 (business administration degree). Gary is the treasurer and a board member of SpiritLife Church (Evangelistic Temple), and on the Finance Committee of the IPHC denomination. He currently serves as president of the ORU Golden Eagle Club and volunteers with the SBA's growth programs for local small business.

Segment II (1980-1989)

Joel Barker

Joel Barker - Class of 1982

joel.barker@simplot.com

Treasurer

Joel Barker graduated summa cum laude in 1982 with an Accounting degree. After earning his CPA license, he served four years on the mission field in Brussels, where he met his wife, Donna (Bertel '83). Joel and Donna have two awesome sons, both recent ORU graduates. Joel has served two terms on the ORU Alumni Board the first in the 1990s and the second from 2012 to 2015, when he was recently elected as Treasurer. The Barkers live in Eagle, Idaho, where Joel has built a 25-year career with a $6B agribusiness company, and currently serves as vice president and treasurer. He has been recognized as an outstanding businessman by the Idaho Business Review, is a director on several boards, and is a longtime member of Discovery Church Boise.

Allen Voth

Allen Voth - Class of 1984

allen.voth@cox.net

Vice Chair

Allen Voth grew up in Argentina and earned his B.A. (1984) and M.A. (1986) in Biblical Studies at ORU. He served as the Vespers worship leader, wing chaplain, and graduate fellow, and participated in Music Ministries, Christian Service Council, and the ORU TV Orchestra. Allen's greatest accomplishment at ORU, however, was meeting and marrying his wife, Christina (Tina Behr '86). After college they moved to Albany, N.Y., where Allen worked for GE in roles of increasing responsibility, including leading the Quality, Global e-Business, and Communications for GE Global Employee Services, and leading GE's Executive Compensation and Shareowner Services Administration. In 2008 the Voths moved to Tulsa, where Allen currently works for Helmerich & Payne as the Human Resources director. In New York and Oklahoma, Allen has served his local church by leading Bible studies, church worship, men's prayer, and other ministries. Allen and Christina have four children: three ORU alumni and one current ORU student.

Segment III (1990-1999)

Marc Harris

Marc Harris - Class of 1996

mharris@chaparnold.com

Marc Harris graduated from ORU in 1996 with a degree in Government. At ORU, both before and after graduation, he worked for the university in the Undergraduate Admissions department. While there he was responsible for recruiting high school students from across the country to attend ORU. Today he is the president of Chap Arnold Insurance Agency, located in southeast Missouri where he lives with his family. He previously served as the Chief Operations Officer for Men at the Cross, a national men's organization that focused on discipleship and did events across the country. He also serves as a member of the executive board of Teen Challenge Mid-America and is very active in his local church. Marc and his wife, Jennifer (Arnold '96), have three children.

Tony Minert

Tony Minert - Class of 1992

tony@minertcpas.com

Tony Minert is the founder of Minert & Associates, PLLC. He earned his degree in accounting and then studied for his CPA license. After graduation, he took a job with a telecommunications company. Then, during a workshop in 2000, he discovered his purpose in life: to relieve financial stress. His last day in the corporate world was August 31, 2001, just days before 9/11. "I don't know whose stress I was planning to relieve," he says, "but it wasn't mine. I thought, 'God, what have you gotten me into?!' I had no clients and America's future was uncertain. I look back and wonder how I did it. It was only by the grace of God that my family and I made it." He has been married to Stephanie for 15 years. They have an 8-year-old daughter, Jessica, who Tony says is "a lot of fun." He adds that he is blessed to have both of them in his life. "Stephanie and I made a lot of sacrifices those first few years as I built my practice, but I have to say it was worth every one," Tony says. "My life is so much more enriched because I am able to live out my purpose of relieving financial stress on a daily basis."

Segment IV (2000-2009)

Thomas Gancarz

Thomas Gancarz - Class of 2004

tjgancarz@hotmail.com

Tom Gancarz is a 2004 College of Business graduate with a degree in Management and a minor in New Testament Theology. He caught the vision for ORU during his early high school years growing up in northwest Indiana. During his college days, Tom was active in Community Outreach, Administrative Management Society and the Society for Human Resources Management. Intramural sports were a big part of Tom's ORU experience along with the good times on Full Armor. While completing his senior year, Tom served as the junior high youth pastor at a local Tulsa church (Christian Chapel) and as a Young Life ministries volunteer. In 2006, Tom began his law enforcement career with the Tulsa Police Department. He currently works patrol as a Field Training Officer and is a member of the Underwater Search and Recovery Unit. Outside of work, Tom enjoys a quiet family life with his wife, Lauren (Davis '04), and their three sons (Brett, Davis and Dax). Tom and Lauren are active members of Christian Chapel and serve as volunteer leaders for the college and young professionals group. Living in Tulsa allows their family to take advantage of alumni membership, frequent campus visits and ORU sporting events.

Danielle Stoltz

Danielle Stoltz - Class of 2007

dnstoltz@gmail.com

Secretary

Danielle (Parker) Stoltz earned her degree in mass media communications with an emphasis in print journalism. She now works at ORU as the Director of University Communications. As a student, she was a chaplain, an editor for The Perihelion, managing editor for The Oracle and a member of Greenwood Christian Center. After graduation, she returned home to Dallas to work for Today Newspapers as a news editor and was involved in her church's college and career ministry. In 2009, she moved back to Tulsa and has worked as an editor for several suburban newspapers, a writer for WNBA's Tulsa Shock and a multimedia journalist at KJRH, Channel 2. In 2013, she earned her master's in new media journalism from Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL. Danielle and Jason Stoltz married in April 2012 and welcomed their daughter Isabella in August 2014. They are active members of GUTS Church in Tulsa.

Segment V (2010-2019)

Cady Lewis

Cady Lewis - Class of 2012

cadymlewis@gmail.com

Cady (Kendall) Lewis graduated from ORU in 2012 with a degree in Pastoral Christian Ministries. As a student, she served on the music missions team of Team India and as an ATL on Team Philippines. She was also a ropes facilitator and Head Chaplain. She married her college sweetheart, Jordan Lewis, who also graduated from ORU in 2012. Together, they shared their journey of Jordan's battle with cancer in a blog, which is followed by over 100,000 viewers. Their story was widely followed and supported by the ORU community, who lovingly surrounded them in prayer and encouragement. Cady has served in administrative capacities for both small and mega churches and was the Volunteer Coordinator for The Little Lighthouse. She is a freelance writer, traveling speaker and blogger. She lives in Raleigh where she serves in children's ministry at King's Park International Church. She enjoys spending time with loved ones, mentoring young women and reaching out to recent young widows.

Richelle Voth

Richelle Voth - Class of 2011

richelle.christine@icloud.com

Richelle Voth graduated from ORU in 2011 with her B.S. in biology. At ORU she worked for Alumni Relations and represented ORU as a student speaker for ORU's "Renewing the Vision" campaign. Richelle served on Empowered21's Executive Cabinet as one of two student representatives and speakers, and also worked as an administrative assistant for both Dr. Billy Wilson's Empowered21 Conference and for Dr. Mark Rutland's office. During her time at ORU she served as a wing chaplain and was the intercessory prayer team coordinator for ORU's "Unleash" women's conference. In 2014, Richelle graduated from the University of Oklahoma's Physician Assistant program and she currently works for St. John Medical Center as an internal medicine PA hospitalist. Richelle enjoys being an active part of her community; she helps serve with the Susan G. Komen Cancer Fight Against Breast Cancer, volunteers at her church, and runs ThePostedBlog, a blog connecting ORU alumnae.

Executive Team

Laura Bishop

Laura Bishop

Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations- Ex Officio Director

Bob Beard

Bob Beard

Director of Alumni Relations-Executive Director