Alumni Board of Directors
2014 Alumni Board

2014 Alumni Board
The 2014 Alumni Association Board of Directors


Segment I (1968-1979)

David Bender

David Bender - Class of 1975
dave75oru@sbcglobal.net

David Bender graduated from ORU with a bachelor's degree in health and physical education/K-12. He is currently in sales with Crane Merchandising System in Bridgeton, Mo. He and his wife, Beth (Huser-77), have three children.

William Middleton

William Middleton - Class of 1974
bill@billmiddleton.com

Bill Middleton's 1974 degree is in business administration. A native of Iowa, at ORU he was active in the Christian Service Council and the Methodist Lay Witness Mission program. After graduation he worked for Firestone Tire and Rubber Company in their executive training program. Since 1979, he has been an agent with State Farm Insurance in Okmulgee, Okla. Bill has served on a number of local boards, including Okmulgee's Public School Board of Education, Carbondale Assembly of God board in Tulsa, and currently serves as 1st Vice Chairman of the Eastern Oklahoma Workforce Investment Board. He has earned several professional designations in the financial arena (CLU, ChFC, and CFP®) and was named State Farm's volunteer of the year for the state of Oklahoma in 2007. Bill and his wife, DeLois (Sadler-74), live in Jenks, Okla., and have four grown children; three--Sarah, Elizabeth, and Mark--attended ORU.


Segment II (1980-1989)

Joel Barker

Joel Barker - Class of 1982
joel.barker@simplot.com

Joel Barker graduated summa cum laude 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 served on the ORU Alumni Board in the early 1990s and is excited about a second opportunity during the current "renaissance" era of ORU's history. The Barkers live in Eagle, Idaho, where Joel has built a 23-year career with a $2.8B agribusiness company; he was recently named chief financial officer. He has been recognized as an outstanding businessman by the Idaho Business Review, is a director on several boards, and volunteers as treasurer for Discovery Church Boise. Despite the distance between Idaho and Tulsa, Joel is an avid "True Blue" ORU fan and a member of the Golden Eagle Club. He and Donna enjoy family travel with their sons, Chris ('12) and Jeff (ORU sophomore).

Gregory Berg

Gregory Berg - Class of 1985
gregory_berg@ml.com

Greg Berg graduated in 1985 with a BA cum laude in New Testament theology and a minor in business administration. He is currently an assistant 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 has served on missions teams to England, India, Mexico, Nigeria, Trinidad, and the U.S.. He was a member of the Alumni Recruiters Association, is a member of the Admissions Recruiting Association, participated in a Summer Spruce up week, spoke at the 20-year class reunion and organized the 25-year class reunion. 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 superintendant, a small group leader and a prayer partner. Greg is married to Romelia, has a daughter, Lonnie, and a granddaughter, Alexis.


Segment III (1990-1999)

Paige Bostwick

Paige Bostwick - Class of 1994
paigebostwick@gmail.com

Paige Bostwick is a 1994 (B.S.) and 2005 (M.Mgt.) ORU graduate. As a student she was a walk-on for the women's basketball team (and ultimately earned a full scholarship), ran track, and was a member of the music group Front Line. After graduation, she was a graduate assistant for ORU women's basketball and then coached at various high schools in the Tulsa area. Returning to campus, she worked for ORU and the Oral Roberts Ministries with responsibilities that included oversight of Music Ministries, ORU Cheer, Dance and Pep Band, and singing on the TV program "Something Good Tonight." Today, Paige leads worship and her husband, Preston (1993-MBA), is the youth pastor at Liberty Church in Cleveland, Tex. Paige also works with her mother in Operation Refuge, a nonprofit that provides resources for those in crisis. Paige and Preston have two children.

John Croyle

John Croyle - Class of 1990
naomiandjohn@comcast.net

John Croyle earned a degree in finance from ORU. He went on to work in the audit department of The Williams Companies and then owned a local Tulsa business, Auto Trim Design, for several years. John has a CPA and in 2001 completed his finance MBA at Georgia State University. For the past 14 years he has been working with Enterprise Holdings (Rent-A-Car) as a Regional Controller. John is married to Naomi (Brisson-attended 1995); they have two children attending North Cobb Christian. They live in Atlanta and attend North Metro Church. John has served the church through facilitating community groups, assisting in children's ministry, and in a leadership role as deacon. While at ORU John was an Academic Director and actively involved with the Administrative Management Society, Entrepreneur Club, Christian Service Council, and Teen Mania missions. More recently he has recruited for ORU and helped organize local Atlanta ORU alumni events.


Segment IV (2000-2009)

Andrea Bender

Andrea Bender - Class of 2002
dre4211@yahoo.com

Andrea Bender earned her degree in finance. As a student, she was in the APA program (1999-2002) and played intramural volleyball. During her time in Tulsa, after graduation, she was involved with Believers Church and One To the Other Ministries (OTTOM). During multiple mission trips to Central and South America with OTTOM, she met a group of people from Pittsburgh and sought out the opportunity to move across the Mississippi to be closer to her grandparents in Ohio. She left IBM Tulsa in 2008 and has been happily employed at Bechtel as a Financial Analyst for almost 5 years. Currently, she resides in Oakmont, a great walking community in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and calls Riverside Community Church her home. Her free time is taken up with launching RCC's singles group; Ultimate Frisbee; helping her friends at any opportunity; and cheering for the Pittsburgh Steelers. She is also the chaplain for her local Philanthropic Education Organization chapter.

Danielle Stoltz

Danielle Stoltz - Class of 2007
dnstoltz@gmail.com

Danielle (Parker) Stoltz earned her degree in mass media communications with an emphasis in print journalism. While at ORU, 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 to work as a communications writer for ORU. During that time, she also helped her now-husband pastor Greenwood Christian Center's junior high ministry, 12/24. She was hired by Neighbor News in 2010 as a staff writer for the Owasso Reporter, was promoted to news editor of the Jenks Journal and Glenpool Post in 2011, and in January 2012, was named managing editor for the South County Leader and Sand Springs Leader. She is a member of Tulsa Young Professionals and has written for the WNBA's Tulsa Shock. Danielle and Jason, married in April 2012, attend The Sanctuary in Jenks. Danielle is pursuing her master's degree in New Media Journalism from Full Sail University.


Segment V (2010)

Jennifer Cook

Jennifer Cook - Class of 2011
jennifer@consumerpulsemarketing.com

Jennifer Cook is a 2011 graduate from the College of Business where she studied marketing. Jennifer began her marketing firm while still in college during her senior year, and upon graduating began working in her small business full time. In eight short months she had employed one ORU graduate, two current ORU students who worked for her part time, and two interns from ORU. She recently accepted the full-time position of President/CEO of the Glenpool Chamber of Commerce (April 2012) while continuing work with her company, Consumer Pulse Marketing. While balancing life between a full- time job and consulting firm, in her "spare time" Jennifer enjoys working in the nursery at her church in Bixby. She loves running and boxing as well as spending time with her family and friends in Tulsa and Oklahoma City. Jennifer has an optimistic outlook on her future, knowing the Lord's timing has always been and will continue to be perfect.


At-Large

Camella Binkley

Camella Binkley - Class of 1980
bbink1215@aol.com

Camella (Barnhill) Binkley graduated from ORU in 1980 with a B.A. in psychology. While at ORU, she was an RA and Head RA, involved with Music Ministries, and on staff. She is currently the owner and chief operating officer of Express Employment Professionals in Waxahachie, Tex., a franchise staffing company with over 600 offices nationwide. Camella is also the vice president of New Name Mission Society International, a nonprofit organization that she and her husband founded to offer hope to the hopeless. Their charitable outreaches and programs have helped thousands of disadvantaged people, especially orphans, in Vietnam, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Mexico, Belize, Rwanda and Nicaragua. Camella is involved in leadership both in the community and in her church, Trinity of Cedar Hill, Tex., where her focus remains helping those in need. Camella and her husband, Bruce, reside in Ovilla, Tex. They have two adult children, Jessica and BJ, and three grandsons: Jackson, Noah and Bradley.

Ronald Bryce

Ronald Bryce - Class of 1982
ronniebmd@yahoo.com

Ron Bryce is a 1982 ORU graduate and a 1986 graduate of the ORU School of Medicine. As an undergraduate, he was a dorm wing athletic chairman, academic chairman, and a member of the National Honor Society, Premedical Honor Society, Psi Chi Rho, and Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society. In medical school Ron was athletic chairman and was elected class vice president. As a student member of the first "ORU Healing Team" in 1986, Ron caught Oral Roberts' vision for combining medical care with prayer and put this vision into action in 1995 by starting Bethesda Medical Center in Shreveport, La. In 2000 he founded Family Medical Care in Arlington, Tex. Ron is now Corporate Medical Director for Emergency Staffing Solutions, Inc., in Dallas, president and CEO of Pro-Life Properties of Texas, LLC, a board member at Lakehouse Church in Arlington, and serves on two missionary boards: Feed A Child Haiti and GeoBound. Ron and his wife, Lydia, have four children: Daniel, Blair, Joseph, and Brooke.

Blake Fite

Blake Fite - Class of 1998
blake@donordepot.com

Blake Fite is a 1998 ORU graduate (B.A., liberal arts) and a 2001 Regent University graduate (MBA). At Regent, he received the President's Award for Excellence. As an ORU student, Blake was a missions team leader (Mexico and Great Britain) and a wing chaplain. He served on the Summer Missions administrative staff and as a member of the Albania summer missions team. His work history includes serving in a leadership capacity at several organizations in the nonprofit world. His strengths include fundraising, event management, and community relations. Currently, Blake is the president of donordepot.com. He is also the U.S. director of partnerships at changealife.net, a foundation that exists "to reach people of all nations for Christ so they in turn can disciple change in the lives of others." Blake and his wife, Laura, have two children and reside in Jenks, Okla.

Johnie Hampton

Johnie Hampton - Class of 1991
johnie@hamptoncreative.com

Johnie Hampton is the principal and CEO of the award-winning advertising agency Hampton Creative in Tulsa, and creative director for internationally known Dr. Charles Stanley (InTouch Ministries, Atlanta, Ga.). 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 and a core of valuable alliances nationally. 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.

Max James

Max James - Class of 1975
maxdjames@yahoo.com

Max James earned his degree in business administration and management. At ORU, he was a basketball manager for the Titans. In 1979, Max helped found a company that developed software for the steel fabrication industry. In 1988, he became sole owner, president, and CEO of the company. In 1991, Max and his wife, Carol, were leaders in a church that helped create an organization called "March for Jesus USA," which united churches to bring praise, worship, and prayer into the streets of America. Max helped this organization from 1991 through 2002 by creating a company that distributed millions of products to assist the march organizers throughout the U.S. Max and Carol are part of LifeAustin church, where Max serves as an Elder. Max also teaches various men's small groups and is the coordinator for Dave Ramsey's "Financial Peace" class. Max and Carol can currently be found traveling in their motor home around the U.S., "visiting friends and family and beholding the beauty and wonder of our God in His creation." They have three children and six grandchildren.

Joshua Napieralski

Joshua Napieralski - Class of 2012
joshjnap@gmail.com

Joshua Napieralski is a 2012 ORU graduate with a bachelor of science degree in nursing. During his time at ORU, he was actively involved in student leadership in the RA program and the Academic Peer Advisor program as an APA and Head APA. Josh served in chapel worship as a singer/musician and participated in two missions trips through the worship department. He was a songwriter and contributor for ORU's album, "Until the Whole World Knows." Josh met his wife, Rebekah, at ORU and now lives in Addison, Texas. He is an Emergency Department nurse for Baylor University Medical Center in downtown Dallas and Rebekah is a consultant for Hitachi Consulting. Josh is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Nurse Practitioner in anesthesia. He is connected with the local church in Dallas and stays involved with ORU through mentoring younger student leaders.

Paul Palmer

Paul Palmer - Class of 1972
paulpalmer@gmail.com

Paul Palmer's degree is in music education. At ORU, he was involved in most of the 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. 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."


Appointed

Patricia Apy

Patricia Apy - Class of 1978
papy@parasapyreiss.com

Patricia (McHale) Apy graduated from ORU with a bachelor's degree in social work. She earned her master's degree in social work from the University of Missouri-Columbia and her juris doctorate from Case Western Reserve School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio. She began her career as a County Prosecutor and then went into private practice. She is currently a partner at the law firm of Paras, Apy & Reiss, PC in Red Bank, N.J., where she practices International and Interstate Family Law. She also serves as a consultant to the United States Department of Defense, Department of State and the United Nations on issues of treaty law, particularly those involving families and children. She twice served as a delegate of the United States of America, to the Hague Conference on Private International Law. She serves as guest faculty at several law schools. She has kept in touch with many classmates and professors, and has returned to ORU for a number of Homecomings, including her 30-year reunion in February 2008. She and her husband, David, have three children: Daniel, Emily and David Jr. They live in New Jersey.

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.

Martha Cole

Martha Cole - Class of 1984
cole.martha@att.net

Martha (MacWherter) Cole graduated from ORU with a B.S. in accounting in 1984. At ORU, she served as an RA, Accounting Honor Society secretary, Academic Chairman, ORU Honors Society secretary, and Teacher's Assistant in the Natural Sciences biology labs; traveled to Australia with ORU Summer Missions; and was named to Who's Who. After graduation, she moved to Denver, Colo., to work for Deloitte and earned her CPA certificate. Martha met and married her husband, James, in 1987. After several years in public accounting, she worked as the Commercial Credit Analyst in banking until leaving to start her family. Today, as a homeschooling mother of nearly 20 years, she has graduated two students into the Honors Program at ORU. While continuing to home-educate their youngest daughter, Martha serves as treasurer, secretary, and administrative director for Colorado's largest home schooling organization. As the administrative director, she manages and oversees the accounting, human resources, registration, communications, and information systems functions. Martha, James, and their youngest daughter, Anna, live in Monument, Colo.

Taci Darnell

Taci Darnell - Class of 1988
Taci.Darnell@fmr.com
Treasurer

Taci Darnell graduated in 1988 with a double major in history and business administration, received a juris doctorate in 1992 from New England School of Law, and received an LLM-Taxation from Boston University School of Law in 1994. She is a vice president of Corporate Tax at Fidelity Investments in Boston, Mass. Taci is also an active member of her church, New Hope Assembly, in Saugus, Mass. She has been appointed to a three-year term on the ORU Alumni Board. She has one daughter who is a sophomore at ORU and a niece who is a senior at ORU.

 Layton

Layton - Class of 1979
mclane@laytonconsult.com

McLane Layton has a B.A. (1979) and a JD (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.

Stephen Loi

Stephen Loi - Class of 2009
SLoi@victory.com

Stephen Loi, a 2009 ORU graduate (M.Div.), was born in Penang, Malaysia, to missionary parents. Healed of leukemia at the age of 9, he was water baptized and became a Christian. At Victory Christian Center, he established the Chinese Ministry in 2007 and was offered the position of director of International and Native American Ministry. Ordained as a minister of the gospel in 2010, Stephen serves on the boards of nonprofits Generation 7K Inc. and Kids Against Hunger Global and is ORU's International Student Organization advisor. His other affiliations include the Chinese American Association of Tulsa, India Association of Greater Tulsa, Philippine American Association of Northeastern Oklahoma, Alliance Française de Tulsa, AG Native American Fellowship, Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship in America, Association of Christians Ministering Among Internationals, and Tulsa Global Alliance. Fluent in Mandarin, Malay, and English, Stephen resides in Tulsa with his wife, Pearl.

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 two books, "The Rooms of a Woman's Heart" and "Defiant Joy!" Her teaching DVD, "The Rooms of a Woman's Heart," won the Telly Award, a prestigious industry 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, ages 15 to 28. Two sons and both daughters-in-law are ORU graduates; one daughter is an ORU sophomore. Carol has been appointed to a three-year term on the ORU Alumni Board.