2009 Alumni Board Elections

Alumni Board Elections

Segment I - (1968-1979)

Tim Cameron
Tim Cameron - Class of 1972

First and foremost, says Tim Cameron, he is a passionate follower of Christ. From there he is a husband of 43 years (Annamae [Burroughs], 1968-72) and father of five great kids and three 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, including East Central High School and Sapulpa High School. Then he served for 14 years as headmaster at the second largest private school in Oklahoma, Metro Christian Academy, a college preparatory K-12 school in Tulsa. He has always served as an elder in the Body of Christ, starting as a young man serving at Tulsa Christian Fellowship, the first large Charismatic fellowship in Tulsa. Currently he serves in intercession and as an elder at Believers Church in Tulsa. Annamae also travels yearly in international missions. On the vocational side, he writes and shares his faith; he has a book coming out with Charisma House Inc. this fall and is working on others. Tim served on the Alumni Board of Directors in the 1980s and would love the opportunity to serve the Lord again at ORU.

William (Bill) Middleton
William (Bill) Middleton - Class of 1974

A native of Iowa, Bill Middleton gave his life to the Lord at ORU and became active in the Christian Service Council and the Methodist Lay Witness Mission program while working part-time off campus all four years. After graduation in 1974, 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, OK. He has served on a number of local boards, including 11 years on Okmulgee's Public School Board of Education and 20 years on the Okmulgee Planning & Zoning Commission. He also currently serves as 1st Vice Chairman of the Eastern Oklahoma Workforce Investment Board on which he has served continuously since 2003. Bill 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, are active members of Carbondale Assembly of God in Tulsa where they are both choir members. Bill also serves as treasurer on the Church Board and is serving his fourth term as a deacon. Three of the Middletons' children--Sarah, Elizabeth, and Mark, and their son-in-law Dusty--attended ORU. Bill says, "It has been a great privilege and joy serving on the ORU Alumni Board these past three years. I believe that my experience as a business owner, combined with years of involvement in both public and private education, and seasoned with my strong Christian service perspective, allows me to represent all ORU alumni."

Larry Wayne Morbitt
Larry Wayne Morbitt - Class of 1974

Larry Wayne Morbitt earned his bachelor's degree in Music Education from ORU in 1974 and a graduate degree in Vocal Pedagogue and Performance from Texas Christian University. After his ORU graduation, he spent 14 years in full-time church music ministry in California, Nevada, Oregon, New York, and Texas, and became a licensed minister. During those years he also developed a solo concert career, performing in a variety of musical theater and opera roles as well as at many specialty/convention events and for parachurch organizations. His rsum includes: guest artist in the Bill and Gloria Gaither Homecoming video series; events at the last two Presidential Inaugurations; the Annual Profiles in Courage Award Ceremony at the Kennedy Library; the Dallas Opera; the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera; Fort Worth Youth Symphony; Tulsa Signature Symphony; and the Las Vegas Philharmonic. He has performed for and given master classes at Evangel, Asbury, Anderson, and Valley Forge universities, as well as at ORU. His concert ministry has taken him to well over 100 cities to date. On ORU's behalf, he has been honored to sing at donor events in California and Tulsa; with Larry Dalton at five concerts that raised funds for the Steinway Initiative; at Dr. Mark Rutland's inauguration; in chapel and at a Music Department seminar; and for Homecoming events. He recently completed a 17-year run--more than 6,000 performances--playing one of the lead roles--that of Ubaldo Piangi--in The Phantom of the Opera. His tenure with the company took him to Basel, Switzerland, the First National Touring Company, eight years on Broadway, and eventually to Las Vegas.

Segment III - (1990-1999)

Marc Harris
Marc Harris - Class of 1996

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 board of Mid-America Teen Challenge and is very active in his local church. Marc and his wife, Jennifer (Arnold '96), have three children.


Benjin Joshua
Benjin Joshua - Class of 2011

Benjin Joshua graduated in 2011 with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering. While at ORU, he served as an RA for the Men's Resident Advisor program (2009-11). He was also involved with music missions, International Student Organization, and the missions and outreach department. After completing his degree, he joined the biomedical engineering department at St. John Health System as a clinical engineer. In 2013, he joined Assist International to serve as their medical program manager. In this role, he is responsible for developing healthcare technology management solutions for the developing world while interfacing with corporate partners, including GE Foundation, and Ministry of Health offices around the world. He is also pursuing his M.S. degree in Healthcare Administration. Benjin met his wife, Jessica, at ORU and they married in 2012. When he is not traveling internationally, they enjoy weekend visits to Yosemite National Park, a drive along the Pacific Coast Highway, or exploring the food scene in San Francisco. They attend Calvary Chapel Church in Modesto, CA, and are involved with the small Bible study group in their local area.

Vijay Luvian
Vijay Luvian - Class of 2008

Vijay Luvian (Masillamoni Karlsson) earned a B.S. in Engineering (2007) and an MBA (2008) at ORU. As a student, he was active in Missions and Community Outreach and various Engineering societies. Since 2007, he has been serving as the ORU Engineering Alumni Board chairman and a member of the ORU Engineering Industry Advisory Board. Today, he is a Business Development Manager at Linde in Tulsa, responsible for selling complex Natural Gas Plants in the Americas and related technologies globally. Previously, Vijay worked at Honeywell and GE in various technology and commercial roles. Vijay is the founder of Saved by Nails ( http://savedbynails.org ), which aims to abolish sex trafficking in India and across the earth through prevention, rescue, and recovery. Vijay lived in Sweden for 18 years and has traveled to over 60 countries for business and missions. He and his wife, Marta (Adamiec) '11, '13, currently reside in Tulsa.

Emonne Markland
Emonne Markland - Class of 2008

Emonne (Green) Markland earned her ORU degree in Mass Media Communications in 2008. While at ORU, 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 travels nationally as a speaker, passionately sharing the Word of God and her testimony with youth and women's ministries. She is also the author of Break Every Chain. Emonne and her husband, Stephan '07, are proud parents of their young daughter, Grace.

Laura Sherwood, Ph.D.
Laura Sherwood, Ph.D. - Class of 1978

Dr. Laura Sherwood is a professor of mass communication. After graduating from ORU in 1974 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.

Dexter Sullivan
Dexter Sullivan - Class of 2014

A native of Detroit, MI, Dexter Sullivan moved to Tulsa in 2007 to attend ORU. He completed his B.S. degree in Business Administration. In 2009 he was elected Student Association president, and re-elected for a second term in 2010. Over and above representing more than 3,000 students and managing a 30-member staff and six departments, Dexter hosted an internationally attended leadership conference for more than 1,000 young adults and launched a leadership development program that continues to serve ORU's students today. Dexter has founded two nonprofit organizations. The Man to Man Project is an educational outreach for young men in Tulsa's urban community. In four years, Man to Man has served hundreds of Tulsa's best and brightest with tutoring, financial assistance, and mentoring. Prayer Power Ministries is a cutting-edge Christian ministry that is serving the nation through the preached Word, demonstration, and with signs following. The newest extension of PPM, Tulsa House of Prayer, was established in the spring of 2014. This citywide prayer center gathers a diverse group of Tulsans for prayer and is involved in other community prayer efforts. In his national and international travels, Dexter has shared on principles of ethics, business, leadership, and the Kingdom of God. He resides in Tulsa and is actively involved in his local church and community.

David Vermette
David Vermette - Class of 2011

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 advisor, head resident advisor, 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.