2009 Alumni Board Elections

Alumni Board Elections

Segment I - (1968-1979)

David Bender
David Bender - Class of 1975

David is running for re-election. He 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.

Gary Crouch
Gary Crouch - Class of 1978

Gary 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 and they married in 1982. They have a 22-year-old daughter, Christina, who will be graduating 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.

Barry Shennum
Barry Shennum - Class of 1978

Barry is a 1978 graduate of the College of Business. He returned five years later and earned an MBA. He served in several positions while at ORU, including dorm athletic representative and MBA representative to the student government. His career started in the real estate and construction business; he was the broker of the family real estate company, CENTURY 21 Shennum Realty. After graduate school, he began working in the mortgage loan area of the banking business. He was appointed to the Agricultural Revolving Loan Fund by the Governor of Alaska and the Planning and Zoning Commission and Zoning Board of Examiners and Appeals by the mayor of Anchorage. After earning a Doctor of Business Administration degree, Barry started a career in education and currently serves as the chair of the Business Department at American Indian College in Phoenix, AZ.

Segment II - (1980-1989)

Edgardo 'Ed' Santillan
Edgardo 'Ed' Santillan - Class of 1987

Ed graduated with a bachelor's degree in biology (pre-med). At ORU, he was a Student Association senator for Edward Hughes dorm and was a member of the 1985 ORU Missions team to Finland. He worked as an assistant to Samuel Fuller, Dean of Admissions, and was a student manager for the Mabee Center Concessions and Special Events staff. After graduation, he attended Duquesne University School of Law (Pittsburgh, PA), and has been licensed as an attorney since 1990. Today, Ed practices bankruptcy and tax & real estate law, and has handled complex tax collection issues before various bankruptcy courts, Pennsylvania Common Pleas and Appellate Courts, and has reported decisions with the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court. He is a member of Northway Christian Community in Wexford, PA (nondenominational), and also attends Our Lady of Fatima R.C. Church in Hopewell, PA. Ed and his wife, Felicia, have three daughters.

Allen Voth
Allen Voth - Class of 1984

Allen 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, International Student Association, 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, NY, where Allen worked for GE in roles of increasing responsibility, including leading the Quality, Global e-Business, and Communications for 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 Organizational Development manager. 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: two ORU alumni, one ORU student, and one planning to attend ORU.

Terri Walter
Terri Walter - Class of 1984

Terri (Segerstrom) Walter graduated with honors with a degree in organizational/interpersonal communications. As a senior, she was a Resident Advisor. After graduation, Terri married Lee, and began a master's degree at Regent (CBN) University in Virginia Beach. For five years, Terri worked for CBN (The Christian Broadcasting Network) in public relations, media relations, and The CBN Family Channel in affiliate relations. Terri has homeschooled her four children for the past 23 years. She has had numerous opportunities to start up, lead, and volunteer with various local and statewide homeschooling groups. She currently resides in Chesapeake, VA, and is the administrative director for a local academic and fine arts homeschool enrichment program with 300 students. Two of her sons have graduated from ORU in the past two years and her daughter is currently a freshman at ORU.

Segment III - (1990-1999)

Arthur Greeno
Arthur Greeno - Class of 1992

Arthur graduated from ORU with a degree in commercial art. While in his sophomore year at ORU, he began working for Chick-fil-A. He is now the franchisee of two Chick-fil-A locations in Tulsa and also two licensee locations: one at ORU and one at Wichita State University in Kansas. Arthur is a board member for The Little Light House, serves on the prestigious Chick-fil-A innovations team, and is also a board member for Tulsa Glassblowing School. Arthur has received several honors, including the Symbol of Success award from Chick-fil-A and The Little Light House Outstanding Service award. Arthur also holds two Guinness World Records from 2008 and 2010. Arthur and his wife, Noell, have been married twenty years and have six children. Arthur is the published author of Dysfunctional Inspiration. He has been a Wingbacker in the past, and it is common for students to approach him, stating they have been to his house for several events.

Marc Harris
Marc Harris - Class of 1996

Marc graduated with a degree in government. 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 focuses on discipleship and hosts events across the country. He also serves as a board member for Mid-America Teen Challenge 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 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)

Andrea Bender
Andrea Bender - Class of 2002

Andrea 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, PA, and calls Riverside Community Church her home. She is serving at RCC as a small group leader, yet she sees her daily life at work and in her community as her mission field to show others what it means to follow Christ.

Tom Gancarz
Tom Gancarz - Class of 2004

Tom is a College of Business graduate with a degree in management and a minor in theology. He caught the vision to attend ORU during his early high school years in northwest Indiana. During his college days, Tom participated 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. He also served as Christian Chapel's junior high youth pastor and Young Life ministries volunteer. Tom began his career in law enforcement in 2006, working as an officer for the Tulsa Police Department. He patrols downtown and North Tulsa, and enjoys coaching new officers as a Field Training Officer. He is a trained SCUBA diver and member of the Underwater Search and Recovery Unit. Tom has earned departmental commendations for evacuating residents from a burning apartment building and recovering stolen vehicles submerged underwater. Outside of work, Tom enjoys a quiet family life with his wife, Lauren (Davis '04), and two young sons. They are excited to welcome a third son into the family this spring. Tom has been an active member of Christian Chapel for 11 years. He enjoys the benefits of alumni membership, frequently uses the Aerobics Center, and attends ORU sporting events.


Camella Binkley
Camella Binkley - Class of 1980

Camella (Barnhill) Binkley currently serves as an At Large representative on the Alumni Association Board and as chairman of the Nominations Committee. Her ORU degree is in psychology. At ORU, she was an RA and Head RA, involved with Music Ministries, and on staff. She is the owner and chief operating officer of Express Employment Professionals in Waxahachie, TX, 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, Bruce, founded to offer hope to the hopeless. Their charitable outreaches and programs have helped thousands of disadvantaged people - especially orphans - in Vietnam, Cambodia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Jamaica, Mexico, Belize, and Nicaragua. A major focus of NNMSII is to sustain Marlene & Vera's Homes in Battambang, Cambodia, where 26 young girls who have been rescued from the threat of human trafficking currently reside. Camella is involved in leadership, both in her community and in her church, Trinity of Cedar Hill, where her focus remains helping those in need. Camella and Bruce reside in Midlothian, TX. They have two adult children, Jessica and BJ, and four grandsons: Jackson, Noah, Bradley, and Khai.

Jennifer Cook
Jennifer Cook - Class of 2011

Jennifer is a 2011 graduate from the College of Business where she studied marketing. She started her marketing firm, Consumer Pulse Marketing, during her senior year. Upon graduation, she began working full time in her business, and 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. In April of 2012, she accepted the full-time position of President/CEO of the Glenpool Chamber of Commerce while continuing to work with her company. Since then, Jennifer has grown the Glenpool Chamber to be a robust, well-respected community organization, and has a vision for continued growth for 2014. While balancing life between a full-time job and a consulting firm, in her "spare time" Jennifer enjoys her two dogs, the local drive-in, anything outdoors, and traveling. 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 about her future, knowing the Lord's timing has always been and will continue to be perfect.

Seth Garrepy
Seth Garrepy - Class of 2007

Seth is a composer, choral conductor, and classroom technologist from Connecticut. He graduated from ORU in 2007 with a B.Mus. degree in composition and was awarded "Student of the Year" in his major and in the School of Arts & Sciences. Later, he earned his M.Mus. degree in choral conducting from the University of Oklahoma. Seth's compositions have been performed nationally and internationally. His "O Nata Lux" has also been commercially recorded on musica intima's album by the same name. As a conductor, Seth infuses joy and energy into rehearsals and performances. Experiences in Seth's online classroom are engaging and leverage the latest in new learning technology. Seth is an instructor of music with Mid-America Christian University in Oklahoma City, where he teaches and develops curricula for online music courses. He and his wife, Stacey (Yoder '09), live near Chapel Hill, NC.

Johnie Hampton
Johnie Hampton - Class of 1991

Johnie is the principal and CEO of the award-winning advertising agency Hampton Creative in Tulsa. In 2002, Johnie launched Hampton Creative with vigilance for detail, effective design, fervency for results, and a heart for providing businesses and ministries 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. In the last two years, his agency has helped reinvent ORU's recruitment efforts via print. They were also responsible for the design of Dr. Billy Wilson's Inauguration seal and collateral as well as the ORU Presidential Summit marketing. During his next term as vice chair of the Alumni Board, Johnie hopes to leverage his great relationships and savvy business acumen to further engage alumni to experience ORU again. Johnie is very proud of his wife, Krystal, and their sons, Zane and Grayson, and is honored to serve at such a historic time at ORU.

Dan Skerbitz
Dan Skerbitz - Class of 1989

While a student at ORU, Dan was a chaplain, summer missions team leader, and an RA. He graduated summa cum laude in 1989 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 at 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 Christian Leadership Alliance and the National Association of Church Business Administration. He is a board advisor 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.

Molly Ziriax
Molly Ziriax - Class of 1988

Molly (O'Connor) Ziriax graduated with a degree in elementary education. At ORU, she was involved in the RA program as an RA and a Head RA. After graduation, she worked at Victory Christian School and later returned to ORU to work as a residence hall director, director of Student Activities, and director of Housing for a total of 13 years. Molly has served as the former Women's RA Alumni Chapter president and was active in her local church, The Assembly of Broken Arrow. In 2005 her middle child was born with Down syndrome; from this point, God took them on a new journey. She became the president of the Down Syndrome Association of Tulsa, where she directed a nonprofit board and attended many conferences. Molly has also lobbied Capitol Hill, representing all individuals with Down syndrome. She currently resides in Oregon with her husband, Dan (2010 M.M.), and their three young girls.