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Oral Roberts University Adds Four New Trustees

Tessie DeVore
Tessie DeVore

Gordon Helm
Gordon Helm

Kay Hiramine
Kay Hiramine

Dale Wilkerson
Dale Wilkerson

Oral Roberts University is pleased to announce to addition of four new members to the Board of Trustees. The additions include Tessie Güell DeVore, Gordon Helm, Kay Hiramine and Dale Wilkerson and brings the total number of ORU trustees to 25.

Tessie Güell DeVore has been the Executive Vice President of Charisma House, the Book Group of Charisma Media (formerly Strang Communications), since 2006. She is a publishing industry veteran with more than 20 years' experience in Christian book publishing. While others normally specialize in only one area of publishing, DeVore is uniquely qualified and respected for her expertise in many publishing fronts, including: English and Spanish book publishing; English and Spanish magazine publishing; and both domestic and international distribution. A Cuban-Puerto Rican, she started working at Charisma Media in 1993, where she established Vida Cristiana, a Spanish magazine that is about to be relaunched as the official publication of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. In 1997 DeVore launched Casa Creación, Charisma House's Spanish book imprint, considered by trade experts as one of the leading Spanish Christian publishers in the world. In 2005, Charisma magazine recognized her as one of "30 Emerging Voices Who Will Lead the Church in the Next Decade." DeVore was the first female president of the Spanish Evangelical Publishers Association (SEPA) and was also the first person to serve two consecutive terms. An award-winning writer-both in English and Spanish- DeVore earned her B.A. in Journalism and Public Relations with minors in Speech Communications and Psychology from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. She is the co-author of Happy Birthday to Me, a children's book about a boy growing up in a multicultural home.

Gordon Helm serves as the Vice President and Controller of Helmerich & Payne, Inc., a NYSE-listed Tulsa-based contract drilling company. Helmerich & Payne, Inc. is one of the largest land rig contractors in the United States and also operates in numerous countries around the world. Helm has over thirty-five years of accounting and business experience, with the last twenty being at Helmerich & Payne. Gordon received both his bachelor's degree in Business Administration (1975) and his master's degree in Business Administration (1978) from Oral Roberts University. He is also a certified public accountant (CPA).

Kay Hiramine was born into a first-generation Japanese-American home in southern California. After graduating in 1986 with a bachelor of arts from Occidental College in Los Angeles, he worked for Procter and Gamble in southern California. Hiramine was ranked one of the top national salesmen for Procter and Gamble's Food Division in 1988. He then worked for Coldwell Banker Commercial Real Estate as an Industrial Sales and Leasing Agent in Glendale, California. Hiramine also has a distinguished career in the faith-based world. He has started multiple nonprofits and has overseen global initiatives involving millions of people in every country of the world. Hiramine serves on a number of nonprofit boards (including Stop Child Trafficking Now), leveraging his private sector experience and applying best business practices and culture transformation applications for widows, orphans, and those being oppressed by poverty and other conditions. Hiramine has an International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance (IDHA) from the University of Geneva, Fordham University, and the Royal College of Surgeons at the University of Belfast. Hiramine is the catalyst for Humanitarian International Services Group (HISG), an organization he co-founded that is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Dale Wilkerson had a nearly thirty-year financial accounting career, primarily with energy-related companies. Wilkerson joined MAPCO Inc. in 1986 as the Controller of MAPCO Coal, Inc., MAPCO's coal business. Alliance Coal (MAPCO Coal's successor) produces and markets coal from nine major mining complexes in the eastern United States. In 1996, Alliance Coal was sold to a private equity fund. From 1996 to 2006, Wilkerson was the Vice President and Controller of Alliance Resource Holdings, Inc., where he was responsible for financial and tax accounting, including those associated with the initial public offerings of Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. and Alliance Holdings G.P., L.P. in 1999 and 2006, respectively. Since 2006, Wilkerson has provided consulting services on an as-requested basis to Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. Wilkerson graduated from Oral Roberts University in 1979, earning a bachelor of science degree in Accounting.