Leadership

Nancy Powell
President
Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts -- Class of 1968

Nancy was a health, physical education and recreation major at OCLA. She taught secondary science for 39 years in Oklahoma schools. She has served two terms on the USAO Alumni Association Board of Directors. Nancy has been a member of the Oklahoma Education Association, National Teacher’s Association, State and National Science Teacher’s Association, Delta Kappa Gamma and Choctaw Library Guild. She enjoys traveling, OU basketball and photography. Nancy hopes to “fulfill the duties of the office and help solidify all graduates of USAO, OCLA and OCW” while in office.

 

Patsy Jo (Gibson) Heidlage
Past President
Oklahoma College for Women -- Class of 1959

Patsy Jo (Gibson) Heidlage taught at Claremore’s Westside Elementary School for 36 years and taught high school tennis for 22 years. In addition to her degree from OCW, she holds a master’s in elementary counseling from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. Heidlage has served on the USAO Alumni Association Board several times and has held the positions of secretary and vice president and president. She also was a member of the Stevens Alumni House Renovation Committee. In 2009 Westside Elementary renamed their gym in honor of the long-time educator.


District 1

Ronald "Ron" Carr
University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma -- Class of 1989

Ron studied political science at USAO. He also earned a master of information systems/management (MIS/M) from the University of Phoenix. He is a business systems analyst lead for American Express -- serving 17 years in this field. He also worked for 10 years in restaurant management. He organized the 80s and 90s Reunion at USAO and maintains a presence for the group in Facebook. As a member of the Board of Directors, Ron hopes to “bridge the gap between older and younger alumni. Merge OCW/OCLA/USAO alumni into one cohesive group to drive performance over the next century. Would like to use modern technology to drive membership and giving.”

 

Paulette (Braden) Pogue
Oklahoma College for Women -- Class of 1960

Paulette studied speech and drama at OCW. She has served many years on the USAO Alumni Association Board of Directors -- including one term as president. She is retired from Tulsa Community College, taught for Tulsa Public Schools for eight years and was a leader, trainer and director of leaders for 15 years with Weight Watchers. Paulette has been a member of NEA, OEA, Emmaus Community (served on eight teams), Emmaus Board of Directors (three years), was a church board chair, church ministry leadership team moderator and worked with the Bible Study Fellowship. She was involved with many organizations while at OCW. She enjoys music and photography.
 

Ruth Walker
Oklahoma College for Women -- Class of 1961

Ruth studied speech and hearing therapy at OCW. She earned her master’s of education degree from Northeastern Oklahoma State University. She has served several years on the USAO Alumni Association Board of Directors. She is a retired teacher from Tulsa Public Schools. Ruth has been a member of National Education Association, Oklahoma Education Association, Tulsa Classroom Teachers Association, Graham Bell Association and Tulsa Speech and Hearing Association. She was involved with many organizations while at OCW. While in office, she hopes “to create a larger, sound scholarship base to ensure future students an excellent education.”


District 2

Ann Marie (Hooper) Harrison
Oklahoma College for Women -- Class of 1956

Ann Marie was a music major at OCW. She is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and did doctoral studies at the University of Texas. She retired as CEO of International Business Associates in 2010. She and her husband established a publishing company and begin publishing an English language magazine “Egypt Today,” followed by “Business Today Egypt.” She currently serves on the USAO Alumni Board of Directors and was inducted into the USAO Alumni Hall of Fame in 2006. As a board member, Ann Marie “hopes to broaden our base of support from, not only Oklahoma, but from surrounding states and communities.”


Linda (Richardson) McElroy
Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts -- Class of 1970
University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma -- Class of 1986

Linda got a vocational home economics degree at OCLA and certifications in elementary and early childhood education from USAO.  A former Oklahoma teacher, she is now a professor of education at USAO.  Her masters’ and doctoral degrees are from OU.  She is a member of the Okla. Reading Assoc. (board of dir.), Okla. Higher Ed Reading Council, Intl. Reading Assoc. and Grady Co. Reading Council. As a member of the Alumni Board, she has been on scholarship, legislative, and Hall of Fame committees.   Her goals include raising awareness of current USAO students about the Alumni Association, increasing scholarships, building membership, and supporting USAO.  Her daughter Lisa (McElroy) Wright, son Greg McElroy, and daughter-in-law Kelli (Tiller) McElroy are alums.

 

Angelina "Ann" (Merenda) O'Bar
Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts -- Class of 1967

Ann was an education major at OCLA. She went on to earn her master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma. She has served on the Association Board of Directors since 2006 & has been a member since 1967. Ann works as a child and parenting specialist and is now semi-retired. She was inducted into the USAO Alumni Hall of Fame in 2005 and appointed director emeritus of the Okla. Center for Child and Family Development in 1998. Her awards and recognitions include president of both the Oklahoma and Southern Early Childhood Associations, president of the Region VI Head Start Association & National Board of Directors. She has served since 1984 as a board member of the Okla. DHS Child Care Advisory Committee. She chairs the Alumni Assoc. membership committee.


District 3

JJ Francais
University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma -- Class of 2010

JJ majored in history at USAO. He is scheduled to receive his master’s degree from Mid America Christian University in 2013. He is a regional manager for Next Step Test Prep, is the volunteer director of fund raising for Heart 4 Children Ministries. As a board member, JJ would like to assist in recruiting young alumni members and encourage past and future alumni to donate their college memorabilia back to the university. “I came to USAO in 2006 as a non-traditional student and quickly fell in love with the rich history of the college and the value of the education provided. I spend my spare time searching for lost treasures related to our history,” he said.

 

Robert Newbrough
University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma -- Class of 1986

Robert majored in accounting while at USAO. He earned his master’s degree at California Coast University. He is an accounting instructor at USAO. He also is a certified public accountant and has served as the treasurer of the USAO Alumni Association since 1994. He is a retired captain of the Chickasha Fire Department and prepares income tax forms for businesses and individuals and does compensation plans design, costing and consulting for labor organizations in Oklahoma. As a board member, Robert hopes to continue to “maintain proper accounting records, provide informative financial reports to the board of directors and members and to allow well informed financial decisions by the board.”

 

Elizabeth "Bess" (Stout) Working
Oklahoma College for Women -- Class of 1958

Bess studied physical education at OCW. She earned her master’s of education degree from Northern State University. She worked at Westminster Public School in California for eight and a half years, as an art teacher at Cheotah High School for 19 years, as an elementary counselor at Cheotah for 10 years and was an adjunct professor at Connors State College. “I hope to work on the board that chooses to combine into one cohesive group of OCW, OCLA, USAO alumni, members and students. Together we can help our school grow and be what its founders envisioned and what all students have experienced at different times and in different ways.”


District 4

David Kueter
Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts -- Class of 1971

David studied elementary education at OCLA. He also earned his master’s in special education at Central State University. He taught at Enid Public Schools from 1973-79, was a lobbyist/advocate for the Oklahoma Education Association from 1979-2012 and retired in January 2012. He has served on the planning committees for the OCLA Reunions at USAO. “I hope to continue the efforts for the Alumni Board to connect alumni and former students of the university and encourage them to become active participants of the activities of USAO. I also would like to see mare participation by alumni in recruiting students through an outreach program,” David said.

 

Claire Powell
Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts -- Class of 1970

Claire studied home economics education at OCLA. She went on to earn a master’s degree in housing design and consumer resources from Oklahoma State University. She was an extension educator, family and consumer sciences for the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service for 30 years. She also taught home economics at Altus Public Schools for three years. She has served one term as an Alumni Association Board of Director and has worked to complete and enhance the Stevens Alumni House. As a board member, Claire would like to “serve as a voice for OCW, OCLA and USAO former students and graduates to the Alumni Association Board and to assist with alumni and college projects and programs.”


Dorothy "Dot" (Wallace) Scheidt
Oklahoma College for Women -- Class of 1959

Dot received a degree in speech and hearing therapy from OCW. She retired from the City of Edmond Electric Department where she was the administrative supervisor of office personal. She recently spearheaded efforts to raise money to install a stairway chair lift in the Stevens Alumni House. Dot hopes to “continue to improve relations between alumni of all three groups -- OCW, OCLA and USAO and to help recruit quality students for the university.” She was married in 1959 to Noel Scheidt -- widowed in 2001. Dot has three children, seven grand children and seven great grand children.
 

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