Ronald "Ron" Carr
University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma -- 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 almost 20 years in this field. He worked for 10 years in restaurant management. He organized the 80s and 90s Reunions at USAO and maintains a presence for the group on Facebook. As a member of the Board of Directors, Ron hopes to "bridge the gap between older and younger alumni as well as 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." He has served for two years on the Board and chairs the Steering Committee.

Nancy Powell
Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts -- 1968
Past President
Nancy was a health, physical education and recreation major at OCLA. She taught secondary science for 35 years in Oklahoma schools -- with Moss Public Schools and Choctaw/Nicoma Park Schools. She has served three terms on the USAO Alumni Association Board of Directors -- serving as president last year. 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 "continue to bring the three universities together and include current students in the Association."

District 1

Reba (Jordan) Holt
Oklahoma College for Women -- 1961
Reba was a speech and hearing therapy major at OCW. She received a master of science degree from Fontbonne University in communication disorders. She worked at Tulsa Public Schools and the Special School District -- St. Louis County Missouri. Reba was on the board of the Missouri Foster Care and Adoption Committee, served as the liaison for Region VII of the National Foster Parent Association and was a board member of Connection After Care Committee of St. Louis. "I attended OCW on scholarships and working at Nash Library. I see a great need for scholarships. I want to work to provide them for other students who might not be able to afford a higher education."

Heidi (Walker) Rice
University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma -- 1988
Heidi earned her elementary education degree from USAO. She taught fourth grade at Corrigan-Camden Elementary (TX) from 1988-91 and taught special education at the school from 1991-92. Since 1992, she has taught special education for the Amarillo Independent School District. She is the past president of the United Methodist Women at Trinity United Methodist Church in Amarillo, Woman of the Year for Church Women United in 2002, and chairperson of the Pastor/Parish Relations Committee at Trinity. Heidi also is a member of Delta Kappa Gamma -- Zeta Chapter in Amarillo, served on the USAO 80s, 90s and Beyond Reunion Planning Committee and is part of various campus and district committees for the Amarillo Independent School District. "I would love to see a more-connected alumni group. I think it would be helpful to connect and network with others that have graduated from USAO."

Ruth Walker
Oklahoma College for Women -- 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 continue to create a larger, sound scholarship base to ensure future students an excellent education."

District 2

Christopher Collins
University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma -- 2014
Chris majored in political science at USAO. As a student, Chris was active on campus, including service as president of the Student Government. He also was a member of the Presidential Leadership Council, Ambassadors and a recipient of several Alumni Association Scholarships. Since leaving USAO, Chris has traveled and studied in Europe and, as of this summer, returned to campus to work in USAO’s Development Office on the "Ready, Set…Now!" Campaign. His other work experience has been in politics. Chris plans to attend law school beginning next year. As a recent graduate, Chris hopes to bring a new perspective to the board -- "As a board member, I plan to focus on three goals: strengthening links between alumni and the student body, furthering our role as a resource for current students and recent graduates, and increasing the role alumni play in recruiting efforts."

Misti Pryor
University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma -- 1997
Misti studied English and theatre while at USAO. She earned her master’s degree in 20th and 21st Century Studies: Literature from the University of Central Oklahoma. She is the community development executive for the Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma. Misti is a member of Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society, and is an honorary member of Sigma Xi, the USAO chapter of Alpha Psi Omega Theatre Honor Society. She also produces and directs the Oklahoma production of the national series Listen To Your Mother. "It is my goal to strengthen the relationship between the alumni and current student body and administrative staff. This is a formative time for students, and having a direct mentoring relationship with those that came before can play an essential role in their educational path. I want to provide support in developing a wider scholarship base for our students, reinforcing the community development already in place as well as fostering new relationships on a wider scale."

District 3

Gordona Spangler Snow
Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts -- 1967

Gordona majored in psychology at OCLA. She completed 12 hours at the University of Central Oklahoma towards her master’s degree. She works part time at Epworth Christian School and is a representative for Silpada Sterling Silver Jewelry. As a meber of the board, Gordona would "like to see more grads from OCLA get involved and participate in the activities." She is on the board and serves on various committees at Epworth, is active as a board member of the Chickasha Area Arts Council and volunteers for the annual Rock Island Arts Festival each September in Chickasha.








Linda (Richardson) McElroy
Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts -- 1970
University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma -- 1986
Linda earned 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 master’s and doctoral degrees are from University of Oklahoma. She is a member of the Oklahoma 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.

Robert Newbrough
University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma -- 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."

District 4

Lila Hoover
Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts -- 1968
Lila earned her degree in elementary education from OCLA. She also completed an associate of arts degree from Western Oklahoma State College. She started her career as a first grade teacher in Harvest, Alabama and completed it as a financial literacy/housing counselor/director for Consumer Credit Counseling Service from 1987-2010. Former Governor Brad Henry declared March 31, 2010 as "Lila Quay Hoover Day" in recognition of her impact on thousands of lives due to her counseling skills and caring attitude and spending countless hours of personal time teaching and working with low income families on saving or purchasing their home and as a volunteer with Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity in several areas. "I hope to work with alumni and friends of the university to help them be familiar and committed to the university’s mission and to encourage them to contribute in order to provide scholarships to persons who would otherwise not have access to a high quality liberal arts and science educational experience."

David Kueter
Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts -- 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 and USAO Reunions. "I hope to continue the efforts for the Alumni Board to connect alumni and former students of the university and encourage them to become participants in the activities of USAO. I also would like to see more participation by alumni in recruiting students through an outreach program," David said. He has served two years on the Board of Directors. While a board member, he served on the Membership Committee and chaired the Nominating Committee.

Claire Powell
Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts -- 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 two terms 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." Claire has served as the chair of the Homecoming Committee for two years and as a member of the Scholarship and Hall of Fame Committees.