Alumni Notes

’69 Steve Shepherd (B.B.A. ‘69) joined The Hughes Group & Associates Inc., an Oklahoma-based business brokerage firm, as a business sales specialist. 

’79 Rev. R.P. Ashanti-Alexander, Ed.D., (B.A.Ed. ‘73, M.Ed. ‘79) was named the Education Committee chair for the Oklahoma State Conference National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. He is currently the principal of Lincoln Elementary School in Chickasha, Oklahoma. 

’82 Tim McCord (B.B.A. ‘82) retired from the banking business after 40 years. While at Central State, he served on the student senate, which, he says, helped him land his first job at First National Bank in Oklahoma City. 

’87 Mike Jobe (B.S.Ed. ‘87) has been named chief executive officer at Shawnee Family YMCA. Jobe began his career at the YMCA 27 years ago as a part-time coordinator. 

’93 Amy Huster (B.S.Ed. ‘93) has been named Newkirk Elementary School Teacher of the Year. She spent the past 20 years teaching in Ponca City, Newkirk, Blackwell and Tonkawa. 

’98 Robert Owens (B.S. ’98) opened McElyea and Owens Funeral Group in Shawnee, Oklahoma. 

’00 Heather Quaile (B.S. ‘00) has been elected as treasurer of the National Association for Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health. She is the founder and director for The Sexual Health Organization and Wellness Center. 

’03 Rachel McVay (B.S. ‘03) has been named the executive director at 4RKids Foundation in Enid, Oklahoma. 

’04 Brian Edwards (MBA ‘04) was recently named vice president for membership for the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). Edwards has nearly 17 years of leadership experience in the health insurance industry. 

’04 Debra Wood (B.S.Ed. ‘04) received the UCO Inspiring Educator Award. Wood is currently the gifted and talented teacher at Orvis Risner Elementary School in Edmond. The award recognizes innovative UCO alumni who as professional educators have inspired students, colleagues, schools and communities. 

’07 Austin Risenhoover (B.S. ‘07) has been selected as the head coach of women’s soccer at Oral Roberts University. For the past five seasons, Risenhoover has been on the coaching staff at Cal Berkeley, serving as the associate head coach. 

’08 Christina Hoehn (M.Ed. ’08) has been selected as the director of education at BRPH, an architecture and engineering design firm. Hoehn will work closely with BRPH clients within the education market to create remarkable educational environments for all ages. 

’08 Stacy Ogbeide (M.S. ‘08) was honored by the San Antonio Business Journal for her part in getting the city through its darkest days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ogbeide is an associate professor and director of behavioral health education and family medicine at UT Health San Antonio. 

’10 Autumn Garrett (B.A. ‘04, M.A. ‘10) joined the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits as the director of membership. Since graduating, Garrett spent most of her time teaching English to non-native speakers in South Korea, California and New York. 

’10 Jacqueline McCormick (B.A. ‘05, MBA ‘10) has been selected as a shareholder at Hall Estill, a law firm based in Oklahoma. McCormick is a litigator representing clients in different issues including professional negligence, oil and gas law, banking, construction law, premises liability, commercial disputes and employment issues. 

’12 Amber Foster (B.F.A. ‘12) has been named one of the best interior designers in Oklahoma City. Foster’s store, Thrown Design and Wine, creates functional, design-driven environments with quality products. They offer interior design and styling services, as well as a wine shop in the Wheeler District. 

’16 Dexter Nelson II (M.A. ‘16) became the first associate curator of Black History and Cultural Heritage at History Colorado, which aims to inspire wonders of Coloradans’ past. In this role, Nelson collaborated with a Black archivist to highlight under recognized Black Coloradans they have learned about through their work. 

’17 Liz Boudreaux (B.F.A. ‘17), owner of Ceramics by Liz, has been named one of the five best pottery shops in Oklahoma City. Her work is mostly wheel-thrown and intended for personal use. The goal of her pieces is to bring people together through experiences, with neatly decorated carvings on functional items. 

’19 Matthew LeBlanc (B.B.A. ‘19) has been selected to be a strategic portfolio manager at The Beachwood Helix, an energy marketplace. 

’21 Kimes Gilbert (M.Ed. ‘21) has been hired as the head football coach for Chisholm High School in Enid, Oklahoma.