TEDxUCO 2018: Revolutionary

TEDxUCO 2018: Revolutionary

We are excited to announce our TEDxUCO 2018 theme is REVOLUTIONARY! This year we are focusing on out the box talks, innovation driven presentations, and radical ideas.


Antoniette Castillo

Antoinette Castillo is the Writing Program Administrator at Rose State College, a community college in suburban Oklahoma, where she co-developed and helps run the college’s innovative English as a Second Language Program, which is free and open to all people in the community who desire to improve their English Language skills: no questions asked. As the first professor from a community college to receive the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Medal for Excellence, she has become part of the Foundation’s team that is now developing an innovative program to create language equality throughout the state’s education system.

Bucky Dodd

Bucky Dodd, Ph.D. is the Chief Learning Innovation Officer and Director of the Institute for Learning Environment Design at the University of Central Oklahoma. Dr. Dodd is an innovator, master teacher, and visionary of the future of education. He holds a Ph.D. in Education from Oklahoma State University and graduate and undergraduate degrees in Adult Education and Corporate Communications and maintains an active research and development agenda in these areas. As a prolific writer, teacher, and speaker on the future of education, his research focuses on visualization, innovation, and the design of learning environments. Dr. Dodd is the creator of Learning Environment Modeling™, an award-winning visualization system for the design and evaluation of learning experiences, and has been recognized internationally for his research and design expertise. He has a proven record of leading innovation initiatives in corporate, government, and education organizations and is consistently sought out as a thought leader on the future of learning.

Catelin Morris

Catelin Morris is currently a senior at UCO. Aside from attending the University, Catelin is also involved with the Miss Oklahoma Organization, and currently holds the title of Miss Nichols Hills. Through her social impact initiative, A D.O.S.E of Prevention: Combatting America’s Opioid Epidemic, Catelin aims to bring awareness to the importance of narcotic safety. Her efforts have lead her to work closely with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and The Oklahoma Commission on Opioid Abuse. She currently serves as an ambassador for Oklahoma’s narcotic take-back program, “Safe Trips for Scripts”, which provides Oklahoma’s with a safe and effective way to dispose of expired and unwanted medications. Most recently, Catelin has partnered with the Children’s Hospital to help infants born into drug dependency. Catelin also teaches a suicide prevention program to middle school and high school around the state. Her mission is to help bring an end to the epidemic claiming thousands of lives yearly while also rallying for adequate funding for mental health and substance abuse services.

Debbie Ozment

Dr. Debbie Ozment has been a private-practice dentist since 1985 and is founder of Oklahoma Dental Wellness Center. A graduate of Oklahoma University College of Dentistry, she served as adjunct faculty there for seven years. Dr. Ozment completed a Masters’ degree in Metabolic and Nutritional Medicine from the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine and is a Diplomate with the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. Trained at Mayo Clinic, she is a Nationally Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach.


Mike Knopp

A passion for rowing and paddling and a vision for bringing national and international sports to the Oklahoma River have been the driving force behind Mike Knopp’s leadership in developing the Oklahoma City rowing and paddling community, the Boathouse District, national and international sporting events, and ultimately, the master plan development of the Oklahoma River. Originally a practicing attorney, Mike left his legal career in 2003 to establish the Oklahoma City University varsity rowing program and assume the position of executive director of the Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation. In just over a decade, Mike has led Oklahoma City to the forefront of the national and international rowing and kayaking communities while also developing significant community interest and participation in the sports.

Rosemary Nyirumbe

Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, a Catholic nun whose humanitarian work has drawn the attention of Bill and Chelsea Clinton, Forest Whitaker and other high-profile supporters, has dedicated her life to helping girls formerly held captive by warlord Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army. A native of Paidha, Uganda, she began serving the people of her country after joining the Catholic order of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in 1976. As director of St. Monica’s since 2001, Sister Rosemary has given hope to more 2,000 young women, many of whom were abducted, raped, tortured and forced to kill their own family members as soldiers in Kony’s army. In addition to providing a safe harbor for the former abductees, who are often shunned and persecuted by the people of their own villages, she has given them a way to support themselves through job training in tailoring, catering and other skills. Currently, approximately 250 girls and 250 children live at St. Monica’s. Sister Rosemary also oversees a second school in Atiak, Uganda