What do you do here OKWU?
I’m an AGS Academic Advisor.
What do you like most about working at OKWU?
The Christian environment. I came from the corporate world and was ready for a change.
How did you end up here?
My husband, George and I moved to Bartlesville three years ago to be close to our church and friends here. I continued to work at my previous job at Cessna in Independence, KS but was actively looking for a job in Bartlesville. I really did not want another corporate job and I did want a job that would serve others in same way so this is a perfect match for me.
Where did you originally call home?
I grew up in the very small town of Cherryvale, KS and lived in Independence, KS prior to moving here.
Where did you go to school and what did you study there?
I received my Bachelor’s degree in Religious Education from Southwest Baptist University – I went there because I liked what they stood for and they had the degree I wanted at that time. I received my Master’s in Higher Education Administration from Pittsburg State University as an adult student going to school one night a week just like the students I advise now. I am glad I had the experience because I can better relate to the student who is working full-time, caring for a family, and working on a college degree at the same time.
What is your family like?
My husband and I live here in Bartlesville and he is a contract employee for Conoco Phillips where he is the HR web content advisor. We were high school sweethearts and have been married for 35 years. We are members of City Church. My daughter Amy, who is an OKWU grad and earned her degree as an AGS student (one more reason I love this job), lives with her husband Travis in Overland Park, KS. They just welcomed my grandson, Austin to their family on June 28. Austin already has me wrapped around his little finger!
What hobbies, activities, or topics do you most like spending time on?
I love to read! I read mostly non-fiction Christian books and love to journal what I have read or what God speaks to my heart. I also love to walk and I walk around our neighborhood almost every morning. I serve on the board of “The Cottage” a local non-profit organization that provides assistance to women in crisis pregnancies. I am passionate about saving the lives of the unborn. I love going on mission trips!
What is one interesting fact that many people might not know about you?
I have been on nine mission trips to twelve different countries and have been to two of those countries more than once. I love teaching about God and loving on orphans.
What is the most interesting country you have visited or would like to visit? Why?
That’s actually difficult to answer. If I had to pick one it would be India – I have been there three times. It is so diverse, beautiful yet full of grime and trash; large cities with modern stores and streets, yet only a block or so later tiny shack stores and dirt streets; full of religious practices yet so in need of the One True God! I’ve been to several different parts of India and the Christians there are amazing! Full of compassion, wanting to learn, and doing all they can to show their Hindu and Muslim neighbors the Truth. Second country would have to be China – meeting with the underground church there was such an experience – the Christians there truly worship God and even in the face of tremendous persecution are bold.
If you could go back and meet any one famous historical figure, who would you pick and why?
That is a difficult question because obviously I want to meet Jesus! But for now I would choose the Apostle Paul. I think it will be (I plan to find him some day in heaven and have a long conversation.) so interesting to hear the details behind, his conversion; his zeal for Christ even in the face of jail, beatings, hunger, misunderstandings, shipwrecks, and snake bites. Paul called out the Apostle Peter for being too religious and hypocritical so this man was bold! So glad we have his many letters in the New Testament to teach us how to live this Christian life.