2011 – 2012 Academic Year
Julena Bonner is a first year Masters in Business Administration candidate at Oklahoma State University. After earning her B.A. in Business Management and Leadership from Southern Virginia University she entered the workforce and gained experience in both the non-profit and private sectors. She worked with the fundraising arm of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) managing fundraisers and fundraising activities across the United States. After leaving USSA she ran her own small business in Salt Lake City, UT before selling the business and returning to school. Julena is always looking for a reason to travel, she has lived in Bulgaria, traveled around Europe and Central America and done humanitarian work in Africa. Currently, she is a Creativity Innovation Entrepreneurship Scholar, and a Graduate Teaching Assistantship.
Stacey Brandhorst is a candidate for a Master’s in Business Administration at Oklahoma State University to be completed in Spring 2012. She earned her B.A. in Journalism and Broadcasting with an emphasis on Public Relations and Spanish in May 2010 from Oklahoma State University, while concurrently developing her honors thesis, The Role of Public Relations in International Outreach in Higher Education. Stacey is the third- ever candidate in OSU’s Dual Master’s Degree Program with Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla, in Puebla, Mexico where she completed her first master’s degree in Marketing and Management in Spring 2011. In addition to living and studying her master’s in Mexico, Stacey studied marketing to publics with religious sensitivities in the Middle East, including Israel, Jordan, Palestine, and Egypt. Currently, Stacey is a full-time MBA student at OSU-Stillwater where she serves as a graduate assistant for the marketing department, and a researcher for Mexico’s Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT).
Jared Crain is a candidate for a Masters in Plant and Soil Science with an emphasis in soil nutrient management. He will be completing his masters at Oklahoma State University in spring of 2012. He earned a B.S. in plant and soil science with a minor in biochemistry from Oklahoma State University in 2010. This past year, Jared completed research at the International Wheat and Maize Improvement Center (CIMMYT) in Mexico as a US Student Fulbright Awardee. In addition to living in Mexico for a year, he has also traveled in Honduras and Argentina. He currently works as a graduate research assistant for the Plant and Soil Science Department and looks forward to completing a doctorate in agronomy.
Caroline Daniels is a candidate for a Masters of Business Administration at Oklahoma State University, to be completed in the spring of 2013. She earned her B.S. in Political Science also from OSU. Caroline is currently the captain of the Oklahoma State Equestrian Team and will compete this season with her last year of eligibility. During the 2011 season Caroline was named an All American as well as the team nominated MVP. Caroline has been named to the Big 12 Commissioners Honor Roll for three consecutive years as well as the Presidents Honor Roll for four consecutive years. As a part of the athletic community Caroline is also serving on the OSU Equestrian Public Relations Committee for the 2011 season.
McKale Davis is a PhD student in Nutritional Sciences. He received a B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics from Texas Christian University and an M.S. in Nutritional Sciences from Oklahoma State in 2009. He is a Registered Dietitian and currently works as a teaching and research assistant in the Nutrition Department at OSU. He has served as the Nutritional Sciences Department representative in the Graduate and Professional Student Government Association as well as president of the Graduate Students in Nutritional Sciences organization. Currently, he is serving as the Activities Director for the College of Human Sciences student government association and an active member of the Food Science Club and the Graduate Students in Nutritional Sciences organization through which he does weekly volunteer work delivering mobile meals. McKale also enjoys time training, running, and racing competitively.
Drew Dawson is a first year candidate for a Masters in Business Administration at Oklahoma State University. He earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a minor in Spanish in 2011 from Oklahoma State University. Drew had extensive leadership experience on the national scale by serving as the Young Professionals chair and Chair of the Executive Student Council (ESC) of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers from 2008 to 2010. He was a founder of the ESC after the professional society decided it wanted national student representation. Drew was very active with research during his undergraduate studies. Drew worked on a project focused on computer diagnosis of electrocardiogram signals with a multidisciplinary group of faculty in graduate students from all disciplines of engineering and chemistry and became a vital member of the research team. His mentors were Dr. Satish Bukkapatnam in Industrial Engineering and Dr. Ranga Komanduri in Mechanical Engineering. He has published two papers including a peer-reviewed paper in the Journal of Electrocardiology. Drew currently has an assistantship in the Marketing Department at the Spears School of Business. Drew’s plans are to earn his MBA and attend medical school. He hopes to become a physician and use his skills acquired from the MBA program to start his own practice.
Jake Duke is a candidate for a Masters in Business Administration at Oklahoma State University, to be completed in Spring 2013. He earned his B.S. in Hotel and Restaurant Administration from Oklahoma State University in 2008. He is an active member of the Masters in Business Administration Association. Jake is also a Masters in Business Administration Ambassador. He also wrestled four years at Oklahoma State University under two time gold medalist coach John Smith. Jake was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity as well. Over the summer he traveled to Belize and did mission work. During the winter break he plans to travel to the Philippines to do mission work in that area. Jake Duke is considered by many as the People’s Champ.
Balaji Jayakumar is a Doctoral Candidate in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Oklahoma State University, with an expected graduation in spring 2013. He completed his Master’s degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Oklahoma State University in Fall 2009. As a part of his research at OSU, he worked on developing High Specific Strength Aerospace Materials and Ballistic grade Armor materials. Balaji is the co-founder and the Director of Production of MetCel LLC., an Oklahoma based Advanced Composites Manufacturing Company that manufactures high performance honeycombs of aerospace applications and Body Armor. He has made several presentations including, the showcasing of MetCel’s Armor Technology at World Based Technology Innovation Marketplace (WBT) at Arlington. TX (2011). His team (MetCel) won the first place and the Best Technology Award in the Riata Business Plan Competition in 2010. He is also a founding member of MaxQ LLC, a microgravity research company.
Jay Mehta is a candidate for a Master’s of Science in Chemical Engineering at Oklahoma State University. He has graduated the Bachelors program in Chemical Engineering with Honors from University of Mumbai, India. He also secured a degree of Bachelors in Business Administration from ICFAI University concurrently with his engineering degree. He was awarded the Barrister H.G. Advani Gold Medal for his all-round performance during his Bachelors program after being selected from 500 engineering seniors. He has served on two student committees and won six medals representing his college in lawn tennis. He has volunteered for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of India and participated in making an AIDS documentary.
Rachel Mui is a candidate for a Masters in Business Administration at Oklahoma State University, to be completed in Spring 2012. She has earned her B.M. in Music Theory and Composition in 2008 from Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Oklahoma. She graduated in 2010 with a Masters in Human Environmental Sciences with an emphasis in Design, Housing, and Merchandising from Oklahoma State University, and she looks forward to continuing her PhD studies in Human Environmental Sciences after Spring 2012. Rachel has lived and traveled abroad in Asia and would like to return after her studies to continue her research in consumption and sustainability issues.
Jay Omanson is a candidate for a Masters in Business Administration with a Business Analytics Certificate at Oklahoma State University, to be completed in Spring 2013. He earned his B.S. in Construction Management in 2008 from Brigham Young University-Idaho in Rexburg, ID. Jay has experience in the heavy civil/industrial construction industry. While working as a Field Engineer on the Prairie State Power Plant Project he gained significance experience managing large construction projects.
Cory Perkins is a doctoral student in the department of chemistry at Oklahoma State University, to be completed in the summer of 2013. He earned a B.S. in chemistry with minors in mathematics and health education from Western Oregon University. During his time at WOU, Cory was active in the math club, natural science club, student athlete advisory committee and was a four-year letter winner in football, where he earned various awards including a unanimous first team All-Conference selection followed by second team All-Super Region 4 honors. At Oklahoma State University he has presented his research at 5 different venues including the 2011 National American Chemical Society meeting. Currently he is furthering his research in the field of inorganic chemistry focusing on heavy-metal remediation.
Aravind Seshadri is a Doctoral candidate in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Oklahoma State University (OSU). He earned his Bachelor of Engineering from University of Madras, India in Spring 2003 and Master of Science in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from OSU in Spring 2007. Aravind received the Graduate Research Excellence award from the OSU graduate college for his Masters thesis entitled “Model reference adaptive control of web guides.” In Summer of 2007 Aravind was a visiting scholar at Louis Pasteur University, Strasbourg, France. Later that year, Aravind was awarded the ConocoPhillips Fellowship to pursue his Ph.D studies at OSU. In 2011, Aravind has be selected to receive 2011 Rudolf Kalman Best Paper Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers for his journal article entitled “Optimal Web Guiding;” the award is given annually for the paper judged to be the best from those published in the Journal of Dynamic Systems Measurement and Control. Aravind served as the Vice President and subsequently as a President of the Graduate and Professional Student Government at OSU during the academic years 2008 — 2010 and also received the Outstanding Service Award for his service to graduate students during the President’s Leadership and Recognition in April 2010. Aravind has served in numerous committees at his school, college and at OSU representing the graduate students as well as severed in community volunteering activities in Stillwater. In his spare time he loves to play golf, wants to run a lot and hopes that he can afford to travel all over the world.
Chuck Shirley is a second year MBA candidate with a concentration in finance at Oklahoma State University. He currently is the President of OSU MBA Ambassadors, a student led organization which works to recruit potential candidates to the OSU MBA program, and also serves as the Treasurer for the MBA Association. Chuck earned his B.S. in Exercise Science/Kinesiology from Oklahoma Baptist University, where he was also a member of the OBU baseball team. His professional experience includes coaching baseball, working with a start up baseball venture, and working in a variety of different roles in outdoor industries.
Cody Tripp is a candidate for a Masters in Business Administration at Oklahoma State University, to be completed in Spring 2013. He earned his B.S. in Business in 2010 from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK. Cody is currently serving as the Graduate Assistant for Fraternity & Sorority Affairs at Oklahoma State University. During his undergraduate career, Cody served on the executive and judicial boards for his social fraternity, and he was appointed to the Board of Trustees as Recruitment Adviser as an alumnus. After completing his undergraduate degree, Cody moved to New York City and lived there for a year before deciding to return to Oklahoma State University to pursue his MBA.
Katlynn Weathers is a Graduate student pursuing a degree in Plant and Soil Science here at Oklahoma State University. She is from Edmond OK. She received her bachelor’s degree at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Agricultural Education in Spring of 2011. She has experience working with many different leadership groups and activities.
Shauntia White is a candidate for a Masters in Human Development and Family Science at Oklahoma State University, to be completed in Spring 2012. She earned her B.S. in Family Science in 2010 from University of Maryland in College Park, MD, and was honored as one of the Dean’s Senior Scholar within the School of Public Health. She has presented her McNair thesis sampling married couples from Beijing, China at a national conference and served as an undergraduate teaching assistant for the Hillman Entrepreneurs Program’s business plan writing course (ENES 498). She and her Hillman colleagues were also finalists in the 75k Mtech Business Plan Competition; their business plan proposed a campus-wide childcare facility that included newborns and infants, as well as providing technological capabilities and services. Currently, she serves as a graduate research assistant investigating maternal behaviors on infant health and development in rural Ethiopia. She hopes to continue to investigate how responsive parenting is significant indicators to infant weight and the onset of infectious diseases in developing countries.
2010 – 2011 Academic Year
The Oklahoma Business Roundtable has awarded a $5,000 Paulsen Award scholarship to Faith Garlington, an MBA and International Studies Graduate Certificate candidate at OSU. The Knoxville, Tenn. native was selected as a winner following an interview process before a panel of roundtable members who question students about their views on shaping Oklahoma’s economic policy. The scholarships can be used for tuition for the fall 2011 semester at any college in Oklahoma. Garlington qualified for the interview process because her graduate division team, Hydrosolutions, recently competed in the Governor’s Cup business plan competition. Her team is a finalist for the OG&E Positive Energy Award. Garlington also will have the opportunity to address members of the roundtable later this year. The roundtable group supports and encourages business investment and jobs in Oklahoma. For more information on OBR scholarships, go to www.okgovernorscup.org.
Amir Bhochhibhoya holds MBA-finance from Oklahoma State University. He has his undergraduate in Business Administration. Currently he is doing his Masters in Entrepreneurship. He has venture company MetCel LLC which is spin-off from Oklahoma State University (OSU) based technology. His team won the Riata Business Plan competition for -2010. Apart from MetCel he has extensive entrepreneurial background managing his family business. He has three years of working experience as Management and Research Consultant. He is co-founder of Student Investment Club, OSU and served as vice-president for Nepalese Student Association, OSU. He was awarded with Ed ∓ Norma Leslie and William S. Spears Scholarship during his MBA. As MBA scholar, he drafted the Business Plan to commercialize OSU based technology “Trans-rectal ultrasound-infrared optical tomography” for detection of prostate cancer. He has also provided service as a management consultant to Stillwater Public Education Foundation (SPEF) to facilitate long term goals with an emphasis on fund Management. Amir was one of the consultants for OSU Cowboy Bootcamp for Entrepreneurs. As a Creative, Innovative and Entrepreneurship (CIE) scholar, Amir is helping to develop an innovative, emerging technology into a viable business and also to organize the annual OSU creativity event.
Rebecca Crain is currently a first-year PhD student in Counseling Psychology at OSU. Rebecca comes to the CIE Scholars Program with a double major in Psychology and Spanish from North Carolina State University. After graduation from NC State in May 2008, she worked as a Project Manager at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Division of Public Health Sciences and Epidemiology. While there she worked in different capacities on research projects titled: (1) A Pilot Intervention to Protect Latino Farmworker Mental Health: Challenges and Outcomes, (2) Ethnic Variation in Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use and Health Self Management among Rural Older Adults, (3) Farmworkers and Vision Impairment, (4) Promotora Pesticide Intervention Demonstration Project. As a Project Manager, her duties involved serving as liaison with community-based organizations collaborating in research; coordinating the recruitment of study participants; supervising Spanish-speaking interviewers and lay health advisors; designing data collection forms and supervising translation; and participating in manuscript writing. Rebecca is excited about the opportunities that her involvement with the CIE Scholars program will bring and the new ways of thinking and applications that will emerge as a result of the multidisciplinary exchanges taking place. In her free time Rebecca enjoys running marathons and salsa dancing.
Gerard Dumancas is currently a 4th year PhD in Analytical Chemistry student at Oklahoma State University and finished his courses with a 4.0 GPA. He obtained his BS in Chemistry (cum laude) from the University of the Philippines while being a Presidential Leadership Scholar. Shortly after that, he won the 2005 International Eco-Minds Pathfinder Award in Asia-Pacific participated by eight countries across Asia-Pacific for his research plan involving the utilization of cottonseed oil wastes as diesel replacement fuel. He entered OSU as an A & S Doctoral Student Excellence Awardee for being one of the Top Entering Graduate Students for Fall 2007 entry. In 2009, he won the American Oil Chemists’ Society’s (AOCS) Analytical Division Student Award for Excellence in Analytical Chemistry Research. In 2010, he was awarded the 2010 AOCS Honored Student Award, 2010 AOCS Analytical Division Student Award for Excellence in Analytical Chemistry Research, and the 2010 AOCS Hans Kaunitz Award for outstanding research, academics, and leadership involvement. Gerard has published five papers to date in international scientific journals, a co-author in one book chapter, and has had more than ten oral and poster presentations in international/local scientific conferences. He is presently a Leadership Team member of the AOCS USA Section and Vice President of Molecular Society based in India. After his expected 2012 graduation date, he plans to pursue a postdoctoral fellowship in the areas of chemometrics and proteomics.
Kyle Eastham is back at OSU working toward a Master’s in Entrepreneurship after receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Ecology in the ‘80’s. Along the way, Kyle worked for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife as a game warden, training manager and HR manager. He also picked up a Master’s degree in Public Administration in 1997.
Kyle currently has his own company working as a professional speaker on the topics of motivation, leadership, and management. He has written two books, Good Enough for Government Work and Life is a Bowl of Choices.
He also brings his 20 years of martial arts experience to the Colvin Center at OSU as the instructor for the judo class. Kyle served as a consultant during the 2010 OSU Cowboy Bootcamp for Entrepreneurs. Upon graduation in 2011, Kyle plans to launch another venture promoting women’s self-defense.
Faith Garlington is a candidate for a Masters in Business Administration with an International Studies Certificate at Oklahoma State University, to be completed in Spring 2012. She earned her B.A. in Music and a Certificate in Early Childhood Education in 2003 from Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, GA. Faith has experience in the public education and non-profit sectors. She has served as an elementary school teacher, subsequently as a field organizer for a U.S. presidential campaign, and most recently as the Administrative Director for the local chapter of a national nonprofit. Faith has lived and traveled abroad extensively, from Prague, Czech Republic to Barranquilla, Colombia. She is also a member of Leadership Tulsa Class 43. Currently, she is serving as a Riata Entrepreneurial Intern and a Student Consultant for OSU’s Bootcamp for Entrepreneurs. Faith was also elected by her Creativity Innovation Entrepreneurship (CIE) Scholar colleagues to serve as president of the 2010-2011 CIE Scholars class.
Mariena is a first year MBA candidate at Oklahoma State University. Mariena has been awarded the Audra Renee Hedden and Ed and Norma Leslie Scholarships for the 2010-2011 academic year, and is currently serving as a Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship Scholar where she is working to develop an emerging technology into a viable business opportunity. Part of her duties as a CIE scholar also include serving as an ambassador to the Spears School of Business and organizing an annual Creativity Event in conjunction with The OSU Institute for Creativity and Innovation. Mariena holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Design Housing and Merchandising from Oklahoma State University, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Major in Apparel Merchandising and a Minor in Apparel Design and Production in May of 2006. During her undergraduate degree, Mariena was awarded as one of OSU’s Top 16 Outstanding Seniors, as well as an OSU Senior of Significance and College of Human Environmental Sciences Senior of Excellence. Mariena currently resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma and is employed as a Lease Records Analyst and Division Order Technician for Crow Creek Energy II L.L.C. and also runs her own small custom bridal gown design business. Outside of her work and academic commitments Mariena stays dedicated to her family as a mother to daughter Jett, 8, and actively serves her community through volunteering time to various charitable organizations including Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Heritage Family Services, March of Dimes, The Autism Center of Tulsa, and Family and Children’s Services.
Gilpatrick Hornsby is currently earning a Master’s of Science in Hospitality Administration at Oklahoma State University. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of North Texas and plans to begin work on a Ph.D. in the Fall of 2011 at Oklahoma State University. Gilpatrick was also a part of the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program and completed undergraduate research at both North Texas and Kansas State University. During his undergraduate career, he coordinated events for his college, was employed as an event manager in the DFW area, and planned several campus wide events with various organizations. It is his hope that his experience as an event planner will serve the CIE Program and his fellow scholars as they plan the creativity event on campus.
Michael is an MBA candidate at Oklahoma State University with a current GPA of 3.89 and an expected graduation date of May 2011. Michael was awarded the ExxonMobil Controllers’ Scholarship as the outstanding second year MBA student in the Spears School of Business and a MBA Ambassador Scholarship and a Staff Advisory Council Scholarship for the 2010-11 academic year. Michael completed a Master of Science in Health and Human Performance from OSU in 2006 and received a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sports Science from Iowa State University in 2004. He currently works as the Director of Operations for the OSU Equestrian Team in which he is responsible for all of the business processes of the organization. Michael was selected in the summer of 2010 to be a Vision Team Member for Dean Larry Crosby and the Spears School of Business. The Vision Team is tasked with creating a vision for the restructuring of the business school. Michael also serves the Spears School of Business as an MBA Ambassador whose responsibilities, among others, are the recruitment of new MBA candidates to OSU. As a Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship Scholar, he has helped create a business plan for an emerging technology in order to bring it to commercialization.
Jonathan grew up on his family’s cotton/wheat farm in Southwest Oklahoma, and graduated Valedictorian from the Altus High School before continuing his education further. Jonathan transferred to OSU and completed a B.S. degree in Natural Resource Ecology and Management, as well as a B.S. in Plant and Soil Sciences. During his undergraduate career, he was granted a Wentz Research Award and was also named one of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Top 12 Seniors for 2009. During this time, Jonathan was active in the OSU Range Club and the Agronomy Club. Working part-time as a flight instructor at the Stillwater Regional Airport, Jonathan shared his love for flying with many students and residents of Stillwater. This led to his becoming co-owner in Flyboys Aviation, LLC, which owns a Piper Tomahawk used for rental and flight instruction in Stillwater. Jonathan also partnered with his father, Joe Kelly, to create Kelly & Son Properties, LLC, which owns and manages rental real estate in the Stillwater area. Currently, Jonathan is working on an M.S. degree in Plant and Soil Sciences, while proudly serving as one of the non-MBA CIE Scholars for the 2010-2011 school year. Upon completion in May 2011, Jonathan plans on working in the agricultural industry while beginning to work on a Masters of Business Administration. Jonathan’s long-term goals are to return to and grow his family’s farm into a diverse, profitable, and sustainable business, as well as pursue other entrepreneurial opportunities in the agricultural and aviation industries.
Originally from Philadelphia, PA, Claude attended Lehigh University and graduated with a Marketing degree and a minor in Psychology. Upon graduating, he joined CB Richard Ellis, Inc., a commercial real estate firm in Philadelphia. As a researcher, his primary focus was statistical interpretation, market activity research, information management, quarterly “MarketView” reports and a yearly forecast booklet on office and industrial properties. He worked closely with the leasing and investment sales brokers throughout the Philadelphia MSA to help them win business and service their clients. He currently is an aspiring business owner and is in the process of starting a venture called G4Social which is a social media consulting company. He works as a graduate assistant in the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship while pursuing his MBA. Claude’s aspirations are to be self employed, spread entrepreneurship and use my business knowledge to better the world around him. Some of his favorite activities include working out, playing sports and reading. Claude has two sisters and a brother. One of his sisters is non-verbal autistic, which has helped Claude coup with many obstacles in his life.
Wilson (Trey) Knight II
Wilson Knight II is an MBA/Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine candidate with an expected graduation date of May 2011. He received his B.S. in Biology Organismic Emphasis from Northeastern State University in May 2005 and pursued a career in medicine with his acceptance at Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Wilson has been heavily involved in the Tulsa Community where he is from and has enjoyed tutoring and volunteering for the Youth Academic Enrichment and GEER UP programs. He has been involved with many health fairs sponsored by Oklahoma State University and helped to coordinate the school’s first hosting of the Student National Medical Association Conference. After graduation Wilson plans to attend the University of Oklahoma Family Medicine Residency Program in Tulsa, OK starting Jun 2011 through July 2014.
Vamsi Krishna Kolla is currently a second-year MBA student at Oklahoma State University and will graduate in May, 2011. He received his B.S in Chemical Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), Pilani, India in 2006 and went on to work full-time with Tata Consultancy Services for nearly 3 years in the areas of Database Administration, Data warehousing and Business Intelligence. He also worked as an intern at Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, RiskSpan and TRAIRII Scientific LLC in 2004, 2006 and 2010 respectively. While pursuing his Bachelor’s degree, he worked on numerous academic and non-academic projects and also participated in several volunteering activities being an active member of departmental and volunteering associations. Vamsi received gold medal and scholarship from the State Government of Andhra Pradesh, India and BITS, Pilani for academic excellence. He considers excellence as the highlight of his academic career and consistently maintains commendable GPA. As a Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Scholar, Vamsi is currently working on a business plan for an emerging technology for commercialization. After graduating from the Spears School of Business, Vamsi would like pursue a position in operations and technology management in the energy industry with the aim of broadening his knowledge horizon and honing his skills further to start his own company in the long-term.
Felicity’s success representing Great Britain in international Athletics and Cross Country has enabled her to secure an Athletic Scholarship here at OSU. This has not only given her an opportunity to train under alongside NCAA champions, but has enabled her to lay the foundation of entrepreneurial excellence as a MSE student. Since she began to train as an engineer her driving ambition has been to build on a UK Masters Degree in Engineering for a career at the cutting edge of sports engineering and design. The MSE and CIE program here at OSU is turning Felicity’s passion for entrepreneurial Biomechanical engineering into a reality as she launches her own company 1point6 “engineered to perfection, enhancing performance, recovery and aiding rehabilitation” and commercializes her first product “Far Infrared Therapeutic Compression Sock” . The wealth of support and knowledge that the MSE and CIE has to offer through; Entrepreneur-in-Residence Program, The Cowboy Idea Hatchery, The Riata Business Plan Competition, The Dilemma’s and Debates Class to name a few has given her every opportunity to enhance her professional, people and life skills needed to become a real entrepreneur!
Annie Nsafoah is a native Ghanaian educated in the United States, Annie holds a Bachelors degree in Agriculture Biotechnology from the University of Kentucky, and is currently a student in the Masters of Agriculture Program with an emphasis on international agriculture development at Oklahoma State University. Since starting her master’s program, she has had many opportunities to be involved in international projects. As an assistant to the endowed chair of the Wes Watkins Center for International Trade and Development, Annie has traveled to both Sierra Leone and Ghana (West Africa) to aid in international development projects. With a firm grasp of the importance of local sustainability, Annie was able to help with initial planning and development of the Sierra Leone Youth Initiative Development Projects hosted by OSU. She also has experience working in Ghana on ways to improve farmers’ livelihood through completed research and internships with Monsanto Company. As a Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Scholar, Annie has the opportunity to work and collaborate with others from diverse background- enjoying the process and the challenges of being a CIE scholar.
Chris O’Connor is pursuing an MBA degree with a concentration in Entrepreneurship at Oklahoma State University, with a current GPA of 4.0 and an expected graduation date of May 2011. As a National Merit Scholar, he received a BBA in Accounting and Masters in Accountancy from the University of Oklahoma in May 2006. He has since worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, the largest public accounting firm in the world, as a Senior Associate in the Tax group, where he prepares federal, state, and international tax forms and advises personal, partnership, trust, and corporate clients on a wide range of issues. He is currently licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in the states of Oklahoma and Texas. As a Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Scholar, Chris worked on a student team to write a business plan based on the commercialization of a technology developed by OSU faculty. He advised other teams on accounting, finance and tax-related issues. Chris also contributed to the CIE Scholars’ efforts to organize an event in Spring 2011 in collaboration with the Creativity Institute. He also led a team of four graduate students in the Innovation Challenge, a proposal competition of top MBA students across the country.
Jacob is currently working on his MBA degree with a certificate in International Studies. In May 2010, Jacob graduated Cum Laude with Honors Distinction from Harding University in Searcy, AR with a BBA in Management. Jacob has spent 40 weeks abroad in the following countries: Brazil,China,Australia,NewZealand,Ireland,Scotland,England,France,Italy,Poland,Egypt,Argentina,Chile, and Colombia. Jacob was raised in Borger,TX, and is the son of Clay and Rhonda Schroeder. Jacob has one sister and brother, Lindsey & Kash, and is in a serious relationship with Ashley Ellis. Jacob is thankful for every opportunity to become a stronger Christian, Business Professional, and Community Leader.
Karen received her BS/ED Degree at Northeastern State University. After years of working in the fields of education and business, she pursued and obtained, in 2006, an Executive Master of Hospitality Administration, MHA, from University Nevada Las Vegas. Ms. Steed is the current co-founder and CEO of Waterhorse Enterprises LLC, a company offering business solutions to small and start-up businesses. Waterhorse Enterprises is Ms.Steed’s second start-up venture. Karen, currently pursuing her MBA, is the current OSU Tulsa MBA Secretary. Her recent work experience includes business development and marketing at one of the largest companies in Eastern Oklahoma, Cherokee Casino. She has taught marketing and hospitality courses at College of Muscogee Nation and OSU IT in Okmulgee.
Anh H Tran
Anh Tran is on her first year of MBA program at Oklahoma State University and will graduate in May 2012. After getting a Doctor of Medicine degree in her country, Vietnam, she worked in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for nearly two years. She then came to the University of California, Berkeley and received her Master of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health in May 2010. While doing her internship with a non-profit health organization in California, working on primary financial analysis for health programs, she felt strongly interested in integrating financial concepts into health related issues. Upon completing her MBA, Anh Tran looks forwards to implementing her skills and knowledge into health care administration.
2009 – 2010 Academic Year
Samantha received her MBA at Oklahoma State University, May 2010. She completed a B.S. in Management with a minor in Economics also through OSU while earning Magna Cum Luade honors. She is a member of the OSU Equestrian Team and was nominated as Team Captain by her peers and re-elected the following year. She was voted MVP of the year during her senior season and earned a spot in the Top 8 Individual Riders in the nation. Apart from the team, Samantha has an extensive entrepreneurial background helping her parents run a family-owned custom homebuilding company in Tulsa, OK. She also leads the Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship (CIE) Scholars of OSU as president where she helps to develop an innovative, emerging technology into a viable business and also organizes the annual OSU Creativity Festival. She received the Excellence in Consulting award for the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp, Six Sigma Greenbelt Certification for Consulting while studying abroad in Italy as well as certificates in Problem Solving and Project Management, also while in Italy.
Matt Fedick is an MBA candidate at Oklahoma State University with a current GPA of 3.9 and an expected graduation date in May of 2011. Matt was awarded the MBA Entrepreneurship Excellence Award for the 2009 – 2010 academic school year at OSU. He completed a B.S. in Business Management with a minor in Finance also through OSU while earning Cum Laude honors. Matt was a part of the Entrepreneurship and Empowerment in South Africa program in 2009 where he helped create and implement tangible value for historically disadvantaged entrepreneurs. He also was a Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship Scholar at OSU who worked with PI’s to create business plans for products invented at OSU. As team leader of CleanHands LLC, Matt’s group participated in three venture capital / business plan competitions. Also as a CIE Scholar, Matt helped organize the 2010 Annual OSU Creativity Festival associated with the Oklahoma Creativity Initiative. Among other entrepreneurial experiential learning endeavors, Matt was one of the OSU Cowboy Bootcamp for Entrepreneurs consultants that helped solve real world problems for actual business owners. Matt has also owned and operated his own new venture in the vending industry. In May of 2010, Matt accepted the Business Development Manager position at an entrepreneurial firm in Colorado.
Niccole received her MBA with a specialization in Entrepreneurship from Oklahoma State University in May 2010. She completed a B.S. in Marketing with a minor in Nutrition through OSU while earning Summa Cum Laude honors. She is a former member of the OSU Soccer Team and was the Team Captain during her senior season. Niccole was honored as the Female Athlete of the Year at OSU in 2008 and was recognized as an Academic All-American by ESPN the Magazine. She was a Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship (CIE) Scholar during the 2009-2010 school year at OSU where she had the opportunity to create a business plan for an emerging technology on campus in order to take it to commercialization, in addition to helping organize the annual OSU Creativity Festival. Niccole’s team, Hälsa Inc., went to the finals round of the Oklahoma Governor’s Cup Business Plan Competition and the semi-final round of the OSU Riata Center Business Plan Competition. Team Hälsa Inc. was the recipient of the Al Tuttle Incubator Award which provided the team with one year residency at no cost at the Meridian Technology Center for Business Development in Stillwater to further develop the technology to be sold in the market. Niccole also had the opportunity to travel to South Africa in the summer of 2009 to be a business consultant and work with historically disadvantaged entrepreneurs in the townships.
Megan is currently working on her MBA at Oklahoma State University and will graduate in May 2011. She completed a B.F.A. in Graphic Design at Cameron University in May 2006. During her time at Cameron, Megan maintained standing on the President’s List Honor Roll and was selected to be part of the Presidential Leaders University Scholars Program. This scholarship is awarded to outstanding students who have excelled in the areas of academics, leadership, involvement and community service. Currently, Megan works in OSU’s Office of Communications. As a Communications Specialist, she oversees the university’s news presence on the web, social media efforts and use of multimedia. The idea of having more to offer an organization is her greatest motivation for obtaining a Masters of Business Administration. Megan enjoys working in the area of marketing/public relations and believes an MBA will give her a competitive edge and be the ideal complement to her bachelor’s degree in graphic design. As a Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Scholar, Megan played a key role in organizing and promoting the annual OSU Creativity Festival. Also, she and her partner, Niccole Grimaldi, received the Al Tuttle Incubator Award at the April 2010 Oklahoma Governor’s Cup Competition. This award provides a free year of incubator services and office space at Meridian Technology in Stillwater, OK. Megan also serves as a United Way Captain, University Heights Baptist Church Committee Chairperson and is on the Public Relations Committee for the Oklahoma WONDERtorium Children’s Museum.
Having grown up on my family’s sheep and dairy farm/small business in rural Frederick County, Maryland, Kip comes to the Spears School of Business and CIE Scholars Program via an undergraduate career in Spanish and education from Grinnell College, in Iowa, where he enjoyed playing soccer for the Pioneers and working in landscaping. After graduating from Grinnell, he taught middle school Spanish and coached soccer and lacrosse at Sandy Spring Friends School in Maryland before heading to OSU. Kip will be studying in South Africa this summer as part of the Entrepreneurship and Empowerment in South Africa program. He’s interested in agriculture’s intersection with entrepreneurship, and plans to grow his family’s farm business upon graduation.
Karin is currently working on her Masters of Business Administration at Oklahoma State University and will graduate in December 2010. She completed a five year dual economics and business degree at the University of Siegen in Germany. During her studies she was elected student council member and responsible for a budget of $20,000 a school year. She was also one of seven selected outstanding students of a pool of 10,000 applicants to receive a scholarship to study abroad for two semesters at the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma. During her time at the University of Tulsa she served as a Multicultural Residency Coordinator and lived and worked with an international team of students to organize multicultural events. She also accomplished to publish a book about brand portfolio management. Her motivation for obtaining a Masters of Business Administration was to continually grow in the field of business and leadership. In March 2010 she represented Oklahoma State University at a National Marketing Case Competition in Forth Worth, Texas. Upon arrival Karin had to work under extreme time pressure with team member she had never met and a marketing she had never seen. Her team achieved fourth place and she won a digital camera. She was a Creativity, Innovative, and Entrepreneurship scholar during the 2009-2010 school year at Oklahoma State University where she had the opportunity to create a business plan for an emerging technology in order to take it to commercialization. She also served as MBA Ambassador for OSU and President of the OSU Tulsa MBA Association.
Annie Nguyen is currently a second-year MBA student at OSU and will graduate in May 2011. She received her B.S. in Biochemical Technology from Ho Chi Minh University of Technology, Vietnam in 2005 and then received M.S. in Bioengineering at The University of Ulsan in South Korea through a scholarship program supported by the Korean government in 2008. Her three publications were published in Biotechnology and Bioprocess Engineering International Journal in 2008 and 2009, and Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology in 2010. Prior to attending the MBA program, Annie had two-year experience working as director assistant. As a Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Scholar, Annie with her team went to the final round of the Oklahoma Governor’s Cup Business Plan Competition 2010. After graduating from the Spears School of Business, Annie would like to broaden her knowledge and experience of business management by pursuing a new management position in a biotechnology company whose major activities include development of international, national and provincial strategies of food biotechnology, research and development of bio-products, and introduction into mass production.
Harlan is currently working on her MBA with a specialization in Finance from Oklahoma State University with an expected graduation of May 2011. She completed a B.S. in Management in May 2006 with an emphasis in Human Resources through OSU while also completing a minor in Spanish. Harlan has had the opportunity to study abroad in both her undergraduate and graduate education in the countries of Spain and Vietnam, respectively. She is a current OSU staff member in the Office of Human Resources as an HR Generalist II. In her role as a Generalist, she partners with assigned college/divisions of campus to provide creative problem solving through use of modern and dynamic HR techniques in the areas of staffing, employee relations, compliance, compensation, classification, and policy interpretation. Harlan has been a certified Professional of Human Resources (PHR) since June 2009.
Harlan is a current member of Stillwater Area Human Resource Association, Society for Human Resource Management, and an advisor to the local collegiate chapter of her social fraternity. Since 2006, she has continually volunteered or participated in numerous charity running events, such as the Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure, MS Walk, OKC Memorial Marathon, Tulsa Zoo Run, Panera Hunger Run, etc.
She was a Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship (CIE) Scholar during the 2009-2010 school year at OSU where she had the opportunity to create a business plan for an emerging technology on campus in order to take it to commercialization, in addition to helping organize the annual OSU Creativity Festival. Harlan’s team, CleanHands, LLC, went to the finals round of the 2010 Oklahoma Governor’s Cup Business Plan Competition, the semi-final round of the 2010 San Diego Venture Challenge, and the semi-final round of the 2010 OSU Riata Center Business Plan Competition. Harlan was also considered as a finalist for the Oklahoma Business Roundtable Paulsen Award. She considers the highlight of her academic career to be maintenance of a commendable GPA throughout while working full time and financing 100% of her education through scholarship and savings.
Brandon, 27, is the son of Richard and Diane Schartz of Miami, OK. He has two younger sisters: one an OSU Alumnus and teacher in Broken Arrow, OK; one a high school senior who will matriculate at Duke University in the Fall of 2010. Brandon graduated from Miami High School in 2001. He received his B.S. in Biology from Pittsburg State University (Kan.) in 2004. Subsequently, he attended Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD where he received his M.D. in 2009. He also received his M.B.A. from Oklahoma State University in May of 2010. In July 2010, Brandon will begin his internship in internal medicine at The University of Oklahoma, followed by a residency in anesthesiology beginning in July 2011 and lasting through June 2014 at The Johns Hopkins University.