Community: Gibson named president of Oneok, Oneok Partners

The board of directors of Oneok Inc. elected Oneok CEO John W. Gibson to the additional role of president.
Separately, the board of directors of the general partner of Oneok Partners elected Gibson to the additional role of president of the partnership, where he serves as chairman and CEO.
In addition, Terry K. Spencer, chief operating officer of Oneok Partners, was elected to the board of directors of the general partner of Oneok Partners.
The elections were effective Jan. 1, when James C. Kneale retired from the Oneok Partners board and from the position of president of Oneok and Oneok Partners, after a 29-year career with the company.
Gibson became CEO of Oneok in January of 2007 and chairman and CEO of Oneok Partners in October of 2006, after serving as president and chief operating officer of Oneok Partners. He is a member of the boards of directors of Oneok and Oneok Partners.
Prior to joining Oneok in 2000, Gibson was the executive vice president of Koch Energy Inc., a subsidiary of Koch Industries, responsible for its interstate natural gas pipelines and gathering and processing businesses.
Gibson began his career in the energy industry in 1974 as a refinery engineer.
Prior to joining Oneok, Spencer held positions of increasing responsibility in the natural gas gathering and processing industry with Continental Natural Gas Inc. in Tulsa, Stellar Gas Co. in Houston and Texas Oil and Gas Corp.’s Delhi Gas Pipeline subsidiary in Dallas. Spencer earned a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Alabama.

OERB names Coy education director
The Oklahoma Energy Resources Board has hired Stephanie Coy as education director.
Coy comes to the OERB from Saxum Public Relations, where she served as an account supervisor. She will oversee the OERB’s education department, which covers programs from kindergarten through college.
Coy graduated from Oklahoma State University with a bachelor’s in journalism. She also holds a teaching certification in secondary education.

Bird elected chairman of national aviation group
The National Association of State Aviation Officials has elected Victor Bird, director of the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission, as chairman of the NASAO board of directors.
Bird is the first Oklahoman to be elected chairman in the 78-year history of NASAO. He previously served as vice chairman, treasurer and secretary of the board.
NASAO is comprised of the directors of state aviation agencies in the 50 states, Guam and Puerto Rico
Earlier this year, Bird received the General Thomas P. Stafford award at the Oklahoma Aerospace Summit and Expo.

Hall Estill elects two new shareholders
Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson, P.C. has elected Genevieve L. Schmook and John T. Richer as shareholders to the firm in the Tulsa office.
Schmook received a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University, a master’s from from The University of Tulsa and her juris doctorate from The University of Tulsa College of Law. She began her legal career with Hall Estill in 2002 and focuses her practice in the corporate/commercial arena, primarily on the transactional side.
After receiving a bachelors degree from The University of Tulsa, Richer earned a juris doctorate. from the University of Kansas School of Law, where he served on the Kansas Law Review. Prior to joining Hall Estill, he clerked for the Hon. James A. Pusateri, chief judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Kansas. His practice focuses on bankruptcy, commercial and general litigation.

Redman joins GlassWilkin in counsel position
Michael C. Redman has joined GlassWilkin pc in an Of Counsel position.
Redman is a licensed member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, American Bar Association and the Tulsa County Bar Association. Redman holds an AV rating issued by Martindale-Hubbell. His practice is concentrated in the areas of commercial litigation, employment law, ERISA litigation, unfair business practices and false and deceptive advertising.
Redman also provides ongoing general counsel services to the Tulsa Area United Way.

Judge Henry named president of OCU
Robert H. Henry, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, was named president and CEO of Oklahoma City University by the OCU board of trustees.
He will succeed Tom J. McDaniel, who will retire in July as president and assume a new role as chancellor.
Henry served as dean of the OCU School of Law and was a tenured professor of law from 1991-1994. He taught graduate and undergraduate courses at OCU and has been a frequent guest lecturer.

OSU/A&M regents honor OSUIT instructor
Communications instructor Maria Christian has received the 2009 Oklahoma State University/A&M Regents Distinguished Teaching Award for Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology.
She was nominated because of her “dedication to teaching, love of learning and inspirational personality,” as stated by the nominator.
Christian has an Ed.D. in higher education administration from OSU, an master’s in college teaching English and a bachelor’s in English from Northeastern State University. She has received numerous awards from educational entities, including several Great Ideas for Teaching Awards from the Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges, an Excellence Award from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development, an Academic Achievement Award for Graduate Studies from NSU, the Richard Mosier Leadership in Higher Education Award, and an Honors Society Award in Scholastic Excellence and Community Service from NSU.

Crowe & Dunlevy attorneys named rising stars
Four Crowe & Dunlevy attorneys were recently recognized as Rising Stars in the Oklahoma Super Lawyers 2009 magazine, an annual publication that names the state’s top lawyers.
They include: Adam C. Hall, business litigation; Daniel P. Johnson, employment and labor; James W. Larimore, business/corporate; and Stacey D. Spivey, estate planning and probate.

Smith named senior VP of Farmers southwest zone
Farmers Insurance Group of Cos. has appointed Senior Vice President Roy Smith to senior vice president of field operations for the southwest zone. The southwest zone includes Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Oklahoma and Arkansas.
Smith joined Farmers Insurance in July 1985 as a personal lines underwriter in Mission, Kan., and advanced through the ranks of the company, becoming vice president of state operations in 2006.
Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in administration of justice and criminology from the University of Missouri.

McAfee & Taft attorneys named lawyers of the year
Best Lawyers has named McAfee & Taft attorneys Frank D. Hill and Elizabeth D. Tyrrell as Lawyers of the Year. Only a single lawyer in each legal practice specialty in each community is honored as the Lawyer of the Year.
Hill, a firm shareholder and a veteran attorney with experience in all aspects of business transactions and real estate law, was named Oklahoma City Best Lawyers Real Estate Lawyer of the Year. Tyrrell, a transactional and health care attorney who also serves on the firm’s board of directors, was named Oklahoma City Best Lawyers Health Care Lawyer of the Year.

Everage inducted into Golden Key Society
Andrea Everage, legal and benefits administrator for Fellers Snider law firm’s Tulsa office, accepted membership in the Golden Key International Honour Society and was honored during a recent induction ceremony at the University of Oklahoma.
“It is only fitting that a top academic achiever like Andrea be recognized by Golden Key,” said Kevin R. Donelson, Fellers Snider president. “She is consistently achieving forward strides for our firm and we are proud of her accomplishments.”
Everage administers the firm’s employee benefits. Before entering legal management, Andrea worked as a legal secretary and certificated paralegal. She earned her bachelor’s from St. Gregory’s University. Everage is a member of the Association of Legal Administrators and Tulsa Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators, where she serves as a member at-large.

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