Richards & Connor Brings O’Meilia Aboard as Partner

Former U.S. Attorney David E. O’Meilia has joined the the Tulsa law firm of Richards & Connor as a partner.
O’Meilia received his undergraduate degree from Oklahoma State University in 1973, then received his law degree from the University of Tulsa College of Law in 1976. O’Meilia’s practice will include both civil and criminal litigation with an emphasis in business and commercial issues, complex civil litigation, corporate compliance and investigations, government investigations and related civil and regulatory proceedings, white-collar criminal defense, work-site immigration law compliance, employment litigation representing management, and Indian and gaming law.
Also joining the firm as an associate is Jennifer A. White.
White received her undergraduate degree from The University of Tulsa in 2001 where she also received her law degree in 2005. Her practice will focus on medical malpractice defense, products liability, and general civil litigation.
Walsh Wins National ADDY With QuikTrip Project
Walsh received top honors, a National Gold ADDY, from the American Advertising Federation in early June for the QuickTrip 50th Anniversary Box Set.
To celebrate QuikTrip’s 50th anniversary last year, Walsh led the development of the special anniversary books and materials.
“We’ve enjoyed a tremendous relationship with QuikTrip and its growing network of convenience stores for years. Because we’ve assisted QuikTrip with the development of the store’s design, signage, annual report and brand image, winning the highest award for their anniversary materials is an honor,” said Kerry Walsh, principal of Walsh.
The QuikTrip’s 50th Anniversary Box Set won best of show in the Tulsa ADDY competition, a gold ADDY in district ADDY competition in Dallas and best of show of Graphex 40, the annual competition of the Art Directors Club of Tulsa.
TCC names Campbell, Wood as Vice Presidents
Tulsa Community College has named Brett Campbell, Ph.D., as associate vice president for operations and special initiatives and Donna Wood, Ph.D., as associate vice president of academic affairs.
Campbell holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Oklahoma, a Master of Science and a doctorate in education from Oklahoma State University. He previously served as the associate vice president for student affairs at TCC and the dean of student affairs at Rogers State University. He serves on the national board for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.
Wood holds a Bachelor of Science in education, a master’s degree in education and a doctorate in education from the University of Arkansas. She previously served at NorthWest Arkansas Community College as associate vice president for the Global Business Development Center and dean of Business and Computer Information Division. She also held the positions of associate provost for teaching and learning at Lewis University and several positions at Northeastern State University.
Wood is a member of the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship, an appraiser for the Higher Learning Commission North Central Association Systems, and serves on the board of directors of the Single Parent Scholarship Fund.
Cypress Springs Names Director Of Alzheimer’s, Memory Unit
Cypress Springs Alzheimer’s and Memory Support Residence has named Debi Covert as executive director.
Cypress Springs is under construction near 71st Street and Yale Avenue in Tulsa and scheduled to open this fall.
As executive director, Covert is responsible for managing day-to-day operations of the community. Prior to joining the Cypress Springs team, she served as director of patient advocacy and community services at Lighthouse Hospice in Tulsa. Covert’s more than 20 years of experience in senior health care and human services include serving as general manager and overseeing the opening of Brighton Gardens, an assisted living community in Tulsa.
Covert received an Associate of Science in occupational therapy from Oklahoma City Community College and a bachelor’s degree in management from Southern Nazarene University in Bethany. She also earned a Master of Business Administration from Oklahoma State University. Covert is a licensed home care and nursing home administrator.
Sneed Lang Herrold Makes Management Appointments
Tulsa-based Sneed Lang Herrold has appointed two employees to the management team.
D. Faith Orlowski has been named president. Jack N. Herrold has been named executive vice president.
Orlowski has practiced law in Tulsa since 1978. Her practice areas concentrate on oil and gas, real property and estate planning. She has extensive experience in all phases of land and title matters, oil and gas acquisitions, general corporate and business planning and elder law/estate planning/probate/guardianship.
Previously the president of Sneed Lang, before the firm merged with Herrold Herrold & Co., she has served as lead and local counsel in major acquisitions and multi-bank financing projects. She has been a member of the board of directors for the Oklahoma Bar Association Real Property Section and chaired the section in 2000-2001. She is a frequent national and regional lecturer on oil and gas, real property, Indian land law and estate planning topics.
Herrold is a 1981 graduate of the University of Tulsa’s College of Law with diverse legal experience including litigation involving medical malpractice issues and class actions to civil litigation concerning issues of labor and employment, personal injury, insurance and business contracts.
Previously, Herrold was vice president of Herrold Herrold & Co., a local law firm founded in 1983. Before he became a lawyer, Herrold served as director of human resources for a manufacturing company and retail business, sold surgical instruments and served as a patrol officer for the Tulsa Police Department.
Williams General Counsel Given Legends in Law Award
James “Jim” Bender, senior vice president and general counsel at Tulsa-based Williams, is one of 10 corporate general counsels in the U.S. named as a 2009 recipient of the Legends in Law award.
The honor is given by the Burton Awards for Legal Achievement in association with the Library of Congress.
Bender was nominated by one of Williams’ primary outside law firms, Hall Estill Hardwick Gable Golden & Nelson, of Tulsa.
In his position at Williams since 2002, Bender is responsible for managing the Williams legal department and overseeing the government affairs department, the corporate environmental, health and safety group and corporate security. He also serves as the company’s chief compliance officer.
Bender received his juris doctorate degree in 1981 from the University of Minnesota Law School and his bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf College in 1978.
Outside of his work at Williams, Bender serves on the board of directors of the Tulsa Area United Way and has been actively involved in its annual fund-raising campaigns. He is also a member of the board of trustees of the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, where he chairs the development committee, and is a member of the board of directors of The Parent Child Center of Tulsa.
Copy Shop Adds Staff To Grow Litigation Services
The Copy Shop LLC, a provider of business and legal document and imaging services in the Tulsa area, has added two certified paralegals and a legal videographer to expand its litigation support services.
Reagan DeWitt-Henderson joined The Copy Shop earlier this year, bringing paralegal and software support capabilities to The Copy Shop’s existing array of litigation support services. A seasoned trial paralegal with more than 10 years of experience, DeWitt-Henderson has managed complex business litigation with Bryant Law Firm and medical malpractice defense cases with Best & Sharp, including preparing and directing courtroom presentations for multiple trials. DeWitt-Henderson holds the National Association of Legal Assistants’ Advanced Paralegal Certification in Trial Practice.
Mitch Grosze joined The Copy Shop in July as a certified legal videographer and paralegal to support customer needs with a wide variety of legal video depositions and other video services. Grosze has 15 years of paralegal experience with various Tulsa based law firms in addition to another 15 years of video shooting and editing experience. He spent five years working as a video contractor to support the U.S. military during training at the Joint Readiness Training Center. In addition to being certified by the American Guild of Court Videographers as a Specialist in Deposition Videos, Video Documentaries and Court Videos , he also holds a Certified Paralegal credential from the National Association of Legal Assistants.
Avansic Names Britsch Manager of Public Relations
Rebecca Britsch has been hired as the manager of public relations and media for Avansic.
Britsch will be responsible for the implementation and key messaging strategies for the company, along with managing and building media relationships in key markets including Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas and Alabama. Additionally, she will coordinate the creation of marketing strategies, materials, and support for Avansic’s electronic discovery and digital forensics products.
Britsch graduated from The University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing and previously worked for Nahbolz Construction as marketing coordinator. In addition to her duties at Avansic, she is a member of the Public Relations Society of America, OU Alumni Association, the Tulsa Chapter of the Association for Women in Communications and the Junior League of Tulsa.
River Spirit Casino Announces Growth of Staff
River Spirit Casino has hired Joseph Wolff as controller and promoted of two internal staff members.
Wolff, originally from Somerville, N.J., has more than 15 years experience as a public and private accountant, is a CPA, and holds a Bachelor of Science in finance, real estate and accounting. Most recently, Wolff played a key role in opening Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino as the CFO and director of finance.
The new public relations manager at River Spirit Casino is Tiffany Ellis. Ellis previously held the position of marketing administrative assistant. Ellis joined the property more than a year ago, transferring from Creek Nation Casino-Muscogee.
Jim Christan, previously the financial analyst, has been promoted to director of financial planning and analysis. Christan joined the Muscogee (Creek) Nation casino team five years ago as the operations/financial manager at the Duck Creek Casino property, later becoming the general manager. Christan left Duck Creek in July 2008 to join the Tulsa team as the financial analyst.
Collins & Associates Names Sellen Property Manager
James R. Sellen has joined Collins & Associates as property manager.
Sellen has extensive experience in development, marketing and management of residential, industrial and commercial properties. He served as chief executive officer for economic development for the city and county of Muskogee, director of economic development for the city of Colorado Springs and El Paso County in Colorado, and west coast marketing manager for the Division of Commerce and Industry for the state of Missouri.
Most recently Sellen was an asset manager in Florida for Prudential Insurance. He has also served as senior vice president for Wyndham Property Management Inc.; general manager of ParkSide Mall, a John Hancock property; and has managed shopping centers, office buildings, apartments, industrial parks and commercial portfolios.
Sellen earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Tulsa and attended graduate school at the University of Oklahoma. He is a certified economic developer through the American Economic Development Foundation, certified apartment manager through the Institute of Real Estate Management, and a licensed real estate sales associate in the state of Florida.
Inverness Village Employee Named to ICAA Board
Jana Headrick, wellness director at Inverness Village, has been appointed to serve on the Visioning Board of the International Council on Active Aging.
The Visioning Board is a volunteer group that shares the association’s mission to establish aging as a positive and productive journey Members also provide advice on the progress and potential directions for active aging within their areas of expertise and identify opportunities for ICAA to develop priorities
At Inverness Village, Headrick directs a wellness program designed to meet the physical, spiritual, vocational, emotional, social, and intellectual needs of Inverness residents. She has been with Inverness Village since 2003.
Unlaub Hires Williams as Sales Engineer
Ron Williams brings more than 35 years experience to his role as Unlaub Co. sales engineer, serving the air-cooled heat exchanger manufacturers in the greater Tulsa area.
Williams received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Texas Tech University in 1972. He began his career with Westinghouse Electric Power Systems Division, then moved to Reliance Electric large motor sales calling on both power and petro-chem industry accounts. From 1974 to 2009, Williams served Dodge Reliance customers as sales engineer, regional OEM sales manager, Western Division Petroleum Industry manager and as Transportation Industry manager.
Fellers Snider Employee Heads Legal Administrators Group
Fellers Snider Law Firm’s director of administration, Susan French Koran, has been named the 2009-2010 president of the Association of Legal Administrators, an international organization. Koran is the first person in the state of Oklahoma to hold this title.
ALA is the largest international association providing support, high-quality education and services to professionals involved in the management of law firms, corporate legal departments and government legal agencies.
Family & Children’s Services Names CFO
Family & Children’s Services has named Mark Willis chief financial officer.
Willis graduated from Northeastern State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting and a master’s degree in business administration. He is a certified public accountant and has been a member of the AICPA since 1988.
Before joining the F&CS family, Willis spent eight years serving in various capacities with a bank holding company in Muskogee, Okla., and served as chief financial officer and chief operating officer for Cooper Homes in Rogers, Ark., for 13 years.

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