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Ph.D. in Business for Executives

Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University


2019 Participants (Cohort VIII)

Sharmeen Ahmed

Sharmeen Ahmed

Research and Commercialization Analyst

Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi, Texas

abbey davis

Abbey Davis

Director, Eastin Center for Career Readiness

Oklahoma State University

Stillwater, Oklahoma

Bafode Drame

Bafodé Dramé


Dramé International Consulting (DIC)

Manhattan, New York


marjorie erdmann

Marjorie Erdmann


Oklahoma State University Center for Health Systems Innovation

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Juan Flores

Juan J. Flores

Director, Intermodal Transportation, Ports, Freight Practice

JACOBS Engineering

Miami, Florida

Quanda Francis

Quanda S. Francis

Agile Analytics Financial Fraud / Cyber Security Researcher

New York City Police Department

New York, New York

kenny grifno

Kenny Grifno

Chief Analytics Officer

IntegerHealth Technologies

The Colony, Texas

Robert King

Robert King


Primetrics Performance Intelligence, LLC

Waco, Texas

Reba McDermott

Reba McDermott

Chief Financial Officer

De Wafelbakkers, LLC

Little Rock, Arkansas

Howland Redding

M. Howland Redding, IV

Chief Financial Officer

Penn South

Newark, Delaware

Jim Ruetz

Jim Ruetz

Chief Executive Officer / President

JPR Global Partners, LLC

Oak Creek, Wisconsin

Jared Smith

Jared Smith

Business Consultant


Denver, Colorado

2018 Participants (Cohort VII)

Cassidy Creech

Cassidy Creech
President – Level 11 Group
Adjunct Professor - Utah State University
Cornish, Utah

Felicia Farrar

Felicia Farrar
Internal Revenue Agent, Large Business & International Division
Internal Revenue Service
Houston, Texas

Nick Hayden

Nick Hayden
Assistant Director & Financial Officer
JCPS Aherns Adult Education
Louisville, Kentucky

Gyebi Kwarteng

Gyebi Kwarteng
Founder and President
Global Citizen Financial
Round Lake, Illinois

April Lawson

April Lawson
Senior Manager, Operations Audit
Walmart Inc.
Centerton, Arkansas

Jeffrey Mader

Jeffrey Mader
President and Chief Executive Officer
The Penrose Company
Greater Washington D.C. Area

Ngozi Ogoke

Ngozi Ogoke
Ovana Energy LTD
Calgary, Alberta Canada

Ryan Paul

Ryan Paul
Americas Sales Manager
EP Engineered Clays Corporation (A U.S. Silica Company)
Houston, Texas

Jim Servi

Jim Servi
Owner and President
JAMPS Strategic Development
Hamburg, Wisconsin

Jeff Tyler

Jeff Tyler
Portfolio Manager, Principal Funds Inc.
Des Moines, Iowa
Lecturer, California State University
Long Beach, California

Greg Wicklman

Greg Wicklman
Owner and President
Retail Rhythm (Consulting)
Delray Beach, Florida


2017 Participants (Cohort VI)

Sam Bass

Samuel Bass
Accounting Instructor, Missouri State University
Property Manager, B&B Rental and Real Estate
Springfield, Missouri

Michael Caston

Michael Caston
Associate Professor of the Practice in Innovation & Product Design & Development
Executive Director of the Innovation Floor
Faculty Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship LLC, University of Denver
Partner at CAMIC designs LLC
Denver, Colorado

Nefretiri Cooley-Broughton

Nefretiri Cooley-Broughton
Executive Director, Marketing & Communications
University of the Pacific
Stockton, California

Rick Desgroseilliers

Rick Desgroseilliers
Rancho Cordova, California

Nicole Flink

Nicole Flink
Instructor of Professional Sales
Weber State University
Ogden, Utah

Lee Grumbles

Lee Grumbles
Vice President, Commercial Banking
Independent Bank Group
Houston, Texas

Henry Kirn

Henry Kirn
Founder and Principal Consultant
BeyondIR Consulting Services
Irving, Texas

Edward (Ed) McCabe

Edward (Ed) McCabe
McCabe Energy Company
Midland, Texas

Stephanie Phipps

Stephanie Phipps
Vice President, Human Resources
Mustang Fuel Corporation
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Clint Purtell

Clint Purtell
Senior Consultant
Southwest Airlines
Frisco, Texas

Julie Ravenscraft

Julie Ravenscraft
Accounting Instructor
Missouri State University
Springfield, Missouri

Kourtenay Schley

Kourtenay Schley
Director of Human Resources 
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
Mobridge, South Dakota

Dung Vu

Dung Vu
MEP Green Design & Build Pllc
Houston, Texas


2016 Participants (Cohort V)

felix acquah

Felix Acquah, Ph.D.*
Vice President
Irving, Texas

emmanuel aidoo

Emmanuel Aidoo
Auditor IV
State of Texas Health & Human Services Commission
Grand Prairie, Texas

derrick bonyuet

Derrick Bonyuet, Ph.D.*

Finance Controller
Dell, Inc.
Austin, Texas

julia kirkland

Julia C. Kirkland
Senior Manager, Commercial Learning & Development
Depomed Inc.
Lake Forest, Illinois

kipp krukowski

Kipp Krukowski, Ph.D.*

Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship

Colorado State University

College of Business

Fort Collins, Colorado

jamie leonard

Jamie T. Leonard, Ph.D.*

Evlos Technology
Westminster, Maryland

marcio lima

Marcio Salles Melo Lima, Ph.D.*

Carlsbad, California

alfredo perez

Alfredo Felipe Perez
National Corporate Sales Manager
Azteca Milling LP
Dallas, Texas

nagesh ramesh

Nagesh Ramesh, Ph.D.*

Senior Director, Enterprise Applications
CSL Behring
King of Prussia, Pennsylvania

stephanie royce

Stephanie Royce
Operations Manager
Tulsa, Oklahoma

lana scroggins

Lana Scroggins, Ph.D.*

Sales and Use Tax Manager
Treat America, Inc.
Merriam, Kansas

alicia smales

Alicia A. Smales, Ph.D.*

Marketing Instructor
Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, Oklahoma

ted washington

Ted Washington
Assistant General Manager
Wal-Mart Corporation
Mansfield, Texas

justin white

Lawrence Justin White, Jr., Ph.D.*

Senior Executive Vice President
National Family Life & Education Center
Corona, California

jonathan wild

Jonathan Wild, Ph.D.*

Assurance Services
Phoenix, Arizona


2015 Participants (Cohort IV)

bhargava konkayala

Bhargava R. Konkayala, Ph.D. *
Associate Director, Advanced Analytics
UCB Inc.
Raleigh, North Carolina

victor moore

Victor Moore Jr
Executive Director
Progressive Care Services
Greenville, North Carolina

joseph nketia

Joseph Nketia, Ph.D. *
Assistant Professor of Accounting
St. Edward's University
Austin, Texas

janice pittman

Janice Pittman, Ph.D. *
Assistant Professor, Management at Union University
Managing Director
Aerial Strategic Enterprises
Jackson, Tennessee

Angela Reddix

Angela D. Reddix, Ph.D. *
President & CEO, ARDX and Founder
Envision Lead Grow
Virginia Beach, Virginia

russell rhoads

Russell Rhoads
Head of Derivatives Research
TABB Group
Chicago, Illinois

daniela ruiz-massieu

Daniela Ruiz Massieu, Ph.D. *
Co-Director, Entrepreneurship Center
Mexico City, Mexico

edward scott

Edward Scott, Ph.D. *
Associate Professor, Accounting
Slippery Rock University
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

carlos serna-garcini

Carlos Arturo Serna-Garcini, Ph.D. *
Statistics Professor
Mexico City, Mexico

jim utley

Jim Utley, Ph.D. *
Director of Technical Services
Niagara Bottling
Blanchard, Oklahoma


* Ph.D. Graduate

2014 Participants (Cohort III)

abdel mohamed

Abdel Kader Ben-Mohamed, Ph.D. *
Associate Dean / Assistant Professor of Management
Executive Director of the Social Media Marketing Center
Mercy College, Manhattan Campus
New York, New York

tim coomer

Tim L. Coomer, Ph.D. *
Chief Executive Officer
SIGMA Actuarial Consulting Group, Inc. and
Brentwood, Tennessee

luis faura

Luis Faura, Ph.D. *
President and Chief Executive Officer
C&F Foods, Inc.
City of Industry, California

lina george

Lina George, Ph.D. *
Assistant Professor, Management and Marketing
University of North Georgia
Dahlonega, Georgia

nathan higdon

J. Nathan Higdon, Ph.D. *
Chairman & Chief Financial Officer
L’Espace Motorcoach, Inc
Maryville, Tennessee

maribeth kuzmeski

Maribeth Kuzmeski, Ph.D. *
President, Red Zone Marketing
Assistant Professor of Practice, Oklahoma State University
Grayslake, Illinois / Stillwater, Oklahoma

alex lawrence

Alex Lawrence, Ph.D. *
Assistant Professor
Weber State University
Kaysville, Utah

bill periman

Bill Periman, Ph.D. *
Program Manager
DXC Technology
Shawnee Mission, Kansas

Marc Scott

Marc Scott
Director – Procurement
L-3 Communications
Greenville, Texas


* Ph.D. Graduate

2013 Participants (Cohort II)

harlan beverly

Harlan T. Beverly, Ph.D. *
Adjunct Professor at St. Edward's University & CEO of
Austin, Texas

michael bosman

Michiel Bosman, Ph.D. *
Open Forest
Walnut, California
Dokter Bosman
Amersfoort, Netherlands

akshay singh

Akshay Gehlot, Ph.D. *
Model Governance Leader
GE Energy Financial Services
Stamford, Connecticut

shane goodwin

Shane Goodwin, Ph.D. *
Associate Dean and Professor of Finance at the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University
Dallas, Texas

justin keeler

Justin Keeler, Ph.D. *
Assistant Professor
Ouachita Baptist University
Hot Springs, Arkansas

greg miller

Greg Miller, Ph.D. *
President and CEO
CrossCom National
Adjunct Professor (MBA), Harvard University
Tower Lakes, Illinois

mark mitchell

Mark Mitchell, Ph.D.*

Chief Accounting Officer
Frontier Airlines
Denver, Colorado

bob reid

Bob Reid, Ph.D. *
Chief Executive Officer
JF Maddox Foundation
Hobbs, New Mexico

soheila rostami

Soheila Rostami, Ph.D. *
Gg simplexity Inc.
Mindful Business Solutions
Richmond Hill, Ontario Canada

walter slipetz

Walter Slipetz, Ph.D. *
Adjunct Professor of Risk & HSE Management
Cestar College of Business
Toronto, Ontario Canada

zack varughese

Zack Varughese, Ph.D. *
Clinical Professor
Oklahoma State University, Center for Health Sciences
Tulsa, Oklahoma

steven wilson

Steven Wilson, Ph.D.*
Financial Manager
Steven L. Wilson & Associates
Tulsa, Oklahoma

* Ph.D. Graduate

2012 Participants (Cohort I)

david altounian

David Altounian, Ph.D. *
Interim Dean, Bill Munday School of Business & MBA Program Director
St. Edward’s University
Austin, Texas

scott anderson

Scott Anderson, Ph.D. *
Operations Manager
CRI Feeders of Guymon, LLC
Guymon, Oklahoma

Tom Bennett

Tom Bennett Jr, Ph.D. *
Chairman and Co-CEO
First Oklahoma Bank
Jenks, Oklahoma

jonathan butler

Jonathan Butler, Ph.D. *
Clinical Assistant Professor in Entrepreneurship
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, Oklahoma

Fred Cleveland

Fred Cleveland, Ph.D. *
Managing Director
New Smyrna Beach, Florida

durand crosby

Durand Crosby, Ph.D. *
Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Staff
Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

warren dyer

Warren Dyer, Ph.D. *
Chief Executive Officer & President
Taurex Drill Bits
Westlake, Texas

David Gregor

David Gregor, Ph.D.*

Chief Operating Officer
Innovative Steel Detailing, Inc.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

toby joplin

Toby Joplin, CPA, Ph.D. *
Chief Operating Officer
CCK Strategies, PLLC
Tulsa, Oklahoma

patti jordan

Patti Jordan, Ph.D. * 
Assistant Professor of Professional Practice
Texas Christian University
Neeley School of Business
Information Systems and Supply Chain Management Department
Fort Worth, Texas

philip mcmahan

Philip McMahan, Ph.D. * 
Former President
First National Bank in Altus, OK
Key West, Florida

dessie nash

Dessie B. Nash, Ph.D. *
Senior Vice President, Market Investment Director
U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management
Dallas, Texas

donald rowlett

Donald Rowlett
Managing Director Regulatory Affairs
OGE Energy Corp.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

tom totten

Tom Totten, Ph.D. *
CEO, Nyhart
Visiting Professor, University of Notre Dame
Indianapolis, Indiana

* Ph.D. Graduate