Faculty and Staff

Assistant Professor of Biology

Sara Alcon, Ph.D

Assistant Professor of Biology

  • B.S., Oklahoma Christian University
  • Ph.D., University of New Mexico

Dr. Alcon earned her Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from the University of New Mexico. Her graduate work examined the role of estrogen regulation in fibroblasts involved in breast cancer metastasis.

Beginning with her time at OC as a lab assistant, Dr. Alcon has been teaching and working with middle school, high school, and college students in a wide range of settings over the past ten years. A highlight of her time in graduate school was training undergraduate students in the Undergraduate Pipeline Network at UNM. This experience working with summer undergraduate research students provided the opportunity for Dr. Alcon to realize how much she enjoyed teaching. She has enjoyed the opportunity afforded by OC to combine her love of science and God in the classroom.

Dr. Alcon has also developed a passion for mentoring teenage girls, encouraging them to find their identity in the deep love of God. She has taught weekly Bible studies and Sunday morning classes for the young ladies of the youth group. She has served as an executive committee member for the New Mexico Churches of Christ Annual Ladies Retreat and continues to be involved with the work at the Albuquerque Christian Children’s Home serving at-risk children.

Associate Professor

Paul House, Ph.D

Associate Professor

  • B.S.E., Oklahoma Christian University
  • M.S., University of Oklahoma
  • Ph.D., Oklahoma State University

Dr. House began his teaching career at Deer Creek Elementary School where he taught physical education from August of 1998 until May 2006. In August of 2006 he began teaching at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) in the kinesiology and health studies department. Dr. House taught a total of 11 years at UCO from August 2006 until July of 2017. His teaching responsibilities were primarily for exercise science and physical education majors including:

  • Undergraduate: Applied Anatomy, Mechanical Principles and Analysis of Human Movement, and a variety of Technique of Teaching Sports activities labs
  • Graduate: Biomechanical Analysis of Human Movement, and Physiological Basis of Human Performance

Dr. House’s research has included: predicting success in collegiate wrestlers, force of impact of an unweighted limb, affects for resistance training at various velocities, beetroot juice supplementation during resistance training, and resistance training in the elderly.

Dr. House has been a member of the Poplar and Warner Church of Christ in Guthrie Oklahoma for the past 18 years. He has taught many classes and served for a time as a deacon. He is married to Aimee House, whom he met at OC. They have two children, Cole and Savannah. Dr. House believes that there are evidences for the existence of God around us. He believes that one of the strongest ways to convince someone of the existence of God is by how he/she treats others on a daily basis. Therefore, daily exemplifying the joys of a life lived for Christ Jesus is of most importance.

Assistant Professor of Biology

Jonathan J. Hunt, Ph.D

Assistant Professor of Biology

  • B.S., Oklahoma Christian University
  • M.S., University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
  • Ph.D., University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology

Lindsey J. Long, Ph.D

Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology

  • B.S., Oklahoma Christian University
  • Ph.D.,Colorado State University

Dr. Lindsey Long earned her PhD in Biochemistry from Colorado State University where she studied the regulation of histone ubiquitination. As a post-doctoral fellow in the Academic Science Education and Research Training (ASERT) program at the University of New Mexico, Dr. Long worked on the characterization of quiescent cell responses to DNA damage. Long is a member of the Genomics Education partnership which provides opportunities for undergraduate students to participate in genomics research.

Dr. Long has enjoyed several mentorship opportunities in the lab, the classroom, and the community. She is an active mentor of the National Research Mentoring Network and participates in the Expanding Your Horizons organization which provides young girls with female role models who have successful STEM careers. Her hobbies include running, playing volleyball, camping with her family, and playing cards.

Professor of Biology

Al Mikel, Ph.D

Professor of Biology

  • B.S., University of Alabama
  • B.S., University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • M.S., Auburn University
  • Ph.D., Virginia Tech University

Program Director, Adjunct Faculty for Medical Laboratory Science

Evelyn Paxton, M.S. MT(ASCP)

Program Director, Adjunct Faculty for Medical Laboratory Science

  • B.S., University of Oklahoma
  • M.S., Oklahoma State University
  • MT(ASCP), Baptist Hospital School of Medical Technology


  • American Society for Clinical Pathology, MT(ASCP), Certificate #69727

Professional Memberships:

      American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science, served Oklahoma State President six years, currently serving as 2015 Spring CLS Seminar Chair.

      National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science: currently serving on the national review committee for accredited programs (RCAP), former MLT Discipline Lead.

Hobbies: reading, swimming, golf and grandchildren

Adjunct Professor of Biology

Allen Roseberry, D.O.

Adjunct Professor of Biology

  • B. S., Oklahoma State University
  • D.O., Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Internship: Charles E. Still Osteopathic Hospital
  • Residency: Emergency Medicine @ Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital

Dr. Roseberry received his B.S. in Physiology at Oklahoma State University.  As a graduate student at OSU, he studied in the area of cellular physiology.  The research involved the transport of potassium across the midgut of a caterpillar.

 Dr. Roseberry received a Doctor of Osteopathy in his pursuit of a career in emergency medicine.  After completing a rotating internship, he was accepted into a residency in emergency medicine.  He was also commissioned as an officer in the Air Force. 

 After completing his residency, he was sent to Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas to fulfill his military obligation.  He served as both Assistant Chief and Chief of Emergency Services. 

 After his military obligation was finished, he accepted a position in Ohio at a community hospital to work in the emergency department.  While at this hospital, he was involved in the training of the nursing staff in advanced triage protocol.  He was also medical director of a local emergency medical service group and taught in the paramedic course.  After 21 years in this position, he retired from clinical practice.

 While in Ohio, He was active at the Mid-County Church of Christ.  He served as a member of the adult education committee. He also served as elder on two different occasions.  He was busy teaching adult classes on a regular basis with a particular interest in the old testament and the time between the testaments.

 With retirement, He and his wife Melanie moved to the Edmond, Oklahoma area to be in a warmer climate and near to Oklahoma State and Oklahoma Christian.  The plan was to be able to take an occasional academic course at OC.  A chance meeting in a local restaurant lead to his current position at OC as an adjunct professor. 

 He and Melanie are proud parents of three children and one granddaughter.  They attend the Edmond Church of Christ and have become involved in the teaching program.  He also is a private pilot and enjoys taking people on rides.

Adjunct Professor of Biology

Timothy VanWagoner

Adjunct Professor of Biology

  • A.S. York College
  • B.S. Oklahoma Christian University
  • Ph.D. University of Oklahoma

Dr. VanWagoner received a Post-Doctoral Fellowship from the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. His research interests include pathogenicity factors in bacterial infectious diseases, bioinformatics, and bioethics.  Dr. VanWagoner has published twelve articles in peer reviewed journals.  He is a member of the American Society for Microbiology.  Dr. VanWagoner is also an Assistant Professor of Research in Pediatrics at OUHSC, an affiliation that provides enhanced research opportunities for OC students.

Dr. VanWagoner works at OC “to be a positive role model and mentor for students in order to encourage more people of faith to be actively engaged in the sciences.”  His favorite memory of OC was meeting his wife Aimee.  He attends Mayfair Church of Christ.