Faculty and Staff

Dean, College of Business Administration

Dr. Jeff Simmons

Dean, College of Business Administration

  • B.S. in Marketing, Oklahoma Christian University
  • M.I.M. (Master of International Management), Thunderbird School of Global Management
  • D.B.A. in Marketing, Nova Southeastern University

Courses:

  • Business Ethics
  • Global Marketing
  • International Business
  • Marketing Management
  • Strategic Management

Dr. Simmons views his calling to be one that prepares students to glorify God by being successful business leaders. To do this, he challenges his students to not settle for mediocrity and strive for excellence in thought and deed. Dr. Simmons’ experience includes much exposure to the international market through his travels; the time he spent living in Vienna, Austria, teaching business; and a brief stint at the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce.  

In his free time, Dr. Simmons enjoys spending time with his wife, Pattie, and his son, Jordan, as well as reading from several genres of literature and playing golf and basketball. He and his family appear to suffer from wanderlust, which means they often find themselves traveling. By the time his son was 8 years old, Dr. Simmons had taken him to 14 U.S. states and 15 foreign countries on three continents. Many of those trips involved Dr. Simmons leading students in study abroad programs or mission campaigns.


Associate Dean, College of Business Administration

Elaine Kelly

Associate Dean, College of Business Administration

Associate Professor of Accounting | J.J. Millican Chair of Accounting

  • B.S. in Accounting, East Central University
  • M.B.A., University of Central Oklahoma
  • Certified Public Accountant

Courses:

  • Advanced Accounting I and II
  • Accounting Theory
  • Income Taxation I and II
  • Principles of Accounting II
  • Accounting Ethics
  • Advanced Tax Accounting

Prior to coming to OC, Elaine D. Kelly worked in auditing and income taxes in public accounting at both KPMG and Seidman, and was an Audit and Tax Manager at the Oklahoma Publishing Company. She has taught at OC for more than 25 years, and is interested in promoting strong ethical standards in business. She works at OC because she enjoys the Christian atmosphere and fellowship. Elaine received the Gaylord Chair of Distinguished Teaching for 1999-2000, the Merrick Award for teaching excellence for 2001-2002, and the Faculty Leadership Award for 2014-2015. She is presently the J.J. Millican Chair in Accounting. Elaine is the scholarship coordinator for OC's College of Business Administration and is the past President of the OC Faculty Association for 2009-2010.

Elaine is the current President and past Treasurer of Shepherd's Hill International, a nonprofit that works to provide resources to make substantial and sustainable opportunities to help the people in and surrounding Arapal Christian Camp on the island of Cebu in the Philippines. Projects for SHI include livelihood, Christian education, spiritual ministries, and financial and medical assistance. 

She is married to Dennis, who is a CPA at KWTV-9, and has three children: Denise, Allison and Kelsey. Denise attends WINGS, a special education community. Allison, a 2007 music education graduate from OC, and her husband Ryan, a 2006 engineering graduate from OC, have three children, Lylah, Andrew and Harper. Kelsey, a 2009 family studies graduate from OC, and her husband, Brice, a 2009 finance graduate from Harding University, have one child, Griffin. Dennis, Elaine, and Denise attend Memorial Road Church of Christ and Elaine is a member of the HIM mission committee and involved in the finance ministry.


Professor of Accounting

Mr. Mickey Cowan

Professor of Accounting

  • B.S. in Accounting, Oklahoma State University
  • M.S. in Accounting, Oklahoma State University
  • Ph.D. (ABD) in Accounting, Oklahoma State University
  • Additional Ph.D. work in Business Education, University of Oklahoma

Mickey Cowan has more than 40 years of classroom and practical experience in the accounting field, including almost 20 years as a professor at Oklahoma Christian.

Cowan holds three accounting degrees from Oklahoma State University and has been a practicing certified accountant for almost 40 years. He has developed and taught CPE courses for groups such as the Chickasaw Nation, East Central Continuing Education, Kerr-McGee, the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Propane Dealers of Oklahoma.

He has worked as an auditor for Crawford and Associates, executive director for the East Central University Foundation, Inc., and consultant for Bridge Enterprise Consultants, LLC. He is a frequent speaker on ethics for various organizations, including the state auditor of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Society of CPAs.

He was named Teacher of the Year at East Central University and Christian Business Leader of Year at Oklahoma Christian. He also has been honored as a Friend of Education for Ada City Schools and Volunteer of the Year for the Rotary Club of Ada. He is a member of the OSCPA and the Oklahoma Ethics Consortium. He is a beloved announcer for Ada High School sports and has written history books on Ada High School football and basketball.

He and his wife Vauda have been married for almost 50 years. They attend Central Church of Christ in Ada, where Dr. Cowan is a frequent Sunday School teacher. Their son, Billy Jack, and his wife Stephanie have three children.


Professor of International Management and Human Relations

Dr. Don Drew

Professor of International Management and Human Relations

  • B.A., Oklahoma Christian University
  • M.H.R., University of Oklahoma
  • Ed.D., Oklahoma State University

Courses:

  • International Business
  • International Management
  • International Social Entrepreneurship
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Issues in Management
  • Career and Professional Readiness
  • Leaders, Managers, and Entrepreneurs (MBA)

Don Drew is a professor in the Oklahoma Christian University College of Business Administration. His current research interests are international social entrepreneurship, global business education, and strategic development and planning.

He received his B.A. in Bible in 1979 from Oklahoma Christian University and his Master of Human Relations in 1986 from the University of Oklahoma. He earned his Doctor of Education degree in 2000 from Oklahoma State University, where he completed his dissertation work in expectancy motivation in complex organizations. He joined OC’s faculty in 2000 as founding director of the university’s Master of Business Administration program. He received OC's faculty Leadership Award in 2004 and the Merrick Award for Teaching Excellence in 2011, as well as several other external honors and awards. Today he leads our international business program and serves as the Sam Walton Fellow and Faculty Advisor to the Enactus social entrepreneurship program at OC.

Prior to entering academia, Don served as Secretariat to the Joint Chiefs of Logistics at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and as Senior Analyst to the B-2 Stealth Bomber program. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1994. He has consulted for various organizations, including Seagate Technologies, the Oklahoma Governor’s office, the U.S. Air Force, Silver Mountain Ministries, and various other for-profit and non-profit organizations.

Don is married to Marcia (Weale, 1976-77). They have two children, Lauren and Stephen. Lauren, a 2005 Marketing graduate of OC, is married to Josh Hamblin, an Air Battle Manager for the U.S. Air Force. Stephen graduated from OC in 2009 and is married to Taylor, and works in Oklahoma City as Athletic Director for the Police Athletic League. Don and Marcia are members at Del City Church of Christ.

Visit Dr. Drew's website at https://dondrew.wixsite.com/globalenterprise.


Associate Professor of Business Finance

Dr. Jody Jones

Associate Professor of Business Finance

  • B.S., Oklahoma Wesleyan University
  • M.B.A., Oklahoma City University
  • Ed.D. in Higher Education, Oklahoma State University

Courses:

  • Financial Markets and Institutions
  • Money and Banking
  • Insurance
  • Principles of Finance
  • Advanced Financial Management

Dr. Jody Jones is an associate professor of business finance in OC's College of Business Administration and teaches courses in the university's Graduate School of Business. Jody's academic emphases include corporate finance, financial markets, and institutions. beyond the classroom, Jody leads a spring trip to New York City, where OC students interact with Wall Street Leaders and learn best practices in investment management. 

In 2013, Jody joined with Dr. Jennifer Bryan, associate professor of Mathematics, to launch an actuarial science program to build on OC's strength in the math and finance fields and to prepare students to excel in one of the nation's top-rated professions. Jody also is OC's Faculty Association President for the 2017-2018 academic year. 

Jody has a bachelor's degree from Oklahoma Wesleyan University, a master of business administration degree from Oklahoma City University, and a doctorate in higher education from Oklahoma State University. Jody enjoys hunting and fishing in his spare time and travels often. 

His wife Lisa is an employee service coordinator in OC's Human Resources Office. They led 27 students on OC's European Studies Program in 2008 and the Asian Studies in 2015. They also are active leaders at Wilshire Church of Christ, where Jody serves on the finance committee. Jody serves as the Treasurer for Shepherd's Hill International. Jody and Lisa have three children: Tristen (and husband Austin), Beaux, and Belle.


Professor of Management

Dr. Phil Lewis

Professor of Management

  • B.S. in Marketing, Abilene Christian University
  • M.A. in Business Education, University of Denver
  • Ed.D. in Business Education, University of Houston

Courses:

  • Ethics, Decision Making, and Communications
  • Introduction to Business
  • Principles of Management
  • Strategic Management

Dr. Lewis studies, teaches, and writes about ethics, leadership, and management. The former dean of OC's College of Professional Studies, Dr. Lewis wrote the books, Ethics in the World of Business, 2nd ed., Kendall-Hunt, 2017; Longevity in Leadership: Essential Qualities of Longtime Leaders, ACU Press, 2016; and several others. He is active in Region 6 of the Accreditation for Collegiate Business Schools and Programs professional organization and has served in various officer capacities regionally and nationally, including president. He is currently an ACBSP Board of Commissioners member. 

Dr. Lewis works at OC "to make a difference in the lives of undergraduate and graduate students" and "to impact the business program for the future." He enjoys traveling, stage plays, music, and reading. He and his wife Marilyn have two married sons and three grandchildren. They attend Memorial Road Church of Christ, where he is a Bible class teacher. 


Instructor of Business and Sports Management

Wes McKinzie

Instructor of Business and Sports Management

  • B.S., Oklahoma Christian University
  • M.A., University of Oklahoma
  • D.B.A., Grand Canyon University (in progress)
Courses:
  • Facility Design and Event Planning
  • Legal Aspects of Sports
  • Managing Sport Organizations
  • Principles and Practices of Sport Administration
  • Sport and Event Promotion
  • Sports in Society

In his career, Wes has rubbed shoulders with pro sports icons, national broadcasters, and college coaching legends. He now lives out his calling to teach and mentor students who will be tomorrow’s leaders in the athletic arena.

Wes worked in sports media roles at The Oklahoman and KWTV, then became Director of Communications for the Arena Football League’s Oklahoma Wranglers. He was named AFL Media Director of the Year and helped with ABC’s national telecast of the ArenaBowl before taking a job in the league office. He’s had a variety of roles at OC, including Director of Athletic Marketing and Director of Communications Marketing.

Wes also sings bass for the Christian Music Hall of Fame group Acappella and is the worship deacon for the Church of Christ at Oakdale. He and his wife of 25 years, Delisa, have two children: Mikayla and Schad.


Professor of Information Systems and Economics

Dr. Kimberly Merritt

Professor of Information Systems and Economics

  • B.S. in Agricultural Economics, Oklahoma State University
  • M.B.A., Cameron University
  • D.B.A. in Information Systems, Argosy University

Courses:  

  • eCommerce
  • Information Technology
  • Macroeconomics Principles
  • Management Information Systems
  • Microeconomics Principles

Dr. Kimberly Merritt works at OC to make a difference. She researches and publishes on various areas in information systems and management, including computer literacy, user satisfaction, data warehousing, and corporate universities. Best practices and innovative teaching strategies are also areas of interest. Dr. Merritt was elected to serve as the 2017-2018 President of the Federation of Business Disciplines. In addition, she serves on the Executive Board of Oklahoma Women in Higher Education as the State Chair for Institutional Representatives. She and her husband Michael have two children and both are attending OC. The family lives in Lawton and attends the Sullivan Village Church of Christ, where Kimberly teaches Bible classes and is a Ladies Day Speaker. 


Professor of Economics

Dr. Ken Miller

Professor of Economics

  • B.S. in Finance and Economics, Lipscomb University
  • M.B.A. in Finance, Pepperdine University
  • Ph.D. in International Political Economics, University of Oklahoma

Courses:

  • American Political Economics
  • Macroeconomic Principles

Dr. Miller is a tenured economics professor at Oklahoma Christian University, where he teaches at the graduate and undergraduate levels and has been honored with the “Who’s Who Among American Teachers” award and the Merrick Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching Free Enterprise. His fields of specialization are applied public economics and public finance effects on economic growth.

He has served as the 18th State Treasurer of Oklahoma since 2010. As the state’s top elected financial officer, Miller protects and manages more than $22 billion of taxpayer money deposited each year, safeguards the financial health of the state, promotes responsible fiscal policy, and operates the state’s unclaimed property program.

Miller chairs the Oklahoma College Savings Plan Board of Trustees, the State Pension Oversight Commission, and the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Fund Board of Investors. He is a member of the State Board of Equalization, which certifies funds available for the state budget.

Miller is an officer in the National Association of State Treasurers, chairman of the association's 501(c)(3) foundation, and chairman of the National Institute of Public Finance at Pepperdine University.

Miller served six years in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, where he had 225 bills signed into law and led efforts to modernize state government and enhance transparency and accountability. Miller served his last three years in the House as Chair of the Appropriations and Budget Committee, where he guided Oklahoma through the largest spending cuts in state history while maintaining the delivery of core government services.

Miller’s fiscal policy experience in both the executive and legislative branches, combined with his credentials in economics and finance, led him to become an influential voice on major initiatives in areas of taxation, budget and incentives.

Prior to his election to the State Legislature, Miller served in the administration of Oklahoma governor Frank Keating as chairman of the Legislative Compensation Board, where he established a 10-year freeze on legislative salaries that remains in effect today.

Miller began his professional career in banking at First American National Bank before joining MediFax-EDS, where he served as financial operations manager.


Professor of Marketing and Electronic Business

Dr. Kerianne Roper

Professor of Marketing and Electronic Business

  • B.S. in Marketing, Oklahoma Christian University
  • M.B.A., University of Central Oklahoma
  • D.B.A. in Marketing, Anderson University

Courses:

  • Consumer Behavior
  • E-Commerce and Online Marketing
  • Marketing Research
  • Principles of Electronic Business
  • Promotional Strategies
  • Marketing Management Innovation
  • Marketing and the Legal Enviornment

Dr. Kerianne Roper serves as a Professor of Marketing and E-Business at Oklahoma Christian university. In 1997, Kerianne received her MBA degree from UCO and earned a doctorate degree in Marketing from Anderson University in Indiana in 2007. With over 18 years of teaching experience at the graduate and undergraduate levels, Kerianne deeply loves being in the classroom and interacting with students. Dr. Roper has sponsored several student teams and projects, including the award-winning Lead Like Jesus team and the OC American Marketing Association. her research interests include the impact of technology on student satisfaction in higher education, and the impact of real world student projects on critical thinking. Dr. Roper received the 2016-2017 OC Faculty Leadership Award. 

She and her husband, Randy, have been married 26 years, and have a 18-year-old son named Riley. The family has been a part of the Edmond Church of Christ for over 20 years, where Kerianne enjoys teaching in the children's, youth and ladies Bible classes. She is also involved in the Quiet Place ministry. In her free time, Kerianne enjoys reading fiction, camping, and spending time with her family. 


Professor of Marketing and Management

Dr. Burt Smith

Professor of Marketing and Management

  • B.S. in Marketing and Management, Oklahoma State University
  • M.S., Oklahoma State University
  • Ed.D., Oklahoma State University

Professional Designations:

  • Certified Marketing Executive (Sales & Marketing Executives International)
  • Certified Quality Manager (American Society for Quality)
  • Professional Certified Marketer (American Marketing Association)

Courses:

  • Marketing Management and Innovation
  • Organizational Design and Development
  • Sales Management and the Sales Process
  • Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Dr. Smith is the author of the book, The Great Game of Networking, and is an accomplished entrepreneur and recognized leader in the Oklahoma business community. He co-founded Executive Marketing Information, a market research and consulting firm in 1994 and later purchased the company to become the sole owner. He remains active in the business world to benefit his students.

Dr. Smith is a Certified Marketing Executive, a Certified Quality Manager, and a Professional Certified Marketer. He was the first Oklahoman to earn the PCM designation and is the only professional in the world to hold all three designations. He won national recognition as president of the American Marketing Association (AMA), and has served on the board of directors of the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. He was the founding Certification Chair of the Sales and Marketing Executives International, and is a board member for the National Speakers Association. He received a commendation for his work on Governor Frank Keating’s Small Business Commission. Dr. Smith is also a Champion Auctioneer and has helped raise more than $550,000 for charities, causes, and ministries across Oklahoma and Texas.

In 2008, the Oklahoma City Chapter of the American Marketing Association board of directors recognized him with the first-ever “Member of the Year” award at its annual awards ceremony. Dr. Smith is a National Chapter Excellence Award Winner, and was among 39 Oklahoma leaders honored in the Journal Record’s “Achievers Under 40” Centennial Class. His academic interests include: organizational design, marketing management, strategy, small business, branding, and customer satisfaction. Dr. Smith is the co-sponsor for the Marketing Student Advisory Council and the student AMA chapter. He says he works at OC “Because I love serving the mission of transforming lives!” He and his wife Terri have a son, Dalton. They are members of Edmond Church of Christ.

Visit Dr. Smith’s website and blog at www.drburt.com.


Associate Professor of Accounting

Dr. Dan Sorensen

Associate Professor of Accounting

  • B.A. in German and Russian, University of Nebraska
  • M.B.A. in Accounting, Vanderbilt University
  • D.B.A. in Accounting, Anderson University

Courses:

  • Accounting and Financial Resources
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Auditing
  • Personal Finance
  • Principles of Accounting I
  • Investments
  • Accounting Research and Quantitative Techniques 
  • Topics in Accounting

Daniel Sorensen is a Certified Public Accountant with 20 years of corporate experience as an auditor, manager and director in accounting and information technology at Arthur Andersen & Company, General Dynamics, Oracle, Kelly Services and Toyota. His time at General Dynamics included a three-year overseas assignment in Germany. He taught Accounting and Finance at Rochester College in Rochester Hills, Michigan, for five and a half years before coming to Oklahoma Christian University in the fall of 2011. His research interests include accounting ethics and corporate governance. He and his wife, Karen, have two children, Rachel and Heidi. Prior to moving from Michigan to Oklahoma, Daniel and Karen worshipped at Plymouth Church of Christ, where Daniel served as an elder and as treasurer. Daniel and Karen now attend Memorial Road Church of Christ.


Administrative Coordinator, College of Business Administration

Janell Huntsman

Administrative Coordinator, College of Business Administration

Janell has worked at Oklahoma Christian University since 2006 and in the College of Business Administration since 2014. She attended OC from 1979-1981, where she met her husband Gary and married and moved away before receiving a diploma. She resumed taking classes after coming to work at OC and received her B.S. in 2011.

She is married to Gary and they have three daughters, Bailey, Avery, and Madison, who have all attended Oklahoma Christian University. She also has one son-in-law and five grandchildren. Gary and Janell have fostered twelve infants and fostering is close to their hearts. They attend Memorial Road Church of Christ, where Janell is involved in the Women's Ministry, teaches in the nursery and pre-school department and they are Brother's Keepers leaders. Her favorite thing about working at OC is interacting with the students.