Management & Ethics Conference '17

Conference Speakers

 

Bob Wade

Keynote Speaker

Bob Wade is the City Manager of Noble.  He has been a city manager for 23 years, serving in Blanchard, Oklahoma for nine years and in Noble since October 1, 2000. Prior to becoming a city manager, Wade’s professional experience includes credit analyst with Dun and Bradstreet, Inc.; Vice President of Commercial Lending at Southwestern Bank and Trust; Executive Vice President of Capitol Hill State Bank.

Wade graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.A. in Letters and has obtained banking certificates from the Oklahoma Banking Association, the American Banking Association, and the American Institute of Banking. He was honored in 2013 with the City Manager's Association of Oklahoma Gerald Wilkins Award as City Manager of the year. Bob is married to Frances Wade who is the head of the business department at Randall University. They have two grown children. 

 

Ken Berchenbriter

Ken Berchenbriter currently serves as the Director of Academic Efficiency at Oral Roberts University. He has over 35 years of experience in assisting businesses in improving their utilization of information technology and adopting processes to changes in the marketplace in which they operate. He formerly worked as Special Assistant to the Provost and Chair of Adult School of Business at Mid-America Christian University. Berchenbriter has held positions as programmer analyst, systems analyst, manager of business solutions, information technologies program manager, project manager and information systems manager during his career. He completed an MBA degree and earned a Ph.D. in Business Administration.

Rhonda Knight Boyle

Rhonda Knight Boyle is a transformational leader and the founder of the Yellow Sub Group, a coaching and consulting company utilizing Clifton Strengths strategies to achieve breakthrough transformation and maximize productivity in individuals, teams and organizations. She teaches her strengths-based processes through workshops, corporate education, and group coaching.  

Boyle is the author of Dive into Strengths: An Exploration Into the Very Best YOU! She can be heard on the OklahomaTalkingCo podcast network and is the host of the Activate Your Strengths Show. She writes and speaks about living a life of contribution using your innate, natural talents and is an enthusiastic advocate of positive, strengths-based psychology.

 

Kim Edd Carter

Kim Edd Carter has been in Oklahoma law enforcement for 40 years, starting as a Patrolman with the Oklahoma City Police Department, and spent 26 years with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, in a variety of roles. After retiring from the OSBI in 2007, Carter began working for the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security as a Program Manager for Information Sharing and Law Enforcement initiatives, a position he held until Governor Mary Fallin appointed Carter to serve as her Homeland Security Advisor on February 10th, 2011. As Director of the OK Office of Homeland Security, Carter is tasked to maintain a state strategy to prevent terrorist attacks and reduce Oklahoma’s vulnerability to terrorism. 

Chief Phil Cotten

Chief Phil Cotten is the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Chiefs of Police, and has served in this role since January 2012. Previously, he served as the Chief of Police in the City of Norman for 15 years, from 1996-2011.

Cotten received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Oklahoma. He is the recipient of numerous awards and commendations including induction in 2014 to the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Museum & Hall of Fame.

Steve Emmons

Mr. Emmons is the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Council on Law Enforcement & Training (CLEET). His previous experience includes the Director of Bogus Checks Division, Investigator with Tulsa County District Attorney's Office, Criminal Justice Program Coordinator, and Adjunct Professor at Rogers State University. Mr. Emmons also has 21 years of experience with the Tulsa Police Department. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from Central Missouri State University, and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma. Mr. Emmons is currently an adjunct instructor in the Master of Forensic Sciences Program at Oklahoma State University.

Captain Adam Flowers

Cpt. Adam Flowers has been employed with the Canadian County Sheriff's Office, since 2011.  Cpt. Adam Flowers has 10 years of law enforcement experience and follows a long line of law enforcement officers starting with his father, Jerry Flowers retired Oklahoma City Police, and his uncle Dennis Flowers retired Oklahoma Highway Patrol.  Cpt. Adam Flowers has been dedicated in his assignment with the Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce (ICAC) in pursuing child predators who use the Internet to target children.  Cpt. Adam Flowers with the help law enforcement across the nation, has been successful in detecting and bringing to justice over 150 child predators. 

Tricia Howell

Tricia Howell, MHR, LPC started her career in the child welfare field in 1985 and currently serves as the Deputy Director of Foster Care and Adoption, for the Department of Human Services.  In her role she oversees all work related to foster care and adoption for Oklahoma including recruitment and retention efforts, policy, training, collaboration with community partners, and overall development of the foster care and adoption programs. She has also worked in several areas of child welfare, as well as managing a therapeutic foster care program. Howell has a strong belief in the responsibility of DHS to not only care for children in care, but also to work closely with the child’s family as well as the foster and adoptive families who are caring for the children in DHS custody.

Dr. Paulette Jones

Dr. Jones, Director of the Management & Ethics Conference, is the Master of Public Administration Program Director at Randall University. Dr. Jones received a Doctorate from Oklahoma State University, an MA from University of Central Oklahoma, and a BFA from the University of Oklahoma. She has experience in higher education, public administration, and radio & TV news. She is a published author with works including "The Development of an MPA Major Field Test," Journal of Public Administration Education, and "Five Fallacies of Online Teaching," Oklahoma Political Science Association Journal. Dr. Jones is a life-time member of the Pi Alpha Alpha National Honor Society for Public Administration.

Scott Lange, PHR

Mr. Lange has been a Human Resources Programs Manager with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) since March 2014. He serves as the Training and Discipline Manager for the ODOT. In addition to his current responsibilities, Mr. Lange has directed the disciplinary process at several other state agencies during his 22 years of state service. He is a graduate of The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and yes, he is still a Husker. Mr. Lange also has been certified as a Professional in Human Resources since May 1996.

Kevin McCullough

Kevin McCullough has served in law enforcement for over 37 years. His experiences include Field Training Officer, Emergency Management, LEDT Instructor, EMT, Emergency Response Team member, Criminal Investigator, Motorcycle Instructor, Rescue Diver, Volunteer Firefighter and Police Chief. He has an extensive background as an advanced Law Enforcement instructor and holds an Advanced Law Enforcement Professionals’ Certification.

McCullough has a wide variety of interests, having served as a worship leader, pastor, motorcycle ministry director, football coach, and musician. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Kevin serves as a deacon and worship team member at Trinity Baptist Church, OKC. He remains active in law enforcement serving as a Reserve Special Agent and Chief Chaplain for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. McCullough was also recently inducted into the Hall of Fame for City and Town Officials.  

Brooks Mitchell

Brooks Mitchell was appointed Interim City Manager of Moore in December 2016.  He has been employed by the City of Moore since 2015, having served as Finance Manager prior to his appointment as City Manager. 

A native of Seminole, Mitchell graduated in 1979 from Wichita (Kansas) Southeast High School. He earned an accounting degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1983 and is a certified public accountant. 

Corey Nooner

Officer Corey Nooner has been with the Oklahoma City Police Department for twenty years. He is with the Southwest patrol division, and has been a crisis intervention officer since 2002. He was a member of the first crisis intervention team (C.I.T.) and has helped instruct almost every C.I.T. class since. He stresses officer skills that can be used to deescalate and communicate with a person suffering from mental illness. Nooner has also been an instructor for the Department of Corrections Crisis Response and Resolution Team, which is an adaptation of the C.I.T. model for corrections.

Captain Jeff Pierce

Captain Jeff Pierce is a 29 year veteran of the Oklahoma City Police Department and is currently OCPD’s Crisis Intervention Team Commander. His past assignments were as Executive Officer of the Santa Fe Patrol Division and as Commander, Office of Professional Standards which manages the agency's Internal Affairs function. Pierce’s has a Master’s Degree from Fort Hays State University (KS) and a Bachelor’s Degree from Oklahoma City University (OK). He is a graduate of Session 36, Senior Management Institute for Police; and the 136th Session of the Executive Leadership Institute of the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association.  Additionally, he holds both Advanced Instructor Certification and Advanced Peace Officer Certification from the Oklahoma Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training. Pierce is a former board member of both the OKC-Metro NAMI Affiliate and the NAMI State Board.

Jenifer Takagi

Jennifer Takagi is an Executive Leadership and Communication Coach who teaches leaders how to play well at work so they can drive better performance from people they lead, increase profitability and create a purposeful workplace where people want to come and play—productively. After a stellar 30-year career in the housing industry, Ms. Takagi jumped off that bridge into doing what she loves best, speaking and training. Sharing what she learned along the way, she helps build better teams and relationships.

Carrie Towery

Carrie Towery is the Director of Human Resources within the Human Capital Management division of the Office of Management and Enterprise Services for the State of Oklahoma. She has worked in state government since 2004 in the areas of Procurement and Human Resources. Towery received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Central Oklahoma, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Oklahoma Christian University. 


The M&E Conference is presented by 
Randall's Master of Public Administration Department.