President: Terry Shannon

tshannon@oru.edu
Oral Roberts University

Terry Shannon is an assistant professor of Sports Management in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation department at Oral Roberts University. Terry was an instructor in the Health and Physical Education department at Cameron University (2010-2013). Prior to Cameron, he was an instructor in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation department at East Central University (1994-2010) where he also coached men’s basketball. He was on the coaching staff of the NAIA National Championship Men’s Basketball Team at Oklahoma City University (1993-94).
Terry earned a B.S. in Accounting from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 1989. He completed his M.Ed. in Physical Education at East Central University in 1995 and currently working on a Ph.D. in Leisure Services at Oklahoma State University

 


President – Elect: Debbie Traywick

 


Past President: Susan McLemore

 

Susan McLemore received her Bachelors’ degree from Oklahoma State University and her masters’ degree of education from the University of Central Oklahoma.  Before coming to UCO she taught physical education for 18 years in the Putnam City School district. She also holds a National Board Certification in physical education, early to middle childhood.  Courses that Mrs. McLemore teaches at UCO are mostly those for health, and physical education majors; adapted physical education, health concepts, effective teaching strategies, and supervision of student teachers. While in teaching in Putnam City she was named District Teacher of the Year (2002) and was a finalist for State Teacher of the Year for Oklahoma (2002-2003).

She has presented at both the state and national level in the areas of health, teacher education, and adapted physical education.   Collaborating with a music composer to publish a resource book with a collection of songs and activities, she wrote the accompanying lesson plans centered on exercise and nutrition for elementary age students. (F.I.T. Build Healthy Kids through Songs & Activities, Hal Leonard, 2008)

Along with being a member of OAHEPRD Susan is also a member the Society of Health and Physical Education of America.  She has served at the State association level in many positions, served on Southern District council in the Adapted PE position, been awarded the State Elementary Physical Education teacher of the year and presented numerous times in her many years in the association.

Mrs. McLemore has also had the unique experience of visiting many countries and states where she has observed and studied their physical education programs. She has been a Fulbright Memorial Fund Scholar in Japan and awarded a “Funds for Teachers” Grant where she and Karen Kobs traveled Australia comparing education systems, and in particular, physical education.   She has also observed in Eqypt and Costa Rica.  She believes this will help give insight to OAHPERD as we plan for the future.

Susan believes that of all the awards she has received the best is the feeling or realization that what you do matters to a student.  Having been fortunate that several former students have contacted her and made it known that what she taught them made a difference in their lives.  All too often teachers do not get to see the result of their work as it may not present itself for years to come.  Susan believes that passion for what you do and the relationships you build are the key to success in any field and the teaching profession is the best example.


Executive Director & Convention Manager (Non-Voting): Donna Cobb 
dcobb@uco.edu
Education and Professional Studies
University of Central Oklahoma

Donna is the Associate Dean of the College of Education and Professional Studies at the University of Central Oklahoma.  She previously served as a Professor and Department Chair in the Kinesiology and Health Studies, also at UCO.  Donna received an Ed.D, from Oklahoma State University, a Master of Education from East Central University, and a Bachelor of Science in Education also from East Central University.  Donna has served OAHPERD in numerous roles including President, Vice President of Health, Research Chair, and Convention Manager.  In addition, she served as SDAAHPERD Vice President of Recreation.

Donna was honored in 1998 with the OAHPERD Honor Award and in 2008 as the OAHPERD Recreation Professional of the Year Award.  In 2010, she was the recipient of the UCO Modeling the Way Award.  Donna continues to be active in numerous associations and boards across the state.


Board Members

 

Vice President General: 


VP-Elect General:


Vice President Health: Nancy Mankin
nmankin@oru.edu
Oral Roberts University

Nancy is currently serving as an Assistant Professor of Health and Physical Education at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK, where she has been named Teacher of the Year in her department in 2000-2002, 2009-2010, and 2012-2013.  Prior toteaching at ORU, she taught at Oklahoma City University from 1991-1998 and also served as an Elementary Physical Education teacher at Coronado Elementary,  in the Putnam City School District from 1981-1991.  She is a member of AAHPERD (now known as SHAPE), and OAHPERD.  She is also the Secondary Representative for the Education Department at ORU for the Health and Physical Education teacher education degree option and serves as the Student Teacher Supervisor for the Physical Education program.  She has  completed two Program Reviews for NCATE accreditation for the Physical Education area at ORU.  One of her other duties at ORU is being a sponsor for the Majors Club in the Health and Physical Education Dept. Nancy  previously served several years ago as the College elect and representative on the OAHPERD Board and Council.  She also served as a Physical Activity Consultant for the Head Start Programs through AAHPERD from 2009-20012.  The focus of that program was to help in the fight of childhood obesity and promote healthy living at the Head Start Centers by working in conjunction with the teachers in incorporating more physical activity for the children throughout the day.  She also  served on the area management team for Special Olympics in Tulsa for several years andhas been a certified American Red Cross Instructor for Adult CPR and First Aid since 1998.

Nancy did her undergraduate education studies at the University of Hawaii and then completed  her B.S. in Education (Health and Physical Education) at the University of Oklahoma in 1980(previously known as Central State University) and her Masters of Education with an emphasis on Physical Education from the University of Oklahoma in 1993.


VP-Elect Health: 


Vice President Physical Education: Katie Barton
lkbarton@okcps.org
Coolidge Elementary School
Oklahoma City Public School

Katie is an Elementary Physical Education teacher at OKCPS Coolidge Elementary. She is in her second year of teaching at Coolidge where she also serves as a mentor for teacher candidates. She is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma where she received the Emma Plunkett Scholarship in 2009, and outstanding physical education major in 2010. Katie also received the Emma Plunkett Fellowship at UCO where she earned her Master of Science degree in Secondary Education in 2013. Katie is married with one child, Wyatt.


VP-Elect Physical Education: Sarah Headrick
headricks@deercreek.k12.ok.us
Deer Creek Elementary
Deer Creek Public School

Sarah Headrick is a graduate from the University of Central Oklahoma. Teaching physical education and health to her PreK-4th grade students is her absolute passion. She loves finding new ways to engage her students and getting them excited about being active. She also believes that it is very important to practice what you preach so she is constantly active with her student as well trying to set an example of how to be active in her everyday life. Sarah also teaches the students about how we need to fuel our bodies when we are active, she puts on an afterschool sports club two days a week where students not only learn how and what we should be eating but also ways to be active and healthy throughout our entire lives. Sarah has been a part of OAHPERD for the last 6 years which includes her time as a member in college. She currently is the head of her schools Safe School/Health and Wellness Committee. In her spare time she loves to run various ½ marathons, mud runs, traveling, and anything that has to do with the outdoors.


Vice President Recreation: Kevin Fink
Kevin.fink@okstate.edu
Oklahoma State University

Kevin Fink is the Built Environment Evaluation Coordinator with the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Oklahoma State University. Kevin also teaches and co-teaches multiple short-courses during the academic year for Oklahoma State University as well as being an adjunct instructor in the Leisure Studies program at Oklahoma City Community College. 
Kevin earned his B.A. in Psychology and B.S. in Justice Systems in 2005 from Truman State University; his M.S. in Educational Psychology, and his Ph.D. in Health, Leisure, and Human Performance: Leisure Studies in 2011 from Oklahoma State University. Kevin is a member of OAHPERD, the Oklahoma Recreation and Park Society, and treasurer and founding member of Zoo Troop, a young professionals group that supports the Oklahoma Zoological Society in carrying out its mission.


VP-Elect Recreation: Jerel Cowan
JCowan2@uco.edu
Kinesiology and Health Studies
University of Central Oklahoma


Athletics Chair: 
 


Athletics Chair Elect: 


Adapted Chair: Trish Hughes
trish.hughes@okstate.edu
Health and Human Performance - Physical Education
Oklahoma State University

Trish Hughes, associate professor in Physical Education is in her 13th year at OSU.  For many years, she taught at UT- Arlington part-time, teaching Self-Defense for Women, Bowling, Running, Racquetball, and Weight training.  Her undergraduate degree from TCU was in Deaf Education, followed by master’s and doctoral degrees in Kinesiology at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, specializing in Adapted PE.  Her research interests include bullying, relationship and sexual violence.  In her time away from the university, she spends time with her family of people and animals (cats, dog, and squirrels) and enjoys international travel.


Adapted Chair-Elect: 


Student Section Chair: (not filled at this time)


Student Section Chair Elect: 


College Chair: 


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Dance Chair: Suzanne Cyrus 
Suzanne.cyrus@jenksps.org
West Elementary School
Jenks Public Schools

Suzanne teaches 1st & 2nd grade Physical Education at Jenks West Elementary and serves her district as a Health and Wellness Facilitator.

She earned her BS in HPER from the University of Arkansas and then began her Master’s Degree at the University of Oklahoma in Therapeutic Recreation. She served as a YWCA Program Director and then as a social worker before beginning her teaching career in 1985. She was a classroom teacher and taught all elementary grade levels from 1st-5th, until 1999 when she was promoted to a Physical Educator. She completed requirements for and achieved her National Board Certification in 2005 in Early/Middle Childhood Physical Education. She has been the Jump Rope for Heart Coordinator for Jenks West Elementary the last 15 years and has raised over $239,000 for the American Heart Association. She is a member of OAHPERD, serving on the Council for the past 3 years, and a member of SHAPE (AAHPERD).

Over the past five years she’s introduced the concept of Action Based Learning Physical Education classes and labs, to increase student learning, in her district at both the elementary and secondary levels. Students in these programs have shown increased academic scores, increased attendance rates, and decreased discipline referrals. She is an Action Based Learning Certified Trainer and has presented numerous presentations at the local, state, and national levels.

Suzanne serves as a Physical Activity Specialist with the Tulsa County Wellness Partnership and is a member of the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. She is a Tulsa Model Trainer for Teacher Leader Effectiveness (TLE) and an Oklahoma School Health Index Trainer for the CDC. She serves on the State Department of Education’s TLE Working Group #2 for Teachers of Non-Tested Grades and Subjects making final Student Academic Growth recommendations to the TLE Commission. Suzanne has been a Harwelden Arts Institute Teacher for the past 14 years.  

Suzanne is married to Mark, who recently retired from public education after 34 years as a teacher, coach, and administrator. She enjoys spending time with her 3 children and her daughter-in-law as well as cooking, reading, snow skiing, 4-wheeling, and gardening.


Dance Chair-Elect:


Elementary PE Chair: Stephanie McCrary
smccrary@baschools.org

Stephanie graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma (Go Bronchos!) in December of 2012 with a degree in Physical Education and Health. While at UCO, she was the Vice President of the Physical Education Club, a research assistant for the physical education department, and was named the 2012 Female Physical Education Major of the Year. She also was a member of Delta Zeta Sorority, UCO Women's Varsity Rowing, Kappa Delta Pi Education Leadership, and Sigma Phi Lambda Honor's Society. She was a first and second grade physical education teacher at Jenks West Elementary for the Spring 2013 semester after graduation. Now, she's a physical education teacher for kindergarten through third grades at Surrey Hills Elementary in Yukon, Oklahoma. Stephanie would like to start working on a masters at UCO in either Educational Leadership or Elementary Education soon. She hopes sometime down the road, she'll be Nationally Board Certified as well.

As a newlywed, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her husband, Eric, training for half marathons and triathlons, and crafting her heart out.


Elementary PE–Elect: 


Secondary PE Chair:  Nikki Burdick-Bayouth
Nikki.burdick@jenksps.org
Jenks West Elementary
Jenks Public School

Nikki started teaching Physical Education at Jenks High School before moving to Jenks West Elementary. This is her 10th year teaching and all ten have been at Jenks. Since she started at West Elementary, Nikki has started a Family Fitness Night that the site holds for the West Elementary families, free of charge, every quarter. She was also part of the Jenks Safe and Healthy Schools Committee that received Gold status two years in a row. The last 4 years, Nikki has welcomed ORU students into her class to observe, help and play with the kids. She is also a member of OAHPERD.

Nikki is married to Greg Bayouth and together, they have six children; Jacy-17, Ashton-16, Bryce-14, Ember-9, Alynna-5, and Eason-4. Her children attend Union Public Schools which makes it tough to attend the annual Backyard Bowl! If she had any spare time, it would be used to go on a wild adventure with Bear Gryllis. 


Secondary PE-Elect:   


Exercise Science Chair: Jason West
jason-west@utulsa.edu
University of Tulsa

Jason has been a Clinical Assistant Professor of Exercise & Sports Science at the University of Tulsa since 2007.   West became a member of OAPHERD in the fall of 2009 and has served as the chairperson for the Exercise Science Division.  In addition, he instructs physical education within an Owasso home school group, is a lieutenant in the Oklahoma Air National Guard, coaches/trains athletes for the Midwest Warducks Baseball Academy in Tulsa, and is the Oklahoma State Director for the National Strength & Conditioning Association.


Exercise Science-Elect:


Research Chair: Bill Cash
Billc@health.ok.gov
Center or the Advancement of Wellness
Oklahoma State Department of Health

Bill Cash is currently the Physical Activity Coordinator for the Oklahoma State Department of Health’s Center for the Advancement of Wellness.  His responsibilities include providing physical activity consultation and technical assistance to communities, schools and worksites.  Through statewide initiatives, he works to make “the healthy choice the easiest choice”. Bill holds a bachelor’s degree in Health Promotion from Oklahoma State University. He has dedicated the past 4.5 years to the state of Oklahoma with his experience at the Disability Rehabilitation Services, State Wellness Program and the Oklahoma State Department of Health. When Bill is not consulting on physical activity, he is rock climbing, cycling or being active with his wife Janaki and their dogs: Keta and Ajax.


Research Chair–Elect:  Kevin Fink
Kevin.fink@okstate.edu
Oklahoma State University

Kevin Fink is the Built Environment Evaluation Coordinator with the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Oklahoma State University. Kevin also teaches and co-teaches multiple short-courses during the academic year for Oklahoma State University as well as being an adjunct instructor in the Leisure Studies program at Oklahoma City Community College. 
Kevin earned his B.A. in Psychology and B.S. in Justice Systems in 2005 from Truman State University; his M.S. in Educational Psychology, and his Ph.D. in Health, Leisure, and Human Performance: Leisure Studies in 2011 from Oklahoma State University. Kevin is a member of OAHPERD, the Oklahoma Recreation and Park Society, and treasurer and founding member of Zoo Troop, a young professionals group that supports the Oklahoma Zoological Society in carrying out its mission.


Jump-Rope-for-Heart & Hoops-for-Heart State-wide C0-Chairperson: Susan Lalman
susanlalman@morrisonps.com
Morrison Elementary PS

 

Jump- Rope-for-Heart & Hoops- for- Heart State-wide Co-Chairperson: Suzanne Cyrus 
Suzanne.cyrus@jenksps.org
West Elementary School
Jenks Public Schools

Suzanne teaches 1st & 2nd grade Physical Education at Jenks West Elementary and serves her district as a Health and Wellness Facilitator.

She earned her BS in HPER from the University of Arkansas and then began her Master’s Degree at the University of Oklahoma in Therapeutic Recreation. She served as a YWCA Program Director and then as a social worker before beginning her teaching career in 1985. She was a classroom teacher and taught all elementary grade levels from 1st-5th, until 1999 when she was promoted to a Physical Educator. She completed requirements for and achieved her National Board Certification in 2005 in Early/Middle Childhood Physical Education. She has been the Jump Rope for Heart Coordinator for Jenks West Elementary the last 15 years and has raised over $239,000 for the American Heart Association. She is a member of OAHPERD, serving on the Council for the past 3 years, and a member of SHAPE (AAHPERD).

Over the past five years she’s introduced the concept of Action Based Learning Physical Education classes and labs, to increase student learning, in her district at both the elementary and secondary levels. Students in these programs have shown increased academic scores, increased attendance rates, and decreased discipline referrals. She is an Action Based Learning Certified Trainer and has presented numerous presentations at the local, state, and national levels.

Suzanne serves as a Physical Activity Specialist with the Tulsa County Wellness Partnership and is a member of the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. She is a Tulsa Model Trainer for Teacher Leader Effectiveness (TLE) and an Oklahoma School Health Index Trainer for the CDC. She serves on the State Department of Education’s TLE Working Group #2 for Teachers of Non-Tested Grades and Subjects making final Student Academic Growth recommendations to the TLE Commission. Suzanne has been a Harwelden Arts Institute Teacher for the past 14 years.  

Suzanne is married to Mark, who recently retired from public education after 34 years as a teacher, coach, and administrator. She enjoys spending time with her 3 children and her daughter-in-law as well as cooking, reading, snow skiing, 4-wheeling, and gardening.


Journal Editor: Kay Daigle
kdaigle@se.edu
Health, Physical Education and Recreation
Southeastern Oklahoma State University

Kay teaches in the Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. This is her 5th year at SE. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education from Southeastern Louisiana University, a Master of Arts in Kinesiology from Southeastern Louisiana University, and Ph.D. in Kinesiology from Louisiana State University with an emphasis in Pedagogy. She is a member of AAHPERD, NASPE, and OAHPERD.


Metro Area Coordinator: Glenna Mears
grmears405@cox.net
405-587-6900
Stand Watie Elementary School
Oklahoma City Public Schools


Metro Area Coordinator: Dawn Chernicky
dwchernicky@okcps.org
Oklahoma City Public Schools Physical Education Coordinator
Oklahoma City Public Schools

Dawn has served as Health and Physical Education Coordinator for Oklahoma City Public Schools from October 1, 2012 to present.  Her educational pursuits began at the University of Arkansas in 1972 and continued through 1977, when she received her Masters’ Degree in Education. Dawn moved to Oklahoma and entered her teaching career as a middle school physical science teacher.  In September of 1979, Dawn accepted a position teaching elementary physical education, and continued in that role until September 2012.  

Her academic accomplishments include: serving ten years as an Oklahoma A+ Fellow, member of the Educators Leadership Academy, Quail Creek Elementary “Teacher of the Year” and District Finalist, Cleveland Elementary “Teacher of the Year” and District Finalist andCooperating Mentor Teacher for Oklahoma Christian University, University of Central Oklahoma, and Oklahoma City University.

Dawn’s professional development includes: School Health Index Trainer of Trainers, Great Expectations, Professional Learning Communities, Core Knowledge, Oklahoma A+ Statewide Conferences, OAHPERD Statewide Conventions, and the AAHPERD National Convention.  She has received scholarships to attend twelve Fall Arts Institutes and for a trip to Spain sponsored by the Fund for Teachers campaign.  Dawn has received five “Great Idea” grants for curriculum and Ballroom Dance, and one from the Oklahoma Arts Council, for Ballroom Dance.
Dawn is presently serving as chairperson for the Physical Activity Sub-Committee for OKCPS District’s Wellness Committee.  She is a member of the WELLNESS NOW Coalition, and is event chair for the Physical Activity portion of the “Wiggle Out loud” Family Music Festival held each September. Her leisure pursuits include:  fishing, golf, traveling, walking her dogs, and reading.


Northeast Area Coordinator:


Northwest Area Coordinator: 


Northwest Area Coordinator: 


Southeast Area Coordinator: Jillian McCarty
jmccarty@ecok.edu
East Central University

Jillian is starting her 7th year teaching in the Kinesiology Department and coordinating the Teacher Certification (K-12 Physical Education) program.  She has been a member of OAHPERD since returning to Oklahoma in 2010, and is now serving on the Board and Council as the southeastern coordinator. 


Southwest Area Coordinator: Stephanie Koper
skoper@wpsok.org
Burcham Elementary, Weatherford PS

Stephanie loves teaching Kindergarten, Transitional 1st, & 1st grade Physical Education and Health.  She has been teaching 8 years and was Burcham’s Teacher of the Year in 2008-09.  She currently serves on the Weatherford’s District Wellness Committee (motivating and inspiring teachers and district staff to make healthy life choices) and The Health and Wellness Committee (committed to obtain excellence in physical education/health and quality school nutrition).  Stephanie is the director of Weatherford’s Annual District 5K/fun run, coordinator of Burcham’s Oklahoma Healthy & Fit School Scorecard (Gold Medal), and recipient of numerous grants to fund new educational movement ideas.

Stephanie enjoys running and loves the Great Outdoors!


Exhibits Manager: Stephanie McCrary

smccrary@baschools.org

Stephanie graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma (Go Bronchos!) in December of 2012 with a degree in Physical Education and Health. While at UCO, she was the Vice President of the Physical Education Club, a research assistant for the physical education department, and was named the 2012 Female Physical Education Major of the Year. She also was a member of Delta Zeta Sorority, UCO Women's Varsity Rowing, Kappa Delta Pi Education Leadership, and Sigma Phi Lambda Honor's Society. She was a first and second grade physical education teacher at Jenks West Elementary for the Spring 2013 semester after graduation. Now, she's a physical education teacher for kindergarten through third grades at Surrey Hills Elementary in Yukon, Oklahoma. Stephanie would like to start working on a masters at UCO in either Educational Leadership or Elementary Education soon. She hopes sometime down the road, she'll be Nationally Board Certified as well.

As a newlywed, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her husband, Eric, training for half marathons and triathlons, and crafting her heart out.