Faculty & Staff

ELA Faculty


Charles Babb

Charles K. Babb is General Counsel for the Regional University System of Oklahoma (RUSO) and an Adjunct Faculty instructor at UCO. Before joining the executive staff in August, 2004, Mr. Babb was an Assistant Attorney General where he had been assigned to the civil litigation division since 1995 and was an instructor at the Trial Advocacy Academy for the National Association of Attorneys General. First admitted to practice in 1983, he has practiced as everything from a solo practitioner to an associate in a medium size law firm, in both Oklahoma and Texas. He has served as a Special Judge for the City of Oklahoma City and a certified mediator for the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma. Mr. Babb received his B.A. from Phillips University, Enid, Oklahoma; and his Juris Doctor with honors from the University of Tulsa College of Law in 1983.

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Dr. Scott Beck
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Scott Beck is the principal at Norman High School. Prior to his current position, Scott served as an assistant principal at NHS for 3 years and as a classroom teacher in Norman, Moore, Georgia, and at Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School. Scott received his Bachelor's degree from UCO and his Master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Oklahoma. His doctoral study examined role conceptualization within the principalship. Scott lives in Norman with his wife and their two children, Gabriela and Jens.

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Lenis DeRieux
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Lenis DeRieux currently serves as Chief Human Resources and Communications Officer in the Deer Creek School District. She is completing her 9th year in that position where she oversees all District personnel, communications, and facility usage. She is also the Vice-President for the Oklahoma Association of School Personnel Administrators and an active member of Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration, CCOSA. Prior to serving at the District level, Mrs. DeRieux served as a Middle School and High School Assistant Principal for 9 years in the Deer Creek and Putnam City School Districts. Mrs. DeRieux began her career at Mayfield Middle School in Putnam City and taught Jr. High/Middle School Math for 6 years before going into school administration. She is married to Craig Winkle, a Deer Creek Intermediate School P.E. teacher. Craig and Lenis share the joy of their daughter Emerson, 15, who will be a Sophomore at Deer Creek High School and a son Tucker, 8, who will be in 3rd grade at Deer Creek Elementary. She enjoys church, time with family, movies, reading, and traveling.

Contact at derieuxl@deercreek.k12.ok.us

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Diane Feinberg
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Diane Feinberg is Asst. Vice President of Human Resources at the University of Central Oklahoma where she leads a team of professionals who provide support and assistance to faculty, staff and student employees. Joining higher education within the last seven years, the remainder of her 25 year career served private industry. She has a BA in Management of Human Resources, is completing a Master’s in Adult Education/Training, and she holds SPHR and SHRM-SCP certifications in the HR profession. 
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Dr. Deb Johnson
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Dr. Deb Johnson is a native Midwesterner who has been active in public and private higher education for more than 35 years. She has held leadership positions in financial aid associations at the state, regional, and national levels as well as having served on the boards of many higher education associations. Her higher education experience includes residence life, financial aid, judicial affairs, academic advising, registration, student services, customer service, and faculty-student engagement.  In these areas she has also gained experience with web site creation, program development, project management, organizational restructuring, and process improvement.  During the past year, Dr. Johnson became a Peer Reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission.

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Dr. Lee Johnson
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Jim’s professional career began in 1974 teaching primarily 4th grade students at Ridgeview Elementary School in the Oklahoma City Pubic School District where he remained until 1985. In 1985, Jim was encouraged by Father Jack Petuskey of St. Francis of Assisi Parish to pursue the vacant principal position at Rosary School. He served the St. Francis/Rosary Community as principal between 1985 and 1992. In 1992, Jim began his career in higher education, accepting a faculty appointment as an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at the University of Wyoming. In 1997, Jim accepted a position as a faculty member and program coordinator for a statewide cooperative doctoral program in educational leadership at Central Missouri State University where he served in various capacities, including department chair, until 2005. In 2005, he returned to his home state of Oklahoma accepting the position of dean of the College of Education and Professional Studies at the University of Central Oklahoma, where he continues to serve in that capacity.

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Steve Kreidler

Steve KreidlerSteve Kreidler serves as the chief financial officer and oversees the departments of budget, finance, facilities and human resources at Metropolitan State University of Denver, Colorado.

A seasoned finance and economic development expert with 30 years of experience, Kreidler served at the University Of Central Oklahoma (UCO), 2001-2013, as vice president of administration and most recently executive vice president. Prior to that, he was the executive director of the Edmond Economic Development Authority for nearly a decade.

A native of Tulsa, OK, Steve and graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in Business Administration and has an MBA from Oklahoma Christian University.  He completed the Institute of Education Management program through the Harvard Graduate School of Education as well as the prestigious Oxford Roundtable.

Contact at skreidl1@msudenver.edu

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Dr. Peter Liesenfeld
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Liesenfeld grew up in Norman and has worked his entire 14-year career in his hometown, also serving as assistant principal of Alcott, assistant band director at Norman High, and band director of Irving Middle School. He earned his bachelor’s, master’s degrees and doctorate at the University of Oklahoma.

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Dr. James Machell
Dr. James Machell

Jim’s professional career began in 1974 teaching primarily 4th grade students at Ridgeview Elementary School in the Oklahoma City Pubic School District where he remained until 1985. In 1985, Jim was encouraged by Father Jack Petuskey of St. Francis of Assisi Parish to pursue the vacant principal position at Rosary School. He served the St. Francis/Rosary Community as principal between 1985 and 1992. In 1992, Jim began his career in higher education, accepting a faculty appointment as an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at the University of Wyoming. In 1997, Jim accepted a position as a faculty member and program coordinator for a statewide cooperative doctoral program in educational leadership at Central Missouri State University where he served in various capacities, including department chair, until 2005. In 2005, he returned to his home state of Oklahoma accepting the position of dean of the College of Education and Professional Studies at the University of Central Oklahoma, where he continues to serve in that capacity.

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Dr. Lynn Priddy
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Lynn Priddy, Ph.D., is Provost and Chief Academic Officer of National American University, assuming that role in 2013 after fourteen years with the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the nation’s largest regional accreditor. While at the Commission, she served as Vice President for Accreditation Services with responsibilities for accreditation processes, including institutional change and decision processes, peer review, education and training, and improvement demonstration projects, including the Lumina grant to explore competency-based education and the Degree Qualifications Profile. As the constant voice for innovation in student learning, engagement, and assessment, Dr. Priddy was the creator and founding director of the Academies for Assessment of Student Learning and Student Persistence and Completion. At National American University, Dr. Priddy oversees all aspects of the educational enterprise, including associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. Her focus has been on transformation of entry processes and remedial education to serve working adults, as well as integration of general education and proficiency-based education. She previously served as vice president, director of assessment, and English faculty at Nicolet Area Technical College. She consults nationally and internationally on institutional quality, assessment of student learning, excellence in curricula and pedagogy, and organizational innovation and change.  Dr. Priddy is a summa cum laude graduate of the State University of New York at Geneseo with a B.A. in English, a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with an M.A. in English; and a summa cum laude graduate of Capella University with a Ph.D. in Higher Education.

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Dr. Terry Saul
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Dr. Terry Saul was proudly educated at several Oklahoma universities. He received his bachelor’s in science at the University of Central Oklahoma, his masters in science at Oklahoma State University and his doctorate at Oral Roberts University.

Terry’s wife, Shari, is a first grade teacher. They have three children; Haley, Shelby, and Makenzie. They also have two nephews; Daniel and Jackson.

Terry has served the Oklahoma school system as superintendent of Sequoyah Public Schools, principal of Muskogee High School and assistant principal and principal of Sand Springs Central Junior High School. He has also served as a teacher at Pratt Elementary School in Sand Springs and Mannford High School.

Terry holds many titles in his personal life, including husband, dad, brother, son, uncle and friend. He is a member of First Baptist Church in Claremore. He has participated in many activities, which include Principal’s Academy Class IV, Principal’s Academy Mentor Class V, Great Expectations and P.A.L. Mentor Claremore. Terry has also served as a Claremore youth soccer coach, Claremore Reveille Rotary and education liaison for the Claremore Chamber of Commerce.

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Dr. Shanna Teel

Shanna TeelShanna R. Teel is the Founder and CEO of Dr. Shanna Teel & Company, Inc., a performance consulting and coaching firm. In Dr. Teel's career, she has been a partner and executive for two organizational and leadership development consulting firms. She holds a dual Ph.D. in organizational psychology and clinical psychology, coupled with more than 12 years as a consultant, executive coach, and facilitator of adult learning.

She specializes in the areas of executive and leadership development, executive and management coaching, career development, strategic planning, conflict management, diversity training, team building, group dynamics, communication skill development, negotiation, mediation, and business development.

She has provided organization development consulting, team development, and individual coaching for executives and managers in the following organizations: Citigroup; Kodak; Nokia; Fugihunt, USA; Deloitte & Touche; TA Instruments; Eiasi Pharmaceuticals; McDonald's; St. Luke's Health Network; Interwoven; ARM; Victoria's Secret; Barclays Global Investors; Devon Energy; Vitas Hospice; The Braille Institute; University of Oklahoma; Oklahoma Heart Hospital; University of California San Diego Hospital.

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Dr. Christy Vincent
Christy Vincent

Dr. Christy Vincent is a Professor in the Mass Communication Department at the University of Central Oklahoma where she teaches organizational and corporate communication courses. Her research interests include conflict management, mediation, change management, executive coaching, and training and development. Her interest in conflict management led her to the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University School of Law where she earned a Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). Dr. Vincent’s doctoral research focused on public school teachers experiences of conflict. Her dissertation received the University of Oklahoma Dissertation Prize in the Social Sciences and Humanities. More recently, she received the Vanderford Engagement Award and the Neely Award for Teaching Excellence at UCO.

In addition to her university position, Christy works as a consultant to help groups and organizations with strategic planning, conflict management, communication needs assessment, problem-solving and leadership development. She regularly conducts training courses for Chesapeake, Diagnostic Labs of Oklahoma, and other corporations. In addition to her college teaching, she has taught continuing education courses for public school teachers in Oklahoma through the Great Expectations Institute. Dr. Vincent’s professional experience is in management, sales and product development in private industry.

She holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree (Ph.D.) from the University of Oklahoma, a Master of Arts degree (M.A.) from the University of Houston, both in communication, and a Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.) in mass communication from Oklahoma Christian University.

Contact at cvincent2@uco.edu

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Dr. David Wendler
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Dr. Wendler previously served as MLC’s Vice President for Academics. In this capacity, he supervised all full-time and adjunct members of the MLC faculty. He retired from this position at the end of the 2013-14 school year. Prior to this service, Dr. Wendler served as Professor of Education at D/MLC. His first teaching experience was as principal and teacher at Riverview, Appleton, WI. During this time he also served the WELS as a school visitor/evaluator.

Dr. Wendler has been a member of the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1998. He has worked as a consultant-evaluator for the Commission, and as a member of the Commission’s Accreditation Review Council.

PhD University of Minnesota, Twin Cities: Educational Psychology
MS University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh: Curriculum & Supervision
BS Dr. Martin Luther College, New Ulm MN: Education
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Dr. Michael W. Westerfield
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Dr. Michael Westerfield has served in higher education for over forty years.  Earning his Bachelor of Arts in English at Harding University, he went on to earn the Master of Arts in English from Pittsburg State University and the Ph.D. in English from the University of Nebraska.  Dr. Westerfield taught English for a number of years before moving into academic administration in higher education.  His passion for institutional quality and improvement led him to begin working with accreditation in the early 90's.  Since that time, he has chaired over fifty accreditation teams for the Higher Learning Commission.  In addition, he has served on a number of committees and advisory teams for the Commission, helping to develop the Criteria for Accreditation, processes used in Peer Review, and the successful Assessment Academy.  His latest interest is teaching the online training courses for Peer Reviewers for the Commission.

Dr. Westerfield's understanding of accreditation and the ever growing role of compliance in higher education will help participants as they find more of their own time spent on these issues and institutional improvement.  Leaders in higher education find themselves pulled a number of directions in higher education.  A valuable leader is one that understands these expectations and one that can lead the institution through the complexities of the sometimes confusing world of accreditation and compliance.

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ELA Staff


Cary Williams
Educator's Leadership Academy Director
Cary Williams

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