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Meet your alumni board.

Your time as an Eagle doesn’t end when you graduate.

Our alumni board is working hard to make sure you remain a part of OKWU’s vibrant community for years to come. Reconnect with the OKWU family today. 

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Sandra Kent, President

Sandra (Sandy) Kent is a 1992 graduate of OKWU and is honored to serve the OKWU Alumni Association as Alumni President.  

Sandy holds a master’s degree from Oklahoma State University and has been in education for over twenty-eight years. She was an elementary education teacher for eight years, a principal for fourteen and a half years, and has been the Executive Director of Oklahoma A+ Schools Institute at the University of Central Oklahoma since 2014. One of her most noted achievements was being awards the 2008 Oklahoma National Distinguished Principal of the Year. 

She and her husband, Thad, a 1992 OKWU grad, have lived in Bartlesville for 28 years. They have lived in Bartlesville for the past twenty-eight years, where they have been actively involved in the community including membership at Bartlesville First Wesleyan Church. 

Janell Westveer, Vice President/President-elect

Janell (Brannon) Westveer is a 1987 graduate of OKWU, currently enjoying a semi-employed lifestyle since moving to Bartlesville three years ago with her husband Tim.  Professionally, she worked in higher education for 15 years, primarily in workforce development training.  Her last job was with the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry developing competency-based training programs.

Tim and Janell have been married for 30 years and have two children.

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Nancy Howell, Member at Large

Nancy Howell attended Miltonvale Wesleyan College for two years, finishing her degree at Marion College (now Indiana Wesleyan University).

She has spent 37 years in education, teaching special education at all levels. After retirement, she and her husband moved to Bartlesville, Oklahoma.


Andrea Novak, Member at Large

Andrea Novak graduated from Bartlesville Wesleyan College in 1993 with a degree in Management of Human Resources. She went on to work at Arvest Bank for 45 years, retiring in April 2019.

She and her husband, Dan, live in Bartlesville.

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Eric Mills, Member-at-Large

Eric Mills (Class of ’92) serves as the President of Faces With Names International, a ministry designed to help orphans and widows move beyond a life of survival, and thrive, to fulfill their God given purpose. Eric also serves as the US Pastoral Director for Orphan Sunday & Stand Sunday with the Christian Alliance for Orphans.

Eric holds his Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary and is an ordained pastor in The Wesleyan Church. His previous experience at OKWU includes serving in the Enrollment Services Office, Coaching the Men’s Soccer Team, and serving as an Adjunct Professor.

Eric is thankful for the foundation OKWU set as a student athlete to prepare him for almost 30 years in ministry. Eric loves OKWU and is an avid follower and supporter of OKWU sports.

Eric and his wife Susan are adoptive parents and reside with their three children in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.


Micah Smith, Member-at-Large

Micah Smith obtained his B.A. degree in Pastoral Ministries in 2020.  He is currently the Director of Operations at Chick-fil-A Bartlesville, devoting much of his time to serving the community of Bartlesville. Growing up in ministry, Micah has had the opportunity to witness leadership in the Wesleyan Church from various angles. He is passionate about seeing a vision come to pass, and he hopes to help OKWU continue in its legacy of excellence.

Micah and his wife Katelyn, a 2020 OKWU graduate, live in Bartlesville OK. They are expecting their first child at the end of August 2021.


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Leeann Little

Leeann Little, Executive Assistant to OKWU’s President

Leeann Little obtained her B.S. degree in Business Administration from OKWU.  She currently serves as the Executive Assistant to the President, Jim Dunn.

Her previous experience at OKWU includes serving as the Director of Financial Aid and as an Enrollment Services Counselor.  Her prior experience with alumni includes serving on the OKWU Alumni Association Board from 2004 to 2010. After completing her term, she was awarded the Alumnae of the Year Award in 2010.  She has also served as a Retirement Distributions Manager at Fidelity Investment in Las Colinas, Texas, as Director of Operations/Human Resources at World Hope International in Alexandria, Virginia, and as Director of Missions and Outreach at New Life Church in LaPlata, Maryland.


Charissa Dunn, Director of Alumni Relations and Grant Writing

Charissa Dunn (class of ’82) recently assumed the position of Director of Alumni Relations and Grant Writing, after stepping down as Assistant Professor of Education at OKWU.

She counts it an honor to have instructed students at the junior high school and high school levels for 12 years and at OKWU for 26 years.  While a member of OKWU’s teacher preparation program, she was thankful for God’s direction as she supervised more than 350 student teachers throughout the years. Prior to teaching, Dunn was on staff at BWC for six years, serving as administrative assistant to the Dean of Students, Athletic Director, and Financial Aid Director.

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