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Jim R. Gebhart, FACHE, appointed by the Attorney General, is the President of Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City. Gebhart relocated to Oklahoma in 2009 from Texas where he was the senior executive vice president and chief operating officer of Hillcrest Health System in Waco. Gebhart has more than 20 years experience in healthcare and is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University, where he earned a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. Gebhart also holds a Master’s degree from the University of Dallas Graduate School of Management in Healthcare Administration. Gebhart is a member of the Board of Directors of the United Way of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma Hospital Association, Leadership Oklahoma City, and Oklahoma March of Dimes. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. He has also served on the Board of Trustees of Oklahoma Baptist University. He is a native of western Oklahoma.
Don Millican, appointed by the State Treasurer, is the Chief Financial Officer for various interests of George B. Kaiser, including Kaiser-Francis Oil Co. Before joining Mr. Kaiser, Millican was a partner in the international accounting firm of Ernst & Young. He was managing partner of the Oklahoma practice and served on the national Board of Partners until his retirement in 2003. Millican is on the board of Tulsa Educare, Inc., Oklahoma Policy Institute and Tulsa Neighborhood Networks. He has served on the board of Neighbor for Neighbor, which operates a free health clinic in north Tulsa in addition to serving on the board of the Community Action Project of Tulsa County, which works to break the cycle of poverty. Millican attended University of North Texas and earned a B.B.A. in accounting in 1974. He is a Certified Public Accountant. He and his wife, Donna, have three children and nine grandchildren.
Bruce Benjamin, Ph.D., appointed by the House Speaker, is the vice provost for graduate programs, associate dean for biomedical sciences and associate professor of physiology at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences. As vice provost, Dr. Benjamin serves in a leadership role for the graduate programs in biomedical sciences, forensic sciences, healthcare administration and athletic training. Dr. Benjamin is also head of the OSU Center for Wearable Electronic Sensing Systems and Technologies, an interdisciplinary team working to develop wearable smart garments for use in health and wellness. Before joining the faculty at OSU-CHS in 1997, he was an assistant professor of cell biology at Duke University Medical Center, a research scientist at Texas A&M University and University of Oklahoma Health Science Center, and a National Research Council Research Associate at NASA/AMES Research Center. He received his bachelor’s degree from Westminster College in Fulton, Mo. and his doctorate at OU. He is a member of the American Physiological Society and the Oklahoma Physiological Society.
Casey Killblane, appointed by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, resides in Davis, Oklahoma with her husband and two sons on the Flying L Ranch. Mrs. Killblane was elected as chair of the board in 2012. She had previously served as chair from 2008 - 2010. In addition to being a mom and housewife, Mrs. Killblane owns an oil and gas company, Wentz Production, LLC. She received her B.S. in Finance from Oklahoma State University, and has had a successful career in philanthropy working as Director of Annual Giving and Women's Services for Sharp HealthCare Foundation in San Diego, and as Director of Community Relations for the San Diego Community Foundation. Mrs. Killblane also served as Mrs. Barbara Bush's personal aide from 1987 to 1989. She currently serves on the Davis Public School Foundation, the Murray County Election Board, and is the Finance Chairman and worship leader for the Methodist Church in the Ardmore District. Mrs. Killblane previously served on the Board of Regents for Murray State College and the State Board of Education.
Dr. Curtis Knoles, appointed by the State Auditor and Inspector, is a pediatrician, specializing in pediatric emergency medicine and is the Medical Director of Oklahoma Emergency Medical Services for Children at The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center. Knoles received his undergraduate degree from Cameron University and completed medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Before becoming a doctor, Knoles worked as a paramedic in rural Oklahoma. In addition to his work in pediatric medicine, Knoles also serves as the Assistant Medical Director - Medical Control Board, Emergency Medical Services System for Metropolitan Oklahoma City and Tulsa. He is currently the principle investigator on several studies in pediatric emergency medicine. Knoles is a clinical assistant professor of pediatric emergency medicine at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Knoles is a member of the National Association of Emergency Medical Service Physicians, a member of the executive board for the Oklahoma chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and serves on the Oklahoma City Community College's EMS advisory board and is the co-medical Director for the EMS program.
Kenneth D. Rowe, appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, served as Chair of the board from 2006 until 2008 and was re-elected as Chair in November 2010. Mr. Rowe currently serves the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center as the Vice President for Administrative Affairs. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Academic Physicians Insurance Company, and the not for profit Health Sciences Facility, Inc. Board. Prior to this position, he worked for two years as the Director of Internal Auditing for the University of Oklahoma, directing the internal audit activities for OU, Cameron University, and Rogers State University. Preceding this role, he had thirteen years of experience in the banking industry where he conducted fraud investigations and internal audits for large bank holding companies. Mr. Rowe earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from East Central University and a Master of Accountancy from the University of Oklahoma. In addition to being a licensed C.P.A., he is also a Certified Fraud Examiner.
Michelle Stephens, appointed by the Governor, is an attorney who previously served on the Oklahoma Commission for Human Services, state Board of Education and state Career Tech Board. Stephens has been a practicing attorney since 1992, serving as an assistant attorney general under Susan Loving and Drew Edmondson. She earned her law degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law after graduating from Oklahoma Christian University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Stephens is a member of the Board of Trustees for Oklahoma Christian University and is president of the Weatherford Board of Education. She also is a member of the Oklahoma 4-H Volunteer Council and the State 4-H Horse Council. She and her husband, Weatherford dentist Dr. Brian Stephens, have two children.