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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.
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.
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 principal 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.
Marshall Snipes, appointed by the Attorney General, is the CEO of AmeriClaim, a nationwide independent insurance services firm, as a managing director of Triton Value Partners, a private equity firm that specializes in health care and insurance. Snipes has served in multiple roles for Integris Health System, where he is a current member of the board of directors and chairman of the finance committee. Snipes is the past chairman of the board, former chairman of the audit committee and former member of the governance, quality, investment and compensation committees for the health system. Snipes serves as the chair of the New Horizons Health Care Council, a healthcare think tank focused on public policy in the health care industry and was recently appointed to serve on the regional policy board for the American Hospital Association. He is a member of Gov. Kevin Stitt’s transition team as the chairman of the healthcare policy group. Snipes received both his bachelors and masters degrees in accounting from Oklahoma State University. He is a member of the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Jack Allen, Jr.
Jack Allen, Jr., appointed by the State Treasurer, is the Chairman Emeritus of HUB International CFR and is involved with the Extension for Community Health Care Outcomes (Project ECHO) at the OSU Center for Health Sciences and at the University of New Mexico. Allen is also involved with the Alzheimer’s Association, the OSU Spears School of Business and the OSU School of Entrepreneurship. He has held advisory board positions with Hillcrest Hospital and Commerce Bank. Allen founded the Jack Allen Family Education Foundation, which is committed to improving public education and he currently serves as a Green Country Boy Scouts board member. Allen received his bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University (OSU) and holds the accreditation of Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC). He belongs to the Independent Agents Association and serves on the Board of Governors for the OSU Foundation. He is also a member of the OSU School of Business Hall of Fame.
Learn About the TSET Board of Directors
The seven-member Board of Directors supervises the earnings from the Trust to fund programs that improve the health and well-being of all Oklahomans. Initial appointed members serve staggered terms of office, and subsequent appointed members serve seven-year terms. As specified in the Constitution, at least one appointee must be appointed from each congressional district, and no more than two appointees may be appointed from any single congressional district. Furthermore, no more than four appointees may be from any one political party. All appointees must have demonstrated expertise in public or private healthcare or programs that benefit children or senior adults.
Board members are appointed by:
The Attorney General
The State Treasurer