Feed The Children promotes Gary Sloan to senior vice president of domestic operations and program development and Hogan Thomas to senior director of logistics and inventory management; and names Roy Ballou director of human resources and Jayme Cloninger manager of public policy. Sloan previously served as vice president of logistics and inventory management. Thomas was director of logistics and inventory management. Ballou previously was employment manager with Metropolitan Library System. Cloninger worked with the Enough Project and Food For the Hungry as public policy consultant.
OU Children’s Physicians has hired Dr. Mark R. Damon II as an emergency medicine physician at The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center. Damon has been practicing as an emergency medicine physician at hospitals in Ardmore, Oklahoma City and Muskogee. He earned his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree at Oklahoma State College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Mercy Clinic has hired Dr. Lee Kirsch as a family medicine physician at Mercy Clinic Primary Care on N May Avenue in Oklahoma City. He received his medical degree from Des Moines University in Iowa.
Integris Weight Loss Center names Dr. Hamilton S. Le medical director. He received his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.
Merrill Lynch announces that First Vice President and Financial Advisor Todd Taylor will become the firm’s first private wealth adviser in Tulsa, joining the Private Banking and Investment Group.
The law firm of Helms, Underwood & Cook hires Tiffany Kay Peterson as an associate at the firm. Peterson graduated magna cum laude from Oklahoma City University School of Law in May.
Arvest Bank promotes Sammetra Christmon to assistant vice president and branch manager of the Arvest Park Avenue Private Banking Center at 210 Park Avenue in Oklahoma City. Christmon has been with Arvest since 2001, most recently as branch manager of the Arvest Deep Fork Private Banking Center at 5621 N Classen Blvd.
University of Oklahoma Athletic Director Joe Castiglione announces that Michael Alford has joined OU Athletics as senior associate athletic director for development. Alford previously was senior director of partnerships and sales for the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys. Nicki Moore, senior associate athletic director, is moving from the department’s academic unit to direct student life and athletics strategic planning and will continue in her role as senior woman administrator for OU Athletics. Michael Meade has been hired as associate athletic director for athletics academics services. Meade most recently served as director of student-athlete academic services at the University of Arizona. Renata Hays has been promoted to assistant athletic director for branding and licensing. She previously served as the director of licensing for OU Athletics. Kimberly Miller has been appointed director of human resources for OU Athletics. Most recently, Miller served as a human resources generalist for Cimarron Energy.
AWARDS & HONORS
C. Bruce Lawrence has received the Oklahoma Hospital Association’s highest award, the W. Cleveland Rodgers Distinguished Service Award, in recognition of his outstanding service to the health care industry. Lawrence is the president and chief executive officer of Integris Health. Since joining Integris in 2001, he has served as president of Integris Baptist and Integris Southwest Medical Centers and executive vice president and chief operating officer of Integris Health.
Eva Alexander, an employee with Days Inn & Suites in Poteau, has been honored with the Days Inn — Wyndham Worldwide SHINE Award. The SHINE (Special Hospitality Initiative Notable Employee) Award is given to one employee per state based on customer service. Customers’ comment cards from June 1 to Sept. 1 were submitted to the corporate office for judging. Alexander has been an employee at the Days Inn & Suites since 2005.