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Phillips Elects New Trustees
Phillips Theological Seminary (PTS) announces five new appointments to its Board of Trustees for terms ending June 30, 2014. They are former Lt. Gov. Jari Askins, Dr. Karethy (Kay) Edwards, Dr. Donna Killen, Chrys D. Lemon, and Dr. LaDonna Meinders. The Board of Trustees is the policy-making body of PTS and has ultimate authority for the governance and stewardship of its direction and finances.

“I am delighted by the promise for PTS these new board members represent. They bring great knowledge about higher education, governance, and how institutions build relationships. Most importantly, they bring a desire to see better educated clergy and communities of faith,” said Dr. Gary Peluso-Verdend, PTS President.  

Members of the PTS Board of Trustees include leaders in the fields of ministry, education, law, and business who volunteer their time and expertise on behalf of the Seminary. The new trustees will join the seminary's current trustees who are: Christin Mugg Adkins, Larry Brown, Mary Jane Buck, Terry Carter, Royce Corder, Ruth Ann Fate, Richard Gallagher, Marcia Hagee, Michael Johnson, Paxton Jones, Sally Kelley, Kyle V. Maxwell, Lynnwood Moore, M.C. Potter, Daniel Woods, George E. Young, Sr., Thomas Jewell, Linda Ford, Ron Nofziger, Lisa Wilson Davison, Lori Walke, in addition to emeriti, Chester Cadieux, William C. Howland, Jr., and Stephen V. Cranford.   

Jari Askins was the 15th Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma and is currently the associate provost for external relations at the Peggy and Charles Stephenson Oklahoma Cancer Center. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma, and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. Askins was appointed Special District Judge of Stephens County, Okla., in 1982; and then Chair of the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board. She was elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 1995, and served six terms in office. During her final term she was elected and served as Democratic House Leader. Askins was elected Lieutenant Governor in 2006. She is an active member of the First Christian Church of Duncan.  

Kay Edwards is a professor and co-director of the Center for Cultural Competency and Healthcare Excellence at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She has served as a member of the faculty for undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral level nursing programs for the past 34 years. Edwards received her Bachelor’s in Nursing from the University of Central Oklahoma; as well as her Master’s in Community Health and Doctorate of Public Health from the University of Oklahoma. Edwards has been a member of the Christian Church, Disciples of Christ for over 33 years.  

Donna Killen is administrative director of Mountain Retreat, a small retreat center for clergy, church staff, and other groups. She received her Bachelor’s from Miami University in Oxford, OH, in Dietetics and Institutional Management; she also received her certificate in Education for Ministry (EFM) from the University of the South, and her Doctor of Humane Letters from Phillips Theological Seminary. She is a member of Evergreen Christian Church in Colorado where she has served in numerous leadership roles. She returns to the PTS board after a short hiatus.   

Chrys D. Lemon is an attorney in Washington D.C. and a former pilot instructor in the Air Force. He received his Bachelor’s in Economics from the U.S. Air Force Academy and his Master’s in International Affairs from Oklahoma State University. Lemon received a Juris Doctorate from American University and his Legum Magister from Georgetown University Law Center. He attends and has served in leadership roles at National City Christian Church in D.C.   

LaDonna Meinders is currently retired; her experience previously includes administrative positions at Oklahoma City University in graduate admissions and alumni relations. Meinders also has extensive experience as a piano teacher; she has performed professionally, including a program at the Kennedy Center during the nation’s bicentennial celebration. Meinders is the author of three books, Leaves in the Wind, Angel Hugs, and Angel Hugs for Cancer Patients. She received her Bachelor’s of Music and Master’s of Business Administration from Oklahoma City University, as well as an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. She returns to the PTS board after one year’s absence.


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