Senior Vice President and Chief Academic Officer
Angela Sivadon, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President and Chief Academic Officer
Dr. Angela Sivadon was named Senior Vice President and Chief Academic Officer for Tulsa Community College on August 1, 2020. In this role, she leads all aspects of Academic Affairs and oversees a vision for the College’s future that ensures and fosters student success.
In 2010, she became a full-time faculty member in the Nursing program after teaching as an adjunct for two years. She developed and launched the College’s Cardiovascular Technology program to meet the growing demand from community hospitals. In February 2019, she was appointed Provost for the Metro Campus, where she oversaw the Schools of Allied Health, Business & IT, and Nursing, including Corrections Education programming.
While serving as Faculty Association President, she co-chaired the implementation of Guided Pathways at TCC and presented on the process of integrating guided pathways and strategic planning to ensure student success. This work has helped her be a strong advocate for minoritized and marginalized students in obtaining their degrees and goals at TCC.
Prior to joining TCC, Dr. Sivadon worked as a cardiac nurse in the Tulsa community for 14 years before discovering her passion for education.
She earned her first nursing degree at Tulsa Junior College, now TCC, and holds a doctorate in Nursing Research from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Dr. Sivadon currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Heart Association/Tulsa Chapter and has previously served as President of the Executive Board of Directors for Oklahomans for Equality.
Living in rural Creek County with her wife, Mary, and their three dogs, they enjoy spending time outdoors, both in the mountains and at the beach. They have two sons, three grandkids, and one great-grandson.
Vice President of Workforce Development
Vice President, Workforce Development
As Vice President of Workforce Development at Tulsa Community College, Peter “Pete” Selden works across the College’s 38 workforce degree programs and 37 certificate programs that prepare students to go directly into the workplace. He also assesses workforce needs in the Tulsa area and collaborates with employers and workforce agencies to establish training programs to prepare TCC students for employment. In addition, Selden provides leadership to TCC’s 29 community advisory committees that help guide and review the College’s workforce development programs, the English as a Second Language program, and Conner Correctional programming.
Prior to joining TCC in 2018, Selden most recently worked at Arkansas State University Mid-South in West Memphis, Arkansas, where he served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Workforce programs. He oversaw faculty and staff across all Technical Center program areas including Welding, Process Technology, Diesel Technology, Mechatronics, Machining, Hospitality Management, Information Systems Technology, Medical Professions, Aviation Maintenance, Career Services, and Business and Industry Services. He worked with the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce (GMACW) and the Arkansas Delta Training & Education Consortium (ADTEC) on training and course development and student placement initiatives. He also helped secure and manage federal and state workforce grants.
Selden currently serves on the Tulsa Alliance Board, the Workforce Tulsa Board and Executive Committee, the Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Economic Development Council. He is pursuing his doctorate in Higher Education with a concentration in two-year college leadership at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He earned an M.B.A from Arkansas State University, and two bachelor’s degrees (Psychology, Communication) from the University of Buffalo.
During his free time, Selden enjoys spending time with his wife, Ellie, and their two children. They enjoy exploring Tulsa and all it has to offer, as well as family trips outside the country to South Korea.
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
Kristopher Copeland, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dr. Kristopher Copeland was hired in June 2019 as Provost of the West Campus at Tulsa Community College. In August 2020 he became Provost for the Metro Campus and in February 2021, he became one of the two Associate Vice Presidents for Academic Affairs. He oversees all of TCC's Academic Schools - Health Sciences, Science and Mathematics, Liberal Arts and Communication, Visual and Performing Arts, Business and IT, as well as the Dual Credit Programs/Early College High Schools programs.
Prior to joining TCC, he served as the Executive Dean of Liberal Arts at North Lake College in Irving, Texas. Prior to this position, he served as a faculty member in the communications studies discipline for 12 years at Northeastern State University and Florida State College at Jacksonville.
Dr. Copeland earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy and Higher Education from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, a Master of Arts in Communication from the University of Arkansas, a Bachelor of Arts in Speech/Theater Education from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, and an Associate of Arts from Carl Albert State College in Poteau. Dr. Copeland has also completed the Educators’ Leadership Academy through the University of Central Oklahoma and the Leadership Executive Advancement Program (LEAP) through North Lake College.
An active member in the communication studies discipline, he has served as president and former conference planner of the Oklahoma Speech Theater Communication Association, former president of the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Forensics Association, and chair of the Federation Prize for the Central States Communication Association in 2018.
Dr. Copeland is married to Ranee and has three children: Lennox, Finn, and Channing.
Associate Vice President of Academic and Campus Operations
Greg Stone, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President of Academic and Campus Operations
As the Associate Vice President for Academic and Campus Operations, Dr. Stone provides executive leadership for the Division of Engaged Learning, Tutoring Services, Online Learning, and the McKeon Center for Creativity. He also supports the College Park collaboration with OSU-Tulsa and programming at the VanTrease Performing Arts Center for Education (PACE), including the Signature Symphony. Dr. Stone has a regular presence on each campus and focuses on improving campus communication, cross-departmental processes, and employee engagement.
Prior to his appointment as AVP, Dr. Stone served as Provost of the Southeast Campus, and as Assistant Professor of English at TCC from 2006 to 2014. He holds a doctorate in English from the University of Tulsa, as well as graduate and undergraduate degrees from Northeastern State University and Tulsa Community College.
Dr. Stone is a graduate of Leadership Tulsa Class 53. He has served as a volunteer for the Oxley Nature Center, Reading Partners, and the Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers. He is also a landscape and plein air painter. He is a juried member of the Pastel Society of America and holds memberships in the Oklahoma Pastel Society and The Pastel Society of the Southwest. His work has been exhibited regionally and nationally.
Dean of Business & Information Technology, School of Business & Information Technology
Dean, Business & Information Technology
School of Business & Information Technology
With more than 10 years of teaching experience, Travis White was named Tulsa Community College’s Dean of the School of Business & Information Technology in 2019. He currently provides vision and leadership for the School, which includes 28 faculty on all four campuses and the Owasso site. He oversees the University Transfer and Workforce Certificate and Degree Programs, and provides leadership for TCC’s Corrections Program.
He joined TCC in November 2013 as Technology Learning Center Coordinator and Assistant Professor, Business and IT. Three years later, he was promoted to Department Chair of Business Administration.
White has taught a diverse population of students in a variety of settings across the globe, including Mexico, Peru, South Korea, and the United States. In addition, he has management and leadership experience in organizations ranging in size from small non-profits to Fortune 500 companies on four different continents, including Antarctica.
A native of Missouri, White earned his Business Administration degree with a major in both Management and Spanish from the University of Central Missouri and his Master of Business Administration degree from Oklahoma State University. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Curriculum Studies at Oklahoma State University.
Married with two children, White enjoys spending time with his family, traveling and being outdoors. He also is an avid follower of the financial markets.
Dean of Communication, English, & World Languages, School of Liberal Arts and Communication
Paula Willyard, Ed.D.
Dean of Communication, English, & World Languages
School of Liberal Arts and Communication
Dr. Paula Willyard has worked in Higher Education for 32 years. Currently, she serves as Interim Dean of Communication, English, and World Languages. Dr. Willyard focuses on the Owasso Community Campus, the English as a Second Language (ESL) program, and the DirectDegree program at Northeast and West Campuses.
Prior to returning to Tulsa Community College, Dr. Willyard held the following positions:
Founding Dean of Student Services at Coleman College for Health Sciences in Houston, Texas; Vice-President of Student Services at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City; and State Director of Academic Affairs for University of Phoenix at Tulsa and Oklahoma City campuses. In addition, Dr. Willyard has taught undergraduate and graduate courses as an adjunct faculty member at several institutions for more than 20 years.
Dr. Willyard holds a Doctor of Education degree in Occupational and Adult Education from Oklahoma State University and a Master of Education degree in Counseling from Northeastern State University.
Dr. Willyard currently serves on the Owasso Chamber of Commerce as Chair.
Dean of Health Sciences, School of Health Sciences
Jenny Fields, DNP
Dean, School of Health Sciences
School of Health Sciences
Jenny Fields joined Tulsa Community College in January 2014 and served as an Assistant Professor and Faculty Department Chair until she was named Dean of Nursing at the Metro Campus in July 2019. In February 2021, she was named Dean of the School of Health Sciences.
Prior to joining TCC, she worked at Langston University where she served as Faculty and Interim Director for the Nursing Program in Tulsa. As a practicing nurse with 20 years of experience, Fields also worked at St. John Medical Center in the Post-Anesthesia Recovery Unit and Medical-Surgical floors.
Fields holds the degrees of Associate in Applied Science and Science-Pre-Nursing from Connors State College, Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Master of Science from the University of Oklahoma, and Doctor of Nursing Practice from Samford University in Alabama.
She is a member of the American Nurses Association and the Oklahoma Nurses Association. She serves the College by being an active participant on the Academic Affairs Council and various TCC committees.
Fields and her husband, Dave, have two sons. The eldest is an Airman in the U.S. Navy; the youngest is a sophomore in high school. She enjoys reading and traveling to anywhere with a beach!
Dean of Mathematics & Engineering, School of Science & Mathematics
Dean of Mathematics & Engineering
School of Science & Mathematics
Starting at TCC in 2002 as an adjunct faculty in Mathematics, Lyn Kent has since held positions at the College in academic administration, as Associate Dean, and currently as Dean of the School of Mathematics & Engineering. As Dean, her most important role is supporting faculty in their work to create outstanding learning environments for TCC students.
Before coming to Tulsa, she taught as a faculty member at McLennan Community College in Texas and worked as a systems consultant in education and industry.
She graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and holds a master’s degree in Higher Education Leadership from Oklahoma State University.
Kent currently serves on the Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance Board of Directors and has been involved in the community through work with Youth Services of Tulsa, Tulsa Public Schools, Tulsa Regional Chamber Oklahoma Scholars program, church ministry, Habitat for Humanity, and at-risk youth initiatives.
Her family includes her husband, Paul, and two grown sons. Her favorite hobbies are reading, hiking and traveling with family.
Dean of Liberal Arts & Public Service, School of Liberal Arts & Communication
Dr. Brad L. Duren
Dean of Liberal Arts & Public Service
School of Liberal Arts & Communication
Dr. Brad L. Duren serves as the Dean of Liberal Arts and Public Service at TCC and provides leadership support for the Social Sciences, Humanities, History & Political Science, Criminal Justice, Paralegal, Human Services, and Child Development & Education disciplines.
A native of Duncan, Oklahoma, he received his Bachelor of Music degree from Oklahoma City University in 1990, his Master of Arts in History from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1994, and his Doctor of Philosophy in History from Oklahoma State University in 2005. He has been involved in higher education for more than 25 years, both as an adjunct and full-time professor. Dr. Duren served Oklahoma Panhandle State University in Goodwell, Oklahoma for more than 22 years as a History professor, where he taught United States History courses, as well as courses in History and Popular Culture. He was the Department Chair of Behavioral and Social Sciences for 13 years before he was chosen as Dean of the College of Arts and Education in 2018, a position he held for three years. At the time of his departure from OPSU, he was the Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs.
Dr. Duren is a published author in the areas of history and popular culture and is active both in the Popular Culture Association and the Southwest Popular Culture/American Culture Association, the latter of which he has served as an Area Chair for more than 20 years. He and his wife Melissa, a Substance Abuse counselor, have four sons and two grandchildren.
Dean of Sciences and Aeronautics, School of Science & Mathematics
Julie Porterfield, M.Ed.
Dean of Sciences & Aeronautics
School of Science & Mathematics
Julie Porterfield joined Tulsa Community College in 2007 as Assistant Professor of Biology. In 2020, she was promoted to Dean of Science. In February 2021, she was named Dean of Sciences and & Aeronautics. During her tenure at TCC, she has served as Faculty Department Chair, co-chair for the Guided Pathways Committee, Learning and Improvement Dimension lead for the Tulsa Transfer Collaboration, and Faculty Assessment Facilitator.
Prior to joining TCC, Porterfield served as Adjunct Faculty at Northern Oklahoma College (NOC) in Enid for four years.
She earned an associate degree in Science from NOC and a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from the University of Oklahoma. After graduating, Porterfield began teaching STEM courses at NOC and working towards her Master’s in Education, which she earned from Northwestern Oklahoma State University. Her program focused on higher education administration and adult education. Porterfield’s STEM area of emphasis was completed at OU and centered on animal development and behavior.
Porterfield is an active member of the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (HAPS), serving on the HAPS conference committee, and has delivered presentations at regional HAPS workshops on designing engaging Anatomy and Physiology activities.
Porterfield and her husband Justin have two teenagers, Alicia and Diego, and a Cairn terrier, Dobby. She enjoys epic road trips and all the oddities to be discovered, chocolate, and naps longer than 15 minutes, in that order.
Dean of the School of Visual & Performing Arts
Dean, Visual & Performing Arts
School of Visual & Performing Arts
As Dean of the Visual and Performing Arts, Kelly Clark oversees six academic programs: Art, Digital Media, Interior Design, Mass Communications, Music and Theatre. The VanTrease Performing Arts Center for Education and Signature Symphony at Tulsa Community College, TCC’s professional orchestra, are also under her supervision. Kelly began her higher education career at TCC in 1995, hired by then TCC President Dean VanTrease, just as construction began on the PACE. Immediately after arriving at TCC, she helped open the PACE, followed by an expansion of the facility a few years later, which has served as a home for many community events.
Prior to joining TCC, she worked in the film and video industry with film projects in Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, California and on “The Today Show” in New York City. Her time working both in front of and behind the camera gave her the opportunity to learn from actors, directors and other artists and helped her develop a wide knowledge of the industry.
Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Film from the University of Kansas and a Master of Science in Mass Communication from Oklahoma State University. She is currently working on her Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies from Oklahoma State University and expects to complete in 2021.
Kelly and her husband, Phil, live in Tulsa with their three dogs. Kelly spends time with her dogs training and competing in herding competitions across the area. She also enjoys running marathons and has completed 12 races including running the New York City Marathon twice.
Dean of Engaged Learning, Division of Engaged Learning
Dean of Engaged Learning
Cindy Shanks has worked at TCC since 2014, when she was hired as the Associate Dean of Liberal Arts at the Southeast Campus. Since 2016, she has served as the Dean of Engaged Learning, TCC’s faculty development and high-impact practice division, which includes the COLL 1003 College Success course, and an instructional design faculty team. She also works with the Global Education Director and with Faculty Coordinators to administer and deliver high-impact student learning programs (in addition to the College Success course), including Service-Learning, Honors, Undergraduate Research, and Global Ed/Study Abroad. In 2021 she began serving as Interim Dean of Liberal Arts & Public Service.
Shanks earned a master’s degree in Sociology from Southern Illinois University and an undergraduate degree from The University of Tulsa.
Prior to her work at TCC, Shanks worked at St. Louis Community College in Ferguson, MO, where for 19 years her positions included adjunct faculty member, Service-Learning Coordinator, and from 2003-2009, full-time Sociology faculty, Sociology and Anthropology Program Coordinator, Global Education Coordinator, and the Faculty Coordinator for Service-Learning.
Committed to sustainability issues and needs, Shanks’ lifelong passions are social, environmental, and economic justice. For the past five years, she has collaborated with Sustainable Tulsa on their “1st Thursdays” program, and for two years, has served as a Sustainability Coach for OU-Tulsa, as part of Sustainable Tulsa’s “Scor3Card” Program.
Dean of the McKeon Center for Creativity
Annina Collier was named the inaugural Dean of the McKeon Center for Creativity (the Center)/George Kaiser Family Foundation Endowed Chair in 2014. Through her leadership, the Center for Creativity has supported dozens of nonprofit organizations and helped thousands of people in the Tulsa region experience free workshops and art exhibitions. Her major initiatives include the “I Can’t” workshop series, a partnership between the Center for Creativity and 21 Tulsa arts and culture organizations; and “Please Touch the Art,” an exhibition that engages all five senses with a special focus on visitors who are blind or visually impaired. Collier produces TEDx events under license from the TED organization; she became an enhanced license holder in 2019.
Prior to joining TCC, Collier taught World Music at the University of Oklahoma and served as Director of Public Relations & Outreach at the Oklahoma Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain.
Collier graduated summa cum laude from the University of Oklahoma and holds a master’s degree from Ithaca College in New York.
A graduate of Leadership Tulsa Class 60, Collier was named one of Oklahoma’s 40 Under 40: Young Professionals Making a Difference by Oklahoma Magazine. She was a founding board member of Tulsa Bike Share and the Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Arts, and Culture. She currently serves on the Visit Tulsa Regional Tourism Advisory Board, Tulsa Chamber Resource Campaign, Cathedral District steering committee, and the Women of the Year – Pinnacle Awards committee.
Collier lives in Jenks with her two children and her husband, Robert Lee, who serves as Mayor. While they have largely forgotten what they did when they had free time, they do like to hike at Turkey Mountain and enjoy area parks and restaurants.
Dean of Libraries and Knowledge Management
Dean of Libraries and Knowledge Management
Paula Settoon joined Tulsa Community College in July 2012 as Dean of Libraries and Knowledge Management at the Metro Campus. In August 2020, she also assumed the responsibility for overseeing the general computers labs, including the FACET Center at Northeast campus and the Technology Learning Center at West Campus.
Prior to joining TCC she worked at Northeastern State University where she was Interim Executive Director of NSU Libraries. She also served as Director of Learning Resources Center at Platt College and in various roles at the Tulsa City-County Library, where she worked for more than 16 years.
Settoon holds the degrees of Bachelor of Arts in English Education from Louisiana Tech University and Master of Library and Information Science from Louisiana State University.
She is the chair of TCC’s Council Effectiveness Committee and the co-chair of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Assurance Committee. She also acts as the College’s Accreditation Liaison Officer with HLC and is the Employee Campaign Coordinator for the Tulsa Area United Way. An active community volunteer, Paula has served on the boards of numerous community organizations including the Community Action Project of Tulsa, the Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa, and the Junior League of Tulsa.