Board of Advocates

The College of Allied Health Board of Advocates was created in March 2008. The Board of Advocates serves to advance the reputation and strength of the College of Allied Health at The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and University of Oklahoma Schusterman Center.

As friends of the College, its members provide information and assistance to help the College reach its goals. The Board provides insight into the College’s external operations and communicates the College’s activities to Oklahoma communities and its citizens.

The creation of the Board has been nothing less than perfect. The Board of Advocates has a very active group of alumni, friends, donors, and departmental representation. The Board helps the College of Allied Health Development Office move forward with fundraising and other outreach initiatives. The College of Allied Health now has a greater means to communicate with the community and to demonstrate who they are and what they do.

Board of Advocates

2017 Board Members

Linda Alfred  (Board Chair)

  • Clinical Sales Specialist, Xstrahl, Inc.
  • Radiation Therapy alumna, CAH

Matt Cloud

  • Vice President of Development, OKC Museum of Art

Jim Durbin

  • Executive Director of Development, Dean McGee Eye Institute

Bill Elam

  • Professor Emeritus, Physical Therapy

Katie Eliot

  • Assistant Professor in Nutrition and Dietetics at St. Louis University
  • Nutritional Science alumna, CAH

Martha Ferretti

  • Professor Emeritus, Physical Therapy

Vesper Grantham

  • Chair, Department of Medical Imaging & Radiation Sciences
  • Nuclear Medicine alumna, CAH

Jennifer Horrell

  • Speech Language Pathologist, Integris Jim Thorpe

Andrew John

  • Chair, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders

Allen Knehans

  • Dean, College of Allied Health

Jennifer Kragh

  • Realtor, dwell Urban Real Estate
  • Speech-Language Pathology alumna, CAH

Sandra Nettleton

  • Director of Compliance, OUHSC

Heather Odle

  • Occupational Therapist, Genesis Rehab

Lori Payne

  • Owner, Absolute Balance Pilates
  • Physical Therapy alumna, CAH

J.T. Petherick

  • Director of Legislative & Tribal Relations, Blue Cross Blue Shield

Jill Raines

  • Assistant General Counsel, OUHSC

Cyndy Robinson

  • Interim Chair, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Occupational Therapy alumna, CAH

Lancer Stephens

  • Director of Outreach, College of Public Health
  • Allied Health Ph.D. alumnus, CAH

Elizabeth Tolbert

  • Community Volunteer