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President - OUKS
Professor of Education and Religion

Education
Ed.D. - Oral Roberts University
M.A. - Oral Roberts University
M.M. - Southwestern Christian University
University of Zimbabwe
University of Cambridge
St. Ignatius (Zimbabwe)
 
Dr. Reggies Wenyika was named president of the OUKS residential campus in July 2018.
 
He came to OU from Southwestern Christian University in Bethany, Okla., where he has served as University president since 2014. Before that, he was provost and vice-president of academic affairs at SCU from 2008 to 2014. A native of Zimbabwe, he moved to the United States with his wife Dr. Bongi Wenyika and his two children Thembi and Kudzai in 2000 and has worked in higher education since arriving in the US.
 
He attended St. Ignatius College in Zimbabwe where he earned his Ordinary Level General Certificate of Education and Advanced Level Certificate of Education through the University of Cambridge. He received a Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology from the College of Health and Sciences at the University of Zimbabwe and also received a Diploma in Ministerial Studies and a Bachelor of Religious Arts in Biblical Studies. Wenyika has a Master of Ministry from Southwestern Christian University, Master of Arts in Education Administration and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Oral Roberts University. He is currently working on his second doctorate degree, majoring in Theology.

Director of Performing Arts - OUAZ
Associate Professor of Music

Phone: 623-233-7547
Email: thomas.bookout@ottawa.edu
Education
DMA - Arizona State University
MM - Eastman School of Music
BM - Houghton College
Thomas Bookhout, DMA, is Director of Performing Arts and Associate Professor of Music. He also is Chorus Master for the Phoenix Symphony, where he prepares the Symphony Chorus for concerts throughout the year and has conducted them in performances in Carnegie Hall, Vienna, Salzburg, and Poland. He holds degrees from Arizona State University, Eastman School of Music, and Houghton College. Previously, Bookhout was Director of Fine Arts at Scottsdale Christian Academy, Pastor of Music Ministries at Camelback Bible Church, Music Director of the Taghkanic Chorale in New York, Chorus Master for the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Director of Choral Activities at the University of Charleston, and Director of Music at the renowned Stony Brook School. Additionally, he has served as head of a K-12 school and was a high school principal. Tom and his wife Jeanne’s family includes three adult children, two sons-in-law, and an ever-increasing number of perfect grandchildren.

Professor in Charge - Public Safety

Education
MBA - Northcentral University
MS - University of Phoenix
BS - Arizona State University
Mirela Borsan has been teaching online for Ottawa University and Grand Canyon University for the past four years, and Ottawa University is pleased that she recently assumed the role of Professor in Charge for the Public Safety Program. Professor Borsan has worked in the criminal justice field for over 20 years. She first served as a Juvenile Detention Officer and then as a Police Officer for both the City of Tempe and the City of Avondale. Mirela has worked various assignments, including:  Criminal Investigations Bureau-Sex Crimes Detective, Patrol Sergeant, Property Crimes Sergeant, Persons Crimes Sergeant, Special Victim Unit Sergeant, Patrol Lieutenant, Detention Bureau Lieutenant and Communications Bureau Lieutenant. She holds a bachelor's degree in Justice Studies from Arizona State University, a master’s degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix, and an MBA in Homeland Security from Northcentral University. 
 
In her spare time, Mirela enjoys practicing yoga, working out, traveling, movies, music, home decor and a variety of outdoor activities. She is the author of two blogs--one that is faith-related and one which focuses on leadership and career planning. Mirela also serves as a leadership coach and assists individuals with job and promotional interviewing techniques, and states, "I love to see people succeed and I love to help them achieve their dreams". 
 
Mirela resides in Arizona with her only "child"--a Bichon Frise. 

Assistant Professor of Biology


Associate Professor of Art

Education

MFA  - Ft. Hays State University
BFA - Truman State University
AA - Cottey College


Brianne Fulton Miller, Associate Professor of Art, is the Lead Faculty member for the art department at Ottawa University.  She received her A.A. with a concentration in art from Cottey College, her B.F.A. (photography) from Truman State University and her M.F.A. (ceramics) from Fort Hays State University. Professor Fulton Miller has taught since 2009, serving as Department Coordinator of the art department of Cottey College, as an Art Instructor at Crowder College for two years, and as a graduate teaching assistant at Fort Hays State University. Professionally, Brianne has exhibited her work in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Colorado, Pennsylvania, New York, and Wyoming, and has a piece in the permanent collection of the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute in Jingdezhen, China.  Brianne is currently the regional liaison for the Kansas Artists and Craftsmen Association, has been a featured panelist for the Arts Council of Johnson County’s SmArt Exchange series, and has juried several art competitions for professional and student arts organizations.  She is excited to engage with students at Ottawa University, and always looks forward to helping her students to achieve their own definitions of success.

Visiting Professor


Director of Bands - OUKS
Assistant Professor of Music
 

Education
DMA - University of Missouri-Kansas City, Conservatory of Music & Dance
MME - University of Misourri-Kansas City, Conservatory of Music & Dance
BME - Northwest Missouri State University
Dr. Kevin Maret is the Director of Bands and coordinator of Instrumental Music Education at Ottawa University.  Maret conducts the Wind Ensemble, Pep Band, Drum Line, and Percussion Ensemble.  Previously Dr. Maret served as the Fine Arts Coordinator for the Topeka Public School District.  In addition Maret taught band in Missouri, instructed courses at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, was adjunct faculty at Grace University, Northwest Missouri State University and was the Assistant Director of Bands and Director of Percussion Studies at McKendree University.  His performance credits include the "United States Air Force Heartland of America Band" at Offutt AFB, Principal Percussionist with the Sioux City Symphony, and regular performances with the Kansas City, Omaha and Lincoln Symphonies.  His military band Sidewinder has performed on "The Ellen Show", "Entertainment Tonight”, "Fox and Friends”, and at the White House.  Maret has performed with Placido Domingo, Patti LuPone, Idina Menzel, and Tommy Tune.  His compositions can be heard in commercials, movie trailers and television shows. 

Dr. Maret holds a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Northwest Missouri State University, a Master of Music Education Degree, and a Doctorate in Musical Arts - Percussion Performance Degree from the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Dean - School of Arts & Sciences
Professor of English

Phone: 785-248-2571
Email: karen.ohnesorge@ottawa.edu
Education
PhD - University of Kansas
MHL - Ottawa University
MA - New York University
BA and BFA - University of Tennessee
Dr. Karen Ohnesorge is currently the Dean of The School of Arts & Sciences, Dean of Instruction at The College and professor of English.  She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Tennessee, both with highest honors.  She earned her master’s in English-creative writing from New York University and her doctorate in English from the University of Kansas.

She has served as adjunct instructor for Neosho County Community College Extension in Ottawa, Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester, Mass. and Johnson County Community College. 

Dr. Ohnesorge’s past experience involves assistant editor for the American Art Review, director for the Academic Achievement Center in Ottawa, project assistant and support services coordinator for Supportive Educational Services/Student Support Services at the University of Kansas, project coordinator for TRIO Dissemination Partnership & Dean’s Scholars Program and associate director of Academic Programs for Excellence at the University of Kansas, and director of the Center for Excellence at OU.

Dr. Ohnesorge has extensive published works, has conducted several conference presentations, and holds many honors including OU’s College Class of 1966 Award from the Senior Class for having “changed lives and challenged students to achieve.”

Professor in Charge, Expressive Arts Therapy
 

Education
MA - Notre Dame de Namur University
BA - California State University
Paula Artac is a professional watercolor artist, art therapist, university instructor, liturgical art designer, illuminator, and author.  She has taken the position of Professor in Charge of the Expressive Arts Therapy concentration at the Ottawa Phoenix campus.   Dr. Artac is founder of 2 Dots and A Line non-profit, which utilizes and blends her doctoral study of spirituality, healing and the creative process in workshops, classes and symposiums for adults and children.  Since 2014, Paula has successfully developed the Arizona chapter of Episcopal Church & Visual Arts national organization.  She is the convener of this chapter, and Curator for EC&VA exhibits.

Professor of Biology
Chair, Division of Math and Natural Sciences

Phone: 785-248-2581
Email: steven.boese@ottawa.edu
Education
PhD - University of Western Ontario
MHL - Ottawa University
MS - University of Missouri
BA - University of Minnesota
Dr. Steven Boese grew up on a small family farm (dairy, crop and stock) in rural South Dakota.  This rural upbringing has continued to influence his values and goals in the areas of sustainability and food security.  Steven received a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in biology and minors in chemistry and geology from the University of Minnesota - Morris.  After receiving a Master of Science degree in Forestry from the University of Missouri - Columbia, he spent 5 months in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire at that time) with Habitat for Humanity and African Inter Mennonite Missions.   He then obtained a PhD in Plant Sciences from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario.  Dr. Boese has post-doctorate experience at the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research in Ithaca, NY, and the Fruit and Vegetable Crops Department, Cornell University where he worked with global climate change research (before climate research became popular). 

Dr. Boese joined Ottawa University Biology Department in August of 2007, teaching a wide range of biology courses at the organismal and higher levels of organization.  Additionally, Dr. Boese teaches an interdisciplinary course on hunger issues and has co-taught an interdisciplinary course on disaster response, planning and assessment. 

Along with sailing, gardening and woodworking, Dr. Boese is very active in community outreach.  He has volunteered with the American Red Cross for local fire and disaster response, volunteered with OYAA and Imagine Art youth art clubs, presented numerous “Science Saturdays” at the community library, provided after-school programs, and worked with scouting groups for badges.   Dr. Boese spearheaded the Math and Science Showcase effort that has brought several hundred area high school students to campus and has worked with the local school district to provide science enrichment for the middle school gifted program.  
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