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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.

President - OUAZ
Professor of Science

Phone: 623-233-7549
Education
PhD - Northeastern University
MS - Northeastern University
BS - Northeastern University
Dr. Dennis Tyner was named president of the OUAZ residential campus in May 2019. Tyner, who has been with the university for 13 years, was selected by Eichner in 2016 to lead the start-up and logistics for the new Arizona campus after his stalwart seven years of service as vice president and provost at the university’s main location in Kansas.

Dr. Dennis J. Tyner joined Ottawa University in January 2007 as Vice President and Provost of The College.  He has been teaching at the collegiate level since 1986 when he began lecturing at Northeastern University in Boston, MA.  Immediately prior to coming to Ottawa University, Dr. Tyner served for 8 years as the Dean of The David Crawford School of Engineering at Norwich University, the oldest private military college in the nation.  In that capacity, he helped to reverse a decade long trend of declining enrollment and was able to substantially increase the number of undergraduate engineering students enrolled at the school.  During that time he was instrumental in the development of new undergraduate program offerings, he designed an annual Engineering Summer Camp and a semi-annual Engineering Showcase, and he established the school’s first on-line graduate program.

Dr. Tyner grew up in Boston, MA and earned his BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University in 1985, 1986, and 1992, respectively.  His primary research focused on applying digital communication methods in magnetic storage systems to increase the storage capacity of magnetic media.  He published several articles on his research and presented his results at national and international conferences.  While pursuing his BS and MS degrees, Dr. Tyner was employed by GTE as a member of the Radio Products Group of their Communication Systems Division, and during that time he was part of a team that developed the secure communication radios for the aircraft carrier, the USS Enterprise, and for the NASA Space Shuttle.

After earning his doctorate, Dr. Tyner joined the faculty at Norwich University as an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering where he developed and taught new courses in communications and digital signal processing.  In addition to his academic work, he served Norwich University in several other areas during his 14 year employment with them, including admissions, facilities operations, student activities, and athletics.  He also served as a textbook reviewer for Prentice Hall and authored two solutions manuals for electric circuits textbooks that he evaluated.

Dr. Tyner is a member of Tau Beta Pi, the National Engineering Honor Society, and he served as advisor to Norwich’s student chapter from 1994 to 2006.  He was instrumental in helping the chapter achieve national recognition, as they were twice voted as the runner-up and twice voted the R.C. Matthews Most Outstanding Chapter.   In 1997, Dr. Tyner was nominated for, and received, the Tau Beta Pi Most Outstanding Advisor Award.  That same year, he was also selected to serve the organization as a facilitator for their award-winning Engineering Futures program, and he travels to schools across the nation to deliver seminars on public speaking, interpersonal skills, analytical problem solving, meeting management, and team chartering.

Dr. Tyner and his wife Patricia have 8 children and they reside with 5 of them in Ottawa, KS.  One of his children (Kristi) and his wife are graduates of Ottawa University, and three of his children (Kandi, David, and Kevin) are currently enrolled in courses at the Ottawa campus.

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.
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