OCCC Honors Their Own

    (Published: 11-22-13)

OCCC Hall of Fame  2013

Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) honored nine graduates during the 2013 Alumni Hall of Fame banquet on Nov. 19.

Among the honorees were: Tony Arango, New Systems Sales Engineer, TRANE, Inc.; Steve Coulter, Co-Owner/Publisher, Mustang Times, Choctaw Times, Tuttle Times, Minco-Union City Times; Robert Frantz, Jr., M.D., FACEP, Group President, Team Health America, Inc.; Lacey Lett, TV/Radio/Digital Communications Anchor/Host/Reporter; Sean Lynch, Film and Video Program Equipment Coordinator, Adjunct Professor, OCCC; Jennifer Peters, Professor of Nursing, OCCC; David Puente, Retired Federal Bureau of Prisons, Community Volunteer; Patrick Riley, Owner/Publisher, TheLostOgle.com; and Mike Thompson, Director of Government and Public Affairs (Oklahoma), BP America, Inc.

Tony Arango
New Systems Sales Engineer, TRANE, Inc.

Tony Arango is a New Systems Sales Engineer for TRANE, Inc. where he designs energy-efficient heating and cooling systems for clients of all sizes. Having previously completed a Plumbers and Pipe Fitters apprenticeship and participated in OCCC's work-study program in Facilities Management (Air Conditioning Technician), Tony earned his Associate Degree in Applied Science from the College before transferring to the University of Oklahoma where he received a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2002. He is an active member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and is a TRANE Strategic Partner board member.

Tony owns several properties and has started a commercial real estate investment firm. He is also part owner of one of downtown OKC's newest restaurants, Hillbilly Po'boys & Oysters.

Steve Coulter
Co-Owner/Publisher, Mustang Times, Choctaw Times, Tuttle Times, Minco-Union City Times

Steve Coulter is co-owner and co-publisher of four Oklahoma newspapers - the Mustang Times, Choctaw Times, Tuttle Times, and Minco-Union City Times. All of the newspapers are members of the Oklahoma Press Association and the National Newspaper Association, and they have won numerous awards from both associations in News, Sports, and Advertising categories. The Mustang Times is a three-time Sequoyah Award Winner, the highest honor given by the Oklahoma Press Association in its annual Better Newspaper competition. He began his newspaper career as an Advertising Director with the Yukon Review and Mustang News.

Steve has also worked as a disc jockey for the past 17 years at Oklahoma City's KMGL Magic 104.1 where he currently hosts a weekly radio show every Saturday afternoon from 2 - 7pm. Steve graduated from Oklahoma City Community College in 1997 with an Associate in Arts in Broadcasting and Communications and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1999.

Robert Frantz, Jr., M.D., FACEP
Group President, Team Health America, Inc.

As Group President of Team Health America, Dr. Robert Frantz, Jr. is responsible for emergency medicine operations in sixteen states, including the financial and operational performance of the region. He previously served as Chief Operating Officer of a division of Morningstar Emergency Physicians, as Medical Director of the Norman Regional Health Systems, and as Operating Manager of Lightstar Emergency Physicians, P.L.L.C. He also proudly served the Norman Police Department as a paramedic.

Robby received his M.D. from the University of Oklahoma College Of Medicine and did his residencies at University Hospitals of Oklahoma and the Yale University School of Medicine where he was recognized as the Outstanding Clinical Resident in Emergency Medicine. Robby was also honored as the Clinical Faculty of The Year at Oklahoma State University in 2004. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Zoology from University of Oklahoma after completing his Associate of Applied Science in Paramedic Science at Oklahoma City Community College. Robby also served as an adjunct faculty professor in Emergency Medical Technology at OCCC from 1986-1993.

Lacey Lett
TV/Radio/Digital Communications Anchor/Host/Reporter

Lacey Lett is a veteran multi-media presence throughout Oklahoma and across the country. She has served as host of Great Day Green Country, a live, daily lifestyle magazine program for KOKI-Fox23 in Tulsa, as a video host and columnist for OPUBCO's "Look@OKC," as a radio host and emcee for TheSpyfm.com, as host and Digital Network Manager for Ackerman-McQueen's nationally syndicated web program "7 in Seven," and as an anchor for the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department's OklaTravelNews show. She has previously been a reporter for Remington Park, a producer and announcer for ClearChannel Radio, and a Production Assistant for VH1 in New York. Currently, she is reporting for KFOR Newschannel 4 in Oklahoma City.

Lacey recently represented the United States in the US Department of State-sponsored Media Professional Exchange in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She has been selected as both a "40 Under 40" and "30 Under 30" Award winner. Lacey completed her Associate of Arts degree at OCCC and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting and Electronic Media from the University of Oklahoma in 2006.

Sean Lynch
Film and Video Program Equipment Coordinator, Adjunct Professor, OCCC

Sean Lynch has worked at Oklahoma Community College for the past five years as the Film and Video Program Equipment Coordinator and as an adjunct professor, teaching Cinematography and Production Design. He has received many varied credits in the film industry from Producer to Prop Master while working on projects such as "Bringing Up Bobby," "The Killer Inside Me," "Crazy Enough" starring Chris Kattan of SNL fame, and "The Dogs of Lexington," a documentary that is helping reshape the penal system in Oklahoma. Sean has also penned scripts for three feature length films, including the recently completed "Light from the Darkroom," a suspense-thriller set in Panama, and "Unsolved," a foray into the horror genre.
Sean earned his Associate of Arts in Film and Video Production from OCCC. Prior to working in the film industry, Sean served in the United States Air Force for six years and also owned and operated his own bakery.

Jennifer Peters
Professor of Nursing, OCCC

Jennifer Peters is a Certified Nurse Educator instructing nursing students at Oklahoma City Community College. Jennifer earned her Bachelor's Degree in Dance Management from Oklahoma City University in 2000. After a brief career in dance was cut short by multiple injuries, she returned to Oklahoma from Florida and enrolled in nursing school at OCCC, completing the ADN Program in 2003. She received her Master's in Nursing Education from OU in 2008, the same year she began her teaching career at the OCCC. Jennifer specializes in Maternal Newborn Nursing and, in addition to teaching full time, has continued to serve as a Labor and Delivery and Postpartum Couplet Nurse at the Women's Renaissance Center in Midwest City and at Moore Medical Center in order to keep current in her field.

Jennifer was nominated for the President's Excellence in Teaching Award in 2012 and 2013, and she is currently the OCCC Curriculum Committee chairperson.

David Puente
Retired Federal Bureau of Prisons, Community Volunteer

David Puente was a member of Oklahoma City Community College's inaugural class of 1972. Upon completing his studies in Criminal Justice and Corrections at OCCC and Central State University (UCO), David began a long career in Corrections during which he served at Mabel Bassett Correctional Institution and as a Senior Officer at the Federal Corrections Institution in El Reno. Since his federal service concluded, David has turned his attention toward community volunteerism. He has been an active advocate for civil rights, social justice, and neighborhood improvement. His efforts have benefitted teens, seniors, the Latino community, the Capitol Hill District, various neighborhood associations, the incarcerated, and more.

David's many awards include being bestowed with the Leadership in Civil Rights Award by the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Volunteer of the Year by the Hispanic Chamber, Civil Rights Activist Award by the Iris Santos Rivera Foundation, and a Lifetime Award by the Oklahoma Universal Rights Alliance.

Patrick Riley
Owner/Publisher, TheLostOgle.com

Patrick Riley is owner and publisher of TheLostOgle.com, a local web log which sprang from humble beginnings and has grown into a must-read, influential voice in the Oklahoma media, government, sports, and social scenes. Snarky and sometimes controversial, "TLO" is hailed for its humor, insightfulness, and successful investigative journalistic efforts, often relying on information supplied by a network of tipsters called "Ogle Moles." The website has been referenced by multiple national media outlets as the source of popular, intriguing stories and has been credited as a driving force in holding state officials accountable for upholding state freedom-of-information laws. Patrick also sponsors and hosts multiple Trivia Challenge Nights around the metro area, popular with community residents and host businesses.

Patrick previously worked in the Marketing/Communications field serving companies in the healthcare and banking industries. He received his Associate of Arts degree from OCCC in 1999 and earned a Bachelor's in English/Creative Writing from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2002.

Mike Thompson
Director of Government and Public Affairs (Oklahoma), BP America, Inc.

Mike Thompson is Director of Government and Public Affairs for Oklahoma at BP America, Inc. where he works with the state's elected and appointed leaders to ensure prudent regulation of the oil and gas industry, including legislation and education. Mike served in the Oklahoma State House of representatives from 2004 to 2010. He was chairman of the Transportation Subcommittee from 2006 to 2008 and led the Energy and Utility Regulation Committee from 2008 to 2010. He is a board member of the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce, Central Oklahoma American Red Cross, and also serves on the OKC and Tulsa Chambers' leadership committees.

Mike attended Oklahoma City Community College for two years before earning a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Oklahoma City University, followed by a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma. Mike received one of the coveted 2012 Journal Record Achievers Under 40 Awards and is also a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma, Class XXV.

The OCCC Alumni Hall of Fame is a prestigious annual award that recognizes a select group of OCCC graduates, showcasing their career and civic accomplishments over the years. For more information please call (405) 682-7591.