Contact Information Technologies

For questions about the Information Technologies programs or enrollment, please contact Student Success & Career Advisor Kim Beattie at 918-293-5440 or kim.beattie@okstate.edu, or Program Support Strategist Trudy Book at 918-293-5051 or trudyb@okstate.edu.

Mailing address:
OSUIT School of Creative & Information Technologies
1801 E. 4th Street
Okmulgee, OK 74447

Trudy Book

Trudy Book Program Support Specialist
918-293-5051
trudyb@okstate.edu

Kim Beattie

Kim Beattie Student Success and Career Advisor
918-293-5440
kim.beattie@okstate.edu

Christian Bradley

Christian Bradley, Dean, School of Creative & Information Technologies Dean, School of Creative & Information Technologies
918-293-5305
christian.bradley@okstate.edu
Christian Bradley serves as dean of the School of Creative & Information Technologies at OSU Institute of Technology.

Before coming to OSUIT in 2019, Bradley served as the institutional director of Media Arts for The Art Institute’s College of Creative Art and Design. Bradley was also an academic director, program chair and full-time teacher at various times during his 16 years with the Art Institutes.

He has a B.A. in Art from Cal State Fullerton and an M.A. in Leadership from South University. He has worked at multimedia companies, that include Interplay, The Collective, and JVC, over the span of his professional career. Bradley also was the president of Cubicle Arts, a contracting company that provided digital and traditional art assets for multimedia companies.

Over the past 18 years, Bradley has focused on teaching others how to use 3D and digital art software in the classroom, through various publications and by developing online training series offered through TheGameInstitute.com, Lynda.com, and The Art Institutes Online. 


Eileen Dewey

Eileen Dewey serves as the Assistant Dean of the School of Creative & Information Technologies at OSU Institute of Technology.
Ms. Dewey has been actively involved with higher education since 1998. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Central Oklahoma in Education, A Master of Arts degree from Webster University in Computer Resource Management, and a Master of Science degree from Tulsa University in Computer Science. She holds several industry certifications in Information Technology, Project Management, and Cyber Security.
Ms. Dewey has been a co-pi on several NSF grants in the cyber security field, served as a director of 3D gaming and simulation development, and director of management of information systems at other institutions.
Ms. Dewey joined the OSUIT team in 2018.

Michael Hass

Michael Hass has over twelve years of experience working with cybersecurity, project management, and policy development as an Air Force communications officer.  He also has another twelve years of experience in education, project management, and policy review and refinement within academic institutions in Oklahoma and Missouri.  Mike currently has a MS Degree in Information Resource Management from the Air Force Institute of Technology and a MS Degree in Management Science and Information Systems from Oklahoma State University.  He is currently a faculty member at the Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology where he teaches information technology subjects such as applied cryptography, enterprise architecture, networking, enterprise security management, database, IT and project management, and senior capstone.


Howard Licht

Howard Licht has over 20 years professional experience in higher education and has worked in various levels of education and administration. Mr. Licht has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications (summa cum laude) from Oklahoma City University, a Master of Divinity degree from Lexington (Kentucky) Theological Seminary, and a Master of Science degree in Information Assurance from Oklahoma State University. He is also a Fellow of the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism with the University of Maryland. Additionally, he has completed over 30 hours in post graduate work in Educational Psychology. Mr. Licht came to OSUIT from Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology where he began as Director of Counseling Services. While at Spartan, he taught a variety of courses in its bachelors and associates programs and became lead instructor for the associates program, the bachelors program, and online education. Prior to entering teaching, Mr. Licht was the (ordained) pastor or associate pastor for congregations in Oklahoma, Texas and Kentucky. During this time, he developed websites and software for databases to maintain membership information. He spent eight years in customer service and technical support for DISH Network, and was a trainer for newly hired as well as seasoned employees. He has worked in print, radio, and television. For the latter, he was only the third dedicated religious news reporter in the nation (KOTV Ch. 6). He has had curriculum pieces published in the areas of children's Christian education and youth leadership (Christian Board of Publication). Mr. Licht is a Paul Harris Fellow (Rotary) and has received multiple awards for employee training, supervisory leadership, and college instruction.


Mark Pranger

Mark L. Pranger, born and raised in the state of Oklahoma, has over a decade of experience in the software engineering field working for companies like TMSSequoia, MCI WorldCom, Oklahoma State University, and the United States Bankruptcy Court in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He has served on the Consumer Advisory Committee of the Federal Communications Commission in Washington D.C. representing the rural community and education concerns. In the field of education, he has over 2 decades of experience including teaching for both private and public institutions of higher learning as well as serving in administration as a Dean. His undergraduate work from Rogers State College and Oklahoma State University is in Computer Science. He has a Master's degree in Business Administration and another Master's degree in Telecommunications Management. His research interest includes Business Applications of Artificial Intelligence, Game Theory, and Software Development. His current teaching centers around the Software Development classes at both the lower and upper divisions within the School of Creative & Information Technologies. He serves as the Internship Coordinator for the department. He is an avid Magic: The Gathering player and content creator in his spare time.

Jim Strother

Adjunct Instructor

james.strother@okstate.edu

Jim Strother has had wide experience in various companies in industry.  Companies include McDonnell-Douglas, American Airlines, Sabre, EDS, Dollar/Thrifty Rent-a-Car, Verizon Business and Frontier Communications.  He has worked as an application programmer, systems programmer, systems engineer and network analyst/support.  Jim has also taught at Tulsa Community College and Rogers State University before coming to OSU-IT.

 

Hobbies include pinball machine repair/refurbishing, laser tag system development, saxophone and converting a VW bus to electric.

 


Bill Cox

Adjunct Instructor
918-293-5440
bill.cox@okstate.edu
Bill Cox has 35+ years of teaching experience at College and University levels. Mr. Cox served as the Information Technology Manager and Instructor at the University of Illinois - Springfield. He has experience teaching Web Development, PHP Web Programming, DBMS, and Cisco Certification courses.  Mr. Cox was an Information Resource Specialist installing and maintaining educational servers and networks in twenty-three remote sites for the Macon Special Education District. He has a B.A. in Liberal Studies and an M.A. in Management Information Systems from the University of Illinois.  Mr. Cox is also a graduate of the MOR Organizational Leadership Initiative.  Mr. Cox is a Certified Cisco Academy Instructor for the CCNAv7 and CCNPv7 certifications and a Registered Trainer for Certified Teaching Staff in Illinois. Mr. Cox served for four years in the United States Air Force during the Viet Nam War, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant.

Michael Schnell

Michael Schnell serves as a committee member for both the COLE (Council for Online Learning Excellence), OCO (Online Consortium of Oklahoma) and CEP (Course Equivalency Project), which he chaired Computer Science for 3 years, all with the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. Mr. Schnell has a B.S. in Computer Science from Northeastern State University and an M.S. in Information Technology from Florida Institute of Technology. Michael Schnell has over 21 years of experience in teaching computing-based courses to others in the classroom.  He has served as an academic advisor, Coordinator of Distance Education, and has worked on curriculum development at Seminole State College.  

John Biasi

Mr. Biasi is an accomplished IT professional with notable success directing a broad range of IT security initiatives while participating in planning, analysis, and implementation of solutions in support of business objectives. He has hands-on experience leading all aspects of network design on high profile projects. He excels in dynamic, demanding environments while remaining pragmatic and focused.  Burns & McDonnell's Governance, Risk, Cybersecurity & Compliance (GRCC) team is driven to protect and enhance reliable operations of critical infrastructure by advising on regulatory compliance, risk management, Operational Technology (OT) cybersecurity, and enterprise strategy. He helps his clients successfully navigate complex business challenges by providing security and risk management solutions while also helping improve operations through process efficiencies, technologies, and internal controls. Mr. Biasi has a Bachelor of Science in IT with a concentration in Information Security from Excelsior College. He also has a Master's of Business Administration with a concentration in Cybersecurity Management. He has 20 years of experience in IT, with those 15 years in cybersecurity. He works with some of the largest electric utilities within the United States and Canada. His current employer is Burns & McDonnel, a 100% employee-owned firm, made up of more than 7,000 engineers, architects, construction professionals, planners, estimators, economists, technicians, scientists and consultants with offices across the U.S. and throughout the world. Mr. Biasi has been working here at OSUIT for 1 year, but he has 6 years of teaching and presenting at conferences and symposiums related to the Energy sector, including DistribuTECH, GridSEcCon, and the ICS Working Group. He was formerly certified in teaching advanced first aid and CPR through the Red Cross, where he taught at 2 volunteer ambulance companies over the span of 3 years.


Darin McCammon

Darrin McCammon is a Marine Veteran, serving four years, from 2002 to 2006. Mr. McCammon has worked for numerous companies in the Oklahoma/Tulsa region, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Sonic, Oklahoma University Health Science Center, and O'Reilly's. Mr. McCammon holds a bachelor's degree in management information systems and Ethics, an MBA with dual specializations in Applied Computer Science and Computer and Information Security, and most a BA in Psychology.   

Greg Morris

Adjunct Instructor
918-293-5440
morrigt@okstate.edu

Dr. Fillmore (Fil) Guinn

Adjunct Instructor
918-293-5440
fil.guinn@okstate.edu
Dr. Guinn holds a Doctorate in Business Administration with a specialization in Information Systems. His Master's is in Information Systems and his Bachelor's is in Mathematics.
He taught Computer Science courses online and in-class for Odessa College from 1999 until 2007. Dr. Guinn was a full-time professor for OSUIT from 2007 until 2018 in the Information Technology School. Currently, Dr. Guinn is an adjunct for OSUIT teaching online courses.
Dr. Guinn has held CompTIA A+, Cisco CCENT, and CCNA Routing and Switching certifications. He currently is a course reviewer for Quality Matters validating that online courses meet the QM standards for online learning.
Dr. Guinn lives in northwestern Tennessee and keeps busy remodeling his house and traveling the area.

Jeff Story

Jeff Story is the Chief Information Security Officer for The Bankers Bank in Oklahoma City and has been with the bank since 2016.  Prior to joining The Bankers Bank, he worked as a compliance manager and IT manager for Computer Services, Inc.  Mr. Story is a graduate of Murray State University where he earned a BS in Business with an emphasis in Finance and a MS in Telecommunications Systems Management. He also holds and maintains many industry certifications including the Certified Information Security Manager, Project Management Professional and Certified Information Systems Security Professional.  Mr. Story serves on the board of the FBI Infragard Oklahoma Members Alliance and is a recent graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy.   He is a member of the OSU Institute of Technology School of Creative and Information Technologies Advisory Committee where he also serves as an adjunct professor. Mr. Story is involved with two local conferences as a member of the planning committee for Information Warfare Summit and as a member of the advisory council for Interface OKC.  Mr. Story enjoys helping others through education, spending time with his family, and watching the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Barron Winters

Dr. Winters has worked in education since 2010. He is currently the Senior Program Developer and Instructor of a Cyber Security program within the Career Technology arena. He is a National Board-Certified Teacher. Dr. Winters holds a Bachelor's degree from Southwestern College in Security Management, a Master's degree in Security Administration from Southwestern College, and a Doctorate degree in Computer Science from the Colorado Technical University.
Dr. Winters is a US Army veteran and has worked in IT for over 34 years. He began his humble journey as a UNIX Administrator.

Stacy Eldridge

Stacy Eldridge brings nearly 20 years of cybersecurity and digital investigative experience to the classroom. Ms. Eldridge is the CEO  of Silicon Prairie Cyber Services LLC, where she focuses on breaking the code on data protection for businesses, their information, and their customers through consulting and education services. Ms. Eldridge launched her career in the Federal Bureau of Investigation by spending nearly a decade as a Senior Forensic Examiner on the Computer Analysis Response Team, where she worked a variety of digital investigations such as intrusion, child exploitation, and terrorism. Ms. Eldridge was part of the team that secured the first material support of terrorism conviction. Ms. Eldridge has multiple years of experience in Cyber Security management, including five years spent building the data loss prevention program at General Electric while working closely with the insider threat team to use innovative technology and procedures to protect intellectual property for over 90,000 employees across the globe.  Before launching her own company, Ms. Eldridge was working to protect critical infrastructure at Lincoln Electric System as the Cyber Security Manager responsible for developing strategies to protect both information technology systems and operational technology systems. Ms. Eldridge has also served as a coach for the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists for a number of years.  Ms. Eldridge has the following certifications: GSEC, GCCC, GCFE, ACE, and CFCE and received her Masters of Science from Bellevue University.

Josh Nicholson

Josh was born and raised in southern Indiana.  Following high school graduation, Josh joined the U.S Army Reserves, then transferred to the Indiana Army National Guard.  Josh transitioned to the Active Army in 1997. Josh began his law enforcement career in 2002 when he became an Army CID Special Agent.  During his time as an Army CID Special Agent, Josh serves as a major crimes case agent, economic crimes case agent, Digital Forensic Examiner (DFE), Team Chief, SAC of a detachment in Germany, assistant operations officer, and as a Supervisory Special Agent in charge of a digital forensic team covering the western half of the United States. 

Josh retired from the U.S. Army in 2020 and started working as a Special Agent with the Department of Energy Inspector General’s office on the Cyber Investigations and Forensic Analysis Team. 

Josh received a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Troy University in 2006, a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from American Military University in 2015, and a Master’s degree in Computer Forensics from George Mason University in 2017.   

Josh has been with OSUIT as an Adjunct Professor since January of 2020. 


Darren Waldrep

Dr. Darren Waldrep holds an Associate degree in General Education from Columbia College, A Bachelor's degree in Management of Technology from Athens State University, a Master's degree in Cybersecurity from Bellevue University, and a Doctorate degree in Information Technology in Digital Forensics from the University of the Cumberlands.
Dr. Waldrep is currently an Assistant Professor - Management of Cybersecurity Operations at Athens State University, where he started in January of 2016. The Management of Cybersecurity Operations program is relatively new at Athens State University, with updated curriculum and hands-on labs fostering a more realistic approach to online learning. The Management of Cybersecurity Operations degree program was designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) in June 2020. Dr. Waldrep has over 24 years of working as a Systems Administrator and Information Assurance Manager (Cyber Governance). He accepted the Professor of Information Assurance Management job in 2016 at Athens State University; however, the program has recently changed names to Management of Cybersecurity Operations. Before coming to work at Athens State he was employed by the Department of the Army as an Army Civilian at the Army Missile Command (AMCOM - Redstone Arsenal, AL) as an Information Assurance Manager (IAM) for six years. The primary role there was to certify tactical systems that would enter the battlefield overseas. Dr. Waldrep was responsible for seeing the product from start to finish with the Information Assurance to meet DoD standards and regulations. Before working at AMCOM as a DoD Civilian, he was a DoD contractor serving as a Systems Administrator working on Linux and Windows systems meeting the DoD regulations (DIACAP, RMF) from the technical side of the Information Assurance Management certification of products.
Dr. Waldrep loves outdoor sports, mainly baseball and football, and likes coaching them at the youth and high school levels. He enjoys family as they are everything to him. His wife, Joy, of 21 years, and his two sons Eli (19) and Aiden (16) keep him busy, but he loves every minute spent with them.

Jeff Mansker


Chris Gootos

Chris Gootos has an Associates in Applied Science from Oklahoma State University – Oklahoma City and a Bachelor of Technology in Information Technologies with a discipline in Cybersecurity & Digital Forensics from Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology.  He is working towards his Master of Science in Digital Forensics from Champlain College. 

Prior to teaching at OSUIT, spent 35 years in sales and management positions in Oklahoma, Arizona and Long Island, NY.