Western District Regional VP
Alpha Beta Upsilon
Redlands Community College
Raised in Moore, Oklahoma, Tyler McKenzie has always been around the city life and people. He dedicates his time to helping others and creating new relationships with those with similar aspirations. A few examples of how he does this is by actively being involved with his campus at Redlands Community College. Tyler is a part of multiple student organizations such as: Student Ambassadors, Academic Team, tutoring, and, most importantly, Phi Theta Kappa. These opportunities have allowed him to grow as both an individual and a leader, which is a necessary requirement for his future career as a physician.
During his youth, Tyler was always interested in science and succeeded in those types of classes as well. Being able to apply and expand a collective science knowledge throughout a career would provide the optimal challenges that he loves to overcome. Volunteering at multiple health clinics, shadowing various doctors, and majoring in biomedical sciences demonstrates his ambition to create a life dedicated to medicine. However, his primary goal is to simply help others in need and to become a leader in his community.
Central District Regional VP
Beta Kappa Psi
Northwest Arkansas Community College
Kimberly Kay, the Central district vice president for the Oklahoma/Arkansas region was born in California. She has also lived in Texas, but currently calls Arkansas home as that is where she has lived since 2012. Kimberly currently attends Northwest Arkansas Community College in Bentonville, AR. Kimberly is actively involved on her campus serving on the Student Ambassador and Government Association, National Society for leadership and success, Maker Club, and of course Beta Kappa Psi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. Kimberly is also involved in her community as a FIRST Robotics coach, and 4-H leader, She loves spending time with youth and helping them develop and reach their full potential. Kimberly enjoys building robots, playing with her cow, and getting coffee with friends in her free time. Kimberly is graduating from NWACC in the spring of 2018 and is planning on transferring the university of Arkansas where she will pursue a degree in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in legal studies. Kimberly long term plans include law school and being involved in social change in some capacity.
Eastern District Regional VP
Alpha Beta Psi
National Park College
Cory Morris was born in Arkansas to a legally-blind chef who could carve anything out of just about anything. Cory's father showed him the value that is in the detail, something so readily taken for granted. He also taught him about the value of perseverance and the importance of good work ethics. Those life lessons have served Cory well as he has been blessed to become a dedicated husband and father of three amazing young men, ages 2, 9, and 13, as well as a successful home-remodeling business owner. Making the transition from full-time contractor to full-time student has enabled Cory to become highly invested in National Park College (NPC) where he is pursuing an Honors Degree for an Associate’s of Science in Engineering. His passion and dedication to scholarly approaches for addressing some of humanity’s struggles led him to become President of the Alpha Beta Psi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa and earned him his place as Vice-President of the Eastern District of the Oklahoma/Arkansas Region. Cory is honored to serve as Vice-President to another organization close to his heart whose name is also its mission: The Cultural Diversity Awareness Club. He is an active At-Large Representative for the Student Government Organization, works as a math tutor at NPC’s Academic Success Center, and is also a volunteer at the campus Food Pantry. Additionally, he is an enthusiastic member of the NPC Write Hawks, the Anime Club, and the American Chemistry Society. A common theme resonates throughout each activity that Cory has dedicated his attentions to: growth and progress through inclusion and empowerment. The greatest lesson his father left him with was this: whether we see the world differently or we don’t see it at all, we each possess the potential for greatness through commitment, through compassion, and through it all.
National Park College
Hot Springs Campus
Alpha Beta Psi Chapter
Dr. Rebekah Robinette has served as an advisor of the Alpha Beta Psi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) at National Park College (NPC) since April of 2016. She served as Vice-President of the Oklahoma/Arkansas (OK/AR) Regional Association of Chapter Advisors for 2017-2018 and was named Associate Regional Coordinator for OK/AR in March of 2018. Dr. Robinette is a proud alumnus of the OK/AR Region and her chapter, Alpha Beta Psi. Her academic successes were made possible, in part, due to the opportunities that being an active PTK member afforded her.
Dr. Robinette is passionate about teaching and assisting students in discovering opportunities for their futures they may not realize exist for them. Dr. Robinette could have obtained employment just about anywhere but chose to return home to Arkansas in order to be a positive example to those of similar backgrounds to hers. Dr. Robinette’s favorite things about being an educator is taking students on an exploration of the amazing world of microbiology and seeing their personal growth through education.
When Dr. Robinette is not in the classroom or involved in PTK activities, she loves to spend time outdoors. She enjoys camping and is an avid fisherwoman. One ironic fun fact about her hobbies is that, although she loves fishing, she does not touch them or eat them. For her, it is the challenge of the sport.
As you can see, Dr. Robinette is a passionate person who is dedicated to PTK and students in general. This dedication creates the foundation for everything she does academically.
Associate Regional Coordinator
Redlands Community College - El Reno
Alpha Beta Upsilon Chapter
Dr. Julie's educational background includes baccalaureate degrees in Mathematics and Elementary Education from Oklahoma Christian College (now Oklahoma Christian University) and a Master of Education and Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Psychology from the University of Oklahoma. She has teaching experience at all levels from preschool through graduate students, and something unique about teaching each age and developmental level. In addition to teaching Dr. Flegal-Smallwood has professional experience with both state and federal government, the Department of Corrections, and private practice/consulting. She has lived all over the world, including dozens of US locations, Japan, and Panama. Travel remains a passion. She currently lives on an 80-acre farm with two large dogs (Duke and Sadie), two cats (Marble and Big Black), and a small herd of cattle. Dr. Julie drives a white truck which is almost always covered in red Oklahoma dirt. She is somewhat accident prone, loves chocolate, Vanilla Dr Pepper, Chuck, and cowboy boots, and likes to have fun. Her current courseload includes psychology, sociology, statistics, and agriculture courses. In addition to teaching, she is currently the Director of Accreditation and Institutional Development at Redlands Community College and serves as the Director for a Native American Serving Non-Tribal Institution federal grant. As a part of that grant, she oversees a greenhouse on campus which is home to an aquaponic system with fish and plants growing symbiotically. For a girl who loves beef and is not too keen on veggies, she is in charge of an Ag program featuring fish and plants -- go figure! Her most recent endeavor is overseeing the Redlands/Oklahoma Industrial Hemp Pilot Program.