Western District President
Alpha Eta Alpha
Rose State College
Samantha is a member of the Alpha Eta Alpha chapter at Rose State College. She works closely with various clubs at her college to advance equality and kindness. She loves to spend her free time gardening, spending time in fresh air, and watching the sunset. She lives in a little town 30 minutes southeast of Oklahoma City with her family, 2 dogs (Vida and Sampson), and 2 cats (Tubby and Binky). She is currently pursuing an A.A. in Mass Communications with a Spanish Certificate and plans to transfer in 2020 to a larger institution to pursue a B.A. in Communications with a Minor in History. She loves people, culture, and the outdoors. Her favorite question is always “Why?” After college, she hopes to be a newscaster for a progress-minded news station.
Central District President
Alpha Delta Lambda
Carl Albert State College
Marissa Costello was born and raised in Austin, Texas. She moved to Oklahoma just after fourth grade. Marissa currently attends Carl Albert State College in Poteau, Oklahoma and is pursuing an Associates of Arts in Pre-Law.
Marissa is actively involved on her campus through various organizations such as the Blue and White Club, History Club, Fine Arts Club, and as the 2019-2020 incoming president of the Alpha Delta Lambda Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. She enjoys volunteering with these clubs around the Poteau community, with a special spot in her heart for the Poteau Valley Humane Society.
Marissa is passionate about second chances and opportunity for all. She attended twelve different schools in her life-time due to moving frequently, and her high school performance suffered greatly. During her final semester of high school Marissa felt desperately lost, but had finally gotten the opportunity to attend a military school away from home. Thunderbird Youth Academy gave her a fresh opportunity to prove herself physically and academically. Marissa excelled there and graduated at the top of her class in merit. She is proud to have earned the top academic honor and a scholarship as their Distinguished Academic Graduate.
Marissa hopes use her experiences to inspire others to take opportunities they think aren't possible. When she is not working or at school, she is normally reading poetry, writing, and studying. After college she hopes to become an attorney, and use her knowledge of the law to advocate for criminal justice reform and inspire others to become informed and involved in the process of our government.
Eastern District President
Beta Iota Epsilon
Arkansas State University Mountain Home
Abraham Unwer serves as the OK/AR Region’s Eastern District President and as Chapter President for the Beta Iota Epsilon chapter. He previously served as the Vice President of the Arkansas State University Mountain Home Student Government Association. Abe credits PTK for helping him find his voice in the world. An introvert by nature, he rarely felt comfortable talking to strangers before becoming a PTK member. Through his involvement in the Society Abe was allowed to grow to be unapologetically outgoing.
Abe's passions include advocating for the voiceless in society and the field of medicine. During his time away from his studies and PTK, Abe works as an EMT. He is fiercely devoted to EMS and the medical field. Abe feels most fulfilled when working on an ambulance and his patients are the light of his life. Abe’s most recent independent research project involved people with conditions which fall in the Neurodivergent category. He is pursuing a Paramedic Medicine as a stepping stone to medical school.
Abe loves being in the woods and outdoors. Rock climbing, kayaking, and hiking are some of his hobbies. He also enjoys painting and playing guitar occasionally. Abe lives on a small farm in upper Arkansas.
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.