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Boards & Committees

Oklahoma Science and Technology Research and Development Board of Directors

OCAST is governed by the Oklahoma Science and Technology Research and Development (OSTRaD) Board of Directors (Title 74, Section 5060.6). This 9-member board of directors consists of the State Secretary of Science and Innovation as the OSTRaD board chair with four members appointed by the governor and two each by the state senate and house.

Elizabeth Pollard, Cabinet Secretar and Chair


Chair, Secretary of Science and Innovation

Governor Kevin Stitt appointed Elizabeth Pollard as Secretary of Science and Innovation in June 2020. In this position, Pollard places a strategic emphasis on enabling science and innovation to impact health, economic development and education for Oklahoma.

In addition to her cabinet role, Pollard is a C-Suite veteran and has extensive global experience scaling businesses, building commercial and academic partnerships, and bringing to market highly specialized technology solutions for healthcare, pharma, diagnostics, and life science research. Because of her expertise in genomic tools and test development, Pollard served as part of to the Governor’s Covid Solutions Task Force - leading the COVID–19 testing response – and now the vision for the Oklahoma Pandemic Center of Innovation and Excellence (OPCIE). In addition, Pollard advises several early stage healthcare companies and has held board director roles in public, private, and non-profit organizations. Pollard is currently a Director on the Global Board of YPO and she serves on the Finance and Global Conduct Committees. YPO’s 35,000+ executive leaders represent businesses that together account for the world’s 3rd largest GDP.  She is a native Michigander and received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Michigan State University and master’s in administration from Central Michigan University.

The Secretary of Science and Innovation is responsible for the following executive State entities:

  • Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research Advisory Committee (EPSCOR)
  • Governor’s Aerospace and Autonomous Systems Council
  • Governor’s Council on Science and Innovation
  • Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology
  • Oklahoma Health Research Committee
  • Oklahoma Science and Technology Research and Development Board (OSTRAD)
Blayne Arthur, Secretary of Agriculture


Secretary of Agriculture

On January 14, 2019, Blayne Arthur was sworn in by Governor Kevin Stitt as the Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture—the state’s first female to hold the position. She acts as Governor Stitt’s chief advisor on policy development and implementation related to agriculture, food and forestry, and holds the titles of Oklahoma Commissioner of Agriculture and the President of the Oklahoma State Board of Agriculture.

Secretary Arthur grew up in Chickasha, Oklahoma, where her family raised horses, shorthorn cattle, wheat, alfalfa and soybeans. Arthur and her two sisters, Dr. Rosslyn Biggs and Chelsea Evans, were active in 4-H and FFA, focusing primarily on showing horses and shorthorn cattle — both statewide and nationally. Arthur’s mother, Dr. Peggy Clark, worked for the USDA as a veterinary medical officer. Her father, David Spencer, owns and operates Spencer Livestock, LLC., a family-oriented operation focusing on show horses and cattle, based out of Chickasha.

Upon graduating from Oklahoma State University in 2004, with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics, Sec. Arthur took a role in small-business financing for Rural Enterprises, Inc. In 2009, the then-Secretary of Agriculture, Terry Peach hired her as the department’s social media coordinator. When Secretary Jim Reese was elected in 2011, he offered her the position as the Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture, where she stayed from 2011 to 2016. In 2016, she served as the Executive Director for the Oklahoma 4-H Foundation until her appointment by Governor Stitt.

She is the 2016 Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association Distinguished Service Award Recipient; remains active in Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Diamond Hats, American Quarter Horse Association, Oklahoma Beef Council, and Ponies of the Americas; and selected for multiple honors including Oklahoma Agricultural Leadership Program Class XV, a Journal Record 2011 Achievers Under 40 honoree, and the 2014 Oklahoma Agricultural Woman of the Year.

Secretary Arthur married Jerrod Arthur in 2006 and they have two children, Kelton and Kennedy, who both enjoy showing cattle and horses. The Arthur family lives east of Stillwater and raise show cattle for 4-H and FFA members.

Sean Bauman, IMMY


IMMY, Norman

Sean Bauman, PhD is the President and CEO of IMMY, a diagnostic manufacturing company headquartered in Norman, Oklahoma. For more than 40 years, IMMY has specialized in the development, manufacturing, and global distribution of infectious disease diagnostic tests. These tests have been implemented in thousands of labs in more than 90 countries throughout the world. Dr. Bauman is passionate about improving the survival of patients with infectious diseases through accurate, early diagnosis and proper treatment. This passion has taken Dr. Bauman to many resource‐limited countries where he has seen, first‐hand, those affected by infectious diseases and the real challenges that come from getting each patient a timely, actionable diagnosis. His background is broad, with experience in management, infectious diseases, research and development, and product design. Through his leadership, IMMY continues to increase its impact on patients’ lives throughout the world.

In response to the growing need for more efficient and rapid test results during the early part of 2020, Dr. Bauman also became the President and CEO of IMMYLabs, a high complexity CLIA laboratory providing COVID‐19 diagnostic testing and vaccine administration. IMMYLabs is one of the largest COVID‐19 testing and vaccine providers in Oklahoma.

Dr. Bauman is a graduate of Norman High School, the University of Oklahoma with a BS degree in Chemistry, and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center with a PhD degree in Microbiology and Immunology. He resides in Norman with his wife, Renee, and their three children, Brynn, Brooke, and Luke.

David Ingram


Phillips 66, Bartlesville

David Ingram was raised in De Queen, Arkansas and attended Texas A&M University in College Station, where he was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering in 2006. He attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor for graduate studies and received a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering in 2008 and a PhD in Chemical Engineering in 2011. David has worked for Phillips 66 in various positions since 2011, including roles commercializing environmental technologies and in engineering operations at the Sweeny, Texas refinery. Currently David is the Director of Hydrogen & Sustainable Materials for Phillips 66 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. In addition to his role at Phillips 66, David serves in several volunteer positions, including the Phillips 66 Political Action Committee (PAC66) Board of Directors, the University of Arkansas Chemical Engineering Industrial & Professional Advisory Committee, and the Tri County Tech Foundation Board of Directors.

Thomas Kupiec


ARL / DNA Solutions / Kupiec Group, Oklahoma City

Dan Marticello


CymSTAR, Broken Arrow

Colonel Daniel Marticello is the President and CEO of CymSTAR LLC.  CymSTAR, located in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) established in 2003 to build, upgrade and maintain military training systems including flight simulators and maintenance procedure trainers.  Col. Marticello joined the company in the role of President and CEO in September 2018.

Prior to joining CymSTAR, Col. Marticello served for over 26 years in the US Air Force and retired in the grade of Colonel.  Prior to his military retirement, Col. Marticello served as the Air Force’s Program Manager for the new Air Force One (VC-25B) procurement and modification program.  He also led Air Force Materiel Command’s Simulators Division for three years where he led a team of 430 personnel executing a $1.9 billion budget across 52 training system programs. As an electrical and flight test engineer, he managed and executed flight test programs supporting the F-117 Nighthawk and the F-15 Eagle weapon systems.

Col. Marticello is a graduate of the US Air Force Academy, the University of Colorado, the US Air Force Test Pilot School, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Col. Marticello served in Afghanistan as part of the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan (NTM-A).  His military decorations include the Legion of Merit (1st Oak Leaf Cluster) and the Bronze Star.

Zachary Miles, Senior Associate Vice President, Technology and Economic Development


Oklahoma State University, Stillwater

Zachary Miles is the Senior Associate Vice President for Technology and Economic Development at Oklahoma State University.  He oversees the daily operations of OSU's commercialization efforts and development of the OSU Research Park.  Before OSU, Miles served in similar capacities at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and University of Utah.  Miles is a Patent Attorney by training having received is Bachelor of Science from Weber State University in Ogden Utah and his Jurid Doctor from the University of New Hampshire School of Law.  Miles has been proactive in engaging with start-up companies and serving in multiple roles from board member to general counsel.

Jeff McCormack, Ph.D.


Oklahoma Christian University, Oklahoma City

Dr. Jeff McCormack is the Chief Academic Officer at Oklahoma Christian University and holds the Lawson Professor of Microbiology and Immunology.  Previously, Dr. McCormack served as the founding Dean of the College of Natural and Health Sciences.  In addition, Dr. McCormack has a joint faculty appointment as Clinical Professor of Pathology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.   He holds board certification from the American Board of Bioanalysis as a High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD).  Prior to coming to Oklahoma Dr. McCormack was at Lipscomb University in Nashville TN as Associate Provost and Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the College Pharmacy.  Past experiences include positions at Baylor University Medical Center, Emory University, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 

Brenda Rolls


Frontier Electronic Systems, Stillwater

Dr. Brenda Rolls is the President and CEO of Frontier Electronic Systems.  An Oklahoma native and member of the Chickasaw tribe, Brenda earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Administration from Oklahoma State University in 1984.  She began her career in the California office of the family business, Frontier Engineering, Inc., where she gained experience with government cost accounting and contract administration.  Brenda pursued graduate studies at Biola University in La Mirada, CA, and graduated with a Doctor of Psychology degree in 1996.  In 1998 Brenda and her family returned to Stillwater, Oklahoma, to support and facilitate organizational transitions occurring within Frontier Engineering, Inc.  The core business of engineering design, development, and manufacturing was renamed Frontier Electronic Systems (FES), and Brenda participated in many strategic initiatives focused on maturing the company into a world class, sophisticated, and highly successful business enterprise.  In January of 2008, Brenda was promoted to President and CEO of FES.  Under Brenda’s leadership, the company has experienced revenue growth of over 50%, and work force growth of 30% while enhancing its engineering and manufacturing capabilities and maintaining strong profitability.  In conjunction with the strong leadership team at FES, Brenda maintains a core focus on strategic technology advancement and product diversity initiatives designed to insure FES’ continued success in the Aerospace and Defense technology marketplace. Brenda has served on the Governor’s Science and Technology Council, is a member of the Oklahoma Business Roundtable Board, and has served the local community through volunteer activities with the Stillwater Interfaith Counseling Center, Stillwater Domestic Violence Services, the YMCA, and First United Methodist Church. 

Standing Advisory Committees

OCAST receives support and assistance from the Oklahoma Health Research, Oklahoma Plant Science Research, Oklahoma Applied Research and Small Business Research Assistance advisory committees for research-related programs. Research-related standing committees must consist of representatives of the “business, higher education and research communities” (74 O.S., Section 5060.9[a]) and at least one-third of the members of each committee must be researchers. Committees are approved annually by the board. The Seed Capital Investment advisory committee is created to assist OCAST in evaluating potential investments with the Seed Capital Revolving Fund (74 O.S., Section 5060.21).

Oklahoma Applied Research Advisory Committee

Kenneth E. Bartels, D.V.M., M.S., Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
Cornell Cross, Apprentice Information Systems, Tulsa
David Humphrey, Industry Consultant, Broken Arrow
E. Ann Nalley, Ph.D., Cameron University, Lawton
Martha Ogilvie, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City
Dale Teeters, Ph.D., University of Tulsa, Tulsa
Monte Tull, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma (ret.), Norman

Oklahoma Health Research Committee

Tyrrell Conway, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma, Norman
Anna Csiszar, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City
Mary Beth Humphrey, M.D., Ph.D. University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City (Chair)
Eric Laverentz, First Presbyterian Church, Edmond
Jerry Malayer, Ph.D., Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
Gabriel Pardo, M.D., Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Oklahoma City
H. Anne Pereira, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City
Jamie Rhudy, Ph.D., University of Tulsa, Tulsa
Lijun Xia, M.D., Ph.D., Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Oklahoma City

Oklahoma Plant Science Research Advisory Committee

Gloria Caddell, Ph.D., University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond Kelly D. Chamberlin, Ph.D., USDA-Agricultural Research Service Richard S. Nelson, Ph.D., Oklahoma State University, Ardmore

Seed Capital Investment Committee

Jeff Moen, J.D., Noble Research Institute
James Wheeler, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma, Norman
Sherri Wise, Osteopathic Founders Foundation, Tulsa

Small Business Research Assistance Committee

Mike Callaway, CalTech Global LLC, Sapulpa
Rafal Farjo, Ph.D., Charlesson LLC, Oklahoma City
Terry Golding, Ph.D., Amethyst Research Inc., Ardmore
Chuck Gray, Frontier Electronic Systems Inc., Stillwater
Trevor Snyder, Ph.D., VADovations Inc., Oklahoma City
Brien Thorstenberg, Tulsa Regional Chamber, Tulsa

Last Modified on Sep 22, 2021
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