Meet the Class 15 of Leadership UCO


Lauren Bieri lauren bieri headshot

UCO Position: Photographer

Interesting/Fun Fact: Lauren is an ardent traveler. Her passion for travel has included, among other places, Minas Gerais, Brazil, where she became proficient in Brazilian Portuguese.

Lauren is a Staff Photographer for the University of Central Oklahoma. This role provides her a unique opportunity to experience and document the visual history of higher education on our campus. She has received many awards for her work as a photographer at Central, including a grand award from the Oklahoma College Public Relations Association for her sports photography. As a UCO alumna with a photographic arts degree, Lauren is proud to be a Broncho. During her time as a Central student, she interned at the Oklahoma Gazette and received an award for her excellence in photojournalism. Currently Lauren
serves as the vice-chair of the personnel, policies, and compensation committee within Staff Senate.


Christine Edwards Christine Edwards Headshot

UCO Position: Research & Learning Librarian

Interesting/Fun Fact: "I've lived in Edmond my whole life."

Christine has a Bachelor of Music Education from OU and a Master of Music from UCO. She taught music in Edmond and Kingfisher for seven years before returning to school for her Master of Library and Information Sciences. She has worked at Chambers Library for almost five years now. In her free time she reads, crochets, or goes rock climbing in the Wichita Mountains with her pug, Gus.

 

 


Christine Fisher christine fisher photo

UCO Position: Assistant Director of Academic Advisement Operations

Interesting/Fun Fact: "I absolutely love puns, and attended the O. Henry Pun-Off a few times when I lived in Austin."

Christine grew up in the thriving metropolis of Lawton, Oklahoma and attended the University of Oklahoma, completing both her bachelor’s degree in Spanish and master’s degree in Human Relations at OU.  In the year 2000, since the world did not end, she moved to Austin, Texas. In Austin, she explored several different careers in elections management, publishing, nonprofit, and social work before returning to the field of higher education as an International Student Advisor at Texas A&M University in College Station. 

In 2005, she returned to Austin to take a position as an Academic Advisor in the Spanish and Portuguese Department at the University of Texas at Austin. While at UT, she also helped run faculty-led study abroad programs in Argentina, Brazil, Guatemala, Mexico, and Spain. 

In 2014, Christine returned to Oklahoma, and after another short run in the nonprofit world as the Director of Operations for Creative Oklahoma, she decided to return to advising. 

Christine loves to learn something new every day, and welcomes challenges that keep her problem solving skills sharp.  As an advisor, she enjoys connecting students with appropriate resources that enhance their overall academic experiences at UCO.


Jennifer Goldman jennifer goldman headshot

UCO Position: Project Manager PMO

Interesting/Fun Fact: Mother of twins who are currently attending UCO

"As a professional, UCO trained me well in Educational Administration.  My journey includes ten years of combined administrative experiences as Director of Student Services, Title IX Coordinator, IT Project Manager, Technology Coordinator, Substitute Coordinator and Trainer, and twelve years as a Classroom Teacher.  On a personal note, I am an educator and lifelong learner, project manager, loving life as a happy wife and proud mother of twin daughters attending UCO."

 

 


Stanislav Gravchikov stan gravchikov headshot

UCO Position: eLearning Support Specialist III 

Interesting/Fun Fact: "In my spare time, I love to spend a moment at the garage doing some cool things with cars. Mechanical, electrical, body work – I can do it all!"

Stanislav Gravchikov is the eLearning Support Specialist III at the Center for eLearning and Connected Environments (CeCE) at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO). Stanislav joined CeCE in January 2012 as a student worker and served in that role until his graduation. Stanislav graduated UCO in December 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and gladly accepted a full-time position offered by CeCE. Stanislav is now responsible for managing the Interactive Video program on UCO campus, is in charge of part of software and web development, and serves as an IT person for the department.


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Tina Kirk Tine Kirk Headshot

UCO Position: Assistant Director of Education Abroad

Interesting/Fun Fact: "I played a West African djembe in a women's drumming group for several years."

Tina studied abroad her junior year in Reading, England, and later taught English in Russia from 1996 to 1998 as a Peace Corps Volunteer. She has been working in higher education since then, initially as a study abroad advisor followed by director-level positions in International Programs and Experiential Learning at Randolph College (formerly R-MWC). From 2013-2015, she served as the Director of Study Abroad at Yale University, managing the advising and application process for approximately 1,000 students. In December 2015, Tina became the Student Success Advisor for Criminal Justice and Modern Language majors in the College of Liberal Arts at UCO.

As the Assistant Director of Education Abroad since July 2017, she is excited to further develop international opportunities at UCO and passionate about the many opportunities for our students to engage in transformative learning abroad.


Lawren Krone lawren krone headshot

UCO Position: Assistant Director of eCommerce and Communications, Student Financial Services

Interesting/Fun Fact: "I once waited on Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman while working at Irma’s Burger Shack."

Lawren Krone earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2012. While in college and after graduation, Lawren worked in sales and social media marketing for a local State Farm agent for five years. Since coming to the University of Central Oklahoma in 2015, she has served and assisted with multiple campus committees and programs including the Student Affairs GET’EM Program, NCUR 2018, the Emergency Withdraw Committee, and the PCI Compliance & Security Committee. Lawren is currently the Assistant Director of eCommerce and Communications in Student Financial Services at the University of Central Oklahoma. Her responsibilities include development and administration of financial aid and financial services strategies and programs, collaboration across campus to formulate and administrate policies and procedures related to financial aid and student finance, manage all things related to eCommerce with TouchNet, oversee communications related to financial aid and student finances, and ensure compliance with state and federal laws, rules, and regulations.

Lawren believes that communication is essential for our culture on campus and the first step in teaching our students outside of the classroom.


Cass Ladd cass ladd headshot

UCO Position: Coordinator of Enrollment Management and Financial Services 

Interesting/Fun Fact: "My favorite domestic travel destination is Tilamook, Oregon."

"I grew up in Stillwater, Oklahoma. I have worked at UCO for just over three years, and I am a graduate of Oklahoma State University. I am currently attending OSU working on a PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in Student Affairs. In my free time, I enjoy traveling to visit family on the West Coast."

 

 

 


Michael Liddiard

UCO Position: Software Developer

Interesting/Fun Fact: "I learned American Sign Language from a deaf co-worker at a prior job."

"I am a father of two awesome children and enjoy spoiling them.  I have over 20 years experience developing custom enterprise application solutions. My latest project I developed is the STRL Snapshot application."


Michael Liskey mike liskey headshot

UCO Position: Assistant Director for Facilities & Operations – Nigh University Center

Interesting/Fun Fact: "When I was 16 I received an award for bowling 100 pins over average in one game (277)."

  • Home state is Michigan
  • Air Force Veteran
  • Small business owner - Liskey’s Carpet & Upholstery Care, LLC  (1993 – 2016)
  • Relocated to OK February 2015 for my current position at UCO
  • Married to Terri Liskey (also UCO staff) since January 1989
  • We have 5 adult age children age 25-35 & 4 grandchildren age 2-13 living in Michigan
  • We’re members of North Side Christian Church
  • Terri and I actively volunteer for UCO, City of Edmond & OKC events whenever our schedule permits, we’re currently enrolled in the Edmond Citizens Police Academy   
  • I completed MDP in May 2015 & Leadership Edmond in April 2018
  • Current Vice President of Staff Senate    

Jeff Lockwood jeff lockwood headshot

UCO Position: Administrative Assistant II for Advancement Services in the Office of Advancement

Interesting/Fun Fact: "I have sold cd’s to Neil Patrick Harris and Jimmy Kimmel"

Born and raised in Edmond, I absolutely love this city and Oklahoma in general. After performing improv comedy with the local troupe Everybody and Their Dog, I had the opportunity to move to Burbank, California and attempt to make it as an actor. After blowing through my savings, I came back home to be around family and friends and to go to work to build up my nest egg. While working, I was introduced to my wife, who was a band director in Keller, Texas at the time. After dating for 6 months we got engaged and I moved to Fort Worth. We moved back home after 5 years to again be close to our families. We call Edmond home where I enjoy listening and playing music, watching movies, reading books (really anything that engages my imagination) and raising a goldendoodle and 2 cats.  Going forward I plan on working towards a degree at UCO, when I moved to California I put off my education for a later date, and I am constantly looking for ways to improve myself.


Steph Rogers steph rogers photo

UCO Position: Instructional Designer

Interesting/Fun Fact: "I was in ESPN magazine in 2011, representing the Navy as a veteran athlete."

Steph Rogers received a B.S. in Forensic Science from the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) and a B.S. in Exercise and Sports Science from the University of Tulsa (TU). She is currently working on her master’s degree here at UCO in Adult Education, with an emphasis on Lifelong and eLearning. Steph is an Instructional Designer at the Center for eLearning and Connected Environments at UCO and is the resident eLearning Accessibility Specialist. She also serves as the Secretary for the Oklahoma Association on Higher Education and Disability (OK-AHEAD, ’17-’18 and ’18-‘19) and is a member of the Council for Online Learning Excellence (COLE).


Aysha Shahid aysha shahid headshot

UCO Position: Employee Relations Coordinator

Interesting/Fun Fact: Aysha is Henna tattoo artist and loves art. Also, she can speak 5 different languages. 

Aysha Shahid is from Lawton, Oklahoma and graduated from UCO with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resource Management and Business Management. She joined UCO as a student in August 2014 and throughout her college career, Aysha was involved in leadership positions in her student organizations and continues to take advantage of opportunities to gain professional experience and skills. She has a wide variety of experience at UCO and held positions in several offices across campus.

Aysha has been working as the Employer Relations Coordinator for the Career Development Center since May 2018; where she works with employers to connect UCO students with job opportunities, organizes career fairs, and co-manages the Intern UCO program. Prior to her position in the Career Development Center, Aysha worked at a non-profit as a Human Resource Coordinator.


Matt ShawdeeMatt Shawdee Headshot

UCO Position: Techceptionist

Interesting/Fun Fact: "I have been playing soccer as a keeper since I was 8 and soccer since I was allowed to play."

Matt graduated from UCO with his Bachelors of Science in Diversity Studies and a minor in Outdoor Recreation in December 2014. During, his time as a student he worked in the Deans office for the College of Education and also for Student Affairs in the Information Technology department. When Matt is not at work he loves to spend time with his wife Emily, son Malaki and his two dogs. He also loves anything sports related to Boston, where he is originally from. He is also very passionate about officiating soccer, which he has been doing for 7 years now.

 


Aaron Sterba aaron sterba headshot

UCO Position: Student Success Research & Learning Librarian

Interesting/Fun Fact: I have a second dan black belt in Okinawan karate. 

"I have a wife of 12 years, Alison, and we have 5 year old twins named Jude and Nora. I am originally from Weatherford OK, born and raised, and we moved to Edmond in 2007 when my wife began teaching English at Edmond North High School. I began working at the UCO library in 2008 as a student employee while getting my bachelor’s degree in biology. Since then I have held several positions at the library as part-time and full-time staff. In May of 2017 I graduated with my Master’s degree in Library and Information Studies from OU, and became the Student Success Librarian for the Chambers Library. My hobbies include camping, hunting, shooting, and most other outdoor activities. I also enjoy doing home renovation projects and woodworking"

 


Cassidhe Walker cassidhe walker photo

UCO Position: Coordinator, Adaptive Sports and Events

Interesting/Fun Fact: "I have a twin sister!"

Cassidhe graduated from Oklahoma State University in August of 2014 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration, with a Sports Management option, and a minor in Marketing. She started her career at UCO in the fall of 2014, working in marketing and communications in Student Affairs, then took over as the Coordinator, Adaptive Sports and Events in October 2017. She loves sports, food, reading, her sorority, and spending time with friends and family.

 

 


David Young David Young Headshot

UCO Position: Director of Procurement Services

Interesting/Fun Fact: "I love to direct gospel choirs."

David Young has worked in the procurement profession for over 35 years, he was a selected as a committee member of advisement to House Bill 74 which ultimately became law and serves as the State of Oklahoma “Purchasing Act”. He retired form federal service in 2014 with over 31 years of service in federal/state governmental procurement. In October of 2014 he joined the University of Central Oklahoma as Director of Procurement Services. He along with his staff oversee the procurement, payment, PCard and travel needs for the state’s third largest yet oldest public university, with over 17,000 students, encompassing three campuses with the main campus spreading over 201 acre.

He is a past chair member of the National Institute for Public Procurement which represents trillions in governmental acquisitions  across the USA, UK and Canada. He has worked tirelessly as the educational chairperson for Oklahoma’s public procurement profession spearheading the 2006, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2015 Public Procurement Professionals Conferences. He was the recipient of the 2008 Professional Public Buyer of the Year and 2012 Professional Public Purchasing Manager of the Year.

To date he is extremely honored to be a part of UCO family and  continues to have a passion for training procurement professionals. He and his wife Nanneeusha reside in Edmond, Oklahoma with their 4 children. 

Mr. Young’s current professional affiliations include: The University of Central Oklahoma, African American Faculty and Staff Association (Executive Board- 2016-2019 President), and remember of the National Association of Educational Procurement Professionals.