Workshop Content Developer and Facilitator Bios

We are proud of the all-star team we have assembled to not only develop captivating and meaningful content but also serve as the workshop facilitators. With their many years of professional and educational experience, we have no doubt participants will leave these workshops feeling more confident and competent in these individual areas.


Fran Petties Fran Petties' Headshot

Workshop: Self-Development Day 1
Content Developer and Facilitator
Fun Fact: Fran loves all kinds of music. She has sung opera under the tutelage of Thomas Carey and backup for her brother’s Rap group. She was part of a Christian R&B Hip-Hop group and writes poetry. She can also be spotted acting in a couple of youtube music videos.
Fran Petties has over 19 years of work and experience in Human Resources and Professional Development through her work at the University of Central Oklahoma as an administrative professional, Employment Services Manager, Training Manager, and currently the Director of Professional Development.  She graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, and a Masters of Science degree in Occupational and Adult Education.  Her certifications include DiSC Facilitator, UCO Workplace Mediator, CPLP through the National ATD Association, and Certified Learning Environment Architect (CLEA) through UCO’s Center for eLearning and Connected Environments department.  A couple of her professional highlights include assisting with the establishment of UCO’s Employee Relations department and Professional Development department and having two employee programs place second and third nationally in’s Certificate Program with Emphasis on Leadership and Organizational Development category.  She believes creativity and innovation are key for continuous individual and organizational success.


Jakey Dobbs Jakey Dobbs Headshot

Workshop: Self-Development Day 1
Content Developer and Facilitator

Jakey Dobbs joined UCO in September 2015 as the Coordinator of Student Leadership Training through the Office of Leadership Central. During her time in this role, she advised the President’s Leadership Council and Leaders of Tomorrow, as well as managed the UCO Leadership Academy and OKC Leaders in Training program.

Jakey holds a bachelor’s degree in communication with an emphasis in public relations from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas. After graduation, she worked for Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority Headquarters based out of Indianapolis, Indiana as the volunteer coordinator where she oversaw the general volunteer recruitment, training, retention, evaluation, and recognition in the volunteer structure.

As of January 2018, Jakey serves the UCO community as a Professional Development Specialist with her primary role as the Leadership UCO and Leadership UCO Alumni program coordinator. Her other responsibilities include facilitating New Employee Orientations (NEOs), online content designer and curriculum writer. She is also a Certified Learning Environment Architect (CLEA) through UCO’s Center for eLearning and Connected Environments department. Jakey is currently pursuing a Master’s in Adult and Higher Education in Training at the University of Central Oklahoma.



Frank Nelson, Ph.D. Frank Nelson Headshot

Workshop: Self-Development Day 2
Content Developer and Facilitator
Fun Facts: 1.) He was once honored as “Family of the Year” even though he is a single person. 2.) He was the first male to join the American Association of University Women and the first male to join the Oklahoma City Women’s Music Club. 3.) He has had a private tour of the West Wing of the White House. 4.) He has had a fleeting moment on a TV commercial.   

Dr. Nelson was raised in Anadarko, OK.  He graduated from Oklahoma State University and did post-doctoral work at Southern Methodist University and the American College in Paris (France, not Texas). 

Early in his career, he helped develop Leadership Camps for the author of several books on leadership development, Zig Ziggler. 

He spent 2.5 years in the Federal Prison (as a teacher).

And, he has spent a lot of time in Drinking Under The Influence classes (as a trainer for DUI instructors). 

In addition, he has done consulting work for 5 state agencies and a variety of organizations in 27 states including:  Ralston Purina, the Federal Reserve Bank, American Fidelity, EMSA, Federal Aviation Administration, Society of Interior Designers, and OG&E. 

He also served as an administrator at Redlands Community College in El Reno before coming to UCO for 29.5 years, most of that time as coordinator of the Masters in Adult Education program.

In retirement, he continues to teach classes for the military at Tinker and Ft. Sill and at Southwestern Christian University.  He is the music director at Mayfair Heights United Methodist Church.  And, In his spare time, he takes naps with his two blondes (long-haired Chihuahuas, Frankie and Goodness). And, although he is not a big garage sale person, he has found several treasures that he believes may qualify him for the “Antique Roadshow”.



Jarrett Jobe, Ph.D.

Workshop: Leadership Basics
Content Developer and Facilitator
Fun Fact: Jarrett was an Olympic Torch Runner and Escort for the 1996 Atlanta Games.

Jarrett Jobe currently serves as Executive Director of Student Leadership Programs at the University of Central Oklahoma where he also serves as an adjunct professor in political science and leadership. He also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Oklahoma where he teaches courses related to international relations, particularly the United Nations. At UCO, he developed the Global Service Leadership Study Tours and has taken students to Peru, South Africa, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Uganda, Cuba and Costa Rica. He also taught courses for the military in Germany, Belgium, Italy and the United Kingdom. He holds a Bachelor’s of Forensic Science from the University of Central Oklahoma and a doctoral degree in Political Science from the University of Oklahoma. He has been recognized as a “20 under 35” Edmond community leader, a journal record “40 under 40 leader”, awarded the President’s Award for Leadership and Civic Engagement at UCO, was awarded the Global Citizens Award in 2016 from the New World Experiences Foundation and currently serves on the UCO Alumni Board, serving as past President. He has received several grants for academic work including an OU Presidential fellowship to study abroad in France and represented UCO as a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) intern. His philanthropic interests include the Oklahoma Regional Food Bank, Pros for Africa and Habitat for Humanity.



Linda Clark

Workshop(s): Communication and Group Dynamics
Content Developer and Facilitator
Fun Fact: "Most of my hobbies require adult supervision. I hula hoop with fire and do aerial yoga, both of which require someone else present for safety in case things go badly."
Linda Clark Headshot
Bio: Professionally recognized human resources strategist, Linda Clark, is the principal in an organizational development coaching and consulting firm specializing in the power of effective team creation and growth, the power of feedback in innovative cultures, and strategic people operations. Her business focuses on peak performance, authenticity, and personal presence  as a combination for success for individuals and organizations by highlighting the mindful selection of the best skills for the current situation and applying them with confidence.
Want to learn more about Linda? Click here.






Holly Osburn, Ph.D. Holly Osburn Headshot

Workshop: Strategic Thinking and Problem Solving
Fun Fact: Dr. Osburn loves music and food so you will find her trying new restaurants and attenting concerts every chance she gets.
Bio: Holly K. Osburn is an Associate Professor of Management and the Director of Leadership Studies at the University of Central Oklahoma.

She received both her M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Oklahoma. Immediately after completing her Ph. D. she worked as a consultant and program manager for OU for a year before becoming an assistant professor of psychology at Oklahoma Christian University. Dr. Osburn has served as a professor of management in the College of Business at the University of Central Oklahoma since 2009 and Director of Leadership studies for the College of Business since 2011.

As the Director of Leadership studies, Dr. Osburn has created and developed a number of programs that seek to instill and develop leadership characteristics in students. One of her greatest accomplishments in this role has been establishing the Broncho Business Leader program. Commonly referred to as “2B Leaders,” the program takes 30 top undergraduates students from the College of Business and empowers them to be change agents in their communities. A second program developed under her leadership has been a Leadership Speaker Series which hosts six executive level speakers from the Oklahoma City Metropolitan area each year to talk to College of Business students about what it means to be a leader. A third impactful program designed and executed by Dr. Osburn is an event called Network It. Network It is a speed-networking event that helps students refine their networking skills in a safe environment. Dr. Osburn believes her mission is to inspire students to become individuals of positive impact in their respective communities. Her goal is to show students that through learning and implementing what they learn, they can change the world and make a difference.

Her research focuses on the areas of leadership, planning, creativity and business ethics. Her research can be found in The Journal of Creative Behavior, The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Creativity Research Journal and a recent chapter in The Handbook of Organizational Creativity.

Dr. Osburn and her husband of 18 years, Mike Osburn have three children and live in Edmond, OK.



Ethan Waples, Ph.D. ethan waples headshot

Workshop: Strategic Thinking and Problem Solving
Content Developer
Bio: Ethan P. Waples joined the College of Business in 2009. He earned his undergraduate degree from Baker University in Baldwin City, KS. Baker is a small, liberal arts institution located near Lawrence, KS. Ethan received his Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Oklahoma. At UCO, he is an Associate Professor of Management. Currently, he is teaching primarily in the MBA Program at UCO, but has also taught Leadership, Principles of Management, Business Ethics, and Management Theory for undergraduates. His research interests include leadership, business ethics, selection, and training. Dr. Waples has published journal articles in outlets such as the Journal of Business Ethics, the Creativity Research Journal, Ethics and Behavior, and Advances in Developing Human Resources.