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Board of Directors

Bill Beierschmitt, Chairman 

Bill recently retired as Provost and Chief Operating Officer at Rogers State University in Bartlesville, one of Lowe Family Young Scholars' partner universities. He holds both his Bachelors and Masters degrees from Oklahoma State University. He was a member of Leadership Oklahoma Class X. 

Cindy Dronyk, Vice-Chairman

Cindy holds a Masters in Curriculum and Development from Oklahoma State University. She earned her BA in Mathematics from Mississippi State College for Women in Columbus, MS. 


Vanessa Drummond, Secretary 

A long-time supporter of public education, Vanessa is a past member of the Bartlesville Public School District Board of Education, and past President of both the BHS Parent Support Group and the Bartlesville Public School Foundation. She earned a Master's in Public Administration from American University in Washington, DC and her BA from University of California at Berkeley. 

George Halkiades, Board Member

George retired from Siemens after working there as Plant Manager. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. 

Richard Mitchell, Board Member
Richard Mitchell, Board Member

Member OK State Bar Association, former City Councilman for the City of Bartlesville, Leadership OK Class XI, board member for: Youth & Family Services, Legal Services of OK. Represents clients pro bono, in both civil and criminal litigation. Serves on a fundraising committee for the Westside Community Center.

Kandi Molder, Board Member

Kandi is Director of Financial Aid at Oklahoma Wesleyan University, one of Lowe Family Young Scholars Program's partner universities. She holds a BS in Secondary Math Education from Oklahoma Wesleyan University and a Masters in Education from Peru State University. 

Julie Pranger, Board Member

Julie holds a BA in Corporate Communications and AA in Psychology from Rogers State University in addition to an MBA in Finance from Oklahoma Wesleyan University. She currently works in the Human Resources department for Phillips 66. 

Jane Sears, Board Member

Jane Sears is recently retired from the field of education after 40 years. During her tenure, she served as a teacher, counselor, assistant principal, and principal. She holds a Bachelor's and Master's degree from Northeastern State University.