Oklahoma Baptist University

Faculty and Staff



Dr. Lepaine Sharp-McHenry
Dean of the College of Nursing

Lepaine Sharp-McHenry joined the OBU faculty in 2013. Previously at the University of Arkansas, she served as assistant director of the School of Nursing for four years. She has served in nursing legal consultation for various law firms since 1998.

A.D.N., Southern Arkansas University
B.S.N., University of Arkansas - Fayetteville
M.S.N., University of Oklahoma - Tulsa
DNP, Union University

Karen Cotter
Assistant Professor of Nursing

An OBU nursing graduate herself, Karen Cotter teaches all levels of nursing classes. She is the sponsor of OBU's chapter of Student Nurses Association. She is also an active member of the Oklahoma Nurses Association and involved with the Workplace Advocacy Task Force.

B.S., Oklahoma Baptist University
M.S., University of Oklahoma

Dr. Robbie Henson, RN
Associate Professor of Nursing

Dr. Robbie Henson has clinical experience in a wide range of specialties including medical-surgical nursing, intensive care nursing, and postpartum and labor and delivery nursing. In 1996, she received both the Oklahoma Nurse Educator of the Year award from the Oklahoma Nurses’ Association and the Promising Teacher Award from OBU.

B.S.N., Oklahoma Baptist University
M.S.N., University of Texas-Arlington
Ph.D., University of Colorado


Dr. Canaan Crane

Assistant Professor of Psychology; Director, Marriage & Family Therapy Program

Dr. Canaan Crane has been a licensed marital and family therapist since 2002 and an approved supervisor for the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy since 2005.

B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University
M.A., Oklahoma Baptist University
Ph.D., Oklahoma State University

Dr. Jonathan Wilson

Assistant Professor of Psychology/Marriage and Family Therapy

Dr. Jonathan Wilson has been a licensed marriage and family therapy associate since 2011 and a certified family life educator since 2013. He recently earned his doctorate in 2014.

B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University
M.A., Oklahoma State University
Ph.D., East Carolina University


Trish Zylstra Edwards
Adjunct Professor of Business

Trish Edwards is the CEO of The Harvest Abroad, an international business company based in Oklahoma City. As Director of Marketing at Vertical Learning Curve, she helped create and market the world's first 3D, virtual-reality degree programs. Trish has traveled and done business in every continent, except Antarctica.

B.B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University
Certificate of Leadership, Focus on the Family Leadership Institute
M.B.A., Indiana Wesleyan University

Dr. Patrick Fitzgerald
Adjunct Professor of Business

Dr. Patrick Fitzgerald is an Adjunct Professor of Finance and Economics and, concurrently, a Visiting Scholar at Vanderbilt University, Senior Partner with Fitzgerald & Associates-Attorneys at Law, and President of Fitzgerald Economic and Business Consulting.

B.B.A., University of Texas at Arlington
M.B.A., Southern Methodist University
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
Ed.D., Oklahoma State University
J.D., University of Oklahoma
M.Div., Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Th.M., Harvard University

Dr. Lee Goen
Professor of Business

Dr. J. Lee Goen is a retired United States Air Force Officer. He has received the United States Air Force Meritorious Service Medal along with the United States Air Force Commendation Medal three times. His Air Force duties included serving as flight crew member of B-52 bombers, operations officer strategic training range, executive officer, and staff engineer.

B.S., Purdue University
M.B.A., University of North Dakota
D.B.A., United States International University of San Diego, California

Cindy Green
Adjunct Professor of Business

Dr. Keith Harman
Professor of Business

His two decades of experience in higher education as a faculty member and administrator are complemented by his experience in the not-for-profit sector, the military, and in the financial services industry.

B.S., University of Oklahoma
M.Ed., University of Oklahoma
M.A., Webster University
Ph.D., University of Oklahoma
Post-doctoral study program at MIT and at the U.S. Army War College

Dr. Robbie Mullins
Peitz Professor of Business

Dr. Mullins has a background in business development and marketing within the banking industry. She currently serves on the board of directors of Arvest Bank of Shawnee. She has served on various area boards such as Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army, and South Central Shelter Workshop.

B.S., Southwestern Oklahoma State University
M.S., Oklahoma State University
Ed.D., Oklahoma State University

Gerry Nixon
Professor of Accounting

Gerry Nixon came to OBU in 2009 with over thirty-five years of accounting and higher education experience. Besides his higher education background, Mr. Nixon has also been involved in public accounting. He has been a staff accountant, senior accountant, manager, and partner.

A.A., York College
B.S., Oklahoma Christian University
M.B.A., University of Central Oklahoma Certified Public Accountant

Travis Pickens

Dr. Pickens is currently serving as Ethics Counsel for the Oklahoma Bar Association. He was named as an honoree for the 2010 Leadership in Law award, honoring Oklahoma's outstanding leaders who unselfishly give their time and energy to improve the lives of fellow Oklahomans.

B.S., University of Oklahoma
J.D., University of Oklahoma

Dr. Rich Rudebock
Robert L. & Sara Lou Cargill Chair and Associate Professor of Business

Dr. Richard Rudebock has 28 years of business experience in sales, management and training. He is a 23-year veteran instructor and former manager of instruction for Dale Carnegie Training Systems.

B.B.A., Kent State University
M.Ed., Texas Tech University
Ed.D., Oklahoma State University


Rhonda Richards -- Dean, College of Graduate and Professional Studies

Brandy Nelson -- Administrative Assistant