Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

Fogle named outstanding graduate by School of Religion


Audra Fogle of Tulsa recently was named a Distinguished Alumna for the Wimberly School of Religion at Oklahoma City University.

This honor was presented at the annual Alumni Awards Dinner, held Nov. 5 at the Oklahoma History Center as part of OCU’s Homecoming Week festivities.

For more than 23 years, Fogle has served in full-time ministry with youth and children, in United Methodist churches of the Oklahoma and Central Texas Conferences.

She attended OCU as a Bishop’s Scholar. She excelled in tennis, served as president of the United Methodist Student Fellowship, and served on the Presidential Advisory Team.

Currently Fogle is a member of the Board of Trustees and program chairperson for Oklahoma UM Camps. In 2004, she was named to her current career position, which is director of senior high youth ministries at Tulsa’s Boston Avenue UMC. In her ministry there, she has developed comprehensive programming that emphasizes growth in student leadership at the local, district, and annual conference levels and works to strengthen family and congregational relationships.

At the OCU Alumni Awards Dinner, Fogle was one of seven honorees from various schools within the university system.

  • Arts & Sciences honored Terry Dean Bergdall, CEO of the Institute of Cultural Affairs in the United States, home to multiple programs that address issues of homelessness and poverty. The institute focuses on social transformation and systematic change, through the themes of creating a just and equitable society; shaping a green, sustainable society; and building foundations for peace.

  • Cathy Christensen was named outstanding law alumna. She practices family law and general civil litigation and is the 2012 president of the Oklahoma Bar Association.

  • The nursing school recognized Edward Herrman, vice president at Integris Southwest Medical Center and a Registered Nurse for 14 years. His primary focus has been in cardiovascular intensive care, in California, Texas, and Enid before moving to Oklahoma City.

  • Ronnie Irani, president/CEO of RKI Exploration & Production, headquartered in Oklahoma City, was honored by the school of business. His more than 32 years of experience in the oil and natural gas industry prepared him well for his service as vice chairman and executive committee member of the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association. He also is president and founding board member of the India-U.S. Chamber of Commerce of Greater OKC.

  • Dance/arts management alumna Lesley Johnson Jennings was honored by her school. Her accomplishments include: appearances on Broadway in revivals of "The Music Man" and "Grease," performances in the singer/dancer ensemble at Radio City Music Hall, and as a faculty member of the national Broadway Theatre Dance Workshops.

  • Honors alumna Courtney Gray Montgomery was recognized for her research work on the link between disease and genetics. She holds a Ph.D. in genetic and molecular epidemiology from Case Western Reserve University and is an assistant member of the Department of Arthritis and Immunology at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.

Homecoming included an annual run/walk, to raise money for nursing scholarships, and symposia on subjects from the arts to economic revitalization. Activities concluded with a worship service led by the Native American Student Association and Conference Superintendent David Wilson of the UM Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference.


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