We are proud to have mentors as members here at YPL. Our mentors provide an invaluable asset to our organization by mentoring our members. You can read about our mentors below, and you can also sign up to meet with them by clicking the button under their photo and filling out a short form.
Tanna VuTanna Vu received her undergraduate degree in Communications from Cameron University in 1997 and a Master’s in Public Administration from University of Oklahoma in 2001. She is Class XX Leadership Lawton graduate. Her profession for the past 14 years was in hospitality. She received the Oklahoma Women in Lodging Leader of the Year award in 2021. She served on the OKWIL Council and OH&LA Board of Directors for many years. Recently she joined the United Way of Southwest Oklahoma as the Director of Community Engagement. Her passion is helping people. She is excited to be back in Lawton-Fort Sill. Her favorite quote is “People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.” Vu serves on the Development Committee for the OKC Dodgers Baseball Foundation. She is a member of the Great Plains Chapter of Ambucs and a Lifetime Redcoat Ambassador. Vu is active in the community where she currently serves on the Holiday in the Park committee. She has also served on numerous non-profits Board of Directors. She is a member of First Baptist Church Lawton. She has two children. Tai and Trent.
Michelle AmersonMichelle Amerson is the Assistant Clinical Director for Marie Detty Youth & Family Services. She is a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist (LMFT) and a board approved supervisor. Her extensive training and experience in domestic and sexual violence as well as with court-involved families have made it possible for her to provide expert witness testimony in Comanche County District Court. Michelle has trained various community groups such as law enforcement, teachers, clinicians, and was formerly adjunct faculty at Cameron University instructing a domestic and sexual violence workshop. Part of her position at Marie Detty is community development, and she feels strongly about being an advocate 24/7 as part of a coordinated community response to end violence and abuse. Michelle grew up in Lawton , graduating from Lawton High School in 1994. She returned to continue her higher education after enlisting into the Oklahoma Army National Guard as a combat medic in 2005. Michelle served for 8 years and resigned her commission as a military intelligence officer in 2013 to pursue her clinical career. One of her proudest moments was having her daughters present at her graduation ceremony to witness their mom achieve a master’s degree from Cameron University in 2014. Now, Michelle and her husband Paul, a former Army captain, enjoy being empty-nesters out in the woods with 4 dogs, 5 rabbits, 3 chickens, and 5 goats. Michelle continues to set goals for herself. She maintains the determination and heart needed to live life to the fullest during the next 50 years so that she might make the 50 Over 50 Forbes list (it could happen). Michelle is also a published poet, https://www.rattle.com/delusions-by-michelle-amerson/?fbclid=IwAR38ftoRxJO5ksUWMMco4CLHv4zneu998V8Qg-b10f8bq0n1-jZAx2wJsxM
Justin WaltonJustin Walton is a Professor of Communication Studies in the Department of Communication, English and Foreign Languages at Cameron University, where he has taught for over 20 years. Dr. Walton earned his B.S. from Oklahoma State University, an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma, and also holds an M.A.T. from Cameron University. A native Oklahoman, Dr. Walton is a two time past president of the Oklahoma Speech-Theatre-Communication Association (OSTCA) and the recipient of three OSTCA organizational honors: the Outstanding Young College Educator Award, the Outstanding Communication Educator Award, and the distinguished Josh Lee Service Award. His mentorship work with Cameron University students was acknowledged in 2013 with the Excellence in Scholarship and Artistic Endeavor in the Educational Enterprise Award. He holds professional and/or honorary memberships with OSTCA, the Central States Communication Association, the Southern States Communication Association, the National Communication Association, and Phi Kappa Phi. Walton has published research in various scholarly journals and has presented his work at state, regional, and national conferences. His research areas include political communication, communication education, and intercultural communication. During his time at Cameron University, Dr. Walton has taught over 20 different classes and workshops, served as the basic course director for COMM 1113, and was the department’s communication education coordinator from 2000-2006. Walton is a trained moderator through the National Issues Forum and has moderated several local political forums/debates for YPL. An experienced public speaker and meeting facilitator, Walton is available to discuss a range of communication-based topics such interviewing, resume preparation, group discussion skills, organizational/business communication, and diversity in the workplace.
Albert Johnson Jr.Albert Johnson, Jr. was appointed Vice President for University Advancement at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma in November 2007. A member of the president’s senior executive staff, he oversees the operations of the University’s Development and Alumni offices. Other duties include oversight of Events’ Management and Cameron’s business incubator, the Center for Emerging Technology and Entrepreneurial Studies (CETES).
Michael B. Brown
Bio coming soon.
Jamey "Fosh" Foshee was born in 1963. He is a husband, father of 5, and a member of the Support Staff at Becker-Rabon Funeral home. He has served as a full time minister, worked in automotive retail sales, owned an insurance agency, and now works in the funeral industry. He and his wife Lisa have been married since 2004. While he has been successful in each of his careers, he is most adept at helping people connect on a personal level. In the business world, he sees the value of connecting staff and employers, and customer connection. He also has a strong belief that connections in one's personal life has the greatest impact on a long term successful career. He has recently dedicated much of his time to his project Coffee With Fosh. Through it, he hopes to make personal connection with people he does not know, and hopes to inspire people of all walks of life to become acquainted with one another. Fosh will be a good resource to help you learn to develop connections with people, and can also be a good "ear" if you just need to talk.
Jennifer Meason’s career at Cotton Electric Cooperative began with a college internship in the Marketing and Member Services department and has progressed over the past 20 years to her position as the cooperative’s Chief Executive Officer. She also serves as CEO for Cotton Electric Services, Inc., a high voltage test lab that is a subsidiary of the cooperative.
Jennifer is originally from Lawton, Oklahoma and has called Walters home for the past fifteen years. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in marketing and a minor in communications from Cameron University in 2000 and a Master of Arts in Communication from the University of Oklahoma in 2003. She is a 2013 graduate of the Robert I. Kabat Management Internship Program offered by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association in partnership with the University of Wisconsin.
Jennifer serves on the Board of Directors for the Cotton Electric Charitable Foundation, Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives, Cameron University Foundation, Walters Public Education Foundation, the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics Foundation, and is a member and past president of the Walters Rotary Club. Jennifer is married to Clint Meason, a middle school math teacher and basketball coach. They have two daughters.
Angela Spradlin is a graduate of Cameron University with a degree in Communications.
Her profession for the past 19 years has been in the marketing and business development arena. She has 8 years’ experience in the government contracting sector and for the past 11 years she has been employed at Arvest Bank where she oversees business development and marketing efforts for the Southwest Oklahoma region.
Spradlin is active in the community where she currently serves as the President of the Cameron Alumni Association and is the Fundraising Chair for the Lawton Food Bank.
She is a member of the First Baptist Church Grandfield. She has two children, Brynson and Lucas.
President at Moini, Inc
Hossein Moini is a 1982 graduate of Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Washington. He has a BA in Radio/TV. He is the president of Adventure Travel, Moini Inc. dba Charley's Grilled Subs, Cinnabon and a partner in Pin High Investments, Four Wood, Inc. and LOL Family Entertainment Center. He also was one of the partners of the Lawton/Fort Sill Cavs, the professional basketball team and 3 times national championship team. He has lived in the Lawton/Fort Sill community since 1982.
He was the chairman of the board of the Lawton Fort Sill chamber of commerce 2005/2006. He is a 1990 graduate of Leadership Lawton class. Moini was elected to the Lawton Public Schools board in 2003. He served a 5-year term and was the President of the board in 2006. Moini is currently serving on the of Comanche County Memorial Hospital Foundation and the Lawton Community Foundation board of directors.
Hossein and his wife, Eddye Ann have been married for 38 years and have three daughters, Katherine, Julianne and Elizabeth, and seven grandchildren Carson, Taylor, Brett, Easton, Claire, Madison and Hadley Mae.
Jason Hensley is Senior Vice President/Chief Operations Officer for City National Bank & Trust. He has been with the bank serving in many roles since May 1999, beginning his career as a part time Retail Banker while attending Cameron University.
Jason is a graduate of Cameron University having received both an Associates in Science and Bachelors of Business Administration degrees in 2015. He also attended multiple banking schools, served as the 2017-2018 Oklahoma Banker’s Association Intermediate School and Basic Banking School Chairman and is currently the 2020-2021 Oklahoma Banker’s Association Consumer Lending School Chairman.
He has had the opportunity to be a part of several great organizations, including being a Leadership Lawton Fort Sill Class 17 member, a Board member and Executive Board Member holding the positions of Treasurer, Vice Chairman and finally Chairman 2017-2018. He is a founding Board Member of the first Young Professionals Lawton Board and has previously served as both a Board member and Executive Board member holding the position of Treasurer. Jason serves on the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors as was Secretary/Treasurer for 2019-2020. He currently is serving as the Secretary Treasurer for the United Way of Southwest Oklahoma.
Jason has been married to Julie Hensley, an insurance coordinator for a local Lawton physician, for twenty years and they have one daughter.
Curtis Awbrey is Assistant Editor for Hilliary Media Group, LLC., a division of Hilliary Communications, LLC.
After exploring careers in retail, health care, manufacturing, industrial safety and logistics, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in history, with a minor in liberal arts, from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in 2013.
Curtis’ career in community journalism began while working with a publishing company in his hometown of Chickasha, Okla. After being named Community Editor of one of the publishing company’s weekly newspapers, he was invited to join the Hilliary Communications team and help launch Southwest Ledger in 2019.
A current member of the Society of Professional Journalists, Curtis’ freshman work with the Ledger earned awards in photojournalism and photo essay. His works have also been nominated for awards with the Oklahoma Press Association and the National Newspaper Association.
Coordinating the 2020 class of Southwest Ledger’s 12:10 to the Top – a program honoring young professionals across southwest Oklahoma – Curtis interviewed and befriended influential persons in myriad occupations, positions, organizations and initiatives who are making positive improvements for the region and the state.
Curtis is especially proud of his two wonderful daughters: Kaytlin Awbrey, 21, and Evalyn Crawford, 18.