Business Faculty

Bera Nichols

Business Instructor

B.S., Education - Arkansas State University
M.S., Education - Arkansas State University

Office: GRF 114B   Phone: (417) 447-8814

What courses do you teach? BUS 100 Service Learning in Business, BUS 125 Selling, BUS 140 Business Communications, BUS 150 Principles of Management, and BUS 245 Entrepreneurship.

What is your favorite website? For sure, it is www.sifeusa.org.

What was your favorite course in college? Economics; yes, really!!

Why do you enjoy working at OTC? I enjoy my students and our dynamic work environment. I get to work with SIFE as it evolves each year. It is so gratifying to see the impact each year's team makes; these SIFE students are truly making our corner of Missouri a better place.

What kind of music is on your iPod? Old tunes because I am a baby boomer, born in the middle of the boom. Music has always been a part of my life and, like everyone else, certain songs remind me of special times. The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Moody Blues, Stevie Nicks, Santana, Natalie Merchant, Matchbox Twenty, Daniel Powter, Adele, etc.

What teacher had the most impact on you while in school? It is hard to pick one. From K-1, Mrs.White saw the teacher in me and had me helping other students, which continued with other teachers/grades. In high school, my advisors in DECA and NHS sparked my desire for civic engagement. In college, my accounting and crazy retailing instructors, really inspired me to continue in business.

Gail Garton

Business Instructor

B.S., Missouri State University
M.S., Education - Missouri State University

Office: NKM 223C   Phone: (417) 447-8811

What courses do you teach? Office Technology courses and BUS 140 Business Communications.

How long have you been teaching at OTC? 16 years. I like helping students reach their educational goals.

What book(s) are you currently reading? I read John Grisham’s books.

What kind of an animal would you be and why? A collie dog -- they are smart, loyal, and protective of their owners.

Tim Rogers

Business Instructor

B.B.A., Evangel University
MBA, University of North Dakota
SEC Financial Licenses (7,6,63)

Office: GRF 118   Phone: (417) 447-8859

What courses do you teach?  BUS 110 Principles of Business and BUS 260 Managerial Strategy.

What are your favorite websites? www.bloomberg.com and http://travel.usatoday.com/flights/blog.

What was your favorite course in college? SCUBA, Masterpieces of Drama, and Managerial Theory.

Describe your ideal vacation: Backpacking around Europe.

What book(s) are you currently reading? In My Time by Dick Cheney and No Higher Honor by Condoleezza Rice.

What kind of music is on your iPod? The Beatles.

Dianna Parker

Business Instructor

B.S., Drury University
MBA, Missouri State University
Ph. D., Higher Education & Leadership - University of Missouri

Office: GRF 118   Phone: (417) 447-8157

What courses do you teach? BUS 110 Principles of Business, BUS 115 Personal Financial Planning, BUS 130 Principles of Marketing, BUS 150 Principles of Management and CSC Keys to College Success.

What is your favorite website? www.pinterest.com and www.mindtools.com.

Describe your ideal vacation: Two words: The Beach.

What book(s) are you currently reading? Foundations of Business Thought and You Learn by Living by Eleanor Roosevelt.

Celeste Johns

Business Instructor

B.S., Evangel University
B.B.A., Evangel University
J.D., Baylor University School of Law
LL.M, University of Notre Dame

Office: GRF 118   Phone: (417) 447-8809

What courses do you teach? BUS 160 Business Law.

J.C. Walker

Business Instructor, Department Chair

B.S., Southwest Baptist University
M.S., Administration - Southwest Baptist University

Office: GRF 118   Phone: (417) 447-8817

What courses do you teach? BUS 110 Principles of Business, BUS 115 Personal Financial Planning, BUS 130 Principles of Marketing, and BUS 140 Business Communications.

What books are you currently reading? I just started a biography on Thomas Jefferson about his years as ambassador to France and I'm almost always reading some kind of Sci-fi book just for the pleasure of it.

What kind of music is on your iPod? What's an iPod? Allison Kraus, Nickel Creek, Brad Paisley, and 80s rock are just a few of my stations on Pandora Radio.

Describe your ideal vacation: I’m kind of a nerd and I like to blend vacation time with learning something new, so I really like museums or visiting historical locations. One of my favorite places to visit has to be Washington D.C., it is amazing because of the history and the memorials that are located there.

Kermit Clay

Adjunct Instructor

B.S., Personal Management and Marketing
M.S., Management
Ph. D., Business Administration (Marketing)

Office: Lebanon Adjunct Office   Phone: 532-5044

What courses do you teach? BUS 110 Principles of Business, BUS 115 Personal Financial Planning, BUS 130 Principles of Marketing, BUS 140 Business Communications BUS 160 Business Law, BUS 200 Leadership, BUS 260 Business Strategy, ECO 270 Macroeconomics, and a few others.

What was your favorite course in college?  Biology.

What kind of an animal would you be and why?  A frog, of course--just look at my first name: “Kermit.”

What book are you currently reading? Research Methods and Statistics:  A Critical Thinking Approach by Sherri L Jackson.

Pam Spain

Adjunct Instructor

B.A., International Business & French with a minor in Religious Studies - Westminster College
MBA, Saint Louis University

What courses do you teach? BUS 110 Principles of Business, BUS 115 Personal Financial Planning, BUS 130 Principles of Marketing, BUS 140 Business Communications and BUS 200 Leadership.

What is your favorite website? Amazon, finance.yahoo.com, and www.allrecipes.com.

Why do you enjoy working at OTC? After working as a financial securities trader for seven years, I've really enjoyed the transition to education, and I love being able to share my "real-world" experiences with students at OTC.

What books are you currently reading? On my nightstand right now are We Need To Talk About Kevin and Midnight In the Garden of Good and Evil.

What kind of music is on your iPod? I love all kinds of music, from Country and Pop (especially 80s Pop), to Reggae and Indie. Some of my recent downloads include "Come Fly With Me" by Frank Sinatra, "Dancing Shoes" by Green River Ordinance, "Fins" by Jimmy Buffett, and "Mine to Love" by Dave Barnes.