The Board is the governing body of the Legacy Foundation, made up of exceptional individuals whose lives have been impacted by the university and/or the Legacy Foundation. The board supports the foundation’s work by providing critical leadership, oversight, and strategic governance to advance the mission. Click on a director’s picture to learn more.


Our Board of Directors President

Mark Gillett is the Executive Director at the Oklahoma City Housing Authority, where he’s served since 2001, leading a team dedicated to providing affordable housing to 15,000+ people. Mark earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Phillips University and his Master’s in Political Science/Public Administration from Wichita State University. In addition to his work […]


Our Board of Directors Vice President

Charlette holds degrees from Oklahoma State University and The Ohio State University. Retired as Director of Professional Relations and Education at Abbott Nutrition, she now consults internationally in nutrition and healthcare. Charlette led a hospice facility project, supported Cottey College, and authored “Nutritional Care of the Terminally Ill.” Married to John Allred, she’s a dedicated […]


Our Board of Directors Secretary

Cassie, Senior Minister at Union Avenue Christian Church in Litchfield, Illinois, served churches in multiple states. An ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), she focuses on building sustainable programs and fostering missional churches. Cassie holds a Master of Divinity from Brite Divinity School and a Bachelor of Arts from Lynchburg College. Married […]


Our Board of Directors Treasurer

Mark began his career in 1971 after graduating from Phillips with a bachelor’s (71) and, later, a Master of Divinity degree (77) and a doctorate from PTS in 1995. For over 40 years, Mark served in various pastoral roles in Oklahoma, New Mexico and Colorado. He is now fully enjoying retirement with his wife, Mary […]


Our Board of Directors Director

Richard Books, an Oklahoma-based attorney with a J.D. from the University of Oklahoma, specializes in oil and gas law. A former Phillips University Trustee, his 30-year practice includes administrative law and the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. Married for 46 years to Becky, they cherish family, community service, and a shared passion for history and global travel. […]


Our Board of Directors Director

Having graduated from Phillips University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Music Therapy, Sheri understands the value of scholarships, having benefitted from them herself during her time at Phillips. Dedicated to extending the legacy of PU, she is grateful to have served with the Legacy Foundation for several years. With a Master of Music Therapy […]


Our Board of Directors Director

Alexis, a Phillips University Legacy Scholar Alumna (Class of 2010), serves as the Senior Vice President for Client Relations at Pension Fund of the Christian Church. With degrees in International Communications and Educational Leadership, she is currently pursuing a doctorate at Vanderbilt University. Alexis is a member of Riverside Avenue Christian Church, a volunteer for […]


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Kirby Gould, Vice President for the North Central Zone of the Christian Church Foundation since 1997, hails from McPherson, Kansas. A Phillips University graduate in music education/music therapy, she’s a commissioned minister and holds certifications in fundraising and philanthropy, including as a CFRE, ChFC, CASL, and CAP. Active in fundraising associations, Kirby served on the […]


Our Board of Directors Director

David Grey, a 1965 Phillips University Business Administration graduate, married Gerry, also a 1965 Phillips graduate, in December 1964. He worked in accounting at Champlin Petroleum Company until retiring in December 2007 after 43 years. The couple, now in Arlington, Texas, have three children and seven grandchildren, enjoying retirement through volunteer work, travel, and family […]


Our Board of Directors Director

Rick graduated from Phillips in 1966 and later attended PTS before serving in pastoral ministries for over 45 years. Since retirement in 2010, he’s worked with Global Ministries, Habitat for Humanity, Heifer International, and the Van, and the Arkansas Literary Council. Based in Little Rock with his family, when he has time, he enjoys golf, […]


Our Board of Directors Director

Nancy earned her Bachelor of Music Education in 1971 from Phillips University and a Master of Education degree in 1973 from the University of Central Oklahoma. Nancy taught Special Education and worked as a consultant for the Enid Public Schools, retiring after 39 years. Nancy is a National Board Certified Teacher in Special Education and […]


Our Board of Directors Director

A native of Oklahoma City, Catherine attended Phillips University in the mid-70s. including coursework with Dr. Bob Simpson in Sweden. After graduating from TCU, she enjoyed a successful career in medical device sales before retiring in 2018 and relocating to Portugal. Active in various organizations, including the Legacy Foundation and the OKC Town Hall Lecture […]