New faculty and staff join Eastern Oklahoma State College this fall


WILBURTON, OK (Sept. 7, 2017) – Several new faculty and staff members have joined Eastern Oklahoma State College this fall.

Eastern’s Language, Humanities and Education Division welcomed two new faculty members. Betty Dobry is teaching English and Jason Miller will teach humanities courses.

Dobry previously taught at several Oklahoma City metropolitan colleges, including Oklahoma City Community College, Redlands Community College and Oklahoma State University-OKC. She earned an associate degree in oral communications from Northern Oklahoma College, a bachelor’s degree in oral communications/broadcasting from the University of Central Oklahoma and a master’s degree in English from the University of Oklahoma. Earlier in her career, she worked as an on-air personality and news director for a college radio station and as a broadcast/video and audio engineer in commercial television.

Miller has been an instructor for several years, teaching humanities at Tulsa Community College, Spoon River College, Trinity Academy and the Ascension Episcopal School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in religion from Hobe Sound Bible College and a master’s degree in theology from Wesley Biblical Seminary. He has also studied philosophy at Baylor University.

Eastern’s Science and Mathematics Division also welcomed a new faculty member. Kathy Howe has previously worked as an academic specialist and tutor coordinator for Eastern’s TRiO Student Support Services program for 12 years. She also served as an adjunct developmental math instructor for the past 11 years. Howe will now teach developmental math as a full-time faculty member. A 2001 Eastern graduate, she also earned a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University.

Melissa Ranallo has also joined Eastern as the new comptroller. She served as a vice president and controller for Triad Transport in McAlester for 18 years before the company decided to relocate her position to Birmingham, Alabama this summer. Ranallo will be responsible for supervising the college’s Business Office, financial statements, reports and audits, as well as assisting with the development of the college’s fiscal budget. She earned an associate degree in computer science from Eastern, as well as a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Eastern also welcomed two new coaches to lead the men’s and women’s soccer programs. Justin McCain will lead the women’s soccer team, while Johnathan Evan will head the men’s program. They will also serve as each other’s assistant coach. A native of Bixby, McCain comes to Eastern from Paris Junior College where he was serving as assistant men’s soccer coach. He left Shawnee having coached 12 Oklahoma All-State players and holding the record for most wins in school history. McCain attended Oklahoma Baptist University and played club soccer for West Side Alliance. His team was runner-up in a state competition in 2002.

Prior to coming to Eastern, Evan was associate head coach at Jackson State University. In the spring of 2016, he led his U19 boys’ team to the USYF National Championship. Evan gained a wealth of experience at various stops in the soccer coaching world, including positions at Kentucky Wesleyan College, Brescia University, University of Maine Farmington, Rollins College, Midwestern State University, Boston University, Jacksonville University, Fernandina Beach High School and First Coast High School in Florida, and the North Florida United Club. Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Evan played professionally in the USL for the Jacksonville Cyclones and Cocoa Expos. At the collegiate level, he was a goalkeeper on two NCAA Division II Final Four teams at Southern Connecticut State University. Evan earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Jacksonville University and a master’s degree in kinesiology from Midwestern State University.

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