DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI – Past Bios

2016  Alumni Recipients:

 left-to-right-vicky-myers-julie-erb-alvarez-richard-fogg-copy-2Richard Fogg (1959)

Richard Fogg has practiced law in El Reno for 51 years, with the 115 year old Fogg and Fogg firm. His family boasts EHS graduates from the first class of 1901 through four more generations. Fogg graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1963 with a BA in English/Letters and in 1965 with a Juris Doctorate. He then served in Vietnam from 1966-67, earning him the Vietnam Service Medal, National Service Medal, and the Vietnam Campaign Medal.

Fogg has served in a number of service-related areas, from two terms as El Reno City Council member, to Chairman of the Oklahoma Board of Bar Examiners and Chairman of the Redlands Community College Board of Regents. He has been involved in El Reno’s First Christian Church where he has served as an elder for 46 years.  One of Fogg’s hobbies is photography, for which he twice earned Best of Show at the El Reno Arts Festival.

 

 

 

 

 

 

left-to-right-vicky-myers-julie-erb-alvarez-richard-fogg-copyVicki Russell Myers (1972)

Vicki Russell Myers co-founded Russell-Murray Hospice, considered one of the top nonprofit hospice organizations in the state. Her nominee aptly noted that Myers “has been a tireless advocate for access to quality health care and jobs for all of Canadian County. She has voluntarily served many local, state and national organizations, all while bringing her expertise back into the community she loves.”

Myers graduated from then El Reno Junior College and later earned a BS from Mid-America Bible College in Business Management Ethics with a minor in Religious Studies.  She has studied hospice and palliative care in London and Scotland and was licensed in 2009 as a clinical hypnotherapist by the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners.  Her honors include Outstanding El Reno Citizen, and she has served El Reno education as a Regent for the Redlands Community College and El Reno Public Schools school board member.

Myers has been married to Mark Myers for 45 years. They have two daughters, Jani Jones and Holli Nelson, and a granddaughter.

 

 

 

 

 

left-to-right-vicky-myers-julie-erb-alvarez-richard-fogg-copy-3Julie Erb-Alvarez (1989)

Julie Erb-Alvarez is a graduate from Northeastern Oklahoma State University and obtained a Master’s degree in Public Health, Epidemiology in 1997 from OU Health Sciences Center.  After graduation, Erb-Alvarez served in a number of health-related areas, including epidemiologist and director of the Oklahoma Tribal Center and area epidemiologist for Indian Health Service Oklahoma City area office.  From 2004-2005 she served as epidemiologist at Belau National Hospital, Ministry of Health in Koror, Republic of Palau.  From February of 2014 to March of 2015, she was deployed with the medical unit under supervision of the Office of the Surgeon General as the unit attacked the Ebola outbreak in Liberia, West Africa.

Erb-Alvarez currently serves as area epidemiologist for Indian Health Service, Oklahoma City area office.  She and her husband, Naun Alvarez have been married for more than 13 years and have a daughter, Lili Mae, who will turn 10 in November.

2015  Alumni Recipients:

Gabriel BassA. Gabriel Bass

A. Gabriel Bass graduated from El Reno High School in 1994.  He then graduated in 2003 from the University of Oklahoma with a BBA, Master of Science, and Juris Doctorate with Honors.  Gabe practices with Bass Law in the areas of business planning, real estate, oil & gas, and estates and trusts.  He obtained Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating of AV Preeminent, as indication that his peers rank him at the highest levels of professional excellence.  Gabe is a member of the American Bar Association, Oklahoma Bar Association, Canadian County Bar Association, Oklahoma County Association, Oklahoma County Bar Association, Entrepreneur’s Organization, OKC Mineral Lawyers Society, and American Association of Professional Landmen.  Gabe has written many articles for professional associations, too numerous to list.  He was adjunct Professor at OCU School of Law in 2014.  He has received numerous awards such as President’s Award from Oklahoma Bar Association, Best Lawyers in America, Oklahoma Super Lawyers, Meritorious Service Medal in the US Marine Corps, Commanding Officer’s Honor List, Officer Candidate School in the US Marine Corps, and President’s Leadership Class at OU.  On a community level, Gabe is active in the Oklahoma Bar Foundation, Great Expectations Foundation, Oklahoma Hemophilia Foundation, and Oklahoma Academy for State Goals.  Gabe was a Captain in the US Marine Corps from 2002-2007, and is presently a Major in the United States Marine Corps Reserve.  Perhaps most importantly, he is a husband to Candy Kubitza Bass, and a father to their son, Andy.  He is also the son of Andy and Linda Wintermute Bass, both graduates of EHS.

 Tom MooreTom Moore

Tom Moore graduated from El Reno High School in 1954.  Spending nine years in the El Reno Public Schools, he lettered in baseball and basketball.  After graduation, he enrolled in the University of Oklahoma with a scholarship in basketball.  Quickly seeing that this scholarship was not going to pay for double majors of geology and business, Tom enrolled in Cameron Junior College, again with a basketball scholarship.  He graduated in 1956, and enrolled in Phillips University where he graduated in 1959, with his original double majors.  There was, however, a year’s absence when he dropped out to earn money working in oil fields before receiving his degree.  Tom started is career in Hobbs, New Mexico, working for Dowell as a field engineer.  In 1968, he moved to Anchorage, Alaska, to manage Dowell’s Petroleum Industry Services as well as their involvement with the nuclear test site, Amchitka Island in the Aleutian Islands, 1500 miles from Anchorage.  Tom was on the island when the nuclear devices were prepared for detonation, requiring a Government Q clearance.  Tom moved to southern California as Regional Manager of Dowell’s Petroleum Industry Services.  In 1978, he resigned from Dowell Division of Dow, and bought a small oil company which moved him to Midland, Texas, where he currently resides.  Tom has always felt honored to help those in need and enable others to reach for their goals.  In 2006, Tom took over as President of the Board and Executive Director of the Wayne and Joann Moore Charitable Foundation.  During his leadership, the foundation has granted more than $10,000,000 to charitable and non-profit organizations.  Tom also oversaw the establishment of ten endowed scholarships at seven universities in Texas and Missouri.  Mr. Moore places a considerable emphasis on education, and sees it as a path to a more fulfilling life.  He credits his education with making possible his successful career and wonderful life.  In his spare time he loves to travel, visit family, play golf, fish, and hunt.  As an interesting comment, Tom’s nomination for Distinguished Alumni was signed and supported by 14 members of the infamous “Men of ’54!”