Jeanie Zagar
Executive Director, Career Planning/Career Development

405.377.3333 ext 237

Jeanie works with students from the time they first express interest in enrolling at Meridian throughout the completion of a career major and beyond. She is involved in the processes of recruitment and enrollment and oversees the areas of enrollment, assessment, student organizations and testing. Jeanie is a liaison between Meridian and the community and district high schools.

Jeanie’s professional background includes more than 20 years of working with adolescents in the psychiatric, higher education and career and technology education sectors. Jeanie holds a bachelor’s in social work and a master’s in educational administration.


Tammy Baker
Bursar

405.377.3333 ext 322

Tammy is responsible for the collection and tracking of student tuition in all programs. The Bursar sends out tuition reminders and accounts receivable invoicing. Other duties include managing activity fund purchase orders, disbursing federal financial aid checks to students and daily reconciliation of accounts.

Tammy’s professional background includes 20 years of experience in business, financial and non-profit organizations. She has a bachelor’s in management science and computer systems from Oklahoma State University.


Gayla Bates
Financial Aid Officer

405.377.3333 ext 298

As Financial Aid Officer, Gayla assists students with obtaining Pell grants from the Federal Student Aid Office of the U.S. Department of Education. The Federal Pell Grant program (Title IV) provides aid for tuition, books and transportation needs. The Financial Aid Office supports students with the Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant, Oklahoma’s Promise, Workforce Investment Act and other scholarship applications.

Gayla brings with her more than 15 years of experience in school finance for public education and 6 years in public accounting. She has an associate’s in business from Oklahoma State University.


Anne Belanus
Career Development Specialist

405.377.3333 ext 395

As Career Development Specialist, Anne provides a variety of services to students and prospective students. She specializes in assisting individuals with disabilities. She administers and interprets a wide range of assessments and she assists students needing career guidance or wanting to improve their study skills and test taking strategies.

Anne holds a bachelor’s in American studies from the University of Texas and a master’s in rehabilitation services administration from the University of North Texas. She has worked at Meridian Technology Center for nearly 20 years. Prior to that, she worked as a grief counselor, a rehabilitation counselor and a Social Security Administration representative.


Teri Ray
Career Counselor/Student Organizations Coordinator

405.377.3333 ext 219

Teri works with adult students and assists them in the enrollment process. She provides assistance in the area of career counseling to help individuals explore realistic career choices. She also coordinates student organization activities and helps students to develop leadership skills through various training opportunities.

Teri holds a master’s of education in school counseling and master’s in education leadership. Prior to joining Meridian, she taught in the CareerTech system and used her training to promote student organizations.


Scott Schaeffer
Career Development Specialist

405.377.3333 ext 384

Scott has the opportunity to work with students beginning in 8th grade and through their senior year in high school. As a Career Development Specialist he assists them in career exploration, helps them figure out their career goals and works with them to establish a career plan. Additionally, Scott works with other Admissions staff assisting them in recruiting and enrollment activities throughout the year.

Scott earned a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University. Prior to coming to Meridian, Scott was a junior high and high school teacher at Stillwater Public Schools.


Judy Sindelar
Coordinator, College and Career Transition

405.377.3333 ext 228

Judy coordinates and assists with recruiting efforts across the Meridian district. She is frequently found in classrooms across campus working with students on career development activities that include preparing for college, creating résumé or practicing for job interviews. Judy manages the Job Board resource page on Meridian’s website, where connects job seekers and and employers. Judy also serves as a liaison between Meridian and state colleges, where she oversees post-secondary student enrollment.

Judy’s professional background includes 10 years in public school teaching, coaching and nearly 20 years working in career and technology education. She holds a bachelor’s in health and physical education and a master’s in applied behavioral studies.