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TSET Board of Directors Elects New Officers

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Board of Directors for the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust elected new board officers at their annual retreat September 11-12.

Jim Gebhart, FACHE, of Oklahoma City, was elected as chairman of the TSET Board of Directors. Gebhart replaces Casey Killblane of Davis as chair.

Board members also voted unanimously to approve Lisa Nowlin, DDS, of Elk City, as vice chair the TSET Board of Directors. Nowlin replaces Gebhart as vice chair.

Gebhart is the president of Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City. Gebhart was appointed to the TSET Board of Directors in 2012 by the attorney general. Gebhart is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University and the University of Dallas Graduate School of Management. Gebhart is also a board member of Oklahoma Hospital Association and United Way of Greater Oklahoma City. He also serves on the Board of Advisors of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. Gebhart is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and has served as Mercy Hospital’s president since 2009.  He is a native of western Oklahoma and currently resides in the Oklahoma City metro area.

Nowlin is a dentist in Elk City. Nowlin was appointed to the TSET Board of Directors in 2010 by the governor. Nowlin is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry. She is a member of the Oklahoma Dental Association, American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Academy of Facial Esthetics, National Dental Practice-Based Research Network. She is also a member of the advisory board of the Western Technical Dental Assisting Program and on the Board of the Elk City Housing Authority.

Board officers serve a one year term. Their terms begin immediately. Members of the TSET Board of Directors represent the state’s five congressional districts and serve seven year terms. Board members are appointed by the Governor, Senate President Tempore, House Speaker, State Treasurer, Attorney General, State Superintendent of Education and the State Auditor and Inspector.

The Board of Directors oversees the expenditure of grant dollars. TSET grants and programs are funded by the earnings from the voter-created Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust. TSET was created by a constitutional amendment in 2000 as a long term strategy to improve health and ensure settlement payments from a 1998 multi-state lawsuit against the tobacco industry. The funds are placed in an endowment to ensure a growing funding source for generations to come. Only the earnings from the endowment are used to fund grants and programs.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Julie Bisbee, julieb@tset.ok.gov
Direct: 405-521-4992
Cell: 405-301-3693

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The Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) serves as a partner and bridge builder for organizations working towards shaping a healthier future for all Oklahomans. TSET provides leadership at the intersections of health by working with local coalitions and initiatives across the state, by cultivating innovative and life-changing research, and by working across public and private sectors to develop, support, implement and evaluate creative strategies to take advantage of emerging opportunities to improve the public's health. TSET. Better Lives Through Better Health.