President’s Associates Staff

Kurt Lee '15, Director
Kurt Lee joined President's Associates as Director in September 2019. Kurt, a native of Redding, California, earned his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Iowa, where he was a member of the Hawkeye baseball team, and his M.Ed. in Adult and Higher Education from OU. Prior to President's Associates, Kurt served as the Director of Annual Giving for the Mewbourne College of Earth & Energy, as an Academic Advisor for the Price College of Business, and as an Adjunct Instructor in Freshman Programs. When he's not on campus, he can be found following politics, spending time with his family, and playing just about any sport he can. Kurt lives in Norman with his wife, Nikki, and their son, Jones.
Billie Wages '11, Assistant Director, Donor Operations
Billie Wages grew up in Coffeyville, Kansas, and graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies. She spent 15 years working as a comptroller for an independent oil and gas company. In 2003, she began a new career at the University of Oklahoma as a gift accounting specialist in Donor Operations/President’s Associates within University Development. In September 2011, she was promoted to Assistant Director of Donor Operations while maintaining the President’s Associates accounting responsibilities. In September 2014, she joined the President's Associates team in a full-time capacity as Assistant Director. Currently, she lives in Norman with her husband, who is retired from the State of Oklahoma Military Department and the United States Air Force. She has two sons who are both OU graduates. Her eldest son, Joshua, has a B.S. in Mathematics Education, an M.S. in Mathematics and an M.S. in Biostatistics. Her youngest son, Nathan, has a B.S. in Multidisciplinary Studies, an M.S. in Health & Exercise Science and a Ph.D. in Health & Exercise Science. She serves on the board for Bethesda of Norman and actively supports the Women’s Resource Center and Special Olympics.
Navid Shafaie-Ardakani '16, Assistant Director
Navid Shafaie-Ardakani joined President’s Associates as Assistant Director in August of 2017. Navid, a Norman native, graduated from Norman High in 2008 and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma in 2016. The second-generation OU graduate majored in International Security Studies, with minors in Middle Eastern Studies and Political Science. As an undergrad, Navid worked as a Student Assistant in Student Affairs. Before joining President's Associates, he worked as a Research Assistant in the Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy.

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