OSSI Program Manager
Gary Shelton is a retired 24-year veteran of the Norman Police Department. During his service as a police officer, Shelton achieved the rank of Lieutenant and served as a supervisor over the Patrol, Community Policing, Criminal Investigations, and Narcotics Divisions. Shelton was a certified Drug Recognition Expert and Instructor that worked with Norman Public Schools through the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program and traveled throughout the state teaching D.I.T.E.P. (Drug Impairment Training for Education Professionals).
As a Regional Representative for OSSI, Shelton is responsible for:
Shelton is a graduate of Northeastern State University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. He is also a certified Prevention & Deterrence of Terrorist Acts Instructor as well as a Risk Management for Interscholastic Athletics & After School Events Instructor.
Office: (405) 425-2933
OSSI Regional Representative
Gary Rudick has served as an Oklahoma Law Enforcement Officer since 1978. Rudick spent the majority of his career with the Tulsa Police Department where he achieved the rank of Captain. After 25 years of service with the Tulsa Police Department, Rudick retired and became the Chief of Police for the City of Durant where he served until 2008 when he was hired to be the Chief of Police for Tulsa Public Schools until 2014.
As a Regional Representative of OSSI, Rudick is responsible for:
Rudick is a graduate of Northeastern State University and holds a Bachelors and Masters of Science in Criminal Justice. He is also a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy and is a published author on school safety in the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin.
Office: (405) 425-7249
OSSI Regional Representative
Tenna Whitsel has been involved in education for over 35 years. Ms. Whitsel began her teaching career in Coweta, Oklahoma and later transferred to Tulsa Public Schools to work with high school special education students. After 10 years in the classroom, she served as a high school counselor and as the academic dean at Will Rogers High School in Tulsa. Ms. Whitsel was later promoted as assistant principal of the school and finally as principal before moving to the district office. In the district office she served as Director of Student Services for Secondary Education and finally as Director of Family and Community Engagement.
She has served in various coordinator roles, including Title IV – Safe and Healthy Schools where she facilitated several student support programs, safe school initiatives, and grants for the district. She has played a critical role in facilitating district discipline and student service policies, and served on the district’s School Threat Assessment Team to promote a safe learning environment for all students and staff through student intervention and support plans.
As a Regional Representative for OSSI, Whitsel is responsible for:
Whitsel holds a Bachelors Degree of Science in Elementary Education and in Special Education from the University of Tulsa as well as a Master's of Science Degree in Learning Disabilities from Northeastern State University. She has pursued additional certifications in School counseling and Secondary School Administration.
Office: (405) 659-1065