Recruitment Staff Bios

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Paige FischerPaige Fischer
Director of Recruitment

I was born and raised in the small farm town of Jet, Okla., and have been a lifelong resident of Northwest Oklahoma. Upon graduation from Timberlake High School in 2008, I attended Northwestern Oklahoma State University to earn my Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science in 2012. During my undergraduate career, I was active on campus in the President’s Leadership Class, pageants, Northwestern Scholar Ambassadors, and intramural sports. I graduated with my Master of Education degree in Adult Management and Administration in 2013. I have been a part of the NWOSU Office of Recruitment since 2012 and have enjoyed the opportunity to visit high schools statewide and share my Northwestern experiences. Many of my family members have earned their degrees from Northwestern, and at any given time, you will probably run across a Fischer wearing a Ranger t-shirt or red and black. I have so many wonderful memories from my time at NWOSU that I would not trade for anything. You feel connected to the campus, community, faculty, students, and staff immediately upon beginning your journey as a Ranger. I am forever grateful and indebted to this university for the many opportunities it has given me.

In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, spending time on the family farm, playing the piano, and taking my yellow lab, Rumble, to the lake.


Ezekwesiri AkwariEzekwesiri Akwari
Admissions Counselor/Recruiter

I was born in Nigeria. I moved to America at the age of five. My mother and I lived in Mississippi and Georgia before finally settling in Houston, Texas.

Upon graduating from Cesar E Chavez High School in 2009, I attended Northwestern Oklahoma State University on a basketball scholarship. Shortly after graduating from Northwestern with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, I took a job as a software analyst at Banccentral Financial Services here in Alva, Oklahoma. In May 2016, I earned a master’s degree in American Studies and in July 2016, I joined the Office of Recruitment.

Overall, Northwestern allowed and provided me with the tools needed to grow into the man I am today. I like to say I was born in Nigeria, grew up in Houston and became a man in Alva, Oklahoma. Ride, Rangers, Ride.

In my free time I enjoy reading and listening to classical music.


Ben EastesBen Eastes
Admissions Counselor/Recruiter

I was born and raised in Pratt, Kan., a small town an hour west of Wichita. I graduated from Pratt High School in May 2007.

I transferred to NWOSU in the fall of 2010 after attending a community college and a large university in Kansas. I knew NWOSU was the right fit from day one. As a student, Northwestern gave me the feeling of being part of my education, not just a spectator. I competed as a member of the NWOSU golf team for two years and that added fun and excitement to my college career. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in General Studies in May 2012. I chose to stay in Alva and at Northwestern to continue being a part of the university, the place that had become my home.

After working in the Financial Aid Office, I joined the Office of Recruitment in July 2014. One of my favorite parts of working in the office is the comradery and the shared purpose we all have in letting students know all the great things NWOSU can offer them.

Northwestern Oklahoma State University is a fantastic place to call home! Ride, Rangers, Ride!


Olivia YandelOlivia Yandel
Admissions Counselor/Recruiter

I was born and raised in Kiowa, Kan., a small town straight north of Alva on the Kansas/Oklahoma border. I attended South Barber schools and graduated from high school in 2010. After receiving the Miss Cinderella scholarship, I changed my future plans for college to Northwestern Oklahoma State University and could not be happier with my choice. Northwestern allowed me to be involved, as well as be myself through it all. I was an active member of the Student Government Association, R.E.A.L, and Chemistry Club during my years at Northwestern and also was a member of the 2012-2013 cheer squad.

I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Health and Fitness Management degree in May 2014. I became the Assistant Dance Team Coach for Northwestern in the fall of 2014 and became the office manager for the Recruitment Office in January 2015. I’m currently working on my Master of Education degree and plan to finish it in the next year and a half.

In my free time, I like to dance, watch football, and attend classic rock concerts.


Jenny Redinger

Jenny Redinger
Office Manager

Born a Pampa, Texas native, my family moved to God’s country when I was young. Northwest Oklahoma is where I was raised. Growing up in a small town is such an incredible place to start! I graduated from Laverne, Oklahoma, and started a family soon after. Moving across the country made me realize the core values and beliefs are not the same everywhere, so back to Northwest Oklahoma I went!

I am married to the love of my life, Michael Redinger, and I have three incredible children. Mercedes, who graduated from Alva High School in May 2016, is making her debut as a Ranger in the fall. My son, Tray, is a senior at Laverne High School and will be a Ranger next fall. Lillian, is a Pre-K Alva Ladybug.

Northwestern Oklahoma State University is an incredible opportunity! I am excited to be a part of the Ranger Family and watch my children reach farther, work harder, find a place where they belong, and find their passion for life as they pursue a degree in their field of interest. Northwestern has many degree opportunities and the peace of mind knowing my children can begin their adult lives with little to no debt makes this dream a reality!

Andrea LauderdaleAndrea Lauderdale Career Services Coordinator/Transfer Recruiter

I was raised in Woodward, Okla., and graduated high school in 2004. I attended Oklahoma State University and after completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, I moved to Alva. It didn’t take long to fall in love with this town!

In 2009, I married Tim Lauderdale, Northwestern Oklahoma State University alum and high school sweetheart. In a matter of five years we moved from Alva to Wichita, Kan., to Stillwater, Okla., to Woodward, Okla., before returning to Alva in 2016. We never would have thought that our path would lead us back full circle, but we are so glad that it did! We have two little boys, and there is nowhere on earth that we would rather raise them.

The people of Northwestern have welcomed me with open arms, and I could not be more excited to be a part of this family. Northwestern is a wonderful university with so much to offer its students, faculty, and staff. I am happy to be here, ready to offer assistance, and so proud to be a Ranger!



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