Meet a Financial Counselor

Gilbert Rogers

Gilbert Rogers is the director of student financial wellness. He oversees the overall operation of the TU student financial wellness program. Rogers is an Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC®), certified through the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education® (AFCPE®). With the organization he has amassed well over 5,000 hours of personal financial counseling and coaching experience. He joined the university in 2019 after deciding to pursue his passion which is financial literacy education.

His educational achievements include earning his Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Western Kentucky University, followed by his Masters’ in human performance and recreation management from the University of Southern Mississippi. He then went on to earn his Doctorate in Education from Spalding University.  Rogers devoted his entire doctoral studies to researching and better understanding various aspects of financial literacy education.

Prior to joining TU, Rogers held leadership positions in banking, led consulting teams in anti-money laundering investigations and contributed to the Army’s financial literacy education efforts by working with the Department of Defense and the Soldier for Life -Transition Assistance Program (SFL-TAP), headquartered in Fort Knox, KY. He has also volunteered and accelerated financial literacy education for several community organizations (Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana, the Council on Economic Education, and the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education) and schools. He values financial literacy education in the workplace, as well. While leading a consulting project, he planned and developed a Personal Finance Education Week, to teach employees how to achieve a higher level of financial well-being.

In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family and participating in sports-related activities.

Thamara Barthelus

Thamara Barthelus, a student financial wellness counselor, guides students through the process of making effective financial decisions that result in positive short-term and long-term solutions.

Her educational background began in Tulsa, Oklahoma where she earned a Bachelors of Social Work from Oral Roberts University followed by a Masters of Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma. She then went on to earn a Doctorate in Management at the University of Maryland University College where she currently serves as an assistant MBA adjunct professor.

Prior to her career at TU, Barthelus served as a financial education coordinator at Arvest Bank where she taught financial literacy classes to community organizations. Within that role, she also managed and facilitated the train-the-trainer program for financial educators. In addition to her teaching and training roles, she has over 10 years of experience providing leadership training, a role appointed to her as the founding chair of Lead North (formerly north Tulsa Development Counsel).

A two-time recipient of the Achievers Under 40 award, Barthelus is viewed as a change agent in her community. Her service to diverse populations is reflected in her board experience. Among the organizations she has served are: Tulsa’s Young Professionals (TYPros); Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA); Leadership Tulsa (LT); Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice (OCCJ); Tulsa Area United Way – Women’s Leadership Council (WLC); and, Kingdom Keys Ministries (KKM).

When not preoccupied with obligations, she enjoys reading, mentoring young adults and spending time with her family.