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Student Financial Wellness

Dr. Thamara Barthelus

Financial Wellness Consultant

Dr. Thamara Barthelus

Financial Wellness Consultant

Dr. Thamara Barthelus, a student financial wellness consultant, 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.