Edward De Koster, '46, writes, "I went to Baylor in 1943-44 as a U.S. Army ASTP member until the program was discontinued. However, I enjoyed my time at Baylor and in Waco. I met a girl there by the name of Demetra (Musgrave) Thompson, BS '46. I was sent to Camp Maxey, Texas, in the 99th Infantry Division. I was in the Battle of the Bulge and part of the Army of Occupation in Berlin. Afterward, I went to Davenport University and worked as a senior auditor for the Revenue Department of the State of Michigan for 32 years. I retired soon after having a heart attack in 1981. My wife, Kay, passed away in March. Kay and I kept in touch with Demetra and her husband, George Thompson, of West, Texas, until they passed. I am 91 and still able to get around. I still remember Baylor and love Texas." Contact at 725 Baldwin St. #3023, Jenison, MI 49428.
Dr. Thomas L. Leaman, '46, writes, "I attended Baylor for six trimesters in the early 1940s as part of the U.S. Army Specialized Training Program. None of us graduated from Baylor, but most of the students in the training program were sent directly to medical or dental school, except for about one-third of the class who were sent directly to 'the front' during the Battle of the Bulge! Another soldier, James Rafter, and I wrote a weekly column, 'The Quadwrangler,' in the college newspaper, The Lariat. I have fond memories of Baylor and am sure any other survivors would also." Leaman is interested in any pictures or information about the group of soldiers in the ASTP program. Contact at 77 Hill Manor Dr., Hershey, PA 17033-2510 or [email protected].
Fred, BBA '47, and Clairene (Stevens) Herold, BBA '47, now reside at C.C. Young Retirement Center (Asbury Building). Their address is 4831 W. Lawther Dr., #313, Dallas, TX 75214-2847.
Walker Leigh Knight, BA '49, of Decatur, Ga., has written From Zion to Atlanta: Memoirs. The book follows the theme of Knight searching for his father, who in 1942 abandoned his family of eight children while the ninth child was on the way. Knight spent the latter part of World War II editing a weekly newspaper for the U.S. Army Air Corps in Tyler, Texas, before becoming a radio operator in China. He was hired as associate editor of the weekly paper of the Baptist General Convention of Texas in 1950. In 1959 he moved to Atlanta, where he headed up editorial services for the Baptist Home Mission Board. In 1972, Knight wrote a poem called "The Peacemaker" from which President Jimmy Carter quoted when the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty was signed in 1979 - "Peace like war is waged." In 1983, he and Bill Moyers helped found a publication called Baptists Today.
Robert Feather, BA '50, Baptist fundraiser and administrator, received Texas Baptist's Legacy Award at the historic Independence Baptist Church near Brenham. Feather served three churches before he became executive vice president of the World Evangelism and Christian Education Fund. He then returned to Baylor where he became the vice president for external affairs. Feather's ministry led him to become the vice president for the Texas Baptist Laity Institute. He currently serves as a consultant to the Texas Baptist Missions Foundation and lives in Dallas.
Orlin Corey, BA '51, MA '52, was producer and director of Everyman Players from 1957-80. They staged classic productions on four continents. Marilee (Herbert) Miller, BA '70, MA '72, joined the ensemble for nine seasons. She ran Anchorage Press from 2000-08 after buying it from Corey, who owned it from 1975-00. This June, Corey and Miller hosted former Everyman Players from eight different states in New Orleans. Miller is pictured back row, second from left, and Corey is seated, second from right. Contact Corey at 170 Walnut St. 9-C, New Orleans, LA 70118.
Norman R. Davis, Alumnus by Choice, and husband of Patsy (Williams) Davis, BA '52, was honored with a Daughters of the American Revolution Historic Preservation Medal in February. Davis is a retired businessman who has lived, worked and volunteered in Paris, Texas, since 1962. Baylor alumni in attendance included his daughter, Susan (Davis) Bellene, BSN '76, his grandson, Jeffrey Davis, '01-'03, Bobby Ray Walters, president emeritus of Paris Junior College, BA '59, Dorothy (Clendening) Smith, BA '52, Carolyn (Smith) Wilson, BA '52, Carolyn (Reed) Wicker, BA '51, David Wicker, BBA '51, and Holly (Stilwell) Blackmon, BSEd '84. Contact at 3535 Audubon Rd., Paris, TX 75460.
Cynthia (Tuckey) Devlin, BA '53, of Conroe, Texas, writes, "My ambition has been fulfilled. My painting was shown in a museum! In fall 2011 the 'Collectors Club' of Corpus Christi showed part of their collection at the Southwest Art Museum. My work entitled 'Much is Given' was hung in the room with Albert Durer and Rembrandt etchings and other paintings and sculptures by current and known artists. The thrill of a lifetime!"
Dr. Wanda (Ballard) Vassallo Griffith, BA '53, has written her first novel, Junia, Woman Apostle: Only a Girl (Bridge Logos Publishing). She has authored six nonfiction books, 150 articles and 50 dramatizations. She serves as director of The King's Company Drama Ministry at Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church in Garland, Texas. Contact at [email protected] or 8940 Shorelark Dr., Dallas, TX 75217.
Dr. Gary Freeman, BA '56, still works as a volunteer orthopaedist at San Jose Clinic (for the indigent and uninsured) in Houston. He serves as a forensic orthopaedic expert in medical-legal matters. Freeman lettered in baseball from 1952-56. Freeman was chosen as a Marson Scholar in history and attended Brown University in 1956. He earned a doctor of medicine degree from Baylor College of Medicine and a law degree from the South Texas College of Law. He is a part of professional organizations such as the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, American College of Sports Medicine, and the American Association of Hand Surgery. Contact at 2121 Kirby Dr. #65, Houston, TX 77019.
The Baylor University Center for Christian Music Studies presented its 2013 Exemplary Leadership in Church Music Award to O.D. Hall Jr., BM '57, at the annual Alleluia Conference in Church Music on July 25. Hall was presented the award for his work as a local church minister of music, manager of music promotion for Lexicon Music, owner/director of MUSICalifornia, and composer and arranger of church music. He has served as minister of music at Curtis Baptist Church, Augusta, Ga.; First Baptist Church, West Palm Beach, Fla.; First Baptist Church, Van Nuys, Calif.; and Magnolia Avenue Baptist Church, Riverside, Calif.
Dr. Arch (Bill) W. Hunt, BS '58, MS '59, has been named 2013 Citizen of the Year of Athens, Texas. Contact at P.O. Box 2401, Athens, TX 75751 or [email protected].
Dr. Jay C. Farrar, BMEd '60, retired in January after 57 years of ministry to Texas Baptists. He has served as a minister of music, youth pastor and pastor. Farrar received two master's and a doctorate from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is certified with the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and other entities. Farrar served also as vice president of the South Texas School of Christian Studies for five years. He has been associated with the satellite program of Howard Payne and Logsdon Seminary at Corpus Christi Baptist University, teaching in various fields. While at Baylor, he sang in the Baylor A Cappella choir, the Oratorio choir and the opera company. He and his wife of 55 years, Martha Scarborough, BA '58, have two sons, Michael Stewart and Cristopher Scott Farrar, JD '93, both of Houston, and five grandchildren. He enjoys boating and riding his motorcycle. Contact at 7414 Vatter Dr., Corpus Christi, TX 78413.
Lamar Dodson, BA '61, has written I Have Seen Your Tears: A Young Man's Journey to Suicide (CreateSpace, 2013 - 258 pages). Dodson shares journal entries recorded by his son, who committed suicide at age 23. He writes, "Suicide is final. Hopefully this book will provide helpful information for dealing with the ramifications of suicide." Dodson retired after 45 years as an administrator and associate professor of education. He serves as a lay counselor at Community Bible Church in San Antonio. Contact at 3645 Saratoga Place, Schertz, TX 78154 or [email protected].
Ken Rogers, BBA '61, can be reached at 7470 Tobin Rd., Colorado Springs, CO 80908 or [email protected].
A painting by Jane Felts Mauldin, BA '62, of New Braunfels, Texas, was recently unveiled in the newly restored Comal County courthouse. The image will be used to promote Weihnachtsmarkt, the German market to benefit the Sophienburg Museum this fall. Her website is janefeltsmauldin.com. Contact at [email protected].
Dr. Keith Rosenbaum, BA '68, of Joshua, Texas, has been appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists. Rosenbaum is a professor of psychology at Dallas Baptist University and a clinical fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
Encouraging readers to preserve their spiritual genealogies and their "everyday God-moments" is the subject of Way Back in the Gardenia Rows, a new book by Kay Wheeler Moore, BA '71, of Garland, Texas. Moore says readers should make sure future generations know which forebears or other influential Christians "plowed the ground" that laid the foundation for their own faith experiences to be passed down. The book is also a cookbook. Moore is a Pulitzer Prize nominee. She and her husband, Louis A. Moore, BA '68, are parents of two adult children and their spouses and are grandparents of three.
Eddie W. Cox, '73, of Mechanicsville, Va., was recently recognized by the YMCA of Greater Richmond, Va., as this year's Luther Gulick Award winner, which recognizes an outstanding staff member who exemplifies the mission of the YMCA. Cox is a part-time YMCA swim instructor, lifeguard trainer and lifeguard at the Patrick Henry Family YMCA. He continually develops himself spiritually, always finding ways to assist those in need through his full-time work with the International Mission Board, as well as those at the Y to develop spirit, mind and body.
Keith Cargill, BA '75, president of Texas Capital Bank, headquartered in Dallas, was promoted to CEO June 11 and designated by the board to assume the CEO role of Texas Capital Bancshares, Inc. as of Jan. 1, 2014. Contact at 2000 McKinney Ave, Suite 700, Dallas, TX 75201 or [email protected].
Jim Darling, BA '75, JD '77, was sworn in as the 20th mayor of McAllen, Texas, May 28. He had been city commissioner for six years and city attorney for nearly 30 years. After graduating from Greece Arcadia High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. He was deployed to Vietnam and Laos as a radio direction finder. In addition to working at City Hall, Darling also has joined several nonprofit organizations and started a private law practice.
Denny (Eakle) Terrell, BS '75, MS '76, a retired U.S. Air Force brigadier general and current vice president of administration and finance at Shippensburg University, was this year's featured speaker at the Memorial Day service in Newburg, Pa. Her 29-year Air Force career included commander of the 41st Recruiting Squadron, assistant executive officer to the Air Force chief of staff, commander of the 62nd Support Group and commander of the 377th Air Base Wing. Terrell's first general officer position was as the deputy commander of the Ogden Air Logistics Center, where she served as the chief operating officer for a 15,000-person organization. Her final assignment was as deputy director of the Defense Finance and Accounting Service.
Dennis Swanberg, BA '76, "America's Minister of Encouragement," will perform at the Oasis conference at Baylor Oct. 11. The Christian comedian is scheduled to appear at more than 150 churches, conferences, businesses and concert events, while his TBN and FamNet television shows continue to air weekly. His eighth book, this one on men's ministry, is scheduled to hit the marketplace soon.
Dr. J. Michael Godfrey, BMEd '77, PhD '05, of Robinson, Texas, has authored Without Regret: Be More, See More, Achieve More that Really Matters (Thomas Noble, 2013 - 182 pages). He is the creator of an award-winning mentoring program and founder of True Course, a company that provides coaching, training and consulting to businesses and churches. Godfrey lectures at Baylor, is a professional certified coach and has more than 38 years of experience in ministry.
Chris Machen, BMEd '77, was named a Distinguished Alumnus of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary June 12. He is only the third music grad to be so named. Machen received his Master of Church Music degree from there in 1980. Machen has spent more than 30 years in the music ministry as a singer, songwriter, publisher, actor, studio musician, choir specialist and worship leader. His songs include "Bow the Knee," "God is Able," "And God Cried" and "God Still Moves." He is worship pastor at Preston Ridge Baptist Church in Frisco, Texas. He and his wife, Patricia (Prizer) Machen, BMEd '78, reside in Plano.
Carmen Chapa, BFA '79, of Dallas, is a broker/owner of Carmen Chapa Real Estate, LLC. She has completed the Metrotex Association of Realtors Leadership Academy, a 12-month course designed to develop and enhance leadership skills and abilities.
Dr. Horace Jeffery Hodges, BA '79, has published his first novella, The Bottomless Bottle of Beer, a postmodern Faustian morality tale of a young naif who trades his soul to the devil for a bottle of endless beer, but has a change of heart. At about 150 pages, the book includes many illustrations by noted artist Terrance Lindall. Hodges holds two graduate degrees in history from UC Berkeley and lives in Seoul, South Korea with his wife, Sun-Ae Hwang, and their two children, Sa-Rah and En-Uk. He is a professor at Ewha Womans University, a Christian school founded by missionaries in the 19th century, where he teaches composition and research. Contact at [email protected].
The latest book by Mark W. Muesse, BA '79, The Age of the Sages: The Axial Age in Asia and the Near East (Fortress Press), is a study of formation of the major world religions. His lecture series, "Practicing Mindfulness," which was released last year, has become a best-seller with The Great Courses. Muesse serves as The W.J. Millard Professor of Religious Studies and director of the program in Asian studies at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn. Contact at [email protected].
Terri Wimberly, BBA '79, is now hospice revenue cycle manager at Buckner Retirement Services in Dallas. She has 25 years of professional work experience ranging from careers in public and private accounting to commercial real estate and insurance consulting. She began her career as an account auditor at Deloitte Touche, served as vice president and real estate broker for Henry S. Miller, Co./Grubb and Ellis, and went on to start TCW Insurance and work as a sales and consultant agent.
Karen Elizabeth (Wigger) Wood, BA '79, MA '87, of Waco, and Dr. E. Darrell Crisp, of Belton, were married June 2 in Quakertown, Pa. Crisp served as a pediatric neurologist at Scott & White in Temple for 30 years before retiring early. The couple resides in Belton.
Joe Wright, BBA '79, of Richardson, Texas, has been promoted to senior vice president and chief investments officer of the Baptist Foundation of Texas. Previously, he was vice president and chief financial officer. Wright will continue to lead the foundation's investment division, with responsibility for capital markets, real estate and mineral management. He has been on staff for 12 years.
Trey Apffel, BBA '80, JD '81, won a run-off election to become the next president-elect of the State Bar of Texas. He is owner and principal of the Apffel Law Firm in League City and has practiced in Galveston County for more than 30 years. Apffel has served on the board of directors of the State Bar of Texas, as a member of the executive committee, and chaired the Legislative Policy Committee. He is certified in personal injury trial law and civil trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Apffel will serve as president of the State Bar from June 2014-June 2015.
Dr. Terry McMillan, BA '80, of Las Cruces, N.M., was appointed by Gov. Susana Martinez to the Regional Spaceport District. He owns a private practice of otolaryngology, where he has practiced for more than 17 years. McMillan has served as a New Mexico state representative since 2010 and was reelected in 2012.
Linda (Forrest) Trotter, BS '81, of Franklin, Tenn., writes, "I was privileged to attend a fabulous concert by the Baylor Wind Ensemble on March 18 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville. I was accompanied by my daughter, Heather, who will be a Baylor freshman in the fall, and her friend, Aly Olson. Both the girls and I were enthralled by the musical skill and ability exhibited by these Baylor students in each and every piece they performed. Also in attendance was Baylor alum Giancarlo Guerrero, BM '91, the conductor of the Nashville Symphony. His infectious personality and his obvious and very vocal affection for our university made him all the more appealing. Heather and her friend were thrilled to be able to speak and take a picture with him. Kudos to Dr. (Eric) Wilson, Dr. (Isaiah) Odijima, the Baylor Wind Ensemble and Maestro Guerrero for representing our university with excellence and class!"
Scott Eckert, BBA '83, has been named vice president of marketing at Community Coffee Co. in Baton Rouge, La. Eckert has held key senior marketing leadership positions for consumer packaged goods companies such as ConAgra Foods. He previously worked at ACH Food Companies, running its flavor enhancements division, and has advanced some well-known brands such as Orville Redenbacher, Slim Jim and David's Sunflower Seeds.
E.J. Bird, BBA '84, has been appointed as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Sears Canada Inc. He was appointed interim CFO on March 12, and he will continue to serve as a director of Sears Canada, a role he has held since 2006.
Attorney Fred Schraub, BBA '84, JD '89, has become vice president and underwriting counsel for Alliant National Title Insurance Co. in Longmont, Colo. Previously, he served as an executive and underwriting counsel for national and regional underwriting companies.
Dr. Alexander Jimenez, BM '85, was recently promoted to the rank of full professor in the College of Music at Florida State University. He serves as director of orchestral activities and coordinator of strings. In April 2014 Naxos will release a recording of works by composer Ernst von Dohnanyi performed by the Florida State University Symphony Orchestra under Jimenez's direction. Contact at [email protected].
Dr. Naji Oueijan, PhD '85, was elected joint president of the International Association of Byron Societies during the 38th International Byron Conference. He has recently published two books: Lord Byron's Oriental World (Gorgias Press, 2012) and Lord Byron and Genre (NDU Press, 2013). Contact at Notre Dame University, P.O. Box-72-Zouk Mikaye, Lebanon, Zouk Mosbeh 76798 or [email protected].
Deborah L. Byers, BBA '86, who has led Ernst & Young's Southwest Transaction Advisory Services practice for three years, has become managing partner of Ernst & Young's Houston office. Byers has served in the firm's southwest region for her entire 27-year career.
Laura (Brown) Collier, BS '86, and Robin (Sanford) Higgs, BA '86, were acquaintances while attending Baylor, but became close friends nearly 10 years after college. A 17-year friendship began when they met again one morning at First Baptist Church in Denton, Texas, where Collier serves as student ministry assistant. This summer they went on two weeklong trips to support their youth group. Contact at [email protected] or 1016 Indian Ridge Dr., Denton, TX 76205.
Pam Moody-Scott, BA '86, retired adult probation officer in Bexar County, San Antonio, Texas, is now in her 12th year of teaching elective courses at Ronald Reagan High School in San Antonio. She writes, "I teach 190 students each day and I love every minute of it. It is graduation time and I am a proud mama bear of all my 190 cubs, and will enjoy having them return in a few years to share their adventures with me. I have one former student who has his education degree and substitutes for me from time to time...talk about surreal. Sic 'em, Bears!"
Jay Hunter Morris, BMEd '86, is a Grammy-winning tenor originally from Paris, Texas. His seminal role, for the New York Metropolitan Opera, has been Siegfried in Wagner's "Ring" cycle, one of the most demanding roles ever written. The production was broadcast live to movie theaters and on radio, and subsequently was played on television, which made Morris an international star. Last year, he was Placido Domingo's understudy. His book, Diary of a Redneck Opera Zinger, was published earlier this year by Opera Lively Press. Visit
JayHunterMorris.com for his upcoming show schedule, which includes performances in Hawaii, Dallas, Colorado and Houston.
Doyle Simons, BBA '86, of Spicewood, Texas, was elected president and chief executive officer for Weyerhaeuser Co. He was chairman and CEO of Temple-Inland from 2008-12. In 2009, he was selected by investment analysts as RISI's North American CEO of the Year in the paper and forest products industry. He has served on the Weyerhaeuser board of directors since June 2012. Prior to becoming CEO, he held various management positions with Temple-Inland, including executive vice president and chief administrative officer.
Dr. David Miller, MA '87, PhD '91, of Clinton, Miss., an English teacher at Mississippi College for more than two decades, has been named Mississippi College's Distinguished Professor of the Year.
Jerry Pate, BSEd '87, has become associate head athletic trainer at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas. Pate had been an athletic trainer at Belton High School for the past 11 years and an assistant athletic trainer at Baylor for 10 years. He also continues to play drums for the Leon River Band. He and his wife, Vicki (Smith) Pate, BSEd '87, have three children: Tyler (21) is a junior soccer player at UMHB, Courtney (19) is a sophomore on the Baylor acrobatics and tumbling team, and Cassidy (16) is a junior cheerleader at Belton High. "Stop by and visit anytime you happen through on I-35. Sic 'em, Bears!" Jerry writes. Contact at 3104 Red River Road, Belton, TX 76513 or [email protected].
Dr. Van Patterson, BBA '87, has been named director of The University of Texas at Tyler Longview University Center. Previously, Patterson was vice president for institutional advancement, director of student activities and an academic counselor at Panola College.
Dr. G. Lynette (Reed) Fitch, MS '87, of Belton, Texas, is an educator with 25 years of experience helping people from a variety of organizations to create a stronger community through the integration of spirit, culture and ethics. Her most recent book is Fixing the Problem: Making changes in how you deal with challenges (iUniverse, 2009 - 48 pages).
Dr. Tommy Sanders, BA '87, has been named assistant provost and associate professor of religion in the School of Christian Studies at East Texas Baptist University. He has more than 12 years of experience in higher education and is a published author with expertise in leadership. Sanders will oversee the Office of Academic Success and Graduate Services. Sanders moves to ETBU after serving at Dallas Baptist University since 2006.
Martie Simpson, BBA '87, is the new executive director of finance for the City of Killeen, Texas. Simpson has served as the city's interim finance director since December and was hired by the city more than 16 years ago as a management accountant.
Russ Sullivan, JD '87, a longtime staff director for the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, has joined McGuireWoods as a partner in the firm's Washington office. He will also be a senior advisor to McGuireWoods Consulting, the firm's public affairs subsidiary. Sullivan started working on Capitol Hill in 1995 and joined the Senate Finance Committee staff in 1999. He served as the staff director to the committee from 2004 until his retirement from the Senate in 2013.
David Yelle, BA '87, became a full- time ranger at Linn Run State Park in Rector, Pa. He joined the staff at Linn Run in October 2011. Yelle worked in corporate security for most of his career, but after a visit to an area state park, he decided it was time for a change.
Brett Cornwell, BBA '88, of College Station, Texas, has been appointed to the Product Development and Small Business Incubator Board by Gov. Rick Perry. The board advises the Texas Economic Development Bank. Cornwell is associate chancellor of technology commercialization for the Texas A&M University System. He is also an adjunct faculty member at the TAMU Mays School of Business, University of Texas McCombs Business School and IC2 Institute.
Bruce A. McCullough, BA '88, of The Woodlands, Texas, is now vice president and CIO of Marathon Oil Corp. He most recently served as director, global business systems of Anadarko Petroleum Corp. McCullough has worked in the information technology field, primarily in the oil and gas sector. Prior to Anadarko, he was a partner at Accenture and served in a variety of capacities for clients such as Atlantic Richfield Co., Mitchell Energy, and Development Corporation and Burlington Resources.
Albert Muller, JD '88, has joined the Houston office of the Stan Johnson Co., a real estate brokerage and advisory firm. He will serve as an associate director specializing in the sale and acquisition of net lease properties. With more than 16 years of real estate experience, Muller most recently served as general manager at La Bota Development Co.
Alicia (Gosselin) Dixon, BA '89, is manager of public relations for CenterPoint Energy, a Houston-based domestic energy delivery company serving more than five million metered customers. Dixon joined CenterPoint in 1990 and has been in her current role since 1999. She is a member of the Public Relations Society of America and the International Association of Business Communicators.
Steven Francour, MSEd '89, was named the men's and women's tennis coach at Lawrence University. He had been the men's and women's tennis coach at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh for 23 years. Contact at [email protected].
Gena (Lynch) Robbins, BM '89, has recently released her CD "Because I Know You," which includes 15 of her favorite hymn arrangements, anthems, contemporary Christian songs and inspirational pieces drawn from the secular music repertoire. Robbins is joined by a number of her good friends to produce music of praise, hope, faith and assurance.
The CD is available at GenaRobbins.com. Contact at [email protected] or 1312 Camberley Court, Keller, TX 76248.
Dallas real estate lawyer R. Craig Baker, BA '91, has joined MBL Law as Managing Shareholder from Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, where he served as a partner in the firm's real estate practice group. MBL Law has offices in North Dallas and Preston Center. With his primary focus on commercial real estate transactions, Baker graduated cum laude from Texas Tech University School of Law.
Dr. Bart Barber, BA '91, lead pastor of First Baptist Church in Farmersville, Texas, was nominated for first vice president at the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Houston. Barber has served as pastor in Farmersville since 1999 after serving pastorates in Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. As a trustee at Southwestern Seminary, Barber was selected last year to chair the Academic Administration Committee. He also serves as vice chairman of the executive board of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention.
Cindy Tisdale, BA '91, JD '95, the owner of the Law Office of Cindy V. Tisdale in Granbury, Texas, took office as chair of the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors in June. A native of Early, Texas, she began her legal career doing civil work for the McLennan County district attorney's office. She eventually moved to a private firm in Waco before moving to Granbury.
Todd Cione, BA '92, was hired by Rackspace Hosting to lead the firm's Americas acquisition sales division. He has more than two decades of experience developing successful sales and support teams across broad geographies. He spent his last 15 years at Microsoft, most recently based in Singapore and responsible for $4 billion in annual revenue for software, cloud services and enterprise services.
Ben Curry, BBA '92, has been named senior vice president for finance and administration of the Baptist Foundation of Texas, after serving as vice president and chief financial officer of the BFT. He has been with the foundation for 17 years. Curry will oversee human resources, accounting, records management and information systems.
Luci (Morrow) Charpentier, BA '92, of Georgetown, Texas, and family are gearing up for a busy football season. She writes, "My daughter Lindsay is an 8th grade cheerleader at Benold Middle School, and my son Chance is a hopeful 9th grade football player at Georgetown High. I'm entering my eighth year at Georgetown High as an assistant principal's secretary, and my husband Noel is a full-time captain at Fort Hood Fire Department and part-time firefighter at Liberty Hill Fire Department. We are looking forward to a great season of middle school and high school football and cheering on the Bears!" Contact at [email protected].
Bryan Goodwin, BA '92, of Centennial, Colo., has coauthored The 12 Touchstones of Good Teaching: A Checklist for Staying Focused Every Day (ASCD, 2013). The book enables teachers to be demanding, supportive and intentional while consistently focusing on the big things that absolutely must be done to ensure student success. Goodwin is chief operating officer at McREL, a Denver-based nonprofit education research and development organization. A former teacher and award-winning journalist, he writes a monthly research column for Educational Leadership magazine.
Greg Kaase, BS '92, of Houston, has authored Exit from Grace, (CreateSpace, 2012 - 310 pages), a murder mystery set in Austin. The book is a must-read for anyone who loves psychological suspense revolving around the family dynamic.
Former Baylor track and field members Brandon Richards, '92, and Tom Richards, '94, are part of the new management team for two Waco-area golf clubs recently purchased by their father, two-time Olympic pole vault champion, Bob Richards. He and his sons now manage Lake Waco Golf Club and Twin Rivers Golf Club, home of Baylor's golf teams.
Cindy (Hobbs) Janecka, '93, of Woodway, Texas, has written This Can't Be Happening: A story of hope for those with cancer and those who love them (WestBow Press, 2013 - 147 pages). Having survived breast cancer herself, Cindy provides insights to this difficult journey and shares how she experienced the peace and hope that come only from God. For the past six years, Janecka has served on staff at the Baylor Counseling Center, where she is able to pursue her passion of sharing the hope and encouragement of God with others.
John D. Rainey, BBA '93, MBA '95, CFO and executive vice president of United Airlines in Chicago, has been elected to the March of Dimes National Board of Trustees. March of Dimes trustees serve as volunteers and represent the public in governing the organization and advancing its mission for mom and baby health. Rainey is responsible for the overall financial operations of the United Continental Holdings and its operating subsidiaries.
Dr. Jeffrey Scholes, BA '93, has authored Vocation and the Politics of Work: Popular Theology in a Consumer Culture (Lexington Books, 2013 - 190 pages) and coauthored Religion and Sports in American Culture (Routledge, 2013 - 144 pages). Scholes is an assistant professor of philosophy and director of the Center for Religious Diversity and Public Life at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.
Tam Cummings, BA '94, MS '99, of Purmela, Texas, has authored Untangling Alzheimer's: The Guide for Families and Professionals (The Dementia Association, 2013 - 281 pages). The gerontologist and nationally recognized dementia speaker takes the fear, mystery and complexity out of a dementia diagnosis in her fourth book for caregivers.
Rachelle (Wansik) Donham, BSEd '94, MSEd '95, of Stephenville, Texas, writes, "My son Rhett was so excited to do a 'sic 'em, Bears' with Rhett Butler at Meet the Bears!"
Dr. Jeanette Gerault, BSEd '94, formerly assistant principal at Birkes Elementary School, was named the principal at Fiest Elementary School in Houston. She has 19 years of experience in the education profession, all within Cy-Fair ISD. Gerault served at Hancock for four years, prior to accepting her assistant principal position at Birkes in 2003.
Michael Glover, BBA '95, was appointed to CFO - China for InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG). He's spent the last nine years with IHG at their U.S. headquarters in Atlanta in finance and shared services leadership roles. He is relocating to Shanghai, China for the three-year assignment with his wife, Tiffany, and their children, Grace, Emma and Ryan.
Dr. Debra A. Reid, MA '96, co-edited and wrote the introduction for Beyond Forty Acres and a Mule: African American Landowning Families since Reconstruction (UP of Florida, 2012 - 352 pages). The contributors walk readers through a century and a half of African American agricultural history. Reid is a professor of history, historical administration and women's studies at Eastern Illinois University.
Peggy L. Crane, BA '97, has joined the national law firm of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP as partner. She will practice in Hinshaw's Peoria, Ill., office. Previously, Crane was employed at Perkins Coie LLP, where she was senior counsel in the firm's Portland office. Crane represents companies across many industries on issues related to environmental law.
Rebecca (Garza) Guzman, BA '97, recently was named principal for Rosendo Benavides Elementary in La Joya [Texas] ISD. She has worked with the district as a teacher for 10 years and as assistant middle school principal for four years. Guzman lives in the Rio Grande Valley where she participates in Baylor rallies whenever possible to recruit more Baylor Bears.
Kate (Balog) Stoneham, BA '97, MS '98, of Houston, has received the 2012 Goldin Foundation Award for outstanding contributions to her students and community. She is a speech pathologist at Lowery Elementary in Cy-Fair ISD.
J.D. Whittenburg, BA '97, MA '98, was recently announced as vice president, group manager-energy for Ketchum, South. He is responsible for managing and growing the energy practice for the public relations/communications agency. He has 15 years of experience in the energy and utility sector, spanning all vertical segments. He and his wife, Amanda, have two daughters and reside in Richardson, Texas.
Dr. Samuel Joeckel, MA '98, has authored The C.S. Lewis Phenomenon: Christianity and the Public Sphere (Mercer UP, 2013 - 444 pages). The book explores Lewis's identity as a public intellectual, showing how the conventions of the public sphere shaped not only his own writings, but books and articles about him. Part literary analysis, part intellectual history, and part meta-criticism, the book offers a new way to understand Lewis's accomplishments as well as the cultural phenomenon he left in his wake. Joeckel is associate professor of English at Palm Beach Atlantic University. Contact at [email protected] or 1017 Siena Oaks Circle West, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410.
Chad Prosen, BA '98, recently completed his doctorate in educational organization and policy from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He has served as an elementary school principal for 10 years.
Since 2004, Dr. Ann Snyder, EdD, '98, has been president and CEO of Interfaith of The Woodlands, a nonprofit social service agency that serves The Woodlands and surrounding areas. Her current position allows her to combine her passions for volunteer work and education. The agency helps individuals and families through hardships through a variety of programs. During her years in the field of education, Snyder served as a classroom teacher, Conroe ISD trustee and a professor at Oklahoma City University and the University of Houston.
Andy Stover, BBA '98, MBA '98, has released his six-song indie-folk EP as "Seven River Day" - available for download on iTunes and Amazon. Find out more at srd.nubook.com or search "Seven River Day." Andy and his wife, Anna (Newport) Stover, BA '00, live in Santa Monica, Calif., with their three children: Henry Jake, Taylor and Weston. Contact at [email protected].
Kollen West, MBA '98, was admitted into PwC US's Greater Houston partnership. He was admitted as an assurance partner focused on the energy industry. West is experienced in a number of industries with an emphasis on independent and integrated oil and gas companies and oilfield services companies. He is a certified public accountant.
Lauren (Ridley) Montgomery, BSN '99, has been recognized as a Dallas/Fort Worth Great 100 Nurse by the Great 100 Committee. She was honored at the 22nd Annual Great 100 Nurses Celebration May 8 at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. Montgomery works at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas.
Amanda Ryan-Smith, BA '99, has accepted the position of director of development at the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR). She is relocating from Austin to San Francisco with her wife, Carolyn, and daughter, Beatrice. Contact at [email protected].
Trey Darwin, BBA '99, was announced as chief financial officer of Hampshire Group Ltd., a leading provider of sportswear. He has more than 15 years of experience of business and financial leadership. Darwin previously served as the director and vice president of finance at Haggar Clothing Co. He also has broad-based financial operations experience in textile manufacturing, industrial manufacturing, business services and retail distribution. He has held executive positions with SourceCorp, Michael's Stores and Trinity Industries.
Angelica Tello, BA '99, married Nathanael John Carter Sept. 29, 2012, in Dallas. Her brothers, Dr. Miguel Angel Tello, BA '97, (pictured far left) and Rene Tello, BA '04 (pictured far right) were part of the wedding party. "Coincidentally, Nathanael's great-great-grandfather used to teach in the English department at Baylor, so we were connected long before we even knew it! We are currently living in Dallas. Nathanael is serving in the Texas Army National Guard, and I'm in my ninth year of working as the Hispanic evangelism event coordinator for the Baptist General Convention of Texas. I'm able to visit Baylor yearly as the coordinator for Congreso, the largest Baptist Hispanic student event in the nation, which Baylor has hosted since 2009." Contact at [email protected].
Daniel (Danny) A. Dunn, BA '00, was recently elected mayor of Temple, Texas. Prior to his election, Dunn served as the District 1 councilman since May 2010 and as mayor pro-tem since June 2012. He is currently a vice chair and member of the Temple Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and serves as vice chair of the Killeen-Temple Metropolitan Planning Organization. Dunn is a real estate broker and vice president of Rodney Dunn Co. Inc. in Temple.
Anne Stuhlman, EdD '00, is the new principal at Hill and Plain School in New Milford, Conn. She previously worked as Region 12's director of curriculum and instruction, having served as director of assessment and accountability for Naugatuck's public schools.
Jeremy Logsdon, BBA '00, of Columbus, Ohio, was recently promoted to senior associate at Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP. He specializes in technology transactions and also helps clients enforce their intellectual property rights on the Internet. Logsdon earned a law degree from The Ohio State University.
Nick Thompson, BBA '00, has authored "Building Flexibility Into Parking," an article published in Parking Today magazine, an international magazine for parking and transportation. The article focuses on integrating flexibility in parking operations through decision-making, equipment systems and relationships with staff and other stakeholders. Thompson is a parking and transportation administrator for the City of Austin.
Grant Walsh, BA '00, of Dallas, is the co-founder and managing partner at Culhane Meadows, a national law firm that he helped launch in June. The firm has already expanded to about 30 partners in six cities. Contact at [email protected].
Insurance executive Sarah Vallette, BBA '01, has joined Barney & Barney LLC, one of the nation's largest independent insurance brokerages, in San Francisco. She has 12 years of insurance industry experience. Vallette previously spent nine years at Heffernan Insurance Brokers in San Francisco, most recently as vice president. Before that, she was senior underwriter at The Hartford.
Attorney Elisa Fox, BBA '02, has joined Decker, Jones, McMackin, McClane, Hall & Bates as an associate managing shareholder. Her practice is primarily focused on representing businesses of all sizes. Fox previously had been the name attorney in the E.C. Fox Law Firm and General Counsel with Cummings Electrical before joining her former firm, Cantey Hanger LLC.
Justin, BBA '02, and Kristen (Hefner) Newcom, BA '03, and their son, Chase, have recently moved back to Fort Worth, following two years living in Brisbane, Australia, where Justin worked on behalf of GameStop Corp. Justin led the EB Games Australia business as head of information technology while deploying the company's loyalty program in the region. He is now working on the international technology team for GameStop, based in Grapevine. Contact at [email protected].
Dustin Paschal, BBA '02, JD '05, is now an owner/partner in the law firm Simon Paschal PLLC in Dallas, which focuses on employment law and business law. He can be reached at (214) 681-2450 or [email protected].
On July 18, U.S. Army Col. Lee H. Schiller, MHA '02, took command of the Watervliet Arsenal facility in Watervliet, N.Y., which has been making weapons since the War of 1812. The facilty employs 14,000 and includes cannon and mortar-making operations, along with high-tech businesses. Schiller previously worked as the deputy director for maintenance policies and programs in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics at the headquarters for the Department of the Army. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Combat Medical Badge.
Zach Burdine, BBA '03, has been hired by Swett & Crawford as broker to the Casualty and Property Practice Groups in Dallas. Previously, he has been a risk analyst in the environmental casualty department of AIG and he has held key positions with AmTrust North America and Bass Underwriters.
David Harris, BBA '03, and Tara (Gibson) Harris, BSN '03, of Mansfield, Texas, sent in this picture of their two Baylor Cubs, Kate Embry Harris (age 5) and Cooper Michael Harris (age 2).
William "Bill" Schmitz Jr., MSCP '03, PsyD '06, of Baton Rouge, La., was elected president of the American Association of Suicidology (AAS). He will serve in this capacity for a two-year term. AAS is the oldest national not-for-profit suicide prevention organization in the U.S. Learn more at suicidology.org.
Dr. Elisabeth G. Wolfe, BA '03, PhD '09, of Llano, Texas, has authored Loyal Valley: Assassination (CreateSpace, 2013 - 191 pages), the first entry in a historical fiction series set in 1870s central Texas. Maj. Clint Donovan, formerly of the Union's First Texas Cavalry, is asked to help military intelligence stop a plot to assassinate Governor-elect E. J. Davis - and then learns that the same conspirators murdered his parents and brother during the war.
Courtney Forsell, BA '04, and Adam DeBower, BA '02, of Austin, were married on June 30 in Austin. Courtney works at the state capitol and Adam owns a brewery (Austin Beerworks). The two loved seeing many of their Baylor friends at the wedding. Contact at [email protected].
Performer and recording artist Joseph Fuller, MM '04, of Spring, Texas, released his third studio album entitled "Christmastime" in September. It features players from the Houston Symphony and has been picked up for play with Pandora Radio.
Mariana (Pineda) Navarro, BA '04, writes, "Our little Yorkie, Asher, proudly wears his first Baylor T-shirt. My husband, Miguel Navarro, BA '06, and I live in Houston and are proud Baylor Bears! Sic 'em!"
Ryan Wright, BA '04, completed his MBA at the University of Oklahoma in December 2012. He has accepted a position in Bank of America's Consumer Banking MBA Leadership Development Program. He and his wife, Kristin, and their dog, Madison, love their new home in Charlotte, N.C. Contact at [email protected].
Andrew Kirkpatrick, MA '05, recently accepted an appointment as assistant professor in the Department of Government and director of the Environmental Studies program at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Va. He is married to Susan (Campbell) Kirkpatrick, BA '04.
William Blaylock Sr., BSEd '06, is the new offensive coordinator at Dekaney High School in Spring, Texas. He played on the offensive line while at Baylor.
Katie McKown, MDiv '06, a Kentucky native, became pastor of Scottsville Baptist Church in metropolitan Charlottesville, Va., last November. Her installation service was in April. McKown identifies with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, a 1,900-church group that affirms women in pastoral ministry.
Brad J. Robinson, JD '06, is now an associate attorney of Hartline Dacus Barger Dreyer LLP's Dallas office. Robinson's practice at HDBD will focus on products liability, personal injury defense, commercial litigation, employment litigation, premises liability, toxic torts and oil and gas litigation.
Dr. Kathy Maxwell, PhD '07, of West Palm Beach, Fla., has been promoted to associate professor of biblical and theological studies at Palm Beach Atlantic University. She joined the Palm Beach Atlantic faculty in 2009. Maxwell holds undergraduate and master's degrees from Hardin-Simmons University.
Leticia (Silva) Womack, BBA '07, has opened Lety's Gluten Free Bakery in Killeen, Texas. The bakery specializes in 100 percent gluten free made-to-order cupcakes, cookies, cakes and more. The Army wife was formerly at Accenture as a consulting analyst before deciding to open a bakery. Contact at letysbakery.com.
Shelly (Liles) McAninch, BBA '08, MSEd '11, of Bowie, Texas, was the only Texan awarded a fellowship to attend the NYSE Euronext Teachers' Workshop this summer. She writes, "I was able to tour the NYSE floor, meet with stock brokers, and listen to various speakers (including CEO Duncan L. Niederauer). I networked with teachers across the nation and was given valuable information, which I will bring back to the classroom to help me better prepare my students to be financially fit. I highly recommend this workshop to other teachers."
Dr. Stacy Nayes, BA '08, of League City, Texas, graduated from UT Health Science Center at Houston Medical School in May. She was honored with an award for Excellence in Pediatrics and is currently continuing her education in a pediatric residency program with UTHSC Houston. Her uncle and pediatric orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Gary Brock, BS '81, of Houston, surprised Nayes at the graduation ceremony by "hooding" her after she received her diploma.
Rachel (Wakefield) Perva, BA '08, recently earned her MBA from Illinois State University. A communications representative in the advanced components and systems division of Caterpillar, Inc., in Peoria, Ill., Perva coordinates corporate internal communication initiatives for a group of global manufacturing facilities
Jeffrey Shahidullah, BA '08, EdS '11, of East Lansing, Mich., was recently awarded the 2013 Patrick H. DeLeon Prize by the American Psychological Association. Collaborating with Dr. John S. Carlson at Michigan State University, Shahidullah, a graduate student there, was awarded the national prize for a paper focused on developing graduate program training curricula for child-focused psychologists. He also has coauthored Counseling Students in Levels 2 and 3: A PBIS/RTI Guide (Sage/Corwin Press, 2013 - 248 pages) with researchers from Michigan State and Denton (Texas) ISD. The guide aids K-12 mental health professionals in efficient and effective counseling approaches that allow for data-based decision making.
Robert Smith, BBA '08, of San Jose, Calif., recently celebrated his three-year anniversary with KPMG US LLP. He is a senior associate in their Silicon Valley office's international executive services practice, providing tax, technology and advisory services to globally mobile employee populations for large multi-national corporations. He recently transitioned into international executive services technology marketing, where he helps design and implement KPMG's proprietary global mobility management and compliance software solutions. Contact at [email protected].
Dr. Brittany Wells, BSEd '08, has earned the professional designation of sports certified specialist. She treats patients at the Texas Physical Therapy Specialists Bulverde/Spring Branch (Texas) location. At Baylor, Wells ran cross country and track. She graduated from Texas Woman's University with her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2011.
Jared Wood, BA '08, JD '11, is now an associate at Cantey Hager LLP in Forth Worth. He joined Cantey Hanger from another Fort Worth firm. His practice focus is business, corporate and securities and banking transactions. Wood sits on the board of directors for the Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association and is a member of the Tarrant County Business and Estate Planning Council.
After establishing the Cypress Symphony last year, Caroline Ewan, BM '09, of Cypress, Texas, prepared for the orchestra's inaugural concert Sept. 21 at the Centrum with world-renowned concert pianist Richard Dowling. Her goal for the symphony is to expand the concert season to once a week and increase the membership to 50-70 players. Ewan, a private music teacher, is currently pursuing a master's degree at Rice University.
Stephanie Laurel Dosser, BA '09, of Blanco, Texas, received her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Texas Woman's University on May 10, 2013. She will begin her practice in the Dallas area.
Jacob Jones, BBA '08, and Allie Gorder, BSEd '09, of League City, Texas, were married Dec. 28, 2012, in San Antonio. Jacob is a territory manager with Educator's Depot Inc., and Allie is a third grade teacher in Clear Creek ISD.
Winnefred Jackson, BBA '09, has joined the Texas AgriLife Extension office in Liberty County, Texas. Jackson, who had been the program assistant for community and economic development in Jefferson County, will be in charge of providing technical assistance to small business owners, small farmers and ranchers through business planning, financial planning and microloan assistance.
Jennie Knapp, JD '09, is a new associate at Underwood Law Firm P.C. in Amarillo, Texas. Her practice encompasses a wide variety of civil litigation. She has defended clients in commercial litigation, professional malpractice, personal injury and other civil litigation matters.
Marcus Krohn, BBA '09, of San Antonio, is now assistant district manager of the 24-store San Antonio district for Firestone Complete Auto Care retail locations. He has four years of experience working in Firestone stores and managed two stores in San Antonio before taking the new position.
Rebecca (Taddia) Krohn, BSFCS '09, recently graduated with a Master of Architecture degree from UTSA with a certificate in urban and regional planning. Krohn has worked with a local nonprofit organization to build energy efficient housing units for a low-income neighborhood as well as perform energy audits for small businesses. She recently took a position with MSA Architecture as an intern architect and resides in San Antonio with her husband, Marcus Krohn, BBA '09.
Dr. David Leverenz, BA '09, was awarded the Ho Din Award for academics and compassion May 31. The award is the highest honor given to a graduating student of the UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He has begun his residency at Vanderbilt in internal medicine, and his wife, Molly (Knox) Leverenz, BA '09, is continuing her dissertation work on a PhD in English.
Kelly McGraw, BA '09, has launched Pink Champagne Paper Co., an online invitation and stationery boutique, where she is the owner and creative director. The company provides customizable invitations, original cards and personal stationery for all events, including weddings, birthdays and showers. Kelly is also currently a marketing manager for a medical office in Dallas. Contact at [email protected].
Taylor (Lyons) Mohr, BA '09, JD '12, is now an attorney at the Law Firm of Zinda & Davis PLLC, a personal injury and family law firm with its principal office in Austin. As a law student, Mohr served as secretary and executive vice president for the Student Bar Association and worked as editing assistant for Professor Gerald Powell, director of the "Practice Court" program. She also clerked for Judge Walter Smith and for the Office of the General Counsel for the Department of Veterans' Affairs.
Allison Reppond, BA '09, JD '13, of West Monroe, La., graduated May 4, 2013, from Baylor Law School cum laude. While there, Reppond was on the Baylor Law Review and served as senior notes editor during her last quarter, Barristers, and competed on Moot Court teams.
Laura Runkel, BBA ''09, MTax '09, of Houston, was accepted into Rice University's Jones Graduate School of Business with concentrations in energy and finance. She plans to continue her career in energy investment/corporate banking post graduation. Contact at [email protected].
Lauren Stiles, BA '09, is an office manager for Trinity Baptist Church in Tyler, Texas. She is the 2013-14 president of the Baylor Women's Council in Tyler and also serves as historian for the Junior League of Tyler.
Michael Sturdy, BA '09, MA '12, is director of education at the Museum of the American Railroad in Frisco, Texas. He has worked for the Dallas Historical Society and as a graduate editor at the Baylor University Institute for Oral History.
Alexandria Abdallah, BA '10, and Daniel Johnson, BS '10, were married Oct. 26, 2012, at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin. Both originally from Katy, Texas, the couple met at Baylor and now reside in Austin. Alex works as a copy editor/writer for ATPE and Danny works as a mechanical engineer with National Instruments.
Randle Dube, BA '10, graduated with a master's in English from Boston College in May. In addition to her coursework, she taught freshman writing at BC and served on the Boston College Arts Council. She has returned to Waco, where she plans to continue working in the arts and running Shorty's Pizza Shack with her fiancé. Her food blog can be found at crandlecakes.com. Contact at [email protected].
Lillian Jessica Hwang, BBA '10, and Billy Shao, BS '12, of Lewisville, Texas, were married March 2. Lillian is an accountant with Stream Realty Partners, and Billy is the supply chain CSR supervisor at IFF, a leading developer in food flavorings and product fragrances.
Justin Rushing, BA '09, and Faryn Johnson, '10, were married April 21 in Dallas. There to help them celebrate was a large contingent of their Baylor friends and family from Arizona, Tennessee, Indiana and Texas, including Faryn's sisters and their spouses, Robbie, BA '02, MA '04, and Carissa (Johnson) Phillips, BFA '03, and Ryan, BBA '03, and Jayme (Johnson) Smith, BBA '05.
Robert Griffin III, BA '10, tied the knot with his college sweetheart, Rebecca Liddicoat, BS '10, in Denver July 6. Many Baylor friends and family were in attendance. The couple was engaged in October 2010 while they were students at Baylor. Griffin proposed to Liddicoat in the Allison Indoor Practice Facility following the Bears' 47-42 win over Kansas State.
Jordan Lovelady, BBA '10, is now a financial analyst at Buckner Retirement Services in Dallas. He has a cumulative six years of experience at Raytheon and was also a teacher and coach for Hall Heritage School in Oklahoma City. He and his wife, Kendra (Kirkland) Lovelady, BA '09, live in Plano.
Anne-Marie Lowe, BSEd '10, married Matthew Yankowsky Jan. 26. In attendance were several Baylor alumni and former Baylor cheerleaders, who cheered along with the Baylor fight song.
Clancy Morrical, BSEd '10, is currently the only female fighter pilot at Osan Air Base in South Korea. A first lieutenant in the 36th Fighter Squadron, Morrical is one of 723 female pilots in the Air Force. While at Baylor, she completed officer training and was on her way to training on F-16 Fighting Falcons at Luke Air Force in Arizona. She finished the initial training course as a distinguished graduate and scored an average of 99.7 percent on 10 tests involving all facets of the F-16 operations. She also earned the Top Pencil award for finishing first in her class of 16.
Emily Stone, BA '10, sent in this photo from May commencement. She writes, "Pictured from left: future Baylor Bear Elizabeth Stone; recent graduate Abigail Stone, BA '13; and Emily Stone, BA '10. Not pictured is sister, Natalie (Stone) Tate, BA '05, and brother-in-law Will Tate, BBA '06, and Lloyd and Tina Stone, the two who made it all possible. Sic 'em, Stones!"
Foster Scott Lerner, BS '11, MA '12, has been accepted to South Eastern University College of Medicine in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Allison McKimmey, BBA '11, and Robert Ruiz, BS '09, were married Jan. 5 in Dallas. Ruiz, a member of Delta Epsilon Psi, and McKimmey, a member of Delta Delta Delta, met at Baylor during McKimmey's senior year. Robert is currently attending TCU for his MBA. Allison is a marketing associate in Fort Worth.
Oboist Cory Snoddy, BMEd '11, formerly of Gatesville, Texas, now lives in New York City, where he is pursuing a master's degree at Mannes Conservatory The New School for Music. He recently performed in Coryell County's Jeffrey Arnold Foundation Festival Concert Series.
Lance Sublett, BSME '11, and Lisa Walther, BS '11, were married Feb. 23 in Richmond, Texas. Lance is a mechanical engineer for OxyChem, and Lisa is working toward her doctorate in industrial-
organizational psychology at the University of Houston. They currently reside in Houston.
Jennifer Jaggers, BBA '12, MTax '12, and Lake Littlejohn, BSEd '11, were married in their hometown of Longview, Texas, June 15. Jennifer is a tax associate at Seidel, Schroeder & Co., and Lake is a second-year medical student at TAMHSC. They reside in Bryan.
Kirsten (Moyer) Nolet, BSEd '12, of San Jose, Calif., writes, "After meeting at Line Camp in the summer of 2008 and dating all through our years at Baylor, Spencer Nolet, BBA '12, and I finally got married! Sic 'em!"
Andrew Mulder, BS '12, and Melanie Heidemann, BS '12, were married in Houston May 27. Melanie is a product content specialist at Francesca's
Collections corporate office in Houston, while Andrew is a student at the University of Houston College of Pharmacy.
Kyle Murray, BBA '12, of Coppell, Texas, has been named a sensei at Texas Isshinryu Karate Kai. He is a third-degree black belt and will lead classes at TIKK's new Coppell location in Old Town Coppell at Velocity Sports Performance. As a student at Baylor, Murray founded the Baylor Isshinryu Karate Club before graduating and moving back to work as a medical economics analyst for WebTPA in Irving.
Chelsea Rodawalt, BA '12, from Midland, Texas, has been with ESPN, based in Bristol, Conn., for a year as a sponsorship producer working on studio shows and remote events. She made the transition from New York City to Farmington, Conn. Contact at [email protected].
Army Spec. Tyler Sitzes, BBA '12, of Abilene, Texas, has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
Luke Baker, BSEd '13, of Jacksonville, Texas, is currently attending Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. He is enrolled in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program and hopes to be a practicing physical therapist in a few years.
Ashleigh Duff, BSEd '13, and Zack Maldonado, BBA '11, of Ardmore, Okla., were engaged on top of Pat Neff Hall in January 2012. They were married May 11 at Highland Baptist Church in Waco and chose "Baylor Vintage" as their theme "in honor of our love for Baylor and everything it means to us." Tables were decorated with Baylor football programs and yearbooks and the colors were green and gold. Zack is a revenue accountant at Noble Energy, and Ashleigh is in her first year of teaching ninth grade English at Gainesville High School.
Lauren Hanes, JD '13, is now an associate at Cantey Hanger LLP in Fort Worth. Hanes was admitted to practice law in Texas in May. She was a summer associate with Cantey Hanger during 2012. Hanes is a member of the Tarrant County Bar Association and the Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association.
Matthew Alan Hanzelka, MDiv '13, received the Outstanding Student Preacher Award at Truett. He plans to continue with the U.S. Air Force Reserves where he served as a chaplain. Hanzelka earned a Distinguished Graduate Award at Commissioned Officer Training in 2010. He has worked in ministry for the past 11 years.
Stephanie Larsen, JD '13, is a new associate at Underwood Law Firm P.C. in Amarillo, Texas. She practices commercial litigation, insurance defense and bankruptcy litigation.
Kara Beth Long, BA '13, of Ennis, Texas, writes, "As my three years at Baylor come to an end this week, I can't help but reflect on everything this school has given to me. Serving for two years as a Community Leader has taught me what it really means to pass on Baylor at the end of each year and how important that is. Here's to the incoming class of 2017: may Baylor become your home now and forever after." Contact at [email protected].
Lincoln Christian University welcomed Nick Zola, '13, as assistant professor of New Testament and early Christianity, beginning July 1. Zola is completing a PhD in New Testament from Baylor and working on a new translation of Tatian's Diatessaron, a second-century harmony of the four Gospels. He has a master's degree in New Testament from Abilene Christian University and a bachelor's degree in electrical and computer engineering from Olin College of Engineering.