Our team combines creative, technical and project management talents. Learn more about each person by selecting a name below.
Jon was born in Rome, New York, but considers himself a naturalized Wacoan because he's lived in Waco since 1991. He graduated from Baylor University with a B.A. in film and digital media. After graduating, he worked as the media director for University Baptist Church and then three years later, became a technology specialist for McLennan Community College for five years. Currently, Jon brings audio/ visual expertise to Baylor's events team.
Jon describes himself as a tech nerd, problem solver, avid reader of TheVerge.com and Dallas Mavericks fan. In his free time, Jon enjoys trouble-shooting media systems, eating good pizza on any day and spending time with his lovely wife Kristen and daughter Harper.
Kent grew up all over the States hailing from Colorado, Arkansas, South Carolina and Texas. He holds a dual degree in earth science and environmental studies from Baylor University. Kent began his career as an assistant naturalist and park ranger in Texas. Before joining the events team, he worked as an assistant university host for Facility Services and a manager of Event and Technical Services at Baylor. Kent loves to see the inner working of his alma mater and work with a variety of people, from plumbers to Ph.D.'s, in order to meet Baylor's event standards. He is our very own Grizzly Adams. If you ever want to discuss hunting, fishing or hiking, Kent's your guy. When he's not exploring the great outdoors, he enjoys spending time with his daughter.
Christina received her B.S. in child and family studies from Baylor University. After graduating, she worked as a preschool teacher before becoming assistant residence hall director for two of Baylor's residence halls. A pro at "herding cats," Christina is known for remaining calm under pressure. Currently, she loves her work planning events and the feeling of satisfaction when they successfully come together.
Christina's claim to fame in the office is the heavenly cupcakes she bakes from scratch. She even started her own baking business called "Happy Cakes." Besides baking, Christina enjoys watching chick flicks, reading a good book, drinking Coke Zero and staying involved with Baylor student activities by serving as an advisor for groups KXA and Sing Alliance.
Heather received her B.A. in communication with a specialization in public relations and media advertising from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. She has worked in the non-profit arena for the majority of her career, starting in the medical industry as a forms analyst and designer. After marrying her high school best friend and college debate partner, she moved to Kansas where she worked in the Web and IT sectors of a non-profit professional golf course superintendents association.
Heather brings many years of experience managing multiple large-scale projects to her role in Baylor events. She has a knack for problem solving and finding mutually agreeable solutions for all stakeholders. Hearing the phrases "that's impossible," or "if we only had more time" or the ever-popular "dang it" are like music to her ears! She loves a challenge and sees each hurdle as a puzzle with multiple solutions—which explains her love of word and puzzle games. When she's not managing the budget and business aspects of the department, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Matt, and two children. She enjoys cooking, crafting, dabbling in photography and is an avid Pinterest enthusiast.
Dennis grew up in Yutan, Nebraska and graduated from Wayne State College with a degree in political science. He has many years of experience as the general manager for hotels in Arizona, Louisiana, California, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Illinois, and most recently, for the Hilton in Waco. His knack for hotel management translates well to the event industry. Dennis strives for the best work possible and wants all Baylor events to exceed expectations.
On the weekends, you can find Dennis hiking or biking around Cameron Park with his son, Andy, and supporting the Baylor Bears at every home football game. He enjoys studying presidential history, watching old movies with his wife of 23 years and indulging in his favorite treat—dark chocolate.
Megan found her way to Baylor University via Colorado, Nebraska, California and New York. She earned both a B.F.A. in graphic design and photography and a M.A. in journalism from Baylor and then went on to work in the university's Development division as a graphic designer and later as interactive media strategist. Megan's additional professional experience includes working in communications at the San Diego Zoo, teaching as an adjunct professor in Baylor's journalism department and freelancing as a designer, Web developer and photographer.
Currently, Megan is "living the dream" overseeing the print, electronic, environmental and programmatic communications for events. Versatile and results-oriented, she manages her projects with caffeine-induced grace under pressure. When she's not focusing on her day job, she likes to garden, paint, discuss politics and shoot photos. Megan is married to a dreamy Baylor theatre professor, Sam, and they have two children.
Laura started her professional career in banking but found her true passion working with people planning beautiful, memorable events. She has more than 25 years of experience as an event planner, the past six with Baylor University. Whether the venue is a boardroom or a ballroom, Laura has a knack for transforming the space with her sense of style and attention to detail.
David grew up in Waco and has worked with event technology for many years, starting at age 15 when he began freelance work for Baylor's Athletic Department. He also has worked for the university by contracting as an usher at Ferrell Center and then working his way up to a front house engineer. After graduating from Baylor in 2007 with his B.A. in film and digital media, he began working as technical director for Conference and Event Management.
David is always up for a challenge and is the office's go-to guy with technical issues. He's a Mexican food lover and dedicated Nascar fan—"go Jimmy Johnson." When he's not staging an event, David enjoys playing 42, spending time with his family, smoking meat and fixing his project vehicle—an International Scout.
Amy initially got a journalism and classical literature degree from the University of Texas at Austin, but always had a strong interest in graphic design. Prior to working for Baylor events, Amy worked as a marketing promotion designer for Texas Monthly, Latin teacher, realtor, professional home stager, director for advancement for Christ Church School and a professional chauffer for her three kids. She also has her own freelance graphic design business. From logos to invitations to programs to websites, she enjoys the creative challenge of producing the best work possible.
In her free time, Amy enjoys cheering on the McGregor Bulldogs in support of her kids and husband, a football coach, and taking care of her family's four big furry dogs as well as photography, painting.
Teresa, known as T-Mel in the office, took interest in planning at an early age. Graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in journalism and public relations, Teresa has always paid attention to detail and design. She kicked off her career working as the conference coordinator and newsletter editor for the Center for Occupational Research and Development for seven years. Although a Longhorn at heart, Teresa's next job was with Baylor's Development division as the assistant director of events, and then five years later, she served as the director of donor-focused events.
Currently, Teresa is a tried-and-true Dallas Cowboys fan, animal lover and list maker. She loves working with definite deadlines and seeing her hard work come to fruition. Outside of work, Teresa enjoys staying active, reading, traveling and volunteering in the community.
Casey, a native Wacoan, has been in the tech industry for most of his life. His experience ranges from being a monitor engineer for L&G Sound and Lighting, a technical specialist for Phonic America, a chief audio engineer for Texas Music Café, a live sound engineer for Columbus Avenue Baptist Church and the owner/chief engineer for Renowned Sound Productions. In his role at Baylor, Casey facilitates and organizes the A/V needs for a variety of events across campus. Speaking of variety, he plays the guitar, drums, clarinet and fiddle.
Outside of work, Casey loves to watch Sci-fi movies, repair audio equipment and spend time with his lovely wife and son. He claims he can cook and bake like a pro. He firmly believes the simplest way is usually the best.
Joi grew up in Lindale, a small east Texas town, and received her degree in journalism from Baylor University. She has been planning Baylor events since 2008 when she started as a student worker. Joi manages and schedules all of the facilitated events. Some of her "fave" friends are her colleagues. In her free time, you can "probs" find Joi shopping, telling stories, swimming or sitting on her exercise ball. She is a "totes" fun person who loves bringing joy to the campus partners of the events team, no pun intended...
Jamie was delighted to join the Baylor events team in 2012. Prior to that, she received her degree in education from Baylor University and taught at various schools around Texas for seven years. She likes planning all aspects of events, including catering, floral arrangements, décor, transportation and facility set up. Jamie is known as "Jams" in the office because of her energetic, enthusiastic personality.
Most evenings and weekends will find Jamie pursuing her greatest passion—her family. She and her husband, Jason (a.k.a. JY), have three wildly fun kids. Jamie is THAT crazy lady at baseball games yelling (99% of the time all positive) for her kid's team. Besides her children's sporting events, Jamie enjoys Starbucks Frappuccinos, vacationing with her family and all things Baylor.
Liz worked for Baylor University for over 19 years in various departments including Financial Aid and Student Activities. After retiring in 2008, she returned to the university three years later as a temporary employee before finding her new, permanent home with Baylor events. If you know Liz, you know that when she sets her mind to do something, she'll do everything in her power to make it happen. Maybe that's why she's always seen running around the office, helping solve problems and taking care of the staff.
When Liz is not on the job, she enjoys spending time with her husband, blended family of children, 14 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Her claim to fame at Baylor is for her stint as Mrs. Claus during the annual Christmas on 5th Street celebration.