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Cheryl GochisCheryl Gochis
Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer, Baylor University

Cheryl Gochis was appointed vice president of human resources and chief human resources officer in May 2016 after having served as associate vice president for HR since 2014. She manages and coordinates employment functions at Baylor University and holds a BA and an MA in business and organizational communication, both from Baylor. She is also a certified HR professional and learning specialist.

During her time at Baylor, Mrs. Gochis has served on several search committees, including those for president; vice president and chief business officer; vice president and athletics director; and executive vice president and provost. She serves on numerous university-wide committees. Additionally, she served as chair of the United Way of McLennan County Board.

Prior to joining Baylor, Mrs. Gochis worked at Extraco Banks in Waco as the executive vice president of human resources. She also worked at the financial services company USAA in San Antonio. While at USAA, she served in several HR leadership roles.

Mrs. Gochis and her husband, Rich, are the parents of three children: Drew, a and Jacob, both Baylor graduates and Hannah a Baylor sophomore. They are members of First Baptist Church Woodway, where they teach a young married Sunday School class and participate in mission trips and mission organizations.

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Chef Darren McGradyChef Darren McGrady

Darren McGrady was chef to Queen Elizabeth II, Diana, Princess of Wales and Princes William and Harry for fifteen years and has cooked for five US Presidents. He is the owner of Eating Royally catering in Dallas, TX. He is an author, culinary consultant, event planner, public speak- er and prominent YouTube influencer.

His first cookbook 'Eating Royally; recipes and remembrances from a palace kitchen' is in sixth print with all of his advance and royalties donated to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation. McGrady's second cookbook 'The Royal Chef at Home - Easy Seasonal Entertaining' mixes the high life of British Royalty with the simple pleasures of the American home.

He has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, several times on CNN’s Larry King Live, the Fox News Channel, BBC, CBC, MSNBC and Sky Television. On Fox and Friends covering the Princess Diana Memorial, CNN covering the Royal Wedding and cooked on the Today Show and CBS Early Show in New York. Darren trained at The Savoy Hotel, London before moving to Buckingham Palace where, for 11 years he cooked for the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh and their guests on a daily basis, catering banquets for Foreign Heads of State including Presidents’ Bush, Clinton, Reagan and Ford. His duties included traveling with the royal family to Windsor Castle, Sandringham House and Balmoral Castle as well as on the Royal Yacht Britannia on royal tours around the world.

In 1998, Darren decided to pursue a new challenge and moved to Dallas, Texas, becoming the first private chef invited to cook at the prestigious James Beard House in New York. His food has been featured on American Airlines in premium cabin flights between Europe and the USA.

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Felecia MulkeyFelecia Mulkey
Head Coach, Acrobatics and Tumbling, Baylor University

A transcendent leader on the forefront of the growing sport of acrobatics and tumbling, Felecia Mulkey has won all 11 of the National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association (NCATA) championships offered and boasts a career record of 106-4 over 12 seasons as a head coach of acrobatics and tumbling.

The 2022-23 season constitutes her ninth year as the head coach at Baylor University and has completely changed the program since arriving in Waco in June of 2014. After winning four-straight NCATA titles at the University of Oregon, she has led the Bears to six-straight NCATA championships with a 65-2 seven-year record in Waco and compiled a 38-meet win streak (2017-21) as she has tutored 19 NCATA-All-Americans in seven seasons.

Prior to her stint at Oregon, Mulkey built the Kennesaw State competitive cheer program into a national powerhouse. She was also the The Owls finished fourth in the 2008 All-Women’s Division I Collegiate Championships after captur­ing national titles in 2004 and 2005.

Mulkey, a 1998 Kennesaw State health and exercise science graduate and native of Altanta, Ga., oversaw the development of a program that finished no worse than third nationally from 2001 through 2007. Her success resulted in the program ascending to the Division I level in 2006. Her dedication to her alma mater led her to being inducted into the Kennesaw State Athletics Hall of Fame in the fall of 2019.

Prior to transferring and taking over the head coaching reins at the Ken­nesaw, Ga., school in May 1997, Mulkey cheered for two years at Southern Union State (Wadley, Ala.), and led the Bison to an eighth-place national finish in 1995.

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Jovan OvershownJovan Overshown
Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs, Baylor University

Jovan Overshown serves as Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs. As a member of the executive leadership team, Overshown oversees all aspects of the department’s external operations, including Resource Development, Strategic Marketing and Fan Engagement, Branding and Creative Services, Athletic Communications, BaylorVision, and Trademark Licensing. In addition, she manages the department’s multi-media rights partnership with Baylor Bear Sports Properties - Learfield-IMG.

Overshown serves as primary sport administrator for Football and secondary for Women's Basketball. Previously she has had direct oversight of both Women's Tennis and Women’s Basketball.

Overshown joined Baylor Athletics as Associate AD for Engagement in May 2017 after three years directing internal and external communications at The King's University. In November 2018, she was promoted to Senior Associate AD for Branding and Engagement when Branding and Creative Services and BaylorVision were added to her areas of oversight. She was promoted to her current role in June 2019.

Prior to joining the Baylor Athletics department, Overshown spent three years at The King's University in Southlake, Texas, first as Associate Director of Communications and later as Director of Marketing and Communications. She also has experience in various marketing-related capacities at Texas Christian University and Southern Methodist University.

Overshown earned a bachelor of business administration in marketing from Texas Christian University in 2006 and a master of business administration in marketing communications from Tarleton State University in 2009.

Overshown and her husband, Billy, have two sons: Beckham King and Hendrix Steel. Billy played running back at TCU and currently serves as Athletic Director and Head Football Coach at Bishop Louis Reicher Catholic High School.

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Susan PetersSusan Peters, '86

Susan Peters is the founder and executive director of Unbound Global, a multi-national anti-human trafficking organization headquartered in Waco. She was recently awarded the Pro Texana Medal of Service for her contributions in furthering the mission of Baylor and immeasurable impact in the public or non-profit sector.

Susan earned a B.A. in Communications from Baylor University and a Masters in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary. Along with her responsibilities with Unbound and the Heart of Texas Human Trafficking Coalition, Susan has served as an adjunct professor at Baylor University and as an elder at Antioch Community Church. Her role in the church and in overseas missions ignited her passion to fight the injustice of human trafficking in communities throughout America and across the world. She has trained thousands of community members and professionals at conferences and events, served survivors and their families, and facilitated the beginning of new Unbound locations worldwide. She has been recognized for her service with numerous awards.

In 2020, Peters published Unbound: Working Together to Restore Lives and End Human Trafficking. In it, she recounts true stories of the fight against human trafficking and leaves readers motivated to make a difference in their communities.

Since graduating from Baylor in 1986, Susan and her husband, Marty, have made their home in Waco, where they raised their four daughters:, Jessica, Brooke, Anna and Lindsey. In recent years, they have welcomed three sons in law: Mat (Jessica), Cameron (Brooke) and Tyler (Lindsey).

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Katie SmithKatie Smith, '16, '18
Director of Athletics Business Operations, Baylor University

As Director of Athletics Business Operations, Katie Smith began her career at Baylor Athletics in 2018 after receiveing both her Bachelors and Masters in Business Administration from Baylor in 2016 and 2018 respectively. The Plano, Texas native was a student-athlete herself playing Volleyball at Baylor. She enjoys playing a role in giving student-athletes the experiece of a lifetime that others gave her, as well as ultimately giving them the opportunity to grow in their faith.

Tony Dungy's quote drives Smith in her daily life: "Success is measured in changed lives, strong character, and eternal values rather than in material gain, temporal achievement, or status."

Smith met her now husband in a class in the Baylor MBA program and reside in Waco.

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Megan Hundahl StreeteMegan Hundahl Streete, '98

Megan Hundahl Streete (BA '98) is an Emmy award-winning producer and consultant who has helped produce Good Morning America, ABC News, and Anderson Cooper 360. As a creative consultant, she worked for Grey's Anatomy creator and executive producer Shonda Rhimes. She has collaborated with top talent in media including Anderson Cooper, Connie Chung, Paula Zahn, Emeril Lagasse, and Diane Sawyer. Click here to read more.

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Sophia Young-MalcomSophia Young-Malcom, '06
Assistant Athletic Director for Player Development, Baylor University

Two-time Baylor All-American and 2005 NCAA Champion Sophia Young-Malcolm joined Baylor's staff as Assistant AD for Player Development in May of 2021.

Young-Malcolm played on Baylor's first NCAA Championship team in 2005, was a two-time All-American and one of seven players in BU history to amass both 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in her career.

At the time of her selection, Young was Baylor's highest-ever draft pick in the WNBA when she was the fourth overall selection of the San Antonio Silver Stars in 2006. The Silver Stars got a solid return on their investment with Young playing 301 career games over nine seasons, including three WNBA All-Star selections. She tallied 4,300 career points and 1,807 rebounds in a career that spanned from 2006-2015 and resulted in a selection to the San Antonio Stars' All-Decade Team. Young also played overseas in the Euroleague and Eurocup.

After leaving professional basketball, Young continued leading her AAU basketball program called Sophia Young Elite in San Antonio. Her programs produced student-athletes that went to Division I schools that included UTEP, Oklahoma State, Abilene Christian and Indiana, among others. She also coached for two seasons as head coach at the Cornerstone Christian School in San Antonio, collecting a winning record in each of the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons. Since that time, she has served the San Antonio community as a realtor.

Young was born in Saint Vincent, West Indies, and she played her high school basketball in Shreveport, La. at Evangel Christian Academy. She was a 2016 inductee into the Baylor Athletics Hall of Fame and a 2021 inductee into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.

She received a Bachelor of Science in Education at Baylor in 2006, and Young has two master's degrees, one in psychology from the University of Phoenix Online and one in Christian ministries from Liberty Theological Seminary. Young and her husband Jermaine have two children, Skye and Sevyn.

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