Class Notes Fall 2012

October 1, 2012

B. Elizabeth Williams Whitten, '43, of Huntsville, Ala., writes, "I was a member of First Families of Baylor when a student for two years in 1942 and 1943. My mother, Loretta Livingston, graduated in 1921. My husband, the late Odell Whitten, BA '43, and I graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1947, a year after we were married. I published a book, Livingston Lines, in 1980. One chapter is on my mother's life, which tells about her years at Baylor. Of special interest is that her car was called the 'missionary car' because it was used by several of her student friends to go to churches on the weekend spreading the Gospel."


Ret. Col. Bob Frisby, BA '50, of Mansfield, Texas, is Baylor's first AFROTC distinguished military graduate. While serving in the Air Force Office of Special Investigations from 1952-68, he commanded detachments in the U.S. and at District Office 71 in Greece. Frisby also served in counterintelligence staff positions in Chicago, the Philippines and Barksdale Air Force Base and as a director of security before retiring in 1975, when he formed consulting companies. He received the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, two foreign decorations and 15 other U.S. decorations. His wife of 50 years, Martha, passed away in 2009.


Norman, BA '50, and Kay Ball, BSHE '51, Roberts celebrated 60 years of marriage on July 13. They write, "We enjoyed the celebration with our family: John & Vivian Roberts; Becky Attu ('79-80), Joe Brown and daughter Sami (a Baylor senior); Tim, BBA '86, MBA '87, and Jan, BSEd '87, Roberts and daughters Hannah Beth (Baylor sophomore) and Chloe; Rachel Roberts Ligon, BS '92, and Greg, BBA '92, Ligon and children Tanner and Libbie. After 37 years [as senior VP] at Baptist Health Little Rock, Ark., and several years as volunteers in India, Indonesia, Germany, Belgium, Romania and Kazakhstan, we are now settled at Baptist Health Parkway Village in Little Rock." Contact at or 14300 Chenal Pkwy Apt. 7618, Little Rock, AR 72211.

Mary Elizabeth Rowland Trim, BA '51, and Walter R. Trim, BBA '53, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Aug. 31. The couple cherishes their memories of their college years. Contact c/o Oakview HealthCare Residence, 506 N. Hickory Ave., Hubbard, TX 76648.


Mary Beth Moore Moak, BA '54, writes, "[My husband] Ed Moak, BA '53, was a member of the 1951 Baylor football team that played in the Orange Bowl; I attended the game with the Baylor band. I was an Athenean. We've been married 60 years and have three college graduates -- Carol (an Aggie), Baylor Bear Kristen Moak Lovett, BSEd '90, and John (a Cougar) -- and nine grandchildren. Ed retired as dean of student services at Lee College with 25 years in higher education. I had 36 years in public education. We enjoyed many years of travel after retiring in 1992 and have visited Baylor often. We have fond memories of all at Baylor." Contact at 1805 Raintree St., Baytown, TX 77520 or


Bob Dowell, BA '55, has recently published a Bible study entitled Understanding the Bible: Head and Heart. The work is in three parts: The Old Testament, Matthew through Acts, and Romans through Revelation. The books are unique in providing a poetic dimension to Bible study and are available at Barnes & Noble and Amazon. Contact at or 2036 S. 5th St. #10, McAllen, TX 78503.


Jim, BA '56, and Carole, BA '56, Baber are welcoming back to Waco their son, Dr. Sam Baber, BA '00, and his wife, Kristi, as they open Harris Creek Dental. Their son, Ben, is a "Baylor Bear Cub." Contact at


Jim Lomax, BBA '57, is remembered as "The Goody Man" in the Baylor men's athletic dorm from 1954-57. He has retired after 50 years of selling caskets to funeral homes in Texas. He and his wife, Carolyn Payne Lomax, '62, celebrated 50 years of marriage on June 1. The Lomaxs have two children and three grandchildren. Jim writes, "The grands have spent many weeks over the last 19 years at Grammi and Do Daddy Camps. During these camps, many hours are spent on the Baylor campus, at Bears sporting events and at the Mayborn Museum." Contact at 701 Arlington Dr., Woodway, TX 76712 or

Jim Prewett, BA '57, writes, "After 36 years in Houston ISD and receiving a teacher of the year and a principal of the year award, I retired. Because of two wonderful Baylor English teachers, Dr. Christine Fall, BA '24, MA '34, and Mrs. Lela Latch Lloyd, BA '32, MA '32, I'll have my first novel, Between Coming and Going, published in the fall of 2012. My greatest joy, however, has been the graduation of a granddaughter, Whitney Demeny, BSN '10, from the Baylor School of Nursing. Baylor never stops giving!" Contact at P.O. Box 476, Pattison, TX 77466 or


Gene Kircus, BA '59, and wife Peggy celebrated their 50th anniversary on June 23. After 30 years of service and travel in the U.S. Air Force, the couple has retired in San Antonio where they stay active golfing, woodturning and jewelry making. They have two children: Jim and his wife Shauna, and Sharon and her husband Joseph White. They are also blessed with four grandchildren: Ciara, Christopher, Andrew and Erin.


Pat Sullivan Weintraub, BA '61, writes, "I met my husband, Rick Weintraub, at Baylor in 1959. This year we celebrate 50 years of marriage. We are both so Baylor proud. Our son, Stephen Weintraub, BBA '87, and our grandson, Brennan Weintraub, Class of 2016, carry on the Baylor tradition."


Joe, BBA '62, and Gayle Gustafson, BA '61, Bailey of Woodway, Texas, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Jan. 25. They enjoyed a dinner with their children and grandchildren to mark the occasion.


Bill Goodwin, BA '63, has written a book, Signposts of The Last Days, published in June 2012 by WestBow Press. Goodwin has taught from the Bible to students in a lay capacity for over 40 years. His minor was in religion while a student at Baylor. He is a deacon of Prestonwood Baptist Church of Plano, Texas, where he has taught the same Bible Fellowship Class since 1986. While a student at Baylor, he managed Baylor radio station KYBS and worked as an on-air DJ for WACO radio. Goodwin is married to the former Mary "Penny" Pentecost, BA '63. The couple was married during their junior year at Baylor.


David, BA '64, and Diane, BA '64, Marx celebrated their 50th anniversary on May 18. Their children and granddaughter were with them at Colonial Williamsburg for a celebration in June. Contact at 614 Windmore Ct., San Antonio, TX 78258 or


Cora Bess Smith Meyer, BA '65, is busy helping plan the Texas Book Festival, which is committed to promoting literacy in Texas, coming to Austin in October. The recent widow of Dr. John Stirling Meyer, she is active with several organizations, traveling, golf, and bridge. Contact at or 2929 Buffalo Speedway #2002, Houston, TX 77098.

This spring, Murray T. Neal, BA '65, of Chilhowie, Va., gave an address to around 80 past and present Waco Tribune-Herald employees celebrating 120 years of the newspaper's existence. He worked for the Tribune-Herald for almost 11 years from the time he was in Waco High School until he worked his way through Baylor. Neal, who became a member of the Apollo 13 Mission Operations Team, spoke about the Apollo 13 rescue that occurred on April 13, 1970. The team received the Presidential Medal of Freedom for bringing back the astronauts alive despite an explosion on the spacecraft as it neared the moon. Neal detailed many of the almost insurmountable problems and how they were solved. He is part of a long line of green and gold family members, including his parents, Murray Porter Neal, BA '31, and Mary Elizabeth Henderson Neal, '32, and sister Ann Neal Moran, BA '72. His grandfather, Dr. Thomas V. Neal, a Baptist pastor, received an honorary doctorate from Baylor.


Rebecca Akemann Fulmer, BA '67, writes, "My Sweetie [Gloyce Fulmer, BBA '67] and I celebrated 45 wonderful years of married life on Aug. 11!" Recently, Rebecca has thoroughly enjoyed genealogical research, finding several family ties to Baylor and historical figures. Contact at 374 N. Boyd St., Winter Garden, FL 34787.

Tom Milligan, BBA '67, has been named vice president/executive officer to the president of FLIR Government Systems. With FLIR for 15 years, he has held positions as vice president of product marketing, U.S. sales and worldwide sales operations. He and wife Fiona have three children: Tommy, a senior at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point; Cameron, a sophomore at UNLV; and Robert, a high school senior. Contact at 20367 SW Tremont Way, Beaverton, OR 97007 or


Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP has added R. Barrett Richards, BA '72, JD '73, as a partner and member of the Heath Care, Tax and Private Clients and Estate Planning practices. Richards joins the firm with more than 30 years of experience, most recently with his own firm. Richards provides business, estate planning, financial, regulatory and transactional guidance to businesses, high-net-worth individuals and health care providers. He also serves as an annual guest lecturer at the Hankamer School of Business, where he sits on the MBA in Healthcare Administration advisory board.


Gary Reaves, JD '74, recently was re-elected to the City Council of Keller, Texas. He is senior vice president and general counsel of General Genetics Corporation, a group of DNA research and testing laboratories. Contact at


Marion Thomas Cooley, BBA '75, has been appointed city judge for Cameron, Texas. Contact at P.O. Box 970, Cameron, TX 76520.

Keith Herron, BA '75, rotated into the role of moderator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship at the General Assembly held in June in Fort Worth. He additionally pastors Holmeswood Baptist Church of Kansas City, Kan., where he has served the past 11 years. He is married to Wanda Henderson Herron, BM '75, MM '77. Contact at


Lynn J. Graves, BBA '76, writes, "Pictured are our grand twins, Brody and Kayleigh Bearden. Their older sister, Lanie, appeared in Cub Corner in 2010. They are fourth cousins to Immortal Ten member Jack Castellaw." Contact at or 2613 Huntleigh Place, Jefferson City, MO 65109.


Richard Leathers, BA '79, and wife Angela Stanley Leathers, '79, of Dodd City, Texas, welcomed their first grandchild on Oct. 29, 2010. Jackson Gaines Price, son of Joshua and Amber Leathers Price, is well on his way to being a Baylor Bear. He learned the "Sic 'em" bear claw by nine months old. Contact at


After a 29-year career in commercial real estate development, Steve Golding, BBA '80, has been named president of the Dallas Seminary Foundation at Dallas Theological Seminary. Steve and his wife, Ann Marlow Golding, BSEd '79, reside at 5850 Waggoner Dr., Dallas, TX 75230. Contact at

Sharon Skindell, BS '80, was elected Teacher of the Year at J. M. Hanks High School in El Paso, Texas. She is in the running for district Teacher of the Year. Contact at


Dr. Monica Martinez, BA '84, has been appointed by President Barack Obama to the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. Martinez is a leading national expert in secondary and postsecondary education with more than 20 years of experience directing and researching major education innovation and reform initiatives. She has worked across multiple sectors in education and runs her own consulting company as an educational strategist for foundations and nonprofits. Contact at or P.O. Box 1176, Tiberon, CA 94920.


For more than 25 years, Rex Russell, BBA '85, of Cleburne, Texas, has taught with one simple theme; you matter to God. That principle is reinforced in his book, The Butterfly Effect of Grace (Xulon Press, 2011 -- 134 pages), available at and elsewhere. "Nothing we will ever do, good or bad, would ever cause the heart of God to love us any more or less than he does right now. When that truth soaks in, you and I will be able to live the life that God has called us to live. Grace, extended to others, has a ripple effect. Broken-hearted people start to mend. It can cause a butterfly effect of grace," he writes.


Jay S. Lefevers, MBA '86, of Phoenix, Ariz., has written Cancer on the Brain, a memoir that chronicles a rollercoaster five-year period in which he coached a Little League baseball team, saw his appraisal company named to the "Inc. 5000" list, and raised his children with his wife, Lyn -- all while battling a brain tumor, surviving multiple operations, and then unexpectedly being diagnosed with more cancer (lymphoma). "I hope my book can help people see that if you don't fight for the care you or your loved ones deserve, it can be a matter of life or death," writes Lefevers. The couple has three college-age children: Briana, Adam and Olivia. Contact at

Lee Mulcahy, BA '86, of Aspen, Colo., exhibited his work at both the Red Brick Center of the Arts in Aspen and the KW Institute of Contemporary Art for the Berlin Biennale in May 2012.


Christi Wright Elkins, BA '90, writes, "Having worked as an intervention specialist at Mesquite [Texas] ISD's Learning Center District Alternative Education Program (DAEP), I will begin the fall 2012 semester at the DAEP as a counselor for kindergarten-6th grade. I will be working for Baylor graduate and learning center director Keith Adams, BSEd '83, MSEd '84, and with new intervention specialist Janette Medinger Cross, '00, who also attended Baylor. I'm very excited to work with fellow Baylor alums!"


Mary Bess Dalton, BBA '91, has been elected to her second term as president of the Arlington (Texas) Area Alumnae Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta for 2012-13. "Our purpose is to support members to learn, grow and excel, and our core values are personal excellence, friendship/sisterhood, scholarship, service and leadership. Visit us at and If you are a Theta alumna in the area we invite you to join us!" she writes. Contact at

Jennifer Coen Roden, BBA '91, was chosen as Secondary Teacher of the Year at Killeen [Texas] ISD. She is a reading and pre-journalism teacher at Union Grove Middle School. Contact at

Bobbi Reilly Sheahan, JD '91, has accepted the position of editorial coordinator at Future Horizons International, the world's leader in books, DVDs and conferences about Autism and Asperger's syndrome. Future Horizons published Sheahan's third book, What I Wish I'd Known About Raising a Child With Autism (Sheahan and DeOrnellas, Future Horizons, 2011) to critical acclaim, and the book was a silver medal finalist for the prestigious IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award and a finalist for both the Autism Society's Literary Excellence Award and the Readers' Choice Award earlier this year. Sheahan is a columnist for S.I. Focus Magazine and a regular contributor to Autism Asperger's Digest magazine, as well as a popular conference speaker on the topics of autism, homeschooling and adoption. She recently finished a season co-hosting "Autism As They Grow" on Special Needs Talk Radio. She lives in Plano with her husband, Ben, and their four children, and she loves to catch up with her law school classmates. Contact at


Walker Houchins, BFA '92, of Winston-Salem, N.C., is CEO of Capital W Funds, Private Equity Investment Group. Contact at


John Dowdy, BBA '93, MSEd '95, of Harvest, Ala., is president of the National Society of Insurance Premium Auditors (NSIPA), effective July 1. Dowdy began his career in the sports industry, working in various capacities in public and media relations, marketing and promotions, and community relations. In 2003, he joined Wilkinson Insurance Services, Inc. as account manager. He has served in several elected and appointed positions in regional and national industry leadership.

Jennifer Hutson Pendleton, BFA '93, of Mount Sterling, Ky., writes, "My husband, Charles, and I will celebrate 15 years of marriage in November. I homeschool my children (above) Charlie, 11, Sam, 9, and Lily, 1, while managing a freelance print and web design business. Looking forward to our 20th Baylor Reunion next fall!" Contact at


Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP partner Christopher Trowbridge, BBA '95, JD '98, of Dallas, has been selected by the Dallas Business Journal for inclusion on its annual "40 Under Forty" list for 2012. A trial attorney with a particular emphasis on complex business disputes, Trowbridge also is actively involved with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas, serving as vice-chairman of the board of directors and on the executive committee. Trowbridge is also involved with the Dallas Museum of Art, serving on the Advisory Committee of the museum's Junior Associates Circle. In addition to being named as "The Warrior" in Modern Luxury Dallas' 2012 "Men of Style" issue, Trowbridge was recognized in 2011 for his community involvement as one of 20 finalists for "ONE MAN Dallas," a program that encourages men to volunteer with charitable organizations and engage in community projects.


Ryan Pratt, BBA '97, is relocating from Chicago to Houston after being appointed a principal partner for Ernst & Young, where he has spent 10 of his 15 years in public accounting. He specializes in insurance claims, investigations and disputes. He and his wife, Heather, have two sons: Michael (5) and Carson (3).


David Barrera, BA '99, recently became board-certified in family medicine and currently is in a sports medicine fellowship at Texas Tech. He and his wife, Krystal, have two daughters, ages 5 and 2. Barrera writes, "The three girls have put up with multiple moves all over the continent to allow us to reach this point. We are enjoying being back in Texas after an eight-year absence." Contact at

Kathy Wooley Krey, BBA '99, of Woodway, Texas, writes, "Three Baylor families, the Kreys, Currys and Rowes, get together once a year with our eight children. All six of us are alumni and love teaching our kids to love Baylor as much as we do! Pictured are (back row, left to right) Lincoln Rowe, Oliver Krey, Hazel Krey, Elliott Krey, and (front row, left to right) Emerson Rowe, Hayden Rowe, Emma Curry, and Foster Curry. Other parents are Conner Krey, BBA '99, Scott Rowe, BBA '02, Jessica Carlisle Rowe, BA '01, Robin Curry, BBA '99, and Jill Foster Curry, BSN '02.

After beginning his career at Baylor, working at the University of Texas-Austin, and continuing at Southern Methodist University, Caleb Marsh, BSEd '99, MSEd '01, of Dallas, has been promoted to director of pre-health advising at SMU.


In 2005, certified wedding planner Susan Strauss, BFA '00, started SimplyPersonal, a Dallas-based company that offers custom invitation design tools. The business has grown into a nationwide company and franchise-to-be. now has a New York publisher and serves more than 45 independent vendors. Strauss and her company have been featured numerous times in The KNOT, D (Dallas) Weddings, Brides of North Texas, and Fox 4 News-Dallas. Contact at


Valerie Callaway, BBA '01, founded Callaway Consulting, LLC in 2010. The company was awarded a follow-on contract with the U.S. Coast Guard in order to continue transition work for the current telecommunications contract. Additionally, Callaway was nominated as a Women In Technology (WIT) finalist. The WIT Leadership Awards honor women in the Greater Washington, D.C., metropolitan area who have exemplified unique vision and talent in the technology industry. Callaway's sister, Meredith Montrose (Class of 2016), and brother, Eric Montrose (Class of 2015), are current Baylor students. Contact at

Kerry O'Bric, BS '01, MS '05, has graduated from Duke University Medical School as a physician assistant. She has started a fellowship with the Veterans Hospital in North Carolina to treat soldiers coming back from Afghanistan with brain damage and post-traumatic disorders. O'Bric started a second career after serving as a forensic analyst for the State of Texas.


The Industrial Asset Management Council (IAMC) awarded Sarah Roberts, BBA '02, senior vice president for economic development of Greater Waco Chamber, the designation IAMC Fellow. Roberts leads the Chamber's economic development initiatives that include business retention and attraction, regional partnerships, urban development and marketing Greater Waco to target industries. Roberts also serves as a director on the IAMC board. IAMC is the leading association of industrial asset management and corporate real estate executives, their suppliers, service providers and economic developers.


Michelle Williams Gibson, BM '03, of Roanoke, Texas, recently authored To Hymn We Sing, a devotional book based on the stories behind the hymn texts many Christians know and love. Gibson marries these texts with a deeper understanding of the hymn and its author. She is a member of Schola Cantorum of Texas in Ft. Worth and director of music ministries at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Roanoke. She also runs a piano and voice studio out of her home and is a highly sought after accompanist in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Contact at


Hans Christianson, BA '04, has accepted a position as communication and development coordinator at The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education in Scranton, Penn. He previously worked at St. Edward's University for the past eight years in a variety of roles in both university advancement and the marketing office. Christianson and his family will be relocating to Dunmore, Penn. Contact at

Kevin M. Donahue, BBA '04, has achieved the prestigious MAI designation with the Appraisal Institute and has been promoted to vice president -- VAS at CBRE, Inc., the worldwide leader in the commercial real estate industry. Kevin is married to Tara Donahue, BBA '05. They reside in Austin with their two children.

Kellen Plaxco, BA '04, has accepted a Fulbright Fellowship to study in Belgium for the 2012-13 academic year. The fellowship will allow him to spend the year working at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven's Faculty of Philosophy, where he will analyze texts and archival documents essential to his research. By conducting a close reading of Didymus' texts with attention to his sources, Plaxco intends to reconstruct how the Platonist tradition influenced Didymus' theory of participation. After earning advanced degrees at Notre Dame and Princeton Theological Seminary, Plaxco is working on his doctoral dissertation in theology, to be completed at Marquette University.


In Dec. 2011, Sasha Ross, BA '05, of Laurel, Md., joined the international programs group of World Vision-U.S. as a program manager with the child development and protection team. She spent the previous year and a half in Kabul, Afghanistan, writing grants and developing new programs for a non-governmental humanitarian organization, International Medical Corps.

Caressa Lattimore Sharp, BA '05, recently accepted the director of marketing and communications post at Westminster School in Oklahoma City. After seven years as the catalog marketing manager for Petra Industries in Edmond, Okla., Sharp made the switch to the independent school's administration team in August. She is in charge of all internal and external marketing and communication initiatives.


Rizwan Amlani, BBA '06, and Anita Shariff Amlani, BBA '05, celebrated the first birthday of their son, Adam Zaid Amlani (Baylor class of 2033) on May 6. After getting married in 2008, Rizwan and Anita moved to the suburbs of Sugar Land, Texas, where they still reside. Both also received their MBAs together from the University of Houston in 2010. Rizwan is a statistician for an offshore drilling contractor, and Anita is an accounting analyst for an energy company. Contact at

Nathan Barber, MSEd '06, head of Upper School at Second Baptist School in Houston, authored his 14th book, Resurrecting Lazarus, Texas, a novel. Prior to that, his most recent release was Complete Idiot's Guide to European History 2nd edition, which was released in October 2011. Barber taught in Waco for 13 years. He and his wife Christy, JD '97, are both grads. Contact at

In May, Chase Steffens, BA '06, won an Emmy for Outstanding Graphic Design on Sport Science for ESPN. He writes, "Living in Reykjavik, Iceland, with my wife Eyrún, my 10-month-old daughter Stella, and our dog Mickey (a former resident of the Waco Humane Society). I´ve recently re-launched my food blog and am working towards changing careers, getting into the food industry. I met my wife, also a graphic designer, in school in Burbank, Calif. She designed the main title for True Grit as well as the trailer graphics for many other Hollywood blockbusters. My brother, Clark Steffens, BS '04, was just voted the best dentist in the Dallas area." Info on Chase's Egilsgata Kitchen can be found on Facebook.

Joseph Terry, BBA '06, earned his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in June. He is now an associate with Credit Suisse in their energy group. He lives in Houston with his wife, Leah (Boehr) Terry, BA '05, and their son, Jack.


Natalee Estelle Miller, BS '08, of Houston, wed Nathan James Hanna on July 21. Natalee also graduated from Simmons College with her master's in secondary math education and is a mathematics teacher at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory in Houston. A U.S. Army veteran, Nathan graduated from Sam Houston State University and is a wellhead engineer at Weatherford International. They were engaged on July 4, 2011, on Lake Winnipesaukee, in Natalee's hometown of Meredith, N.H.


Tanya Gripton, BA '09, has joined RE/MAX Metro Realty as a real estate agent in Austin. She was formerly the legislative director for State Representative Marc Veasey in the Texas House of Representatives. Gripton assists clients with getting homes listed and sold, negotiating contracts, finding lease properties, and assisting in relocation. Gripton is excited to share her passion for Austin and love of Baylor with clients. Contact at

Rich Hill, BBA '09, formerly of Longview, Texas, has penned Nutrition Fundamentals: The Simple Principles for Feeling and Looking Good, a guide to high-nutrient foods that help lead to a healthy lifestyle. While a student at Baylor, Hill found a love of helping others achieve their health and fitness goals. He moved to Los Angeles in 2011 and, in addition to appearing in several national commercials, television shows and print campaigns, has developed a clientele that includes top fashion models, TV personalities and Academy Award winners. His fitness program is currently in production for a video series.

Jeremy Shih, BM '09, cofounded CampusFit, a national organization recently featured in USA Today. Shih, of Plano, Texas, started a fitness and nutrition blog for college students in 2011. CampusFit, which will become a regular contributor of USA Today's college division this fall, focuses on simple solutions to everyday college fitness problems. "Fitness and nutrition information is often targeted at either youth obesity or the aging population. It's often assumed that college students either know or will figure out their fitness along the way. Unfortunately, with all the dubious information out there, it's increasingly difficult to know even where to start," Shih says. CampusFit will soon release a book, The NEW Freshman 15. Learn more at

Chris Woodruff, BA '09, is founding a nonprofit, Life Raft International, an NGO that works with urban refugees in Bangkok, Thailand. He writes, "The Clinton Global Initiative has recognized our potential, and from March 30-April 1, I attended Clinton Global Initiative University, a place where approximately 1,000 students come together from across the world to share ideas and develop their commitments. I am also a first-year evening student at Georgetown University Law School." Contact at


Lillyan Baker, BA '10, of Waco, writes, "Sic 'em, Bears, from the turquoise waters of Aruba!"


The Small Press, a division of Brown Books Publishing Group, is proud to announce the upcoming release of Teradil: The Age of Darkness, a young adult fantasy novel by first-time author David Richard Corkill, BSEd '11. Teradil is a morality tale about what can happen when power is placed in the wrong hands. Corkhill is a teacher at Rapoport Academy in Waco.

Ryan Luna, BBA '11, and girlfriend Genesis Devine, BA '11, both of Houston, recently climbed one of the tallest mountains in the continental U.S., Mount Red Cloud (14,034 ft.), near Lake City, Colo. Luna is the son of Cherry Martin, BS '78, grandson of Paul Martin, BBA '55, JD '56, and Betty Lou Martin, BM '56. Devine is the daughter of Texas Supreme Court Justice John Devine.

Bekah West, BA '11, married Nathan Lyons, BA '11, on Dec. 31, 2011, in Dallas. Their New Year's Eve wedding included a "Sic 'em, Bears" at midnight. The couple has made their home in Dallas.

Marissa Moore, BBA '11, MAcc '11, and Michael Wash, BBA '10, MTax '10, were married May 11 in Hawaii. Both husband and wife work as accountants for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Dallas.

Brandon Wold, BS '11, and Noelle Lucke-Wold were married June 5, 2011. Brandon graduated from Baylor with a degree in neuroscience, and Noelle completed two years in the Baylor Nursing Program before transferring. Brandon is currently in the MD/PhD program at West Virginia University School of Medicine, and Noelle is finishing her nursing degree at WVU School of Nursing. They look forward to several return trips to Baylor throughout the coming years and to reuniting with old friends. Contact at


Dan Johnson, BS '11, married Sierra Bryson, BA '12, on May 19 in Austin. Dan is a software engineer at CBORD, and Sierra plans to attend Antioch Community Church's discipleship program in the fall. They reside in Waco with their new puppy, Mona.

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