Class Notes Winter 2012

December 18, 2012
Anne Jackson Stone, '47, has established the Jon Anne Jackson Violin Scholarship at Baylor in memory of her violin professor, Lino Bartoli. Today, at age 85, Stone plays in the New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving and teaches violin and viola in different schools and at a music store on Saturdays. She would love to hear from anyone in the classes of '46, '47 or '48. Contact at or 5616 Spring Valley Rd. #163, Dallas, TX 75254.
Rose Wang Pu, MA '51, writes, "I came to Baylor in 1949 and was assigned to Speight Cottage, near Armstrong Browning Library. It housed 10 graduate students and one freshman, an 18-year-old new bride. We had no dorm mother since we were 'mature' women. We had wonderful dorm life. I gradually lost contact with most of them except for Carol Hutchinson Kilgore, Mary Webb Blair, '52 (now deceased), and Christina Harris Hughen, BM '42, MS '52: 63 years of friendship still going strong. It all started at BU. We've had reunions at Port Aransas, Harper, Hot Springs and Florida, and still try to stay in touch. Some others that lived at Speight Cottage were: Frances Dunlap, Wanda Fox Nelson, Eleanor Mansfield, Joann Thompson, Erika ?, and Pat ?. I would love to hear from any that lived at Speight Cottage in that era." Contact Pu at or 2317 Bellefontaine St., Houston, TX 77030.
Marian Murry (Whitaker) August, BA '52, is now married to James B. August. She was previously wed to Vernon W. Whitaker, BS '52, who died in 1999. Contact Marian at 3831 Lennox Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70131.
Hankamer School of Business Dean Terry Maness, BA '71, MS '72, legendary Baylor football coach Grant Teaff and former university president Dr. Robert Sloan, BA '70, were among a heavily Baylor-flavored group invited to ring the closing bell for the New York Stock Exchange on Aug. 22. The group was there to honor Citizens Inc., an Austin-based life insurance company that went public on the NYSE 10 years ago. The company was founded by Harold Riley, BBA '52, a former Baylor football All-American and longtime BU supporter whose gifts have helped provide for the Baylor Libraries' Riley Digitization Center and a sports chaplaincy program at Truett Seminary. In addition to Maness, Teaff, Sloan and Riley, the board of Citizens Inc. also includes Kay Osbourn, BBA '89, Rick Riley, BBA '76, and Harold Riley's wife, Dottie.
Robert Flynn, BA '54, MA '56, of San Antonio, recently was inducted into the Texas Literary Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2012 during a ceremony in October. Founded by the Friends of the Fort Worth Library, the hall biennially votes to honor writers "whose body of work enhances Texas' literary heritage, is original and first published in this country, and has already been recognized for its literary significance." The short list of inductees includes Larry McMurtry (Lonesome Dove), Katherine Anne Porter (Ship of Fools) and Horton Foote (To Kill a Mockingbird screenplay). Flynn has written 13 books, including nine novels (most notably, the national bestseller North to Yesterday), three short-story collections and an oral history of the Vietnam War. He came to Baylor from Chillicothe, Texas, and taught drama at Baylor for several years after graduating before heading to Trinity University, where he is now an emeritus professor. He credits former Baylor professors Paul Baker and Eugene McKinney, BA '48, MA '50, for helping him become a writer.
Patsy Hays Clark, BA '55, Joyce Holmes Loban, BA '55, and Donna Wantling Duncan recently met in St. Louis. The former roommates from the Class of 1955 visited the Metropolitan Botanical Gardens. Clark lives in Grand Rapids, Mich., Loban in Tallahassee, Fla., and Duncan in St. Louis. They plan to meet again at Baylor Homecoming in 2015. "We fully anticipate the Baylor students will likely say, 'Those people are old!' That's what we said when we saw alums at Homecoming 1951-55," writes Clark. Contact at
Richard Hayes, BA '56, recently retired from a career as a pastor and professor of pastoral counseling, psychiatric social work, and gerontology. He taught in nine colleges and universities, including serving as a field instructor for Hebrew University in Jerusalem and at one of the first institutes on aging at the University of North Texas in Denton. His beloved wife died in 1996. He married Barbara Weiner in 2004. Contact at 4952 Lamia Way, Oceanside, CA 92056.
Bill Lawson, BA '59, of Collinsville, Texas, had a book published in January 2012. Transcending the Natural (Xulon Press: 406 pages), which analyzes the miracle of Jesus and the miracles by Jesus in the New Testament, is available through most Internet bookstores.
John R. Trueblood, BA '59, has written The Vagabonds (CreateSpace, 2012: 160 pages), a book about three brothers who survived a nomadic and dysfunctional family life in St. Louis, beginning in the early 1900s and continuing until their middle to late teenage years. The author illustrates the subtle erosion of a doomed marriage, while at the same time describing details of the routine growing-up process of the boys in an undesirable, destructive family atmosphere. How the brothers navigated the maze of parental and family failures is the theme of this saga that takes many twists and turns as they try to make sense of their shattered lives. Contact at 235 Lakemere Dr., New Bern, NC 28562 or
Dr. John Ross Carter, BA '60, has recently published In the Company of Friends: Exploring Faith and Understanding with Buddhists and Christians (SUNY Press, 2012: 348 pages). Carter is Professor of the Study of the Great Religions of the World and Professor of Philosophy and Religion; Director of the Chapel House and Fund for the Study of the Great Religions of the World at Colgate University.
Bob, BA '61, JD '63, and Lana Feagin Stripling, BA '63, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Aug. 18. Bob retired after 44 years of law practice in Dallas and for the past five years has managed the Stripling ranch in South Texas. Bob and Lana divide their time between their home in Dallas and the ranch. Lana continues to counsel and teach individuals with learning differences in home office part-time. Contact at 4133 Allencrest Ln., Dallas, TX 75244 or
Dr. James Queen, BMEd '65, MM '71, retired in November 2011 after more than 25 years as choirmaster and organist for Emmanuel Episcopal Church in San Angelo, Texas. He taught choral music in public schools in Waco and Lufkin before earning a DMA degree in choral literature and conducting at the University of Iowa in 1991. In retirement he continues to teach piano in his private studio. Contact at 1719 South Park St., San Angelo, TX 76901 or
Charles Wallis, BA '67, has turned his love of painting into a joyful opportunity for pet owners. He took up painting pets after someone saw his animal paintings and asked him to paint their sister's dog as a birthday gift. He has several paintings in galleries across the state and also at Daisy Mae Sale and Resale Shop in Coldspring, Texas.
Dr. Fernando Elizondo, MS '68, has been appointed to the board of trustees for the Monterrey County Natividad Medical Center and appointed as educator representative to the Marina Oversight Board. He serves on the board of directors of the Monterrey County Literary Coalition. Contact at or 19635 Redding Dr., Salinas, CA 93908.
Mary Helen Orr George, BA '68, MA '99, her husband David George, '63, and business partner Cynthia Woodard Perry, BA '69, have opened a shop at 1025 Austin Ave. in Waco. Papillon specializes in European antiques, with an emphasis on country French items. It also carries sorority-related and gift items. Contact at (254) 235-1522 or
Theodore Sheppard, BBA '70, retired from the U.S. Navy and Office of Naval Research with affiliation to University of New Mexico in 2009. After Baylor, he earned two master's degrees from the Naval Postgraduate School and University of Hawaii. He has three daughters: Jennie Sheppard, BA '97, has a son; Susannah (UT-Austin '96) has twins; and Taylor (Notre Dame '12) is an ensign in the U.S. Navy in the pipeline for nuclear propulsion training prior to assignment to the submarine force. His wife, Jerrie, is a deputy prosecuting attorney for the County of Maui. The Sheppards settled in Hawaii more than 20 years ago and live near the beach at Wailea, Maui.
Jessie Degollado, BA '72, of San Antonio, has been honored with the Henry Guerra Lifetime Achievement Award by the San Antonio Association of Hispanic Journalists. Since 1984, she has been a familiar face to San Antonians as a lead reporter for ABC affiliate KSAT 12. Whether reporting on issues affecting San Antonio, South Texas or both sides of the Rio Grande, the Laredo native has used her journalistic nose, her knowledge of Hispanic culture and language and plain hard work to keep the people of San Antonio informed for nearly three decades.
Lt. Col. Joe Hinds, JD '74, retired after serving in all four branches of the military over the last four decades. He recently published his first book, Col. John Boyd -- A Warrior for All Times (Hindsight, 2012: 276 pages). Boyd was instrumental in the strategy employed in the highly successful first Gulf War, and he is considered to be one of the leading military strategists for the 21st century. Contact at 6876 Glen Arbor Dr., Florence, KY 41042 or
National law firm Wilson Elser announced the hire of Brenda Jeffers Damuth, BA '75, JD '78, in its Dallas office. Her practice primarily focuses on representing healthcare professionals and resolving disputes as a mediator. Damuth has extensive first-chair trial experience, representing clients in civil litigation disputes with an emphasis on personal injury. She also represents physicians and nurses before the Texas Medical Board and other administrative bodies.
Leonard E. Davis, JD '76, chief judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, recently was named the 2012 Baylor Lawyer of the Year, as selected by the Baylor Law Alumni Association. Davis was nominated to the Eastern District of Texas by President George W. Bush on Jan. 23, 2002, and was sworn in on May 15, 2002. Prior to his appointment to the federal bench, Davis served as chief justice of the Twelfth Court of Appeals of the State of Texas. Prior to becoming a judge, Davis was a practicing civil trial attorney in East Texas for 23 years, handling cases at all levels of state and federal courts involving all types of major civil litigation. Davis graduated cum laude and first in his class from Baylor Law in 1976. He served as editor-in-chief of the Baylor Law Review and was a member of Baylor's interscholastic moot court and mock trial teams, winning first place in the State Moot Court Competition in 1976. He also received the American Jurisprudence Awards for Excellence in Contracts and Federal Courts.
Lynn J. Graves, BBA '76, writes, "Pictured are our grand twins, Brody and Kayleigh Bearden. Kayleigh, left, is wearing the same Baylor shirt worn by her mother in 1978 and her older sister in 2010. They are fourth cousins to Immortal Ten member Jack Castellaw." Contact at or 2613 Huntleigh Place, Jefferson City, MO 65109.
Rep. Louie Gohmert, JD '77, a four-term incumbent, has been re-elected as the U.S. Representative of District 1 of Texas. Gohmert serves on the House Judiciary Committee and was recently named vice chair of the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security.
David Grebel, BA '77, of Arlington, Texas, recently became president of the Association for Continuing Higher Education at the group's annual conference held in Austin. He also made a three-day bike ride from Arlington to Austin to kick off the conference and raise money for adult scholarships. He has served as the director of extended education at TCU since 1997.
Wes Bailey, BBA '78, of Waco, has been named the newest Trusted Choice Hometown Hero by the Independent Insurance Agents of Texas. Bailey served as a Regent at Baylor for nine years and currently teaches business insurance classes on campus in Baylor's Hankamer School of Business.
Russell C. "Rusty" Beard, BBA '78, JD '81, has been elected to the board of directors for the Texas Association of Defense Counsel. Beard graduated from Baylor Law School and has served as president of the Abilene Bar Association and as a director of the Texas Young Lawyers Association.
Hon. Janet Vazquez Elizondo, BA '78, JD '80, of Carrollton, Texas, was recently appointed by the Senior Executive Service as the district director for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Dallas District Office. Contact at
Stephen Gray, BA '80, writes, "I have become a copywrited author, a federal whistleblower, and a member of Baylor's Old Main Society. Contact me for a copy of my work, 'Who Let the Ghosts Out?' at 1700 E. Thompson Blvd. #F-674, Ventura, CA 93001."
Cliff Collard, BBA '81, of Austin, recently wrote and published a Kindle book that reached No. 1 in its category on Amazon. Become a Change Agent: Drive the positive change you want for yourself and the world!
Marty O'Gwynn, BA '81, of Shawnee, Okla., has been named vice president for university advancement and external relations at Oklahoma City University. He moves from the post of associate vice president for university advancement and assistant to the president at Oklahoma Baptist University. He was on the OBU administrative staff for 21 years. He and his wife, Deborah, have two sons, Drew, 25, and Timothy, 22. Contact at
Scott Willingham, BBA '82, has been named as director of the Baptist General Convention of Texas' evangelism efforts, where he will encourage churches in their efforts to share the gospel.
Dr. David Lemons, BS '84, MS '87, and his family recently moved to State College, Pa., where Lemons took a job with Rex Energy as a senior geologist working with a world-class group of engineers on a series of tertiary floods recovering oil from old oil fields. "We enjoy the four seasons. However, Baylor Nation is hard to keep up with in this part of the world," he writes. "I'm thankful for the Internet."
Dr. Peter A. McCullough, BS '84, is the chief academic and scientific officer of the St. John Providence Health System in Detroit. He has complemented his academic career with the athletic accomplishment of completing marathons in all 50 states. His final event was the Kona Marathon in June 2012. He and his wife, Maha, will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary in 2013. They reside in Northville, Mich., with two children, ages 16 and 17.
Ken Paxton, BA '85, MBA '86, of McKinney, Texas, was elected to represent District 8 in the Texas Senate. First elected to public office in 2002, Paxton is currently serving as the state representative for District 70, which consists of Frisco, Allen, McKinney, Prosper and Celina. He is a partner in the law firm of Pittenger, Paxton, Nuspl, & Crumley. Additionally, he owns and operates a title company in McKinney. He and his wife, Angela Allen Paxton, BA '85, have four children; the oldest, Tucker, is a Baylor sophomore.
Dr. Woodson "Scott" Jones, BA '86, assumed the role as the dean and designated institutional official of the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium (SAUSHEC) in June 2011. SAUSHEC is the sponsoring institution for approximately 700 trainees in 35 graduate medical education and 21 graduate allied health training programs for the Army and the Air Force in San Antonio. Jones served as the associate dean for graduate medical education, SAUSHEC and director of medical education, 59th MDW, Lackland AFB, TX, from June 2009 until his retirement in the grade of colonel in June 2011. He holds academic appointments as an adjunct professor of pediatrics, University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, and as an associate professor of Pediatrics, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Md.
Terry O'Donnell, BA '86, of Catoosa, Okla., was elected to the legislative seat of the State House District 23 in Oklahoma during the November elections. O'Donnell is an attorney specializing in employment law for companies that work with the developmentally delayed.
Ross Pruett, BA '86, of Dallas, has been tasked with growing the brand of Briggs Equipment, one of the largest dealers of industrial and construction equipment in North America. Pruett will lead a team of senior executives focused on international and strategic business development. Additionally, he is a decorated U.S. Army veteran, having served as a Latin American cryptologic intelligence linguist.
Carlos Arcos, BA '87, has been named vice president of public reputation services at Jaffe PR, a national law firm public reputation agency. Arcos is based in Houston, where he will work to enhance and expand Jaffe PR's presence in Texas and throughout the nation. Contact at
In October, Peter Yuichi Clark, BA '87, was promoted to the rank of professor of pastoral care at the American Baptist Seminary of the West in Berkeley, Calif. He also serves as the manager of spiritual care services at UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital at the University of California, San Francisco. Contact at
Shelley Wacker Beauchamp, BBA '89, recently became the first design consultant in Virginia for LexiWynn Designs. Since 2006, LexiWynn has been dedicated to helping each customer design a completely unique and custom handbag to complement her individual style. Each handbag is manufactured in the U.S. and is an expression of its designer -- the customer. In addition to engaging people in the creative process of design, Beauchamp is raising her three sons -- Brighton (14), Hayden (12) and Landon (8) -- alongside her husband, Brad, in Glen Allen, Va. Contact at
Kathlene Cawthron, BS '89,
MSEd '94, recently was announced as the director of elementary instruction for Bastrop [Texas] ISD. She has served as a principal in Little Elm ISD and at Cedar Creek Elementary. She lives in Bastrop with her husband, Rich, and their two daughters.
A poem penned by Dean Rader, BA '89, "Self Portrait as Dido to Aeneas," has been selected for inclusion in Best American Poetry 2012, the 25th volume of the series. Rader's collection of poems, Works & Days, won the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Writer's League of Texas Book Award. He is chair of the Department of English at the University of San Francisco.
Joe Hancock, BBA '91, was unanimously named vice president and general counsel of the Baptist Foundation of Texas by its board of directors, effective Jan. 1, 2013. Hancock has been with the foundation for 13 years.
Wells Fargo Securities has announced that Jeff McGrath, BBA '91, will join the company as managing director in the Industrial Investment Banking group. McGrath brings 20 years of investment banking experience from Sagent Advisors and Wachovia Securities.
Richard Morrison, BA '92, of Sugar Land, Texas, was re-elected as the county commissioner of Precinct 1 in Fort Bend County, Texas. Prior to his initial election in 2010, Morrison was an environmental and individual property rights attorney.
T. Richard Roberson Jr., BA '92, a healthcare attorney, has joined Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP's Jackson, Miss., office as counsel. Roberson has served as special assistant to the executive director, chief of staff and deputy administrator in the Office of the Governor, Division of Medicaid for the State of Mississippi.
Cristi Beaumont, BA '93, was elected as the Circuit Judge of Washington and Madison Counties Division 4 of Arkansas during the November elections. She lives in Fayetteville with her husband, Tim Snively, and their two children.
Kevin Kirk, BA '93, has been promoted by Howard Payne University from assistant vice president for enrollment to associate vice president for enrollment management where he will join HPU's executive team as a member of the university's administrative council. Kirk and his wife, Lauren, an instructor of education at HPU, have three daughters: Lindsey, Bethany and Aubrey.
Will Jones, BBA '94, recently was elected McLennan County Commissioner, Precinct 3. Jones became interested in politics while at Baylor as a member of the Young Conservatives of Texas. He is married to Merryl Wash Jones, BBA '94, JD '97. They have two boys and live in Waco.
In an emergency, the U.S. Army has a network of reserve medical units that can be called into action; the units are organized into a series of bases around the country. The largest is based in San Pablo, Calif. -- and led by Col. Robert Reeder, MHA '94. Reeder earned his master's in health care administration through the joint Army-Baylor graduate program at Fort Sam Houston. He spent 11 years in the U.S. Army before transitioning into the reserves and entering the world of hospital administration; in his day job, Reeder is CEO and administrator of Columbia Basin Hospital in Ephrata, Wash. That means Reeder heads up a 54-bed general hospital during the week, then leads the Western Medical Area Readiness Support Group and its three combat support hospitals (plus ambulance, dental and logistical battalions) on weekends. His three-year tour in this position will take Reeder up to an even 30 years in the Army, after which he plans to retire.
Kyle Pyron, BA '95, of Fort Worth, has been named the senior vice president for marketing and communications at VHA, Inc. Pyron has more than 14 years of experience working with VHA, UHC and Children's Hospital Association members.
Dr. Nuku Ofori, BA '96, formerly Congressman Chaka Fattah's legislative director, is now serving Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the State Department's House Director of Legislative Affairs. Ofori served on Fattah's staff for 12 years.
Kevin Heintzman, BBA '97, MBA '98, married Katrina Siconolfi on July 29 in Guardia
Lombardi, Italy. The couple resides in Dallas. "Sic 'em Bears!" writes Kevin.
Mark Slough, MBA '97, JD '97, of Dallas, has been appointed CEO and president by CES Performance, a sports performance company. This move set the stage for the grand opening of the company's Houston facility on Oct. 13. As CEO, Slough will oversee the strategic decision making, operations, events and facilities, and will lead the effort to expand CES into new markets.
Timothy Head, BA '98, MSW '04, JD '08, of Austin, was appointed as the new district director for U.S. Rep. Bill Flores. Head has worked as chief of staff for state Rep. James White and as Central Texas field director for the Victory Texas 2010 campaign.
Malenna Saunders, BBA '98, of Jersey City, N.J., recently attempted to earn her professional card within the World Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation Texas Championships. After overcoming a layoff from a large financial corporation, Saunders started her own fitness company, Phoenyx Fitness, in the New York area. She writes, "Business and faith were two focal points in my life during my years at Baylor. I attribute most of my business savvy to Hankamer School of Business. It is something I never truly appreciated until I had the opportunity to work with others from differing institutions and walks of life. Baylor provided me not only with great class experience but also applicable skills required in the workforce, and my faith was established and strengthened while attending this great institution. When I graduated and left to work in the 'real world,' both of these things were tested. Today, I own a fitness company that promotes lifestyle changes and health through unconventional methods of exercise. I want to pay tribute to Baylor, my educational and spiritual institution, for helping to make me who I am today." Contact at
Chris Phillips, BBA '97, wife Dr. Erin Raley Phillips, BS '99, of Tyler, Texas, and family dressed up in support of the Bears at Mickey's Not so Scary Halloween at Disney World. Their son, Cameron (6), wore his RG3 jersey, and their daughter, Rylee (2), was decked out in her Baylor cheerleading outfit.
Maj. Jeffrey M. Marshall, BA '00, has graduated from the College of Naval Command and Staff at the Naval War College in Newport, R.I. Marshall completed a multidisciplinary program designed for U.S. Navy, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Air Force officers from various government agencies.
Amy Bigbee Grosso, BBA '01, MSED '05, MDiv '05, of Georgetown, Texas, married Matthew Grosso on Oct. 22, 2011, in Gaston, N.C. Eight Baylor degrees are represented in the accompanying photo. From left to right: Lara James Baker, BBA '01, Dr. Edd Bigbee, EdD '99, Dr. Peggy Malone, EdD '00, Amy Grosso, Matthew Grosso, and Amanda Bigbee, BA '99, JD '02.
Paula Underwood, MHA '01, has moved from Heidelberg, Germany, to Huntsville, Ala. She is now the command surgeon for the Army Materiel Command at Redstone Arsenal, Ala. "My husband, Juan, and I are enjoying it here and getting used to the heat and humidity. Our daughter, Alicia, has just started a post-grad course in pre-med at Georgetown University," she writes.
Christian Erickson, MBA '02, has relocated from Georgia to Espoo, Finland, with his family to lead Tekla's global marketing team. "Baylor alumni in the area or those with questions about expat life in Finland, please contact me at," he writes.
Brian Smith, BA '02, along with wife Annie and daughter Junia (1), recently returned to the U.S. after three years of missionary service in eastern Asia. Smith has accepted a call to pastor Church for the Nations, a nondenominational church in Glendale, Calif., near Los Angeles. He is happy to be back stateside and can be reached at
Jared Green, BBA '03, of Tyler, has become Capital One Bank's area president for East Texas. Green started his career with Capital One as a commercial banking analyst eight years ago. His main roles include handling the community and philanthropic efforts of the company.
Angela Hemmen, BBA '03, has dedicated her career to making a difference in the lives of others. Soon after graduation she began working with Camp for All, a "barrier-free" camp for adults and children with special needs (and their families). She also has served on the Ms. Wheelchair Texas Foundation Board of Directors since 2005. Most recently, Hemmen joined the team at Wounded Warrior Project. The mission of this organization is simple: to honor and empower wounded warriors. In her position as Soldier Ride Specialist, Hemmen was part of the support team for Ride Across America, an eight-man bicycle team that rode non-stop from California to Maryland. Each member of the team has overcome incredible obstacles; learn more of the story at
Chapin Miller, BBA '03, married Amy Casbeer, JD '06, on April 14. The couple honeymooned in Italy, and they now reside in Longview, Texas.
Capt. Marc R. Bradle, BA '04, was recently awarded the Bronze Star for leading a 12-man team of joint terminal attack controllers attached to the Army's 82nd Airborne Division while deployed to Afghanistan from August 2009 to March 2010. As an air liaison officer, Bradle was responsible for advising and controlling all airstrikes in support of Army combat forces in the western province of Herat. During sustained combat engagements against the Taliban, he and his team controlled the release of more than 26,000 pounds of bombs and thousands of rounds of direct fire ordinance. His airpower expertise and control of Air Force assets led directly to the recovery of the bodies of two missing paratroopers and supported five major named operations and numerous outside-the-wire engagements against enemy forces. Bradle recently returned to flying as a B-52H Stratofortress radar navigator with the 20th Bomb Squadron, 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, La.
Stephanie Bloomfield, BSFCS '04, married Jerry Morris on Sept. 15. Stephanie works as a physical therapist, and Jerry is a civil engineer. The couple resides in Fishers, Ind.
Thomas "T.J." Turner, JD '04, was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the Texas Real Estate Commission for a term to expire January 2015. Turner is a partner at Cain and Skarnulis LLP and a member of various state law and university associations. He is also a member of the First United Methodist Church of Austin administrative board and board of trustees and a volunteer for Mobile Loaves and Fishes.

Garrett Vickrey, BA '04, has been named the new senior pastor of Woodland Baptist Church in San Antonio. Vickrey has served as the youth minister at Myers Park Baptist Church in Charlotte, N.C., and pastoral resident at Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas.
Karen Hall Kaiser, BSEd '05, of Pleasanton, Calif., married Tracy Kaiser on Aug. 25. There to help them celebrate were fellow Baylor grads Becky Odeski Gentry, BSN '06, Kim Skinner Hammans, BA '05, Sarah Worley Guevara, BSN '06, Ashley McCart Strickland, BA '05, Cori McCusker Niles, BA '04, Courtney Drew, BA '05, MSW/MDiv '09, Rachel Luquette Boddie, BSN '06, and Courtney Hollingsworth, BA '05.
Amber Goodchild, BBA '05, and Patrick Loftus were married on June 1 and are currently residing in Boise, Idaho. Amber is employed as a financial analyst with the State of Idaho Division of Veterans Services.
James Vu, BA '08, and Donna Nguyen, BA '05, met at Baylor and married on April 21. Donna is completing her dermatology residency this year, and James is practicing dentistry in San Antonio. They plan on moving to Dallas in 2013. Contact at
Chet Garner, JD '06, of Austin, is host and a producer of The Daytripper with Chet Garner. On Nov. 10, the PBS television show won a Lone Star Emmy Award for the third consecutive year.
Kelly Jackson, BSEd '06, of Dallas, has been recognized as Teacher of the Year at Town Center Elementary in Coppell ISD. Jackson, in her sixth year as a teacher there, is also a teacher trainer for the Sally Ride Science Academy, a program dedicated to helping teachers raise students' interest in science.
Ryan O'Shields, BBA '03, and Tara Voiles, BA '06, were married on March 31 at First Baptist Church in Euless, Texas. "The wedding party (decked out in green and gold, of course) and guest list was made up of many fellow Baylor alumni who dined on a green and gold Baylor groom's cake and joined together in singing 'That Good Old Baylor Line.' The tables at the reception were even named after locations on Baylor's campus -- truly a Baylor Proud event for a Baylor Proud couple!" writes Tara. After a honeymoon in London, the couple lives in Watauga, Texas, where Ryan works for Tom Thumb and Tara for 6 Stones Mission Network.
Anna Baurichter Cornelius, BSEd '07, married Daniel Cornelius, BSEd '08, on Aug. 10 in Leawood, Kan. They met in 2006 in a Baylor bowling class. Anna teaches first grade in the North Kansas City School District, and Daniel is currently in his third year of medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. He plans on becoming a general surgeon somewhere in Texas.
Krista Johnson, BSEd '07, wed Raza Uddin on Sept. 29 in the foothills of Colorado's Rocky Mountains. They met while working on their doctorates of optometry in Chicago. After graduating together, they were engaged in Paris and have made their home in Arvada, Colo.
Wesley Will Masters III, BA '08, JD '10, married Emily Anne Miller, '10, on Oct. 6. Wesley is an attorney at Barrett and Associates, practicing in Denver City, Texas. Emily is a teacher.
Professional photographer Katie Jenkins Norris, BSFCS '08, has started two companies having an impact in the Baylor community. "In 2011, I started Fotolanthropy, which is a giving-based business that donates portrait sessions, digital images, as well as short films of inspiring true stories of people facing trials. After developing the idea of Fotolanthropy, I hired our associate and director of operations Brooke Moore, who is a Baylor Bear as well. The journey of Fotolanthropy began when I received a phone call from a grieving mother who had just received the news that her son had been diagnosed with a rare cancerous brain tumor. This call was from a Baylor alum, Kara Wilkerson Sikes, BA '05, MSEd '10. The story of her son James has become the heartbeat of what we do. We have also been able to give to two additional Baylor families, the Wooten family and the Moore family. New father Clay Wooten, BA '07, faced and fought stage 4 lymphoma, and the Moore family's son William has been diagnosed with SMA and fights for his life every day. Our services cover stories across the country, but the Baylor community continues to come together to support their fellow Bears, which has been so inspiring to see! To support our giving-based business, we created a fashionable camera strap called the FOTOstrap in January 2012. A portion of every sale of a camera strap is donated to Fotolanthropy, which turns our customers into benefactors as they receive a product as well as give to our Fotolanthropy families. One of our tag lines is: Design meets functionality meets generosity," writes Katie. Contact at To learn more about the companies and view the films, visit
Molly Borgmeyer, MSEd '09, of Columbia, Mo., has joined the Columbia Daily Tribune as marketing coordinator with primary responsibilities for online marketing and promotions.
Lauren M. Mahood, BBA '09, and Paul W. Inbody III, BBA '09, of Houston, were married July 14 at St. John Lutheran Church in Cypress, Texas. Lauren, a Kappa Alpha Theta alumnus, earned her degree in economics and marketing and works as a commercial analyst for Freeport LNG. Paul, a Pi Kappa Phi alumnus, earned his BBA in finance and entrepreneurship and works as a trading analyst for Southwestern Energy.
Jordan Lovelady, BBA '10, and Kendra Kirkland, BA '09, were married Aug. 11 in Dallas. The couple has made their home in Plano.
Evan Martin, BSME '09, MSME '11, of Waco, was awarded the AIAA Abe M. Zarem Award for Distinguished Achievement for his graduate research paper entitled "Development of an Experimental Technique for High Temperature Impingement Studies." This award enabled him to present his findings at the 28th Congress of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences held in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia this past September.
Alex Maxwell, BBA '09, married Brianne Marchand, BA '09, on June 22 in McKinney, Texas. Alex is an executive meeting manager with Starwood Hotels, and Brianne is in her third year of medical school at Michigan State College of Osteopathic Medicine. The Maxwells reside near Detroit.
Jordan Powell, BA '09, has created the Dallas-based consulting firm RedRight Strategies, which offers many services to campaigns and companies. Powell has served as senior advisor, campaign manager and spokesman for Rep. Chuck Fleischmann's 2010 and 2012 campaigns, as well as in his congressional office. Powell also served as deputy to the national campaign manager for Gov. Mike Huckabee's presidential campaign and was the grassroots coordinator for now-State Representative Van Taylor's 2006 congressional campaign in Central Texas. Contact at
SaraBeth Swagerty, BBA '09, of Murphy, Texas, was recently signed by independent label Circle S Records in Nashville. "Kickin' and Screamin'," the first single off the EP of the same name, hit iTunes in September, with the debut full-length album dropping in the spring of 2013. Additionally, Swagerty will be hitting the road soon, focusing on markets all over the southeast. Visit for information on upcoming shows.
While a student at Baylor, Christopher Woodruff, BA '09, traveled to Thailand through a study-abroad program where he taught English. There, he met a young man who had fled his home country, only to again be persecuted for his beliefs there in Thailand. Woodruff and another friend, Michael Hoyt, worked together to help the man and his wife. Even after leaving Thailand, Woodruff's heart remained with those like the young man he had met. Together with Hoyt, Woodruff founded Life Raft International in June 2011. The organization aims "to feed, shelter and protect people who have escaped persecution in their home countries only to face it anew in the country where they hoped to find refuge" and recently received 501(c)(3) status. "This is the culmination of a lot of hard work and is intrinsically linked to Baylor since the university provided me the opportunity to go to Thailand and teach English," says Woodruff, who currently runs LRI and is also a part-time law student. "It was in Thailand that my eyes were opened to the refugee crisis in Bangkok." Though the primary work of LRI is feeding and providing shelter for re-persecuted families, there are also a number of additional opportunities on the horizon. Visit to learn more.
Trevor Redding, BA '09, and Lane Irwin, BBA '10, were married Nov. 3. Trevor is an Air Force pilot, and Lane is a credit analyst. They reside in Clovis, N.M.
On Aug. 18, Berkley Scroggins, JD '10, and Kyle Knas were married on the Baylor campus at Armstrong Browning Library. Berkley is the director of alumni relations at Baylor Law School, and Kyle is a second-year law student. The couple is thrilled to call Waco and Baylor home.
Scott Stover, BBA '10, MTax '10, and Amanda Key Stover, BSFCS '10, were married July 15 in Corinth, Texas. Scott is an accountant with Whitley Penn in Dallas, and Amanda works for Chesapeake Energy in Fort Worth. The couple resides in Plano.
Melissa Jones, BA '11, has been hired as the graduate assistant coach for the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor women's basketball program. Jones graduated from Baylor in 2011 with a degree in communications after a stellar woman's basketball career in which she was an Associated Press All-American and All-Big 12 selection her senior season.
Chelsea Meloeny, BSEd '11, married Josh Cobia on July 29 at a ranch near Los Angeles. Chelsea teaches kindergarten at a private Christian school, and the couple lives in Santa Monica, Calif.
Ben Phrampus, BS '11, from Seguin, Texas, has published an article as first-author in Nature, one of science's most important academic journals ("Recent changes to the Gulf Stream causing widespread gas hydrate destabilization" Vol. 490: 527-30). Phrampus was a standout in Baylor's geophysics program and is now in graduate school at SMU. Dr. Jay Pulliam, Baylor's W.M. Keck Foundation Professor of Geophysics, is one of Phrampus's former professors. He writes, "Ben was an excellent student while he was here; he worked with me on a study of the Texas Gulf Coast. Nature is among a handful of science's pre-eminent journals. It is quite rare for a graduate student to publish a paper there as a first author, and even more rare for a student to do it so early in their graduate studies."
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