Happy birthday to Ann (Watkins) Kirkpatrick, BA ’35, of Fort Worth, who celebrated her 100th birthday on Aug. 2. A retired teacher, Watkins began teaching at Mount Calm in 1935 and later taught in Hubbard, Austin, Lubbock, and Abilene, where she retired in 1982. She is pictured here with her friends, Dr. John Dorman, BA ’90, and his son, Baylor sophomore Johnathan Dorman.
John Killinger, AB ’53, of Warrenton, VA, has written his 80th book, The Good Fundamentalist, (Intermundia Press, 2014: 257 pages), a novel based on a true story about a Kentucky preacher. In addition to his writing career, Killinger has been a pastor to eight churches, and has served as a professor for Georgetown College and Vanderbilt Divinity School, and was distinguished professor of Christianity and culture at Samford University.
Douglas Beyer, BA ’57, and his wife, Martha “Mike” (Edwards) Beyer, BA ’57, are living in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where Douglas is serving as interim pastor of the Emirates Baptist Church. Contact at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Perry Arnold, BA ’62, has joined the Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice of the Florida Keys board of directors. He served in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) and the Department of Indian Health prior to completing his USPHS residency in radiology. Arnold practiced general and interventional radiology at Good Samaritan Hospital in Baltimore for 27 years before developing and operating the first free-standing interventional access center for dialysis patients in the U.S. He also was a part-time member of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institution faculty for 29 years. Arnold retired in Key West, FL, in 2005.
Dr. Steven Herbert Smith, BM ’64, of State College, PA, retired in June as professor of piano at Penn State and accepted emeritus rank after 42 years. He is president (2013-15) of the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association. He continues to be an active performer, completing a busy 2013-14 season of concerts, including Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat with the Penn State Philharmonic and Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time in February. In June he performed a solo recital for the American Matthay Association for Pianists’ national meeting in Fort Worth. His 11-CD set, Piano Masterworks of Beethoven, with all 32 sonatas, nine variation sets (including the “Diabelli” and “Eroica”), and the Bagatelles Opus 126 was produced by Soundwaves Recordings. The Rondos, Opus 51 is in production. He will play Beethoven’s Fourth Concerto with the Nittany Valley Symphony in December 2014.
Richard Veit, BA ’70, MA ’80, authored Home Sweet Home Front (WingSpan Press). The historical novel, set primarily in central Texas, is a coming-of-age story of a teenage boy during World War II. The book has been honored by the State of Texas with a resolution from Rep. Charles “Doc” Anderson in the Texas House of Representatives. Veit’s wife Patti (Pye) Veit, BSEd ’75, MSEd ’84, and their children, Amy (Veit) Marshall, BA ’07, and son, Cody Veit, BBA, MAcc ’13, are all Baylor graduates. Contact at 900 W. Moonlight Dr., Robinson, TX 76706 or Richard_Veit@baylor.edu.
Martha (McMullan) Singleton, BA ’71, has retired from a 43-year career teaching high school journalism at Holmes High School in San Antonio, TX. During that time, she served as president of Texas Association of Journalism Educators, was named nationally Distinguished Adviser by the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund, and was honored as one of the Top Ten Teachers in Texas by The University of Texas School of Education. Singleton has also co-authored three books with her husband, and leads lifestyle and college readiness workshops. Her son Matt Singleton, BA ’06, MA ’08, will be taking over the journalism department at Holmes High School. For more information about her speaking schedule or publishing, contact at email@example.com or 11707 Lockinver Lane, San Antonio, TX 78251.
Hillman has worked in various faculty positions at Baylor University since 1976, including associate professor and director of special collections for the central university libraries. She now is director of Baptist collections, library advancement and the Keston Center for Religion, Politics and Society at Baylor.
Currently the BGCT first vice president, Hillman was president of Woman’s Missionary Union of Texas from 2000-04 and served on numerous BGCT committees. She has chaired the BGCT Committee to Nominate Executive Board Members and its Committee on Order of Business. Hillman also served on the BGCT Executive Board, and she serves on the board of directors for Paisano Baptist Encampment.
If elected BGCT president, she will be the second woman to hold the office. Hillman has served on the executive council and executive board of Waco Regional Baptist Association, and she served as the association’s first female vice moderator in 2008-2009 and its first female moderator in 2009-2011.
Hillman is a 38-year member of Columbus Avenue Baptist Church in Waco, where she has held a variety of leadership positions on committees, in Sunday school and Vacation Bible School, in the music ministry and in WMU. She and her husband, John, have three adult children and three grandchildren. Hillman’s great-grandmother, both grandfathers, both parents and two of her children attended Baylor.
Maura Shelton, BA ’77, MS ’78, received her PhD degree from the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, University of Washington in June, 2013. She is an instructor at the University of Washington at Bothell. Shelton lives in Seattle with her two daughters. She is one of seven third-generation Baylor alumni in her family. Contact at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kevin Stingley, BSEd ’80, of Rusk, TX, has retired after 34 years in education, the past 23 years with the Rusk ISD. He was an assistant coach on two state championship football teams at Daingerfield High School in 1983 and 1985 and was an assistant track coach at Stephen F. Austin State University from 1988-90. His son, James Stingley, BA ’14, one of seven family members to attend Baylor, graduated magna cum laude in May at age 20. Contact at email@example.com.
Alan Ratliff, BBA ’84, MTax ’85, was awarded Volunteer Houston’s 2014 Greater Houston Services Award for Youth Services. He is a partner in the StoneTurn Group, an international forensic accounting, financial investigations and expert witness consultancy. Alan and Tricia (Siegel) Ratliff, BBA ’86, an assistant principal at Chinquapin Preparatory School, live in Houston.
Allison Whitlock, BBA ’85, has been promoted to vice president of accounting for Crescent Real Estate Holdings LLC in Fort Worth. A CPA, Whitlock has been with the company since 2001.
Timothy L. Young, BBA ’85, of Orlando, FL, has joined the board of directors for Orlando’s Mad Cow Theatre. He has been a financial consultant and has acted as finance manager, chief financial officer or controller for a range of corporations in Orlando and Hong Kong. Young founded the Blankner School Foundation and has been a fundraiser for the Florida Collegiate Summer Baseball League, Lake Highland Prep sports facilities, the Hong Kong International School, the Hong Kong Football Club and a variety of other sports clubs.
Sam Houston, JD ’87, is the Democratic nominee for Texas Attorney General. Houston has been practicing law for 26 years, and is a partner at Shepherd, Scott, Clawater & Houston LLP. He lives in Houston with his wife, Jantha, and their two children.
Tom Wiles, MA ’87, is now serving as executive minister of American Baptist Churches of Rhode Island. Contact at 130 Setian Lane, West Warwick, RI 02893 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sarah Stark, BA ’89, of Santa Fe, NM, has published her first novel, Out There. It tells the story of Jefferson Long Solider, a young veteran recently home from Iraq who believes a novel he carried with him saved his life, and ventures to Mexico City to find the writer. For more information, visit leafstormpress.com or contact at email@example.com.
Rita (Elrod) Pintavalle, BSEd ’90, was sworn in as president of Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP) on June 13. TASSP is the largest association for principals in the nation. She will represent Texas principals this year while traveling to all 20 regions and advocating for education at state and national conferences. Pintavalle was also selected as the High School Principal of the Year for Region 11, which consists of over 120 high schools in North Texas). She has served as the principal of Kennedale High School since 2006.
Jay Duffer, BMEd ’91, and John Forkner, BFA ’02, starred in the comedy The Nosemaker’s Apprentice: Chronicles of a Medieval Plastic Surgeon in Fort Worth. The show ran July 10-Aug. 10 at Amphibian Stage Productions’ Berlene T. & Jarrell R. Milburn Theatre. Duffer is associate professor of theatre and chair of the theatre department at Huntington University in Huntington, IN. Forkner’s last three years in New York were spent co-developing and performing as Charles Dickens in Reid Farrington’s A Christmas Carol.
Richard Thomas, BMEd ’91, has been named Belton (TX) ISD’s fine arts director. Thomas has 18 years of experience in education, and before moving to Belton, he served Red Oak High School as director of bands. He also has experience as a music pastor at the First Baptist Church of Fort Worth.
Dr. Sydney Seiger, BA ’95, MA ’96, Phd ’99, of Irving, TX, has been named chief marketing officer of TXU Energy. She brings her expertise in consumer insights, analytics and business intelligence back to TXU Energy after serving as vice president at La Quinta. Seiger has been in the energy industry for more than a decade.
Dr. Gregory Williams, EdD ’96, is president of Odessa College, where ground was broken in July for a building to be named in his honor. Williams Hall Continuing Education Center will be a 13,000 square-feet, state-of-the-art building with a cost of $3.75 million. An anonymous donor to the college asked that a building be named after Williams, who has been president for seven years. Williams and his wife, Karen, have two children, Gregory and Kara.
Mike Schraeder, BSEd ’97, and Joey Oglesby, ’01, both of Dallas, began their acting careers in New York City when they left Baylor. Thanks to two one-act-plays about Texas, the two, who are among the founders of Second Thought Theatre in Dallas, had the chance to return to New York. Lone Star and Laundry and Bourbon ran from July 5-26 at Clurman Theater in New York.
Chip Gaines, BBA ’98, and Joanna (Stevens) Gaines, BA ’01, of Waco, have signed on for a second season of their show Fixer Upper on HGTV. For the season, the Gaines are remodeling 13 homes around Waco. They also appeared on NBC’s The Today Show on July 31. Learn more at magnoliahomes.net.
David Gilmore, BBA ’98, has been named managing director of investments for The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in the U.S. He will work to guide the Baltimore-based foundation’s $2 billion investment portfolio and refine the organization’s investment strategy. He will support Jonathan D. Hook, MBA ’81, who was named in April as the foundation’s first chief investment officer. Gilmore was previously the interim chief investment officer for The Ohio State University and was a partner and investment consultant at Gerber/Taylor Capital Advisors.
Tim Cooper, MDiv ’01, of Hamilton, Ontario, published his first novel, The Pastor Who Hated Church: A Tale of Redemption. It is available on Amazon.com and through the website thepastorwhohatedchurch.webs.com.
Mark Gulyassy, BBA ’01, is returning as principal to Mercer’s talent consulting business in its Central Market. He has almost 15 years of corporate and consulting experience. Before joining Houston-based Mercer, he led the global compensation function with Transocean. He has consulted with clients in the oil and gas, utilities, energy, drilling, engineering, financial services and healthcare industries.
The National Association of Professional Women, the largest organization of women in the country, with more than 600,000 women, has recognized Sharon Henderson, MHA ’01, as a 2014 Professional Woman of the Year. She was recognized with this prestigious distinction for her leadership. Henderson is CEO and founder of TZ Patriotic Solutions, through which she provides consulting expertise to businesses that support military and veteran populations. She has proudly served her country for nearly three decades. Although Henderson has recently retired from the U.S. Army, she is still actively involved with the military.
Joseph Pouncy, BA ’01, has been named principal of Warren Middle School in Forney (TX) ISD. Previously he served as assistant principal at Forney High School. This is Pouncy’s 13th year in education.
In seven seasons as head volleyball coach at Bishop Lynch High School in Dallas, Tricia (Heflich) Roos, BBA ’04, has led the Lady Friars to state titles in 2008, 2012, and 2013. She was named this year’s Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools 5A Female Coach of the Year. The Lady Friars were state finalists in 2009 and 2010, and state semifinalists in 2011. Roos was a founding member of Baylor’s club volleyball team. She spent three years coaching at Reicher Catholic High School in Waco before moving to Dallas. Roos is also the director of admissions for Bishop Lynch. She and her husband, Jonas (BBA ’05), have a son, Cameron.
Dan Sullivan, BBA ’04, of New York, NY, was promoted to partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in the financial instruments, structured products and real estate practice. He advises clients on developing funding strategies, creating structured products, and evaluating accounting, tax and regulatory requirements for debt securities. Sullivan joined PwC’s New York office in 2004. Contact at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ashton Gustafson, BBA ’05, will be a featured speaker at the 2014 Realtors’ Conference & Expo Conference to be held Nov. 7-10 in New Orleans. The event includes 100 education sessions, the largest real estate industry trade show and 17,000 real estate professionals and guests. Gustafson will present a session at the conference titled “Time Management: Systems, Tools, and Disciplines.” He is owner/broker of A.G. Real Estate & Associates of Waco. For more information, visit AshtonGustafson.com.
Dr. Belinda Neal, EdD ’05, assistant superintendent at Lindale (TX) ISD, will serve as the president for the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA) in 2014-2015. She has served on the TEPSA board of directors and committees since 2007. TEPSA has served Texas Pre K-8 school leaders since 1971, and has more than 5,800 members who direct the activities of 2.5 million children.
Joshua P. Searcy, JD ’05, was presented the Romina L. Mulloy Bossio Achievement Award by the Young Lawyers Committee of the Bankruptcy Law Section of the Texas State Bar. A bankruptcy attorney, Searcy received the award because of his contributions to community service, pro bono work and efforts to encourage and support other young bankruptcy attorneys in their community and at large. He is a partner in Searcy & Searcy PC in Longview, TX. He is married to Meredith Searcy and has two sons.
Katie (Green) Gruber, BA ’06, of Carrollton, TX, married Brandon DeWitt Gruber, BS ’06, of Nashville, TN, on June 7 in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Katie formerly worked at Baylor as a lecturer in the communications department before moving to Nashville in 2012. Both also recently accepted new positions: Katie as an instructor at Middle Tennessee State University and Brandon as a software project manager for Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu.
Chris Shea, MBA ’06, has been promoted to vice president of business development with Mellanox Technologies, a supplier of interconnect solutions for servers and storage systems. Shea joined the Sunnyvale, CA-based company in 2009. He brings over 20 years of experience in the technology industry with an extensive background in sales, marketing, analytical and international roles. Previously, Shea held various management roles at Rackable Systems (now SGI), Dell and EMC.
W. Cason White, MSEd ’06, was named senior vice president of client wealth strategy at Segment Wealth Management. Segment is an investment advisory firm that works with private clients along with foundations and institutions. Prior to this role, White was an Investment Consultant at Northern Trust. He has also worked for Alliance Bernstein. White, his wife, Allison (Deily) White, BA ’06, and their two daughters, Madeleine and Clara, reside in Houston. Contact at email@example.com.
Samantha Frazier, BA ’08, and her law partner, Jessica L. Horace, have announced that their law firm, Horace & Frazier PLLC, is now serving Houston and the surrounding counties. Horace & Frazier offers legal advice in the areas of family, criminal, wills and probate, and small business negotiations. Frazier is a graduate of South Texas College of Law. Contact at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mary Elizabeth (Cienski) Hossier, BA ’08, was inducted into the Junior League of Dayton, OH, on May 13. “As a member of the military, I greatly appreciate that Junior League not only provides me the opportunity to build relationships with amazing women, but also to build a stronger relationship with the communities where the Air Force has sent me,” she writes.
Megan Koontz, BA ’08, is assistant director for parents and family programs at Vanderbilt University. Previously, she worked in the office of special events as an event manager. “I’ve had the opportunity to benchmark with Baylor Parents Network’s Judy Maggard, and have learned so much from her years of experience,” she writes. “I am inspired and challenged on a daily basis and feel really fortunate to be serving in this capacity.”
Kristine Lundeen, BA ’08, married George de Lara on June 28 in Fort Worth. She earned a master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and is a middle school librarian for the Irving (TX) ISD. George is a registered nurse at the Baylor Heart Hospital in Plano. They reside in Euless, TX.
Dr. Angela Pool-Funai, MPP ’08, completed her doctor of public administration degree from Valdosta State University and has joined the faculty of Southern Utah University as an assistant professor of political science. Contact at Angela_Funai@alumni.baylor.edu.
Violet (Fuller) Silko, BBA ‘08, MBA ’11, JD ’11, has joined AllClear ID in Austin as an incident response specialist. She previously worked in San Marcos, TX, and Pittsburgh, PA, as a criminal defense attorney and in oil and gas law with Consol Energy, Inc. Violet married Jonathan Charles Silko, BA ’08, JD ’11, on April 14, 2012. They began their married life together in Pittsburgh, where they both practiced law. Jonathan died in a weather-related automobile accident on Feb. 13, 2014. Violet has relocated to her home state of Texas. Contact at email@example.com.
Preston Williams, BBA ’08, MBA ’13, has started Newborhood, a relocation guide for those moving to a new city. The free service is a customized, personalized, and interactive social network that helps people during the entire moving process: from thinking about moving, until long after the boxes are unpacked. Learn more at newborhood.com.
Emily (Benton) Ryan, BA ’09, of Roanoke, VA, has written her first book, Playdate with Little Rock (Sharp End Publishing, 2014: 128 pages). The book is a guide to the city of Little Rock and surrounding areas for parents. From museums and theaters to state parks and water parks, Ryan gives parents an idea of when to go, what to bring, and what to do with children.
Kristen Singletary, BSEd ’09, became the assistant to the dean for the Baylor’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing on June 16. She and her 3-year-old daughter, Brooklynne, are happy to now be living in Dallas near family. Contact at Kristen_Singletary@baylor.edu.
Kelly Stieglitz, BS ’09, has been working with Women Fighting AIDS in Kenya (WOFAK) on their ongoing programs such as Delivering for Young Mothers, which focuses on promoting safe motherhood to mothers under 24 years, and Global Fund Round 10, which supports community health workers in home-based care for people living with HIV. Stieglitz holds a master’s degree in global medicine from USC and was a Baylor song leader. For more info, visit fsdinternational.org/donate/projects/Kelly.
Laura Perry, BS ’10, a certified child life specialist, has been promoted to oversee the pediatric floor of Providence Hospital in Anchorage, AK. Contact at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Melanie (Crowson) Russell, BA ’10, of Lake Stevens, WA, married John Russell on May 3 in Seattle. A formal wedding reception took place in Galveston, TX, in September, where John met most of Melanie’s Baylor family. “Sic ’em, Bears!” she writes. Contact at email@example.com.
Preston Yancey, BA ’12, has released his first book, Tables in the Wilderness: A Memoir of God Found, Lost, and Found Again (Zondervan, 2014: 240 pages). The spiritual memoir covers Yancey’s time at Baylor and the rich, complex faith it invited him to encounter and explore. It is also an invitation to people who are dissatisfied with the narrow ways they have conceived of God to wander into the mystery and fullness of Christian faith. This book is a love letter to Baylor, to the Honors College, to the Great Texts department, and to the unique and extraordinary experience it is to be a Baylor student,” writes Yancey. He and his wife, Hilary (Sherratt) Yancey, are back at Baylor for Hilary to complete a PhD in philosophy. For more, visit prestonyancey.com.
Dr. Patty (Patterson) Nelson, EdD ’13, director of music education and assistant professor of music at Shorter University in Rome, GA, writes, “After having attended Baylor for half of my undergraduate degree from 1981-83, I finally earned my Baylor degree after completing my doctorate in August 2013. I now join my grandmother, Polly (Gilliland) Patterson (’28), my in-laws, Ed Nelson, Sr. (’49) and Gladys Samp Nelson (’49) , my husband, Ed Nelson Jr. (’76), my sisters Pam Patterson Moore (’87) and Paula Patterson McDowell (’91), my sister-in-law Lisa Nelson Cope (’88), my brother-in-law Philip Cope (’86, ’88) and my daughter Michal Nelson Taylor (’10, ’12) as graduates of Baylor University.” Contact at 128 Nelson Blvd. NW, Rome, GA 30165 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Megan Waldock, BS ’13, of Azle, TX, joined the Peace Corps and departed for Guinea July 1 to begin training as a secondary education science volunteer. She is living and working at the community level to make a difference by teaching chemistry for grades 7-10 for two years while simultaneously completing a master’s degree in sustainability from Arizona State University.
Cory Jefferson, BSEd ’14, has been signed by the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets to a multi-year contract. Jefferson was drafted by the San Antonio Spurs and traded to Brooklyn. He earned his way onto the team by averaging 11.2 points and 6.8 rebounds for Brooklyn’s summer league team in Orlando.
Rhonda King, of McGregor, TX, administrative manager of Baylor’s biology department, has written Just Dande (AuthorHouse, 2014, 18 pages), her first children’s book. Dande Lion’s journey motivates and inspires young minds to realize that everyone and everything has a purpose. The lesson is that “our reach is not limited by our roots.”