Class Notes


Geneva (McCulloch) Hughes, BA '31, turned 105 on Feb. 6. Born in Coleman, TX, she was a longtime resident of Marlin, TX. Her family writes, "She is doing quite well. We believe Geneva may be the oldest living alumna of this great university that she cherishes so much. She and her late husband, Sidney Hughes, were very active in the Heritage Club, even co-chairing it. Judge Starr came to visit her on her birthday a few years ago. Geneva still reads all her mail." Contact at 300 W. State Hwy 6, St. Catherine's Center #3118, Waco, TX 76712 or email through her son, Mac Hughes, BBA '73, at Geneva's grandson, Jeff Hughes, BSEd '99 and his wife, Jennifer (Campbell) Hughes, BS '01, are also Baylor graduates.


Former World War II pilot Bob Lucas, BBA '41, of McKinney, TX, spoke to students at LaPoynor ISD in LaRue, TX, as a part of organization Free to Be's presentation on war, freedom and patriotism. Lucas shared the story of his plane being shot down in Germany and how he was able to successfully escape to Switzerland.


Milam County (TX) and the Milam County Health Department recently honored Dr. Sidney Richardson, AB '49, of Cameron, TX, on his 90th birthday and in celebration of his medical practice and service to the health department for almost 60 years. In the first 35 years, Richardson delivered an estimated 800 babies in Cameron.


Clyde Whiteside, JD '53, of Wichita Falls, TX, has established the Whiteside Museum of Natural History in Seymour, TX, which is in Baylor County and home to one of the best Permian fossil beds in the world. The museum contains rare reptile fossils found in the area, some of which date back 287 million years, before dinosaurs existed. Whiteside's family, which includes his late father, Roy Whiteside, Class of 1913, and Clyde's son, Joseph Roy Whiteside, BS '87, MS '90, has lived in the Seymour area since 1889. Clyde says that his family owes their success largely to the degrees they received from Baylor. While in college, Whiteside served two terms as a member of the Texas legislature and later opened a law office in Seymour. He was elected county attorney and served as district attorney of the 50th Judicial District, as district judge for Montague, Clay and Archer counties, and as presiding judge for many other Texas counties. Whiteside writes, "The welcome mat is out and my sincere invitation is to all Baylor graduates to visit us at the museum." Learn more at


Jim, JD '54, and Betty (Gilbreath) Price, BS '59, residents at The Stayton at Museum Way retirement community in Fort Worth, were honored at the community's Town Hall meeting April 16 as part of National Volunteer Appreciation Month. Jim, a retired attorney and Navy pilot, still offers legal advice and has been helping a veteran collect necessary paperwork to prove he served in Vietnam. Betty made an impact teaching at Arlington High School and Sam Houston State University. She served on the board of advisors for Baylor's George W. Truett Theological Seminary. They were honored with the Outstanding Baylor Parents Award in 1986, and Betty later received the W.R. White Meritorious Service Award.

Barbara (Bowden) Scofield, BS '54, of Tafton, PA, received the Hawley Public Library's 2014 volunteer of the year award. She is active in Hawley Presbyterian Church, the Wayne Choralaires, the Gideon Auxiliary, and PEO, a philanthropic group.


Bob Wright, BA '56, was elected to the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame Class of 2015 and will be inducted May 9. A Mexia native, he was elected as the Dave Campbell Contributor to the Game. Wright worked at the Mexia Daily News until retiring in 2010. He covered high school football games for 55 seasons. Among his many awards, Wright received the 2009 Putt Powell Sportswriter of the Year, awarded by the Texas High School Coaches Association. He still writes a weekly column for the Mexia News and resides in Hewitt with his wife, Peggy. They have two adult children, Mike, BA '95, and Jim, BBA '87, and four grandchildren. Contact at


Gail (Hughes) Galli, BA '61, of West Palm Beach, FL, has been elected to the board of directors for the Dreyfoos School of the Arts Foundation in West Palm Beach. Her career has included teaching and owning and operating travel agencies. She is also an accomplished photographer.

Dr. George Mims, BM '61, writes, "I have retired after 63 years on the organ bench directing choirs every Sunday! Leslie Marie (Wells) Mims, '63, and I have been married 51 years and have three daughters and seven grandchildren. We love being back in Houston after living in Old Greenwich, CT; New York City; Charleston, SC; Fairfax City, VA, Kansas City, MO; and Mobile, AL, over these many years." Contact at 12911 Ridge Bank Lane, Houston, TX 77041 or


Steve Dean, BA '64, of Gilmer, TX, was awarded the FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award for "demonstrating professionalism, aviation skill, expertise, and safe operations for 50 years." Dean worked his way through Baylor as a pilot and flight instructor and served as flight instructor for his AFROTC classmates in the Air Force Flight Indoctrination Program. Dean and his wife Linda Kay (Belew), '65, served at Reese Air Force Base in Lubbock before returning to Gilmer to enter the family's lumber business.

Janet (Mathias) Robb, BA '64, is volunteering at the Upscale Society of Samaritan's Resale Shop in Magnolia, TX. She also works at Lonestar College and started a lab where she tutors students in math. Contact at


Emily (Cravey) Martinsen, BA '65, writes, "My son Kim works in a Tampa-area ER hospital, and my daughter Sooki is working on her sixth documentary and animates advertising." Contact at 100 SW 26th St, Ocala, FL 34471 or

Rev. Ken Smith, BA '65, and his wife Donnelle have moved to Tallahassee, FL. Ken continues to travel and speak. "I'm looking forward to the 50-year reunion," he writes. Contact at 9175 McDougal Ct., Tallahassee, FL 32312 or


Cynthia (Burns) Hazard, BA '67, has retired from a 35-year teaching career. She taught Latin at Palestine (TX) High School and at Bay City High School in Panama City, FL, where her husband, Henry, is senior pastor of Heritage Bible Church. Contact at 1137 Grace Ave., Panama City, FL 32401 or


Sylvia (Dawson) Nichols, BA '69, retired from education after 45 years. 33 of those years were spent with Arlington (TX) ISD as a grant writer. Contact at

Ruth (Young) Jones, BA '69, has retired after 35 years of teaching. Her husband, Steven Jones, BBA '69, MBA '70, is a retired bank president and board member. They have two daughters and four grandchildren. Contact at 12934 Kingsbridge Lane, Houston, TX 77077 or


Ben Hagins, BBA '70, has written a book, Slice of Heaven (, Shari Parker Publishing). He served 10 years in the U.S. Air Force, mostly in the B-52 program in Fort Worth, and spent nearly 30 years as an advisor with First Command Financial Planning. Hagins was captain of Baylor's golf team and is now active in First Baptist Woodway and Waco Links Fellowship. He and his wife Katy have been married for 43 years, and their son Trey, BBA '00, MBA '07, works for Baylor Development. Contact at 15000 Badger Ranch, Waco, TX 76712 or


Dr. Charles H. Hayes II, BS '72, of Saint Joseph, MO, is retiring after 37 years in private practice dentistry. He attended dental school at Creighton University. Hayes was a Fellow of Academy of General Dentistry, graduate and faculty at Orognathic Bioesthetics International and past president of Northwest Dental Society.

Randall Pannell, BA '72, was recently named interim president of North Greenville University in Tigerville, SC. Prior to his appointment, Pannell served as vice president for academics at NGU since 2011. Among his duties during his 30 years in higher education, Pannell also was associate dean of academics and associate professor of Hebrew and Old Testament at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA.


Dr. Paul Ashley, BS '74, of Toney, AL, has published a book, Our Part: The Christian Life in Perspective (SeeLight Publishing, 2013: 103 pages). From early Old Testament characters through the first century saints and doctrine, Ashley covers the essentials of what God asks of the believer. Ashley is the former deputy director of a missile research laboratory for the U.S. Army in Huntsville, AL. He is now a consultant for advanced technology. He has also served as a pastor and as a teacher of Jewish culture and Biblical history. Visit or contact at

Bob Wortham, JD '74, of Beaumont, TX, was elected district attorney for Jefferson County. He was formerly the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas. He formerly served as district judge for the 58th and 60th courts. Gary Reaves, JD '74, has joined Wortham as the new chief of the public integrity unit of Jefferson County. Reaves was a former prosecutor in El Paso County. Most recently he was vice president and general counsel for General Genetics Corporation, and also served as mayor pro tem for the city of Keller.


Ace Collins, BA '75, of Arkadelphia, AR, has had his book, Man's Best Hero (Abington Press 2014: 208 pages), honored as a finalist in the Adult Nonfiction: Pets category by the 2014 Foreword Reviews' IndieFab Book of the Year Awards.

McAllen (TX) Mayor Jim Darling, BA '75, JD '77, was named an outstanding leader by Texas Border Business. Previously, he served as city commissioner for six years and city attorney for 28 years. Darling is general counsel for Doctors Hospital at Renaissance and also worked for Fulbright and Jaworski in Houston.

156th District Court Judge Joel Johnson, BBA '75, JD '78, is retiring after 20 years on the bench, although he will continue to hear cases statewide as a visiting judge. He will continue presiding over Texas Department of Criminal Justice cases in Beeville, TX.


Judy (Graham) Allen, BSEd '78, is working as a gifted and talented specialist in Mesquite (TX) ISD. Contact

Dr. Scott Finnell, BA '78, MA '83, has come out of retirement to be executive director of The Williamson County (TX) Children's Advocacy Center. He began his career in nonprofit management and has spent 30 years providing service to children and families within organizations with annual budgets of more than $150 million and more than 2,500 personnel.


Susan (Walzel) Buckles, BSEd '79, is a librarian in Mansfield (TX) ISD. Contact at

Carmen Chapa, BFA '79, has completed five years as owner/broker of Carmen Chapa Real Estate, with her 100th transaction. "In my 20+ years as a Realtor these last 5 have been the busiest but the most rewarding," she writes. Chapa specializes in the Turtle Creek/Oak Lawn/Uptown/Downtown areas of Dallas. Contact at 3883 Turtle Creek Blvd #702, Dallas, TX 75219 or

Joe Crawford, BBA '79, of Abilene, TX, was awarded the United Way Volunteer Service Award for "a lifetime of community service" at the Abilene United Way Annual Luncheon. Crawford's father, the late Harold Crawford, '39, also received the award in 1992.

J. Bradley Creed, BA '79, has been named the fifth president of Campbell University in Buies Creek, NC, effective July 1. Creed is an accomplished leader of mission-driven institutions and a nationally recognized historian of religion. He is currently provost and executive vice president and professor of religion at Samford University. Previously, he served as dean of George W. Truett Seminary at Baylor.

Mary Lee (Morris) Kiracofe, BSEd '79, is working with the Florida Department of Education in the Florida Education Foundation. Contact at

Robin Phillips, BBA '79, JD '82, has joined Hughes Watters Askanase LLP in the firm’s estate and real estate finance practice group. His practice focuses on commercial lending and real estate transactions. Phillips practiced law since 1983 in DFW before relocating to Houston in 2013.

Lynne Waters, BA '79, is now vice president for university communications at the University of Texas at Arlington. She is a former television news anchor and owned a communications consulting firm before joining the University of Hawaii, where she had served as spokeswoman since 2011.


Women in Aviation International announced the induction of mother-daughter team, Deanie and Nancy Parrish, MA '80, of Waco, to its Pioneer Hall of Fame as women who changed aviation history. Their achievements include founding Wings Across America, a nonprofit created at Baylor University and designed to educate people on the history of the WASP (Women Air Force Service Pilots) of World War II, the first women in American history to fly a military aircraft. Their endeavors include: interviewing and digitally videotaping the oral histories of 105 WASPs across the U.S.; founding the National WASP WWII Museum; and initiating and leading the 2009 campaign to award the WASPs the Congressional Gold Medal (the nation's highest civilian award). They were honored March 5-7 in Dallas.

William Sims, BBA '80, of Dallas, has been appointed CEO of Salmon Sims Thomas and Associates, having previously served as COO. He has more than 30 years of accounting experience and is recognized as an expert in the nonprofit sector with a concentration in religious organizations, agencies, country clubs and associations.

Gregg Swain, PhD '80, of New York, NY, has co-authored the book Mah Jongg (Tuttle 2014: 192 pages), inspired by the art and messages of the Chinese game after which it is named. Her book explores the significance of the artistic messaging on the game’s tiles through commentary and photographs. Swain serves on numerous boards and committees, including the Board of Southern Vermont College.


Dan Fink, BS '81, has been named COO for Providence Memorial Hospital in El Paso. He has more than 30 years of hospital leadership experience. Fink recently served as the chief administrative officer for Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. He holds two master's degrees from Tulane University.

Sharon (Rush) Graves, BSEd '81, of Burleson, TX, earned dual master's degrees in curriculum and instruction and educational leadership from the American College of Education in 2014. She is the secondary English Language Arts Reading curriculum coordinator for Crowley ISD. Contact at

Frank A. "Andy" Wilson, BBA '81, has been appointed independent director of Sparton Corporation, a provider of complex electromechanical devices headquartered in Schaumburg, IL. He also is a member of the audit committee of the board. Wilson previously was senior vice president and chief financial officer of PerkinElmer.


Dr. Nancy (Whiteside) Brickhouse, BA '82, has been named provost of St. Louis University, effective July 1. She is an administrator at the University of Delaware, where she is credited with strengthening the university's research productivity, developing diversity strategies and launching a medical school application program. Brickhouse held a number of leadership positions in Delaware's College of Education and Human Development, where she garnered international acclaim as a researcher. Her writings have been credited with informing the National Academy of Sciences’ K-12 framework for science education.

Tammy (Walls) Speck, BSEd '82, retired after 28 years of teaching. She is enjoying lots of family time. Contact at

S. Shawn Stephens, BA '82, of Houston, was inducted into Amarillo Tascosa High School's Hall of Fame. Stephens was the first woman and the first Texan to become certified by the American Institute of Appellate Practice in appellate law. She is currently a partner at King & Spalding's law firm, where she litigates Texas and U.S. Supreme Court appeals.


Dr. Francis Ibarra, BS '83, writes, "We are celebrating yet another happy year with an incredible child that we fostered and adopted through Casa de Esperanza, a private organization that has given many children a better chance in life. Two and a half years ago, I became chief of anesthesia at Kelsey-Seybold, a 450-physician organization based in Houston. I occasionally run into incredible graduates of the science departments of BU. We are eternally grateful for the incredibly strong education we received there, which has helped later in pursuing our post-graduate education and careers."

Sherry (Claypool) Kuehl, BA '83, of Leawood, KS, pays tribute to her former home state in her latest book, Trouble in Texas. Kuehl is known for her popular Kansas City Star blog, "Snarky in the Suburbs," which gets 500,000 hits per year. The blog has piqued the interest of ABC TV producers interested in turning it into a comedy series, for which a pilot episode has been written.


Kevin Cook, BMEd, '84, has become pastor of Fairplay Baptist Church in Carthage, TX. Contact at 258 County Road 278, Carthage, TX 75633 or

Elizabeth (Boozer) Davis, BBA '84, Baylor's former executive vice president and provost, was officially inaugurated March 19 as the president of Furman University in Greenville, SC. Davis is the 12th president at Furman, where she actually began her duties on July 1, 2014.

James Dorsett, BA '84, is now director of the Office for International Students and Scholars at Michigan State University. Dorsett provides leadership for one of the nation's largest and most prominent offices, serving 7,700 international students, scholars and their families. His career in international education spans more than 20 years, including at Iowa State University, Wayne State University, Indiana University, Purdue University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Dr. Larry Johnson, MHA '84, of San Antonio, received the Federal Excellence in Healthcare Management Award at the annual American College of Healthcare Executives Congress in Chicago on March 17. Johnson is on the faculty of the U.S. Army--Baylor Graduate Program in Health and Business Administration, which recently moved up four places to No. 7 in the U.S. News rankings of healthcare management programs. Contact at

Dr. Monica Martinez, BS '84, of Tiburon, CA, co-authored Deeper Learning: How Eight Innovative Public Schools are Transforming Education in the Twenty-First Century. She is an independent education consultant, a senior fellow for the Hewlett Foundation, and is a presidential appointee for the White House Initiative on Educational Education for Hispanics. Contact at


Jana (Bedgood) Gwinn, BSEd '85, was the November 2014 "Employee of the Month" for Houston's Spring Branch ISD, which has 35,000 students and 4,500 employees. A 30-year district employee, Gwinn is a counselor at Spring Forest Middle School. She was recognized for being the chairman of the annual Veterans Day program, which is one of the largest celebrations of its kind in the Houston area. Contact at

Kim (Beckett) Matchett, BSEd '85, a teacher at Huntington (TX) Intermediate School, Huntington ISD, was a winner of the 2014 Gilbert I. 'Buddy' Low Excellence in Education Award given by The Beaumont Foundation. Matchett received $10,000 and was recognized at an awards gala in May 2014.

Ken Paxton, BA '85, MBA '86, was sworn in as Texas' 51st attorney general Jan. 5 in Austin. A former state senator who once served as Baylor's student body president, Paxton took the oath of office in a ceremony attended by Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, Gov.-elect Greg Abbott, state Sen. and Lt. Gov.-elect Dan Patrick and Justice Don Willett, BBA '88.

Gary Walker, BBA '85, of Fort Worth, has been named to D CEO's Power Broker 2015 list for office tenant representation. Walker has 31 years of experience in the real estate industry. This is his second consecutive year receiving the award. He is the managing principal of Coldwell Banker Commercial Alliance DFW. He is also president of SkyWalker Property Partners, which sources real estate investments and manages portfolios for three discretionary funds.


Martha (Smith-Palmer) D'Brass, BSEd '86, of Grand Prairie, TX, is retiring from Grand Prairie ISD after 29 years of service. She is moving to Kaohsiung, Taiwan, to teach at Morrison Christian Academy. Contact at

Shelley (Graves) Giglio, BBA '86, and Louie Giglio, '90, were named honorary award winners at this year's Gospel Music Association Honors for their work with Passion, a Bible study they founded at Baylor, which has grown into an international ministry called the Passion Movement. The Passion Conferences have reached thousands of college students around the world. Their vision led the Giglios to launch Passion City Church in Atlanta, GA, and sixstepsrecords, home to Chris Tomlin, David Crowder, and many others. Shelley serves as a member of the Baylor Board of Regents.

Jay Hunter Morris, BMEd '86, of Roswell, GA, was honored as a Paris Junior College Distinguished Alumnus in November. He is a world-class tenor opera singer, Grammy-winner and author. He earned a master of music in vocal performance at Southern Methodist University and studied for two years at the Julliard School of Music in New York City. The Wagner's Ring cycle role of Siegfried, a difficult and lengthy role few tenors can sing, brought Morris international acclaim.

Robin Russell, JD '86, has been named one of "Houston's 50 most influential women of 2014" by Houston Woman Magazine. She is a managing partner with Andrews Kurth LLP and is the co-chair of the firm’s bankruptcy and financial restructuring section.

Bryce Williams, BA '86, of Dallas, has been named president and CEO of SeeChange Health, a company that focuses on its consumer engagement and health improvement platform. He previously served the managing director of Towers Watson's Exchange Solutions business segment and led the largest private Medicare health insurance exchange in the country. Williams cofounded Extend Health Inc. and was its president and CEO from 2004 through the company’s acquisition in 2012. In 2011, Williams was named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year for Northern California in Business Services.


Gennifer (Lane) Briggs, BSEd '87, of Miami, FL, graduated from the Florida Psychoanalytic Institute in February 2015. She is now a psychoanalyst as well as a psychotherapist. In addition, Briggs is serving a second two-year term as Secretary of the Candidates' Council of the American Psychoanalytic Association, the national organization for psychoanalysts. She provides support to candidates in training. Contact at

Jess Cagle, BA '87, editorial director of PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly, has joined the Real-Time Academy of Short Form Arts & Sciences, an organization composed of leaders in technology, journalism, business and culture who play a role in choosing the winners of the Shorty Awards, honoring the best content producers in social media. Frequent television appearances on Good Morning America, TODAY, CBS This Morning, and every major entertainment program has made Cagle one of the most recognizable entertainment journalists in the country. In addition, he has co-hosted the official ABC Academy Awards red carpet pre-show four times in the past five years.

The Graham (TX) Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau honored Michelle (Myers) McGee, BSEd '87, for her work as a life skills instructor for Graham High School's special education program. McGee helps incorporate her special needs students into the community by teaching them social skills.

Mark Smith, BBA '87, MBA '99, has been named CEO of Unitherm Food Systems, a leading manufacturer of thermal food processing equipment based in Bristow, OK. He spent nine years in commercial banking and private equity and 16 years in leadership roles with Daydots Inc. and Ecolab Inc.

Dr. Rob Straughan, BBA '87, has been named the next dean of Washington and Lee University's Williams School of Commerce, Economics and Politics. Straughan has served as associate dean and professor of business administration and marketing at the Williams School. Previously, he taught at both Baylor and the University of Houston.


Jennifer Elrod, BA '88, of Houston, has funded the preservation and restoration of Brazos County's oldest law book, written by Baylor founder Robert Emmett Bledsoe Baylor, who was also Brazos County's first district judge. Baylor University hopes to display the book once restoration is completed. Elrod is a Baylor Regent.

Jeanette Miller, BBA '88, has been named director of Cass Career Center for the 2015-16 school year by The Harrisonville (MO) Schools Board of Education. Miller has worked in the Harrisonville School District since 2003 and previously served as Cass Career Center assistant director.

Cossy Pachares, BBA '88, has been elected the vice president of LifeWay's retail division. Pachares has 14 years of LifeWay experience, having served as associate vice president of LifeWay’s publishing company where he led daily operations, including publishing and strategic planning.


Soprano Nancy Curtis, BMEd '89, is part of the Austin-based choral group Conspirare, which recently won a Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance. Learn more at

Artist Kyle Ragsdale, BFA '89, returned to his hometown of Farmington, NM, to present an exhibition titled "Nocturnes" at San Juan College. The exhibit features more than two dozen oil paintings. Ragsdale is a well-known artist in Indianapolis, IN, where he serves as the curator at the Harrison Center for Arts. See his work at


Louie Giglio, '90, of Atlanta, GA, released his newest video, Winsome, as part of the Passion City Church Resource Series. The DVDs point to the world's great need to hear the Gospel. Giglio also has released the Passion Talk Series: The Complete Collection, a bundle featuring all nine of his previously released talks. Giglio and his wife Shelley (Graves) Giglio, BBA '86, are the creators and directors of the Passion Movement, which includes the collegiate gatherings of Passion Conferences, Atlanta-based Passion City Church, Capitol Christian Music Group partner sixstepsrecords, and most recently, Passion Publishing.

Lisa (Browne) Holland, BSEd '90, MS '92, of Amarillo, TX, writes, "Our youngest son, Grant, had a 7th grade project to create a favorite university symbol out of items from home. We think he made a pretty fabulous rendition of Baylor University's Pat Neff Hall."

Graham Engineering Corporation has appointed Alan Jones, BBA '90, to be regional sales manager for extrusion in the U.S. southwest. Based in Dallas/Fort Worth, Jones will be responsible for sales in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas. He previously held sales leadership roles for Starlinger & Co. GmbH, Reifenhauser Kiefel Extrusion and Occidental Chemical Corporation, among others.

Carlos Ramón, BSE '90, of Palo Alto, CA, will join the board of directors for 1010data Inc., a big data discovery platform. In addition to being the founder and managing partner at Compas Advisory, Ramón is also the managing director, head of value acceleration, of Gramercy Funds Management LLC. He has more than 25 years of experience running the international strategy operations of world-class technology companies, including PeopleSoft and Akamai Technologies. He holds a degree from the Stanford Executive Program at Stanford Graduate School of Business.


Glenn Farren, BBA '91, has been appointed to an executive position at the Port of Long Beach in CA. Previously, he was a general manager for the shipping company Hapag-Lloyd America. In his new position, he will work to improve relationships with companies doing business on port property.

Melvin Hunt, BBA '91, MSEd '95, was named interim head coach of the NBA's Denver Nuggets on March 3. Hunt is in his third season with Denver after five seasons as a Cleveland Cavaliers assistant coach. He also was an assistant coach with the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers. Hunt was a three-year starter on Baylor's basketball team.

Dr. David Nowell, PhD '91, of Jefferson City, TN, has authored Dirty Faith: Bringing the Love of Christ to the Least of These. The book challenges Christians to understand how loving as God loves is central to the Christian faith. Nowell is an author, speaker and president of Hope Unlimited for Children, a Christian nonprofit that ministers to sex-trafficked children, street orphans and child prisoners.


Stacy (Crothers) Buntin, BSEd '92, of Baytown, TX, is the director of youth ministry at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church. She is also the coordinator of district youth directors for 54 area churches. Contact at

Cole Daugherty, BA '92, has been named senior vice president of marketing and communications by the Dallas Market Center, the world's largest wholesale merchandise mart. He has served in the marketing division, the lease administration division and most recently as vice president of customer relations. He is also an adjunct faculty member at SMU.

Former Baylor football kicker Jeff Ireland, BA '92, is now assistant general manager for the New Orleans Saints. He previously served as the general manager of the Miami Dolphins and a draft consultant for the Seattle Seahawks.

Angela Nash, BBA '92, is now vice president of development at Methodist Health System Foundation in Dallas. Nash will lead key capital campaigns and will work with top North Texas leaders to further the mission of Methodist Health System. In the past decade, she served on more than a dozen charitable boards, guiding major growth and strategic initiatives that resulted in more than $7.5 million in total donations.

Jennifer (Hilton) Sampson, BBA '92, CEO and president of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, was featured in a Focus on Texas Business WBAP radio program highlighting successful businesswomen in Texas during National Women's History Month. Her vision includes integrating fundraising markets and strengthening collaborative partnerships throughout the region.


Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson named Aaron Burkes, JD '93, president of the Arkansas Development Finance Authority, which administers funding in the form of tax-exempt bonds and other debt instruments for economic development, home ownership and affordable rental housing. A former Arkansas state representative, Burkes has been an administrator at Madison College in Wisconsin.

The Health Alliance for Austin Musicians has named Jeff Cook, BBA '93, president and CEO of Insurance Services for Seton Healthcare Family, as a new board member. The nonprofit organization focuses on providing affordable healthcare for low-income musicians. Prior to joining Seton in 2009, Cook held escalating positions within UnitedHealthcare, including Texas vice president of network development and, most recently, CEO of UnitedHealthcare in Texas.

Dr. Christopher Hanks, BA '93, MSEd '99, has been named the principal of Grand Rapids, MI, Public Museum School. He is an assistant professor in Grand Valley State University's Undergraduate Foundations of Education Program and previously taught in La Vega (TX) ISD.

Chris Hill, MHA '93, of Gilbert, AZ, has been appointed the new CEO of St. Luke's Medical Center and Tempe St. Luke's Hospital. Prior to his promotion, Hill served as COO for both hospitals. He is also retired from the United States Army, with a Lieutenant Colonel ranking.

John Reid, BA '93, is now chief communications officer at the national headquarters of Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America, the oldest and largest organization representing post-9/11 veterans. A former television news anchor and communications director in the U.S. Senate, Reid lived and worked across the Arabian Peninsula and Middle East while serving as the director of international development for one of Washington, D.C.'s, leading consultancies. At the height of the Iraq War he also traveled to Baghdad and Erbil, Iraq to counsel members of the new Iraqi Parliament. He maintains homes in Virginia and New York City.

David Roberts, BBA '93, has been promoted to president and COO of American Traffic Solutions in Tempe, AZ. He will lead both the state and local government solutions and fleet services business units and be responsible for managing and implementing the company's strategic plan. Roberts joined American Traffic Solutions in 2014 from Billing Tree, where he was president and CEO.

Les Turilli Jr., BBA '93, of Stanton, MO, is running as an independent candidate for Missouri governor in 2016. He is an executive vice president of Meramec Caverns Enterprises.

Jennifer Willis, BSEd '93, of Norman, OK, has joined Architects In Partnership as their marketing coordinator. She has more than 20 years of sales, marketing and development experience. Willis is active in Norman Sooner Rotary, Friends of LLS/Run Lucky 5k and RunHers.


Jennifer (Harrison) Erp, BSEd '94, MSEd '97, is a school counselor in Plano (TX) ISD. Contact at

Laura Ann Novacinski, BSEd '94, of Cypress, TX, has been named principal at Andre Elementary School in Cypress Fairbanks ISD after previously serving as the assistant principal. She has 20 years of experience in education.


Rev. Rachel Frey, BM '95, and family are living in Bonn, Germany, while she and her partner, Dr. Craig Heinke, are both on sabbatical. Frey writes that she is enjoying the time in Europe but looks forward to returning to her ministry as a hospice chaplain in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, with renewed energy and passion.

Brian Medricka, BA '95, was promoted to director of content at Standing Dog Interactive, a digital marketing agency based in Dallas. Contact at brianjmedricka@


Hope Knight, BBA '96, of Huntsville, TX, was appointed district attorney of Leon County by Gov. Rick Perry. Knight is currently in a private practice and president of the Walker County Bar Association. Previously, Knight was a partner at Voyles and Knight in Huntsville, and she also worked at the Chargois and Herron firm in The Woodlands.

Dr. Jimmy Watson, PhD '96, has authored Big Jesus: A Pastor's Struggle with Christology, Wipf & Stock, 2015. He is the interim pastor at St. John United Church of Christ (Cumberland) in Indianapolis, IN. Contact at sherlockspal@


David Crowder, '97, of Atlanta, GA, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song for his No. 1 hit single "Come As You Are" from his first solo album "Neon Steeple." This is the first Grammy nomination of his solo career. He made a tour stop at Baylor on April 8. Crowder and fellow musicians Robbie Seay, '03, Sean Groves, and Leslie Jordan will also be featured at a new youth worship leader camp held concurrently with this summer's Alleluia Conference at Baylor from July 21-24.


James Carter, JD '98, has joined the San Antonio-based law firm Langley & Banack Inc. He specializes in real estate, oil and gas and probate and trust litigation. Carter has also been named "Best Lawyer" in civil litigation by San Antonio Magazine every year since 2010 and was selected as a "Rising Star" by Thomson Reuters' Texas Super Lawyers in 2012.

Michelle Potter, BA '98, received the January 2015 Chapter Champion Award from the Georgia Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. She is the marketing communications manager for Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates. Potter worked for 15 years in the healthcare sector for government and nonprofit organizations and for five years as a communications consultant.


Lori (Johnson) Cota, BA '99, of McKinney, TX, writes, "My husband, Matthew Cota, BFA '00, and I are both proud Baylor graduates. We are so excited for our son, Jaxon Cota, who appeared on the show Child Genius, which started Jan. 6 on Lifetime. It is a national academic competition and documentary showing 20 children from around the U.S. with genius IQs. Jaxon is a huge Baylor fan, and even though he just turned 11, he plans on attending Baylor! Go Bears!" Learn more about Jaxon at

Brandi (Rickard) McBride, BSEd '99, of Hudsonville, MI, has been appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to the Michigan Veterans Trust Fund board of trustees. McBride will help the board oversee trust fund expenditures and awards grants to eligible veterans. She serves as a veteran service manager for Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1999-2007.

Chris Slaughter, BBA '99, MS '00, of Kingwood, TX, published Abide in Me (Xlibris 2014, 142 pages), a book about his family's struggles. He writes, "In 2011, my daughter was diagnosed with a rare auto-immune disease and began chemo treatments at age six. Her healing from that disease was miraculous and left her physicians baffled, but just after finishing chemo treatments in 2013, she fell ill again. That disease remains undiagnosed, but it mirrors a very rare form of encephalitis. She had days where she couldn't walk, talk, or see, and didn't recognize my wife, Elaine (Gardner) Slaughter, BSEd '00, and me. Despite having no medications for her second disease, my daughter's gradual healing again left her doctor's dumbfounded. She is now a straight-A student in fourth grade, team-level gymnast, and has been symptom-free for months. This book captures our spiritual struggles and shares our story of hope with the world."


Tim Hall, MDiv '00, is now pastor of the Community Bible Church in Butterfield, MN, as of August 2014.

Bridget Horan, BS '00, has developed an interactive anti-bullying program in Richardson (TX) ISD, "Be the Change, Create a Legacy." She and several other RISD counselors go to more than 30 schools to work with 6th and 7th graders. Data shows success and improvement in behavior at each school. Horan has also presented the program at the Texas School Counselor Convention. Contact at

William Judd, MHA '00, was named COO of Pediatric Specialists of Virginia, a public charity that was initially formed as a joint venture by Children's National Health System and Inova. Most recently he served as the regional vice president for the Maryland Operations of National Spine & Pain Centers, the nation's largest interventional pain management practice. His prior experience includes COO for Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center & Regional Health System in Fort Meade, MD; COO for DiLorenzo TRICARE Health Clinic-Pentagon, Arlington, VA; and senior health policy analyst within the Office of the Army Surgeon General, Falls Church, VA. He is also a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Dr. Pete Trautman, BS '00, received his PhD in robotics from CalTech. He served five years as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. Trautman and his wife, Jenna, have two children: Noah, 4, and newborn, Emma. Contact at 472 Irving Ave., Dayton, OH 45409.


Mark Gulyassy, BBA '01, as been named talent business leader at Mercer's Houston office. He brings 15 years of corporate and consulting leadership experience to this role. Previously, he led global compensation for Transocean Ltd.


Elisa C. Fox, BBA '02, has been promoted to senior associate at Decker Jones PC, a Texas law firm. She is a member of the construction and real estate practice groups. Fox previously worked in commercial, residential and construction lending.

Emily Maybin, BBA '02, of Amarillo, TX, has been named a shareholder to the accounting firm Stewart, Martin, Dudley & Webb. Maybin is a certified public accountant and has been employed by the firm for more than 14 years. Sabrina Neff, BA '02, MA '04, has been recognized by Law & Politics Magazine and Texas Monthly Magazine for the list of 2015 Texas Rising Stars. Neff has been an associate with Hughes Watters Askanse Attorneys in the Commercial Litigation Practice Area since 2011.


Ben "Hunter" Ramsey, BBA '03, of Frisco, has become a partner at Hotchkiss Insurance Agency. Prior to joining the firm in 2007, Ramsey was a leading sales executive in the homebuilding industry.

Dr. John Vassar, PhD '03, has been named provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at Louisiana State University in Shreveport. Vassar has taught philosophy, history and religious studies at both the undergraduate and graduate levels as part of the faculty at LSU-Shreveport.


Patrick Adair, MDiv '04, is now pastor at Central Baptist Church in Marshall, TX. Adair previously served as youth pastor at the church. Before that, he was a pastor in Matador, TX, and a youth pastor at First Baptist Church-Waco.

Dr. Kenneth Border, EdD '04, is now superintendent of school for Shallowater (TX) ISD. He is president-elect of the Texas Middle School Association for 2014-15 and will be president in 2015-16. Among his honors, Border has been named a principal of the year twice, made the "20 under 40" list named by the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, and received a Jefferson Award for public service. He is also a volunteer on the boards of the Ronald McDonald House, the Lubbock Boys and Girls Club, the Shallowater Lions Club, the Shallowater Education Foundation, and is active in his church.

Brandon Cope, BA '04, MSEd '12, is now director of Greater Waco Manufacturing Academy, a Waco ISD magnet school focused on providing welding; robotics and electronics; and precision metal courses. Cope, who previously served as the principal of Crestview Elementary School, is focused on making sure the Academy's enrollment continues to grow and it becomes a "self-funded school." In its second year, enrollment has more than doubled to 176 students.

Artist Jennifer (Thornton) Moreman, BA '04, has recently created commissions for bear paintings to be displayed in some McLane Stadium suites. HGTV, One Kings Lane and Neiman Marcus also have featured her paintings. See her work at


Heath Cheek, JD '06, has been named partner at Dallas law firm Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP. His practice focuses on trials and disputes. Cheek chairs the SFT Raffle for the State Fair of Texas, which provides close to $1 million a year in scholarships. He also chairs the Dallas Museum of Art's Junior Associates. Cheek is on the board of directors for the Dallas Christian Legal Society. He is the deputy finance chairman for the Republican Party of Texas, chair of the Republican Lawyers of Dallas and Dallas co-chair of the Maverick PAC.

Ben Maddox, BA '06, married Grace Emily Van Voorhis on Dec. 20, 2014, at Margarite B. Parker Chapel in San Antonio. LTJG Maddox is an attorney with the Navy JAG Corps and is stationed in San Diego, CA. Contact at

Robert Watts, BBA '06, is now vice president of member engagement for the Austin Chamber of Commerce. He was executive vice president of the San Marcos Chamber from 2009-14 and president/CEO of the Hillsboro Chamber from 2007-09. While at Baylor, Watts worked full time at the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum and later, for the City of Temple. His wife Jessica (Wells) Watts, BBA '05, works for NFP in Austin. They are expecting their first child in July. Contact at


Jay T. Huffman, JD '07, has joined the Houston office of Blank Rome LLP as an associate in the maritime, international trade and public contracts group. His practice is focused on maritime and energy-related litigation matters. Huffman also has significant experience handling serious marine incident investigations and matters involving oil and gas law and commercial transactions. He previously worked at Royston, Rayzor, Vickery & Williams LLP and served as a captain in the U.S. Army.

Josh Lawson, BBA '07, has authored REALIGN: Finding God's Purpose for Your Money (Clear Day Publishing 2014) with a passion to see people restored by realigning their hearts to God's plan for their finances. It also has companion curriculum for church groups and organizations. Learn more at Josh and his wife, Jenny (Coulter) Lawson, BA '07, are part of Waco’s Antioch Community Church, where Josh is on staff as director of community engagement.

Dr. William T. McCunniff, BA '07, was awarded the 2014 Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education by the American Academy of Family Physicians. The award recognizes outstanding family medicine residents for their leadership, civic involvement, exemplary patient care and aptitude for and interest in family medicine. McCunniff also holds an MBA from Texas Tech and attended medical school at Texas Tech’s Health Sciences Center.


Marc Chou, BBA '08, MBA '10, married Emily (Lewis) Chou, BBA '12, on July 5, 2014, in Bailey, CO. The couple moved from Houston to Denver in April 2015. Marc works in risk management for SourceGas, a natural gas utility, while Emily is a real estate investment analyst for Prologis. They look forward to running the Bolder Boulder 10K and hiking and camping in the Rockies.


Matthew Cole, JD '08, and Matthew Crowell, JD '09, have been named shareholders of Cox Smith, the largest law firm in San Antonio. Cole advises clients in complex commercial litigation. Crowell assists clients with a wide variety of matters related to energy, natural resources and real property law.

Craig Cunningham, BA '08, of Austin, wrote and directed his first feature film, Genesis, a cinematic look at the first book of the Bible. It has been featured at Waco's Hippodrome, and Cunningham hopes to screen it in more cities as word-of-mouth spreads through churches and moviegoers. 


Samuel Chen, BA '09, MA '11, of Wescosville, PA, was named a "rising star" in Pennsylvania politics and listed by PoliticsPA as one of the state's top 30 political operatives under the age of 30. Chen spent 2014 managing a congressional race and serving as a political director for the statewide governor’s race.

Jennifer Fox, MBA '09, president of FRHI Hotels & Resorts, International Division, and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, has been named to Inspirato’s board of directors. Inspirato, in Denver, is considered the largest destination club in the world. Fox has more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry, with an extensive background in hotel operations, brand development, marketing and hotel brand and market repositioning.

Tanya Gripton, BA '09, married Nate Walker on Jan. 3 in Austin. Nate serves in government relations for the Texas Family Council. Tanya is the chief of staff for State Rep. Hubert Vo and a Realtor at Horizon Realty Austin. They met while working at the State Capitol of Texas.

Marissa Lyon, BSEd '09, is a physical therapist at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston.


Berit Foss, BS '10, married Eric Hesla on Oct. 25, 2014, in Sioux Falls, SD. Berit was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority. She is pursuing her PhD in biomedical engineering at the University of South Dakota. The couple resides in Sioux Falls and enjoys watching Baylor football.

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, BA '10, is teaming with retired NFL running back LaDainian Tomlinson, D1 Sports Holdings LLC, and Elite Sports Waco to open a sports training and therapy facility in Waco. Griffin and Tomlinson will co-own the business, which opened March 16 at 5100 Franklin Ave. To learn more, visit

Kara Killmer, BFA '10, plays Charlotte Holloway, the female lead in Beyond the Mask, a new family friendly film set during the Revolutionary War that was released April 6. In addition to Killmer (who currently co-stars on NBC's Chicago Fire), the movie stars Andrew Cheney and John Rhys-Davies (Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings). Learn more at

Tyson Miller, BM '10, will tour Utah with the Utah Opera Resident Artists, offering age-appropriate performances for elementary schools, as well as performing opera scenes for the community. A native of Belton, TX, Miller holds a master's degree in vocal performance from Rice University.

Carson Runge, JD '10, of Longview, TX, has joined less than 1 percent of U.S. lawyers by becoming certified as a life member of both The Million Dollar Advocates Forum and The Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts, awards and settlements. Runge is an associate with Sloan, Bagley, Hatcher & Perry Law Firm based out of the firm’s Longview office.


Ann Claire Payne, BA '11, married Cody Eslin Green, BM '11, in Dripping Springs, TX, on Nov. 8, 2014. The couple met in 2007 as cellists at Baylor. Cody and Ann both earned master's degrees this past year in Pittsburgh, PA: Cody for music performance at Carnegie Mellon University and Ann in sustainability at Chatham University. Contact at annclairegreen@

Filmmaker Katarzyna Plazinska, MA '11, screened several of her short films at the opening of the MacDowell, NH, film season at The Monadnock Center for History and Culture. Plazinska grew up in Poland. Her works have screened for the Film Society in the Lincoln Center, at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, at the Museum of Chinese in America in New York, and at The Black Maria Film Festival. Plazinska is also co-founder of Zeff Productions, a Polish-American-Persian creative team.

Meg Sullivan, BFA '11, has started a faith-based children’s theatre in North Dallas called Three Strands Theatre Company (Ecclesiastes 4:12). Her company helps youth create their own new plays by digging into their personal faith experiences. Contact at or visit


Meredith Bartlemay, BA '12, and Sterling Shanks, BMEd '11, were married on Aug. 16, 2014, in Waco. They reside in Grapevine, TX.

Ashley Frank, BBA '12, and Ryan Klesmit, BBA '12, were married on Oct. 25, 2014, in Colleyville, TX. They enjoyed a Baylor-themed wedding. The Klesmits reside in Dallas.

Erin Stamile, MSEd '12, is now program director for Baylor's Education Living & Learning Center. She was formerly Baylor's Honors Program coordinator.

Sydney Tuggle, BA '12, JD '14, of Robinson, TX, is now licensed to practice law in the State of Texas. She is currently an assistant district attorney in McLennan County.


Dr. Christina Crenshaw, PhD '13, of Waco, was a speaker at the Propel for Women in Leadership forum, a new initiative to equip women in Christian leadership, at the Outcomes Conference, the national conference of Christian Leadership Alliance. The event, held April 14-16 in Dallas, featured more than 350 hours of in-depth Christian leadership training.


Audrey Brimberry, BSEd '14, is working as an ESL, AVID and ELA teacher in Indian Spring, MS. Contact at

James Elmer, BA '14, of Houston, writes, "Not only did I graduate from Baylor, but I also gained a fiancé from China, Xie Xinrui (Sunny), BBA '14, a fellow December Baylor grad!"

Benjamin Fetter, BBA '14, received his Regular Army commission as a 2nd lieutenant. He also graduated from the Ordnance Basic Officer Leadership Course, (BOLC) at Ft. Lee, VA, as required for his initial duty training. His first duty assignment will be with the 1st Calvary Division, 1st Brigade Combat Team, Fort Hood, TX, as a Platoon Leader. Contact at 242 Marshall Ridge, Carlisle, PA 17013.

Sarah Johnson, BSEd '14, is working as an 8th grade English teacher in Dallas ISD. Contact at

On March 17, Kira (Townsend) Rockwell, BFA '14, of Frisco, TX, and her new play "Nomad Americana" received a favorable mention in a Dallas Morning News column about Addison's WaterTower Theatre's Out of the Loop Fringe Festival.

Lucas "Luke" Wade, BA '14, has been selected as a professional member of the National Association of Distinguished Professionals. He is the founder of Wade Wellness and trains clients at Fitness 2000 in North Richland Hills, TX. Wade also creates downloadable exercise programs, and works with distant clients.