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Chris Coultas, BA ’00, was recognized as the top salesman at his company, Cvent. He received the sales “Gamechanger” award at his company’s headquarters in Washington, DC. Coultas and his family live in North Canton, OH.

Timothy M. Hall, MDiv ’00, started work toward a Doctor of Ministry from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY. Contact at 120 Chapman Ave. PO Box 157 Butterfield, MN 56120 or professortimster@gmail.com.

Dr. Renita Davis Miller, BBA ’00, dean of Berkeley College at Yale University and a former director of studies at Princeton University, was named associate dean for access, diversity and inclusion at Princeton Graduate School. She holds advanced political science degrees from Rice University.

Carlos Riojas, BBA ’00, runs the Walmart Technology office in Plano, TX, and leads the team that builds digital and analytical solutions to enable operations to run more smoothly. The Plano office is the second one that helps associates at the world’s largest retailer operate its 5,000 stores more efficiently.

Rob Winningham, PhD ’00, was named director of Masterpiece Academy of Masterpiece Living. He has 25 years of experience researching human memory. He is the interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and chairman of the behavioral sciences division at Western Oregon University, where he also is a professor in both the psychological sciences and gerontology departments.

Lisa Denison, MBA ’01, was named vice president of marketing for Paradigm Spine LLC, a company providing motion preservation solutions for the treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis. She has worked in orthopedic and spine marketing and medical education for more than 20 years.

Dr. Paula K. Underwood, MHA ’01, retired in 2014 from the U.S. Army after 30 years of service and attaining the rank of colonel. Her last assignment was command surgeon at the Army Material Command in Huntsville, AL. Underwood and her husband Dr. Juan G. Jaramillo moved to her home state of Colorado. She is a physician practicing occupational medicine at the Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant, built to destroy the chemical weapons stockpile at the Pueblo Chemical Depot.

Josh Van Eaton, JD ’01, attorney for nine years with the U.S. Department of Justice, earned a Federal Employee of the Year award from the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals. Van Eaton was the lead attorney on a team that litigated and negotiated a $4.3 billion settlement with Volkswagen.

Brian K. Carroll, JD ’02, of Sanderford & Carroll PC in Temple, TX, was selected to the 2017 Texas Super Lawyers list for construction litigation. He also was in the first class of board certified construction law attorneys in Texas in 2017.

Lauren Sracic Ciminello, BBA ’02, was elected to membership in the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation. Each year, one-third of
1 percent of State Bar members are invited to become Fellows. Ciminello is an attorney with Jackson Walker LLP in San Antonio.

Jeff Coker, BSEd ’02, is in his 12th year coaching and teaching at Crawford [TX] High School. He led the 2017 Crawford Lady Pirates to the UIL Class 2A state championship in volleyball, and the program won its 11th straight district title. Coker was named coach of the year by the Texas Girls Coaches Association, the Texas Association of Volleyball Coaches, and the Texas Sports Writers Association. He also was named co-coach of the year on the Waco Tribune-Herald Super Centex Team. Additionally at Crawford High School, Coker is a girls basketball assistant coach, the tennis head coach and an algebra teacher. Contact at 405 Our Rd, Waco, TX 76712 or jcoker@crawford-isd.net.

Kathryn Knotts, JD ’02, of the Carlson Law Firm in Bryan, TX, was named American Business Woman of the Year by the American Business Women’s Association, a national program that honors 10 outstanding members for achieving excellence in career, education and community involvement. Knotts manages the firm’s Bryan-College Station office, representing personal injury victims. 

Stephen Mason, JD ’03, joined Munck Wilson Mandela LLP in Austin as senior counsel in the intellectual property group. 

U.S. Army Maj. Claudia P. Guzman Millan, BA ’02, is officer in charge at Rhodes Dental Clinic at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. She served in Afghanistan and was mentor of the periodontics program at Fort Campbell in Tennessee. Millan holds a master’s degree in oral biology from the Medical College of Georgia, and she graduated from the University of Texas School of Dentistry in Houston. Contact at claudia.p.millan.mil@mail.mil.

Dustin Paschal, BBA ’02, JD ’05, of Simon Paschal PLLC in Frisco, TX, was honored for his firm being named as the 2017 Best of Business Award for Giving Back to the Community by Frisco Style Magazine.

Rick V. Anderson, BBA ’03, JD ’07, shareholder at RMWBH PC in Houston, was elected as the chair for the Houston Bar Association’s CLE Committee and as the board president for the ACA of Texas. He was re-elected to serve a second term as the board president for the Epilepsy Foundation of Texas and will serve as chair for the Epilepsy Foundation of Texas’ annual gala. He also was selected for the seventh consecutive year as a Super Lawyers Rising Star. Contact at randerson@rmwbhlaw.com.

Kyle Cooksey, BBA ’03, was named president of healthcare services provider CareThrough, a subsidiary of HealthChannels. He will oversee the implementation of tailored care management programs nationally. He lives in Franklin, TN, with his wife and three children. Cooksey has also served on several non-profit boards of directors, focused on education initiatives for the lower-income population and relief aid for marginalized citizens in Ghana, particularly the homeless and victims of human trafficking.

Kristy J. Orr, JD ’03, is the new board professional for Baylor. Orr provides advice, guidance and support to President Linda A. Livingstone, PhD, and the board to facilitate communication in a manner that enhances effective board operations, governance, and relationships among the regents, senior administration, and other constituencies of the University.

Steve Palomino, MBA ’03, was appointed as performance improvement director for IntrapriseTechKnowlogies’ (ITK) new Dallas-area office. He creates the IT strategy for enterprise and mid-market organizations. Palomino was an advisory service manager for Ernst & Young as well as PwC. He also has experience with Hitachi Consulting and AT&T.

Nate Pike, BBA ’03, was elected mayor of Anna, TX, in November 2017 during a special election. Pike filled an unexpired term ending in May 2018, but he was unopposed and will serve a full three-year term for the rapidly growing city located in Collin County.

Rachel Sciretti, MDiv ’03, was honored Feb. 26 for her outstanding leadership during ChurchWorks, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s annual conference for Christian educators in San Antonio. The associate pastor for children and youth discipleship at Hampton [VA] Baptist Church, Sciretti was honored with the 2018 Jack Naish Distinguished Educator Award.

Kenny Wolfe, BBA ’03, of Plano, TX, authored Investing in the Dream. It covers the growing need for passive income in our society. Wolfe owns Wolfe Investments, a private equity real estate firm. He has been involved in over $100 million in real estate transactions in five states. Contact at info@wolfe-re.com or wolfe-investments.com.

Patrick Claggett, BBA ’04, joined national specialty wholesale insurance broker Towerstone as a production underwriter. He will aggregate and package specialized coverages for business clients. Claggett has more than 10 years of experience in the Dallas insurance industry.

Hannah Elliott, BA ’04, a staff writer and car critic for Bloomberg Businessweek, is one of 60 independent jurors for the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year awards. Elliott writes about the world’s top automotive and motorcycle brands, providing readers with a behind-the-scenes viewpoint to automotive luxury, lifestyle and performance.

Ben Lamm, BBA ’04, a Dallas serial entrepreneur, started Hypergiant, a company that designs artificial intelligence tools to help Fortune 500 better decipher big data and boost efficiency. Hypergiant has 24 employees and about a dozen Fortune 500 clients, including Dallas-based restaurant chain TGI Fridays and Houston-based oilfield services company Schlumberger.

Truett Seminary student Susan Mansfield Plumhoff, BS ’04, married Lawrence Peek, ’89, in May 2017 in Baltimore, South Africa. Also pictured is future Bear Benjamin Peek. They reside in Homer, AK. Susan is the daughter of Sharon Daly Mansfield, BA ’53, and James T. Mansfield, BBA ’52. Her sisters are Donna Mansfield Francis, BSEd ’77, and Nancy Mansfield Jimenez, BA ’79. Grandparents were Jess Mansfield, BA ’25, Mabel Witt Mansfield, BA ’25, and Louise Daly, BA ’27. 

William C. Cheng, BS ’05, joined the new Dickinson Wright office in Silicon Valley, CA, as associate attorney of intellectual property. He joins the general practice business law firm with experience in startup companies, Fortune 500 companies and universities.

Dr. Jill Hicks-Keeton, BA ’05, is now assistant professor of religious studies at the University of Oklahoma, having completed doctoral work in New Testament at Duke University. Her first book, Arguing with Aseneth (Oxford University Press), is due out this year. Her most recent research, which looks at the newly opened Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC, has appeared in online journals Religion & Politics and Ancient Jew Review. Hicks-Keeton was honored with the Society of Biblical Literature Regional Scholar Award (Southwestern Region) last year. She is the program chair for the New Testament Program Unit of the Southwest Commission on Religious Studies. Hicks-Keeton will serve next year both as an OU Humanities Forum Fellow and a Risser Innovative Teaching Fellow.

Evan Rosell, BA ’05, was named vice president of projects for Project Wichita [KS], part of the Greater Wichita Partnership. Rosell previously served as chief of staff for Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley. He also served as pastor at Redeemer Fellowship church in Kansas City, MO.

Chick-fil-A franchisee Philip Smith, BBA ’06, is opening a location in Hudson Oaks, TX, as part of a Dallas-Fort Worth-area expansion. Smith also operates a Chick-fil-A in Weatherford, TX.

Karin Taylor, BSFCS ’06, of Aledo, TX, is shareholder and director of interior design for Texas-based architectural firm Quorum Architects Inc. She leads on retail designs, office projects, and various national, regional and local projects. A licensed interior designer, Taylor holds professional status with the International Interior Designers Association (IIDA) and is a council member for the IIDA Texas Oklahoma Chapters’ Fort Worth City Center for the 2017-2018 term. 

Paul Uttley, EdD ’06, is the superintendent of Paradise [TX] ISD. He was previously superintendent for Vega, a 2A district near Amarillo. He has also taught and been an administrator at Everman [TX] ISD, Burleson [TX] ISD and Stratford [TX] ISD.

Abiola Wabara, BA ’06, of Houston focuses her artwork (artbyabiola.com) on the diverse aspects of black culture. S was a member of the 2005 Baylor women’s basketball national championship team. She played professionally in Israel for three seasons before living in Spain, Italy and England, where she pursued a master’s degree in international business management.

Allison Dickson, JD ’07, was honored as the Distinguished Baylor Woman during the Baylor Women’s Scholarship Brunch in February at Wildflower Country Club in Temple, TX. Each year, the brunch raises money for the Central Texas Endowed Scholarship, which assists students from the area entering Baylor. Dickson’s mother Johnnie was honored with the Baylor Woman at Heart Award. Allison graduated at the top of her Baylor Law class and was named 2017 Baylor Young Lawyer of the Year.

Jeff Richards, BBA ’07, founded Mooala (mooala.com), which crafts organic, plant-based beverages with an emphasis on fun, family oriented branding, in 2016. The company is also led by Sean Sundby, BBA ’07, vice president of operations and Jordan Campbell, BBA ’08, vice president of marketing. Mooala, now in more than 1,500 retailers nationally, offers Original Almondmilk, Vanilla Bean Almondmilk, Original Bananamilk and Chocolate Bananamilk. The company’s mission is to make outstanding dairy-free beverages and benefit the greater good.

Magdalena Gonzalez-Galvan, BBA ’08, is the liaison to BP’s ethics monitor and government agreements analyst, fostering a positive working relationship between BP and its government-appointed ethics monitor, who oversees BP’s ethics and compliance progress following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon accident. Read about her in the Spring 2018 Baylor Business Review.

Walker Hanson, BA ’08, and Robin Stark, BA ’08, were married March 10 at The Parador in Houston, where they reside. They were surrounded by friends, family and many Baylor Bears. The two met during their senior year at Baylor. Walker is a descendant of former Baylor President Samuel Palmer Brooks.

Katie Bohannon Phillips, BSEd ’08, was named Teacher of the Year for Beverly Elementary in Plano [TX] ISD. 

Samuel Chen, BA ’09, MA ’11, was named to City & State PA’s “40 under 40” list as one of Pennsylvania’s top political minds under the age of 40. Chen is principal director of The Liddell Group, a strategy firm he founded in 2015.

Tony Stang, MDiv ’09, was named senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Winchester, KY. He most recently served as the life group and guest service pastor at Center Grove Baptist Church in Clemmons, NC.