Carrie R. Cappel, BA ’00, MA ’02, JD ’07, was named the 89th president of the Junior League of Fort Worth (JLFW) for the 2018-2019 year. Cappel joined JLFW in 2004. She is a senior counsel in the Commercial Real Estate section of Harris, Finley & Bogle PC in Fort Worth.
Reagan Rorschach, MBA ’00, joined Stonebriar Commercial Finance as managing director of originations in the U.S. central region, based in Plano, TX. He previously worked with Wells Fargo Equipment Finance, GE Capital and CitiCapital.
Michele Cramer Spillman, BA ’00, JD ’04, worked for two law firms before deciding to stay home full-time with her kids. In 2014, she started The Joyful Home, a fashion and lifestyle blog. In 2015, she started working again as the director of communications for Fotolanthropy. Today, Spillman is an attorney with Stewart Bradbury, the only certified women- and minority-owned firm in Dallas. She and her husband Travis, BA ’99, live in Dallas with their three kids.
David Sullivan, BBA ’00, was cast in the recurring role of “Chris” in the upcoming eight-episode HBO series Sharp Objects, which stars Amy Adams. Sullivan starred in Primer, an independent film that claimed the Grand Jury Prize at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. He recently starred alongside Will Arnett in the Netflix series Flaked.
Lindsey Fuentes, BS (Education) ’01, was named director of special services today for College Station [TX] ISD.
Kevin T. Schutte, JD ’01, joined SBBO’s Dallas office as a partner. His practice focuses on general commercial and business litigation at both the trial and appellate court levels, as well as arbitrations and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.
Dr. Rishi Sriram, BA ’01, MSEd ’03, associate professor in Baylor’s Department of Educational Leadership, is one of three selected as
the 2018 Baylor Centennial Professors by the Centennial Faculty Development Review Committee. Sriram’s research grant covers travel to Elon University in North Carolina to attend a research seminar on Residential Learning Communities.
Jaffus Hardrick, EdD ’02, was named interim president of Florida Memorial University, a historically black college and university (HBCU) and the only HBCU in South Florida. He previously served as vice provost for student access and success and vice president of human resources at Florida International University, and he was an assistant vice president of human resources and assistant provost for academic affairs at Baylor.
Blackmon Mooring & BMS CAT announced the promotion of Karee Huggins, BBA ’02, MBA ’03, as vice president of sales. Huggins has been with Blackmon Mooring since 2006 and previously worked for the U.S. Department of Defense.
Scott C. Mitchell, MBA ’02, was named vice president of sales for T5 Data Centers, innovators in providing hyperscale computing environments for enterprise companies. Mitchell is responsible for finding tenants for T5’s new facilities in the metro Dallas region and expanding sales across the U.S., Ireland and Singapore.
Jenna Henry Mutz, BA ’02, of Joplin, MO, won the Cowtown Ultra in Fort Worth in February as a member of the elite field. She went on to set the female Kansas state 50-mile record in March (6 hours, 47 minutes). She completed her fifth consecutive Boston Marathon in April. Her 50-mile time earned her a spot in the Desert Solstice 24 Hour Invitational, where she will compete later this year. Contact at email@example.com.
Gary Baxter, BA ’03, of Southlake, TX, was inducted into Tyler [TX] ISD’s 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame class, recognized at a ceremony Sept. 8 in Tyler.
J. Alex Brown, BBA ’03, joined the Dallas office of Passco Companies, a California-based real estate company, as vice president for realty investments. He oversees due diligence and financing for Passco’s acquisitions of multifamily and commercial properties nationwide. Brown most recently was director of asset management with Presidium Group, where he oversaw more than $460 million in property sales and refinances.
Dr. Lila McDowell Carlsen, BA ’03, MA ’05, was appointed associate provost of Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. She holds a PhD in Spanish from the University of California, Riverside. In 2014, Carlsen was granted tenure at Pepperdine, where she has taught since 2008. Her teaching and research focuses on contemporary Latin American literature and culture.
David McCall, DO, BSEd ’03, MSEd ’08, recently moved back to Waco, his hometown, to begin his career as a surgeon to help others locally and globally. McCall grew up in Nigeria, where his parents worked as medical missionaries, and accompanied his father on medical mission trips to underserved areas around the world. He also holds a degree from A.T. Still University-School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona.
Yasmene McDaniel, BS ’03, was promoted to chief administrative officer of Sparks Health System in Fort Smith, AR. She has more than 15 years of health care experience, including associate vice president of program development and physician services at Jackson Health System in Miami and as vice president of physician services of Sparks Clinic.
Angela Ragan, BBA ’03, a senior manager with JRBT Certified Public Accountants in Waco, was named Young CPA of the Year by the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants. Ragan is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and serves on the board of the Texas Society of CPAs. She is a board member for Compassion Ministries, where she previously served as president, vice president and treasurer.
Heather Shipley, BS ’03, was appointed vice provost for academic affairs and dean of University College at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She also leads efforts in undergraduate education, academic policy and operational matters. Shipley is The Burzik Professor in Engineering Design and has served as director of the Interactive Technology Experience Center, chair of the department of civil and environmental engineering and faculty adviser for Engineers Without Borders.
After being away from the Verizon IndyCar Series last year, James “Sulli” Sullivan, BBA ’03, and partner Jimmy Vasser teamed with Dale Coyne Racing this season to support four-time IndyCar Series champion Sebastien Bourdais, whose No. 18 Team SealMaster Honda started fifth in this year’s Indianapolis 500. Sullivan and Vasser, the 1996 IndyCar champion, were partners with KV Racing Technology when Tony Kanaan won the 2013 Indianapolis 500.
Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Sultan, BA ’03, is president of the Saudi Arabian Federation for Electronics and Intellectual Sports (SAFEIS), tasked with creating a world-class, first-of-its-kind public and private eSports federation, culture and infrastructure in the kingdom. Currently leading the charge in the rise of eSports in the kingdom, SAFEIS and Global eSport Resources pledged their commitment to the growth of the eSports community and industry in the kingdom.
Dr. Kenna Archer, BA ’04, MES ’07, of the Angelo State University history faculty, was awarded the 2018 UNT Special Collections Research Fellowship by the University of North Texas Libraries. Archer utilizes the fellowship to fund her research in the UNT Special Collections for her project, “Mucking It Up: A History of Rivers, Politics, and Improvements in Texas.”
Shallowater [TX] ISD Superintendent Kenneth Border, EdD ’04, was selected as the 2018 Region 17 Education Service Center Superintendent of the Year. Border has served as superintendent since 2015. He began his career as a principal in Shallowater ISD in 2006. He also has been a coach, coordinator and assistant superintendent.
Dana Broadway, BBA, ’04, MAcc ’04, was appointed partner at Pattillo, Brown & Hill LLP in Waco. She is president of PB&H Benefits LLC, the firm’s employee benefit practice. Broadway also specializes in plan design consulting, regulatory compliance and client and advisor development. She is a member of SHRM, ASPPA and serves as a director of the Brazos Education Foundation.
Phil Ginder, MHA ’04, was named CEO/administrator of Hodgeman County Health Center in Dodge City, KS. Ginder is transitioning out of the U.S. Army after 22 years of service as an Army Medical Corps officer. He most recently serves as the chief operations officer of Munson Army Health Center at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas. He also earned the Bronze Star Medal for combat service in Afghanistan from 2011 to 2012.
Meagan McCracken Jamaluddin, BSFCS ’04, was appointed to the board of directors of New Danville, a nonprofit organization that serves adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities in The Woodlands, TX. She has worked for more than 10 years in nonprofit development, including for Interfaith of The Woodlands, American Heart Association, Hockaday School and Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business.
Jay Burke, BA ’05, PsyD, LMFT, recently became program director of the Master of Science in counseling psychology program at California Baptist University (CBU) in Riverside. Burke provides leadership and guidance to the oldest and largest graduate degree program at CBU. Contact at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lauren Dreyer, BSME ’05, of Eddy, TX, was appointed by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to the Aerospace and Aviation Advisory Committee. Dreyer is director of human resources and business operations for SpaceX and a member of the Baylor School of Engineering and Computer Science Board of Advocates.
Kris Kahler, BA ’05, was named boys soccer coach at Midway High School in Waco. Kahler previously was Waco High School’s soccer head coach and built the Lions into one of the more successful programs in Class 5A. He was a three-time Super Centex Coach of the Year with a career record of 206-44-17 in 12 seasons at Waco High.
Rose Clarke Nanyonga, MSN ’05, is one of five Yale nurses to receive a Distinguished Alumni Award. Nanyonga is the vice chancellor of Uganda’s Clarke International University (CIU), a new private university affiliated with a leading hospital that boasts a newborn intensive care unit and an extensive ambulance system connected to 22 clinics. She also holds degrees from Yale and Arkansas Tech.
Dr. Rachelle Rogers, EdD ’05, received Baylor’s Outstanding Faculty Award in Teaching for 2018. A clinical associate professor in the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum & Instruction, Rogers began teaching at Baylor in 2003.
Shelly Nelson Spinks, BBA ’05, MAcc ’05, was appointed partner at Pattillo, Brown & Hill LLP in Waco. She specializes in tax compliance and planning services for individuals, fiduciaries, partnerships and corporations. Spinks was past president of the Central Texas Chapter of the TSCPA and was awarded the TSCPA Rising Star Award in 2013.
Dan Bellamy, MDiv ’06, DMin ’15, is the founder of Inflatable Stories, through which he creates balloon sculptures to share the gospel with audiences nationwide. He also published a book, The Inflated Story of Noah, featuring large-scale balloon sculptures that Bellamy created and photographed across the world.
Justin Brasell, BBA ’06, MBA ’07, was appointed EVP of the Transwestern Healthcare Advisory Services team in Houston. He works to support business development efforts, direct local initiatives and implement new technologies to support tenant and landlords involved with healthcare real estate.
Ryan M. Gaubert, BS ’06, was elected as an associate member of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Committee in New Orleans in May. He is the first member to have graduated from Baylor or a Big 12 Conference school. Guabert is a third-generation family member to have been bestowed this lifelong, prestigious honor. At Baylor, he played club lacrosse and joined Sigma Alpha Epsilon. For the past four years, Gaubert has been business development manager for Boh Bros. Construction Co. in New Orleans. He and his wife Jenn have a daughter Leighton and are expecting their second child.
Jared Sherman, BBA ’06, was appointed executive director of Guardian Flight Inc., overseeing the medical care and service availability throughout the company’s operating area in Alaska. Sherman also has leadership responsibilities overseeing Guardian Flight’s six bases and the largest air medical fleet in Alaska.
Kristin Hall-Richardson Zastoupil, MA ’06, was elected Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA) President for 2018-2019. TSPRA is a 900-member association serving school communications departments across Texas. She previously served four years as a vice president. She also recently became the executive director of marketing and communications for Forney [TX] ISD. She lives in Forney with her husband Brendan and two sons, Bryton and Kolton.
Thomas Laughlin, BBA ’07, of Dallas joined Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s new Dallas office as partner. He focuses on private equity investments, energy transactions, and mergers and acquisitions, including transactions relating to upstream and midstream oil and gas properties. His clients are private equity investors, their portfolio companies and a variety of other public and private companies.
Lindsey Oden Skinner, BBA ’07, was appointed partner at Pattillo, Brown & Hill, LLP in Waco. She specializes in performance of reviews and job cost analysis for the construction industry, advising clients on overall best business and accounting practices. Skinner is currently president of the Central Texas chapter of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA) and was awarded the 2015 TSCPA Rising Star Award.
Keri Kauk Wittpenn, BA ’07, is principal of Jane Long Academy in Houston ISD. She began her career in HISD as a Spanish, social studies and ESL teacher at Westside High School. Wittpenn, who holds an MBA from Rice University, served in various roles at Long Academy and also led in the development of the Futures Academy Pharmacy Technician High School Program.
Michael T. Anderson, BA ’08, was named assistant director of the west coast office of U.S. Wheat Associates in Portland, OR, where he assists trade delegations visiting the wheat supply chain in the Pacific Northwest. After serving in the Peace Corps in Armenia, he worked with the Carter Center in Central Africa for the Guinea Worm Eradication Program with the South Sudan Ministry of Health, as a trade intern with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative in Washington, DC, and as international marketing coordinator for the Food Export Association of the Northeast.
Isioma Coker, BBA ’08, is a human resource professional at an oil and gas firm in Nigeria. In early May, Coker was interviewed by Punch Newspaper (punchng.com) about her passion working in the field of human resources and how being a member of World Economic Forum, Lagos, impacted her career. She holds a master’s degree from Manchester Business School.
Dustin Little, MBA ’08, accepted the role of talent acquisition manager, technology and manufacturing, North America for ABM Industries. Contact at 7700 Shoal Creek Blvd., Austin, TX 78757 or email@example.com.
Anna Morton, BS ’08, principal of engineering firm Morton Gestalt, is the founder of the startup Talking Walls, a software tool used to measure the efficiency of energy in smart buildings.
Zachary Blaine Dutton, BBA ’09, and Crystal Wallingford Dutton married June 23. They reside in Austin.
Charly Edsitty, BA ’09, joined Houston ABC affiliate KTRK-TV as a multi-media journalist. She started her career at KPNX-TV in Phoenix as a planning producer, then was promoted to a reporting role in the station’s Northern Arizona bureau. A member of the Navajo tribe, Edsitty started her journalism career working in print specializing in Native American issues.
Dr. Michael Evans, DMin ’09, pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Mansfield, TX, was elected president of the Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT). Pictured with him is BGCT First Vice President Dr. Jason Burden (left), MDiv ’05, DMin ’11, who is pastor of First Baptist Church in Nederland, TX. Evans has served as an administrator with the Tarrant County College District and as president of the board of trustees of Mansfield ISD. He is the founder of several community service organizations.
Following her first season as head coach of the women’s tennis program at Gettysburg College, Ali Flores, MSEd ’09, assumed duties as head coach of the men’s team, beginning with the 2018-19 campaign.
Ariana Hernandez, BA ’09, was appointed assistant principal at Carroll Elementary School in the Corsicana [TX] ISD. She has served as an instructional coach and interventionist at Carroll, as well as in several Dallas schools as a bilingual teacher for pre-K, kindergarten and fourth grade math and science.
Brittany Jewell, BS ’09, was appointed to a one-year term as a member of The University of Texas System Board of Regents by Gov. Greg Abbott. Jewell is conducting cancer research, specifically looking at a rare genetic disorder that predisposes children to bone cancer, at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, where she will graduate in 2020 with a doctoral degree in biochemistry and cell biology.
Hannah Kaminer, BA ’09, of Asheville, NC, released Heavy Magnolias, her second studio album, which was co-produced with GRAMMY-winning audio engineer Julian Dreyer of Echo Mountain Studios. Kaminer has worked as a folk/Americana singer and songwriter in Western North Carolina for five years. The album includes Set A Table, a song inspired by the hospitality of fellow Baylor alumna Amy Lane (Ford) Warmath, BBA ’09. Kaminer writes song commissions and performs solo or with her full band, Heartbreak Highlight Reel.
Taylor Mohr, BA ’09, JD ’12, joined family law firm Orsinger, Nelson, Downing & Anderson LLP as an associate in the Frisco, TX, office. Recognized in Super Lawyers magazine as a Texas Rising Star each of the past two years, Mohr also has earned selection to the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys’ Top 10 Under 40 in the Texas listing and the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys’ Top 10 Best Female Attorneys.
Amy M. Pho, BBA ’09, MTax ’09, of Dallas began pursuing her MBA in the fall of 2018 at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Eric, BA ’09, and Alexa Adams Van Hal, BSEd ’11 of Celina, TX, shared the news of the May 22 birth of their daughter Harper Jane. They write, “She was 7 lbs, 4.5 oz, and 18 in long. Harper tragically developed a knot in her umbilical cord which caused her sweet heart to stop beating. Her family finds comfort in knowing Harper was welcomed into the arms of Jesus and is maybe even sporting her green & gold.”