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As of November 2018, Floy Rodriguez, BSEd ’99, is director of the Space & Assets Management Division, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Headquarters in Washington, DC. She formerly served as director of facilities, safety and security division at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) headquarters, also in Washington, DC.

Rev. Melissa Crawford, MDIV ’00, was appointed in June 2018 to serve as senior pastor of both Union United Methodist Church and Lake United Methodist Church of the Mississippi Conference of The United Methodist Church.

Astria Smith, BA ’00, was promoted to senior executive director for annual giving and alumni relations at Southern Methodist University.

Dr. David Bertrand, BBA ’01, MSEd ’03, of Dallas graduated with his doctorate in higher education policy and leadership from Southern Methodist University in May 2018. His dissertation on the nexus of executive coaching, transformational leadership and academic deans was recognized with a first-place prize at Harvard’s Institute of Coaching conference in September 2018. Contact at dbertrand@smu.edu.

Dr. Diane Durant, BFA ’01, is among the four artists selected to participate in Carter Community Artists, a new program through Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, dedicated to working with and supporting local artists. Durant is a senior lecturer in photography and assistant director of the photography program at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Josh Van Eaton, JD ’01, senior trial attorney in the Environmental Enforcement Section of the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, joined Beveridge & Diamond as a principal in the firm’s Washington, DC, office. He continues his military service in the U.S. Army Reserve, where he holds the rank of lieutenant colonel.

Sabah Al Shamsi, BBA ’02, and a business partner started help4u.today to empower local small businesses with a digital platform so that they can easily connect with consumers through a smart app. Al Shamsi headed the information technology departments of various organizations in Dubai, UAE, before starting the company.

Liz Boydston, BA ’03, joined K&L Gates as a partner in its restructuring and insolvency practice in Dallas, leaving her role as a senior associate at Norton Rose Fulbright. Boydston works largely with health care companies dealing with bankruptcies, including restructuring, insolvency, litigation and other proceedings. She earned her law degree from Southern Methodist University.

Dr. Roland Goertz, MBA ’03, was recently presented with the McLennan County Medical Society’s fifth annual Presidential Distinguished Service Award. Goertz has a long history of service in the medical community, primarily as CEO of the Heart of Texas Community Health Center Inc., overseeing all operations of the Waco Family Health Center since 1997.

Ashley Minton, BSEd ’03, MSEd ’07, was named principal of Canyon Ranch Elementary in Irving, TX. Minton has been with Coppell ISD for 10 years and has served as an elementary teacher and math instructional coach. Her most recent role was assistant principal for Richard J. Lee Elementary. 

Ben Brewer, BBA ’04, MAcc ’04, of Dallas expanded his role as managing director for the Dallas-Fort Worth office of Hines Interests Limited Partnership. He is responsible for the firm’s commercial real estate ventures across DFW. Brewer specializes in commercial development of office, mixed-use, multi-family and single-family developments.

Sue Barker, mother of Cole Barker, BA ’05, who passed away in 2017, published a book Cole wrote in the fourth grade that his teacher has used for years as an example to her male students who didn’t want to write. The narrative and illustrations were inspired by Cole’s first hog hunt. All proceeds from the book are donated to the Cole Barker Memorial Scholarship Fund to grant scholarships to graduating seniors at Mount Vernon [TX] High School. Learn more at
boarnamedbob.com.

Phallan Davis, BA ’05, joined the Bastrop [TX] Economic Development Corporation as its first marketing and communications manager. Davis has 13 years of experience in brand management, media relations and digital communications. She has designed and executed communication strategies for Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits and political officeholders.

Kendall Laughlin, BBA ’05, executive director of All People’s Church in San Diego, authored The Identity Journey. The book has 31 days of devotions, daily reflections, Scripture readings and declarations to help readers fully understand their identities in Christ. 

Sarah Beth Wilson, BA ’06, is director and lead curator of Art League Houston. She had been curator of exhibitions and collections at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas since 2014. She has contributed to several notable books about Texas artists and art. Wilson has been credited with waking up the exhibition program at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas with shows devoted to Texas talent. 

Matthew Busby, BA ’07, is director of development for Del Mar College Foundation in Corpus Christi, TX. He was formerly with College of the Mainland Foundation and also served as president of the Texas Association of Community College Foundations. Contact at mj.busby@yahoo.com.

Erin Osborne Greneaux, BA ’08, of Lafayette, LA, published Learnable Moments for Moms: 100 Devotions to Discover God in the Everyday. The devotional reveals how God uses the season of motherhood to draw moms deeper in their relationship with Him.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott appointed Ebony Jackson Todd, BA ’08, to the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners for a term set to expire in 2023. Todd is an attorney and member of Jackson Todd Law PLLC in Killeen, TX. She previously served as a judge advocate for the Department of the Army.

Steven Cutbirth, BBA ’09, was recently named director of marketing for The Karis Group, an Austin-based healthcare company that is a leader in patient advocacy services through its Karis360 offering. The company specializes in providing churches and Christian schools across the U.S. with employee benefits options and alternatives for paying one’s medical bills without the use of health insurance. Cutbirth previously served as director of digital health analytics and engagement at W2O Group. Contact at scutbirth@thekarisgroup.com.

Mechele Agbayani Mills, MBA ’09, president and CEO of the East Texas Better Business Bureau, was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Council of Better Business Bureaus, headquartered in Arlington, VA.

Justin T. Scott, JD ’09, was promoted to partner of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings law firm. Based in Houston, Scott is a member of the Litigation Practice Group and focuses on commercial litigation, specifically in the energy, construction and real estate fields.