BBVA Compass named Ray J. Black Jr., BBA ’90, as its head of estate settlement. He oversees the settlement and administration of estates and offer guidance and support to the bank’s trust advisors in the field. Black’s legal experience in handling probate, guardianship and estate planning situations spans more than two decades, including time as a partner for a Houston law firm from 1995 to 2005, as well as a stint running his own practice, The Black Law Firm.
Brett Graham, BBA ’90, outgoing Texoma Health Foundation board chairman, was honored with the Okay to Say Leadership Award during the Community Behavioral Health Conference in Denison, TX. Okay to Say is the award-winning mental health public awareness campaign initiated by the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute. Graham is CEO of Graham International and a board member of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles.
The Waxahachie Daily Light awarded Dr. Peggy Linguist, BS ’90, the inaugural Ellis County [TX]Heroes Award for her work as a physician and chief medical officer at the Hope Clinic, where she focuses on pediatric patient care.
Jenny McCumber, BA ’90, JD ’93, was appointed to the the Los Alamos [NM] Community Foundation Board of Directors. McCumber serves on the Los Alamos School Board and is a board member for the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation.
Carolyn Muska, BBA ’90, MSEd ’98, retired April 15 after 34 years serving at Baylor. She was director of professional development at the Baylor Career Center.
Dare Lovett, BSHE ’91, joined the Houston Business Unit of the Trammell Crow Co., which develops and investors in commercial real estate. As vice president for development management, Lovett is responsible for managing the design, construction, budgeting, scheduling and overall execution of developments in the Houston area. He is a registered architect with more than 24 years of experience on commercial and mixed-use projects.
Pete Havel, BA ’92, of Dallas authored The Arsonist In The Office: Fireproofing Your Life Against Toxic Coworkers, Bosses, Employees and Cultures. It is a survival guide, management strategy and leadership call to arms for protecting careers and cultures from destructive people. Info at www.arsonistintheoffice.com. Contact at firstname.lastname@example.org or 6611 Elvedon Dr., Dallas, TX 75428.
Jeffery D. Price, BBA ’92, was recognized by Forbes for the seventh consecutive year as part of its annual Best-in-State Wealth Advisors list in 2019. He was also recognized in Barron’s Magazine as part of its annual America’s Top 1,200 Advisors: State-by-State. Price and his wife Cara reside in Flower Mound, TX. Their son Connor is a Baylor student. Contact at email@example.com.
Dena Dyer, BA ’93, is director of communications and development at Brazos Pregnancy Center in Granbury, TX. Previously, she served for a year as education director. The center has empowered women and families through mentoring and education for 25 years. Dyer writes, “It’s amazing to see how God has used everything in my past to prepare me for this role. I love serving Him alongside passionate women and telling our clients about the hope and healing available to them through Jesus.” Contact at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BS ’93, is president of Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center in Charlotte, NC. Contact at email@example.com.
Dr. Kristi Clark, BA ’94, an internal medicine physician who served as senior medical director for HealthTexas Medical Group, was promoted to president and CEO. Clark earned her medical degree from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine and completed her residency and internship in internal medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
Dr. Tyler Cooper, BBA ’94, was featured in D Magazine’s Meet the Dallas 500. He is CEO of Cooper Aerobics. He also holds degrees from the University of Texas at San Antonio (MD) and Harvard University (MPH).
William H. “Bill” Dietz Jr., BA ’94, was reappointed to the Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation Board of the Directors for a term that expires in 2025. Dietz is a financial advisor and president of Dietz Financial Services LLC in Waco.
Chris Fields, BSES ’94, was appointed chief technology officer of Onit Inc., a provider of enterprise workflow solutions. Fields most recently was chief technology officer for Innovative Interfaces, where he led the company’s engineering and product management.
Lillian Riojas, BA ’94, director of media relations and communications for Valero Energy, was named to the list of Top Latinos in Energy, Oil and Gas for 2019 by Latino Leaders Magazine.
Jerome Loughridge, BA ’95, of Oklahoma City was appointed by Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt as the state’s secretary of health and mental health. In 2003, Loughridge served on the White House Fellowship as a special assistant for the Office of the Secretary of Defense under Donald Rumsfeld. Loughridge served for Great White Energy Services as chief operating officer before becoming president of Black Mesa Energy Services in 2009. Since 2012, Loughridge served as president of Great Plains Oilfield Rental.
Ted Metcalf, BBA ’95, joined Compass Health Brands as western regional director, managing the sales teams in 13 states. Metcalf was the director of rehab, O&P and HME retail for The MED Group/MHA Inc. He also was national account manager with MED at both the regional and national levels. Prior to MED, Metcalf was the business development manager for Numotion and the director of national accounts for Pride Mobility for 10 years.
Matt Mosley, BA ’95, debuted April 22 as the midday host on ESPN Central Texas 1660AM and 92.3 FM. The Matt Mosley Show broadcasts weekdays from 10 a.m. to noon on the flagship radio station for Baylor Athletics.
Jennifer Johnson White, BSN ’95, was selected as a Dallas-Fort Worth Great 100 Nurse for 2019. She is a neurological ICU nurse at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. Contact at 1418 Hwy 59 N, Bowie, TX 76230 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark Cough, BA ’97, is chief financial officer for Truity Credit Union in Bartlesville, OK. He previously served as vice president of finance at Coastal Federal Credit Union in Raleigh, NC. Cough also was the senior interest rate risk advisor at USAA Federal Savings Bank in San Antonio.
USA Track and Field (USTAF) named Mike Ford, BBA ’97, associate head coach of men’s track and field at Baylor, as head coach of the USTAF men’s team competing at the 2019 Europe vs. USA Match, one of five international competitions in 2019.
Tania Patel Prontka, BA ’97, MBA ’99, was promoted to senior human resources business partner for Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital in Houston. She has been with the organization since 2016 at the Texas Medical Center. Prontka is an advisor to senior level leadership and management in areas of strategic HR and talent management.
Nakia Codie, BA ’98, who works for the Dallas Cowboys to host Fuel Up mini camps, oversaw a Fuel Up to Play 60 campaign event in San Antonio, launched by the National Dairy Council and NFL in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Codie played football at Baylor and with the Pittsburgh Steelers. “This is all about teaching kids to eat the right foods — protein, vegetables, fruits and dairy — to make sure they are at their best in the classroom and also on the playing field,” Codie says.
Tim Nystrom, BA ’98, president and CEO of Newstream Companies, was featured as a Tastemaker in Southlake Style magazine. He purchased a Smoothie King franchise, which turned into several Smoothie Kings, leading to a successful real estate company and eventually a commercial development company focusing on hotel and mixed-use retail development.
Laura Thompson, BBA ’98, was promoted to vice president, trade shows at PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, owner and producer of the PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows. Thompson previously was senior director, expositions. She began as the PMMI receptionist 20 years ago.
April King, JD ’99, returned to Columbia County, WA, to serve as deputy prosecuting attorney. She was deputy prosecutor for Columbia County from 2003 to 2006, and she served as deputy prosecutor in variety of other Washington counties, including Walla Walla and Clallam.
The Waco City Council reappointed Esmeralda Cuate Hudson, BBA ’99, as city secretary for a second term. She is the city’s first Hispanic city secretary and has called Waco home for 20 years.