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Nancy Erba, MBA ’90, joined the board of directors of PDF Solutions Inc., a provider of differentiated data and analytics solutions to the semiconductor and electronics industries in Santa Clara, CA. Erba most recently served as chief financial officer at Immersion Corp., a provider of haptics, a touch feedback technology.

Dr. Ann Neckar Pharr, BA ’90, graduated with a Doctor of Science (ScD) in physical therapy from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in May 2018. Pharr has been a physical therapist since 1993 and decided to transition to higher education, now serving as core faculty in the hybrid accelerated Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at South College in Knoxville, TN. Pharr lives in Georgetown, TX, and also recently passed her board certification exam in geriatrics, earning her the designation Geriatric Clinical Specialist.

Dr. Jonathan D. Price, BS ’90, MS ’93, chair and associate professor of geosciences at Midwestern State University, was named the university’s Hardin Professor, the highest honor bestowed upon a faculty member at the university each year. Price became an assistant professor in 2010 and was granted tenure in 2016.

David Schulze, JD ’90, was named the first executive-level chief of staff of Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), serving as senior adviser to the president/executive director. A 29-year lawyer in public service, Schulze served in DART’s legal department from 1994 to 2001. After three years with the City of Dallas, he returned to DART in 2004. He joined the deputy executive director’s staff in 2013, serving as vice president of policy and strategy to the president/executive director.

Marty Scott, BA ’90, JD ’96, is a senior assistant public defender with the Wyoming Office of the State Public Defender in Casper, WY. In January, Scott was elected as an Elder of Christ Reformed Church (RCUS), and he serves on the Boards of Directors for Stage III Theatre and the Casper Lions Club.

Eric Eaton, BA ’92, of Crested Butte, CO, joined the Knights of Heroes Foundation as executive director. Knights of Heroes impacts children of fallen soldiers by empowering them through outdoor adventure programs. Learn more about the programs and ways to help at knightsofheroes.org.

The Utah Jazz promoted Dennis Lindsey, BSEd ’92, to executive vice president of basketball operations. Lindsey served as the Utah Jazz general manager for the past seven years, assembling teams that have reached the NBA Playoffs for the last three years and advanced to the Western Conference Semifinals in 2017 and 2018. Lindsey was runner-up in voting for the 2018 NBA Executive of the Year.

Angela Seaman, BBA ’92, founded Seaman Group Plastics, which supports supply chain diversity by selling resin and purchasing plastic scrap for sustainability initiatives. Owned and operated by Seaman, the Rockwall, TX-based company is a newly certified Woman Business Enterprise (WBE), Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB) and Historically Underutilized Business (HUB).

Cristopher Farrar, JD ’93, joined Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP as a partner in the Houston Construction Practice group. Farrar focuses on drafting construction, engineering architectural agreements, service and operation-related contracts and oilfield transactions. Before joining Bradley, he was a principal at Cokinos Young and has served as in-house counsel for international engineering and construction companies.

Eric C. Hill, BBA ’93, JD ’96, was appointed to the board of directors and will serve as CEO of Phoenix-based Light Engine Design Corp., which has acquired the iconic Curtis Mathes Inc. Hill is a Texas attorney, focusing on business and real estate transactions.

The Department of Veterans Affairs named Michael Kiefer, MHA ’94, as medical center director for the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System in Temple, TX. Kiefer is a retired U.S. Army veteran with more than 28 years of service with an emphasis in health care leadership.

Mark Soupiset, MIJ ’93, of San Antonio is lead communications director at USAA, leading internal and external communications strategy and implementation for the association’s chief legal officer. He also oversees speech writing, executive communications coaching and media relations for the EVP General Counsel, and he does on-camera work for a variety of internal and external USAA media productions.

Taekuk Cho, BA ’94, is a special agent with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, in Washington, DC. He is pictured with Congressman Dan Crenshaw at the House Cannon Building. Contact at baylorcho@gmail.com.

Rev. Virginia “Gini” Norris-Lane, BSEd ’94, serves as the executive director and campus ministry advocate for UKirk, which provides professional support, empowerment and community for people engaged in campus ministry on behalf of the Presbyterian Church (USA). Norris-Lane previously served as campus minister at Schreiner University in Kerrville, TX.

Wende Ragonis, BBA ’94, is president and CEO of the Washington County [TX] Chamber of Commerce. She has 22 years of consulting and management experience in industry and local government. Her son Noah recently finished his freshman year at Baylor.

Ed Skelton, BBA ’94, macrosurveillance officer in the banking supervision department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, was promoted to assistant vice president with continuing responsibility for the risk and surveillance functions of the department.

Marcus Canonico, BBA ’95, is principal of Crossroads High School in Burleson [TX] ISD. Canonico has 24 years of education experience and joined BISD in 2017. A former teacher, coach and administrator, he most recently oversaw career and technical education for the district.

Dr. Patricio Gargollo, BS ’96, a pediatric urologist with the Mayo Clinic, was featured in the July 11 edition of Latino Leaders Magazine. He is an immigrant from Mexico who graduated from Harvard Medical School. He focuses on assisting children with rhabydomyosarcoma, a rare and often lethal cancer.

Jason A. Hill, BA ’96, MES ’98, of Alexandria, VA, was appointed Deputy Solicitor for Energy & Mineral Resources of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Hill oversees all legal advice on federal onshore and offshore energy and mineral development.

Debra Reid, MA ’96, of Dearborn, MI, co-authored a book with David D. Vail, Interpreting the Environment at Museums and Historic Sites (Rowman and Littlefield, 2019).

The June 23 edition of the Houston Chronicle fetured a conversation with Jim Siebert, MA ’96, who has been chief meteorologist for KRIV Fox 26 in Houston since 2007, about what sparked his interest in weather, forecasting past storms and the 2019 hurricane season, and how he balances his family life with the nightly news. His wife is Debbie Siebert, MM ’96.

Brian White, BBA ’96, director of digital marketing for Rheem in Atlanta, was appointed to the Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) board of directors. White leads Rheem’s digital strategy, innovation and marketing efforts globally across the organization.

Dr. Aaron Peña, BSEd ’97, is assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction for Midway [TX] ISD. He was formerly the principal at Woodgate Intermediate School and has worked for Midway ISD since 2011.

Gary Poon, BBA ’97, was promoted to executive director of the Houston Humane Society after 21 years as finance director. He brings skills in nonprofit management, human resources, fundraising and strategic planning. Poon is dedicated to improving the shelters capabilities and the lives of homeless and abused animals throughout Texas. Contact at gpoon@houstonhumane.org.

Kyle Vaughn, BSEd ’97, published his second book, Lightning Paths: 75 Poetry Writing Exercises (NCTE Books). The exercises can be used by writers or by teachers in seventh through 12th grades or post-secondary classrooms. The book features essays on reclaiming the experience of poetry. Vaughn’s first book, A New Light in Kalighat, was featured by Nicholas Kristof’s Half the Sky Movement. Contact at 10 Carriage Cove, Little Rock, AR 72227 or kylev75@gmail.com.

Dr. Amy Jackson, BSEd ’98, leads South Texas Orthodontics, which is the newest affiliated practice to join the Dental Care Alliance Family in San Antonio. Jackson has been treating patients for 15 years and began her dental training in Houston at the University of Texas Health Science Center after graduating magna cum laude from Baylor.

Dr. Jheri-Lynn McSwain, MSEd ’98, of Center, TX, was named Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service 4-H youth development specialist for District 5, which includes more than 20 counties.

Peyton Millinor, BBA ’98, of Dallas founded a real estate investment advisory firm, PMRE Consulting. After working 20 years in the CRE industry with institutions, Millinor now offers his expertise in nationwide acquisitions, due diligence, loan assessment, etc., to individual clients. This move also creates more time for Millinor to serve HOPE Coffee, the missions-focused company he co-founded while in Honduras, and various other ministries. Contact at peyton@pmreconsulting.com.

Francisco “Paco” Velez, BS ’98, of Hollywood, FL, has served as president and CEO of Feeding South Florida since 2012 after 12 years as director of services and then executive VP at the San Antonio Food Bank. Since his arrival at FSF, Velez has increased overall funding and the number of pounds of food distributed across his territory.

Natalie Aho, BSEd ’99, was named director of engagement and annual giving at Baptist News Global. She previously was an interactive communications specialist. The new “hybrid position” combines Aho’s expertise and experience in digital communication and social media strategy with a new assignment of planning and directing annual giving strategies.

John Bible, BBA ’99, is president of the Cen-Tex African American Chamber of Commerce in Waco. Bible’s career path includes teaching Chilton [TX] ISD fifth graders and launching an investment firm, Bible & Sovereign Partners LLC.

Michael Ganann, BBA ’99, was named managing director, head of retail finance for BMO Harris Bank N.A. Based in Boston, Ganann leads a team dedicated to building out BMO’s U.S. secured lending platform to middle market and large corporate retail and consumer companies. Contact at michael.ganann@bmo.com or (617) 894-7562.

Fred Tate, BBA ’99, of Colleyville, TX, was appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott to the State Commission on Judicial Conduct for terms set to expire Nov. 19, 2023. Tate is also the founder of CFO Shield, which offers a range of financial services for various industries. Previously he was a vice president with Willis Towers Watson.

Van Vandegriff, BBA ’99, was called to be senior pastor of Cedarcrest Church in Acworth, GA (cedarcrestchurch.com). He spent eight years church planting in Berlin, as well as serving as staff pastor at Antioch Community Church in Waco. “However, everyone knows the real pastor in our family is my amazing wife Kelly, BA ’99. We want you to know that a life lived with Jesus may not be easy, but it will never disappoint. He is worth everything, and you can know him,” Vandegriff writes.