Clayton Bailey, BA ’90, co-founder of Dallas litigation boutique Bailey Brauer, was selected to the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, based on their commercial litigation work. Bailey earned additional recognition for his appellate practice.
Jeff Harris, BA ’90, celebrated 25 years of ministry as senior pastor at Grace Point Church in San Antonio. He has dedicated 28 years in ministry of leading “common people to uncommon life in Jesus.”
The Patterson + Sheridan LLP Capstone Design Project Endowed Fund will be used to benefit the School of Engineering and Computer Science’s Capstone Design Project program. Todd Patterson, BS ’90, is a partner with Patterson + Sheridan LLP. Patterson and his wife Amy serve on the National Steering Committee for Baylor’s Give Light Campaign.
Megan Thomas Watson, BA ’90, of Houston was named to the U.S. Track and Field (USATF) coaching staff for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad (Tokyo 2020). She was most recently women’s head coach of the 2018 World Indoor team and also served as Team USATF’s assistant coach at the 2017 IAAF World Championships, leading the distance squad in London. Watson serves on the USATF Women’s Executive Committee and USATF Women’s Development Executive Committee, and she is a USATF level two certified distance coach. She was a former Baylor Track and Field member under Clyde Hart, BBA ’56.
Cliff, BBA ’91, and Julie Thompson, BSED ’91, of Houston created The Cliff and Julie Thompson Endowed Scholarship Fund, which supports students majoring in finance, economics or elementary education.
After 16 years of teaching, Elisabeth Deloach Howell, BSEd ’91, is the new LOTE facilitator for Lamar [TX] CISD. She oversees the foreign language curriculum and staff development for language teachers. She and her husband Mark, BA ’92, have two boys and live in Sugar Land, TX.
Dr. Michael L. Thornton, BA ’91, a surgeon with Mansfield Cosmetic Surgery in Mansfield, TX, was named 2019 Readers’ Choice “Best Cosmetic Surgeon” in Living Magazine Arlington and Mansfield.
The Rev. Cheryl A. Kirk-Duggan, PhD ’92, is the visiting Black Religious Scholar and Crump Professor, 2019-2020, at the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin and an ordained minister in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. Kirk-Duggan has written and edited more than 25 books. Among her many honors, she received the 2016 Shaw University Outstanding Achievement Award as International Recognized Womanist Scholar. Since 2004, she has served as professor of religion and director of women’s studies at Shaw University Divinity School in Raleigh, NC. Contact at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sharon Ramage, JD ’92, was named an Elite Lawyer, a directory and rating service that awards and recognizes attorneys who have displayed a high level of competence. She was honored for her devotion to be an advocate for families with special needs children. A social worker and attorney for Ramage Law Group in McKinney, TX, Ramage served as a special education hearing officer and mediator for the Texas Education Agency for 12 years. She co-authored All About Texas Law and Kids, a book published by Texas Lawyer Press.
Aaron Burkes, JD ’93, CEO of the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport Authority, joined the local board of directors for Arvest Bank in Benton County, AR. He spent three-plus years as president of the Arkansas Development Finance Authority. He is also a member of the Transportation Industry Council for the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Burkes represented eastern Benton County in the Arkansas House of Representatives from 2007 to 2009.
John, BBA ’94, and Nikki Buxton Bell, BBA ’98, of Tulsa, OK, established The John and Nikki Buxton Bell Endowed Scholarship Fund in Business and The Nikki Buxton Bell Endowed Student Foundation Scholarship Fund. Nikki was a member of Student Foundation, serving on the Steering Committee during her senior year. John and Nikki serve on the National Steering Committee for Baylor’s Give Light Campaign.
Camilla Jordan Dyer, MSEd ’94, and husband Glenn Dyer published their first book, Adventures in the Country. Contact at 45 Little Haynes Drive, Loganville, GA 30052 or email@example.com.
Jonathan Grant, BBA ’94, MDiv ’00, was named executive director of World Hunger Relief Inc., which works, in part, to grow food and train others in agricultural techniques and animal raising suitable in countries with limited resources.
Ana Lannes Meyers, BBA ’94, executive director of the Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools in Mechanicsburg, PA, was appointed as a commissioner by The Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools, headquartered in Philadelphia. Meyers manages a statewide coalition of 125 charter schools. Previously, she was director of legislative affairs and director of partnership programs at LeadingAge PA, a statewide association representing 360 non-profit senior facilities. Meyers is a native of Brazil.
Dr. Debra Newell, MSG ’94, of Gainesville, FL, authored A Taste of Trauma, a book about the far-reaching effects of the trauma experience. “It is, however, more about the walking it out and how to walk along with someone after such an event,” she writes. “I hope the book will become a handbook for everyone to become more sensitive about trauma.”
Colin Reilly, BBA ’94, was profiled Aug. 18, 2019, by Business Matters, a United Kingdom magazine (bmmagazine.co.uk). He is president of Townsend Kane Real Estate Solutions, a boutique real estate investment firm that buys distressed properties in Arizona.
Ken Rohman, BBA ’94, was named chief marketing officer for Wind Creek Hospitality with global responsibility for the company’s 10 casinos and resorts in North America and the Caribbean. He and his family are relocating to the gulf coast of Alabama near the corporate headquarters in Escambia County. Contact at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michelle Sartain Wells, BA ’94, was promoted to senior brand and marketing specialist for the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler. Wells oversees brand management, trademarks and licensing for both UT Health Science Center at Tyler and UT Health East Texas Health System.
Jay, BBA ’95, and Ashley Brown, BA ’96, of Houston created The Jay and Ashley Brown Family Endowed Fund for Missions and The Jay and Ashley Brown Family Baylor Built Endowed Fund. Both funds provide resources to enhance student missions and elevate academic and athletic success.
Susan Scott, BA ’95, returned to Baylor for a screening of her award-winning documentary, STROOP: Journey into the Rhino Horn War, which exposes the realities of the rhino poaching crisis. Over the course of four years, Scott traveled throughout South Africa and Asia to document the people involved in the illegal killing and trade of rhino horn and the people fighting to end the crisis.
Chris Trowbridge, BBA ’95, JD ’98, was named managing partner of Dallas law firm Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP, which has 60-plus attorneys. He is chairman of the Thanks-
Giving Foundation, a nonprofit group that owns and operates Thanks-Giving Square, a private garden and public space of reflection in downtown Dallas. Trowbridge is also actively involved with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas and served as its chair in 2014 and 2015.
Jeff Davenport, BA ’96, of Highlands Ranch, CO, authored I Am a Field (Iron Stream Books), for people who want to better understand what God is growing in their lives.
Laura Hilton Hallmon, BA ’96, JD ’99, a partner with Cantey Hanger LLP law firm in Fort Worth, is president of the Baylor Line Foundation. Hallmon’s term officially began June 1, 2019, and runs through Dec. 31, 2021.
Houston Youth Symphony Philharmonia, conducted by Michael Isadore, BMEd ’97, was awarded the American Prize Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music, High School Division, 2018-19. Isadore is associate conductor of the Houston Civic Symphony and director of orchestras at Dulles High School.
KD Conservatory’s school director Mike Schraeder, BSEd ’97, and Tom Parr IV, BFA ’00, director and playwright, collaborated on Chasing Alice, a theatre production that ran in August at the T.A. Taylor Theatre at KD Conservatory in Dallas. Schraeder and Parr were theatre students together at Baylor before ending up in Dallas. Schraeder recalled their 25 years of friendship in an article on BroadwayWorld.com/Dallas.
Farley Dakan, BBA ’98, was named senior vice president for corporate development for Houston’s Contango Oil & Gas Company. Prior to joining Contango, Dakan was founder, owner and CEO of Will Energy Corporation, which recently entered into a Contribution and Purchase Agreement for the sale of its oil and gas asset portfolio to Contango.
Matt Foster, BBA ’98, joined Franklin Templeton as a national retirement consultant, working closely with the Washington D.C.-based team. Previously, Foster was a director of Retirement National Accounts at Invesco.
Robert L. Fuller, BA ’98, published two novels, In The Belly Of The Earth and In The Dungeon Of The Heart, available online and at Fabled Book Shop in Waco. The two-part story is a survival tale set in the Ozark Mountains. It deals with bullying, fear, forgiveness, the whiles of adolescence, and the overwhelming grace of God. The suggested reading age is 10-18.
Jerry Winninger, BFA ’98, of Haltom City, TX, is an accomplished artist and graphic designer. His work has been exhibited in numerous places, including Haltom City’s Art in the City, Fort Worth Gallery Nights, Arts Goggle, Art Space 111 Gallery, International Galleries Inc., Race Street Gallery, The Brandi Cottingham Gallery on 7th Street, and The Haltom City Public Library. His work has been commissioned by the Amon Carter Museum and other public and private venues. Learn more at jerrywenninger.wixsite.com/arts/.
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.
Christopher Curry, BA ’99, joined the Transportation Security Administration Office of Chief Counsel as an attorney advisor. A former U.S. Air Force officer, Curry holds a Juris Doctor from The George Washington University and lives in Northern Virginia with his wife Yu Yong and daughter Annika, 3.
Andrew Houser, BA ’99, of Mountain Brook, AL, was named president of Boyd Bros. Transportation, one of the nation’s largest flatbed trucking and logistics companies. Houser and family relocated to Birmingham, AL, in July 2019 and now reside in Mountain Brook.
Emily Mills, BA ’99, and Brett Mills, BA ’98, founders of Jesus Said Love, are helping exotic dancers and victims of sex trafficking turn their lives around and turn a profit. The nonprofit ministry’s headquarters have become a business incubator of sorts with clients opening restaurants, juice bars and traveling art studios. They were featured in Waco Tribune-Herald article Sept. 20, 2019.