1980s

Jana Laird Phillips, BBA ’80, of Houston authored Power Lies, a thriller novel. Learn more at janalairdphillips.com. Phillips has lived and worked in Dallas, Washington, DC, and Houston. She worked in the energy industry for several years and has numerous articles published in energy trade journals. Phillips is the publisher/owner of the online magazine houstonhipandhaute.com.

Mark Stone, BBA ’80, completed a PhD in ethics at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO. His dissertation was titled International Research Collaboration and National Security: A Christian Perspective. Stone is chief information officer for the Texas A&M University System and resides in Bryan, TX. Contact at markastonetx@gmail.com.

Donna Miller, BA ’81, is co-founder and CEO of Purse Power (pursepower.com), which helps women use their massive purchasing power to drive positive change. She was selected as one of Oklahoma’s Most Admired CEOs by The Journal Record for 2020 and as one of the 2020 Ladies in the News by the Oklahoma Hospitality Club. Purse Power was also recognized as one of the 2020 Best Tech Startups in Oklahoma by The Tech Tribune online magazine and was selected to exhibit at the Global Startup Grind Conference in Silicon Valley earlier this year. Contact at 2824 Progressive Dr., Suite 102, Edmond, OK 73034 or dmiller@pursepower.com.

Gregory Moore, BBA ’81, will continue as chief commercial officer of FlexiVan after the company’s merger with American Intermodal Management. He has led large organizations in the U.S., Europe and Latin America during a 32-year career with AP Moller/Maersk. He is a graduate of the Columbia University Senior Executive Program.

Tenth Court of Appeals Justice John Neill, BA ’82, reflected on his transition from judge of the 18th District Court in Johnson County [TX] to an appellate judge in a Feb. 22 article in the Cleburne Times-Review. He spent 14 years as a trial attorney and another 21 years as judge of the 18th District Court.

The Central Baptist Theological Seminary Board of Trustees elected Dr. Pamela R. Durso, BA ’83, PhD ’92, as the seminary’s 11th president. She began her duties as president June 1. Durso was previously executive director of Baptist Women in Ministry (Atlanta, GA), where she was an advocate and resource for women serving in all areas of Christian ministry. 

John Landers, BBA ’83, of Houston was named to the Shook Research Forbes Best-In-State Wealth Advisors list for his work at UBS Global Wealth Management. The list showcases the 4,000-plus best financial advisors from across the U.S.. Nomination criteria includes $600,000 minimum production and $150 million in assets under management.

Meredith Wargo Langley, BA ’83, of Kanab, UT, published her first book, DAWGS: The True Story of Lost Animals and the Kids Who Rescued Them. The book chronicles the tales of a fourth grade teacher and her reading class as they start an animal sanctuary in Dalhart, TX. DAWGS is a testament to how love and determination can offer second chances — one animal, one child and one day at a time. Contact at 4680 E. Red Cliffs Dr., Kanab, UT 84741 or meredithwargo@gmail.com.

Cheryl Corn, BBA ’84, was appointed senior director of major and planned gifts at Delaware Technical Community College. Corn had worked at the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce since 2008, serving as chief operating officer since 2017. Prior to that, she was individual giving officer for Easterseals of Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore, executive director of the Republican State Committee of Delaware and senior communications manager for AstraZeneca.

Brad and Sarah Gahm, BS ’84, of Dallas established the Sarah and Brad Gahm Endowed Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to Honors College students  who are pursuing a premedical program of study.

Fletcher Brown, BBA ’85, JD ’91, was voted chair-elect of the State Bar of Texas Health Law Council for 2020. The Health Law Section focuses on creating better understanding and cooperation among attorneys and other professions involved in the health care industry. Since 2013, Brown has been a partner in the health law section of Waller, Lansden, Dortch & Davis, LLP, based in the firm’s Austin office.

Eva Dubert Burkholder, BA ’85, of Richardson, TX, authored a devotional study, Favored Blessed Pierced: A Fresh Look at Mary of Nazareth. Daily meditations, reflection questions and written prayers guide the readers along a journey with one of the great men and women of Scripture.

Randy Wegwerth, BS ’85, and his wife Imelda retired Dec. 31, 2019. They had more than 68 combined years with the National Park Service. The Wegwerths worked at six different park units in five states and ended their careers with Great Smoky Mountains National Park. They have visited more than 200 national parks and will continue to visit national parks in retirement in an effort to visit all 400-plus units. The Wegwerths plan to stay in Sevierville, TN, close to the Smokies, where they have lived for the last 26 years. Contact at friendsofwalt@charter.net.

Kathy Wills Wright, BS ’85, MSEd ’88, is the deputy assistant secretary of international organization affairs at the U.S. Department of State. Her husband Dr. Don Wright was recently confirmed by the Senate to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Republic of Tanzania.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott reappointed Todd Dorton, BBA ’86, to the Family Practice Residency Advisory Committee, which reviews applications for approval and funding of family practice residency training programs for the Higher Education Coordinating Board. Dorton is president and CEO of Ethos Risk Advisors LLC in Waco. He is a member of the Waco Business League and the Ukrainian Economic Reform Committee. 

Russell, BBA ’86, and Esther Rogers, BBA ’86, of Springdale, AR, established the Russell B. and Esther P. Rogers Endowed Scholarship Fund in Nursing. The scholarship was created in loving memory of Russell’s mother Louise Herrington Ornelas, the namesake of Baylor’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing.

Robert Hobbs, BS ’87, was elected chairman of the board of Shearwater GeoServices ASA, a global geophysical services company headquartered in Bergen, Norway. Hobbs retired as CEO of TGS-NOPEC, a leading geoscience data company in 2016, and lives with his wife Michelle in Boerne, TX. He was chairman of the International Association of Geophysical Contractors from 2013 to 2015. He also currently is a representative on the Baylor School of Arts and Sciences Board of Advocates.

After 28 years living in the Midwest, Nanci Moreland Smith, BA ’87, accepted a transfer with her company, PNC Bank, and moved to New Braunfels, TX, in April. Contact at TonyandNanci@gmail.com.

Dr. Jerry Haag, BBA ’88, MBA ’89, is president and CEO of One More Child, a nonprofit, faith-based organization that provides safe, stable, Christian homes and services to children and families in need in the U.S. and around the globe. Haag is based in Lakeland, FL. Learn more at onemorechild.org.

Alan Brown, BA ’89, MSG ’91, is president and CEO of Methodist Retirement Communities, a nonprofit senior housing operator based in The Woodlands, TX, effective April 13. Previously, Brown was chief operating officer at Methodist Senior Services based in Tupelo, MS. He has more than 27 years of experience in senior care.

Bryce Danley, BBA ’89, was named to the Shook Research Forbes Best-in-State Wealth Advisors list for 2020. Danley and his team run a financial planning and investment management company in Fort Worth. Contact at bryce.r.danley@ampf.com.