Nick Britton, BBA ’11, was named by Consulting magazine to its 2020 Rising Stars of the Profession list, which highlights the best emerging talent in the consulting industry. Britton, an associate director with Protiviti’s technology consulting practice, was recognized in the information technology category. Britton helps the firm’s global clients understand, quantify and remediate IT risks through simulated cyberattacks.
William Linthicum-Blackhorse, BAS ’12, served as a composer-in-residence for the South Dakota State University School of Performing Arts in February. Linthicum-Blackhorse’s path to becoming a composer is not well traveled. He graduated with a degree in aviation science from Baylor and then became a research physicist with the U.S. Forest Service in Montana. He completed a doctorate in music composition at Texas Tech University in 2019.
Eric Gaither, MA ’12, was featured in the Feb. 21 edition of the Killeen Daily Herald for his research on intercultural relations. Gaither is a contracted researcher and has also worked as a researcher at the Gerald R. Ford Library in Ann Arbor, MI, where he conducted research on Native Americans and African American freedmen related to the Self-Determination Act under the Ford Administration. The act gave tribes power to exercise their own sovereignty and “control their own affairs.” Gaither also studies different languages, including Czech and Cherokee.
Texarkana, TX, native Sara Tirrito, BA ’12, who lives and works in Prague, was featured March 29 in the Texarkana Gazette, telling of her experience seeing how European countries have battled the coronavirus pandemic. She teaches English on a freelance basis and supervises fellow English teachers in the Czech capital.
Ben Byrum, BBA ’14, of Houston is the student recruitment coordinator for Baylor’s Truett Seminary extension campus in Houston. “If you or anyone you know is interested in seminary education, please reach out to me at Ben_Byrum@baylor.edu,” he writes. Ben married Adriana McKinney Byrum, BBA ’13, in 2014.
Marty Wold, MBA ’14, was named executive director of development for the Schools of Dentistry, Nursing, and Public Health and Information Sciences at the University of Louisville. He and his wife Lauren, BSEd ’07, relocated to the Louisville area in October 2018.
Southside Bank announced the addition of Kevin Morrison, BBA ’15, of Fort Worth as vice president of commercial lending. Morrison will focus on growing Southside Bank’s commercial client base throughout North Texas.
Wolfgang Draving, BSME ’18, MBA ’20, established the Draving Family Endowed Scholarship Fund in Music. This scholarship equips students for careers as music teachers and performers according to Baylor’s mission of integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment within a caring community.
Madison Stewart, BS ’18, is a master’s candidate at the University of Iowa, studying agricultural safety and health. She authored The Deadly Side of America’s Banana Obsession, a March 3 article for Global Health Now. The article was written thanks to the support of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
Kalani Brown, BA ’19, was acquired by the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream in a trade from the Los Angeles Sparks. Brown was drafted seventh overall by the Sparks in the 2019 WNBA Draft. She suited up for Xinjiang Magic Deer of the Women’s Chinese Basketball Association this offseason, averaging 24.8 points and 11.2 rebounds in 28 games. Brown was shooting 67.8 percent from the field before the WCBA paused its season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Meleah Mariani, MSN, a doctoral candidate in Baylor’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing, was named the chief nursing officer at Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital in Ludington, MI. She has served as interim CNO at the Ludington Hospital since December 2019. Mariani served as CNO at Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial in Fremont, MI, for nearly six years.
The Gibson Family Endowed Premedical Scholarship Fund was created by John and Suzanne Gibson of Richardson, TX. This scholarship supports pre-med Arts and Sciences majors. The Gibsons have three sons, and their oldest son Zach is a member of Baylor’s Class of 2023.
Dr. Kenneth and Linda Hall of Longview, TX, created the Kenneth and Linda Hall Endowed Scholarship Fund in George W. Truett Theological Seminary. The Halls, both Baylor Alumni by Choice, have two children: Kevin, BA ’95, MDiv ’99, and Kayce Hall Ford, BA ’99.
Mark and Alma Klauber of Issaquah, WA, created the Klauber Family BIC Endowed Scholarship Fund, which supports students enrolled in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core. The Klaubers have three daughters: Cecilia, BSECE ’14, Courtenay, BA ’16, and Cynthia.
Daniel and Debra Massey of Katy, TX, established the Massey Family Endowed Research Fund in Communication Sciences and Disorders. The fund supports research in fields related to early identification, intervention and care for individuals and families suffering from autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. The fund supports the Health Initiative of Illuminate. They have two children: Nick and Emma, BSFCS ’18.
The Sandra H. Moseley and Ashley J. Williamson Endowed Scholarship Fund in Social Work was established by Pat Williamson of Waco. The scholarship is named in memory of Pat’s sister (Moseley) and in honor of Pat’s daughter Ashley Williamson, BA ’09. This scholarship helps students concentrating on congregational social work or community practice.
The Weber Family Endowed Scholarship Fund was created by Amanda Moody and Josh R. Weber of Houston. This scholarship provide support for students enrolled in the Hankamer School of Business. Josh and Amanda have three daughters and their oldest, Lila Raine, is a member of Baylor’s Class of 2022.