Gabrielle Madison, BBA ’00, was named to the 2021 edition of The Dallas 500, a signature publication from D CEO that recognizes the most powerful business leaders in North Texas. Madison and the other recipients were recognized as the next-generation leaders who are taking Dallas-Fort Worth into the future. She was also selected to be on the publication’s cover. Madison is director of community relations for Thomas Reuters and resides in Frisco, TX, with her husband and their two children.

Mackenzie Wallace, BBA ’07, MTAX ’07, JD ’11, joined the Dallas office of Thompson Coburn LLP as a partner. She previously was a partner at Thompson & Knight LLP. Wallace is an experienced trial attorney who represents healthcare entities and other businesses and directors in high-stakes litigation. She has an extensive track record representing hospitals and healthcare providers in coverage and reimbursement disputes, fraud and civil RICO matters, and government investigations. Wallace additionally advises hospitals and healthcare entities on a full range of legal and operational issues affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Her work on reimbursement and coverage issues has helped hospitals preserve their revenue streams and ensure they can provide uninterrupted care during the ongoing public health emergency. She also represents corporations and directors in various industries on shareholder and securities litigation, corporate and shareholder rights, director and officer litigation, merger litigation and white-collar criminal litigation. Wallace has helped clients navigate class actions alleging breaches of fiduciary duty and securities fraud and advised companies and individual directors facing Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) investigations. She has also represented receivers in multiple SEC receivership actions. A lifelong Texan, Wallace is from a proud family of lawyers, including her father and two sisters.


Clara Dutton Griffey, BFA ’10, BS ’12, received her DDS degree in 2019 from Texas A&M Health Science Center, previously known as Baylor College of Dentistry. This was a big accomplishment for Griffey, who started dental school with a 14-month-old, Pinson, and had her second child, Rollie, midway through. Her husband Matthew Griffey, BS ’10, has been supportive and along for the ride since 2012. Clara recently took over a dental practice in Waco. Contact at clara.griffey.dds@gmail.com.

Julie Ooms, PhD ’14, was one of 100 St. Louis-area educators to receive Emerson’s Excellence in Teaching awards, which pay tribute to area educators from kindergarten teachers to college professors for their achievements and dedication to the field of education.

Dr. Jonathan D. Tijerina, BS ’14, MA ’15, was a cross country and track athlete for five years at Baylor. He was cross country team captain, a member of the Big 12 Athletic Leadership Council and a 2014 Big 12 Scholar-Athlete. Tijerina is in residency in Miami.

Guy and Stephanie Short established the Guy Short Family Endowed Fund for Spiritual Life and Baptist Student Ministries to support campus ministries and the cultivation of Baylor students’ spiritual life. Their son is Collin Short, BBA ’20. 

Russell and Debbie Phillips established the Russ and Debbie Phillips Endowed Scholarship Fund, which supports Honors College students who are participating in the Baylor in Washington program. The Phillips’ son Scott Philips is a member of Baylor’s Class of 2022.