William H. Sims, BBA ’80, was named CPA of the Year by the Dallas chapter of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (Dallas TXCPA) for his outstanding leadership and meritorious contributions to the accounting profession. TXCPA is the largest, most influential association of accounting and finance professionals in Texas, of which Sims has been an active member throughout his 40-plus-year career. Currently, Sims is CEO and partner of Dallas-based SST Accountants & Consultants.
Roland Garcia, BBA ’81, was nominated by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and unanimously approved by the Houston City Council for another term to the board of Pilot Commissioners for Harris County Ports. The commission also unanimously elected Garcia to serve as vice chairman of the board and chairman of the diversity committee. The commission has exclusive jurisdiction over the piloting of vessels in Harris County ports, including intermediate stops and landing places for vessels on navigable streams wholly or partially located in the board’s jurisdiction. In 2019, there were 18,748 vessel movements in Port Houston, including sailings, arrivals and shifts of all types. The port and the movement of ships are a major economic engine in Texas and the U.S., valued at $118 billion. Contact at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alean E. Zufall, BBA ’81, retired after 20 years at Houston’s Parker Elementary. Alean and her husband Robert Zufall will travel the states via road. She can be contacted on Facebook or by email, and she will not have a mailing address after July 31. Alean is very excited for this new chapter in her life. Contact at email@example.com.
Annette L. Olson, BS ’82, PhD, was recognized by Facebook as a “Leading Lady” in the “Hall of Her” for International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month. Olson was honored for her efforts in creating and growing Climate Steps, a strong, collaborative climate-action organization and Facebook group. Long a federal and nonprofit scientist and educator, Olson founded the nonprofit Climate Steps to help people learn the many impactful ways they can fight climate change. Please contact at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Betsy Farmer Adams, BS ’84, published her first children’s devotional in October 2020. Saved! Now What? is a 21-day devotional designed for elementary-age children who have recently accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. With kid-friendly language and several interaction pieces, the devotional teaches children about the next steps after salvation. The daily discussions remind children that what they think about and how they fill their minds are a direct reflection of their relationship with God. Short devotions share the importance of prayer, worship, praise, Bible study and choosing friends wisely.
Dr. Peter A. McCullough, BS ’84, has been a leader in the medical response to SARS-CoV-2 since the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic. He published Pathophysiological Basis and Rationale for Early Outpatient Treatment of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Infection, the first synthesis of sequenced multidrug treatment of ambulatory patients infected with SARS-CoV-2 in The American Journal of Medicine and subsequently updated in Reviews in Cardiovascular Medicine. McCullough has 28 peer-reviewed publications on the infection and has commented extensively on the medical response to the COVID-19 pandemic in The Hill. He testified Nov. 19, 2020, before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs concerning early ambulatory treatment of high-risk Americans with COVID-19 to reduce hospitalization and death. McCullough is the vice chair of internal medicine at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.
Beverly Schofield Clark, BS ’85, was named a “Best of the Best Award” winner by Rent My Wedding magazine for being one of the five best planners in the southern region. Rent My Wedding is the nation’s largest online event rental company and a nationwide wedding magazine. Each year, hundreds of finalists are nominated for an online poll and more than 10,000 votes are cast. The five vendors with the most votes in each category are named “Best of the Best Award” winners and invited to a ceremony distinguishing exceptional businesses and individuals in the wedding and special event industry. Contact at email@example.com.
Cindy Hobson, BS ’85, was ordained as a deacon March 14 at First Baptist Church of San Marcos, TX. She is amazed and humbled by this honor. Hobson is an aquatic biologist or professional mermaid, depending on a person’s point of view. She enjoys the perks of living in a town where she can swim or paddle in the clear, 72-degree river at any time of the year. She recently became a certified master naturalist and is active in building hiking trails with the San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance.
Armando Jacinto, BS ’86, was promoted from assistant athletic director to athletic director for Spring [Texas] ISD. Jacinto was also selected as the first president of the Hispanic Texas High School Football Coaches Association.
Greg Funderburk, BA ’87, published Let It Be Said We’ve Borne It Well. From classic literature to popular music, from modern poetry to professional sports, from ancient history to global travel, and from the sacred to the mundane, the book draws on all manner of stories to provide encouragement for all who have struggled through the pandemic and through the ongoing uncertainty, anxiety and doubts of our times. Funderburk brings clarity to the present moment, setting out a navigational framework for gathering perseverance, grit and grace to help people endure using a kind of thought experiment that asks: What does our current circumstance require of us so that, when we look back, we can honestly say we’ve handled this season of crisis well, seeking and following God faithfully all the way through? Funderburk is a pastoral care minister, lawyer and writer. He also authored The Mourning Wave, a Kirkus Reviews Best of 2020 novel about the 1900 Galveston hurricane. Funderburk lives in Houston with his wife Kelly. They have two sons: Hank and Charlie.
Debbie Scott, MS ’87, published 52 More Programs that Pop, her second book on senior-adult activities. The book is designed for activities directors in long-term care centers, churches and community groups working with senior adults. It offers practical, creative, informative and fun activities to enhance the lives of senior adults. Released in March, the book is available via Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other online sources.
Vickilyn Frank Alvey, BA ’91, graduated from Grand Canyon University with a Master of Science in Nursing in February 2020. She earned a Master of Counseling from the University of Phoenix in 1998. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Alvey was a volunteer nurse at Phoenix-area community clinics and a substitute nurse for 16 schools in her local district. She earned an Arizona real estate license during the summer between her sophomore and junior years at Baylor. She has spent most of her career as a real estate agent, private property manager and property-flip coordinator. Alvey currently serves on her city’s planning and zoning commission and occasionally contributes articles to the local newspaper.
Jeffery D. Price, BBA ’92, was included in the Barron’s 2021 “Top 1,200 Financial Advisors” list and the Forbes 2021 “Best-in-State Wealth Advisors” list. This is the ninth consecutive year he has been named to the Barron’s list and the fourth consecutive year he has been recognized on the Forbes list. Price and his wife Cara Price, ABC, reside in Flower Mound, TX. Their son is Connor Price, BBA ’20, and their daughter Catherine is a rising junior at Baylor. Contact at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Staci J. Ormiston Olsen, JD ’96, was selected as a member of the “Nation’s Top One Percent” by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. NADC is an organization dedicated to promoting the highest standards of legal excellence. Its mission is to objectively recognize attorneys who elevate the standards of the Bar and provide a benchmark for other lawyers to emulate.
David Gilmore, BBA ’98, was promoted to deputy chief investment officer at The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation in Owings Mills, Maryland. Gilmore has worked at the foundation for more than six years. It has $3 billion in assets and will make more than $125 million in grant distributions in 2021.
Daniel G. Williamson, BBA ’98, PhD ’05, and Jennifer Nivin Williamson, MSEd ’98, PhD ’05, authored and edited Distance Counseling and Supervision: A Guide for Mental Health Clinicians, a book published by the American Counseling Association. More information about the book is available on their website (consultpax.com) or through the American Counseling Association.
Carol Bailiff Bullman, BS ’99, authored Your Nursery Is an Everywhere, a picture book published in May by Blue Whale Press. A mother’s boundless love for her new baby transforms one little nursery into the whole beautiful world, full of dreams waiting to come true. The story was inspired, in part, by a line in a John Donne poem Bullman studied while at Baylor.
Leo Percer, PhD ’99, established the Doctor of Philosophy in Theology and Apologetics at Liberty University in 2008 and became the program’s director. In 2020, the program graduated its 50th PhD recipient. Many of its graduates serve in a variety of academic and ministry positions around the world. Since 2012, Percer also serves on the board of directors for Ratio Christi, an international apologetics ministry. Contact at PercerL@juno.com.