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Dr. James Wilson, BS ’80, and Laura Wilson of Georgetown, TX, established the Dorothy Ann Wilson Endowed Scholarship in memory of his mother Dorothy Ann Wilson. The scholarship supports student-athletes.

Robert “Bob” C. Roberts, MPA ’81, was named chief operating officer of Legacy Capital, a wealth management firm in Little Rock, AR, in January 2019 after eight years as a CPA and 30 years as a healthcare finance executive. He continues an active trumpeting career, performing with the Natural State Brass Band and the Little Rock Winds.

The Jená Rogers Endowed Scholarship in Nursing, a Hord Challenge Scholarship, was established in loving memory of Jená Rogers, BSN ’83, by her father James and her husband Thomas Puskas of Monument, CO. The scholarship supports nursing students and honors Rogers’ 23-year nursing career.

Mark Wade, BBA ’84, was promoted to National Sales Manager for National Write Your Congressman (NWYC), an organization that gives small businesses a voice in American government. Wade began his NWYC career 23 years ago as a sales representative; he was promoted to southwest region manager in 2002 and national training director in 2004. As national sales manager, Wade is responsible for growing NWYC’s sales team, which for more than 60 years has helped build relationships and establish communication between the small business community and members of Congress. Contact at wade.mark@sbcglobal.net.

Kelly Malone, BA ’85, was editor and a contributing writer for Leadership in Small Churches [Lexington Books, 2021], his fifth book. Malone and his wife Molly live in Bolivar, MO, where he is director of global education, professor of intercultural studies and holds the Jack Stanton Chair of Evangelism at Southwest Baptist University. Proud parents of Maggie Malone, BA ’17, and Kevin Malone, BA ’19. Contact at kmalone@sbuniv.edu.

Dr. Donald Keith Sanford, BS ’85, of San Antonio established the Donald Keith Sanford, MD, Endowed Scholarship Fund in Biology, which supports biology majors who are first-generation college students or veterans of the United States Armed Forces.

Barbara M. Britton, BS ’86, will release the seventh book from her Tribes of Israel series, Defending David [Pelican Book Group] in February. Ittai the Gittite comes to light in this biblical fiction from II Samuel. Learn more about Britton’s books at barbarambritton.com.

Andy Cullen, BBA ’86, was appointed senior vice president at RACK59 Data Center in Oklahoma City. Contact at andycullen20@gmail.com.

The estate of Lee Ann Huckaby, BS ’86, established the Lee Ann Huckaby Endowed Fund, which provides accommodation assistance to hearing-impaired students through the Office of Access and Learning Accommodation.

Mary Hestand Parker, BBA ’86, was named president of The Gatehouse, a Christian nonprofit in Grapevine, TX, that serves women and children overcoming crisis such as domestic violence and underemployment. Parker joined The Gatehouse in 2017 after more than 30 years in corporate marketing, public relations and operations. She most recently was chief operating officer. Learn more at gatehousegrapevine.com. Contact at Mary.Parker@gatehousegrapevine.com.

Shelby L. Davidson, MPPA ’87, completed a certificate of school management and leadership from the Harvard Business School and Harvard Graduate School of Education. Contact at shelby.davidson@vanisd.org.

Jeff Progelhof, BBA ’88, won the J-22 World Championship in Corpus Christi. The spinnaker was built by Bill Draheim of Draheim Performance Sailing in Rockwall, TX, and was inspired by the Baylor Basketball National Championship. Photo credit: Regattashots.com

Don Willett, BBA ’88, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, delivered the keynote address at the Cato Institute’s annual Constitution Day symposium, discussing how Americans’ civics illiteracy imperils the rule of law. He also served as Jurist in Residence at the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University and published an article in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. A member of the Baylor Board of Regents, Willett and his family recently broke ground on Don R. Willett Elementary School in Forney, TX, barely a mile from where he grew up.

Jon Billington and Dena Billington, BS ’88, of Brentwood, TN, established the Jon and Dena Billington Endowed Marketing Research Fund, which provides annual research awards to talented marketing professors in support of their research efforts.

Wendi Boyd Threlkeld, BA ’89, authored Stolen Whinnies [fromtheranchwithlove.com Books, 2021]. It is inspired by real events involving a miniature horse’s survival after a mountain lion attack. Stolen Whinnies shows readers that no matter what entangles us, freedom awaits, and mercy is powerful. She lives in Georgetown, TX, with her husband Bryan Threlkeld, BA ’89, senior pastor at Georgetown’s Hill Country Bible Church. Stolen Whinnies is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Audible.