Lori Ellison Coward, BA ’90, Debbie Easton Tilger, BSEd ’90, and Susanne Siefert Loquet, BA ’90 formed a lifelong friendship on the second floor hallway of North Russel during the 1986 fall semester. They live the ups and downs of life together — not always close in proximity but close at heart as they “fling their Green and Gold afar” and “onward they go.” They gathered over spring break with a set of their sons, all close in age and interest. One son will attend Baylor this fall as a member of Baylor’s Class of 2026.
Kelly Farris Mazade, BBA ’90, authored and self-published Dearest Babe: Letters from a World War II Flight Surgeon, which she says would not have been possible without the education she received at Baylor. Mazade researched her family’s history for several years, and her daughter Kate joined as a research assistant and writing partner during the pandemic. The book is primarily centered around the wartime stories of U.S. Army Medical Corps Capt. Joe W. King, Kelly’s grandfather. Dearest Babe is available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Walmart and other booksellers. Visit www.dearestbabe.com for more information. Contact at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
Derek Smith, BBA ’90, and Jennifer Smith, BBA ’91, of Tulsa, OK, established the Derek and Jennifer Smith Family Endowed Scholarship, a Hord Challenge Scholarship, which supports students in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business. Their children are Mason, BBA ’17, and Addi, BBA ’21.
Nelson Barnes, JD ’91, left the McLennan County District Attorney office to become project director for the Border Prosecution Unit under Operation Lone Star, a state grant program. Barnes is a special prosecutor for the 452nd judicial district, a five-county region in Texas Hill Country. He coordinates the border prosecution program among 17 border counties as a liaison with multiple state agencies, including the Governor’s Office, the Department of Public Safety and the Office of Court Administration.
Carie S. Tucker King, BA ’91, PhD, is managing editor of publications for Sigma Tau Delta, an international English honor society. She is a clinical professor at the University of Texas at Dallas, where she established the university’s first Sigma Tau Delta chapter.
Todd Cione, BA ’92, and Elizabeth Cione, BS ’92, of Austin established the Cione Family Endowed Fund for Professional Selling, which supports Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business Center for Professional Selling’s commitment to producing high-performing professional sales leaders across the globe.
Tim Fenn, BBA ’92, and Sharalynn Fenn, BBA ’91, of Houston established the Tim and Sharalynn Fenn Family Chair in Materials Science as part of Baylor’s Illuminate Chair Matching Program. The chair supports Illuminate’s materials science academic initiative.
Shelley Harper, BBA ’92, and Jack Harper, BBA ’93, of Midland, TX, established the Harper Family Research Assistant Endowment in Business, which supports the undergraduate research assistant program in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business.
Thomas Mayes, BA ’92, was appointed the vice-chair of the Iowa Board of Law Examiners. He offers general counsel to the Iowa Department of Education.
John Reid, BA ’92, is in his fifth year as the morning drive radio host on WRVA-AM in Richmond, VA. Last year, he broadcasted his popular Reid on the Road travel show from historic sites in seven Midwestern states; the World Expo in Dubai, United Arab Emirates; and Central America. Reid has now visited all 50 states, thanks in part to last year’s travels. He has worked in and/or traveled to 90 countries and all seven continents. It has been more than a decade since Reid visited Waco, and he looks forward to possibly returning in 2023.
Robert Nische, BBA ’93, of Giddings, TX, established the Nitsche Family Hankamer Endowment, which supports the undergraduate research assistant program in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business.
James Perry, BBA ’93, and Lydia Perry, BA ’93, JD ’96, of Dallas established the James and Lydia Perry Endowed Fund in Football, which supports Baylor’s football program.
Phil Thames and Cindy Thames, BBA ’93, of Richardson, TX, established the Phil and Cindy Thames Endowed Fund in Information Systems and Business Analytics, which supports the information systems and business analytics department in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business. Their daughter Sarah is a member of Baylor’s Class of 2023.
Becky Wade, BBA ’93, received four Christy Awards, which honor quality in the writing and publishing of fiction written from a Christian worldview. She will be inducted into the Christy Awards Hall of Fame in November. Wade’s 11th novel, Turn to Me [Bethany House Publishers, 2022], features characters who receive a string of treasure hunt clues in a will, initiating a story of love and redemption. Visit BeckyWade.com for more information.
Taekuk Cho, BA ’94, was promoted to deputy special agent in charge for Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), El Paso/West Texas. HSI is the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Charles “Chuck” Pope, BA ’94, retired from a distinguished career in the U.S. Foreign Service and is now chief international development officer with a global talent management firm. He lives on a horse farm that operates as a therapeutic riding center in Mason Neck, VA, a suburb of Washington, D.C. He is happy to connect with other Bears on LinkedIn.
Mike Wright, BA ’95, is vice president and general manager of WAAY-TV, an ABC affiliate in Huntsville, AL. The station was named the 2022 Alabama Broadcasters Association Television Station of the Year and received five additional awards for broadcasting excellence. Wright previously was vice president and general manager of KWTX-TV in Waco and KBTX-TV in Bryan-College Station. He is a past recipient of the Texas Association of Broadcasters Texas Broadcaster of the Year award.
Jonathan Shibley, BBA ’96, authored Marketplace Miracles [Global Advance, 2021]. The book recounts experiences from Shibley’s travel to 60 countries. He journals faith-building stories of God’s intervention in people’s lives and businesses from numerous countries and industry contexts with practical applications to ignite a person’s faith in the marketplace and life. Shibley is president of Global Advance, an organization that equips and empowers leaders in the developing world to advance God’s mission. Visit globaladvance.org/marketplace-miracles-book for more information.
Jeff Stubbs and Jennise Stubbs, BA ’98, of Houston established the Walker Stubbs Family Baylor Built Endowment, which supports programming for the Baylor Built program in Baylor’s Student-Athlete Center for Excellence.
Daniel Williamson, BBA ’98, PhD ’05, and Jennifer Nivin Williamson, MSEd ’98, PhD ’05, were named diplomates in Adlerian Psychology by the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology.
Veronica D. Riojas, BA ’99, was named chief marketing officer with Pepsico Latin America and is currently an expatriate in Mexico City for the company.