Richard Hull is entering his seventh year as executive director of the Text and Academic Authors Association, Inc., an organization that provides professional development resources, industry news, and networking opportunities for textbook authors and authors of scholarly journal articles and books.
of Schaumburg, Illinois, has retired after a 37-year career that included service as the general manager at tennis, resort, and country clubs in Houston, Dallas, St. Louis, New Orleans, and Chicago. During the 22 years he spent as the vice president of ClubCorp, he was responsible for properties in six states and also was named ClubCorp’s first “Robert H. Dedman Manager of the Year.” In retirement, Paul hopes to write a book about his experience beginning the first Virginia Slims women’s tennis tournament in Houston, Texas. Paul and his wife, Susan, have two adult daughters.
Bruce McNab has retired from active ministry in the Episcopal Church after serving nearly 39 years. He served six parishes in the U.S. and overseas as a priest and served seven and a half years as rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Aspen, Colorado. He published a collection of his sermons as the book Let Your Light Shine in 2010. He and his wife and team ministry partner, Joan, have moved to Bozeman, Montana.
Bill and Lynn Marie Mayfield Campaigne completed their 25th annual mission trip to Honduras in summer 2011, part of a team of 32 missionaries offering veterinary treatment to some 6,000-plus domestic animals and providing public health teaching for hundreds of children who received toothbrushes and soap to put the teaching into action. The Campaignes began the service mission with five individuals and it has grown to include 26-28 veterinarians plus other staffers each year. (Read more in the Fall 2011 Austin College Magazine online-only issue.)
Brian Goesl, executive director of the Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council (TRAHC), was included in the recently released book The Suspension of Time, Reflections on Simon Dinnerstein and the Fulbright Triptych. In the book, he discusses the Fulbright Triptych and its significance in the world of contemporary American art.
Mark Spiers was appointed to the board of directors at Qforma, a provider of analytics and predictive modeling technologies for the health sciences industry, in May 2011. He retired from his position as president and CEO of Wolters Kluwer Pharma Solutions in April. Spiers has nearly 30 years of industry experience that also includes work with Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Pharmacia Corporation, and Medpointe Pharmaceuticals.
Michael D. May retired from the Texas Department of Transportation in Bryan after 21 years and four months in the procurement and logistics management field. Stephen York was elected in May 2011 as president and chief operating officer at Treaty Energy Corporation. He also became a director of Treaty’s board. York has more than 30 years of experience in many facets of the petroleum industry, from drilling, servicing, and managing more than 3,000 oil and gas wells, to consulting with major oil and gas entities and service companies.
Danny Buck has joined Lone Star Capital Bank as president and chief executive officer. He has extensive executive experience in community banking. Prior to joining Lone Star Capital Bank, he was president of The Trust Company in San Antonio, where he was responsible for all commercial and private banking activities. He has served on the boards of numerous civic organizations, including his present involvement on the board of directors for San Antonio Sports. Jill Kerr has completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at Duke University. She is a family nurse practitioner in maternal and child health and works with the Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools Head Start program to decrease health disparities. Jill and her work with children and their families—which requires her to speak Spanish, Arabic, and French—has been honored with the Individual Recognition Award by GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals. Lee Whittington, professor of management at University of Dallas, was one of three faculty recognized for teaching excellence in May 2011 and was named a Haggerty Fellow. In addition to nearly 30 years of teaching, he served as dean of the Graduate School of Management from 2005-2008 and is a widely published author on many business-related topics.
Michael J. Herrod has been appointed by Governor Jan Brewer to the Maricopa County Superior Court in Arizona. He has practiced law in Arizona for nearly 30 years, specializing in family law. He is a founding director of the law firm Schmitt, Schneck, Smyth & Herrod, where he has practiced since 1999. Marlene Llopiz, M.D., received the 2010 Outstanding Leadership Medal of Honor from Universidad Anahuac Medical School for contributions to the development of medicine in Mexico and throughout Latin America. In fall 2011, she was selected as one of the 100 Most Inspiring People by PharmaVoice, a magazine for life-science executives, healthcare professionals, and workers in related fields. Dr. Llopiz is CEO and president of Clinica Responsable Operativa, involved in clinical research management and operations. (Read more in the Fall 2011 Austin College Magazine online-only issue.) Mike Wofford, his wife, Rose, and son, Robert, are grieving the loss of their son and brother, Michael, who died April 24, 2011, at the age of 22.
Charla G. Aldous has been named one of 20 “Winning Women” in the Texas Lawyer list of top women lawyers in Texas. The list is based on success in high-stakes courtroom litigation, winning large monetary awards, and prevailing in cases that make law or have statewide or national impact.
Mike Davis and John Clark tested their strength and endurance with a Mount Everest climb in 2011. Mike said they spent two weeks above 15,000 feet, with some form of snow or ice for 12 days straight. He pointed out that John excelled at the high altitude and beat the rest of group to the summit by about an hour. Mike described the climb as one of the toughest of his life because of the altitude and the steep snow. (See more about their adventure.)
Rodney Moore has joined the international law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges as a partner in the firm. He joined Weil from Vinson & Elkins, L.L.P., and splits his time between Weil’s Houston and Dallas offices. Moore has nearly 25 years of experience representing leading private equity firms and their portfolio companies and extensive experience in representing strategic and financial participants in energy industry transactions. He is a member of Weil’s private equity practice, which encompasses more than 200 private equity practitioners worldwide.
William T. Kerrigan, the Arthur G. Cole and Eloise Barnes Cole Distinguished Professor of American History at Muskingum University, was awarded the William Oxley Thompson Award for Excellence in Teaching on August 30, 2011. He joined the faculty in 1997.
Bobbie Drake has been elected vice president of the Frisco (Texas) Soccer Association. She previously served as girls commissioner. She is a “D” licensed coach and has coached recreational, competitive, and middle school teams. She also works as a nurse in the private practice of her husband Tim Drake, M.D. ’69, chief of family medicine at The Medical Center of Plano.
David Green received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in June, 2011. He is minister of the First Presbyterian Church of Galveston, Texas, the first church established in Galveston and one of the oldest Presbyterian churches in the state. The church building, severely damaged during Hurricane Ike in September 2008, was reopened on May 22, 2011, and the facility was rededicated in September 2011.
Mike Ragain began work as the chief medical officer at University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas, on April 1, 2011. He had served as the chair of the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center’s Department of Family and Community Medicine since 2002 and as UMC chief of staff from 2008 to 2009. He holds a master’s degree in education from the University of Southern California and a medical degree from UT Southwestern Medical School.
Rebecca Rial Harris, a founder of Baltimore-based tech startup Action = Reaction Labs, celebrated the release of her company’s iPhone/iPad game, “Slug Bugs,” on June 1, 2011.
Amanda J. Ellis joined the Kemp Smith law firm in May 2011 as an associate in the litigation department of its Austin office. Her focus is primarily health care law, administrative law, medical malpractice defense, funeral services law, and general litigation. She previously worked with an Austin healthcare firm and as an assistant attorney general in the administrative law division in the Office of the Attorney General of Texas. Tommy Newsom earned a Ph.D. at the University of North Texas, with a concentration in higher education administration, in December 2010. Since 2008, he has served as president of the Art Institute of Dallas. He earned a master’s degree in education at Texas A & M Commerce in 1998, with a concentration in secondary and higher education and a minor in student personnel services. (Read more about his career in the Austin College Magazine Fall 2011 online-only edition.)
Colin Dunnigan is the director of development at The Miami Valley School in Dayton, Ohio. He had served three years as the school’s director of college counseling.
Jennifer Green and Thomas Embt married on August 10, 2010, in an outdoor ceremony in Grand Island, New York. The couple lives near Buffalo, New York.
Melinda Massie and her professional home organizing company, Organizing with a Side of Fabulous, were awarded the title “Best Personal Organizer” in Fort Worth Magazine Best of 2011 Awards. Jenny Cureton has begun the doctoral program in counselor education at the University of Northern Colorado with the goal of becoming a counseling professor. Specializing in career development, suicide prevention, and professional transition, she continues her private practice, Evolutions Counseling and Consulting.
Patricia Ang moved from Chicago, Illinois, to San Mateo, California, after she was promoted to help start the women’s health division for Barco Healthcare as the national women’s health specialist.
Eric Montgomery and Lauren Odell were married May 21, 2011. Eric, who earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Texas McCombs School of Business, is employed by Susan G. Komen for the Cure at its international headquarters in Dallas. Lauren is a land entitlement and economic development consultant in Dallas, Texas. The couple honeymooned in Thailand and now lives in Dallas.
Ross Allen and Tiera Kendle married May 28, 2011, at Kalorama Villa in Saint John, U.S. Virgin Islands. Blake Welch and Jack Moore were in the wedding party and Aron and Marley Mackay Bautista, Eric Nordstrom ’99, and Dustin Webb attended. The newlyweds, who met at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies in 2008, live in Washington, D.C. Ross works for the Department of Defense and Tiera works in the global health sector. Manesh Jiten Shah was selected to participate in the 2011-2012 LeadershipSBOT (State Bar of Texas) program. Only 20 attorneys in the state are selected annually for the program. He is an associate in the Business, Finance, and Restructuring Department in the Dallas, Texas, office of global law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges, L.L.P.
Kristy Peet was one of the artists who created The Houston-Area Museums Art Car in the annual Houston Art Car Parade in spring 2011. (Look for photos and details in the Spring 2012 Austin College Magazine online-only issue in April.) When not creating art cars, Kristy’s large-format photographic work deals with psychological issues and has been shown in solo and group exhibitions across the country, including a solo exhibition at Dallas Contemporary. She also teaches photography at College of the Mainland in Texas City and is resident artist at Box 13 Artspace. Stacy Smith is the co-author of Bless Her Heart: Life as a Young Clergy Woman, published in October 2011 by Chalice Press. The book, written with Ashley-Anne Masters, is the first-in-a-series collaboration between Chalice Press and the Young Clergy Women Project. Stacy is a minister of the Presbyterian Church and lives in Memphis, Tennessee, where she works as the outreach supervisor at the Church Health Center and as a parish associate at Idlewild Presbyterian Church.
Hayley Gillespie successfully defended her Ph.D. on April 18, 2011, and graduated on May 21, 2011, from the University of Texas at Austin Graduate Program in E cology, Evolution, and Behavior. She studied the ecology and conservation of endangered Barton Springs Salamanders. Among those in attendance of the event were fellow ’Roos Cole Weatherby ’04 and Sarah Demarest Allen ’03. (Read more about her work in the Fall 2011 Austin College Magazine online-only issue.) Jorge Wilson and Susan Jacob married August 18, 2011, in Kerala, India. An engagement party in May in Highland Village, Texas, included guests Sarah Demarest Allen ’03, Cameron Allen ’04, Jill Sanders ’03, Alexi Mantas ’03, Rob Bondurant ’04, Maheshi Sivathasan ’03, Nishan Sivathasan ’02, and Rachel Marks ’03.
Kristin Austin received a Master of Divinity degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary on May 21, 2011. Gillian Grissom and Thomas Locke ’04 were married May 21, 2011, in the Sudie George Chapel at First Presbyterian Church in Dallas Texas. The couple lives in Durham, North Carolina, where Gillian is pursuing a master’s degree at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University and Thomas is a development officer at a United Methodist Church-affiliated foundation. Shane and Sarah Vaal Webb celebrated graduation month in May 2011. Sarah graduated from the University of Texas with her master’s degree in speech and language pathology on May 20, and Shane received his Master of Divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary on May 21. Shane was ordained as a minister of Word and Sacrament on July 10 at the First Presbyterian Church of Pasadena. Shane and Sarah moved to Lima, Peru, in August with the Young Adult Volunteers for a year of service. Shane is serving as minister at two Presbyterian churches and Sarah is working at the Ann Sullivan Center, which serves people with different abilities (such as autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, or developmental delay) and their families.
Becca Webb and Ryan Buell married on October 10, 2010, (10/10/10) in Tyler, Texas. Members of their wedding party included Emma Wilking, Becca Harpham Mandeville ’07, Emiliegh Stewart, Hunter Mandeville ’07, Emmanuel Nwelue, Brian Hambrick ’07, Sam McDonald, and Bucky Brannen. Kelly Wiggins wrote a paper that was highlighted in the September 19, 2011, issue of the professional journal Science. A short news brief also appeared in C & E News about the mechanochemistry project. Kelly is in her fourth year of graduate study at University of Texas working toward a Ph.D. in chemistry. Steven Zaborowski has joined Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary as development officer for the Office of Institutional Advancement, serving north Texas and Oklahoma.
Stephen McCormick and Rebecca Tsucalas married on May 21, 2011, in Houston, Texas. Wedding guests included Hillary Luckett ’09, and Merritt O’Boyle and Robert Grimm, both ’11. The couple now lives in Falls Church, Virginia. earned a master’s degree in museum studies from Baylor University on May 14, 2011.
Stephanie Ray joined the staff at Texas Presbyterian Foundation as a client services administrator and is the primary relationship manager for institutional and church clients outside Texas. She lives in Dallas. Rachel Wells is teaching fifth through eighth grades at the Buchanan Girls School in Kerala, South India, with the Young Adult Volunteers Program of the Presbyterian Church. As a student, she took part in a January Term course in Scotland and the 2011 A Cappella Choir tour to France, but considers her year-long India trip her real study abroad experience. She returns to the U.S. in September 2012.
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