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fall 2012 | volume 19 | number 1

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Making the Grade
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Creating Leadership
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Class Notes
Alumni Association
Spotlight Story



Class Notes






In Memory

Carl Johnson, ’77 MACarl Johnson, ’77 MA,
is the CEO and president of The Venture Catalyst Group Inc.

Danny Kaiser, ’78 BA, and his wife, Clare, ’79 BS, celebrated their 34th wedding anniversary in May. They met while attending classes at UHCL 35 years ago.

Louis Ashworth, ’81 MA,
was recognized as 2012 Upper School Teacher of the Year. He teaches at The John Cooper School in The Woodlands.

Helen Marguerite Baxter, ’84 MS, is employed by the Harris County Department of Education with an ESL teaching assignment in adult education.

Connie Edwards, ’85 BS, works for Saudi Aramco as an elementary school teacher in Dharan, Saudi Arabia.

B.J. Herz, ’81 MA, received the Galveston Historical Society’s 19th annual “Steel Oleander” Award. Vernon King, ’81 MA,

Vernon King, ’81 MA, was selected for inclusion in the Who’s Who in America 2012 publication.

Peggy Machol-Bassett, ’82 MA,Peggy Machol-Bassett, ’82 MA, has been teaching for 10 years at ASSETS Academy.

Terry Miller, ’85 MBA, is a senior sales associate for RICOH Corp.

Phyllis Saathoff, ’85 BS, was named Managing Director of Corporate Projects for the Port of Houston Authority.

Alison Brown, ’90 MS,
works for NASA Johnson Space Center as an aerospace engineer.

Cris C. Daskevich, ’97 MHA/MBA,Cris C. Daskevich, ’97 MHA/MBA, was selected as one of Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women by Houston Woman Magazine.

Sean Forrester, ’99 MBA, is a maintenance superintendent at American Crystal Sugar Co. in Minnesota.

Anna Gomez, ’93 MS, was appointed to the Hesston College Board of Overseers. She is a psychotherapist and mediator at Ebony Center in Brownsville.

Shu-chen Liu, ’93 MA, is the human resources vice director for Merry Electronics in Taiwan.

Lisa Lyles, ’94 MS, was named assistant principal at Fisher Elementary, Pasadena ISD.

Joe Orsi, ’90 BBA, took over command as Lt. Colonel of Houston-based 1st Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment.

Anne Payne, ’93 MS, is a docent at the Stark Museum of Art in Orange.

David Payne, ’95 MS, works at Westlake Petro Chem in Louisiana.

Linda Rawlings, ’97 MS, retired as principal from Westlake High School, Eanes ISD.

Travis Roderick, ’93 MHA, was appointed as CEO of North Texas Hospital, Denton.

C.D. Williams, ’92 BS, is a member of the Dayton ISD Board of Trustees.

Tess Gimenez Williams, ’91 BA, married Mark Williams in January 2012. She is the chief marketing strategist for CapitolComms.

Amy Acreman, ’05 BA, works for Barrios Technology as a configuration management analyst and is working on her master’s degree at UHCL.

Paul Acreman, ’09 PB BS, ’06 BBA, accepted a position with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Linda Butcher, ’03 MA, is the owner of Therapy Solutions 4 U in Wharton.

Leslie Cooper, ’04 BS, is owner of A & A Bookkeeping Services.

Daniel Davis, ’05 BA, is the pastor of Covenant Community Church, Pearland.

Donnie Elliott, ’02 BA, was named assistant baseball coach for Deer Park High School, Deer Park ISD.

Michelle LaGrone Ferguson, ’05 MA, ’03 BA, is teaching at the Awty International School, Houston.

Shannon Garner, ’01 BA, is the new head volleyball coach at Clear Springs High School, Clear Creek ISD.

Julie Gawel, ’08 MS, teaches grades 9-12 art at Lakeview Centennial High School, Garland ISD.

Matt Griesmyer, ’09 BA, joined the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce as director of communications.

Laurel Hale, ’03 BS, Laurel Hale, ’03 BS, works for the State of Texas Attorney General’s Office as an Officer II, Child Support Enforcement.

Julia Hall, ’01 MS, was named one of Pearland ISD Principals of the Year. She is principal at PACE Center.

Dana Harms, ’06 BA, is the manager of marketing and graphics for Midway, serves as the editorial and creative director for the biannual district magazine and is marketing chair for Brookwood Young Professionals.

Felicia Hernandez, ’01 BS, is a financial analyst II for The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

Abdulla Kudrath, ’07 BS, is completing her residency as a doctor of emergency medicine at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

Shawn Landrith, ’09 BS, is a project coordinator for Dehumidification Technologies.

Patrick LeBlanc, ’01 MA, received the Lea Krell Weems Fellowship at the Holocaust Museum Houston.

Yuvaraj Mani, ’06 MS, married Madhu Priya Ramu in June 2012.

Cissy Matthews, ’00 MBA, was appointed as vice president of instruction for Galveston College.

Sandra Paulson, ’04 MA, is semi-retired and living in Sun City, Ariz. She plans to pursue a career in clinical psychology.

Shalonvia Ramirez, ’09 MA, is a clinical therapist for Youth & Family Counseling Services.

Amber Rivera, ’03 MS, ’03 BS, is an internal accounting manager for The Boeing Co.

Russell Sassin, ’03 MS, is assistant principal at Bastrop Middle School, Bastrop ISD.

Jared Sloan, ’03 BA, teaches for Lamar Consolidated ISD.

Jeremy Stuart, ’07 MS, is a systems engineer for COLSA Corp. in Alabama.

Jordan R. Sutton, ’09 BS, passed the Medical Dosimetrist Certification Board exam and works for The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Wilbur Williams, ’00 BS, works for Harmony House Inc. as a resident care associate and recently received his Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor status.

Doug Arvin, ’12 MBA, is the vice president-hospital financial operations for University of Cincinnati Health System.

Derek Bird, ’12 BS, is a staff accountant for Camden Property Trust in Houston.

Sonja Blinka, ’10 BS, is director of purchasing for College of the Mainland.

Alicia Blum, ’12 MA, ’06 BS, works for Mental Health Mental Retardation Authority of Harris County as rehabilitation clinician.

Melissa Bryan, ’11 MBA, ’06 BS, is a plant controller with the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group in Houston.

Veronica Collins, ’12 MA, ’09 BS, is a code enforcement officer for the Alvin Police Department.

Claiborne Fant, ’11 MA, wrote a book titled “Galveston’s Historic Landmarks.”

Joel Hill, ’12 MBA, is a senior broker with Henry S. Miller Reality Services.

Ashley Lewis-Cook, ’11 MS, published an early childhood book, “Beautiful Me.”

Colleen Martin Merrit, ’11 MA, married Gabe Merrit in March 2012. She is the senior communications specialist at CBRE Group Inc. and owns and operates Martin Merritt Media.

Tanya Stanley, ’11 MA, ’08 BA, is a professor at San Jacinto College.

Rohit Sude, ’11 MS, works for JP Morgan Chase as a database management analyst in Ohio.

Vanitha Venkateshaiah. ’11 MS, is a research assistant for SeqWright Inc.

In Memory
Barbara Brehmer, ’03 MA, ’89 BBA,
passed away in March 2012.

Alfred W. (Butch) Rowell, ’95 BS, passed away in May 2012.

Yolanda Williams, ’04 MHA/MBA, passed away in July 2011.

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