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Fall 2013/Winter 2014 | volume 20 | number 1


Message from the President
Reducing the Distance
Life Below the Sea
Culture and Conflict


Preparing for a New Generation
Crazily Creating Success
Reducing the Distance
Culture and Conflict
Finding Life Below the Sea
The Difference an Hour Can Make


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    Roxanna Montalvo ShimotsuRoxanna Montalvo Shimotsu, ’78 BS, teaches a fourth grade bilingual class at Sam Houston Elementary and was named Elementary Teacher of the Year for Harlingen Independent School District, Harlingen.



    Charles “Ed” Bailey, ’81 MS, ’79 BS, is the executive director of Global Institute for Scientific Thinking and published “Mind Code: How the Language We Use Influences the Way We Think.”

    Barbara Holt, ’88 MS, is an adjunct professor at LeTourneau University.

    David Koenig, ’86 MS/MHS, works in business development and product management for GE Healthcare.

    David Florance, ’88 BBA,David Florance, ’88 BBA, is an outside sales representative for Scotts Miracle-Gro Co.

    Gerrie Nelson, ’88 BA, published “Lab Notes: a novel,” an adventure thriller set mostly on the Texas coast.

    Joyce Zongrone, ’86 MA,Joyce Zongrone, ’86 MA, retired from the U.S. Navy after 35 years of service. In recognition of her lengthy and distinguished service record, Zongrone’s name was read in to the Congressional Record.



    Nance Biddy, ’91 BBA, is president and chief executive officer of Nance Biddy Consulting LLC.

    Steve Christopherson, ’98 MS, ’81 BS,Steve Christopherson, ’98 MS, ’81 BS, has been reappointed to a six-year term to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors.

    Crystal Collier, ’98 BS,Crystal Collier, ’98 BS, works for the Council on Alcohol & Drugs as the Director of Behavioral Health. She has also completed her Ph.D.

    Elizabeth Condic, ’97 MS, ’94 BS, is vice president for financial affairs at University of Mary, Bismarck, North Dakota.

    Kevin Foyle, ’99 MBA,Kevin Foyle, ’99 MBA, has been named vice president for development at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

    Connie Garland, ’96 BS, teaches environmental science for Aransas Pass ISD.

    Gregory Harper, ’94 MA, is the vice president of human resources for Northstar Aerospace.

    Steven Martin, ’95 BS, works for Pharmaceutical Product Development as associate director-tax.

    Sean McFerren, ’99 BA, is the principal technical writer for Invensys.

    David Medearis, ’96 BS, is an associate attorney at Sullins, Johnston, Rohrbach & Magers.

    Clyde Skarke, ’93 MS, ’87 BS, is principal at Wolters Campus, Deer Park High School.

    Pamela Ugalde, ’91 BA, works for Anadarko Industries LLC as a business development specialist.



    Elaine Parker Adams, ’00 MA,Elaine Parker Adams, ’00 MA, has published the biography of her greatgrandfather “The Reverend Peter W. Clark: Sweet Preacher and Steadfast Reformer.”

    Tad Bertrand, ’04 BA, teaches first grade at Barton Hills Elementary in Austin.

    Chris Bezdek, ’05 MBA, ’01 BS,Chris Bezdek, ’05 MBA, ’01 BS, has been promoted to executive vice president – market CEO for CommunityBank of Texas southeast Houston market.

    Rachel Boyle, ’05 MARachel Boyle, ’05 MA, is the program and events coordinator for RiceUniversity.

    Cari Brownlee, ’02 MS, is an attorney in Pasadena.

    Scott Burk, ’07 BBA, works for Baylor College of Medicine, Medical Genetic Laboratories as a manager, Patient Revenue and Accounts.

    Jody Cone, ’06 BS,Jody Cone, ’06 BS, was voted Teacher of the Year for 2012-13 school year at Harlem Elementary, Goose Creek Consolidated ISD.

    Irma Cortez, ’08 MS,Irma Cortez, ’08 MS, completed the requirements to be a Licensed Professional Counselor. She is a school counselor for Pasadena ISD.

    Yasser Elouri, ’09 MS, is an industrial hygienist professional at LyondellBasel, Houston.

    Stefanie Karacostas, ’08 BS, is the branch manager at AMOCO Federal Credit Union.

    Kristi Koncaba, ’05 MA, ’97 BS, is president and chief operating officer at Texan Bank.

    Lisa Loney, ’07 BS, is an alumni relations coordinator at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

    Mary Ann Matthys, ’07 MA, teaches art appreciation as an adjunct instructor at Alvin Community College and is currently working on a series of prints for publication.

    Aaron Mears, ’02 BBA, Aaron Mears, ’02 BBA, works at United Technologies Aerospace Systems as a program manager.

    Jason Malott, ’07 BBA, is the general manager at BoneVoyage Pet Resort in Galveston.

    Leah Richelle Morris, ’00 BS, works at Pasadena ISD as a dyslexia and intervention specialist.

    Thomas Reyes, ’02 BBA, works as a project controls coordinator for MEITEC Inc., La Porte.

    Scott Riley, ’07 BBA, works for American National Insurance Co. as a senior accountant.

    Mildred Rodriguez, ’06 MS,Mildred Rodriguez, ’06 MS, is the assistant director of Methodist Children’s Home.

    Craig Simons, ’00 BBA,Craig Simons, ’00 BBA, works as a realtor with Keller Williams Metropolitan.

    Barbara Sharp, ’07 BS, is a payroll operations accountant for Humble ISD.

    Gail Thompson, ’07 BBA, works as a human resource generalist at Wortham Insurance, Houston.

    Amy Wadoswky Sutton, ’05 MS, is a library specialist for Houston ISD and has been elected as the Texas Library Association District 8 Chair.



    Whitney Barwick, ’12 BS, is director of human resources for Intrigue Promotions Inc.

    Jamie Davis, ’12 MBA, ’05 MA, ’03 BA, retired from the oil and gas industry and will be spending more time with his family and friends.

    Katherine Fellows, ’12 BA, ’11 BA, is a software engineering fellow at Hackbright Academy, San Francisco, Calif.

    Amanda Funesti, ’11 BS, teaches fourth grade science and social studies at Jane Long Elementary in Brazosport ISD.

    Amber Gell, ’10 MS, is a spacecraft systems engineer for Lockheed Martin in Colorado and has been named the 2013 Women in Space Science Award Honoree.

    Gary Gudmundson, ’11 MBA, works for Chevron Oronite Co. LLC as a compliance coordinator in the global compliance/finance department.

    Rachel Gunter, ’12 MA, ’10 BA, is in the Ph.D. history program at Texas A&M University.

    Andrew Harolds, ’11 BA,Andrew Harolds, ’11 BA, is the owner of AJH Services in League City.

    Matt Highfill, ’13 MA, is teaching history at Clear Creek High School, Clear Creek ISD.

    Ashley Lewis-Cook, ’11 MS, has released “Color Friends’ Journey to Preschool.”

    Sara Little-Masterson, ’12 BS,Sara Little-Masterson, ’12 BS, teaches fifth grade at Aline Cleo Public Schools in Oklahoma.

    Jennifer Matus, ’12 BA, works for Texas Farm Bureau Insurance Co. as an insurance agent.

    Colleen Merrit, ’11 MA, Colleen Merrit, ’11 MA,is the technology, communication and marketing manager for The Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce.

    Chetan Lakshmana Reddy, ’12 MS, is a research associate at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

    Kelley Rojas, ’12 BS, works for General Atomics Aeronautical as a human resources recruiting coordinator.

    Erin Segreto, ’11 MS, is a library media specialist at the Coyote Library, Cinco Ranch Junior High School, Katy ISD. She received the Texas Library Association MVP (Media/Virtual Presence) Award.

    James Valentino, ’11 MA, ’09 BA, is teaching at College of the Mainland.

    Pamela Washington, ’11 MA, is a board certified behavior analyst at The Gulf Coast Center.

    Terrie Wollard, ’11 MA, is vice president and CEO of Gulf Coast Educators Federal Credit Union.


    In Memory

    Robert “Bob” M. Davis, ’86 MBA, passed away in March 2013.

    David Warren McLeroy, ’89 BS, passed away in November 2013.

    Karen D. Patrick, ’00 BS, passed away in October 2013.

    Rosalind Perez, ’13 Systems Engineering Certificate, ’07 Distinguished Alumna, ’93 Mid-Management Certificate, passed away in December 2013.

    Harold G. Spangler, ’82 MS, passed away in August 2013.

    Beverly Tindle, ’88 BS, passed away in August 2012.

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