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Spring/Summer 2013 | volume 19 | number 2


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    Lawrence Manning Jr., ’79 BBA, is a foreman at Excel Construction Services.



    John Belt, ’80 MS, is president of QuilLab Consulting LLC and a professor at California Southern University.

    Penny Bowman, ’82 BA, is a business process analyst for University of West Florida, Pensacola, Fla.

    Dan Glazier, ’84 MBA, is a partner at The Glazier Group in Denton.

    Chester Little, ’85 MS, retired from BP America and now teaches at Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tenn.

    Shannon McClendon, ’89 BSShannon McClendon, ’89 BS, was appointed to a second term on the Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board.

    Bufford Moore, ’81 BS, has a practice in Baytown in cosmetic, plastic, reconstructive and hand surgery.

    Daniel O’Neill, ’89 BBA, manages planning, scheduling and routing the Boeing fleet aircraft for United Airlines, Flight Operations Division.

    Steve Sloat, ’81 MBA, published his first fiction thriller, “A Day to Die.”



    Michael Bedford, ’90 BS,Michael Bedford, ’90 BS,was elected to a four-year term as prosecutor for Van Buren County, Mich.

    Donna Lord Black, ’92 MA, ’88 BS,Donna Lord Black, ’92 MA, ’88 BS, was reappointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists.

    Toni Castillo, ’94 BA, is director of Stetson University Celebration Center, DeLand, Fla.

    Jan Johnson, ’95 MA, ’86 BS,Jan Johnson, ’95 MA, ’86 BS, published “Walking Historic Galveston: A Guide to its Neighborhoods.”

    Mike Merkel, ’94 MA, ’90 BA, ’95 Distinguished Alumnus, was elected to Brazoria County Precinct 3-1 as Justice of the Peace.

    Patricia Porter, ’95 BS, hosts an online radio program, The Texas Conflict Coach. She has produced 145 episodes during the past four years.

    Robert Porter, ’96 BS, graduated with a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Texas at San Antonio last year.

    Carolyn “Kaye” Post, ’90 BS, retired as principal from A.B. Freeman Elementary, Pasadena Independent School District, Pasadena.

    Donna Poth, ’91 BS, is the principal at Langford Elementary, Austin ISD, Austin.



    Julius Adeniyi, ’06 MS,Julius Adeniyi, ’06 MS,is a senior auditor with Transocean.

    Premeela Chacko, ’04 PB BS,Premeela Chacko, ’04 PB BS, was awarded “Special Recognition” at the Women of Color Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Conference. She is an information technology professional with Boeing Test & Evaluation.

    Sravanthi Chigurupati, ’09 MS,Sravanthi Chigurupati, ’09 MS, accepted a position at the University of Chicago as a senior research technologist.

    Jared Cibley, ’07 MHA, works for the Department of Veterans Affairs as a health system specialist. He is currently working at Overton Brooks VA Medical Center, Shreveport, La.

    Jacque Darragh, ’00 BA, is a faculty secretary and a student at UHCL.

    Varun Desai, ’10 MS, works for L&T Infotech Ltd. in Edison, NJ as an information technology consultant.

    Mike Emery, ’07 MA, earned Public Relations Society of America – Excalibur Award, Blog – Gold award, and at the Houston Press Club Lone Star Awards: Press Release (Hard News) - First Place and Press Release (Soft News) - First, Second and Third Place.

    Nancy Garza, ’09 BS, is an accounting manager at Pasadena Tank Corp., Pasadena.

    Sharon Griffin, ’08 MA, ’06 BS, has self-published a children’s book titled “When I Grow Up: A Little Girl’s Big Boy Dreams.”

    Laurie Hake, ’06 BA, works in digital marketing for Halliburton.

    Rayomand Kumana, ’04 MS, is a project engineer for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

    Carmen Laffey, ’04 MA,Carmen Laffey, ’04 MA, works as a criminal investigator, Harris County Public Defender’s Office.

    Erin Landry-Jones, ’04 MAErin Landry-Jones, ’04 MA, designs jewelry and owns Jewelry Inspirations by Erin, Santa Fe.

    Linda Matheson, ’06 BA, is the 2011-13 president of the Brazosport Art League, Clute.

    Shawn McCann, ’02 MA, published “Asleep At Work,” a novel on surviving in the ever-changing workplace.

    Paul McRee, ’00 BA, published “Hell has Torments of Cold, Rebels on Johnson’s Island,” a book about a Civil War prison for Confederate officers.

    Linette Moore, ’03 MS, is a certified specialist microbiologist in biological safety microbiology. She is the safety program manager at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston.

    Claudia Ovalle, ’07 MS, teaches at Carroll Elementary in Sheldon ISD.

    Sameer Pande, ’02 MS, and his wife, Shivalika Pant, had a baby girl Jan. 6, 2013.

    Santosh Patel, ’09 MHA/MBA,Santosh Patel, ’09 MHA/MBA, is a market practice manager for HCA Physician Services. Mitali Paul, ’05 MHA/ MBA, is chief executive officer of Select Specialty Hospital-Houston West.

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

    Adelina Rucker, ’02 BS,Adelina Rucker, ’02 BS, was named the 2011-12 Pearland ISD Elementary Teacher of the Year. She is an educational technology specialist for grades K – 4.

    Mandy Scott, ’03 MS, is the principal of Santa Fe High School, Santa Fe ISD.

    Melonie Sczesny, ’07 BS, is a senior accountant for Tarpon Operating and Development LLC, Houston.

    Ryan Shuler, ’06 BA, has been certified by the American Health Information Management Association as a registered health information technician and works for Harris Health System, Houston.



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

    Jamie Davis, ’12 MBA, ’05 MA, ’03 BA, was promoted to director of global procurement for TSC Offshore and is in charge of the company’s global logistics.

    Angela Doggett, ’11 MHA/MBA, is working as an administrative fellow for Harris Health System, Houston.

    Joy Eddleman, ’11 MS, ’06 BS, is a librarian at McMasters Elementary School, Pasadena ISD.

    Jessica Fiske, ’11 MHA, is a research coordinator at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston.

    Roel Garza, ’11 BS, is a controller/scheduler for Kinder Morgan.

    Ryane Harris, ’12 BS,Ryane Harris, ’12 BS, teaches third grade at Stafford Elementary School in Stafford Municipal ISD, Stafford.

    Melissa Harrison, ’10 MHA/MBA, works for St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System as a management consultant.

    Antrix Jain, ’12 MS, works for Baylor College of Medicine as a research assistant.

    David Langenberg, ’12 BS, is a senior captain with Village Fire Department, Houston.

    Emily Liles, ’10 BA, works for Brazosport College as a course developer, financial assistant and part-time event manager.

    Dahlia Mack, ’11 BS, works at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston as a CE associate analyst.

    Hemanjan Padhy, ’10 MS, is a designer for Pentair Thermal Management, Houston.

    Brandon Rich, ’10 BS, works for Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services as a risk consultant.

    Crystal Rico, ’12 BFA,Crystal Rico, ’12 BFA, works for The Grand 1894 Opera House in Galveston as a marketing associate.

    Krystal Rogers, ’11 BS, Krystal Rogers, ’11 BS, received the First Year Promising Teacher of the Year Award from the Council for Exceptional Children-Texas. She teaches mathematics and science at Harlem Elementary, Goose Creek Consolidated ISD.

    John Simms, ’11 BA, teaches at Woodland Acres Middle School, Galena Park ISD. He also coaches football, basketball and track.

    Don Snider, ’12 BS, is the senior investigating officer for the U.S. Coast Guard, Milwaukee, Wis. He oversees marine casualty investigations and credentialed mariner investigations for all units within the Sector Lake Michigan area.

    Sylvester Talbert, ’12 MA, is a sales agent for Western Southern.

    Vanitha Venkateshaiah, ’11 MS, is a lab assistant with GE Clarient.

    Bridget Walton, ’10 MA, is an assistant professor of English at College of the Mainland, Texas City.


    In Memory

    Josh Jaco, ’99 BS, passed away in November 2012.

    Roy Frank Hans, ’83 BA, passed away in January 2013.

    Marian Stauffer, ’93 Special Education Teaching Certificate, passed away in October 2012.

    Ida Swiggett, ’83 MA, ’81 BA, passed away in September 2012.

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