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As published in the January 2013 Trinity Magazine
Catherine Boand Miller has been elected Incoming President of Resident's Association of Bayou Manor in Houston.
Lucille Leal Bridgewater lives in Phoenix, Ariz. Where she does volunteer work and enjoys traveling.
Gayle Smith Epperson and Virginia Grafa Stotts were in North Carolina in the summer enjoying scenic views and walking some of the Applachian Trail. On the way home they stopped by Greensboro, N.C. to visit with Mary Webb Olson '56 and in Jacksonville, Texas to see Mary "Pid" Bone Adamson '51.
Leon Ginsberg was the keynote speaker at the 13th Annual Social Work Conference held at Coker College in October. Dr. Ginsberg received "The Council on Social Work Education's Significant Lifetime Achievement in Social Work Award" in 2011.
Bobbie Braly Smethermon thought it time for a reunion with her good friends and former suitemates who had lived on the third floor of Isabel for their last two years at Trinity. She emailed Mary Jane Grafton Judd, Dorothy Lass Christ Tilson, and Lanelle Waddil Taylor. The four gathered at the home of Dorothy Tilson in Pasadena, Calif. Mary Jane reported that for three days they enjoyed the pool, they ate and talked and reminisced, but also took time for the Huntington and a play at the Los Angeles Concert Hall.
Charles H. Teykl is serving as a Parish Associate at St. Phillip Presbyterian Church in Hurst, Texas.
William Suter completed 50 years of consecutive federal service on September 2, 2012. He entered the Army on September 2, 1962, retired on February 1, 1991 and was appointed Clerk of the Supreme Court the same day.
Fredrick Finch has published Starry Nights: Stories of The Days With Jesus." Fred lives in Birmingham, Ala. and is a retired Riverside Editor in Chief.
Kay Jordan is the recipient of the Each Moment Matters Award presented by the Presbyterian Communities and Services Foundation. She is being honored for her work at Faith Presbyterian Hospice in Dallas.
E.J. "Jere" Pederson is the former executive vice president and CEO of The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He will be serving as the acting head of Texas A&M Health Science Center.
John Hall is the recipient of the Lynn Ford Craftsman Award from the San Antonio Conservation Society. Over the past 35 years, Hall has finely-crafted millwork to produce matches that have contributed to the rehabilitation of a number of historic buildings in the San Antonio area.
Dr. Bernard J. Horak is the Director of the Master Program in Health Services Administration at Georgetown University.
Wayne Smith is one of only eight national health leaders who have been included in all eleven of the rankings published annually in the magazine, Modern Healthcare. Smith is president and chief executive officer of Community Health Systems in Franklin, Tenn. Other Trinity alumni included on the list were Joe Allison '73, president and CEO of Baylor Health Care System in Dallas, and Douglas Hawthorne '69, '72, president and CEO of Presbyterian Health Care Resources of Dallas.
Belle Wheelan was the opening speaker at The Links, Inc., the Historically Black Colleges and Universities-Community College Collaborative Convention in June. The organization works to build strong ties between schools and enhance completion rates. Dr. Wheelan is chief executive officer for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. In addition to her receiving the Distinguished Alumna Award in 2002, Dr. Wheelan has been honored with four honorary degrees, the AAUW Woman of Distinction Award in 2002 and was named in the Washingtonian Magazine among the 100 Most Powerful Women in Washington, D.C.
Bob Warneke has retired from his position at the State of Texas and is working as a travel advisor for his wife's company, JB Journeys.
Naomi Shihab Nye has been named laureate of the 2013 NSA Neustadt Prize for Children's Literature. She will be presented the $25,000. prize, a silver medallion and a certificate during official ceremonies at the University of Oklahoma in fall 2013.
Harry "Bud" Holzman is a retired U.S. Army officer and petroleum geologist who has advised the U.S. Central Command on Iraq oil and gas. In 2004, the army put him in charge of evaluating the entire Iraqi infrastructure system, from oil and natural gas to electricity, including how to estimate what the country has and how to rebuild it. This included refineries, pipelines, and electric power generation plants. Larry Waks is included in the 2013 edition of Best Lawyers in America.
Kimberly Dotson is a Doctor of Audiology living in King City, Ore. She has received the Charles Holland Award for Excellence for her superior service at Sonus Westside, a premier audiology clinic.
Raul E. Hinojosa has been appointed to the Board of the U.S. Selection Service System.
Maria Lima presented a writer's workshop at San Antonio College, sponsored by the Cheshyre Cheese Club. Lima has published short stories, fiction, and non-fiction throughout her writing career and was nominated for an Agatha Award for best short story.
Uma Pemmaraju was one of six Northside ISD alumni honored at Westin La Cantera Resort at a gala sponsored by the NISD Partnership organization. The awards are given for Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship. Pemmaraju's award is The Pillar of Responsibility. She is currently an anchor and host for the Fox News Channel, "America's News HQ."
Sally Bailey has been promoted to full professor in theatre at Kansas State University. She was awarded the American Alliance for Theatre in Education Distinguished Book Award 2011 for her book, Barrier-Free Theatre.
Scott Blount has joined the Sullivan International Group as Chief Operations Officer working out of the San Francisco office.
Jim Grocholski has been named CEO of the 65 bed Wesley Rehabilitation Hospital in Wichita, Kan.
Gretchen Magers has been named women's tennis head coach at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. She has been head coach at San Diego City College since 2008 and previously served as tennis professional at several prestigious clubs on the California coast. Gretchen was a quarterfinalist at the U.S. Open, French Open, and Wimbledon. She represented the United States in the 1984 Olympics and a number of international events.
Mike Hensley and his wife, Carol, have bottled their inaugural 2009 Hensley Family Vineyards Hillside Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa Valley, producing 395 cases to be distributed in Calif., Texas and Washington, D.C.
Julie Keim performed at the Victoria Bach Festival. She sang the soprano part in the famous American masterwork, Knoxville: Summer of 1915, by Samuel Barber.
Jerome Renaud and Laura Eastman Renaud reside in Dunwoody, Ga. They recently celebrated their 26th anniversary and the high school graduation of their daughter.
Michael C. McMurray was elected by the Board of Directors of Owens Corning to be Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He has been with Owens Corning since 2008 following two decades with Royal Dutch Shell.
Bryce D. Linsenmayer has been named a partner in the Houston office of McGuireWoods LLP. His practice includes mergers and acquistions, stock and asset acquisitions and joint ventures.
Talley Summerlin following graduation from Trinity, formed a rock band with his brothers. They toured the Southeast for about 13 years. He has resumed writing songs and has recently released his first solo EP called Shake the Gates. He lives in Madison, N.J. and will perform for the next year in the Northeast U.S.
David Abell is a "serial entrepreneur" whose latest company is TriLumina Corp., maker of the world's fastest and most powerful semiconductor lasers.
Christopher Haunschild has joined the tax department in the international firm of Greenberg Taurig, LLP. He is located in the Silicon Valley, Calif. office.
Margaret Oertling Cupples is a managing partner in the firm of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP and has been listed in the inaugural edition of the top 250 Women in Litigation. Her practice focuses on civil appeals and commercial litigation.
Kristene West Hays is an educator in the Northeast ISD in San Antonio.
Christian Mammen has been named a partner in the firm of Hogan Lovells . His practice is on intellectual property litigation, with an emphasis on patent litigation. He recently served as Acting Assistant Dean of International and Graduate Programs and visiting professor with the University of California Hastings College.
Bill Holmes has been promoted to first chief business development officer in the firm of Netflix, Inc. in Los Gatos, Calif.
Sue Chen is the founder of Nova Medical Products and has been named one of Fortune magazine's 2011 "10 Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs." She will be speaking at the October 24th Conference for Women in Austin. Michael Roth is the newly named principal of Vera Scott Elementary School in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Tiffani Richburg Lupenski is now the News Director at the KATU-TV, the ABC affiliate in Portland, Ore. She has been an executive producer in Seattle and Denver, and she previously worked for CNN Headline News.
Kelly Mullins Haas was joined by alumni football players who with their families enjoyed a reunion and a Tiger football game. The group included Jeff Bryan, Martin Kellner, Derrick Stokes, John Tobola. Also, Garrett Taylor '92, Ross Copeland '95 and Joe Terry '95.
Amy Waddell Stewart left her "cutest little town in Conn." to return to Colorado. They are living in Broomfield, Colo. Amy is looking forward to volunteering at school with Young Life in Boulder.
Eric Youngstrom has been named vice president of marketing for Food On The Table, a consumer app that powers the shopping and meal planning experiences of more than one million families.
Tanya Spencer serves as the Acting Principal Officer of the U.S. Consulate General in Dubai. She joined the Consulate as Chief of the Political/Economic Section in 2011. She has served in Kabul, Afghanistan as Special Assistant to the Ambassador, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia as an economic officer, and in Bratislava, Slovakia as a political officer.
Susan Conley has been named chief executive officer (CEO) for DeKalb Community Hospital in Smithville and Stones River Hospital in Woodbury, Tenn.
Michael Beaver has been named President of St. Anthony Hospital by SSM Health Care Oklahoma.
Major Beth Kelley Horine took command of the 4th Combat Camera Squadron August 4, 2012 at March Air Reserve Base, Calif. She recently received an in-residence Masters of Military Arts and Sciences from Air University In June.
Simon R. Mayer is an associate in the firm of Hughes Watters Askanase in Houston where he received the 2011-2012 President's Award for outstanding contributions as co-chair of the Eikenburg Law Week Fun Run Committee. The award was presented at the annual Houston Bar Association dinner at the River Oaks Country Club.
Monica Vargas-Mahar is the COO of the Providence Memorial Hospital in El Paso, a 359 bed hospital owned by Tenet Healthcare Corp. She is being recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of the Up & Comers of 2012.
Kevin C. Hughes resides in the Netherlands where he is senior legal officer for the Special Court for Sierra Leone in Den Haag, Netherlands
Canaan C. Factor has accepted the position of Vice President at Post Oak Energy Capital. He resides in Houston.
Aaron M. Harison co-founded the online news publication The Washington Free Beacon. He currently serves as the president of the site's parent organization, The Center for American Freedom which is based in Washington, D.C.
Celina Suarez has been named to the faculty at the University of Arkansas. Dr. Suarez is an assistant professor in the department of geosciences in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences. She was featured in a 2011 episode of the television show Dirty Jobs to showcase the physically demanding nature of paleontological research on a dig site. She was described by the show's host as a "cardiovascular machine with a giant brain and an insatiable level of curiosity."
Jennifer L. Bergman lives in Cleveland, Ohio where she is a partner in a Law Office. She has been selected by the Rotary Club to go to the Virgin Islands for a Group Study Exchange to learn about the people and the culture of the region.
Morley Healy is a program manager for Via Christi Health, Kansas' largest health-services provider. She was named to the Board of Directors of Ballantine Communications, Inc.
Miranda McGee taught a three-class Shakespeare in the Summer workshop at the Howmet Playhouse in Cincinnati. In July she performed in The Nerd.
Laurie Mont teaches and works her own line of designs at The Austin School of Fashion and Design. After a brief time designing children's clothing at Carter's, Mont moved back to Austin and started teaching a variety of classes. Her line of feminine dresses, jackets and more are on www.lauriemont.com.
Nickolas Chea has been accepted to an Executive MBA program at UTSA September 3, 2012. He has also recently received a promotion with Valero Energy.
Renae Goettel benefited from the Make-A-Wish organization and as a result she met her idol, Sean Elliot. That brought her to San Antonio and to Trinity. After graduation she worked for the Spurs and is now involved with the Make-A-Wish organization. September 23rd in Seattle, she was working on the 5K walk and fund raiser at Marymoor Park.
Son Nguyen has entered the University of Chicago Booth School of Business as a full-time MBA candidate.
Angeline Vuong graduated from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley in May and has accepted a position as project manager for Immigration Policy and Economic Policy at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D. C.
Elenora M. Leeper serves as the Director of Young Professional Relations for the Downtown Alliance San Antonio.
Greg Starbird is a second year MFA lighting design student at the University of Houston. He is also a TA lighting and sound technology and oversees the undergraduate lighting crew.
Patrick Crim entered the Sixth Annual LG Mobile U.S. National Texting Championships. The competition began with 100,000 entrants that over eight weeks was narrowed to 180 and that was narrowed to 10 finalists that included Crim. Unfortunately, he did not win the $50,000.
Zach Garcia recently signed a professional contract with the San Antonio Scorpions of the North American Soccer League.
Ben Klimesh has been drafted by the Cincinnati Reds and "is ready to work his way toward his dream of Pitching in the big leagues." At Trinity he broke the conference records for career strikeouts and strikeouts in a season and ranks in the top 10 in Division III History for career strikeouts.
Paige Perry has been advised that her just published book, Turn The Page , is available from Amazon.