Class Notes From Spring 2010

March 23, 2010


Perrin Worrell, BSED '00, writes, "I am the granddaughter of an amazing Baylor Bear. Louise Durham Denham, BA '36, is the granddaughter of John Thomas Harrington of the Harrington House on the Baylor campus. She is the reason that I went to Baylor. She is now 93 years old and wanted to make sure that the Baylor family doesn't forget who John Thomas Harrington was to this world. She has written a book about him and is looking to get it published. She wants to leave a written legacy and has written it all down. I am proud to be her granddaughter and a Baylor Bear." Denham lives in Bridgewater Corner, Vt. Contact at (802) 672-2099 or


Kathleen Hall McLendon, BM '53, has retired after teaching school for 50 years in Texas, Louisiana, Nebraska, Illinois and Arizona. She would love to hear from some old classmates. Contact at 2521 E. Cinnabar Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85028 or


Dick Clayton, BA '55, had six stories and a poem published in the November 2009 issue of Lighthouse Digest. He has had three dozen histories of lighthouse keepers published there in the past decade. Clayton says his "first 15 minutes of fame" came as the voice of Mickey Mud Turtle on Channel 11 in Fort Worth's "Mickey and Amanda" puppet show, which aired five days a week from 1957 to 1963. He resides in Woodland Hills, Calif. Contact at


Robert Flynn, BA '54, MA '56, published his eighth novel, Echoes of Glory. (See Copywrite, pg. 9, for more.) Contact at 101 Cliffside Drive, San Antonio, TX 78231 or

Martha Frosch Kettler, BBA '56, MSED '66, of Robinson, Texas, celebrated her 100th birthday on Jan. 4. Kettler earned her degrees while working for Baylor, then went on to teach school until she was 70. Happy birthday, Mrs. Kettler!


Dr. Perry Carroll, BM '57, presented a paper at the Colloquium on Baptist Church Music on Sept. 24 at Baylor University. The title of the paper was "The Influence of Daniel Brink Towner (1850-1919) on the Development of Southern Baptist Music During the Early to the Middle Twentieth Century." Contact at 126 Foxcroft Way, Anderson, SC 29621 or


George Chandler, BA '60, JD '62, founder and chairman of Chandler, Mathis & Zivley in Lufkin, Texas, was named the 2009 Baylor Lawyer of the Year by Baylor Law School.

"George has, in his life and in his career, set a mark that provides each of us with aspirational goals of the loftiest sort," said Baylor Law Dean Brad Toben, JD '77. "He has attained the pinnacle of achievement as a trial lawyer. He has been honored time and time again for his work in the courtroom. He has a passion for vindicating the rights of those who have lost loved ones, suffered grievous injury or otherwise been tread upon wrongfully. For George, his trial work is about reaching out to serve others in the courtroom and in the profession, a profession in which he has been a consistent, strong voice of leadership."


Walter Reece, BBA '61, had an interview published in the Fall 2009 issue of Steinbeck Review: "Walter Reece's Steinbeck, Poet After All." Contact at 37 Deer Ridge Road, Wimberley, TX 78676.


Dr. Warren Fields, MM '63, of Lawrenceville, Ga., presented a paper at the Colloquium on Baptist Church Music, Sept. 24-25, 2009. The conference was sponsored by The Center for Christian Music Studies, at Baylor's George W. Truett Theological Seminary. The title of Fields' paper: "Hymns and Gospel Songs in the Core Repertory of Southern Baptist Congregations as Reflected in Five Hymnals Published from 1940 to 2008." Contact at

Katherine Reid, BA '63, is president-elect of her local retired teacher group and chairman of the Texas State Research Committee for Delta Kappa Gamma, an international honorary teacher organization. "I give Baylor credit for my being able to accept opportunities to lead. Baylor taught me how not to fear speaking in public, how to dress professionally, how to listen to others, and how to set goals and achieve them. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you," she says. Contact at 106 Ravenhead, Houston, TX 77034.


David C. Marx, BA '64, has written a novel, James Oliver Young: Interim Pastor, officially released on Feb. 18. Set at Geneva Presbyterian Church on the north side of San Antonio, the novel shows Young's deep care for people in ministry at the church, in the hospital and in homes, and that unplanned ministry occurs in unexpected places such as rest stops along highways. Jim and his wife, Diane, receive loving care even while caring for others.


Charles W. Allen, BS '68, MS '69, recently had a novel, Ace Rivals (a historically accurate tale of World War II and Korean Conflict air combat), published by Tate Publishing under the pen name Charles Heaton Allen. The Austin (Texas) Writers' League gave the book special award recognition. It is available via, and Signed copies can be obtained via Allen resides in Hot Springs Village, Ark.


Ben March, BBA '69, joined LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas, as the vice president for university development in January 2009. LeTourneau is a nondenominational Christian university with eight campuses in Texas. He and his wife, Anita Holt March, '69, live at 824 Hillcrest Dr., Longview, TX 75601. Contact at

Merriott Jane Terry, BS '69, is president and CEO of Educational First Steps in Dallas, a nonprofit organization that works with 82 low income childcare centers. Contact at 8616 Mill Creek Rd., Irving, TX 75063 or


Nathalie Sorrell, BA '70, is co-founder of Truth Be Told, a Texas nonprofit serving women in prison. TBT has provided practical tools for women behind and beyond bars since 2003 and is now expanding to the women's unit in Gatesville. As director of the "Behind Bars" program, Sorrell has taught incarcerated women how to tell the story of what got them into prison. The program focuses on communication, creativity and community building as transformational tools to help these women rebuild their lives and the lives of their families. With the expansion of the program, TBT needs volunteers willing to work with women in Gatesville. Any interested person should contact Sorrell at 10600 Sierra Oaks, Austin, TX 78759, (512) 423-3492 or


Dr. Lynn A. McMillon, PhD '72, is dean of the College of Biblical Studies at Oklahoma Christian University in Oklahoma City. He is CEO and editor of the Christian Chronicle newspaper based in Oklahoma City. Contact at


W. Mike Baggett, JD '73, Winstead PC Chairman Emeritus and Dallas Shareholder, was named Dallas Regional Chamber Chairman of the Board-elect at the organization's annual meeting, held Jan. 14. Baggett has served on the Chamber's board and as a member of the executive committee for several years. A well-known and highly respected legal community, civic and business leader, Baggett served as the chairman and CEO of Winstead from 1992 through 2006. He was the seventh lawyer to join Winstead and under his leadership, Winstead has grown into a large Texas law firm.

Baggett received his BBA from Texas A&M (Distinguished Alumni, 1998). He clerked for Justice Price Daniel Sr. of the Texas Supreme Court and was awarded a Bronze Star Medal for Vietnam service as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army.


Sherri Vaughn LeNoir, BSED '75, has been married for 37 years and has three children and four grandchildren. She has been Limestone County Justice of the Peace for 10 years, after teaching for 21 years. She is a member of Central Baptist Church in Thornton, Texas. She is involved in school, community and church activities, and resides in Groesbeck, Texas. Contact at .


Dr. Kevin Hall, BA '77, Oklahoma Baptist University Hollums Chair of Bible and Professor of Religion, was elected by his peers to serve as chair of OBU's Faculty Council during the 2009-10 academic year. Along with teaching all levels of religion courses, Hall is a contributing writer to Biblical Illustrator magazine. He has written for the Southwestern Journal of Theology and is a contributor to the Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible. In 1999, he received OBU's Promising Teacher Award. He and his wife, Diana L. Hall, BSED '80, reside in Shawnee, Okla.

Dave Edwards has created, the first site of its kind to help users create music, even those who haven't had lessons on an instrument. With over 200,000 users, many are creating and sharing their music all over the world. Edwards' newest venture is a software development kit that allows Windows programmers to develop games for the iPhone. "Sandra and I are quite proud of our current Baylor Bear [Jillian] and our three other kids [Lauren, BA '05, Laine, BA '09, and Cole] who have also attended Baylor," he says. Contact at and


Jerry Elliott, BBA '81, JD '83, former chief financial officer of Virgin Media, has been named chief financial officer/chief administrative officer for The Weather Channel Companies. In this newly created role, Elliott will have overall responsibility for the company's finance, legal, administrative and human resources functions. He will be based at the company's Atlanta headquarters.

Lisa Bergen Wilson, BS '81, was selected as Assistant Head of School for Advancement at Battle Ground Academy in Franklin, Tenn., after serving the higher education community for the past nine years. She is thrilled to lead a team of development and advancement professionals in a $40 million capital campaign. Groundbreaking for two new facilities was set to occur in March 2010 for visual arts and athletics/wellness. Wilson's son, Justin, is a student at Belmont University, and her daughter, Megan, attends O'More College of Design in Franklin, Tenn. Contact at 2516 Call Hill Road, Nashville, TN 37211 or


Ms. S. Shawn Stephens, BA '82, was one of six individuals recently appointed to the Texas Commission on the Arts by Governor Rick Perry. The commission encourages appreciation for fine arts in Texas and acts in an advisory capacity regarding the construction and remodeling of state buildings and works of art. The commission also awards significant arts and cultural grants throughout Texas. Her term will expire in August of 2015. She is partner at Baker Hostetler and leads the Houston office's appellate practice.


Daniel Drummond, BA '83, was hired as Global Credit Manager at Newmans Valves in November 2009. He completed his MBA degree at the University of Houston-Victoria and is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society. Contact at 13334 Boxwood Terrace Dr., Houston, TX 77083 or

Vic Vines, BBA '83, of Dallas, has recently been named territory sales manager (United States) for RetailTribe, a South Africa-based company that has developed a web-based marketing tool for PGA head professionals (club professionals). They currently service 1,100 professionals in the U.K. and South Africa and have recently expanded to the U.S. He has two children: Calli, a student at Dallas Theological Seminary studing Biblical counseling, and Jake, a freshman at Baylor. Contact at


Rachel Cywinski, BBA '85, was awarded a $5,000 academic scholarship at the Texas Conference for Women hosted by Governor Rick Perry and First Lady Anita Perry in San Antonio in November. Cywinski is enrolled in the doctoral program in mathematics education at the University of Incarnate Word in San Antonio. She teaches as an adjunct instructor at Alamo Colleges and also tutors blind students.

Mark Freeze, BBA '85, has been named Of Counsel, effective Jan. 1, at Steptoe & Johnson LLP, an international law firm. His practice is based in the firm's Phoenix office and encompasses environmental, toxic tort and complex civil litigation, environmental enforcement defense, and environmental counseling. Freeze is a past recipient of the prestigious Burton Award for legal writing, given annually by the Burton Foundation in partnership with the Library of Congress to commend excellence and clarity in legal writing.

Clark Hood, BBA '85, of Prosper, Texas, has recently been promoted to Director of Sales, North America for Cardiac Science Corporation. Cardiac Science is a worldwide leader and manufacturer of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), which are used to treat out-of-hospital victims of sudden cardiac arrest. Baylor University, including the athletics department, has implemented a campus-wide AED program to help protect students, faculty and visitors. Contact at

Ken Paxton, BA '85, MBA '86, was re-elected to the Texas House of Representatives in Nov. 2008 and just completed his fourth legislative session. He currently serves on the Ways and Means Committee and the House Land and Resource Management Committee. Additionally, he owns and operates a private business consulting practice, specializing in estate planning, probate, real estate and general business matters. He and his wife, Angela Allen Paxton, BA '85, and their four children currently reside in McKinney, Texas.

Matthew Brent Turk, BBA '85, of Beaumont, Texas, was commissioned as a 1st Lieutenant in the JAG corps of the National Guard on Dec. 17. On Nov. 9, his son, Matthew Robert, was born.

Greg A. Wilson, BBA '85, recently joined the Dallas-based Mortgage Search & Acquisition (MSA) firm as a vice president in the Dallas office. Prior to joining MSA, Wilson was a division manager for Dallas-based Genesys Group, a consulting and outsourcing firm. During his 25-year career, Wilson has held leadership roles and recruited for clients in the financial services, technology, energy and nonprofit organization industries. He also holds two master's degrees from Southwestern Seminary. Contact at


Anna E. Barrett, BSED '86, was recently selected as Teacher of the Year at Young Junior High School in Arlington [Texas] ISD. She has taught at YJHS for seven years. Her family includes husband Robert, daughter Cassidy, age 9, and son Ladd, age 6. Contact at 6041 Casey Ct., Fort Worth, TX 76140 or

David Slover, BBA '86, MBA '89, was named president of Buckner Foundation in Dallas on Jan. 22. In his new role, he leads the fundraising and advancement efforts of Buckner International's global ministry to orphans, vulnerable children and families and works to secure funds for the nearly $100 million annual operating budget. Slover formerly served as executive vice president of Buckner Foundation. He has served on the Baylor Bear Foundation Board of Directors. Slovar and his wife, Carol Glass Slover, BA '89, have two children, Seth and Sarah. They reside in Coppell, Texas.


Michele Nelson Reising, BSHE '87, of Coppell, Texas, and her husband Richard have owned Artistry Marketing, a church marketing consulting company, for over 10 years. They have written a book called Church Marketing 101: Preparing Your Church for Greater Growth, published by Baker Books and recently translated into Korean. They love traveling and working with churches and ministries all over the U.S. and overseas. Michele says, "Our staff of 12 are a blessing to us as well. It's an honor to be called to work hand in hand to accomplish God's work. Thank you, Baylor, for preparing for me for my life's work." Contact at

Thomas Sanders, BA '87, earned his doctorate in leadership studies from Dallas Baptist University. He directs a master's program in childhood ministry at DBU's Gary Cook Graduate School of Leadership. Contact at 10315 Mustang Run, Forney, TX 75126 or

Matt Scales, BA '87, is a senior producer for Fox Sports Net Southwest. He recently won his second Lone Star Emmy Award for producing "1969-Lone Star Legends", a look at the 1969 Southwest Conference football season. He was also nominated for another Lone Star Emmy this year. Contact at 2529 Johnson Dr., Mesquite, TX 75181 or


Stephen Raffaele, BA '88, has been named chief financial officer at F&M Bank Corporation, based in Tulsa, Okla. Prior to joining F&M, Raffaele was senior executive vice president and chief financial officer of Guaranty Bank in Dallas. He and wife Catherine Kershaw Raffaele, BA '87, reside in Frisco, Texas, and have three children. Their son Stephen is a Baylor junior.


Janet Hallman Mefferd, BA '89, hosts the Janet Mefferd Show, which "takes a Christ-centered look at news and events of the day, both in church and in the world." Salem Radio Network debuted the talk radio show for national syndication on Christian-formatted stations on Feb. 1. The 2-5 p.m. ET show has KPXQ/Phoenix, KENO/Nashville and KWRD/Dallas already on board. Mefferd got her start in journalism working at the Baylor Lariat. Contact at


Sammy Campbell, BBA '91, has celebrated two years as a Department of Homeland Security Federal Agent.

Will Downs, BBA '91, has been employed at Fidelity Investments since 1993 and is currently a corporate trainer, holding Series 6, 7, 63, 9, and 10 securities licenses. He was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity at Baylor. His wife Lori, a UT-Arlington graduate, and daughter Olivia, who was born Sept. 5, 2008, reside at 1211 Capital Dr., Lantana, TX 76226. Contact at


Sean Holloway, BBA '92, was married to Marcia Kay Brandert on Nov. 21 at Houston's Second Baptist Church. Sean is the national sales manager of the Rectorseal Corporation, a specialty chemicals manufacturer. He was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha at Baylor. Marcia is a nurse practitioner, specializing in bone marrow transplantation, at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

Kathleen Sullivan Stephens, BA '92, MA '94, is pleased to announce the publication of Our White Boy, a work she co-authored with Jerry Craft, the first white man to play baseball in the West Texas Colored League during the summers of 1959 and 1960. The book can be ordered through Texas Tech University Press or Stephens lives in Arlington, Texas, with her husband, Johnny, and son, Connor. Contact at

Stephen M. Ulbricht, MHA '92, is administrative director for the Children's Heart Program at Wolfson Children's Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla. He recently became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the nation's leading professional society for healthcare leaders. Ulbricht, RN, BSN, MBA, FACHE, is a graduate of the U.S. Army-Baylor Program in Healthcare Administration, and spent 23-plus years on active duty in the United States Navy before retiring at the rank of Commander in 2002. "I would like to pass on greetings to all of my Baylor Bear classmates and former faculty. Best wishes for a great 2010 and hope to see you at this year's Congress in Chicago!" he says. He resides in Jacksonville, Fla., with his wife, Deborah, and three grown children, Mark, Paul and Deirdre, along with his son-in-law Andy Kovalcik and his 4-year-old grandson. Contact at


Alicia M. Gunther Carlson, BSED '93, is in her 10th year with Clear Creek [Texas] ISD and teaches sixth and seventh grade science at Clear Lake Intermediate. Her husband and high school sweetheart, David, has been employed with AkzoNobel in Pasadena, Texas, since 1991. They have two sons, Christopher, 12, and Nicholas, 7. The family moved into a new home in Clear Lake, Texas, this Christmas. Contact at

Carlos Colón-Quintana, MM '93, has received an ASCAPLUS Award, designated for non-commercial composers, from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. "The award is not for one composition, but a recognition for the amount of performances my music is generating," explains Colón-Quintana. "However, the main piece that has been generating some performances and attention is my musical requiem, 'Las Lamentaciones de Rufina Amaya,' written for the victims of a massacre in El Salvador." On Nov. 6, Colón-Quintana conducted the Salvadoran premiere of the piece in San Salvador at Catholic University, where the chorus of the National Opera performed his work. To see a previous performance of the piece at Baylor's Armstrong Browning Library, visit

Jayne A. Pemberton, BA '93, MA '96, a lawyer in the risk management practice at Sands Anderson Marks & Miller, P.C. based in Richmond, Va., has been made president of their board of directors and risk management chair. Pemberton, a long-time volunteer leader and mentor, was awarded the 2007 Big Sister of the Year for her volunteer service with Big Brothers Big Sisters in Central Virginia. Pemberton concentrates her law practice on the defense of companies and individuals in insurance litigation and on insurance coverage issues.


Craig Canton, BA '94, received a Doctor of Ministry degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with a specialization in leadership and administration on Dec. 19. He resides in Westminster, S.C.

Jennifer McBrayer, BFA '94, is a member of the 2009 national champion 4.0 USTA tennis team representing Southern California. Her team participated in the USTA League National Championships in Las Vegas, Nev., in October. McBrayer and her doubles partner helped the team clinch the title in a third set tie-breaker.


Christy Dillion Chambers, BBA '98, and her brother Jeff won first place overall and best merchandising from the Greater Tulsa Parade of Homes for a model home built by their company, Legend Homes LLC, in Tulsa, Okla. Contact at

Brent Harman, MBA '98, owns and operates Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse in Dallas. The legendary barbecue joint celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Bryan family of restaurants on Feb. 13. Sonny Bryan's has also announced plans to franchise throughout the United States. Harman hiked Mount Kilimanjaro in January 2009.

Jeremy E. Warren, BA '98, was appointed Judge of County Court at Law #3 and Probate Court of Brazoria County, Texas, in October 2008. After graduating from South Texas College of Law in 2002, Warren worked at the Brazoria County District Attorney's Office.


Elizabeth Kay Erwin, BA '99, recently finished her master's in school counseling. She is employed by Mesquite [Texas] ISD. Contact at 8821 A Gaston Parkway, Dallas, TX 75218 or

J. Cliff McKinney II, BA '99, was recently promoted to membership in the law firm of Quattlebaum, Grooms, Tull & Burrow PLLC.


Shannon Williams Ho, BFA '00, is featured in Wedding Photography Unveiled: Inspiration and Insight from 20 Top Photographers, by Jacqueline Tobin. Ho was the first recipient of a degree in photography from Baylor. Together, she and her husband, Steve, operate their studio in her hometown of Norman, Okla. Contact at

After nearly nine happy years in New York, Ramsey, BBA '00, and Haley Fuller March, BA '01, recently moved to Dallas with their 2-year-old daughter Charlotte. In October, Ramsey completed a master's degree in real estate development at Columbia University and subsequently joined Stream Realty Partners as a vice president. Contact at 3717 Stanford Ave., Dallas, TX 75225 or

Jonathan W. Thompson, BBA '00, recently tested his Hankamer School of Business entrepreneurial education by starting Thompson Young Design, an architectural design studio in Charleston, S.C. Contact at 125 King Street, Suite C, Charleston, SC 29401, (843) 277-0996 or


Joshua P. Duncan, BBA '01, married Amber R. Burleson in Charleston, S.C., on October 24 in front of 140 of their closest friends and family. The couple plans to reside in Charlotte, N.C. Josh currently works as a project manager for a real estate developer, and Amber is an attorney with a specialty in securities and regulatory law.


Angela Rainey Chelf, BSN '03, was married to Shawn R. Chelf on Oct. 10. She is a certified pediatric nurse and works in Dallas. Contact at

Rev. Jeff Huckeby, MDiv '03, was presented the Church History Writing Award at the annual BGCT meeting in Houston in November. The Texas Baptist Historical Society is publishing his book, 125 Years Down by the Creek, a history of Pecan Grove Baptist Church of Gatesville, Texas. He is pastor of Eagle Springs Baptist Church in McGregor, Texas, and also works part-time for Baylor's Mayborn Museum.

Adriana Garcia Miller, BA '03, MS '06, was married in 2008. She and her husband bought their first home in May 2009 on 4.5 acres in Conroe, Texas. "I miss seeing good ol' Baylor!" she says.

Eric Silverman, MA '03, professor of philosophy and religious studies at Christopher Newport University, has published his first book, The Prudence of Love: How Possessing the Virtue of Love Benefits the Lover. This book investigates the connection between love and happiness. Using a variety of historical and contemporary sources in philosophy, psychology and religion, it demonstrates that love provides benefits beyond the relational ones most people recognize. Furthermore, it shows how unloving people undermine their own happiness through their indifference towards others. Contact at

Katie Moore Welch, BA '03, has received her doctorate in linguistics from the University of Texas at Arlington. She and her husband, Casey Welch, live in Rockwall, Texas. Katie is publisher of CrossHouse Publishing and is an adjunct lecturer in linguistics at UT-Arlington. Contact at


Janelle Marshall, BA '08, is currently a mental wellness specialist for Gulf Coast Community Services Association, a nonprofit Head Start grantee in Houston. She is also pursuing a master's in counseling with LPC preparation at the University of Houston-Clear Lake.


Lindsey Coker, BBA '09, says, "It was so awesome to get to chat with our interim president and his wife, David and Diana Garland, and get excited for the Baylor football game at Wake Forest together!!! I moved away for grad school the week after I graduated, and it was SO wonderful to be able to join such a wonderful crowd at the tailgate and chat with Baylor friends--new and old. I love that Baylor is such a tight-knit family, no matter where you go!"

Robert Kent, BA '09, started hiking July 1, 2009, at Mount Kathadin in Maine. On Dec. 12, 2,178.3 miles and 166 days later, he reached the end of the Appalachian Trail on Springer Mountain in Georgia. Visit his blog,, for stories, photos and videos from the journey. His parents are David Kent, BA '75, JD '78, and Carol Kent, BA '75, MA '76.

Valerie Phillips, BS '09, had an opportunity to go to the White House for a special reception held in the Roosevelt Room in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. Phillips traveled with her mom Vicki to honor a White House staff member who served six U.S. presidents.