Class Notes Winter 2011-12

December 14, 2011


D. and F. Scott Publishing (BIBAL Press) has issued a fourth edition of volume 1 of Systematic Theology: Biblical, Historical, and Evangelical by James Leo Garrett Jr., BA '45, of Fort Worth. Garrett delivered the Gaskin Lectures at Oklahoma Baptist University on the thought and leadership of Herschel Harold Hobbs (1907-95) at the inauguration of the Hobbs College of Theology and Ministry.


Martha L. Rogers, BS '57, has recently released the second book in the series Seasons of the Heart. The third book will be on bookshelves January 2012 as well as Amelia's Journey, a prequel to the Winds Across the Prairie series. Rogers plans to complete six more books over the next three years, all works of historical Christian fiction. Martha and her husband, Rex, are the parents of Rex Bailey Rogers, BBA '83, and Michael Rogers, BBA '91, and grandparents of Kaci Rogers, BSEd '11, and Ryan Rogers, a Baylor sophomore. Contact at 6038 Greenmont Dr., Houston, TX 77092 or


Rev. Dr. Fred Adams, BA '59, of Manchester, Mo., celebrated his 50th year of ordination to Christian ministry. Adams has been an American Baptist minister since seminary, serving three pastorates, in campus ministry, and as associate executive minister in Missouri and Illinois. Contact at


Nancy Erwin Hudson, BA '60, and husband Philip attended the graduation of their granddaughter, Kelsey Taylor, BA '11, cum laude. Two of the Hudsons' children also attended Baylor -- Lloyd Hudson, BS '87, and Leah Hudson Long, BS '92 -- making Kelsey a third-generation family member to graduate from Baylor.


Gale W. Wallace, BA '61, of Silver Spring, Md., writes, "I have been the speaker on a Christian radio station for the past 20 years. I also broadcast on 15 other stations located in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Colorado. Dr. Glenn Capp had a major influence on my speaking career. I have influenced several other individuals to attend BU, including two of own daughters. Truly, Baylor has been one of the greatest influences and blessings in and on my life."


David Turner, BA '63, of Clarksville, Ga., writes, "I am still actively enjoying competitive running. Since I turned 70 in October of 2009, I have run 55 races, winning my age group 54 times. I have run several half-marathons, with a best time of 1:54:29. I strive to finish in the top 25 percent of the field. I write not to toot my own horn, but to encourage everyone to get out there and do yourselves a big favor. There is not enough space available to spell out all the personal benefits awaiting you."


David Marx, BA '64, of San Antonio, was accepted as a member of the Jamestowne Society. He documented his ancestry through Thomas Ballard (1607-99). Contact at


John King, BA '67, recently retired after serving for 11 years as the executive director of the Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse for Greater New Orleans. Still a consultant and trainer, King serves as a goodwill ambassador for the U.S. State Department as an expert in addictions treatment and prevention, with State- and USIA-sponsored trips to India, Brazil, Peru and the Caribbean. King has authored five books and numerous articles on addictions and has been an adjunct instructor. Contact at 1695 W. Hwy 98 #303, Mary Esther, FL 32569 or


With a background in education, marketing, counseling, health and fitness and photography, Melinda Coker, BA '68, is now researching and writing about cancer. After the death of two close friends to the disease, she spent nearly two years researching and writing her new book, Diet and Cancer: Is There a Connection? Health Secrets to Slowing Cancer if You Have It & Preventing Cancer if You Don't. Melinda and her husband, Rick, BS '68, live in Tyler, Texas. Contact at melinda@

Dr. Marcus Corley, BA '68, and Sherry Smith, BA '68, married on April 2. Sherry taught English and art history in the Austin public schools and at the University of Texas and now teaches Christian art in UT continuing education classes and in churches. Marcus practiced anesthesiology in the San Francisco Bay Area for 30 years. Sherry and Marcus live nine months of the year in Austin and spend the hot Texas summers in San Francisco. Contact at

Dr. Fernando Elizondo, MS '68, a retired superintendent of schools in California, is on the Monterey County Civil Grand Jury and was appointed its foreperson. Elizondo retired in 2004 after 38 years in education and started a consultant firm, Elizondo Educational Strategies, Inc., specializing in working with school boards on strategic planning and administrator recruitment. Contact at

Darrell L. Keith, BA '68, JD '70, was named the "Dallas Area Best Lawyers Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year" for 2011 by The Best Lawyers in America publication. Keith is a founder and senior shareholder of the Keith Law Firm, P.C. in Fort Worth and represents plaintiffs in the areas of medical and legal malpractice, personal injury, and civil liability law and litigation. Keith was honored for receiving particularly high ratings in the Best Lawyers surveys by earning a high level of respect among his peers. Contact at 1705 W. 7th St., Fort Worth, TX 76102, or at


Keith Galitz, JD '69, of Canby, Ore., has been elected to CHR Solutions' board of directors. With more than 30 years of diverse experience in the telecommunications industry, he has served since 2004 as the president of Canby Telcom, a CHR shareholder. Prior to Canby, he served as president of Advanced Telcom Group's Oregon Division after spending 25 years in various management positions with Mountain Bell/US West/Qwest. He also holds degrees from Harvard and North Texas. Contact at

Martha Jane Wofford, BA '69, recently retired from many years of teaching English/ESL in high schools and community colleges in Arizona and Texas. Now she is presenting "musical book reviews" for church groups, reviews for women's book clubs (at, and ESL methods seminars for school districts across the nation. Wofford is writing her first book, a devotional. She would love to hear from her former Baylor classmates. Contact at or 12017 Shine Ave., Rhome, TX 76078.


Gary Compton, JD '71, a partner at Jackson Walker LLP in Austin, was selected as one of The Best Lawyers in America (in the category of employee benefits law) for 2012. Best Lawyers in America is the oldest and one of the most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession.


Brandon Janes, BBA '72, a partner at Jackson Walker LLP in Austin, was selected as one of The Best Lawyers in America (in the category of corporate law) for 2012. Best Lawyers in America is the oldest and one of the most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession.


Dallas lawyer Ike Vanden Eykel, JD '73, has been appointed to the Texas Access to Justice Commission by the State Bar of Texas. The Supreme Court of Texas created the commission in 2001 to expand civil legal aid services for low-income Texans. Vanden Eykel is the CEO and managing partner of KoonsFuller and a renowned family law litigator. He is the immediate past president of the Dallas Bar Association and currently serves on the board of directors for the State Bar of Texas.


Dr. Paul Parsons, BA '74, of Elon, N.C., dean of the School of Communications at Elon University, received the national Administrator of the Year award at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conference Aug. 10 in St. Louis. Parsons received the award, sponsored by the Scripps Howard Foundation, and a $10,000 prize, which he donated to Elon for need-based student scholarships. Before his 10 years at Elon, Parsons worked for a decade with United Press International and the Associated Press after 14 years at Kansas State University and two years overseas, one as a Fulbright professor in China and one as a visiting professor in Singapore. His wife is Mary Helen Parsons, BA '74.


Keith Bruce, BA '75, is now executive director of Breckenridge Village of Tyler, a residential campus for adults with mild to moderate developmental disabilities that is affiliated with Baptist Child and Family Services of San Antonio. Contact him and his wife, Janet Thornton Bruce, BS '76, at 1702 Old Oak, Tyler, TX 75703 or

Col. Roger Labat (Ret.), MA '75, retired from the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps in 1988 after 28 years. He received a Bronze Star for his service. He then taught at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio for 20 years until 2009. Labat endowed a scholarship at Incarnate Word High School, where he was vice principal and principal for 12 years.


Dean Huff, MM '76, was recently promoted to senior software engineer at Ricoh in Boulder, Colo.


Helen Bomar, BSEd '77, of Belton, Texas, retired June 4 after teaching 33 years at Travis Middle School in Temple ISD. She currently works part-time for the Belton ISD athletic department.

Greg Hunt, BA '77, released his book Blackbird Singing in the Dead of Night: What to Do When God Won't Answer in October. After 30 years of congregational leadership, Hunt now serves as president of Directions, Inc., which serves people as they lead their organizations, relationships and lives. Greg and his wife, Priscilla, live in Olathe, Kan.

Patti Qualls Lacy, BSEd '77, of Normal, Ill., has authored her fourth novel, Reclaiming Lily (BethanyHouse, 384 pages). When an insidious genetic disease strikes her family, Harvard graduate Dr. Kai Chang must alert Lily, the sister Kai left on orphanage steps years earlier.


Seven Days in Utopia, a film based on Golf's Sacred Journey, a book by David Cook, BS '80, debuted in theaters this fall. Cook, a former Baylor golfer, dedicated the book to longtime Baylor golf coach Johnny Arreaga, BA '60. The family-friendly novel and movie (for which Cook co-wrote the screenplay) share a powerful message of hope, forgiveness and grace. The film stars Academy Award winner Robert Duvall and tells the story of a young golfer (played by "Friday Night Lights" actor Lucas Black) who, after a disastrous pro debut, finds himself stranded in the small town of Utopia, Texas where he is befriended by an eccentric rancher (Duvall) who helps him rediscover his way. The movie became available on DVD on Nov. 29.

Mike Cooper, BSEd '80, and David Scott, BSEd '80, retired from Midway ISD and West ISD respectively after a combined 61 years in education. As their wives both still work, they have reconnected and walk five miles twice a week at scenic Waco locations such as Cameron Park and the Waco Dam. They also work part time and are getting in great shape. Contact at

Heather Hearn Rathnau, BM '80, MM '82, owns the company Theory Time, best known for its popular music theory workbook series by the same name, and is the Theory Time company author. Rathnau was named "Teacher of the Year" at the 2011 Texas Music Teachers Association State Convention, awarded for the highest service to and representation of TMTA and the music teaching profession, in addition to an excellent record in the teaching profession. Heather and her husband, Ron, live in Missouri City, Texas. Contact at


Matt Dow, BA '81, managing partner at Jackson Walker LLP in Austin, was selected as one of The Best Lawyers in America (in the category of commercial litigation) for 2012. Best Lawyers in America is the oldest and one of the most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession.


Dr. Ronald Barnick, EDD '82, is a contributor to the book Columbus Day Storm 1962 Memories, edited by Betty Chapman Plude, about the gigantic windstorm that struck Western Oregon University in Monmouth, Ore., where Barnick received his master's degree in 1962. Contact at 2250 Red Oak Dr. South, Salem, OR 97302.


Amy Root Littlefield, BA '84, recently received her doctorate in educational psychology from the Catholic University of America. She continues to teach at Holy Trinity Episcopal Day School in Bowie, Md. Contact at

Eugene C. Roehlkepartain, BA '84, has been named acting president and CEO of the Minneapolis-based nonprofit organization Search Institute. He joined its staff in 1991, serving in a variety of leadership roles before becoming vice president in 2008 and executive vice president earlier this year. Roehlkepartain is currently completing his doctorate at the University of Minnesota. Contact at 3116 Kentucky Ave. South, St. Louis Park, MN 55426 or


John Beall, BBA '85, resides in Houston with his wife, Angelique, and his two boys. Justin, 19, is a sophomore at Baylor, and Josh is a freshman at Memorial High School. Beall recently joined ENGlobal, a public middle market engineering services company, as their CFO.

John Howard Jr., BBA '85, recently joined Dell in Round Rock, Texas, as senior manager of global public policy and Texas government affairs.


Eric J. Dyas, MIM '87, counsel at Burr & Forman LLP in Mobile, Ala., was selected as one of The Best Lawyers in America (in the categories of banking and finance law; corporate compliance law; corporate governance law and corporate law.) for 2012. Best Lawyers in America is the oldest and one of the most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession.

R. Jay Hearn, BA '87, is the deputy director of the Chaplain Family Life Training Center at Fort Benning, Ga. Hearn has been an Army chaplain for 18 years. He is married to Karen Skaar Hearn, BSEd '96, and they have three children: Sarah (21), Luke (19) and Andrew (16). Contact at 5406 Roaring Branch Road, Columbus, GA 31904, or at

Dr. Van Patterson, BBA '87, received his doctoral degree in supervision, curriculum and instruction in higher education from Texas A&M University-Commerce. Patterson was also recently promoted to vice president of institutional advancement at Panola College in Carthage, Texas.


Vicki Wiers Berger, BBA '89, is a stay-at-home mother with three children: Matthew, Christina and Philip. Contact at 7919 Feather Springs Dr., Houston, TX 77095.


Renae Wansik Cartwright, BSEd '91, MSEd '92, and husband Chad Cartwright, BA '92, of Castle Rock, Colo., write, "With the exit of the University of Colorado from the Big 12, the banners that hung in Coors Arena went up for auction this summer. After a tough battle with several fellow Baylor Bears, we won the 8-foot Baylor flag! Future Baylor Bears Cayleigh, Claire and Randall are really excited to own a part of Baylor history. Go Bears!"

Derek Haas, BA '91, MA '95, and Michael Brandt, BBA '91, MA '94, the writers of 2 Fast 2 Furious, 3:10 to Yuma and Wanted, released a new film, The Double, starring Richard Gere, Topher Grace, Martin Sheen and Stephen Moyer, in November. The film tells the tale of a retired CIA operative (Gere) and a young FBI agent (Grace) who team to solve the murder of a U.S. senator. The movie's co-writers added more roles for this movie; The Double was Brandt's directorial debut, and Haas had a new role as a producer for the film.


Dena Dyer, BA '93, writes, "I'm so grateful for my time at Baylor. I'm also thankful for Facebook, where I've caught up with many of my BU friends. My husband, Carey, and I, and our two sons, now live in Amarillo, Texas (where there are evidently a lot of Bears!). I serve as the director of communications and development at Catholic Family Service, Inc., a non-profit that's been 'Providing Help, Creating Hope' in Amarillo since the Great Depression. I've also signed my sixth book contract with Kregel Publishers, along with my friend Tina Samples, for a non-fiction book on wounded women. It will be released in 2013." Contact at or

Christy Winn Reynolds, BA '93, married Jack Auldridge on Aug. 24 in Seaside, Fla. Jack is a partner at Auldridge Griffin accounting firm, and Christy stays at home with their three children. Contact at 6651 Gascony Place, Fort Worth, TX 76132.


Carissa Rose Brown, BSEd '94, recently started Carissa Rose Designs, an online retailer that focuses on business casual career clothing. She began sketching her own designs at age 11. Brown and her mother, Helene Rose, often collaborated on creating unique styles. During Brown's fourth pregnancy in 2007, her mother unexpectedly passed away from an aneurism in her sleep. After several months of grieving her mother's loss, Brown found inspiration and began to pursue the dream of launching a clothing line in honor of her mother.

Dr. Eric Hollander, BA '94, of Cedar Park, Texas, was named Capital Area Dental Society Dentist of the Year (2010-11) and was one of only 21 nominees for Academy of General Dentistry's Texas Dentist of the Year. He currently serves as immediate past president of Capital Area Dental Society and as a delegate for the Texas Dental Association. Contact at

Jodi Hood-Hight, BBA '94, is a realtor with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Keller, Texas. Over the past year and a half with the company, she has been honored as a Rising Star and Top Agent. She and her husband, Spencer, stay busy with real estate, homebuilding and their two children. Contact at or


Mark Embry, BBA '96, is the co-founder of MedSys Group Consulting, a healthcare IT firm based in Dallas. "Since the late 1990s, we have been delivering electronic medical record implementation and integration services to hospitals across the U.S. We are part of a massive upgrade of technology and healthcare improvement currently being facilitated by the U.S. government. We take pride in being part of improving the way healthcare is delivered better and more accurately," he writes.


Bailey B. Jones, BSE '97, recently founded Bright Product Development, which specializes in designing tangible objects. Bright works with companies and individuals to compliment their areas of expertise, ranging from computers, electronics and machinery, to pet toys and kitchen gadgets. For more information, visit Contact at 1809A Anita Drive, Austin, TX 78704, or

Tania Patel Prontka, BA '97, MBA '99, and Nick Prontka were married on July 9 in Houston. Tania works in human resources at Swift Energy in Houston, and Nick is a ninth grade English teacher in Goose Creek ISD in Baytown, Texas.


Becky Maddox, BSEd '98, has been named one of the Top Young Trainers for 2011 by Training magazine. Becky was recognized for her many contributions to learning at University Health System in San Antonio. She was featured in the May/June issue of Training magazine. Contact at


On Oct. 8, Jackson Hurst, BBA '99, star of Lifetime's Drop Dead Diva, was a celebrity presenter at the 2011 HoustonWorks USA Biennial Blacktie Celebrity Gala, benefiting the agency's workforce development and human services programs. His film credits include Cleaner, The Mist, Have Dreams, Will Travel and The Tree of Life. His first leading movie role is in A Bird of the Air, released by Tashtego Films in September.

Caleb Marsh, BSEd '99, MSEd '01, published a blog article with Texas Monthly and Alamo Drafthouse's Rolling Road Show last summer. He writes, "I gave Baylor U a little 'shout out' in my opening bio." For more information, visit


Laura Bedwell 
Cummins, BA '00, and family have moved across town. "My sons, Walt, John and David, are busy little guys, and I enjoy staying home with them. God has truly blessed Aaron and me through the adventures of parenthood," she writes. Contact at 1286 Tidwell Road, Weatherford, TX 76087.

Grant Walsh, BA '00, was invited to become a partner with the law firm FSB FisherBroyles, LLP, in the Dallas office. Walsh focuses on commercial litigation and franchise regulatory compliance. Contact at


Pictured are the children of Andrew Brown, BS '01, and his wife, Holly, at the graduation of their uncle Alex Brown, BSEd '11. Julia (8 months), Ethan (10) and Lila (6) are all dressed in Baylor finery! Their grandparents are also Baylor graduates, Joan Zappe Brown, BA '70, and Dr. George Brown, BS '71. Contact Andrew at 2208 Southern Hills, League City, TX 77573.

Anne Clark, BS '01, is a math and science instructional coach at Johnston Elementary School in Irving [Texas] ISD. She was honored by her school district as Teacher of the Month in August. Clark began her career teaching second grade at Brown Elementary School in 2001 and transitioned to Johnston in 2007.

Kenny Lannou, BBA '01, of Manhattan, Kan., was recently named assistant athletics director for communications at Kansas State University.

Jaime Villarrial, BS '01, completed his MSEd in education administration from Grand Canyon University in July. He also recently returned to work in Waco ISD as a high school teacher and coach. He hopes to enter into athletic administration in the future. Contact at


Marci Finnin Doe, BS '02, and husband Jared founded a non-denominational church in Frisco, Texas, on Oct. 9. Visit for more information. "Come visit if you're in the area," she writes.

Dr. Saretta Zanjanchian Fuchs, BS '02, a former Baylor Song Leader, and Ryan Fuchs, JD, LLM, CFP, of Corinth, Texas, were married Oct. 8 in Cancun, Mexico. Saretta has an optometry practice in Lewisville, Texas, and Ryan works for Ifrah Financial Services.

Tabita Green, BA '02, recently left Edgenet, Inc., where she worked the past nine years, the last three as vice president of product management and user experience, to start an Internet marketing firm, Web Gnomes, with Dr. Steve Webb, BSCS '03. Green became interested in Internet marketing while working with Google and Bing. She lives with her family in Decorah, Iowa, where her husband, Dr. Todd Green, teaches at Luther College. Contact at


Michael Barrera, BA '04, had his first novel published in August, entitled So Shall We Pass. He writes, "It is the story of a young man's escape from his family's dilapidated farm in Wharton, Texas. Baylor University plays a role in the book." It is available in select Waco bookstores and online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Learn more at

Rev. Rebecca (Becky) Jones, BS '04, has been ordained as a minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Her first call sent her to work with Theological Education by Extension in Zambia. Jones has received the Phillips Talbot Global Ministry Fellowship from Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church. This is her second cross-cultural placement, as she also served as a missionary in Belgium from 2006-08.


Shannon Allene Granzow, BBA '05, married Jeremy David Miller on April 10 in Austin. The couple met in Seattle, where Shannon moved after graduating from Baylor. Shannon has spent the past six years doing marketing and fundraising for non-profits, and Jeremy, originally from Oregon, is a web designer. They now live happily ever after in Austin.


Erika Myers Cox, BA '06, married Justin Cox, of Sanger, Texas, on June 13 in Steilacoom, Wash. Erika is a high school history teacher for Harrison Preparatory School in Lakewood, Wash., and Justin is currently deployed to Afghanistan.


Ramla Razzak Lalani, BSEd '07, married Zain Lalani, BBA '08, on Nov. 20 in Waco. Ramla teaches kindergarten in Irving ISD, and Zain is an accountant at Hedgemetrix, LLC. Contact at or 693 East Royal Ln. Apt #1003, Irving, TX 75039.


Elizabeth Tate Davis, BA '08, married Justin Davis, BA '08, on March 5 in Cypress, Texas. They reside in Katy.

Blake Weaver Havran, BA '08, and Mary Elizabeth Levy were married June 25 in Fort Worth. A Baylor letterman in track and field, Havran is the founding president of Change for Children and is employed as an account executive with Higginbotham and Associates in Fort Worth.

Megan Staake Ketcham, BS '08, and husband Nathan Ketcham, '08, are proud owners of Samba Grille, a South American-inspired restaurant in downtown Houston. Their restaurant was named one of the top 100 wine restaurants in the United States by Wine Enthusiast Magazine in their August 2011 edition. Contact at

Shakeeb Mir, JD '08, was recently accepted to the 2011-12 class of the State Bar of Texas' Leadership SBOT Program. Mir is an associate with Jackson Walker, LLP.


Ashley Jo Green, '09, owner of Shops Above Memory Lane in Buda, Texas, had her custom bridal designs featured in BRIDES Magazine this summer. "Though I have yet to finish my degree at Baylor, I have been able to use so much of what I learned there to become successful. I could not be where I am today without the experience and education I acquired while at Baylor!"

Richard Hill, BBA '09, recently founded Pioneer Optimum Fitness in Dallas. The company offers personalized workout programs, on location and in-home private training and all equipment. At Baylor, Hill worked in the fitness department and was a leader for the BearFit Program for faculty and staff. Contact at

Jonathon McClellan, BA '08, and Sarah Kartanson, BSN '09, were married on Oct. 8 in Austin at Tarrytown United Methodist Church. Their reception was at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. Sarah is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma and a cardiology nurse at Seton. Jon is a member of Pi Kappa Alpha and is the political director for U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz. Contact at


Brooks Allen, BA '10, and Liz Laue, BS '10, were married on May 21 in Keller, Texas. The couple has made their home in Austin.

Nathaniel Turner, BA '10, married Heather Outland, BA '10, on July 3, 2010. After a year in San Antonio, they moved to DFW, where Nathaniel has written and self-published three prayer books: 31 Prayers for Courage, 31 Prayers for Healing, and 31 Prayers for Marriage. He is also working on several novels for self-publication. More information on his works is available at and Contact at 3618 Windsor St., Irving, TX 75062 or


Eric Udell, BS '10, married Brittney Carr, BSEd '11, on Aug. 27 at the Hofmann Ranch in Castroville, Texas. Eric is a mechanical engineer for Dell; Brittney, an Alpha Chi Omega alum, is currently working as a running coach and applying to graduate school for speech pathology. They reside in Carrollton, Texas.