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Gary Trietsch (BS; '74 MS, Civil Engineering), a College of Engineering Advisory Board member, accepted top honors for the Harris County Toll Road Authority in the technology category at the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association's 84th annual meeting and exhibition in Denver. Trietsch, who also is a UTA Engineering Distinguished Alumnus, received the award for the authority's rapid alert system technology.


Joan Holt (MS, Biology) was named the Harvey Weil Professional Conservationist of the Year by the Rotary Club of Corpus Christi. She is a professor emerita at UT Austin's Marine Science Institute.


Elaine Hart (BBA, Accounting) has been named Austin's interim city manager. She has been chief financial officer for five years. Hart served for more than 10 years as senior vice president of finance and corporate services for Austin Energy.


Kelcy Warren (BS, Civil Engineering) was featured in a Bloomberg article focusing on his capacity to make good business moves even during the oil bust. He is CEO of Energy Transfer Partners.


Tina Mims (BBA, Marketing) was appointed to the Small Business Assistance Advisory Task Force by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. Mims is executive director of the Texas Woman's University Hub for Women in Business.


Roger Krone (MS, Aerospace Engineering) has been named to the BorgWarner board of directors. He is CEO of Leidos.


Michael Guyton (BS, Electrical Engineering) was appointed to the Small Business Assistance Advisory Task Force by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. He is a senior vice president at Oncor.

John Pinkerton (MPA, Public Accounting) was named chairman of the board by Lonestar Resources US. He previously served as director of the company.


G. Don Taylor (BS; '85 MS, Industrial Engineering) is the first vice provost for learning systems innovation and effectiveness at Virginia Tech. A member of the Virginia Tech faculty since 2004, he will assume the post in August after serving as interim dean of the College of Engineering.


Susan Bonesteel Harriman (BBA, Business Administration) is the executive director of a new nonprofit, Forward Arkansas, with a mission to improve public education.


Phil Blue (BA, Physical Education) has been named to the Greenville High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Blue played quarterback on the UTA football team.

Kevin G. Sneed (BS, Architecture) has been named fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Sneed is partner and senior director of architecture with OTJ Architects in Washington, D.C.


Charles Shewmake (BBA, Real Estate) has joined Thompson & Knight LLP as a partner in the trial practice group. He served for more than eight years as vice president and general counsel for BNSF Railway Corp.


Angela Lawrence (MBA, Public/Nonprofit Management) has been named the town manager in Chase City, Virginia.


Michael Ahart (BA, Interdisciplinary Studies; '96 MPA, Accounting) was honored as the 2016 Fleet Executive of the Year at the Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association's annual conference in September.

Mindy Gowdy Carmichael (BS, Civil Engineering) is the first woman to head the Arlington Public Works Department.

Kevin Craddock (BA, Journalism) has joined Clearfield Inc. as a national account manager for AT&T.

Scott Johnson (BBA, Accounting) has been appointed chief financial officer of United Real Estate Group


John "Skip" Ogle (BS, Architecture; '97 MS, City and Regional Planning) of Tyler was appointed to the Angelina and Neches River Authority board of directors by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.


Deanna Johnston (BBA, Finance) has been appointed chief information officer of Shiseido Americas Corporation, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based global cosmetics company Shiseido Company Ltd.

Krysla Karlix (MSSW, Social Work) is the new chief operating officer of Medical City Green Oaks Hospital in Dallas.

Martin Schlossman (MBA, Business) was promoted to first vice president of FHLBank in Topeka, Kansas.


Tim Zimmer (BBA, Marketing and Finance) was named chief marketing officer of Smithfield Foods.


J. Brant Buchinger (BS, Biology) has joined Tyler-based CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances as an obstetrician/gynecologist.

Holly Carter (MS, Social Work) is director of Harlaxton College Programs in England.

Steven Eubanks (BA, Civil Engineering) was given the Richard Van Trump Award by the Texas Society of Professional Engineers.


Fred Perpall (BS; '98 MA, Architecture) has been appointed to the board of Triumph Bancorp, Inc. He is the chief executive officer for the Beck Group, a Dallas-based architecture and construction company.


Brian Brumley (MSSW, Social Work) was appointed to the State Board of Social Worker Examiners by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.

Sajeeb Wazed Joy (BS, Computer Science and Engineering), one of the country's foremost technology advocates, was profiled on a new website by Bangladesh's ruling Awami League.

Ana Nennig (BA, Communication) was promoted to marketing manager at Qlik, a leading visual analytics platform.

C. Ivan Spencer (PhD, Humanities), a professor of history and philosophy at The College at Southeastern in Wake Forest, N.C., has published Tweetable Nietzsche: His Essential Ideas Revealed and Explained.

Allison J.H. Thompson (MA, Urban Affairs), director of economic development and tourism for the city of Cedar Hill, spoke in a webinar organized by the International Economic Development Council.


Ellie Adkins-Webb (BA, English and Education) is the K-12 Response to Intervention coordinator for the Mansfield Independent School District.

Wayne Huddleston (BBA, Business) was promoted to senior area manager for the U.S. Virgin Islands at the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Melody Martinez (BBA, Management and Economics) has been named vice president of oil and gas management for Farmers National Company.

Keith Storey (BS, Economics) was promoted to the role of director of operations at Emerson Automation Solutions.


Jerry Francis (BA, Exercise Science) is vice president, multi-employer sales at Premise Health. Previously he worked as director of sales for Concentra.

Suneel Jain (BBA, Finance) is the director of quality and operation control at Fidelity Charitable. He plans to return to UTA for his MBA.


Kyle Berger (BS, Information Systems) is chief technology officer for the Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District.

Lauren Childs (BA, Art History) is co-founder of Fort Worth Arts, a new downtown Fort Worth gallery.

Yasir Mabud (BS, Electrical Engineering) is the general manager of Summit Communications.


Maria Mejia (BBA, International Business) was profiled by Hispanic Executive. She is chief financial officer for Ulterra, a drill bit manufacturer.

Christian Romieh (MBA, Business) has joined AXIS Accident and Health as vice president and business development manager for its Middle East and North Africa reinsurance business.

Diane Waller (MA, Healthcare Administration), a rehabilitation planning specialist within the National Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Program Office, wrote a column highlighting National Kinesiotherapy Week for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' website.


Greg Beane (MBA, Business) is a partner at Verner Brumley, a family law firm in Dallas. He was elected to be a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation in March.

Stacy Schriever (BA, Communication) is a residential mortgage loan originator at Premier Nationwide Lending. She was recognized by the Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation as the No. 2 loan officer in the state.


Matthew Caldwell (MA, Health Care Administration) was appointed CEO of Community Mercy Health Partners based in Springfield, Ohio.

Michael "Ike" Ikner (MA, Criminal Justice) has been promoted to assistant vice president and chief of police at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

Willy Vargas (BBA, International Business) has been promoted to director for sales in Latin America and the Caribbean for FlightSafety International.


Jake LaCombe (BS, Electrical Engineering) was named partner at Munck Wilson Mandala. He received his law degree from Texas Wesleyan.

Charles Nobles (BA, Political Science) has been named the head women's soccer coach at McMurry University.

Eric Terrazas (BA, Kinesiology and Exercise Science) is an account executive at Lantana Communications.


Hal Brock (BA, Communication) is vice president of business development at Southern Plains Medical Center.

Justin Rickey (BA, Anthropology; '13 BA, History, MEd, Education) is a Teaching English as a Foreign Language instructor for the Peace Corps.


Jesse Morgan Barnett (BFA; '11 MFA, Art), cofounder of Dallas Biennial art gallery, opened a new show at the Box Company featuring the work of Austrian artist Hermann Nitsch and Mexican artist Teresa Margolles.

Megan Carter (BSN; '16 MSN, Nursing) is the director of critical care and respiratory therapy at Baptist Health Louisville. She is also co-president of the River City Chapter of the Kentucky Nurses Association.

Marilyn Macik-Frey (PhD, Business Administration) has been chosen as dean of the College of Business Administration at Nicholls State University. Macik-Frey taught at UTA's Goolsby Leadership Academy.

Carrie West (MPA, Public Administration) is police chief of Willow Park, Texas.


Dominic Bracco II (BA, Journalism and Spanish Literature) was the guest speaker at the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting in Washington, D.C.

Boback Firoozbakht (BS, Architecture) founded BDDM, a real estate development company. In 2016, he received a Builder's Choice and Custom Home Design Award.

Marlana Mossman (BA, Interdisciplinary Studies) has been promoted to assistant vice president of Community National Bank and Trust of Texas.


Aaron Gouge (BA, Kinesiology), a former Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball player, was a member of the USA wheelchair basketball team that earned a gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Paralympics.

Stephanie Hays (BBA, Finance) was profiled by Southlake Style magazine, highlighting her passion for financial planning.

Michael Tracy (BFA, Art), faculty coordinator for the East Carolina University GlasStation in Farmville, N.C., discussed the history of glass at a new exhibit titled Louis C. Tiffany: Art and Innovation.


Courtney Burkhart (BS, Computer Science; '15 MBA, Business) is the global IT business relationship manager at Ericsson.

Vishal Sanghai (MS, Electrical Engineering) is an engineer working for San Diego-based Peregrine Semiconductor.

Troy Seeling (BA, Broadcast Management) is a website sales and support specialist at Virtuoso.


Brandon Hurtado (BA, Public Relations) started a digital media company, ANKR Agency.

Brian Itotia (BBA, Marketing) is the founder of Blacktip Swim School. The school recently expanded to two locations, one in Carrollton and the other in Garland.

Allegra Jacoby (BA, English) is a contracts negotiator at Lockheed Martin. She received her JD in business law, intellectual property, and tax from Creighton University.

Michael Mazurek (MFA, Art), co-founder of Dallas Biennial art gallery, opened a new show at the Box Company featuring the work of Austrian artist Hermann Nitsch and Mexican artist Teresa Margolles.

Brendon Wheeler (BS, Civil Engineering) won the Mid-Cities Chapter Young Engineer of the Year Award at the Texas Society of Professional Engineers Week Banquet.


Joanna Alvarado (MS, Health Care Administration) is a strategic consultant in sales for Viverae.

Tony Ramirez (MBA, Business) was named vice president of economic development for the Borderplex Alliance, a regional economic development organization based in El Paso.

Rebecca Sinclair (EMBA, Business) has been hired as the chief people officer for American Tire Distributors Inc.


Elizabeth Bigler (BS, Architecture) was awarded the Construction Industry Association's 2016 Magnolia Award.

Shelly Conlon (BA, Journalism) is an education reporter at the Waco Tribune-Herald.

Nikhil Grover (BBA, Finance) is product manager/owner for digital experience at AT&T.

Todd Maria (MSN, Nursing Administration), grand marshal of the 2016 Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade, uses rugby as a vehicle for serving the LGBT community, the Dallas Voice reported.

Ines McNiel (BS, Biology) is a digital marketing manager and strategist at TSL Marketing.

Brandi Reinhardt (BA, Psychology) is a therapist at Solutions of North Texas.


Amaraja Dalvi (MS, Industrial Engineering) was contracted through IET Inc. as an industrial engineer for General Motors in 2016.

Chani Farhaven (MA, Communication) was promoted to director of marketing communications and client relations at ASG Partners.

Porter Fuqua (MA, Architecture) has relaunched historic Dallas-based Casci Ornamental Plaster. He is an associate architect with J. Wilson Fuqua & Associates.

Krystle Gandhi (BSN, Nursing) was promoted to nursing director of clinical informatics and operations at JPS Health Network.

Cynthia Heisch (BBA, Marketing) is a senior campaign manager and intern program coordinator at Dex Media.

Kush Shah (MS, Materials Science) is a global material compliance engineer at Karma Automotive.

Michelle Turek (MEd, Leadership and Policy Study) has been selected as the new principal of Herod Elementary School in the Houston Independent School District.


Randy Cisneros (BS, Accounting) is a tax associate at JTaylor.

Wendle Medford (MPA, Public Administration) has been appointed assistant city manager of the city of Forney, Texas.

Tristin Neal (BA, Political Science) is a legal assistant at Padfield & Stout LLP.

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