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Carla Sayan


Sayan (’08 BS, Industrial Engineering) received the 2014 National Most Promising Engineer of the Year Award from the Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers for her breakthroughs, outstanding technical contributions, and volunteerism. She is a senior information systems engineer for Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, Ariz.


Norwood (’88 MA, Urban Affairs) is El Paso County’s first chief administrator. He helps commissioners run the county while supervising several departments. He is a former city manager for Round Rock, Texas, and Prescott, Ariz.

Dene Hill


Hill (’06 BM, Music) starred in PBS' JFK-LBJ: A Time for Greatness, playing Geri Whittington, the first African-American White House secretary to President Lyndon Baines Johnson. The film celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act.


Chamberlain (’75 BBA, Management) was elected chair of the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors and will serve until June 2016. He is the senior partner in the Austin civil trial firm of Chamberlain McHaney and is certified in personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.


Kristy Libotte Keener (BFA, Art) won three gold International MarCom Awards for graphic design. She is the graphic design coordinator at NCTCOG. 

Juli Warner (BA, History) was honored along with colleague Rhonda Pugh as International Educators of the Year by the World Affairs Council of Dallas-Fort Worth. Warner taught world geography and world and European history at Martin High School in Arlington. She retired in June after 41 years.


Janna Ward Clarke (BA, Political Science) is board chair for Texas Legal, the statewide nonprofit legal insurance plan. She is an attorney at Broude, Smith & Jennings PC in Fort Worth.


Javier Gutierrez (BBA, Business Administration) received a 2015 Minority Business Leader Award from the Dallas Business Journal. He is the sole proprietor and general manager of Javier’s Gourmet Mexicano Restaurant in Dallas.


Fred Gibson (BS, Civil Engineering) earned a Ph.D. in health care administration at Capella University. He was a dentist in the Houston area from 1979 until his retirement in 2010.


George Riba (BA, Speech) retired after 37 years as a sports anchor/reporter at WFAA-TV in Dallas. He was guest speaker at the UTA All-Sports Banquet in April.


Les Shuler (BBA, Accounting) was recognized as one of Fort Worth’s top 13 chief financial officers of the year by the Fort Worth Business Press. He is CFO at Worthington National Bank.


Alfred Vidaurri Jr. (’79 BS, ’82 MArch, Architecture) was named to the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows. He is a principal at Freese and Nichols in Fort Worth.


James Ratliff (BS, Electrical Engineering) is associate chief in the Avionic Systems Division at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.


Kaye Horn (MBA, Business Administration) was elected to the board of directors for the YWCA of Houston.


John Pinkerton (MPA, Professional Accounting) was named to the board of directors of Lonestar Resources Ltd. He retired as CEO of Range Resources in 2012 and continues to serve as a director.


David Griffith (BBA, Management) retired from the Army as a colonel after 31 years of active duty. Over the past 10 years, he served in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower and Reserve Affairs), the Africa Center for Strategic Studies, and the National Defense University in Washington, D.C.

Bill Hale (’83 BS, ’89 MEngr, Civil Engineering) is the Texas Department of Transportation’s chief engineer, responsible for management of the bridge, construction, design, maintenance, traffic operations, and right-of-way divisions, as well as the Local Government Projects Office.

Brian Happel (BBA, Management) is chief executive officer of BBVA Compass in Fort Worth. Previously he was Fort Worth city president for BBVA Compass. He serves on the boards of Downtown Fort Worth Inc., The Art Station, and the UTA College of Business. 

James Hawthorne (’83 BA, Journalism; ’10 MA, Criminology and Criminal Justice) founded the Arlington Film Society to build interest in locally made films. He presented his first film screening in January at UTA. He retired in 2013 as an assistant chief after 28 years with the Arlington Police Department. 

Marcia Moore (MS, Social Work) is a human resources consultant to small- and medium-sized businesses in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.


Susan Drake (BBA, Accounting) was recognized as one of Fort Worth’s top 13 chief financial officers of the year by the Fort Worth Business Press. She is deputy director of finance and administration at the Kimbell Art Museum. 

Glen Golightly (’84 BA, Journalism; ’93 MA, Urban Affairs) received best director and best short thriller awards for The Screaming Room at the Zed Fest 2014 Film Festival in Burbank, Calif. He took second place with his TV commercial “Kill Flags” at the Shriekfest 2014 Film Festival in Hollywood, Calif. He is a writer, director, and producer in the Los Angeles area. 

Carolyn Mentesana (BBA, Management) was honored as one of the Great Women of Texas 2014 by the Fort Worth Business Press. She is executive director of the Arlington Tomorrow Foundation. 

Nada Shabout (’84 BS, Architecture; ’88 BFA, Art; ’91 MA, ’99 PhD, Humanities) wrote Modern Arab Art, a historical and theoretical overview of art from the 1940s to the present day. She is a professor of art history and director of the Contemporary Arab and Muslim Cultural Studies Institute at the University of North Texas.


Dan Reynolds (’85 BBA, ’13 MS, Accounting) was recognized as one of Fort Worth’s top 13 chief financial officers of the year by the Fort Worth Business Press. He is vice president, chief financial officer, and secretary of the board at Calloway’s Nursery. 

Wrennah Gabbert (’85 BSN, ’90 MSN) is the James A. “Buddy” Davidson Chair in Nursing Excellence in the College of Health and Human Services at Angelo State University.


Janice Klostermeier (BBA, Accounting) was named Best Growth Manager at the 2014 New Jersey Business Journal’s CFO of the Year Awards. She is executive vice president and chief financial officer for Emergency Medical Associates in Parsippany, N.J. 

Teris Solis (BA, Political Science) is the Arlington city attorney. She had been an assistant city attorney for 23 years, handling matters ranging from contracts and economic development deals to advising the City Council and citizen boards. 

Estrus Tucker (BA, Sociology) is vice chair of the Workforce Development Board of Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County. He has served on the board since 2005. He is also vice chair of the Workforce Delivery Systems Committee.


Karen Borta (BA, Communication) is now a morning anchor at KTVT Channel 11 in Dallas-Fort Worth after many years as an evening anchor. She has been with KTVT for 20 years.

Stephanie Bowman (BBA, Accounting) is chief financial officer at BenefitMall, a provider of employee benefits, human resources, and payroll products and services. 

Sonya Collins (BS, Biology) is a neonatologist in the Floyd Medical Center Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Rome, Ga. 

Sandy Potter (MS, Social Work) received the National Alliance on Mental Illness Dallas’ 2014 Professional of the Year Award. She is the president and CEO of ValueOptions Texas and heads NorthSTAR, a publicly funded behavioral health program serving the medical indigent and Medicaid population of greater Dallas. 

Chat York (BBA, Accounting) is chief financial officer at Saulsbury Industries in Odessa. Previously he was senior director of finance at Luminant.


Michael J. Murray (BBA, Accounting) is executive vice president and chief operating officer for D.R. Horton in Fort Worth. Previously he was senior vice president of business development.


Yossef Lahad (MS, Interdisciplinary Studies) is chair of the board of directors for Better Online Solutions. He serves as director of JPI Group China, a leading strategic planning firm, advising companies entering the Chinese market. 

Kevin Richardson (’89 BBA, ’92 MBA, Finance) is U.S. vice president and general manager at Sirtex Medical, a medical device company that manufactures and markets a product to treat liver cancer with radioactive beads from the inside out. He recently was appointed to the board of directors at Explore Austin, a nonprofit that helps underserved youth through leadership, mentoring, and adventure.


Elisa Artusa (BS, Aerospace Engineering) retired after 24 years with NASA. At the Kennedy Space Center she was the lead design engineer for the Crawler Transporter, modifying it to carry heavy-lift space vehicles to the launch pad. 

Rod Fomby (MBA, Business Administration) is senior vice president of global services for Allegro Development Corp. in Dallas. Previously he was managing partner in charge of North American Financial Services for EnFORM Technology/SunGard Consulting Services.


Celeste Johnson (MSN, Nursing) received the 2014 Academic Achievement Award at Texas Woman’s University, where she earned a Doctor of Nursing degree. She is director of nursing and psychiatric services for the Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas. 

Matt Jones (BA, Broadcast Communication) is evening news producer for KTNV, ABC Channel 13, in Las Vegas. 

Rizwan Sheikh (BS, Information Systems) is a managing partner at AustinCSI, a management consulting firm in Plano. 

Jackie Ward (MS, Social Work) received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Social Workers, Texoma Branch. An active volunteer and mentor, she has served on numerous social work-related boards and committees.


Casey Coleman (MBA, Business Administration) is client executive vice president at AT&T Government Solutions, where she leads the business unit’s information technology and professional services work for federal civilian agencies. Previously she was chief information officer for the General Services Administration. 

Ray Lopez (’92 MS, Psychology; ’93 PhD, General Experimental Psychology) is an advisory software engineer for the IBM Watson Group in San Antonio.


Denise Bredow (MSN, Nursing) is a member of the clinical faculty in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at Baylor University in Dallas. She received her Ph.D. in population health sciences from Texas Woman’s University in May 2014 and practices as an FNP at Mission Arlington. 

Scott Finnell (PhD, Social Work) is executive director of the Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center in Georgetown. 

Michael Holguin (BA, Journalism) is an assistant chief in the UTA Police Department. Previously he was acting police chief at UT Brownsville. 

Karen Moree (BBA, Finance) is a managing partner at AustinCSI, a management consulting firm in Plano. She was named a top female CEO by Inc. magazine in 2013. 

Andrea Souflee (’93 BFA, Art; ’13 MPA, Public and Urban Administration) is the communication director at the United Way of the Coastal Bend in Corpus Christi.


Mike Clark (MS, Electrical Engineering) is senior director of microwave solutions of the electronics group for Crane Aerospace & Electronics in Chandler, Ariz. Previously he was business director for Crane, where he has worked since 2003. 

Kevin Hugman (MPA, Public and Urban Administration) is Duncanville city manager. A retired Navy captain, he previously was assistant city manager in Wichita Falls. Prior to serving in Wichita Falls, Hugman worked 17 years for the city of Southlake. 

Paula Sanders (BA, English) co-founded the entertainment group the Blaque Artists Collective, which the WaterTower Theater selected to perform Blaque-to-Blaque: A Trilogy of Short Plays at the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival in Addison in March. 

David Thomas (BA, Journalism) was the inaugural speaker at the Marjorie Herrera Lewis Endowed Speaker Series at Texas Wesleyan University in March. A former sportswriter and columnist at The Shorthorn and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, he has written eight books, including two New York Times bestsellers, Wrestling for My Life with WWE superstar Shawn Michaels and Foxcatcher with Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz.


Arturo Campos (BBA, Accounting) is director of accounting and finance at Lone Star Ag Credit in Fort Worth. 

Nathan Hoffman (BBA, Marketing) is a commercial banker for Southwest Bancorp in Fort Worth.


Kathy Berek (MEngr, Civil Engineering) is regional practice manager for the water division at Burns & McDonnell, a full-service firm for large capital programs in Houston. 

Greg Conley (MA, Criminal Justice) is McKinney chief of police. Previously he was an assistant police chief in Garland.


Wendy Evans (BBA, Real Estate) is senior commercial property manager for Brookwood Financial Partners, a real estate investment and asset management company based in Massachusetts. She oversees the Dallas-Fort Worth area. 

Paul Frederiksen (’97 MPA, Public and Urban Administration; ’97 MCRP, City and Regional Planning) is the town manager of Argyle. He has more than 20 years experience working with Texas municipalities, including Las Colinas, Dallas, Colleyville, and Shenandoah.


Kerri Ressl (’98 BA, Journalism; ’10 MEd, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies) is executive communications manager at Sabre. She writes speeches and prepares presentations for the vice president of the Travel Network, Sabre’s largest business unit. During the past 15 years, she has worked at the UTA Alumni Association, Office of Development, and Leadership Center.


Joseph Loretto (BBA, Accounting) is an audit partner and International Business Center director for the Americas and Central Region of Grant Thornton LLP, an independent audit, tax, and advisory firm. He is based in the company’s Houston office. 

Letha Clair Robertson (BA, Art and Art History) was guest curator at the Tyler Museum of Art for an exhibition that commemorated the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War. She is an assistant professor of art history at UT Tyler. 

Benjamin Sparks (BBA, Accounting) is counsel for Shackelford, Melton, McKinley & Norton LLP, a business and entertainment law firm. He is a tax and financial services attorney in the Dallas office.


Matt Brown (BM, Music) is principal at Diane Patrick Elementary School, which opened this fall in Arlington. Previously he was principal at Arlington’s Remynse Elementary. 

Ben Myers (BS, Economics) is an expert in real estate research and has experience with several firms in the United States and Canada, including Hanley Wood Market Intelligence, Altus Clayton, and Urbanation. He is based in Toronto. 

Angela Plauche (BSN, Nursing) is co-founder of the apparel company Urbane Scrubs. She is an ICU nurse at Parkland Hospital in Dallas.


Matt Anderson (BBA, Marketing) is vice president of business development for the western United States at Provant Health Solutions, a workplace well-being company. 

Todd Holzaepfel (’01 MA, History; ’09 PhD, Transatlantic History) retired as vice president of planning and operations after 30 years with Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. As manager of the downtown public improvement district, his work led to the creation of the Main St. Arts Festival. 

Catherine Montgomery Luster (’01 BM, Music; ’11 BA, Theatre Arts) co-founded the entertainment group the Blaque Artists Collective, which the WaterTower Theater chose to perform Blaque-to-Blaque: A Trilogy of Short Plays at the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival in Addison in March.


Becky Abuor (’02 BSN, Nursing; ’08 MSN, Nursing Practition) is founder and chair of Afya Health Systems, a nonprofit that provides access to comprehensive health care in parts of Kenya where such services are not available. 

Rachel Bates (BFA, Art) was one of many artists displaying their wares at the 13th annual Empty Bowls in Fort Worth in February. She specializes in earthenware and clay. The event benefited the Tarrant Area Food Bank. 

Christy Cardillo (MS, Accounting) is a partner for Shinn & Co., a CPA firm in Bradenton, Fla. She has worked for the firm since 2007. 

Kaci Hickox (BSN, Nursing) was named 2014 Woman of the Year by, MTV’s website for college students. She spent much of last year working with Doctors Without Borders in impoverished areas of Burma, Sudan, and Nigeria, and she traveled to Sierra Leone to help fight the spread of an Ebola outbreak that has killed thousands in Africa. 

Sussy Ruiz (BA, Broadcast Communication) is manager for regional broadcast and digital local news at Univision Communications in Miami. She received three Lone Star Emmys in the past two years while at Univision Houston.


Kelly Bowman (BSN, Nursing) is pursuing a master’s degree at UT Arlington after two tours of duty with the Navy in the Middle East. She worked as a flight nurse transporting patients from the surgical shock trauma hospital to the local hospital via helicopter, at times under enemy fire.

Leah Brady (BA, English) was one of six Arlington Independent School District elementary school teachers to receive the Teacher of Excellence award from the Arlington Masonic Lodge. She teaches fifth-grade science at Miller Elementary School. 

Gail Kemp (BSN, Nursing) is an emergency room nurse and clinical coordinator for Rescue Nurse International, which provides bedside nursing care and transportation to ill travelers worldwide.


Gene Capps (BS, Civil Engineering) was named Young Engineer of the Year by the Mid-Cities chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers. He is project manager for site development and public works projects at Fort Worth-based Baird, Hampton & Brown. 

Daron Evans (MS, Biomedical Engineering) chairs the board of directors at Nephros, a commercial stage medical device company that develops and sells high-performance liquid-purification filters. He also serves as chair of the audit committee at Nephros. 

Liz Heck (’04 BA, Public Relations; ’12 MBA, Business Administration) is vice president of membership/president-elect for the Greater Fort Worth Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. She is community outreach coordinator at the Moncrief Cancer Institute. 

La’Quana Price (BA, English) is an implementation project manager for the contract operations division in the Texas Attorney General’s Office. She received a Master of Science degree in project management from St. Edward’s University in December 2014.


Lauren Chastant (BA, Psychology) received a certificate in paraplanner development from the American College of Financial Planning. She is a client service specialist for LD Lowe Wealth Advisory in Dallas. 

Willie Houston (MBA, Business Administration) is chief financial officer for Satori Capital, a Dallas-based multistrategy investment firm.


Cara Wallace (MS, Social Work) co-wrote a study that looked at the needs of cancer survivors decades after their medical treatment ended. She is a UTA School of Social Work doctoral student.


Tara Haskins (MSN, Nursing Practition) is a nursing assistant professor at Louisiana Tech University. She completed her doctorate in forensics at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. 

Randi Nelson (BA, Journalism/Public Relations) was selected as a 2014 Top 10 Family Law Attorney in Connecticut under the age of 40 by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys. She is an associate attorney at Nusbaum & Parrino PC in Westport, Conn.

Tracy Rundstrom Williams (PhD, Linguistics) wrote a chapter in the book Teacher, Scholar, Mother: (Re)Envisioning Motherhood in the Academy, which was published earlier this year. She is associate director in the Center for International Studies at Texas Christian University.


Nelda Acosta (MEd, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies) is principal of the Workman/Hutcheson junior high schools, which consolidated this fall in Arlington. 

Kelly Aman (’08 BA, ’14 PhD, Mathematics) is a senior lecturer in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at UT Dallas. 

Amy Powell Blomstedt (BS, Biology) is a research technologist for the Food Science and Technology Department in the Food Allergy Research and Resource Program Analytical Laboratory at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. 

Kelly Carruthers (MEd, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies) notched her 100th win as girls basketball coach at Bowie High School in Arlington during the 2014-15 season. She became Bowie head coach in 2011. 

Daniel Elk (BA, Interdisciplinary Studies) works at Darling Homes in Frisco. 

Adam Henning (BBA, Accounting) is an assurance manager at JTaylor, a Fort Worth-based professional service firm. His practice areas include oil and gas, financial services, and real estate. 

Caleb Aaron Milligan (BS, Civil Engineering) was named Young Engineer of the Year by the Fort Worth chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers. He is an engineer in the public sector services department at Dunaway Associates in Fort Worth. 

Kelvin Phan (BS, Athletic Training) is coordinator of clinical education for the Department of Athletic Training at the University of Charleston in Charleston, W.Va. He is an instructor in the athletic training program and also provides medical services to the university’s softball team. 

Kristin Salinas (BS, Athletic Training) works at Houston Methodist St. John Hospital as an outreach athletic trainer for Clear Lake High School. 

Richard Skurla (BFA, Art) displayed paintings on canvases molded into three-dimensional forms among his more than 30 pieces at a solo exhibition at Waco’s Art Center in January and February. 

Jed Stratton (BS, Athletic Training) is an assistant athletic trainer at UT Arlington and the primary athletic trainer for the women’s basketball team, while assisting with men’s and women’s tennis and golf. 

Kathy Weaver (EMBA, Business Administration) is a principal at Ryan, a global tax services firm. She joined the company in 2006 and is based in Dallas.


Jason Fitzgerald (’09 BA, History; ’13 MEd, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies) is an assistant principal at Arlington High School. 

Holland Sanders (BA, Public Relations) is director of marketing and communication for the Fort Worth Opera. The opera’s marketing department won the Communicator of the Year award from the Center of Nonprofit Management.


Paul Bennett III (MBA, Business Administration) is executive vice president at Bennett Mineral Co. in Walkerton, Va. 

Sean Bolton (BA, Communication Technology) is a senior ServiceNow consultant for Evanios, an information technology service management company.

Jacob Briggs (’10 MBA, Business Administration; ’11 MPACC, Professional Accounting) is a certified public accountant at Cash America International in Fort Worth. He completed the Fort Worth Chapter of CPAs Leadership Development Program and is serving on the chapter’s Business and Industry Committee. 

Seth Holwerda (MS, Exercise Physiology) is a doctoral student in the Department of Medical Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. 

Brandon Laird (BS, Industrial Engineering) is regional vice president of the South Central region for the Institute of Industrial Engineers. He is a manufacturing engineer at Martin Sprocket & Gear in Arlington. 

Long Lam (BS, Athletic Training) is head athletic trainer for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, a developmental league basketball team affiliated with the Houston Rockets. 

Nealy Mincher (BA, Public Relations) is a senior account executive at FleishmanHillard, a communications agency in Dallas. 

Angela Peragine (BA, Spanish) was one of six Arlington Independent School District elementary school teachers to receive the Teacher of Excellence award from the Arlington Masonic Lodge. She teaches reading and writing in Spanish to third-grade bilingual students at Crouch Elementary School. 

Alexis Spears (BA, Broadcast Communication) is a multimedia journalist for KWKT Fox 44 News in Waco. She won a 2014 Media Honor Roll award for coverage of the local public school systems.


Elaine Brown (BA, Public Relations) is a marketing executive at Social Change UK. 

Justin Ginsberg (MFA, Art) received a Masterminds award from the Dallas Observer for his work on Deep Ellum Windows, which included exhibitions in abandoned buildings over the past three years. He is an assistant professor in glass and the area coordinator in the UTA Art and Art History Department. 

Josh Greenlee (BA, Broadcast Communication) works at the Southern Oklahoma Radio Center in Ardmore, Okla. He is midday DJ on the classic hits station GTO 107 KYNZ and works nights on the company’s country station, 95.7 KKAJ. 

Jane Harmon (DNP, Nursing Practice) is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner at McCurtain Memorial Hospital in Idabel, Okla. She also manages psychiatric patients in a primary care clinic and provides care in four nursing homes in McCurtain County. 

Brandon Hurtado (BA, Public Relations) is director of social operations at More Cabbage, a Dallas-based social media and Internet marketing firm.

Michael Mazurek (MFA, Art) is curator of the Goss-Michael Foundation in Dallas. 

Rhonda Robertson (MA, Criminology and Criminal Justice) served as interim police chief in Fort Worth. She has been with the FWPD since 1985. 

Aaren Gignac Stratton (BS, Athletic Training) is an athletic trainer at Lake Ridge High School in Mansfield. 

Traci Turner (MEd, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies) is an assistant principal at Key Elementary School in Arlington.


LaDonna Aiken (BA, Broadcast Communication) received a Dean’s Award for Research Travel and traveled to Okinawa, Japan, in January. She is a part-time broadcast lecturer in the UTA Communication Department. 

Jenna Coffaro (’12 BS; ’14 MArch, Architecture) is an architectural designer with Bennett Benner Partners Architects + Planners in Fort Worth. 

Vanessa Fuentes (BA, Criminology and Criminal Justice) attends Baylor Law School in Waco and plans to graduate in summer 2016. 

Steven Hussain (BS, Political Science) is community services director for the mayor of San Antonio. 

Katy Kiger (BA, Public Relations) is assistant brand marketing manager at LexisNexis, a provider of legal, government, business, and high-tech information sources in Raleigh, N.C. Previously she was marketing manager for Radio Disney in Charlotte, N.C. 

James Merkel (’12 BS, ’13 MS, Aerospace Engineering) is a flight-test engineer at Airbus Helicopters in Grand Prairie. 

Sonia Salas (BA, Broadcast Communication) won a 2014 Lone Star Emmy in the Promotion, News Promo category. She is a media specialist for Univision 23 Dallas/Fort Worth. 

Samantha Watson (BA, Public Relations,/Broadcast Communication) is public relations coordinator and social media specialist at Half Price Books in Dallas.


Caitlyn Barbee (BA, Spanish/English) is a campus missionary intern for the UTA Baptist Student Ministry. The internship is provided by Go Now Missions, a ministry of Texas Baptists. 

Ryan Barfoot (BS, Exercise Science) is a student in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Texas Woman’s University. 

Adam Bell (MEd, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies) is an assistant principal at Ellis Elementary School in Arlington. 

David Christopherson (BS, Exercise Science) is a student in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. 

Jeff Gibbons (MFA, Art) received a Masterminds award from the Dallas Observer for his work on Deep Ellum Windows. 

Amber Govan (BA, Public Relations/Advertising) is a social media specialist at JC Penney. 

Tiffany Jackson (BA, Communication Technology) is the creative director for Fishbowl Radio California. 

Katey McFarlan (BA, Public Relations) is a fashion blogger at Chronicles of Frivolity is part of an affiliate advertising program. 

Travis Merrell (BA, Journalism) is a producer/editor for NewsFix on CW33-TV in Dallas. He also tutors in the Arlington Independent School District. 

Kristin Milam (BS, Aerospace Engineering) is an associate flight-test analysis engineer at Airbus Helicopters in Grand Prairie. She is the only woman among the 12 teammates in the experimental flight-test department. 

Sara Scarborough (BA, Public Relations) is special events coordinator at Tyler Junior College. 

Emily Stafford (MA, Communication) is senior brand marketing manager at Sabre Hospitality Solutions. 

Vitaly Voinov (PhD, Linguistics) wrote Politeness Devices in the Tuvan Language (Turcologica), a book based on his doctoral dissertation. 

Andrew Wilson (BS, Civil Engineering) was named the 2015 Edmund Friedman Young Engineer of the Year by the Fort Worth branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers. An engineer in training, he works with the hydraulics and hydrology group at Peloton Land Solutions in Fort Worth. 

Allie Warren Woldtvedt (BA, Broadcast Communication) is a morning anchor at KMTR-TV in Eugene, Ore.


Avery Anderson (BA, Broadcast Communication) is a multimedia journalist at KTAB-TV in Abilene. 

Elin Andersson (BA, Political Science/French) is pursuing a master’s degree in development studies at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. 

Anna Marie Boyd (BFA, Theatre Arts) was cast in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical on tour with Wishing Star Productions. 

Kevan Gerabagi (BA, Communication Technology) is a quality assurance analyst at Santander Consumer USA, which specializes in automotive financing for dealers and consumers. 

Hieu Hoang (BA, Advertising) is a junior graphic designer at Atomic Design and Consulting in Plano. 

David Kline (BA, Broadcast Communication) is a news producer for KVLY-TV in Fargo, N.D. 

Natonya Medford (BA, Public Relations) is a representative for Plan B PR, a Dallas-based firm focused on fashion and entertainment. 

Jesus Silva (BA, Advertising) is a communication assistant at the Fort Worth Better Business Bureau. 

Chris Thipavong (BA, Communication Technology) is an inside software service specialist at Omnitracs, a mobile technology company. 

D’Andrea Willis (BA, Public Relations) is an internal communications contributor at Sabre.