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July 2020 Class Notes

07.27.2020 | By: Texas Wesleyan University
Texas Wesleyan Alumni Class Notes

1970s

Mona Kerby ’73 has been named the recipient of the 2020 American Association of School Librarians’ Distinguished Service Award. She coordinates the school librarianship program at McDaniel College and oversees the school’s Writing for Children and Youth and Learning Technologies Specialist certificate programs. 

Larry Cure ’76 was honored by Arlington ISD for his more than 30 years of service and dedication to his students as a theatre teacher. In February, the district named the Martin High School theatre after him. 

1980s

Former TXWES baseball player Arnold Thrower and his wife celebrated 25 years of ministry at STC: The Well Church in Sacramento, CA, the church they began. Thrower was drafted out of Texas Wesleyan by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1980.

Darcy L. Knapp-Fricks ’80 has been chosen as the Biography of the Month for April 2020 by Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide for her outstanding contributions and high level of success in the fields of agriculture, real estate, investments and self-storage.

After 34 years as a Spanish teacher, Terri Wilson ’85 retired from Birdville ISD. She looks forward to full-time travel as she explores the world and seeks new adventures.

Julie Hatch Fairley ’89, owner of JuJu Knits, a local yarn store in the Near Southside, has been selected to receive a $5,000 COVID-19 relief and recovery grant from the Red Backpack Fund.

1990s

Elise La Chiusa McVeigh ’90 recently released her book, A Parent’s Guide to Manners for Kids. It is available at Wal Mart, Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Sharon Roberson-Jones ’96 is impacting lives of young people in her community of Carthage, TX through her work with her organization, Excellent Teen Choice. She has received many accolades in the community, including the Remarkable Woman designation, given by her local television station.

2000s

Stacy Dissinger ’02 was recently named Interim Director of Harris College Academic Resource Center at TCU in March 2020. She also received her Master’s in criminal justice and criminology from TCU.

Head women’s soccer coach Josh Gibbs ’03 welcomed a new baby boy, Logan, in February.

Jessica Sangsvang ’05 JD ’08 received the 360 West Top Attorney award for Real Estate. The award is based on nominations from peers in the industry.

Shay Dial Johnson ’09 who is the vice president of community engagement for Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth has been named a Fort Worth Business Press 40 under 40 honoree.

Hayden Lackey ’08 welcomed a baby girl, Lennox Rose Lackey on May 29. 

2010s

Alex Gudac is owner of Linksgolfus.com, a golf apparel company. Gudac played baseball for the Rams during the 2016 and 2017 seasons.

Chadwick Scroggins ’10 is pleased to announce that his oldest son will be joining the Ram family in the 2020 Fall semester. He is a graduate from Crowley High School and will major in Psychology. 

Shannon Rogers Birchett ’11 and her husband Chip welcomed a baby boy, Cole Ryder, on November 27, 2019. 

Justin Keller ’11 welcomed a baby girl, Kodi Grace, in May.

Jessica Irvin ’15 and her husband welcomed a new baby boy, Elias, this spring.

Shelese Moaning MA’15 completed her first year as the Director of Residential Living at Sul Ross State University in Far West, Texas. She also works as a PRN therapist at a regional psychiatric hospital.

Avery Sullivan ’16, a former TXWES baseball pitcher, is working as a pitching coach for the Texas Rangers organization.

Taunya Gates MBA ’19 was recently promoted to VP of Operations and Risk Management at Howard Kane Plumbing Co.

Emily Gordon ’19 started a new position as an interior decorator for Pottery Barn and Williams Sonoma.

Parker Robinson ’19 and Lauren Wernet Robinson ’18 were married in July 2020.  

2020s

Brooks Wallace ’20 recently started his own business, thebarberbrooks.com.

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