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May 2021 Class Notes

05.19.2021 | By: Texas Wesleyan University

1970s

Tom Fegan ’78 recently published his first book, Panther City: Stories of Crime Set in Fort Worth, Texas. 

1980s

Tim Martinez ’83 was promoted to Vice President – Major Gifts & Planned Giving at Legacy Community Health Services in Houston. Martinez has worked at the non-profit healthcare agency since 2009.

1990s

Cindy Blevins M.A. ’91 retired after 30 years in education and is now running Course for Life Ministries, which provides Christian curriculum. She and her husband are writing a book called Team Marriage: A Game Plan for Winning Marriage, set for publication in the summer of 2021.

Rachel Griffin Baughman ’98 is a new member of The Texas Lyceum, a distinguished, collaborative group of professionals who focus on constructive responses to national and state issues.

Blythe Gaissert ’98, a nationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano, has released her debut solo album, Home. The album consists of eight world premiere recordings, written expressly for Gaissert. (photo)

 

2000s

Daphne Brookins ’01 and Anael Luebanos ’09 MBA ’09 were re-elected to represent their districts on the Fort Worth ISD School Board.

Brian Matlock ’01 MBA ’01 was recently named the National Industry Partner (NIP) for BKD National Commercial Services Group.

Sandy Martinez Russell ‘01 is the newest Chair for the Fort Worth chapter of The Hispanic Women’s Network for the 2021-2022 term. Cristal Galvan Hernandez ’00 serves as Vice Chair of Development, Sandra Garcia '02 MBA '09 as State Chair-Elect and Jeanette Martinez Paz ‘12 as the State Treasurer. The group’s purpose is to promote the advancement of women in public, corporate and civic life through education, personal and professional development.

Karen Surita ’01 was named manager of the Sexually Transmitted Disease Prevention Team at Texas Department of State Health Services. As manager, Karen will be responsible for coordinating state efforts to test, treat and prevent the spread of STDs.

Autumn Kraus J.D. ’05 was named the Sam Winstead Volunteer of the Year for the T. Boone Pickens YMCA in Dallas. Kraus is a Forensic Litigation Valuation Services Partner at Whitley Penn, LLC.

Alexandra Martin ’05 started a new position as Director of Development at Carroll Education Foundation.

Kevin Doskocil ’09 is participating in the U.S. Amateur Championship qualifier at Dallas National Golf Tournament.

2010s

Joette De Fratus ’10 welcomed a baby boy in March.

Ashly Spencer ’11, Ed.D. ’19 was named the Instructional Technology Specialist of the Year by the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA). Dr. Spencer works for Kennedale ISD.

Valerie Valdez '11, a fifth-grade teacher at Clara Love Elementary in Northwest ISD, was named a distinguished award recipient of the 2021 Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching by the Texas Medical Association.

Mattie Parker J.D. ’12 is in a run-off for Fort Worth Mayor.

Thomas Vasquez ’12 and his wife Lisa welcomed a baby girl in May.

Lucas Hoss ’13 graduated from the Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Academy in Quantico, VA in May 2021.

Elsa Torres ’13 M.S. ’19 welcomed a baby girl in March.

Tricia Howard ’14 was the subject of a February podcast episode and article for Cybercrime Magazine.

Travis Smith MBA ’14 received his Master’s of Analytics from Texas A&M in May 2021.

Alexander Lopez ’17 will be the new Choir Director at Marine Creek Middle School in Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD for the 2021-2022 school year.

Cheryl Rogers ’17 M.Ed. ’19 teaches 3rd grade at International Leadership of Texas, East Fort Worth campus, and she shows her students her Ram Pride! (photo)

Artaya Brown M.S. ’18 was a presenter at a recent conference for the Texas Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Kimm Payne (Alternative Teaching Certification ’92), Tanglewood Elementary, Deborah Johnson ’98, Carter Park Elementary, Joe Gonzalez ’01, Sam Rosen Elementary, Matthew Huitt ’03, HV Helbing Elementary, Melissa Owens ’03, Alice Carlson Applied Learning Center, Diana Pios ’04, Diamond Hill Elementary, Olivia Olalde ’11, Alice D. Contreras Elementary, Tina Rundles ’12, East Handley Elementary, Alando Moore ’14, Western Hills Elementary, Angelica Ortiz ’18, George C. Clarke Elementary, and Anthony Smith-Wright ’19, Eastern Hills Elementary were all named Teacher of the Year at their respective campuses in Fort Worth ISD. Texas Wesleyan is proud of these alumni and all that they are accomplishing in the community.

Justin Arth ’19 signed with the Peach State Cats of the United Arena League while he continues to train for the NFL. (photo)

2020s

 

  Donovan Isom ’20 participated in the Texas Tech NFL pro day in April. (photo)

  Thomas Moore ’20 and Cristian Barajas ’19 represented the RAMily as they graduated from the Fort Worth Police  Department civil service academy in March. (photo)

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