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Class Notes

1979

Nan Shertzer-White (B.B.A. 1979) is a managing director of investments and wealth UT Tyler Bell Towermanagement with more than 30 years of experience. Barron’s Magazine has named her among the Top 100 Women Advisors for the past six years. Shertzer-White serves on the UT Tyler School of Business and Technology executive advisory board. She was honored as a UT Tyler Distinguished Alumni in 2006.

Billy E. Beasley (M.Ed. 1979) was recently inducted into the Prairie View Interscholastic League Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Beasley played basketball as an undergraduate at Prairie View A&M University. He retired as middle school principal with Brownsboro Independent School District and resides in Chandler with his wife of 40 years, Delores. They have four children and five grandchildren.

1980

Mary Anne Davis (M.A. 1980) has more than 22 years of real estate experience in the Tyler area. Prior to her career in real estate, she taught mathematics at the junior high, high school and college level. She is a member of local, state and national associations of realtors, a sustaining member of the Junior League of Tyler and an a member of Green Acres Baptist Chur

1981

Ron Cox (M.A. 1981) was appointed interim city manager of Manvel, after serving the city as a contract consultant for five years. He also served as city manager of Rusk, Center, Kilgore and Friendswood. His firm, Ron Cox Consulting, specializes in municipal consulting services including strategic planning, staff development and executive recruitment.

1982

Jerry Woolverton (B.B.A. 1982) (M.B.A. 1987) is chairman-elect of the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce for 2010-11. Woolverton is president of Texas Bank and Trust and an adjunct instructor of finance at UT Tyler. He serves on the boards of the Tyler Economic Development Council, Tyler Junior College Foundation and Children’s Village. Woolverton and his wife, Kelley, have six children.

1983

William “Jeff” Billings (B.B.A. 1983) owns Billings Tire & Service Center, which he purchased from his parents almost two decades ago. He has been a member of the Tyler community for 49 years and serves as board of directors vice president for Children’s Village. 

Billings remembers the relationships he established with his professors at UT Tyler and the “practical approach” they provided. “It was not just textbooks, but real life application,” he recalled.

Billings and his wife of 30 years, Angie, have one adult son, Blake.

Glenda Moss (M.Ed. 1983) joined the University of North Texas at Dallas as a professor of education and chair of the division of teacher education and administration in July. Moss previously served as associate dean in the College of Education at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore., and associate professor in secondary education at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. She taught middle school in Tyler for 13 years.

Shirley M. Bealer (B.S.N. 1984) was named director of the Overton Brooks Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Shreveport, La., after serving as associate director of VA North Texas Health Care System.

Bealer began her career in veterans affairs in 1979 as a staff nurse in the surgical intensive care unit at Dallas VA Medical Center. She was quality management officer for VA Heart of Texas Health Care Network in Arlington; associate director, patient/nursing services, Central Texas Veterans Health Care System, Temple; and interim and associate director, patient care services, Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System, Montgomery, Ala.

Doris J. Coleman (B.S. 1984) was elected to the Hallsville City Council this year. Retired from Pine Tree Independent School District, Coleman taught high school Spanish for more than 20 years. She also taught English as a second language at Kilgore College.

Deanna Dorsey Griffith (B.S.Ed. 1984) is serving her first year as principal of Kilgore Heights Elementary School, after being assistant principal. She began teaching elementary school in Henderson in 1984, after receiving her degree in early childhood development from UT Tyler.

Francie L. (Batten) Hodges (B.B.A. 1985) and husband Bryan have worked together as professional photographers since 1991. They returned to Tyler from Austin in 2000 to take over the family business, established in 1976 by Francie’s parents, Jim and Carolyn Batten.

Barbara Puckett (B.S.Ed. 1985) was named Secondary Teacher of the Year for 2011 by the Region 7 Education Center. The Tatum High School math teacher will represent Region 7 as a nominee for the 2011 Texas Education Agency Teacher of the Year. Her other awards include "Star Polisher" Teacher of the Year, Campus Teacher of the Year, TEA Gold Performance Acknowledgement and Campus WOW.

C. Brett Finley (B.B.A. 1986) is a senior territory manager in addiction medicine with Alkermes Inc., a biotech engineering, marketing and sales organization based in Boston, Mass., and Belfast, Ireland. He recently was named to the first-ever Alkermes President's Club for exceptional performance. Finley and his wife, Kelly, reside in Tomball.

Laura D. Owen (M.B.A. 1987) was promoted to senior vice president/chief executive officer of Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler. She assumed the new role in May, after serving since 2004 as the hospital’s senior vice president/chief operating officer.

Leasa Primo (B.B.A. 1987) was honored in Texas Bank and Trust’s People of Our Community Who Make a Difference program. She is a member of the Good Shepherd Medical Center Guild in Longview and chaired the 2010 Gold Rush “Glitz,’’ a fund-raiser for the city’s Digital Mobile Mammography Service. She is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Longview and a member of Christian Women’s Connection.    

Primo and her husband of 29 years, Darryl, have two adult daughters and are members of First United Methodist Church.

Jeanelle Turner Maland (M.B.A. 1987) serves as a deputy-in-charge with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Tyler.

Julie Nabors Shamburger (B.B.A. 1988) was promoted to chief accounting officer at Southside Bank of Tyler, after serving as controller and executive vice president. She has worked at Southside since 1982 and is a certified public accountant.

Kingsley E. Smith (B.S. 1988) was named vice president and news director at KTTV Los Angeles last summer, after serving as vice president/news director at Fox-owned WTXF Philadelphia.

David F. Cundieff (B.A.A.S. 1990) is a field technician with Velvin and Weeks Consulting Engineers Inc., assisting with bridge, inventory, inspection and appraisal projects. Cundieff has eight years of experience in bridge inspection with the firm. He has done design drafting and construction observation for water, wastewater, street, drainage, airport and reservoir embankment projects.

Dr. Timothy M. Chester (B.S. 1991) is vice provost for academic administration at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif. He joined the university in 2007 as chief information officer, after serving as CIO to establish Texas A&M University’s branch campus in Qatar.

Melissa Williamson (B.B.A. 1991) (M.B.A. 1997) was honored in Texas Bank and Trust’s People of Our Community Who Make a Difference program. She is president-elect of Parent Services Center Inc. of Tyler, supporting its mission to enhance family life through parenting programs. She also is a graduate of Leadership Tyler Class 21, has taught Sunday school and Awana classes at Green Acres Baptist Church and volunteers with her children at East Texas Food Bank and local soup kitchens.

Susan ‘Stormi’ Johnson (B.S. 1992) was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the Continuing Advisory Committee for Special Education, which provides policy guidance with respect to special education and related services. Johnson is a diagnostician and special education teacher with Palestine Independent School District and Anderson County Juvenile Detention Center.

Mark P. Randall (B.S. 1992) owns Randall Dodge in Henderson. His wife, Ashley, and her sister, Melissa Bennett, co-own Sister2Sister Cookies in Tyler. The Randalls have been married 15 years and have five children.

James E. Swink (B.A.A.S. 1992) is employed as a pilot with Mewbourne Oil Co.

Charlie D. Couch (B.B.A. 1993) has accepted the position of registrar at The University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colo. He previously served as registrar and director of institutional research at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, and assistant registrar at LeTourneau University in Longview.

Lori Threlkeld Knight (M.E.D. 1993) is an organizer of Great Strides for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Northeast Texas Chapter – Tyler Branch. Knight has been involved in the Tyler walk from its beginning in 1999. The event raises funds to fight cystic fibrosis.

Chet A. Thomas (B.S. 1993) is deputy director of the Smith County Juvenile Attention Center in Tyler. He began his law enforcement career in the Morris County Sheriff’s Department as a jailer, dispatcher and reserve deputy and was later promoted to deputy sheriff. Thomas also worked with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Office of Inspector General and was an investigator for the Smith County District Attorney’s office.

Guillaume Gauthier (B.F.A. 1995), a former star tennis player at UT Tyler, was selected to represent the United States in the Italia Cup in New Zealand. His selection to the four-member U.S. squad was based on his successful 2010 tennis season, during which he won the USTA National Hard Court singles and doubles championships in Scottsdale, Ariz. He also won USTA national events in Mission Hills, Calif., and Austin.

Pamala D. Hull (B.S.N. 1996) recently joined UT Physicians of Overton, a physician practice associated with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler. She is working with primary care physician Dr. Leo M. Holm. A board certified family nurse practitioner and registered nurse, Hull previously worked at the Diagnostic Clinic of Longview.
She specializes in treating people with diabetes and high blood pressure.

Lee Ratcliff (B.A. 1997) was honored in Texas Bank and Trust’s People of Our Community Who Make a Difference program. He serves on the board of Longview Community Ministries and chaired the organization’s 2010 Coats for Kids event, which provides coats to children in need.

Ratcliff began doing community service as a chemical engineer with Eastman Chemical, participating in company-sponsored Habitat for Humanity and community-wide cleanup events.  In his retirement, he is on Habitat for Humanity’s Family Selection Committee and tutors English as a second language with the East Texas Literacy Council. 

Stoney L. Wilson (B.B.A. 1997) established an online business offering Christian apparel and accessories, books, gifts and assistance to churches and non-profit organizations with websites and fund-raising efforts. Wilson also is an abstract artist, photographer and writer. After graduating from UT Tyler, he completed a compilation of poetry titled “Visions of the Heart.’’ He earned an M.B.A. from LeTourneau University this year.

Daniel Kessinger (B.S. 2000) has been in the residential and light commercial construction industry since 2003. He worked for a large residential builder until 2008, when he formed Kessinger Development Group. The Tyler native has partnered with Jay Schulz to develop residential and commercial properties.

Michael Shane McGuire (B.B.A. 2000) is a partner with Starr Schoenbrun Comte McGuire Law Firm. After graduating cum laude from U T Tyler, he co-founded Bridgewater Securities LLC and traded securities for four years before attending law school. He graduated cum laude from Texas Tech University School of Law in 2006.

Dan A. McManigal (B.B.A. 2000) is a production team leader with Denso Manufacturing Tennessee, an automotive parts manufacturer in Maryville, Tenn. His previous positions include production supervisor and cost analyst with Campbell Soup Co. and shipping supervisor with Newell Rubbermaid Co. McManigal earned an M.B.A. at the University of Tennessee in 2009.

Christopher A. Moran (M.Ed. 2000) was hired as superintendent of Brownsboro Independent School District recently. An educator for 19 years, Moran is former principal of Clear Lake and Whitehouse high schools.

Brian Bersano (M.B.A. 2001) has served Edge Medical Supply as chief operating officer and chief financial officer since 2002. He and his wife, Cari, a registered nurse, reside in Chandler. They have three children.

Judy R. Foster (B.S.N. 2001) was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to serve on the Aging and Disability Services Council, which recommends policies to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to assist the elderly and disabled. Foster is a registered nurse and chief health officer/head nurse at Children’s Association for Maximum Potential. She is a member of the Texas Nurses and American Camping associations, and a past member of Texas Foster Family Association.

Teri Curington (B.S.N. 2003) (M.S.N. 2009) is mentoring Afghan nurses at Kandahar Regional Military Hospital in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Jana (Ray) Glosson (B.B.A. 2003) opened a scrapbooking store last summer. The Crop Spot of Tyler offers scrapbooking products, demonstrations, classes and cropping activities. Glosson became a scrapbooking hobbyist in her teens. Seven years ago, the Tyler native began selling scrapbooking materials out of her home and hosting parties for Creative Memories, a direct sales scrapbooking company. She and her husband, Larry, also a UT Tyler graduate (B.S. 1998), have two sons.

Crystal Hallum (B.B.A. 2004) is employed as a tax senior with the public accounting firm of KPMG, preparing U.S. tax returns for insurance companies and hedge funds. She completed a master of science in taxation degree from Bentley College, Waltham, Mass., in 2010.

Shane Chambless (B.S. 2005) was hired as head basketball coach at Bullard High School this year. Chambless became assistant football and basketball coach at Troup High School after graduating from UT Tyler. He served two seasons as basketball and cross country assistant coach at Chapel Hill and one season as head cross country and assistant basketball coach at Pflugerville Connally.

Timothy J. “T.J.” Rucker (M.Ed. 2005) is the new principal at Compass Center
School in Jacksonville Independent School District. He is the former principal of Overton Middle School.

Karen G. Horton (M.B.A. 2006) owns Karen Horton and Co. and Karen Horton & Relax Hour Spa in Tyler. Her business includes a gifts and accessories store and day spa. Horton’s husband, Eric, is a UT Tyler graduate (B.S. 1983, M.P.A. 1987) and owns Tyler Candle Co.

Jeremiah “Eli” Crow (M.B.A. 2007) (M.E.D. 2009) is director of university program initiatives for Tyler Independent School District and an adjunct instructor at UT Tyler. He also owns Education Advanced and Tyler Kid’s Club.

Shannon Seay (B.B.A. 2007) was honored in Texas Bank and Trust’s People of Our Community Who Make a Difference program. A lifelong resident of Longview, she serves as treasurer for the Great Texas Balloon Race and volunteers with Junior Achievement of East Texas, the East Texas Boat, RV and Camping Expo and the AlleyFest. Seay is a banking officer and credit analyst with Austin Bank.

Alyse Bell (B.B.A. 2009) and Matt Riccardi (M.B.A.) (B.B.A. 2007) were married July 30 in Plano. Alyse works as a pharmacy technician for CVS in Montclair, N.J. Matt is employed by the New Jersey Nets.

Candace St. Julian (B.S. 2009) was selected to speak at the 2011 National Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium. She presented a case study on supraventricular tachycardia in college female basketball athletes during the New Orleans symposium. St. Julian earned a master’s degree in athletic training at Stephen F. Austin State University, after graduating in kinesiology from UT Tyler.

Ebubekir Orsun (M.Ed. 2011) is assistant principal of Harmony Science Academy in Houston.

Rachael A. Roeten (B.S. 2011) was hired by The Bullard Banner News as sports editor. The Shreveport, La., native played softball four years at UT Tyler, while majoring in journalism with a minor in English. She was a freelance writer for the Tyler Morning Telegraph for a year and a half, covering softball and volleyball.

Jessica Guffey (B.S. 2011) and husband Tom Guffey (B.S. 2011) have been accepted into the doctoral program in sociology at Texas Woman’s University. Both majored in sociology at UT Tyler and graduated with honors.


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