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Class Notes 2015

  • Kent Flanagan Class of 1968

    Kent Flanagan, a long-time journalist for the Associated Press and Shelbyville (Tenn.) Times-Gazette, was elected in August of 2015 to the Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame.

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  • Jim Slaughter Class of 1968

    Jim Slaughter retired in July of 2015 after a long career in Texas high school athletics. He spent the last four years as athletic director for the San Angelo Independent School District.

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  • Charlie Ramirez Class of 1972

    Charlie Ramirez retired in 2015 after 40 years with the Texas Department of Public Safety.

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  • Delta Emerson Class of 1973

    Delta Emerson was promoted to president of global shared services at Ryan, an award-winning global tax services firm based in Dallas, in December of 2014.

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  • Arnold Garcia Jr. Class of 1973

    Arnold Garcia Jr. joined Crosswind Media and Public Relations as a senior advisor in June of 2015.

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  • Benny Cox Class of 1975

    Benny Cox was elected to a two-year term as secretary/treasurer of the American Sheep Industry Association at the organization’s annual convention in Reno, Nev., in February of 2015.

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  • Dr. Les Plagens Class of 1977 & 1979

    Dr. Les Plagens in July of 2015 took over the role of director of instructional support services at Texas State Technical College in Brownwood.

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  • Drew Montgomery Class of 1978

    Drew Montgomery, who played on the Rams’ 1978 NAIA National Championship football team, was named president of the Madisonville High School Alumni Association in 2015.

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  • Dr. Brian Shannon Class of 1979

    Dr. Brian Shannon, the Charles “Tex” Thornton Professor of Law at Texas Tech University, was named a Horn Professor by the TTUS Board of Regents in March of 2015. The professorship recognizes scholarly achievement and outstanding service to Texas Tech.

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  • Dr. Mark McFarland Class of 1980

    Dr. Mark McFarland retired on Aug. 31, 2015, after 35 years with the Texas A&M University System. His final posts were Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service soil fertility specialist in College Station, Extension Service water quality coordinator, and associate head of the Soil and Crop Sciences Department at Texas A&M.

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  • Edwin Miranda Class of 1981

    Edwin Miranda was hired as the director of quality at Legacy Pharmaceutical Packaging in St. Louis, Mo., in January of 2015.

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  • Linda Stephens Class of 1983, 1991 & 2001

    Linda Stephens was named chief nursing officer at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital in Katy in January of 2015.

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  • Adm. Eric Coy Young Class of 1984

    U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Eric Coy Young received his second star and assumed command of the Navy Reserve Forces Command in Norfolk, Va., in November of 2014. He had served as deputy chief of the Navy Reserves since 2012.

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  • Martha Anne Langston Class of 1986

    Martha Anne Langston was honored in August of 2015 by Capital Who’s Who Branding for her distinguished accomplishments and contributions in the field of religious service. Langston is the secretary and ministry assistant at Belmore Baptist Church in San Angelo.

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  • Mitchell G. Perry Class of 1986

    Mitchell G. Perry was elected in July of 2015 as the 2015-16 secretary of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants.

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  • Mike Hayworth Class of 1987

    Mike Haworth was promoted to police chief of the Pinellas Park Police Department in Florida in April of 2015.

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  • Pam Cunningham Class of 1987

    Pam Cunninghamwas named executive vice president of Southside Bank in Tyler in September of 2014.

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  • Ricky Peacock Class of 1987

    Ricky Peacock was named head football coach and athletic director at McCamey High School in May of 2015.

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  • Paul Michalewicz Class of 1987 & 2006

    Paul Michalewicz was hired in June of 2015 as the new superintendent for the Florence Independent School District.

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  • Steven Jason Hall Class of 1989

    Steven Jason Hall was elected chief financial officer of Behringer Harvard Opportunity REIT II Inc. by the company’s board of directors in October of 2014.

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  • Randy Penson Class of 1989

    Randy Pensonwas named the assistant director for global safety and risk management in the Global Education Office at Virginia Tech University in July of 2015.

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  • Lane Porter Class of 1989

    Lane Porterwas named president of Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Association at the organization’s 100th anniversary celebration in July of 2015 in Kerrville.

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  • Heather Tessmer Class of 1989

    Heather Tessmer was named a 2014 Outstanding Lawyer by the San Antonio Business Journal and was honored at a ceremony in November of 2014.

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  • Richy Womack Class of 1989

    Richy Womack was elected to the Board of Directors of City National Bank in Colorado City in January of 2015.

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  • Kim Spicer Class of 1989 & 1995

    Kim Spicerwas named the new assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for the Wylie Independent School District in August of 2015.

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  • Donna King Class of 1992

    Donna King was appointed judge of the 26th Judicial District of Texas in Williamson County by Gov. Rick Perry in October of 2014.

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  • Lucy Snyder Class of 1992

    Lucy Snyder received two Bram Stoker Awards from the Horror Writers Association in May of 2015 at the World Horror Convention in Atlanta. The Stoker Award is the highest honor given by the HWA, and Snyder has now won four Stoker Awards for her writing.

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  • Del Van Cox Class of 1992

    Del Van Cox was promoted to head football coach and athletic director at Abilene High School in March of 2015.

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  • Juan Villarreal Class of 1992

    Juan Villarrealwas named the principal of Gunn Junior High School in Arlington in December of 2014.

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  • Rikke Black Class of 1993

    Rikke Blackwas named the new principal at Lee Middle School in San Angelo in June of 2015.

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  • Tracy Meador Class of 1993

    Tracy Meadorwas named principal of McNeil Elementary School in McKinney in December of 2014.

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  • Mike Jinks Class of 1994

    Mike Jinks was named head football coach at Bowling Green State University in December 2015.

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  • Joseph Gillespie Class of 1994

    Joseph Gillespie was hired as linebackers coach at the University of Tulsa in January of 2015.

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  • Leslie Cope Class of 1995

    Leslie Cope was elected to the Board of Directors of the Commercial Bank in Mason in March of 2015.

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  • Stephanie Howard Class of 1995

    Stephanie Howard was named the superintendent of the Plains Independent School District in April of 2015.

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  • Marty Gibbs Class of 1996

    Marty Gibbs was named the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service district extension administrator for District 7 in September of 2014.

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  • Richard “Rick” Minzenmayer Class of 1996

    Richard “Rick” Minzenmayer retired in April of 2015 after 30 years with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

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  • Jeff D. Hamilton Class of 1996 & 1998

    Jeff D. Hamilton was hired as the new head football coach and athletic director at Bandera High School in May of 2015.

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  • Rosa Avendaño Class of 1996 & 2004

    Rosa Avendaño was named the new principal at Keyes Elementary School in the Irving Independent School District in June of 2015.

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  • Katharine Eagan Class of 1997

    Katharine Eagan was named chief executive officer of the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) in Tampa, Fla., by the company’s board of directors in November of 2014. In August of 2015, she was nominated for the U.S. White House “Champion of Change” program as an innovator in transportation for the future.

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  • Gregory Conaway Class of 1998

    Gregory Conaway was named vice president and chief accounting officer at Carizzo Oil & Gas Inc. in Houston in September of 2014.

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  • Rebecca Cline Class of 1998 & 2006

    Rebecca Cline was named the new principal at Lincoln Middle School in the San Angelo Independent School District in July of 2015.

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  • Farrah Gomez Class of 1999

    Farrah Gomez was promoted in June of 2015 as an executive director of schools for the San Angelo Independent School District.

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  • Dana Cooper Class of 2000

    Dana Cooper, an associate professor of history at Stephen F. Austin State University, was featured in the documentary “Million Dollar Princesses” on the Smithsonian Channel that aired in January of 2015. She was also named to Nerdwallet.com’s list of “40 Under 40: Professors Who Inspire” for 2015 in March.

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  • Dr. Mark Boyle Class of 2000

    Dr. Mark Boylewas named medical director of First Choice Emergency Room’s Houston-Jones Road facility in Houston in October of 2014.

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  • Dr. Quentin Wright Class of 2000 & 2002

    Dr. Quentin Wright was named the new vice president of instruction at Lone Star College-Tomball in June of 2015.

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  • Chad Ellis Class of 2001

    Chad Ellis was selected as the Society for Range Management’s 2015 Young Range Professional Award at the society’s annual meeting in February of 2015.

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  • Sterlin Gilbert Class of 2002

    Sterlin Gilbert was hired as offensive coordinator for the University of Texas Longhorns football team in December 2015.

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  • Justin Carrigan Class of 2002

    Justin Carrigan was named the first-ever head football coach at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin in Odessa in January of 2015.

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  • Delia Cullins Class of 2002

    Delia Cullins was promoted in February of 2015 to assistant vice president of operations at TexasBank in Brownwood.

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  • Matthew Gutierrez Class of 2002

    Matthew Gutierrezwas named the deputy superintendent for education services for the Little Elm Independent School District in North Texas in January of 2015.

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  • Dr. Jason Skelton Class of 2002

    Dr. Jason Skeltonwas named the new principal at San Angelo’s Holiman Elementary School in July of 2015.

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  • Angela Taylor Class of 2003

    Angela Taylor joined the news team at WESH-TV in Orlando, Fla., as a news anchor in January of 2015.

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  • Whitney Bownds Class of 2003

    Whitney Bowndswas promoted to loan officer at the Commercial Bank in Mason in January of 2015.

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  • Kayla Davidson Class of 2004

    Kayla Davidsonpublished a children’s book titled “The Ride” through Virtuous Books for Kids in February of 2015. She is also the author of “Daddy’s Little Squirrel.”

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  • Kirk Byrd Class of 2004

    Kirk Byrd was named the new head coach and athletic director at Crane High School in April of 2015.

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  • Zach Ramirez Class of 2005 & 2011

    Zach Ramirezin July of 2015 was named the new principal at Goliad Elementary School in the San Angelo Independent School District.

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  • Kyle Youngblood Class of 2006

    Kyle Youngblood was hired as the Texas AgriLife Extension Service agriculture and natural resources agent for Throckmorton County in December of 2014.

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  • Aaryn Valenzuela Class of 2006

    Aaryn Valenzuela joined the news team at WALB-TV in Albany, Ga., as a weekend anchor and reporter in August of 2015.

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  • Cory Robinson Class of 2007

    Cory Robinson was promoted to curator of history at San Angelo’s Fort Concho National Historic Landmark in August of 2015. He has been at Fort Concho for 13 years.

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  • Megan Hastings Class of 2007

    Megan Hastingswas promoted to digital marketing and training manager for the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance in San Antonio in January of 2015.

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  • Fred Dietz Class of 2008

    Fred Dietz was hired as the new head football coach and athletic director at Coahoma High School in July of 2015.

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  • Dr. Joshua McGinty Class of 2009

    Dr. Joshua McGinty was named the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist for South Texas in September of 2014.

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  • Lindsay Carr Class of 2009 & 2011

    Lindsay Carr was named the new principal at Belaire Elementary School in the San Angelo Independent School District in July 2016.

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  • Kaycee Taylor Class of 2010

    Kaycee Taylorwas hired as the assistant softball coach at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in August of 2015.

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  • Michael Wilkinson Class of 2011

    Michael Wilkinson was promoted to director of student life and services at the University of Houston-Victoria in August of 2015.

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  • Justin McGriff Class of 2011

    Justin McGriffwas hired in March of 2015 as the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s new agriculture and natural resources agent for Fisher County.

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  • Daniel Chavez Class of 2013

    Daniel Chavezjoined the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation in June of 2015 as vice president of business recruitment.

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  • Darius Flowers Class of 2014

    Darius Flowers was named assistant principal at Glenn Middle School in San Angelo in July of 2015.

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  • Emily Yanez Class of 2015

    Emily Yanezwas hired by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in June of 2015 as the county family and consumer sciences agent for Glasscock County.

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