Lee Carl (’54) has been awarded a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award by the National Association of Book Entrepreneurs for his recently published novel, “The Key.”


Al Lawrence (’63, ’67), a former Olympian who ran track for Houston, published a memoir entitled “Olympus and Beyond: A Story of Life, Sport, and Love on Four Continents.” Originally from Australia, Lawrence has lived in Houston for over four decades and currently coaches area runners.


Barbara Ferguson (’72) was selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers® 2014 by Thomson Reuters.

Joan Jarvis Ellison (M.S. ’72) announced the publication of her first novel, “Tangled Web,” which is set on a sheep farm.

Bonnie Charpentier (’74, Ph.D. ’81 was the 2014 recipient of the Sherrie Wilkins Award from the Northern California Chapters for the Association for Women in Science. She received the award for going above and beyond to mentor other women in science and for being a role model for all women. Charpentier serves on the American Chemical Society’s board as a director for District VI, and she is Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Compliance at Cytokinetics, Inc. in South San Francisco.

Kathleen M. Giacomini (’73), professor and department chair at the University of California San Francisco, received the 2014 Distinguished Investigator Award from the American College of Clinical Pharmacology.

David Hill Keller (’74) was named to the “Best Lawyers in America” for 2015. This is his third consecutive year to be named in the Workers’ Compensation-Employer category.

Lt. Gen. Robert E. Milstead, Jr. (’74) retired in November after serving 40 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He and his wife, Suzanne (’77), look forward to spending much more time with their four children and grandchildren and plan to split their time between Burke, Va. and Wilmington, N.C.

Elvia A. Saenz (’74) and Jesus “Jesse” Saenz, owners of Saenz Pharmacy & Medical Equipment of McAllen, were named the 2014 Pharmacists of the Year by the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in McAllen. Five of the seven pharmacists serving patients at Saenz Pharmacy’s six RGV locations in the Valley are proud UH College of Pharmacy graduates.

Glen Boudreaux (’73, J.D. ’76), an attorney for Jackson Walker, was selected for inclusion in the 2015 edition of “The Best Lawyers in America.”

Alan S. Paau (’73, M.S. ’74, Ph.D. ’78) retired as vice provost of Cornell University after eight years of service. He now serves as chairman of the Guangda Cooperation International Technology Center, Co. Ltd. in Shenzhen, China.

Maria Lara-Whelpley (’75) was recently featured in a 12-week exhibition at Artspace, in New Haven, Conn. CT (un) Bound featured sculptural book projects that reflect the physical and conceptual aspects of contemporary book works while also making reference to the state of Connecticut.

Becky Starobin (M.M. ’75), president of Bridge Records, Inc., has announced that Bridge Records received five Grammy nominations, more than any other classical label for the year.

Lawrence M. Bass (’74, J.D. ’78) was named to the 2015 Best Lawyers in America list by U.S. News & World Report for his efforts in the area of trusts and estates and construction litigation working for the firm Chamberlain Hrdlicka.

Earl Maxwell (’76), chief executive officer of St. David’s Foundation in Austin, received the Libby Malone Community Leader of the Year Award from Greenlights and the Byron E. Cox Spirit of Caring Award from The Care Communities.


Duane M. Hengst (’81), P.E., was recently hired as the regional manager for the new Klotz Associates office in Fort Worth.

Bob McCoy (J.D. ’82) was sworn in as the new judge of County Criminal Court No. 3 on Jan. 1 after eight years as the 48th District Judge of Tarrant County and 11 years as a justice on the Second Court of Appeals.

Dr. Catherine Gibson (M.Ed. ’83, Ed.D. ’05) serves as elementary superintendent for Conroe ISD.

Carole Hardin-Oliver (’83), Walgreens Houston district pharmacy supervisor, was named the 2014 Pharmacist of the Year by Texas Pharmacy Association.

Ricky A. Raven (’83, J.D. ’86), partner at Thompson & Knight LLP, has been elected to membership in the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation. Fellows of the Foundation are selected for outstanding professional achievements and a demonstrated commitment to the improvement of the justice system throughout Texas.

F. Paul Lott (’84), owner/president of LLW Consulting, Inc. of Sugar Land, received the 2014 Robert L. Hays Outstanding Consultant Pharmacist Award from the Texas Pharmacy Association.

REP. Roger Kane (’86) has been re-elected to the Tennessee General Assembly, entering his second term in the House of Representatives. Rep. Kane serves on the House Committee of Insurance and Banking as well as the Education Instruction & Programs Full Committee and is chairman of the House Subcommittee on Education Instruction & Programs.

Angela Miller (M.Ed. ’86), Houston ISD social studies curriculum manager, was presented with the Dean’s Recognition for Collaboration Award at the College of Education Star Awards in recognition of her support of the partnership between the College and Houston Independent School District (HISD) on several grants from the U.S. Department of Education.

Alan York (’86, J.D. ’89) from the Dallas and Houston offices of the trial and appellate law firm Godwin Lewis PC, was honored on the 2014 Texas Super Lawyers list of the state’s top attorneys.

Claire Blondeau (’89, M.B.A. ’02) is now the manager of technical writing and publications at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Division of Cancer Medicine.

Quentin Brogdon (M.B.A. ’89, J.D. ’89), an attorney with the Law Offices of Frank L. Branson in Dallas, was selected for inclusion in the 20th edition of the Best Lawyers in America and was selected by Texas Monthly magazine as one of the Top 100 Super Lawyers in the State of Texas for 2014.


Jennifer Altieri (M.Ed. ’90) was a featured speaker at the 2014 International Reading Association Convention and was the keynote speaker for the 2014 Arkansas Reading Association Conference.

Lance Lubel (J.D. ’91) and partner Tyler G. Mercer, former senior counsel for the Valero Energy family of companies, recently announced the formation of the San Antonio Office of Lubel Voyles LLP to be located in the McCombs Plaza Building at 755 East Mulberry.

May J. Woo (’91), Houston area director of pharmacy for Emerus Emergency Hospital, was awarded the Texas Pharmacy Association’s 2014 Bowl of Hygeia, which is the organization’s highest honor for professional pharmacists.

Ali Polat (M.S. ’92) received the 2014 W. W. Hutchison Medal from the Geological Association of Canada. The medal is awarded to a young individual for recent exceptional advances in Canadian earth science research. Polat is a professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Windsor.

Mike Dishberger (M.B.A. ’93) celebrated the 19th anniversary of his business, Sandcastle Homes, in January.

Marcus Aldredge (’94) will be publishing his second book, “David Riesman’s Unpublished Writings and Continuing Legacy,” in June.

Dr. Efrain Olivio, Jr. (’94, M.S. ’98, Ed.D. ’14) serves as director of secondary schools in the Round Rock ISD.

Kerry Beyer (’94) returned to campus in February to screen his latest film, “Rogue Strike,” starring Oscar-nominated actor Eric Roberts. Although he studied business at UH, he pursued acting and began Kerosene Films, a Houston-based production company delivering independent action and horror films.

Bobby English (M.S.W. ’95) was named director at Optimum Personal Care, an assisted living community in the Missouri City/Sugar Land area of Southwest Houston.

Chandra Richardson (’95) is the first learning strategy design specialist at FMC Technologies University, located within the Lone Star College building in Tomball.

Jim Parsons (’96) received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The star of “The Big Bang Theory” was among 30 2015 honorees and received the 2,545th star on the Walk of Fame.

Tracee Kennon (’96) won the prestigious Brown Foundation, Inc. Outstanding Nurse Award in November.

David C. Nelson (’97) has published “Moroni and the Swastika,” a non-fiction account of how some fourteen thousand Mormons survived and thrived in Nazi Germany. Nelson holds a Ph.D. in history from Texas A&M University and served six years as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. He is now an independent researcher and commercial airline captain.

Dr. Bernardo E. Pohl, Jr. (’97, M.Ed. ’03, Ed.D. ’09) was presented with the Outstanding Alumni Award at the College of Education Star Awards in November.

Shayna Sanborn (M.S.W. ’97) recently joined the law firm of Hoover Slovacek LLP as an associate.

Jenny Downing Yoakum (’97), pharmacist-in-charge at Med Shop Total Care Pharmacy in Longview, Texas, has been elected president-elect of the nonprofit Alliance of Independent Pharmacists of Texas.

Cheryl Fasullo (Ed.D. ’98, M.A. ’99) and Cynthia Roman (M.A. ’99) stand proudly in front of Cougar Canyon in Colorado.

Anne-Marie Suire (J.D. ’99), CPA, has joined the firm GBH CPAs, PC as a tax manager serving publicly traded and privately held clients.


Je’Caryous Johnson (FS ’00) wed Meaghan Chrystal Roberts in November.

Todd Lady (M.B.A. ’00, J.D. ’00), partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, was selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2015 for his work in the tax law practice area.

I. Richmond Nettey (Ph.D. ’00), associate dean at Kent State University’s College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology, has received the University Aviation Association’s William A. Wheatley Award. Nettey is the first African-American and first at Kent State to be conferred with the prestigious award. He received the award at the 2014 University Aviation Association Fall Education Conference on Oct. 10 in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Glen Urbach (M.S.W. ’00) has been appointed the new executive director of NAMI (National Alliance of Mental Illness), the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. 

Dr. Xiuli Wang (Ph.D. ’00) has been named a recipient of the 2014 Society of Professional Engineers (SPE) Distinguished Member and a Distinguished Lecturer of SPE 2013-14 Season.

Lydia Evans (’02), a Licensed Medical Esthetician, created swagessentials.com when her brother, a barber, asked her to make a product to relieve ingrown hairs and razor burn. Evans appeared on the television show “Shark Tank” in December 2014 to pitch her creation, the “SWAG bar.” The bar was included in gift bags for celebrities attending the 2015 Academy Awards.

McKenna Jordan (’02) was included in a list of Houston’s 50 Most Fascinating People of 2014 in the Houston Chronicle.

Wayne Miller (M.F.A. ’02) had two poems, “Inside the Book” and “On Language,” appear in the winter 2014-15 issue of “Ploughshares,” one of the most prestigious literary journals in the country.

Ben Day (’03) and his wife, Tasia Day, had their first child, Dorothy Kay Day, on August 23.

Shannon Miller (’03) is the recipient of the 2015 Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup, awarded to outstanding role models among athletes. Miller is best known as the most decorated gymnast — male or female — in U.S. history.

Julie Walker Diaz (M.Ed. ’04) was recently named director of Galveston County Parks and Cultural service.

Vidya Gargote (M.S. ’04) published her first book of poetry, “Mute: Poems That Saved My Life!” The book is a collection of meditations and poems that guide readers to a higher state of consciousness by reconnecting them with their innermost self.

Constance Rossiter (M.B.A. ’04) was elected to the 2015 YWCA Houston Board of Directors. A passionate advocate, she has been serving as the program director for the Human Trafficking Assistance Program at YMCA International Services for the past seven years.

Alex C. Varkey (Pharm.D. ’05), pharmacy operations manager at Houston Methodist Hospital, was recognized as the Gulf Coast Society of Health-System Pharmacists’ Outstanding Pharmacist.

Jessica Crutcher (J.D. ’06) was recently promoted to partner at Mayer Brown LLP.

Jake Donaldson (M.Arch. ’06), principal of Three Square Design Group, was one of 10 national recipients of the NAIOP Developing Leaders award, given at a 2014 ceremony in Denver.

Jentry Kelley (’07) achieved $1 million in sales in October 2014 with the company she founded in 2011, Jentry Kelley Cosmetics. Her company has been the make-up sponsor of Fashion Houston, the city’s fashion week, for the past three years, and Kelley regularly creates video tutorials focused on beauty tips for women on the go.

Tommie Garcia (’08) has been elected to serve on the board of directors of the Texas Society of CPAs (three-year term, 2014-17) and the Houston CPA Society (two-year term, 2014-16).

Dr. Christopher G. Povich (Ed.D. ’08) serves as Woodlands High School ninth grade campus principal, Conroe ISD.

Melanie Fisk (M.B.A. ’09, M.S.W. ’09) was named vice president of Client Services at SEARCH Homeless Services, an organization dedicated to engaging, stabilizing, educating, employing and housing individuals and families who are homeless in the Houston area.


Julie B. Crosswell (M.S.W. ’10) was appointed to the Communities in School Advisory Committee by former Texas Governor Rick Perry.

Hannah Rebecca Gamble (M.F.A ’10) recently won a 2014 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation.

Loveen Bains (Ph.D. ’11) was presented with the Outstanding Alumni Award at the College of Education Star Awards in November.

Carlos Phillips (Ed.D. ’11), Gregory-Lincoln Education Center principal in Houston ISD, is now serving as an adjunct professor at University of Houston in the African American Studies department, teaching The History of Black Education.

David Rusk (’11, J.D. ’14) joined Thompson & Knight LLP as an associate.

Tracy Ginsburg (Ed.D. ’12) was presented with the Outstanding Alumni Award at the 2014 College of Education Star Awards.

Debbie Z. Harwell (Ph.D. ’12) recently had her book “Wednesdays in Mississippi: Proper Ladies Working for Radical Change, Freedom Summer 1964” published by the University Press of Mississippi.

Erika Aguirre (’13) has joined J.O., a Fort Worth-based full-service marketing agency, as a public relations account executive, overseeing all marketing, strategy, advertising and public relations for assigned clients.

Casey McNeil (’14) is on the 30 Under 30 list for energy in the newest Forbes Magazine. McNeil launched the company REEcycle with three other UH students and is paving the way for next-generation clean-energy technologies.

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