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Class Notes

Class Notes is a compilation of alumni submissions and reports from newspapers and other media outlets.


Cheryl Landman, B.B.A. in management, M.B.A. in business '81, is mayor of Fair Oaks Ranch, a San Antonio suburb. Prior to being elected mayor, she served for 10 years as an alderman-at-large. Cheryl has a background in marketing and in 1985 launched her own firm, PSIncentives.


Antonio Gonzalez, B.A. in history, is president of the William C. Velasquez Institute, a national Latino public policy and research organization. He became president in 1994 after working in various capacities for founding President Willie Velasquez as well as his successor Andrew Hernandez from 1984–94. Antonio lives in Los Angeles.


Steve Barrera, B.A. in criminal justice, is chief of police and director of public safety at UTSA.


Janet P. Buckingham, M.S. in math, is a staff analyst in Southwest Research Institute's Fuels and Lubricants Research Division. In August she was named a winner of the 2010 American Statistical Association Founders Award. She was elected a fellow of ASA in 2005.



Beverly Lee Goodie, M.A. in education, died July 17, 2009, at age 62.
Teresa "Terri" Jean Rodgers, M.A. in education, died June 30, 2010, in her home on Possum Kingdom Lake, west of Fort Worth. She was 61. Terri was a teacher, administrator, principal and curriculum director in several Texas school districts, including Northeast San Antonio, Alief, Plano, Westlake and Graham.
Jerry Franklin Thomas, M.S. in environmental studies, died Aug. 6, 2009, in Navarre, Fla., at age 70. He was a retired Air Force officer.


Rudy Castillo, B.B.A. in economics, died Aug. 26, 2009, at age 59.


Norma Kay Baker, M.A. in education with a concentration in curriculum and instruction, died in San Antonio on June 20, 2010, at age 71. During her career, Norma taught English, literature and creative writing in Seguin, San Antonio and El Paso.
Deborah Ann Fitzgerald, B.A. in sociology, died June 22, 2009, at age 53.
Erlyta Ann Livengood, B.A. in early childhood education, died Oct. 17, 2009, at age 76.
Robert R. Patton, B.A. in anthropology, died Nov. 9, 2009, at age 84.
Luther A. Tarbox,M.A. in education with a concentration in counseling, died Oct. 4, 2009, at age 84.


Raul Hernandez, M.A. in education, died May 8, 2009, at age 74. He worked in the St. Philip's College Counseling office for 25 years and retired in August 1998. He retired from the USAF Reserves 433 Air Wing at Lackland Air Force Base after three decades of service.


Howard Benoist III, M.A. in education, died April 25, 2010, at age 67. He served Our Lady of the Lake University as an administrator and professor of English for more than 30 years. A native of St. Louis, Mo., Howard moved to San Antonio in 1968 when he was stationed at Fort Sam Houston. His service to OLLU began in 1970 when he joined the English faculty. Through the years, he served the OLLU community as English department chair, vice president for academic affairs, planning officer, provost and executive vice president. Three years ago he returned to full-time teaching in the English Department. Howard earned his doctoral degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania.


Barbara Barbou, M.A. in education, died April 15, 2010, at age 84 in Brady, Texas. A native of Sioux Falls, S.Dak., Barbara taught school in the San Antonio area for several years, including Fort Sam Houston and Boerne ISD. After moving to Brady, she attended the Brady Community Church, enjoyed art and was a member of the Scandinavian Club in San Antonio for many years.


Marjorie Lou Enney, B.B.A. in management, died April 23, 2009, at age 64.
Kha H. Vu, B.S. in math, died Feb. 21, 2009, at age 49.


Mary Jo Cisneros, B.A. in elementary education, M.A. in education '89, died July 10, 2009, at age 64. Mary Jo was a retired teacher with over 25 years of service in the San Antonio ISD.
Betty J. Dowdy, M.A. in education, died Aug. 18, 2010, at age 74. She taught history in Lawton, Okla., and reading at Southside Middle School and Kreuger Middle School in San Antonio.
Kenneth Charles Hudson, B.B.A. in management, died June 26, 2009, at age 57.


Cheryl Lee Fraley, B.B.A. in accounting, died Aug. 10, 2009, at age 49.
Donald R. Jordan, B.S. in math, died Oct. 25, 2009, at age 56.


Thomas Michael Schroeder, B.B.A. in accounting, died Sept. 23, 2009, at age 63.


Betty Lorraine Coakley, M.F.A. in art, died March 13, 2009, at age 77.


Elizabeth Cecily Doubrava, B.A. in early childhood education, died June 26, 2009, at age 47. Liz had a 21-year career as an early childhood elementary educator. She was certified as an early childhood specialist and was recognized as a State of Texas, Master Teacher. She taught at Locke Hill Elementary School in San Antonio.
Hilda Hornbogen, B.B.A. in accounting, died on Oct. 31, 2009, at age 60.
Dolores Palacios, B.B.A. in management, died Sept. 6, 2009, at age 64.


Edna Frances Rasar, B.F.A. in art, died Feb. 18, 2009, at age 79.


Deborah Ann Cavazos, B.B.A. in management, died May 30, 2009, at age 56.


Charles A. Anderson, B.B.A. in management, died Oct. 20, 2009, at age 50.


John Edward McGlothan III, B.A. in psychology, died March 15, 2009, at age 62. John served in the U.S. Navy from 1966 to 1969 and was a federal employee for many years.


Rosa L. Conklin, B.B.A. in accounting, died Feb. 26, 2009, at age 39.


Richard Daniel Murphy, B.F.A. in art, died Sept. 30, 2009, at age 62.
Brent E. Peschke, M.B.A. in business, died March 24, 2009, at age 40.
Frank "Jared" Stenberg, B.A. in sociology, died May 25, 2010, at age 39. Jared was born and raised in San Antonio, graduated from MacArther High School and received a law degree from St. Mary's. He joined the Carlson Law Firm in 2000 and became a partner in 2006.


Carter Cara Carrick, B.B.A. in personnel/human resource management, died June 28, 2010, at age 62. Born Fleta Louise Carrick, she was a Virginia native who moved to San Antonio in 1988. She worked as a real estate agent after 1998.
Ronecia P. Phoenix, B.A. in sociology, died April 25, 2009, at age 36.
Regis Shephard, M.F.A. in art, died July 27, 2010, at age 39. Regis was chairman of the St. Philip's College art department. He described himself as an "artist, educator, geek," and his work had been exhibited locally and regionally and as far away as New York and New Zealand. 

He began teaching at St. Philip's in 1996 and became chairman of the art department in fall 2004.


Hector Diaz, B.B.A. in marketing, died March 10, 2009, at age 55.
Thomas Edward Kissling, B.A. in psychology, died Sept. 1, 2010, at age 52. Thomas had a love of history and nature and enjoyed visiting many of the national parks in the United States. He was a third generation member of Plumbers and Pipe fitters local 142.


Earle W. "Trey" Clifford III, B.B.A. in information systems, died Aug. 10, 2010, at age 47. Trey served in the U.S. Air Force, was a Gulf War veteran and received a disabled veteran medical retirement. He worked for USAA for 11 years as a systems analyst.


Brad Steven Bryant, B.B.A. in accounting, died May 31, 2009, at age 55.


Paula Joyce Cameron, B.A. in anthropology, died April 21, 2009, at age 57. Paula was born in the Rio Grande Valley and graduated from Pan American University. She later resided in Los Angeles and Flagstaff, Ariz., before moving to San Antonio.


Raven Diana Ortega,B.A. in anthropology and criminal justice, M.S. in sociology '09, died April 5, 2010, at age 37. She worked in the tutor lab at San Antonio College.


Kimberly Ann Potts, B.A. in interdisciplinary studies, died Aug. 11, 2010, at age 40. Kimberly attended Hanau American High School in Germany and graduated from Judson High School in Converse in 1988. She worked in respiratory therapy at Christus Santa Rosa before finishing her teaching degree. Kim taught at Woodlake Hills Middle School in Judson ISD for the past three years and coached the cheerleading squad.


Cathy Bochat-Duross, B.B.A. in finance, is owner and founder of The Motorcycle School in San Antonio. She said she's taught more than 6,000 people to ride since opening her business in 2006.
Jeff Courtright, B.B.A. in accounting, is financial controller of CAMAC Energy. Before joining CAMAC, Jeff spent four years as the director of financial reporting at Houston-based BMC Software Inc. and had previously served as the controller and principal accounting officer at Kraton Polymers.
Clare Davies, B.A. in early childhood and elementary education, M.A. in education with a concentration in special education '90, is vice principal at Incarnate Word High School in San Antonio. Clare most recently served as the executive director of special education for the San Francisco United School District.
Jeanne Keller, B.S. in occupational therapy, B.F.A. in art '04, lives in Bulverde and is an artist. Her work has been shown at the South Wind Gallery in Topeka, Kan.; the 2007 Oil Painters of America Central Regional Juried Exhibition; and the 2007 Oil Painters of America 16th annual National Juried Exhibition, among others.
Jeanie Wyatt, M.B.A., is CEO and chief investment officer of South Texas Money Management in San Antonio. In August she was the only San Antonio financial adviser and one of only six Texans named to Barron's Top 100 Independent Advisors List.


Janet Lennie Flohr, B.F.A. in art, M.A. in art '90, is a San Antonio artist and owner of the fine-art print workshop Hare and Hound Press. Janet is on Artpace's board and is chairwoman of the board of the Southwest School of Art & Craft. Her recent exhibition at the McNay Art Museum was titled "Learning to Say Goodbye."
Meredith Hay, M.S. in neurobiology, is executive vice president and provost of the University of Arizona. Meredith also is a professor of physiology in the University of Arizona's College of Medicine. Meredith holds a Ph.D. in cardiovascular pharmacology from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.


Louise Peters, B.A. in English, is the author of The Amazing Gift, an updated look at the Gospel of Mark. The book was published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises.


Leanne Hasse-Goebel, B.A. in English, was recently awarded a first-place award in the Top of the Rockies regional contest hosted by the Society of Professional Journalists for her art writer blog.


Cynthia Jacob, B.A. in early childhood and elementary education, is principal of Wilshire Elementary School in San Antonio.


Joe R. Hinojosa, B.A. in criminal justice, is a lawyer in San Antonio. Joe graduated from St. Mary's University School of Law and recently established a law firm, Barkhurst & Hinojosa, P.C., with a colleague. He serves as managing shareholder.
Clif Tinker, B.F.A. in art and design, M.F.A. in art history '01, is a San Antonio artist and chairman of the fine arts department at James Madison High School. One of his latest projects was a painting used by H-E-B on 80,000 reusable shopping bags.
Daniel Weickenand, B.B.A. in accounting, M.B.A. in finance and marketing '00, is chief executive officer of the Memphis Area Teachers Credit Union. Daniel previously served as chief financial officer of the FedEx Employees Credit Association.


Lloyd Antoine Blanchard, B.A. in political science, is chief operating officer at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York. He served in the federal Office of Management and Budget as chief operating officer of the Small Business Administration and as vice provost for fiscal management at Louisiana State University, among other positions. Lloyd holds both a master's and a Ph.D. in public administration from Syracuse University.
Chuck Cureau, B.A. in psychology, is a SeaWorld of San Antonio whale trainer and a San Antonio Spurs in-arena host and actor. Chuck has appeared in dozens of local and national television shows including Trading Spaces: Boys versus Girls, Skunked TV, Great Day SA, The Drew Carey Show, JAG and Felicity. Most recently, he had a small part in the upcoming Spy Kids sequel.


Dara Richardson, B.S. in interdisciplinary studies with a specialization in early childhood education, is principal of T.H. Johnson Elementary School in Taylor, Texas. Dara has taught at schools in San Antonio and Boerne and was an administrator in Lampasas ISD for three years before accepting the position at T.H. Johnson.


Tommy Hines, B.S. in kinesiology, is head boys basketball coach at Brennan High School in San Antonio. Tommy coached at a New Braunfels school for two years before moving to San Antonio's Lee High School in 2005. He is married to Yvonne Hines '96, B.S. in kinesiology, M.A. in education '07.
Margaret Hunnicutt, B.B.A. in accounting, was named the 2010 Businesswoman of the Year by the Tempe, Ariz., Chamber of Commerce. Margaret is the president and CEO of Tempe Schools Credit Union. Before she became CEO, she was chief financial officer at the credit union.
Michel Sanchez-Wall, B.A. in history, is principal of Cane Ridge High School in Antioch, Tenn., near Nashville. Michel also holds a master's degree in education administration from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. She is the first Hispanic high school principal in the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools.


Joan Fabian, M.F.A. in art, is a San Antonio artist. Three of her paintings were recently on display at the Smithsonian Institution's International Gallery in Washington, D.C., as part of "Revealing Culture," an exhibit organized by VSA, an international organization that advocates for artists with disabilities. Joan lost much of her hearing to a severe ear infection as a child.


Scott B. Fulmer, B.A. in criminal justice, is a private investigator in San Antonio and owner of Scott B. Fulmer Investigations. Much of his work involves insurance liability and workers' comp fraud, as well as domestic work, child custody and surveillance.
Shana Prichard, M.B.A. in finance, is founder and owner of San Antonio-based Realign, a consulting firm for small-business owners. Shana was named the Home-Based Business Champion of the Year for 2009 by the San Antonio district office of the Small Business Administration.


Hector Canales, B.S. in civil engineering, M.S. in civil engineering '04, is assistant city engineer in Del Rio, Texas. Hector received his professional engineer's license in June 2006, and is also a certified floodplain manager.


Jennifer Baadsgaard, M.Ed., is principal of Cleburne High School, southwest of Fort Worth. She worked at Edward H. White Middle School and Douglas MacArthur High School in San Antonio, among others.
Cruz Ortiz, B.F.A. in art, is an artist and teacher. His work was recently displayed in an exhibit at the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston. Cruz was one of the founders of San Anto Cultural Arts, an organization known for its mural program, and he teaches art at San Antonio's Lee High School.


Shane Foley, B.A. in political science and criminal justice, is a police officer in Indianapolis, Ind. He recently received the department's Medal of Merit for developing a new method of tracking suspects. Shane has been on the force for three years.


Lisa Bombín, B.A. in communication, is founder and owner of Unico Communications, a San Antonio firm specializing in public relations, special events and board development. Lisa served for five years as a special events coordinator for National Council of La Raza in Washington, D.C.
Daniel Steve Villarreal, M.A. in education, is in Taipei, Taiwan, doing research on heritage speakers of Mandarin Chinese as a Ph.D. candidate in foreign language education at the University of Texas at Austin.


Sean Etheredge, B.S. in kinesiology, is head golf pro at The Quarry in San Antonio.
Wally Saldana, B.A. in interdisciplinary studies, is veterans service officer for the Bee County Community Affairs department. Wally assists veterans with problems such as filing claims with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The Beeville native is a former Marine who was discharged in 2001.


Peter Holland, B.A. in history, is a member of the Alamo Area Poets Association, the San Antonio Poets Association and the Poetry Society of Texas. His chapbook, A Year in South Texas, was published by Pecan Grove Press in 2009.
Valeria Martinez-Gonzalez, Ph.D. in business administration with a concentration in finance, is assistant professor of finance at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Conn. She received the Dolan School of Business' annual Excellence in Teaching Award. Before becoming an educator, Valeria worked for Merrill Lynch, the National Banking and Securities Commission in Mexico City and the finance department of the City of San Antonio.
Sheila Pritchett, B.S. in biology, was named a Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellow in May by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation of Princeton, N.J. Sheila will receive a $30,000 stipend and enroll in a master's degree program at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis. Most recently an academic lab technician at the Indiana University School of Medicine, Sheila is a U.S. Army veteran.
Mitra Miri, B.S. in biology, won a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship to fund her graduate studies in the Ph.D. program in neurobiology at Yale University. She entered the Ph.D. program at Yale in fall 2009.


A.J. Castillo, B.B.A. in management, is a Tejano singer and recording artist. In July he won the best accordion and best emerging artist awards from the Academy of Tejano Artists and Musicians, and best new male artist honors in the 30th annual Tejano Music Awards.


Melissa Alcala, D.Ed., is principal of Roan Forest Elementary School in San Antonio. She most recently was an academic dean at Garner Middle School.


Belinda Gonzalez, M.Ed. in educational leadership and policy studies, was promoted last summer from assistant principal to principal of West Avenue Elementary School in San Antonio.


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