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Rodger Ehrlish (B.B.A. 1974) serves as a certified public accountant in the Dallas area.

Nan Shertzer-White (B.B.A. 1979) is among an elite group of financial advisers recognized in Barron’s second annual report of the “Top 100 Women Financial Advisers.” Shertzer-White was selected for this award for two consecutive years. She has been with Merrill Lynch for 27 years, serving corporate and individual investors with comprehensive financial solutions. She serves on the UT Tyler School of Business Advisory Council.

Carol (Jackson) Eliassen (B.S. 1980) retired from Qwest Communications in Seattle, Wash., where she worked as a risk management supervisor and senior security representative. Eliassen currently works at Air Photo Inc. in Everett, Wash., as a sales support specialist. She recently completed a paralegal certificate from Colorado State University and is taking real estate classes to obtain a real estate sales license.

Stephen Price (B.S. 1980) retired from airport public safety in May 2007, after 30 years in law enforcement and fire/EMS. Price started his career in 1977 with the university police department. He worked there for over three years while completing his studies. Price received his police certification at East Texas Regional Police Academy in Kilgore.

Kathryn Toon (B.A. 1983) was named Teacher of the Month at Kilgore Heights Elementary School in Kilgore.

Shirley Falzone (B.S. 1977) (M.A. 1984) has been appointed principal of Jim Plyler Instructional Complex in Tyler. Falzone was a part-time UT Tyler instructor for three years.

Joe Brodnax (B.S. 1978) (M.S. 1984) is senior principal engineer for the Intelligence and Information Systems Division at Raytheon in Garland. Brodnax has more than 13 years experience in defense system design and implementation. He also holds a B.S. in economics from Southern Methodist University and an M.B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin. He has served as adjunct lecturer in computer science at both UT Tyler and The University of Texas at Dallas. Brodnax served as board president for the UT Tyler Alumni Association in 1985-86. He currently resides in Rockwall with his wife and daughter.

Scott Garner (B.S. 1987) is director of engineering services with Trane Residential Systems, a global service organization. He oversees three areas in the engineering and technology function.

Dr. Robert R. Jones (M.B.A. 1988) serves as president of Edison College in Florida.

Dawn Franks (B.S. 1979) (M.S. 1989) graduated from Texas Eastern University in 1979 with a B.S. in political science. She then worked full time while obtaining her graduate degree in public planning and administration. After completing the bachelor’s degree she worked for a year at the U.S. Attorney’s Office – Eastern District of Texas, while serving as a founding volunteer for the East Texas Crisis Center. In 1980 she became the second executive director and worked there until 1995. She became president and CPO of United Way of Tyler/Smith County in 1996, and then joined the Fourth Partner Foundation as a program officer in 2001. In 2006 she added executive director of the Ben and Maytee Fisch Foundation to her responsibilities.

Dr. Jeffery Owens (M.A. 1990) was named the Ottis Lock Educator of the Year by the East Texas Historical Association. The award recognizes excellence in historical instruction. Dr. Owens is a faculty co-sponsor for the Webb Historical Society at Tyler Junior College and is on the board of directors of ETHA and First Christian Memorial Inc. He is chairman of the Lucille Terry Historic Preservation Award Committee and chair of the William J. Coker Prize Committee for The Gulf South Historical Association.

Linda Payne (B.S.E.D. 1986) (M.S. 1990) serves as principal of Owens Elementary School in Tyler.

Ray Woodard (M.E.D. 1991) is the new head football coach for the Navarro College Bulldogs. Woodard was defensive coordinator at Navarro College for two seasons. After college, he was drafted by the San Diego Chargers and was a member of the 1986 Denver Broncos Super Bowl team. He and his wife Penne have been married for 24 years. They have one daughter.

Steven Green (B.S. 1991) has been selected by Texas Monthly magazine as a Texas Rising Star in the criminal defense category.

Lynn Littlejohn (B.B.A. 1992) has been promoted to executive vice president, HIPPA privacy officer of Austin Bank.

James Pappas (J.B.A. 1992) is a technology coordinator for Devon Energy Corp. in Houston, and was selected to chair the 2007 Houston Area Engineers Week Committee.

Brenda G. Shoemake (B.A.A.S. 1994) is the new assistant superintendent of programs for Mexia State School, where she has worked since 1985. She has held several progressively responsible positions including medical administrator, risk manager and director of quality and standards compliance. She holds a master of education degree in educational administration from Stephen F. Austin State University.

Michael J. Collins (B.B.A. 1994) worked full time for a local law firm while enrolled at UT Tyler. After graduation he was promoted to the position of investigator for the oldest and largest law firm in Smith County. He started his own company, Collins Investigations, in 1998. Collins resides in Tyler with his wife Misty and their three children.

Fred Hayes (B.S.E.D. 1989) (M.E.D. 1995) is the new superintendent of Athens Independent School District. A professional educator for 17 years, Hayes is the former principal of Clear Creek High School in Clear Creek Independent School District. He was named 2005 Texas High School Principal of the Year by the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals. He was employed by Jacksonville and Tyler school districts before moving to Clear Creek.

Michael French (B.S. 1995) is superintendent of Scurry-Rosser Independent School District.

Marc S. McWilliams (M.S. 1996) has been appointed vice president of Summit Financial Partners in Fort Worth.

Gary Swindle (B.S. 1996) has been employed by the Tyler Police Department since 1982 and was appointed chief of police in 2000. Swindle also was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education. Swindle and his wife Linda have two children.

Paula Tosh (B.S. 1997) is vice president and commercial relationship manager at Regions Bank in Rockwell. She also serves as president of Royse City Chamber of Commerce.

Patrick D. Willis (B.S. 1997) is an independent nonprofit consultant, specializing primarily in capital and endowment campaigns, annual funds and donor recognition events. He has been a member of the UT Tyler Alumni Association board of directors and involved in several community organizations. Willis and his wife Sherilyn have one daughter.

Josephine Katherine Porter Huffman (B.S.N. 1998) graduated in May 2007 from The University of Texas Health Science Center-San Antonio School of Medicine. She has been matched for a residency program in obstetrics/gynecology at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. Huffman and her husband Jay have two children.

Sheri Peery (M.E.D. 1999) was named Teacher of the Year for Longview Independent School District.

Anthony “Tony” Black (M.E.D. 2000) is the new principal of Whitehouse High School.

Carroll Roge (M.B.A. 2000) serves as corporate director of marketing for East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System. His previous marketing positions include advertising director for a regional chain of sporting goods stores and communications specialist for a forensic engineering firm. Roge and his wife Dorian have resided in Tyler for more than 20 years.

Bobbie Hall (B.A.A.S. 2002) has been promoted to master teacher with the Texas Department of Aging and Disability, where she has served for 26 years.

Ruby J. Brewer (B.S.N. 1996) (M.S.N., M.B.A. 2003) has been appointed vice president of Good Shepherd Health System, where she has worked for 18 years. As vice president she will oversee care management and quality, chaplaincy, education, outpatient therapies, social work, trauma and the new Wellness Center. She is the recipient of the 2006 Innovation in Case Management Service Award.

Shane Davenport (B.S. 2004) received a 2006 Service Award from the Whitehouse branch of Austin Bank. Davenport is a network administrator in the bank’s technology division.

Jamie (Wallace) Cody (B.B.A. 2004) is employed with Redfearn Real Estate.

Karen Cranford/Goforth (B.S.N. 1991) (M.S.N. 2004)
is director of referral development at East Texas Medical Center.

Jared J. Geilmann (B.S. 2005), after graduating from UT Tyler, returned to Utah to serve as corporate credit manager for Flying J Inc., a national firm engaged in highway hospitality services and other industries. He is responsible for the credit management of operating refineries, franchise accounts, a number of supply and distribution accounts, pipeline accounts and fleet sales accounts.

Will Walker (M.E.D. 2005) of Fayetteville was named Outstanding Doctoral Student in kinesiology pedagogy in the University of Arkansas College of Education and Health Professions. He also was awarded the Donald R. Miller Memorial Endowed Scholarship. Walker is in his second year of the doctoral program. He is married to Ruthie Walker.

Jerrod Acree (B.S. 2005) was sworn in as a Longview police officer in January 2007.

Dustin White (B.S. 2005), who played basketball at UT Tyler, has been selected as an assistant basketball coach at Midway High School in Waco.

Kathryn Letsinger (B.S.E.D. 1986) (M.E.D. 2005) is principal at Clarkston Elementary School in Tyler.

Christina Roach (B.S. 1997) (M.E.D. 2005) is principal at Douglas Elementary School in Tyler.

Hannah Buchanan (B.S. 2003) (M.A. 2005) began her professional career in the fall of 2005 at the Jacksonville Daily Progress newspaper, where she served in various positions. She currently serves as a public affairs specialist in the UT Tyler Office of News and Information.

Amy Fowler (M.S. 2005) is an adjunct speech instructor and academic retention specialist at Tyler Junior College. She was chosen as one of the Top 106 Educators in East Texas in May 2007. Fowler also is a freelance writer for several local publications and a presenter at local workshops and state and national conferences.

John “Brannon” Gary (B.S. 2006) received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship at the University of Michigan, where he is a doctoral student. He was one of only seven inorganic chemistry students nationally to receive the award.

Russell Hall (B.S. 2006) has accepted a position with Epoch Well Services Inc. in Houston. Hall serves as health, safety and environment manager.

Renee Moore (B.S. 2006) began employment as a probation officer with the Anderson County Juvenile Probation Department in January 2007. She served as crime victim’s coordinator in the Anderson County district attorney’s office for more than six years.

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