The University of Texas at  Tyler Magazine - Fall 2010

Class Notes for Fall 2010

Dr. Kenneth L. Hall (B.S. 1974) was elected a director of Texas Bank and Trust at its annual stockholders' meeting this year. Dr. Hall has served as president and chief executive officer of Buckner International since 1994. Prior to assuming the leadership of Buckner, he served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Longview; Crestview Baptist Church, Midland; Eastwood Baptist Church, Gatesville; and Riverside Baptist Church, Stephenville.

James McLemore (M.A.I.S. 1978), an art teacher and painter, exhibited some of his works at the Gregg County Historical Museum as part of a Black History Month program. The Longview native portrays everyday life in folk art pieces. Retired from the U.S. Air Force, he has taught art for more than 18 years in local schools including Marshall, Gladewater, Longview, Hallsville and Tyler.

Nan Shertzer-White (B.B.A. 1979) is among an elite group of professionals in Barron’s 2010 report of the “Top 100 Women Financial Advisers.” The national ranking reflects the volume of assets overseen by the advisers and their teams, the revenues the advisers generate for their firms and the quality of their practices. Shertzer-White has received this honor for five consecutive years. She has been with Merrill Lynch for more than 30 years, serving corporate and individual investors with comprehensive financial solutions.

Ronnie Spradlin (B.B.A. 1979) was recently elected mayor of Kilgore, after serving four years as a city councilman. A longtime Kilgore businessman, Spradlin also serves as president of Kilgore Boys and Girls Club, a director of Kilgore National Bank and a deacon of First Presbyterian Church.

Barbara Trube (M.Ed. 1982) was named assistant dean of the Patton College of Education and Human Services at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Trube has served as an associate professor of early childhood education at Ohio University’s Chillicothe campus. The Tyler native has published numerous articles on topics including conflict management in education, preschool to kindergarten transition and English immersion.

Dr. Donni Cook (B.S.E. 1986, M.E. 1990) was recently named superintendent of schools for Chapel Hill Independent School District. She was assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for 10 years, after serving as curriculum coordinator and director from 1993 through 1999. She has taught elementary and middle school and on the university level.

Larry Kitchen (M.A.I.S. 1988), who directs the Advertising/Graphic Design Department at Kilgore College, devotes his spare time to painting historical narratives. His works include a history mural at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, “Downtown Gladewater, 1932’’ in the Gladewater Banking Center lobby and “Marshall Courthouse’’ at the Marshall Banking Center. His paintings have been exhibited at galleries and universities throughout Texas. Graduating with distinction from UT Tyler, Kitchen has taught and lectured at Texas universities and colleges and worked several years as an illustrator and graphic designer for the Dallas-based LTV Corp.

Daniel L. Meyer (M.A. 1988) was appointed vice president for admission and financial aid at DePauw University. Meyers has 30 years of experience in college admissions and previously served as vice president for enrollment management at Saint Mary’s College in Northern Indiana.

Lou Ann Everett (B. S. 1990, M.A.I.S. 1991) is serving her second year as a councilwoman on the Canton City Council and is a member of the Finance and Road committees. Everett also is a government/history instructor and Phi Theta Kappa adviser on the Terrell Campus of Trinity Valley Community College.

Margaret “Peggy’’ Parsons (B.S. 1990, M.S., 1998) was honored with the Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence during a Texas A&M AgriLife conference in College Station. She was recognized for her work as a research assistant in the forage physiology and management program at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Overton. Her work ranges from laboratory chemical analysis to operation of complex instrumentation and implementation of computerized analysis. She also supervises student workers, does statistical analysis, develops slide and poster presentations, presents research results at professional meetings and donates her personal time to science-related activities at local elementary schools.

Jeff Austin III (B.S. 1992, M.B.A. 1996) was reappointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the Northeast Texas Regional Mobility Authority for a term to expire in February 2012. Regional mobility authorities allow local communities to develop regional transportation priorities and accelerate development and financing for critical transportation projects. Austin is vice chairman of Austin Bank, president of Frankston Bancorp Inc., chairman of the Executive Committee of First State Bank in Frankston and a member of the board of directors of First State Bank in Athens and Capital Bank in Houston.

Ray Delk (M.S. 1993) is vice president for operations at Good Shepherd Medical Center-Marshall. Delk also serves as secretary of the East Texas Baptist University board of trustees and Sunday school teacher at Immanuel Baptist Church.

Richard McMullen (B.S. 1993) was recently named head coach of boy’s basketball at Hays High School near Austin. He previously served as assistant coach at Connally High School and helped guide the team to the Class 4A UIL state tournament his first season there in 2006. McMullen also coached at Big Sandy and DeKalb high schools. He served more than six years in the U.S. Marine Corp.

Lori Anderson (B.S. 1996, M.E. 2001) was selected to lead Lindale’s E.J. Moss Intermediate School as principal, after serving as assistant principal since 2006. In 2009, she was named District 7 Assistant Principal of the Year by the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association. Anderson began teaching at Moss in 1996 as a sixth-grade language arts teacher. She also taught math and science over a 10-year-period.

Hannah Oliphant (B.S.I.S. 1997) and her husband Joe provide cognitive skills training to students of all ages as owners of a Learning Rx franchise in Tyler. The former sixth-grade teacher and her husband share all business and education duties at the training center, which they opened in 2004.

Brandon Rhyder (B.S. 1997) has become a Texas country music staple. After graduating from UT Tyler, the Carthage native went to work as a safety and environmental manager. He also picked up the guitar, eventually forming a band and moving to Austin to test the music industry waters. On the road for nine years now, the guitarist, vocalist and songwriter conducts 200 shows annually and has released six CDs. His latest single, “You Burn Me,” from his CD, “Head Above Water,’’ ranks in the top 10 in the Texas Regional Radio Report and on the Texas Music Chart.

Joyce Serville (B.S.N. 1997), a registered nurse in Valparaiso, Ind., was appointed director of the 4-West Unit at Porter Health System’s Valparaiso Hospital Campus. She brings more than 35 years of comprehensive nursing experience to her new role. Serville joined Porter Health System in 2009 as administrative supervisor. She previously was director of emergency services at Longview Regional Medical Center.

Henry Jason “Hank’’ Carter (B.S. 1999) was selected as head football coach/athletic coordinator at Lake Travis High School. Carter served as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator during the past two state championship seasons at Lake Travis. He has 10 years of teaching and coaching experience in Eustace, Bay City, Stephenville and Lake Travis school districts.

Christie Johnson (B.B.A. 1999) and her husband Larry own and operate Sierra Packaging, a Tyler company that specializes in packing materials. She serves as office manager of the company they opened in 1996.

Alan Byboth (B.S. 2001, M.S. 2004) has served as executive director of Camp Tyler since 2006, overseeing a camp that provides outdoor learning opportunities to thousands of youths annually. Byboth earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology at UT Tyler.

Keith Kirbow (B.S.N. 2002) was appointed director of professional development at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview. Kirbow has worked at the hospital since 2006, serving as the clinical director for orthopedics, neurology, rehabilitation and float pool. He previously worked as a registered nurse for Trinity Mother Frances Health System.

Toby Wahl (B.S. 2003) received the 2010 Secondary Teacher of the Year Award in the Tyler Independent School District. Wahl teaches sixth-grade social studies at Dogan Middle School.

Rachel Loden (B.A. 2005) is serving as president of the Rusk Chamber of Commerce for 2010. She also owns and operates the Daily Grind Coffeehouse & Bakery in Rusk.

Dr. Quincia “Queenie’’ Williams (B.S. 2005) graduated from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston this year and began her residency training in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Management at the University of Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. At UTMB, she served as class vice president and was a member of Texas and American Medical Associations. She also was active in Caring Clowns, an organization that uses clowning to bring smiles and joy to children with leukemia, cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Dr. Williams has studied tropical diseases in Costa Rica, taken medical mission trips to Nicaragua and provided health care in Mexico. She was a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society and received the Merck Manual Award based on leadership qualities, service to UTMB and academic accomplishments.

Shane Ellis (M.B.A. 2009) was recently named vice president of sales for the Western United States with Hawker Beechcraft Corp., a manufacturer of business, special-mission and trainer aircraft. He previously served as a sales director with the aircraft company Piaggio America and an account executive with aircraft sales organizations Jack Prewitt & Associates and Bloomer deVere Avia. Ellis also is an instrument-rated private pilot.

Norris White Jr. (B.S. 2009) was selected by the Texas Historical Commission to participate in the 2010 Preservation Fellows Program. Awardees receive a $3,000 stipend for eight weeks of summer employment under supervision of the THC. White worked at Caddo Mounds State Historical Site, conducting research into the history of the Caddo people and developing literature for youth programs at the site. A U.S. Army veteran and published poet, White majored in history at UT Tyler with a minor in anthropology.





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