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The University of Texas at Tyler Magazine, Spring 2010

Class Notes

David Anderson (B.B.A. 1980) operates a Tyler-based firm providing computer-related services. Certified as a Microsoft professional, he has repaired and built computers since 1991. Anderson also has taught computer science at Tyler Junior College and Lon Morris College in Jacksonville.

Terry Wayne Lindsey (B.B.A. 1981) recently completed his master of science degree in criminal justice leadership and management from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville. He works as an operational review sergeant at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s Coffield Unit, where he has been employed for more than 15 years.

Rick Campbell (B.B.A. 1982) was appointed county judge of Shelby County. Campbell is serving the unexpired term of the late John Tomlin. The term continues through 2010. Campbell has been involved in various family partnerships with his father, Center businessman James Campbell, including owning and running the Center Livestock Auction company until 1994. Rick Campbell became part owner of Port-A-Cool and still serves on the board of directors of the company. He works with his father in the company’s building division. In the civic arena, he has been involved with the Bonehill Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, Center Rotary Club and Shelby County Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the Center Volunteer Fire Department and a former trustee for Center Independent School District.

Tommie Balcom (B.S. 1983) is the new principal of St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic School in Dallas this year. Her previous positions include instructional specialist with the Dallas Catholic Diocese and middle school coordinator in Corsicana. After completing her bachelor’s degree in elementary education at UT Tyler, she received a master of educational administration degree with principal certification at Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Brett Springston (B.S. 1983) was named superintendent of schools for Brownsville Independent School District. Springston began employment with the district in 2004 and has served as interim superintendent, assistant superintendent for operations and area assistant superintendent for the Pace schools. He has been in education for 26 years, previously serving as a high school principal in Judson, Spring Branch and Lamar school districts.

Robert Reed Jr. (B.S. 1984), president of the Smith County Historical Society, has published a second book about Tyler history. Released in September 2009 by Arcadia Publishing, “Postcard History Series, Tyler’’ contains 226 vintage postcards depicting Tyler history from the first seven decades of the 20th century. The postcards are part of Reed’s personal collection. As a hobby, he collects Tyler memorabilia, reviews municipal records and visits with longtime residents to learn about the city’s past. His first book, “Images of America: Tyler,’’ was published in 2008. Reed has worked as a software developer for the Andrews Center in Tyler for 20 years.

Galen Morrison (B.S. 1985) is a certified general real estate appraiser. He and his wife Tina own the Tyler-based GTM Appraisal, LLC, which has provided real estate appraisal and consulting for infrastructure projects throughout East, North and Central Texas since 1998. The firm has contributed to numerous East Texas projects, including Loop 49, Loop 323, the Athens Loop, Grande Boulevard and several pipelines.


Albert Bruhn (B.A. 1989, M.A. 1991) serves as weekend meteorologist for KYTX CBS-19 in Tyler. Bruhn’s weather career began in 1978 when he received his certificate of authority to take weather observations for the National Weather Service in Fort Worth and began working at Tyler Pounds Regional Airport. He also has extensive radio experience. Bruhn completed the Broadcast Meteorology Program at Mississippi State University in 2000. He has been an adjunct instructor the UT Tyler Department of Communication for 13 years.

Kevin Cashion (B.B.A. 1989) was recently admitted as a partner in the certified public accountant firm of Gollob Morgan Peddy & Co. of Tyler. Cashion has been with the firm for more than 20 years. He primarily audits cities and small manufacturing companies.

Michal P. Gray (B.F.A. 1991), an award-winning sculptor, was the featured artist at the Museum for East Texas Culture recently. The Palestine native resides in Denton, where he has won best of show in On Our Own Time competitions five years in a row. He has received awards in several other competitions, including those of the East Texas Fine Arts Association, North Texas Woodcarvers’ Guild, Texas Sculpture Society and Visual Arts Society of Texas.

Kim Park (B.B.A. 1992) was promoted to manager at the certified public accounting firm of Henry & Peters, P.C., in Tyler. She specializes in taxes and is a member of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, East Texas Certified Public Accountants and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She is a graduate of Leadership Tyler and serves on the boards of directors of East Texas Crisis Center, People Attempting to Help and ET Chapter of Texas Society of CPA's.

Ray Delk (M.S. 1993) is vice president for operations at Good Shepherd Medical Center-Marshall. Delk resides in Marshall, where he serves as secretary of the East Texas Baptist University Board of Trustees and Sunday school teacher at Immanuel Baptist Church.

Sid Walker (M.B.A. 1995) was named vice president for development at Stephen F. State University. Walker previously served as associate vice chancellor for Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. He recently completed coursework toward a doctorate in higher education administration at Texas Tech.

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-grader teacher and her husband share all business and education duties at the training center, which they opened in 2004. The Oliphants have two daughters.
Earl Wilmeth (B.S.N. 1998) owns Rounders Pizza in Athens and recently opened a Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina franchise in Tyler. A former emergency room nurse at Tyler’s East Texas Medical Center, Wilmeth resides in Chandler with his wife, Misty, a Brownsboro teacher, and their two children.

Charles Martin (B.S.N. 2001) began classes at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in the fall. He will graduate as an osteopathic physician in May 2013. Martin and his wife, Cathy, have two children.

Keith Kirbow (B.S.N. 2002) was appointed as 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.

Misty de Wet (B.B.A. 2003, M.B.A. 2005) was promoted to supervisor at the certified public accounting firm of Henry & Peters, P.C., in Tyler. She has been employed with the firm since 2003.

Justin Holt (B.B.A. 2005) was named vice president of American State Bank in Tyler. Holt, who majored in finance at UT Tyler, has 12 years of banking experience. He previously served as market manager at Pilgrim Bank in Sulphur Springs.
Tara Patton (B.S.N. 2005) is director of nurses for The University of Texas Medical Branch for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. She specializes in correctional nursing and is part of a healthcare team of several hundred in the Palestine area.

Carla Roadcap (M.S.N. 2006) was appointed chief executive officer of Good Shepherd Medical Center-Linden. She previously served as a clinical instructor at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview. Roadcap has served on the Continuing Nursing Education Committee with the Texas Nurses’ Association and is a Gregg County Disaster Preparedness volunteer. She also is a member of the American Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau National Nursing Honor Society and National Nursing Staff Development Organization.

Kristin Diane Roberson (B.S.N. 2006) is employed as a labor and delivery nurse at Seton Medical Center in Austin.

Ashley McElroy-Christian (B.A. 2007) and Kristen Akin-Henton (B.F.A. 2008), former UT Tyler softball players, started their own fast-pitch softball league for women 18 and older in East Texas. Beginning their first season in June 2009, the league’s teams were diverse, including recent high school graduates and current and former college players. The season was won by the Riots, a team primarily made up of UT Tyler softball players. McElroy-Christian is head softball coach at Rusk High School. Akin-Henton is head softball/assistant volleyball coach at Sabine High school.

Erin Marie Bierstedt Ackerman (B.S.N. 2008) is employed as a registered nurse in the neurological intensive care unit of Zale Lipshy Hospital in Dallas.

Jordan Anne Hale (B.S. 2008) is employed as an environmental investigator at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality in Tyler. She majored in biology at UT Tyler.

Erin Kay McGinnis (B.S.I.S. 2008) teaches first grade at Wylie Elementary School in Henderson Independent School District.

Brandon Salisbury (B.B.A. 2008) was recently promoted from program director to associate executive director of the YMCA of Tyler. Employed with the YMCA since 2006, Salisbury oversees sports, aquatic, health and fitness programs and assists in grant writing and financial development.

Matthew David Swinney (B.B.A. 2008) is employed as an accounting analyst at Old Glory Insurance Co. in Tyler. He majored in finance at UT Tyler.




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